Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), under leadership of longtime employee and recently named General Manager Susan LaDuke, would like to welcome several new hires.

LaDuke joined what was then Capitol Title in 1995, and most recently the senior title manager of the commercial department. In her new position LaDuke will be taking on the day-to-day responsibility of running NLTA.

NLTA has named Judy Farmer as Title Productions Operations Manager in its Lincoln office. Farmer has more than 30 years experience in the title insurance business, having started as an abstracter and legal secretary in Nebraska City. She managed a title company there before moving to Lincoln 11 years ago to work as senior title examiner for another company. Farmer holds an associate’s degree in court reporting from Lincoln School of Commerce (now Kaplan University), and she served as deputy clerk of the Otoe County District Court for six years. Farmer has been a registered abstracter and licensed title insurance agent since 1989. She was appointed to the Nebraska Abstracters Board of Examiners in 2010 and also serves on the Nebraska Land Title Association’s legislative committee.

Farmer replaces Sheila Tracy, who has been promoted to Commercial Closing and Title Manager, LaDuke’s previous position. Tracy has more than 25 years of experience in the title industry starting in California in 1986. She has been with NLTA since March 2002 and was the Senior Commercial and Residential searcher for 11 years. Most recently Tracy served for the last year and a half as Residential Title Production Manager.

Marilyn Wimer rejoins NLTA as an Escrow Officer. She has more than 40 years of experience as an escrow officer, closing department manager and in marketing and business development. Wimer is the current president of the Nebraska Escrow Association, is a longtime active member of the REALTOR’s Association of Lincoln, and has been a licensed title agent since 1992. A former employee of Capitol Title (now NLTA) and a well-respected local escrow closer, LaDuke and her team are pleased to have Wimer back with the NLTA family.

NLTA has named Harleena Vocasek to the Construction Disbursing Clerk position. She has previously served as a mortgage loan assistant, a mortgage loan processor and an accountant at Perry Reid Properties, so she is no stranger to the real estate transaction. Vocasek holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration from Southeast Community College, is a Girl Scout leader and also a TeamMate mentor.

Barb McClellan has been promoted to Commercial Title Assistant. McClellan has worked in the title industry in Lincoln for 16 years. She started as a file clerk, then a receptionist, a customer service representative, a commitment typist, and most recently a title researcher. McClellan has also been with NLTA since 2002.

Nebraska Land Title and Abstract is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., and a full-service title insurance and escrow closing operation (agricultural, residential and commercial) serving the entire State of Nebraska. Founded in 1981 by its predecessor, Capitol Title, NLTA prides itself on providing customers with unparalleled service by title agents and escrow closing professionals who carry some of the most extensive knowledge and expertise in the industry. For more information, visit www.NebraskaLandTitle.com.


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MaKensey Harris

MaKensey Harris

MaKensey Harris joins the Beatrice office. She grew up in Kearney, Nebraska. She attended Kearney High and University of Nebraska at Kearney. Her hobbies include golf, shopping and spending time with family. MaKensey can be reached at 308-293-6363 or makensey.harris@woodsbros.com.


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Kristin Boucher

Kristin Boucher

Kristin Boucher (NMLSR ID 580477) has been promoted to Lincoln Branch Sales Manager for HomeServices Lending.

Boucher has 18 years of experience in real estate, title and mortgage, most recently as a Home Mortgage Consultant out of the HOME Real Estate Pine Lake office.

Originally from Simi Valley, CA, Boucher has been a Nebraska resident since 1999 and currently lives in Murdock. She and her husband Matt have twin boys, Austin and Jakob, who are almost 12 years old.

Boucher will office at 3910 South Street in Lincoln inside the Nebraska Land Title & Abstract office. She can be reached at (402) 441-3204, or Kristin.M.Boucher@HomeSvcLending.com. For more information about HomeServices Lending, visit www.hslne.com.

About HomeServices Lending, LLC

HomeServices Lending, LLC is the full-service mortgage lender under HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and is an affiliate of Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. HomeServices Lending is dedicated to serving the lending needs of home buyers, real estate professionals, builders and developers throughout the U.S. The company provides hundreds of mortgage programs, and its mortgage consultants are dedicated to serving each client’s unique financing needs.
All first mortgage products are provided by HomeServices Lending, LLC. HomeServices Lending, LLC may not be available in your area. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage is a division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Licensed by the Department of Corporations under the California Residential Mortgage Lending Act. Georgia Residential Mortgage License Number: 32253. Kansas Licensed Mortgage Company, License Number: SL.0026321. 333 South 7th St. 27th Floor Minneapolis, MN 55402 All Rights Reserved. NMLSR ID 490683 Equal Housing Lender.


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Woods Bros Realty has heart!   July 24th, 2014

Woods Bros Realty and its sister companies were named “Top Team” by the American Heart Association for most dollars raised in the 500-999 employee category. Woods Bros offices compete each year with paper heart purchases during the month of February, in addition to other events through the year. Thanks to our generous sales associates and staff, this trophy will be making its way around our offices!

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Justin Dalton

Justin Dalton

Justin Dalton joins the Country Club office. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended Lincoln North Star high school and Southeast Community college. He also works at the UNMC College of Dentistry. His hobbies include golf, movies and spending time with family. Justin can be reached at 402-617-9100 or justin.dalton@woodsbros.com.


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Vladimir

Vladimir

Vladimir Oulianov of Woods Bros Realty’s Country Club Plaza office was named one of America’s top real estate professionals by REAL Trends and as advertised in The Wall Street Journal. He is now a member of the “The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals,” a prestigious national awards ranking sponsored annually by the two respected publications. Vladimir is now ranked in the top one half of 1 percent of the more than 963,000 REALTORS® nationwide.

