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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Sold-FSBOYou’ve been searching for homes with your agent but can’t find the one that’s ‘just right.’ You know the inventory is tight and that the right one will come along soon, but you’re getting impatient!

Then you stumble across a house that looks perfect. But it’s For Sale By Owner. Now what?

Your agent can still help you – and he should! Just because the owner is selling privately doesn’t mean you can’t look at the house or even own it. Tell your agent about the house and share the address and phone number with him. Your agent will call the owner to see if he’s willing to work with buyers who are represented by a Realtor.

If the owner is willing to pay your agent a professional fee, he and the agent will meet prior to your seeing the house to agree on compensation. That’s usually a percentage of the sale price, but it can also be a set amount. With that agreement in place, your agent will show you the house, and if you decide it’s ‘the one,’ he’ll help you prepare an offer for the seller. Your agent will continue to work on your behalf and help you navigate the transaction to a successful closing.

If the owner is not willing to pay your agent a professional fee, you’ve still got a couple of options. You could choose to pay your agent the professional fee yourself – there’s no rule that says it has to be paid by the seller. You could also choose to negotiate directly with the seller and try to put the deal together on your own. By doing that you’re essentially firing your agent (even if you really like him!) and you’ll need to handle inspection deadlines, repair negotiations and follow-up, and any lender requirements without his guidance. If you haven’t bought a home before, or don’t feel comfortable ‘flying solo,’ you’ll want to give that decision some serious thought before proceeding!

(Consider, too, what you’ll do in case your direct negotiations with the seller are not successful. Will you be able to go back to your agent after dumping him? Ultimately that depends on the kind of relationship you have with your Realtor, but it’s something to keep in mind!)

In today’s market of very limited inventory, it’s only natural that we’d see more sellers trying to sell By Owner. As the buyer, know that you’ve got options and that it’s OK to look at FSBO properties. Talk to your agent and have a game plan in place, so when you find the right house, you can move forward confidently!


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Matt Hardesty receives the Shining Star Award from CEO Gene Brake.

Matt Hardesty receives the Shining Star Award from CEO Gene Brake.

Matt Hardesty of the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office was named Shining Star for April.

His nomination read:

“Matt has helped me repeatedly, and–as a new agent–he has had several conversations with me that were informative and helpful. He also has reviewed my paperwork, when I didn’t know what to turn in, and others were not available. I took him to lunch to ask some marketing questions, and he insisted on picking up his own tab and told me he’d be glad to help me any time. I met Matt when he sent a couple that called regarding his listing to me on a Saturday morning I was on phone duty. He wanted to avoid the dual agency, and, as a result, I made my first sale! Matt is friendly, matter-of-fact, helpful, and well-informed. He’s been a ‘Shining Star’ to me!”

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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