Manette Kidney

Manette Kidney

Manette Kidney joins the Wilderness Hills office. She graduated from high school in upstate New York and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1986. She has an associates degree in Legal Assisting. Her hobbies include teaching spinning classes, running marathons and traveling. Manette can be reached at 402-450-8364 or manette.kidney@woodsbros.com.


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Mason-Rekte.Natassia

Natassia Mason-Rekte

Natassia Mason-Rekte joins the Country Club Plaza office. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended Lincoln High school and Southeast Community college. Her hobbies include music, sports, interior design and spending time with her daughter. Natassia can be reached at 402-802-3821 or natassia@woodsbros.com.


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Traditions of Excellence   September 25th, 2014

Some special kind of anticipation begins to sweep across the state each year when the old pigskin is set to appear in Memorial Stadium. For many Husker fans football seasons bring a wonderful mix of eagerness and hope that spans from the still hot days of August to the crisp days of the holiday season.

Just like Woods Bros Realty, Nebraska football began building its rich traditions nearly 125 years ago, and many of those traditions remain. For instance, releasing balloons to celebrate each of the Huskers’ first touchdowns is a tradition begun in the 1940s.

Some newer traditions have evolved. For example, the Tunnel Walk, which is already about 20 years old, gets periodic tweaks. It has served to fire up the team and the crowd with straight game-faces, theatrical smoke, and even a house cat.

Perhaps the proudest Husker tradition of excellence: Nebraska leads the nation in the number of Academic All-Americans in football, (and all NCAA sports).

Success naturally follows solid leadership. Nebraska’s teams have had a great variety of leaders on the field executing plays, and on the sidelines calling them. Bob Devaney, beloved by the fans, was a decisive and creative coach on the sidelines and a colorful character off the field.

Nebraska’s football traditions are richer for the efforts of Tom Osborne. His rock steady demeanor and his dignified approach will always be associated with Husker football, and of course his legacy reaches well beyond sport to make him a distinguished Nebraskan. Among Osborne’s achievements is his incredible record of victories, (255 wins out of 307 games coached). He made Nebraska a consistent winner.

In 1976, the bicentennial year, Nebraska was a preseason favorite to contend for the National championship. Tom Osborne was not yet 40 years old and was already in his third season as head coach. Many people felt that the finest game of the bowl season was that year’s Astro Bluebonnett Bowl in Houston where Osborne’s Nebraska team met Texas Tech on New Year’s Eve. Sometimes you have to shake it up, and Osborne pulled out all the stops to allow the Cornhuskers’ quarterback Vince Ferragamo to lead the team to a big win.

In that same 1976 season, the Woods family made a donation that added the delightful Little Red Fire Truck to the traditions of the state’s great game.

Pace Woods, Jr. with the "Little Red" Fire Engine Woods Bros Realty donated to the University in 1976.

Pace Woods, Jr. with the "Little Red" Fire Engine Woods Bros Realty donated to the University in 1976.


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Jacquie Belk

Jacquie Belk

Jacquie Belk joins the Wilderness Hills office. Jacquie grew up in Elgin, Nebraska and moved to Lincoln in 2010. Her hobbies include golf, reading, camping and spending time with family. Jacquie can be reached at 402-851-0630 or jacquie.belk@woodsbros.com.


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Ty Potter

Ty Potter

Ty Potter joins the Lincolnshire office. He grew up in Cozad, Nebraska and moved to Lincoln in 1999. His hobbies include running, camping and sports. Ty can be reached at 402-802-6368 or ty.potter@woodsbros.com.


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Krista Potter

Krista Potter

Krista Potter joins our Lincolnshire office. She grew up in Minden, Nebraska and moved to Lincoln in 1979 to attend college. She has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. Her hobbies include home remodeling, running and gardening. Krista can be reached at 402-560-0487 or Krista.potter@woodsbros.com.


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Tom Upton

Tom Upton

Tom Upton joins the Wilderness Hills Office.  He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. He moved to Lincoln in 1989 and was owner/manager for Godfather’s Pizza. His hobbies include working out, volleyball and bowling. Tom can be reached at 402-202-5290 or Tom.Upton@woodsbros.com.


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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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