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Omaha Area Fireworks Shows

by Morse Real Estate

Omaha metro residents love the smell of black powder and the sparkle of lights that fireworks bring. Families gather together to grill, relax, and celebrate our country’s freedoms while lighting off fireworks. Another way to celebrate Independence Day 2019 in Omaha, Papillion, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, and the surrounding areas is to watch the large, local fireworks shows. Morse Real Estate has put together a list of local Omaha metro fireworks displays to make it easy to catch them all.

The City of Omaha Celebrates America Free Concert & Fireworks Show with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul w/ Chris Isaak
Dates: June 28, 2019
Location: Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave., Omaha, NE 68132
Times: 6:00 PM to 10:15 PM
Admission: Free
More Info: Get ready to rock the park! Little Steven (Steven Van Zandt) will headline, with co-headliner Chris Isaak also performing. Local cover band The Firm will open the show. Stick around for the fantastic fireworks finale set for 10pm. The concert was originally canceled, but it was brought back with the help of an anonymous donor.

College Home Run Derby & Fireworks
Dates: June 29, 2019
Location: 1200 Mike Fahey St., Omaha, NE 68102
Times: Starting: 7:00 PM
Admission: $10+
More Info: Watch college baseball's premier power hitters show off their skills during the Home Run Derby, live on ESPN. Stay for the fireworks! Visit website for all the details.

Lake Manawa Fireworks
Dates: June 29, 2019
Location: 1100 S Shore Dr., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Times: 9pm
Admission: Free
More Info: Watch Lake Manawa's largest fireworks display yet over the lake at dusk.

Omaha Storm Chasers Game with Fireworks
Dates: July 4, 2019
Location: 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046
Times: Starting: 7:05 PM
Admission: $9-$21/Free for Kids 2 & Under
More Info: Bring the family for a night of fun at the ballpark as the Omaha Storm Chasers take on the Nashville Sounds. The night will end with a spectacular Independence Day fireworks show to USA-themed music!

Ralston's 59th Annual Independence Day Celebration with Fireworks
Dates: July 4, 2019
Location: Downtown Ralston
Times: From: 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Admission: Free
More Info: Bring the family for a slice of Americana complete with music, food, and more. Check out Nebraska's largest parade on Wednesday, along with a fireworks spectacular to cap off the night.

All of our agents wish you a safe and happy fourth of July!

Local Father's Day Events

by Mike Morse

Father’s Day is a special time to celebrate the dads in your life that have made a difference and it falls on Sunday, June 16th this year. Here are some ways to celebrate locally in the Council Bluffs and Omaha area this week.

Council Bluffs Farmer’s Market

Start the fun off early with the Council Bluffs Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, June 13th from 4:30pm-7:30pm. They are set-up at Bayliss Park and will have a giveaway for dads and extra vendors to help you find the perfect gift. Plus, they always have live music, kid’s activities and some great vendors. Enjoy the night at the park!

College World Series Fan Fest

Starting June 14th, the official Fan Fest begins and hosts giveaways, live music, interactive games and much more! Head to Lot C and Mike Fahey Street in Omaha for the fun. Visit their website for the schedule:

First Annual SAC Museum Car Show

Take dad to this indoor car show that lasts two days! Don’t miss the opening ceremony on Saturday, June 15th at noon that begins with a parachute jump performance. He could even register his car as part of the exclusive show! Visit the website for tickets and information:


Give your favorite dad the gift of fun in the sun as fathers will get free admission to Fun-Plex located in Omaha on Sunday, June 16th! You can check out their new attraction called Rockin’ Rapids and enjoy the fun from noon to 8PM. Visit their site for more information:

Sky Zone Omaha

Every dad will jump for joy on Father’s Day at Sky Zone Omaha when they get in free! Jump with them from noon to 6PM. Visit their site the more details:

The Mark

Roll over to The Mark located in Elkhorn for a good ol’ fashioned bowling competition! Dad’s get to bowl for free on Sunday, June 17th and there are ribeye and prime rib specials to take advantage of. If you haven’t been to The Mark – go! It is a great place to take the family. Visit their site for more information and discounts:

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Take your dad to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo on June 16th where he can get in free and enjoy watching the animals and checking out their new expansion project that opened May 10th. Visit their site for details:

We wish you a very happy Father's Day!


