Heyen Real Estate Blog | Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Real Estate Photography

Almost all people searching for a home, begin their home search online.  This is an irrefutable fact.  Everyday when we take a look at the new listings on the market, we are baffled at some of the horrendous pictures that agents take.  Sometimes it looks like a CL ad for furniture.  Sometimes it is evident that an agent took the pictures with their cellphone.  Sometimes, the photos are so blurry that you can not even tell what room of the house it is.

In our opinion there is absolutely...

Unforgettable Christmas Event: Mannheim Steamroller at The Orpheum

Truly America’s favorite holiday tradition, this year is extra special as it marks the 30th anniversary of their tours. This December 22nd and 23rd, the number one Christmas artist in history will perform in our city, with a festive as ever ensemble and truly stirring and one of a kind holiday music. The multimedia is stellar, leaving you dazzled and feeling as if you just walked out of the world of “Polar Express” or a modern day “Nutcracker” montage. This is one performance...

PE 101 Kids Gym – A Lifesaver for long winter days!

Winter has arrived.  For me, with a rambunctious toddler, this means a rowdy kid who has no way to get his energy out.  Don’t get me wrong, I try to get creative by taking him to the children’s museum, the gym daycare, to the mall play place’s and even Chik Fil A when I am desperate – but, there are only so many hours I can spend pretend working out so my kid can run around and get out his energy out.

Having lived in Omaha now...

Pros and Cons list for the Homeowner: Gas vs. Electric Furnaces

As we are literally at the time of the year where the days get shorter and the holiday season rushes up on us before we are ready, the desire to be energy efficient, comfortable, and happy in your home jumps a notch. There is nothing more frustrating for any homeowner than realizing your furnace is out! This can obviously force you to make the decision a bit quicker than you may want to, when a warm toasty day on the inside of your confines sounds so much better than freezing while being bundled up in your own home. As energy efficient as gas is generally known to be, there are still quite a few factors to...

South 24th Street; A Culture Must See in Omaha

This incredibly colorful and diverse street is something that no one passing through should miss. From every hard working rancher to any proud artist and laborer south of the border, these are traditions that die hard and always splash wonderfully on the canvas of a city neighborhood. Seeing the annual Cinco de Mayo festival here is something to truly behold, drawing visitors from very far away and being a truly multicultural affair. If you are looking for ambiance like Village Pointe or Westroads, this is not really where you’re...

Homeowner Choices + Pros and Cons list: Vinyl vs. Wood Windows

Once you really settle into a property and look around to what needs fixing up and changing, the windows usually are near the top of the list. A way to lower energy costs by up to 30 or 40 percent, free yourself from constantly planning painting updates, and drastically improve the appearance of your abode all exist when choosing windows. From a large frontal bay option to a small and square side room element, when you make your pick, the entire feel of your room will change. New technology that helps trap cold air and keep rain out, options that let you replace the glass and sash without replacing the frame, and many models...

Trader Joe’s Omaha; The Neighborhood Grocery with Flair

Out on 103rd and Pacific, the always crowded parking lot is a sign of how much Omaha residents love this place. Incredibly healthy produce, snacks from around the globe, and an awesome wine and beer selection are waiting for you here when you wander in. Hopefully your culinary curiosity level is high, because you’ll find other great things here like New England clam chowder, vitamins and...

Termites and How They Can Affect Your Home

Known to be armies or battalions of warriors with very annoying and damaging results, termites are as real a problem to the homeowner as it gets. They can chew right through siding, drastically change the structure of the home for the worst, and just be a general pain and source of great misery to you. Hopefully a good home inspection can tell you if you have to worry about termites, but in that aspect, you are kind of crossing your fingers...

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Sioux City; The Battery Building’s Bounty

With 54 rock and roll themed rooms and an attitude that shouts Las Vegas into the night along the Missouri River, The Hard Rock Hotel is one hot place to be seen and have fun at. More than 835 slots, table games, live entertainment, the World Tour Buffet and Fuel American Grill, and great nightlife and events await you here. This is going to be an excellent addition to the scene here in Sioux City; a place to entertain people in town on business and do it up right, or have a romantic getaway for just the two of you on Valentine’s or your anniversary. The Lobby Bar has three stories, a place to quench your thirst before...

Good Seafood in Omaha, It Absolutely does exist!

We’re going to look at something today that a lot of people have uttered on their lips and we want to prove wrong, “Does great seafood exist in the Midwest, and the city of Omaha?” one of the culinary opinions that exist amongst “seafood snobs” is that delicious seafood locales like the state of Maine for Lobster and the city of Seattle for fish are really the only kind of place you’d want to be caught dead with a sampler platter. While true that the patterns of movement via air or ground can cause the seafood to not taste the same, we’re going to put up a hefty argument that overall, Omaha is a prime metro area to sample shrimp, scallops, halibut, roughy, trout, oyster, and all the goods that come straight from the Atlantic and Pacific in all their greasy, tender glory. From Benson to the Old Market,...