10 Tips for Moving With Pets

Experts at the Pet Realty Network in Naples, FL, offer these helpful tips for easing the transition and keeping pets safe during the move:

(1) Update your pet’s tag. Make sure your pet is wearing a sturdy collar with an identification tag that is labeled with your current contact information. The tag should include your destination location, telephone number, and cell phone number so that you can be reached immediately during the move.

(2) Ask for veterinary records. If you’re moving far enough away that you’ll need a new vet, you should ask for a current copy of your pet’s vaccinations. You also can ask for your pet’s medical history to give to your new vet, although that can normally be faxed directly to the new medical-care provider upon request. Depending on your destination, your pet may need additional vaccinations, medications, and health certificates. Have your current vet’s phone number handy in case of an emergency, or in case your new vet would like more information about your pet.

(3) Keep medications and food on hand. Keep at least one week’s worth of food and medication with you in case of an emergency. Vets can’t write a prescription without a prior doctor/patient relationship, which can cause delays if you need medication right away. You may want to ask for an extra prescription refill before you move. The same preparation should be taken with special therapeutic foods — purchase an extra supply in case you can’t find the food right away in your new area.

(4) Seclude your pet from chaos. Pets can feel vulnerable on moving day. Keep them in a safe, quiet, well-ventilated place, such as the bathroom, on moving day with a “Do Not Disturb! Pets Inside!” sign posted on the door. There are many light, collapsible travel crates on the market if you choose to buy one. However, make sure your pet is familiar with the new crate before moving day by gradually introducing him or her to the crate before your trip. Be sure the crate is well-ventilated and sturdy enough for stress-chewers; otherwise, a nervous pet could escape.

(5) Prepare a first aid kit. First aid is not a substitute for emergency veterinary care, but being prepared and knowing basic first aid could save your pet’s life. A few recommended supplies: Your veterinarian’s phone number, gauze to wrap wounds or to muzzle your pet, adhesive tape for bandages, non-stick bandages, towels, and hydrogen peroxide (3 percent). You can use a door, board, blanket or floor mat as an emergency stretcher and a soft cloth, rope, necktie, leash, or nylon stocking for an emergency muzzle.

(6) Play it safe in the car. It’s best to travel with your dog in a crate; second-best is to use a restraining harness. When it comes to cats, it’s always best for their safety and yours to use a well-ventilated carrier in the car. Secure the crate or carrier with a seat belt and provide your pet with familiar toys. Never keep your pet in the open bed of a truck or the storage area of a moving van. In any season, a pet left alone in a parked vehicle is vulnerable to injury and theft. If you’ll be using overnight lodging, plan ahead by searching for pet-friendly hotels. Have plenty of kitty litter and plastic bags on hand, and keep your pet on its regular diet and eating schedule.

(7) Get ready for takeoff. When traveling by air,check with the airline about any pet requirements or restrictions to be sure you’ve prepared your pet for a safe trip. Some airlines will allow pets in the cabin, depending on the animal’s size, but you’ll need to purchase a special airline crate that fits under the seat in front of you. Give yourself plenty of time to work out any arrangements necessary including consulting with your veterinarian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If traveling is stressful for your pet, consult your veterinarian about ways that might lessen the stress of travel.

(8) Find a new veterinary clinic and emergency hospital. Before you move, ask your vet to recommend a doctor in your new locale. Talk to other pet owners when visiting the new community, and call the state veterinary medical association (VMA) for veterinarians in your location. When choosing a new veterinary hospital, ask for an impromptu tour; kennels should be kept clean at all times, not just when a client’s expected. You may also want to schedule an appointment to meet the vets. Now ask yourself: Are the receptionists, doctors, technicians, and assistants friendly, professional and knowledgeable? Are the office hours and location convenient? Does the clinic offer emergency or specialty services or boarding? If the hospital doesn’t meet your criteria, keep looking until you’re assured that your pet will receive the best possible care.

(9) Prep your new home for pets. Pets may be frightened and confused in new surroundings. Upon your arrival at your new home, immediately set out all the familiar and necessary things your pet will need: food, water, medications, bed, litter box, toys, etc. Pack these items in a handy spot so they can be unpacked right away. Keep all external windows and doors closed when your pet is unsupervised, and be cautious of narrow gaps behind or between appliances where nervous pets may try to hide. If your old home is nearby, your pet may try to find a way back there. To be safe, give the new home owners or your former neighbors your phone number and a photo of your pet, and ask them to contact you if your pet is found nearby.