Iowa Homestead Tax Credit

by Mike Morse
Iowa Homestead Tax Credit filing deadline is fast approaching!
New homeowners in Iowa are encouraged at the closing table to file for the Iowa Homestead Tax Credit as soon as possible. This program was originally adopted by the state to encourage home ownership through property tax relief. It also protects the homeowner from certain debts being attached to their property as a lien. Homeowners are eligible for the exemption if they own and occupy the property as their primary residence and if they declare residency in Iowa for income tax purposes. They must also occupy the property for a minimum of 6 months annually. Owners in the military or nursing homes who do not occupy the home are also eligible. 
The current credit is equal to the actual tax levy on the first $4,850 of actual value which translates to an average of $50-$200 savings per year on property taxes.
Homeowners that would like to file for this exemption may fill out this form and submit it to the county prior to July 1 and only have to file once during a lifetime of ownership as long as it continues to qualify or the property is sold or transferred. People signing up will also be required to certify that a smoke detector has been, or will be installed in the home.
Pottawattamie county homeowners may submit the forms:
Stopping by in person:
Pottawattamie County Assessor
227 S 6th St. Ste 257
Council Bluffs, IA
Mailing it in:
Pottawattamie County Assessor
PO Box 1076
Council Bluffs, IA 51502
E-mailing it to:
If you have questions about filing or would like to speak to one of our expert agents, send us a message

Morse Real Estate's New Office

by Morse Real Estate

Morse Real Estate is excited to announce the opening of a new office in central Council Bluffs, Iowa. This facility is located on the busy corner of West Broadway and S. 7th Street, just one block northwest from Bayliss Park

Morse Real Estate was established in 2010 by Council Bluffs native, Mike Morse. After a successful 20-year career in residential and commercial real estate, Mike launched the brokerage. Over the past 9 years, it has continued to grow as a family-owned and operated virtual brokerage.

“Our agents have been working at our virtual brokerage for years and have helped thousands of people make a move. They have either worked from home or a remote office and have met clients wherever was convenient for the client.” Mike said. 

After years of successfully operating the virtual brokerage, the number of agents began to grow. Getting a physical office was the next step to providing a larger community presence and increasing resources for Morse Real Estate agents.

“We were on the lookout for a central location that would be easy for our busy clients and active agents. We found the perfect place and received keys in the beginning of February. After gaining access, our family pulled together to plan out the office and take on the challenge of the remodel. It was worth the effort.” Mike said.

The work space features modern technology in a comfortable setting to allow agents to focus all day or simply stop by to write contracts. The design of the space was inspired by a 3D rendering that his daughter and office manager, Christy Rhoades, drafted. The space is fresh, airy, and contemporary.

“Our REALTORs are so mobile that most work from their cars, home offices or coffee shops. However, in this fast-paced market, agents really have to manage everything even quicker and on the go. This new office allows them to do that seamlessly.” Mike said. “Since opening, I have had clients come for consultations and they comment about how clean and beautiful the space is. We couldn’t be more excited for the future of our service to the local community.”

Morse Real Estate hosted an agent open house on April 4. The agents were able to walk through the space and see it and celebrate with Mike and his family.

(From left to right: Mike R. Morse, Shannon Snipes, Christy Rhoades, Mike Kent, Abby Tietsort, Mike Morse, Deb Peraza)

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(Eric Mace)

During the remodel, Nebraska and Iowa experienced some of the worst flooding witnessed in recent history. Since opening, Morse Real Estate has seen an increase in the need for professional advice and guidance in the local real estate market.

“With all of the flooding recently, our agents have received so many calls from families that have had to move out of places like Pacific Junction, Glenwood, and Bartlett. It’s heartbreaking. As agents, we want to help them find somewhere to live and do it quickly. I have never seen so many people displaced locally. Iowa and Nebraska needs to continue pulling together and help each other out.”

With the opening of the new office in Council Bluffs, Morse Real Estate and its agents will continue to service residential and commercial real estate clients in the Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa metro area. Consultation appointments can be made by calling the office at 712-435-1900 or by contacting one of the expert agents directly at


REALTOR Ring Day 2017

by Morse Real Estate

This holiday season, over 100 REALTOR® associations will be supporting the Salvation Army on Friday, December 1. This idea came from a REALTOR® member in Fargo, N.D., who wanted to give real estate professionals an opportunity to support a cause familiar to them - housing. The Salvation Army was the perfect fit because it offers so many housing-related programs. This is the Iowa Association of Realtor’s sixth year participating in this great event joining over 26 other states ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

Last year, more than 300 Iowa REALTORS® representing all 17 local boards participated in this event and raised more than $30,000. A few members of our team came out to volunteer. We had a lot of fun joking, singing and ringing!