The Thousand real estate professionals was announced on June 27, 2014, with four separate categories honoring the top 250 residential agents and agent teams for excellence.

According to The Thousand, Vladimir had 210 transaction sides, ranking him 97th in the nation.

“The best individual agents and teams—including Vladimir’s award-winning efforts—were nothing short of phenomenal considering the recovering real estate market,” said Steve Murray, founder of Denver-based publishing and communications company REAL Trends, which compiled the list.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be named to The Thousand,” said Vladimir, who specializes in new efficient homes in Lincoln. For more information about Vladimir, visit www.NewEfficientHomes.com.

The ranking of The Thousand can be found at: www.thethousandrealestateprofessionals.com

Woods Bros Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, is a full-service company offering 125 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, more than 200 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

About The Thousand – This awards program was developed jointly by WSJ. Custom Studios (and is not affiliated with the Editorial Department) and REAL Trends, a leading source of analysis and information for the residential real estate brokerage industry. REAL Trends The Thousand honors America’s elite real estate agents and their companies and is compiled and analyzed by REAL Trends with a special ad section included in The Wall Street Journal.


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Ben Bleicher

Ben Bleicher

Ben Bleicher joins the Country Club Plaza office. Ben grew up in Lincoln and attended East high school and Doane college. His hobbies include spending time with his two children, traveling, dogs and anything sports related. Ben can be reached at 402-419-6309 or ben.bleicher@woodsbros.com.


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Robert Lorek

Robert Lorek

Robert Lorek joins the Country Club Plaza office. He grew up in Chicago and later moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, where he earned a Masters in Philosophy. He has lived all over the world and recently moved back to Lincoln. His hobbies include cooking, gardening and camping. Robert can be reached at 402-202-4064 or robert.lorek@woodsbros.com.


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Congratulations to Bill Harder on 20 years with Woods Bros Realty!

Managing Broker Judy Sasek presents Bill Harder with his 20-year anniversary clock.

Managing Broker Judy Sasek presents Bill Harder with his 20-year anniversary clock.


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Aaron Fuller

Aaron Fuller

Aaron Fuller joins the Wilderness Hills Office. He served in the United States Marine Corps. He has owned and operated his own trucking company for the last 9 years. He looks forward to working with as many of you as possible! Aaron can be reached at 402-326-0244 or aaron.fuller@woodsbros.com


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Tasheena Kemp

Tasheena Kemp

Tasheena Kemp joins the Wilderness Hills office. She grew up in Niobrara, Nebraska. She has an associate’s degree of applied science in Surgical Technology. Her hobbies include hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. She has a very energetic son and is planning a 2015 May wedding. Tasheena can be reached at 402-617-1311 or tasheena.kemp@woodsbros.com.


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Wendy Francis of the Wilderness Hills office is celebrating 20 years with Woods Bros Realty. Below, Managing Broker Judy Sasek and CEO Gene Brake present Wendy, center, with a 20-year anniversary clock.

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Janet Smith

Janet Smith

Janet Smith joins the Wilderness Hills Office. She grew up in Pender, Nebraska. She attended the the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has one grown daughter. Her hobbies include fishing, traveling and spending time with her family. Janet can be reached at 402-429-0321 or janet.smith@woodsbros.com.


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The Nebraska Realtors Association announced the following Woods Bros Realty members were recognized for receiving the Realtor Mark of Excellence Award during the 97th Annual Convention and Exhibition that was held on April 7-9, 2014 in LaVista: Al Avery, Jayne Debus, Karalyn Hoefer, Thane Jensen, Linda McCall, Arla Meyer, Kellie Naylor, Judy Sasek, and Sandy Souder.

The goal of the Mark of Excellence award is to promote professionalism in the industry by recognizing members for their participation at the local and national levels of the realtor organization, for activities in the National Association of Realtors institutes, societies and councils, for designations earned, for educational activities and for political involvement. Obtaining the Mark of Excellence award results in better educated, active members who will bring credit to themselves, to the association, to their clients and to the public by demonstrating functions of being a professional.


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Today’s low inventory of existing homes for sale is a challenge for home buyers. Building a new home can be a good solution for a home that meets your needs.

Low Existing Home Inventory

Buyers shopping for a home today are finding selection limited due to an extremely low inventory of homes for sale. Plus, homes in good condition are selling quickly, which can be frustrating for a buyer.

This makes it an even better time for home buyers to buy a new home or build a custom a home to meet their lifestyle and needs.

Low Interest Rates

Today’s interest rates are still low, hovering between four and five percent. Low rates mean a home buyer can afford more home than they could a few years ago. A reputable mortgage company can offer a wide range of financing programs to make it even easier to get into the home of your dreams.

Choose Your Neighborhood

There are a variety of areas in and around Lincoln with available lots for sale. A real estate agent specializing in new construction can help buyers find a lot in the location that fits their needs. Interested buyers can drive through some of the new neighborhoods to see which areas of growth appeal to them most.

Energy Efficiency

Today’s new homes save home buyers money on heating and cooling costs, as the efficiency standards have increased over time.

Some builders go above and beyond when considering energy efficiency. Compared with standard homes, Energy Starc homes meet strict energy efficiency guidelines, delivering hundreds of dollars in annual savings on heating, cooling and water bills. These guidelines also help protect the environment, creating less air pollution, and the Energy Star rating is becoming an important quality when considering resale value.

Spring Jubilee & Parade of Homes

With the Woods Bros Realty Spring Jubilee of Homes (April 27 and May 4), and the Home Builders Association of Lincoln’s Parade of Homes (May 11-18), the new construction season is getting under way.

Home buyers can tour brand-new homes throughout the area in all different styles and price ranges. They can then select from finished model homes and move right in or select a lot and floor plan and build a new home from the ground up.

Preview the Spring Jubilee of Homes here:


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