Luba Stepanyuk

Luba Stepanyuk

Luba Stepanyuk joins the Wilderness Hills office. Luba grew up in Waverly, Nebraska. She moved to Lincoln in 2005. Her hobbies include art, travel and reading. Luba can be reached at 402-202-3255 or luba.stepanyuk@woodsbros.com


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Kara Fehlhafer

Kara Fehlhafer

Kara Fehlhafer joins the Seward office.  She has over 15 years of real estate experience, in Alliance, Nebraska. Her family recently moved to the Utica area. She looks forward to new opportunities in Seward and surrounding communities. Her hobbies include sewing, reading and spending time with family. Kara can be reached at 402-636-0227 or kara.fehlhafer@woodsbros.com.


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Managing Broker Arla Meyer presents Marlene Bandars with the Shining Star Award.

Managing Broker Arla Meyer presents Marlene Bandars with the Shining Star Award.

Marlene Bandars, office staff at the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office was named Shining Star for September.

Her nomination read:

“Marlene is the most positive person I know. She is always very helpful and anticipates what might be helpful to us as agents, and very gracious to our clients. I’ve never seen any negative attitude or words from her. We are remodeling our office right now and she has been amazing in her support to us in getting our offices packed up, and very helpful to Arla in orchestrating this huge undertaking. Marlene is an absolute rock star in my book!”

Shining Stars are HomeServices of Nebraska associates, including managers, employees and agents, who help make our company a better place for our customers, clients and for each other. Nominees must exemplify the following:

  1. The person went out of their way to exceed the HomeServices of Nebraska Standards and best practices.
  2. The gesture or service was above and beyond normal job requirements or expectations.
  3. The employee, manager or agent went beyond the call of duty to ensure the needs of a customer, fellow employee or agent.

Anyone is invited to nominate employees, agents or managers who have displayed The Shining Star Spirit. For someone to be recognized, a Shining Star Nomination Form must be submitted by the 15th of every month. *A participant is eligible to win one (1) time per year.

Shining Star Values

Positive Attitude – A positive attitude is focusing on what is useful, beneficial and worthwhile in each and every situation. Your attitude is displayed through your words, actions and facial expressions with your customers and those around you.

Accountable - Accountable is being responsible for your actions and behaviors as they impact customers and those around you.

Responsive – Being responsive is being open to the situation as it occurs and responding in a sensitive manner to meet needs and expectations.

Teamwork – Teamwork is helping each other win and taking pride in each other’s victories. No one person or department alone can provide for the comprehensive needs of our customers. We achieve our goals when working together as a team.

No Excuses – A culture of no excuses acknowledges when mistakes or perceived shortcomings are made and seeks to correct or make right rather than rationalize or justify the problem.

Exemplary - To serve as a model or example of positive action; strive for high performance standards and deliver results. Demonstrate technical competence. Set high standards for self, demonstrating integrity and superior customer service skills.

Responsibility – Responsibility is acting with initiative and understanding that our organization and our customers are depending on us.

Service - Service is everything we do to exceed the needs and expectations of our customers at all times.

Safety – Demonstrate the importance of safety and how it may influence our daily lives.


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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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