Your Home Just Got More Valuable

by Morse Real Estate

The National Association of Realtors just released a report covering the latest data on our national housing market. Many of the figures were staggering and surprising. The following charts summarize the biggest findings from the report.

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Housing Supply Year-Over-Year: Last 12 Months: One of the more surprising data produced from National Association of Realtors was the giant leap in housing shortage from July to August. It showed that nationally we are experiencing an incredible 10% decrease in homes on the market. It could be reasoned that a lot of buyers scooped up a ton of inventory during the summer leaving August high and dry. This could also mean buyers are struggling to find their next dream home.

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Seller Traffic By State: To breakdown the data and apply it to each state we can see just how many homes are listed for sale by state. Alaska, New Mexico, Maine and four other states are experiencing Very Strong seller traffic numbers which means there are more homes to choose from. However, Iowa and Nebraska and most of the nation do not share the same fate. Seller traffic is weak meaning that these housing markets are struggling and need more homes listed for sale.

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Existing Home Prices Year-Over-Year by Region: Nationally sellers are receiving 5.1% more for their homes this year versus last year. However, sellers in the Midwest are receiving 5.5% more on average. 

Let’s break that down for our local real estate market:

Average home sold in Council Bluffs, Iowa since September 1: $145,615

On average, sellers are receiving $8,008 more this year versus last year

Average home sold in Omaha, Nebraska since September 1: $199,374

On average, sellers are receiving $10,965 more this year versus last year

By the way, homes are selling for more and much faster as opposed to last year, with many having multiple offers in less than 48 hours.

How Many Homes Sold Last Week?

by Morse Real Estate

Kids are back in school but it hasn’t slowed the housing market down. Just over the last weekend, our brokerage had a listing that received over 20 written offers on it! 

Here are the number of homes that have sold in our local markets in the last week:

Homes that sold in the Omaha area: 326 Homes
Average home price: $208,572
Homes that sold in the Council Bluffs area: 29 Homes
Average home price: $161,066

To find out more about what your home is worth, contact one of our experienced agents today!

Most Expensive and Cheapest Homes Sold in July

by Morse Real Estate

The month of July is officially behind us and August has begun. That means it is time to look at the cheapest and most expensive homes sold last month.

Photo Credit: Douglas County Assessors Office
1. Cheapest home sold in Omaha
For a whopping $12,500, this 1.5 story home in Omaha was on a 137 x 100 lot with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. This tiny home had just under 840 square feet including a full basement. It was on the market for just 2 days before being paid for in cash.

Photo Credit: Douglas County Assessors Office
2. Most expensive home sold in Omaha
Located in the Fairacres subdivision on 1.36 acres, this 2.5 story brick home offered 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms with full basement for $1,552,000. It featured over 6,200 square feet and annual taxes of $28,132. Remarkably, it was only on the market for 1 day selling to a conventional buyer with 20% down.


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3. Cheapest home sold in southwest Iowa
A buyer finally snagged this home in Shenandoah after it was on the market for 328 days. They paid $7,500 cash for 968 total square feet featuring 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the main floor.

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4. Most expensive home sold in southwest Iowa
The most expensive home sold in southwest Iowa was purchased in Council Bluffs last month for $795,000 after only 6 days on the market. The brick, ranch-style home with over 5,300 square feet had a private drive, outdoor kitchen, in-ground swimming pool with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms all on 4.5 acres. 

Want to know more about the homes selling around you? Click to find an agent.

How Many Homes Sold in the Last 7 Days?

by Morse Real Estate

Since July 29th, the market has picked up substantially in both Omaha and Council Bluffs areas. Prices are going to continue to climb, act now before you are priced out of your future home.

If you are on the fence about listing your home for sale and debating whether now is the time to move on with your plans of relocating… don't wait!

There are more buyers that are ready, willing and able to buy their first, second, third, or investment property now than there has been in years! The supply of homes for sale is not keeping up with the demand of these buyers.

Listing your home for sale now will give you the most exposure to buyers and the best sales price.

Homes that sold in the Omaha area: 162 Homes

Average home price: $188,035
Homes that sold in the Council Bluffs area: 30 Homes

Average home price: $179,678

To find out more about what your home is worth, contact one of our experienced agents today!

Hydrant Party Time

by Christy Rhoades

It is time for the sound of water roaring through the broad opening of a nearby hydrant and screams of delight as the cool water splashes everyone on the hottest days of the year! Visit with the neighbors, watch the kids and enjoy the fun.

Click to download the neighborhood hydrant party schedule for Council Bluffs. 

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