(10) Learn more about your new area. Once you find a new veterinarian, ask if there are any local health concerns such as heartworm or Lyme disease, or any vaccinations or medications your pet may require. Also, be aware of any unique laws. For example, there are restrictive breed laws in some cities. Homeowner associations also may have restrictions — perhaps requiring that all dogs are kept on leashes. If you will be moving to a new country, carry an updated rabies vaccination and health certificate. It is very important to contact the Agriculture Department or embassy of the country or state to which you’re traveling to obtain specific information on special documents, quarantine, or costs to bring the animal into the country.

Source: The Pet Realty Network

Top Home Buying Tips

Before purchasing your home, here is Nebraska Realty’s top eleven home buying tips!

Tip #10: Get Pre-Approved by Your Mortgage Lender
It almost seems cliché’ these days to hear the phrase, “Get pre-approved.” But the facts are the facts: there is a substantial difference between a home buyer that is “pre-qualified” and one that is “pre-approved.” Just about anyone can get pre-qualified, even a buyer with horrible credit. Getting pre-approved means the lender has investigated the buyer’s finances, credit, debt-to-income ratio’s, and determined how much the buyers can borrow.

Tip #9: “Fees Are Like A Box of Chocolates…”
What the heck…while you’re getting pre-approved it will do you well to learn about lender fee’s. What is a legitimate lender fee and what is a junk fee? Ask questions and compare! Know and understand what “Discount Point’s” and “Origination Fee’s” are and how they will cost you. Remember, not every lender is the same!

DON’T…I repeat… DO NOT make any large purchases or move money from one account to another unless you get the APPROVAL from your lender! Purchasing that new living room set should wait until after closing. Why? Moving money from one account to another or charging a new living room set on your credit card can jeopardize your loan approval. Lenders routinely run a credit report a few days before closing to ensure nothing new has changed since you receive your pre-approval letter. This includes opening new credit accounts like Visa or MasterCard.

Tip #7: Don’t Attempt to Time the Deal
Attempting to time the market does not work for trading stocks and it does not work with purchasing real estate. The best time to buy is when you have found the house you want and can afford! If you wait for the “perfect time” you will end up on the losing side of the transaction.

Tip #6: Get A Plot Plan or Survey!
At a minimum you should get a Plot Plan. If the property appears to have some potential boundary issues, get a survey done. Once the transaction is closed any boundary disputes discovered becomes your problem! It is not uncommon to discover that decks and garages are encroaching on the neighbor’s property or utility easement. By discovering boundary issues before closing, you can require the seller to correct these items prior to closing or you may be in the position to withdraw from the purchase contract if the dispute is severe enough.

Tip #5: More Is Not Always Better
Is more better? If it’s the largest most expensive home in the neighborhood and you qualify to purchase it… should you? Honestly, bigger is usually not better when it comes to houses. Remember, you may qualify for a $250,000 mortgage…but do you really want one? Can you settle for $225,000? Don’t fall into the trap of, “OK, I qualify for it so let’s buy.” Not only will it result in a tighter monthly home budget, but it most will likely cause undue personal and financial stress in your life.

Tip #4: Plan for Other Home Related Expenses
In Tip #5 I said…”You may qualify for a $250,000 mortgage…but do you really want one?” Budgeting for home ownership is much more than just your monthly house payment. You must be aware of other required home ownership expenses such as real estate taxes, insurance (which are usually included in your monthly mortgage payment), utilities, H.O.A. dues, maintenance, lawn care, new roof, broken furnace & air, and the list goes on and on. These are called “sleeper costs” and you need to budget for them.

Tip #3: Purchasing A Home Is A BUSINESS Transaction NOT An Emotional Decision!
It’s OK to fall in love with a home BUT it’s not OK to conduct business in the same manner. If you fall in love with something and you allow it to determine your actions, you might end up making some really bad decisions. Buying a home is very exciting but it’s a business transaction. If the numbers don’t work…don’t force it! Otherwise, I guarantee you will end up regretting it. Purchasing a home is an investment… be calm and make wise choices.

Tip#2: Improving On Tip #3
Making your offer on a home should be based on only two things: (1) Can you afford it, and (2) what’s the property’s actual market value? That’s it! Your REALTOR® can help you determine the market value… P.S. NEVER, and I mean NEVER, take stock or make an offer based on a valuation model from a Zillow, Trulia, or other online service! They tend to be inaccurate. Your REALTOR® knows how to determine value better than anyone so trust them.

Make your opening bid fair and reasonable. Something that’s not going to totally offend the seller. How low should you go? Well, there is no real answer since each individual sale in unique. However, there are some things you should consider:

  • What kind of market is it (buyer or sellers’ market)?
  • Market statistics for the neighborhood?
  • Are there other interested parties?
  • Home much can you afford?
  • How much deferred maintenance will be required to fix?

And the list goes on and on. Your REALTOR® can assist you with determining a good starting point.

