Shannon Butalla

Shannon Butalla

Shannon Butalla joins our Pioneer Greens office. She grew up in Lincoln and graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her hobbies include swimming, travel and spending time with family. Shannon can be reached at 402-429-5650 or shannon.butalla@homerealestate.com

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Phil Knudson

Phil Knudson

Phil Knudson joins the Pioneer Greens office. He grew up in Lincoln and attended Nebraska Wesleyan University. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and travel. Phil can be reached at 402-730-0010 or phil.knudson@homerealestate.com

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Welcome HOME to Joe Wilson
April 8th, 2015

Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson

Joe Wilson joins the Pine Lake office. He has held a real estate license since 1973.  His hobbies include spending time with his grandchildren and playing golf. Joe can be reached at 402-450-5183 or joewilson@homerealestate.com

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Less than a year ago, Jordan and Aspen were individually preparing for their uncertain futures. Jordan had been looking for a house to buy, and Aspen had been looking for teaching jobs in different states when Jordan first met her. Messages and texts led to a dinner date in Omaha.

“From then we just knew something was different, and everything clicked,” Jordan said.

Within months, Jordan brought Aspen in on his home hunt to get her input. She was hesitant at first.

The new couple quickly learned about the fast-moving local real estate market when Jordan almost put an offer on a house in their desired neighborhood only to find that he’d have to jump a little faster.

Then they found a house on the same street online. Jordan called his HOME Real Estate agent, Adam Wiekamp, for a showing the next day by himself.

“Afterwards I was sent lots of pictures, hoping for my approval,” Aspen said. “He was very excited about it, and before we both knew it Jordan put in an offer, and it was accepted.”

Jordan proposes to Aspen in their future backyard.

Jordan proposes to Aspen in their future backyard.

But Jordan had more plans in mind for the home. With the help of his agent, Adam, they contacted the home’s listing agent, Tammy Peter of Woods Bros Realty, to ask the sellers if Jordan could use the backyard to propose to Aspen before the closing.

Another piece fell into place; the home sellers were happy to help because they had also been engaged in the home.

Jordan enlisted his friends to string lights in the backyard and prepare a fire-pit. He made up a story about having to check out some rocks in the yard. What she didn’t realize is that his friends were hiding with three cameras and a video camera.

“I explained to her how much I loved her and got down on my knee and asked her to marry me,” Jordan said. “She was very shocked and surprised and loved that I picked our future home together as a location for our engagement. A place that we will hold special in our hearts will now be a place we come home to each night. “

Aspen said yes to Jordan that night and yes to their future house. Their parents eagerly awaited the news.

“It was great that the homeowners allowed us to have the keys that night to be able to do this,” Jordan said.

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Newly engaged couple Jordan and Aspen

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Jen Grossenbacher

Jen Grossenbacher

Jen Grossenbacher joins the Pine Lake office. She grew up in Lincoln and attended Pius High School. She also attended Hastings College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her hobbies include working out, reading and spending time with her son. Jen can be reached at 402-419-1862 or jen.grossenbacher@homerealestate.com.

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ACME Electric Systems is owned and operated by Joe Lutter of Lincoln, NE. Joe and his partner Bob have been servicing Lincoln’s electric needs since 2001. They possess years on on-the-job experience and are industry certified, committed to keeping up with the latest advances in the field.

Servicing both residential and commercial properties, you can count on ACME to deliver results and be quick and efficient while maintaining accuracy and professionalism. Call ACME for electrical audits, repairs, installations, build outs, and more.

The expertise Joe and Bob bring to their line of work is much appreciated by real estate agents and customers, alike.  “We never cut corners and we never will” – Bob Helfer.

Joe – 402-416-0041          Bob – 402-430-3744

Or Visit their website at www.joesresidentialelectric.com

ACME

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HOME Real Estate agents and staff helped to raise more than $3,000 during the sixth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.

The Chili Cook-Off raised $3,081 for the American Cancer Society through $1 voting beans. Voters were made up of HOME and Woods Bros agents and staff, along with staff from Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate. The group has raised more than $13,000 at these events to date.

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Mary Ryan, People's Choice winner

This year, the People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Mary Ryan of the HOME Real Estate Cotner office for her Jalapeño Popper Turkey Chili.

The Celebrity Judge Award went to John Janovy of the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office for his T&T Chili. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler, Lazlo’s Owner Jay Jarvis, and Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Joel.

Celebrity judges also awarded a new prize for Best Cinnamon Rolls to Miranda Watson with the Woods Bros Lincolnshire Square office.

“We’ve had a lot of cancer within our organization, and it’s just affected so many families, so many agents, that we wanted to do something,” HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake said. “This was our way of participating and trying to help find a cure.”

Eric and the Buffini Girls of the Pine Lake Office

Eric and the Buffini Girls of the Pine Lake Office

The 2015 participants from HOME Real Estate were: Mary Ryan, Cotner office; June Ring, North office; Eric Brown “and the Buffini Girls,” Pine Lake; and Steve Stueck “and the Pioneer Greens girls,” Pioneer Greens. Kristin Boucher represented HomeServices Lending, Peggy Forcier cooked on behalf of NLTA, and Mike Hasemann souped up for the Support Services corporate team.

More photos from the event can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/2015-hsne-chili-cookoff.

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Hasemann named Shining Star
February 27th, 2015

Mike Hasemann with CEO Gene Brake

Mike Hasemann with CEO Gene Brake

Mike Hasemann, of our accounting department, was recently named a Shining Star.

His nomination read:

“Mike is amazing and has been wearing so many hats! He goes out of his way to help with anything needed and always is pleasant and has a smile on his face! I have never once seen him stressed or overwhelmed even in the midst of year-end reports and start of new year … all this while covering 3 positions! Mike truly is a shining star!”

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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Welcome HOME to Heather Niemann
February 26th, 2015

Heather Niemann

Heather Niemann

Heather Niemann joins the Pioneer Greens office. She grew up in Grand Island. She moved to Lincoln in 2011. Her hobbies include working out and spending time with her family. Heather can be reached at 308-930-0072 or heatherniemann@homerealestate.com.

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“IT Guys” named Shining Stars
February 24th, 2015

Bryan Snodgrass and Steve Dowse, of our Information Technology “Help Desk” department, were recently named Shining Stars.

Their nomination read:

“Bryan & Steve face many obstacles when working with us day to day. The way they negotiate through them inspires everyone.  We are thrilled to have them on our team and we want them to know how much we appreciate the work they do for us. They are truly our Shining Stars.”

Bryan Snodgrass & Steve Dowse

Bryan Snodgrass & Steve Dowse

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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