Tip #1: Get A Home Inspection!
You don’t buy a car unless your uncle has checked it over…you don’t train for a marathon unless you have received the OK from your doctor…and, you don’t buy a home without having a home inspection. In fact, I believe it’s the most important few hundred dollars you will spend on the transaction! The home inspector’s sole job is to provide you with a bill of health report on the property. When the home inspector identifies potential issues (and they will), you can negotiate with the seller to fix the items, renegotiate the purchase price, or if severe enough, terminate the purchase contract. Your REALTOR® will help you structure the home inspection provision in the purchase contract and probably can provide you with a list of good inspectors. Remember, it will be the best money you have spent!

P.S.: I almost forgot…investigate the neighborhood. Because of Fair Housing Rules, agents can’t give you their opinion on the demographics of a neighborhood, nor should they! Your agent may legitimately think a particular neighborhood is awesome and safe and you may feel totally different. Such things are subjective to the individual so investigate for yourself if it’s a neighborhood you’d like to live in. Here are a few things you can do to determine whether or not a neighborhood is for you:

  • Drive by the subject home in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Both on weekdays and weekends if time permits;
  • Determine your drive times to and from work;
  • How will your children get to their schools,
  • Locations to nearest shopping venues.

2015 Street of Dreams

Looking for something to do? Looking for new remodeling ideas? See what’s the latest trends in new construction by visiting the Metro Omaha Builders Association’s (MOBA) 2015 Street of Dreams.

MOBA’s 2015 Street of Dreams runs from Friday August 8th through Sunday August 23rd in the Windgate Ranch development 208th and Pacific developed by Tom Falcone Development. The 2015 Street of Dreams showcases luxury home designs offered by 8 different area builders. Each home on the tour is furnished, decorated and landscaped; the 2015 Street of dreams homes are all priced between $650,000 and $800,000.

Home builders featured are as follows:

Castle Brook Builders

Concept Homes & Design

Falcone Homes

Ideal Designs Custom Homes

John Caniglia Homes

Jordan Michael Signature Homes

Landmark Performance Homes

Thomas David Builders

Hours for the MOBA 2015 Street of Dreams are Mondays through Thursdays, 4-pm– 8-pm and Fridays through Sundays 12-pm – 8-pm.  Tickets are on sale at the gate for $12 each for adults or they can be pre-purchased at all metro-area Hy-Vee locations at a discounted price of $10 each. Admission for children is $5.

There will also be a free Realtor® day at the Street of Dreams Wednesday August 12th from 11-am – 1-pm. Real Estate industry professionals will be able to enter the Street of Dreams free of charge to tour this year’s showcase of dreams homes.

The 2015 Street of Dreams is sponsored by Metro Omaha Utilities District and First National Bank.

Where Did Dodge Street Get Its Name?

With Nebraska Realty's recent move to our new company headquarters at the Northwest corner of 168th and West Dodge Road, the question recently came up as to where the name of Dodge Street came from. If you live in the Omaha metro area, you know Dodge Street. Running from the Missouri River in a westerly manner to the edge of Douglas County, Dodge Street/West Dodge Road bisects our beautiful city. It is the primary East/West corridor through the middle of town, and all North/South oriented street addresses are numbered to how many blocks North or South of Dodge Street they are. From the entrance to Omaha at I-480, to the Joslyn Art museum and Central High School (which was formerly the capital of Nebraska Territory, by the way), to points west such as Crossroads and Westroads Malls and Village Pointe, Dodge Street has been the epicenter of commerce and entertainment for Omahans for decades.

But back to the name. Many folks might assume it is associated with a certain real estate company here in town that shares that same name. After all, they do have a number of buildings along Dodge Street, but you would be mistaken in that assumption. Even though NP Dodge Real Estate has been here almost as long as Omaha has, the street is not named after their founder.

In actuality, the primary thoroughfare in Omaha is named for Augustus Caesar Dodge, a mid-19thcentury Senator from Iowa, who was a big proponent of westward expansion of the United States and a strong advocate of a transcontinental railroad. In fact, Senator Dodge was the man that introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate in December of 1853 for the formation of the Nebraska Territory. Subsequently, Senator Stephen A. Douglas (you guessed it, the namesake of Douglas County) from Illinois modified the bill, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act was passed. Thus the expansion west from the Missouri River was begun more extensively. Our city was founded, most patriotically, on July 4th, 1854, and as thanks and respect to the Senator that introduced the bill that allowed for the territory on which it sat, the primary street in the new settlement was named after him.

With the move to our new location along this historic street, Nebraska Realty plans to be a new fixture along the primary corridor in Omaha. The company built by Realtors®, for Realtors® plans to embrace the continued growth of our organization and our city for generations to come along Omaha’s most prominent thoroughfare.