NLTA names new general manager, announces promotions and hires
August 27th, 2014
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.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Boucher to head up HomeServices Lending in Lincoln
July 28th, 2014
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, LLCHomeServices 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. Posted byHOME Real Estate
HOME Real Estate honored by American Heart Association
July 24th, 2014
HOME Real Estate and its sister companies were named “Top Team” by the American Heart Association for most dollars raised in the 500-999 employee category. HOME 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 the HOME offices!
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Welcome HOME to Brad Johnson
June 25th, 2014
Brad Johnson joins the North office. Brad will be working with Don Johnson Homes. His hobbies include; golf, fishing and spending time with his kids. Brad can be reached at 402-617-3663 or email@example.comPosted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Chuck Waldron
June 19th, 2014
Chuck Waldron joins the Cotner office. He has been an agent in Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Lincoln. His hobbies include riding motorcycles, watching sports and working on old cars. Chuck can be reached at 402-202-7552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Vanessa Smith
June 19th, 2014
Vanessa Smith joins the Cotner office. She is proud of her three amazing children and has been a stay-at-home mom for the last five years. Her hobbies include, gardening, home decor and staging properties. Vanessa can be reached at 402-853-1499 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate
HOME agents earn Realtor Mark of Excellence Award
May 6th, 2014
The Nebraska Realtors Association announced the following HOME Real Estate 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: Darlene Fletcher, Rita Griess, Val Javorsky, Julie Joeckel, Eric Lemke, Donna Melichar, Pat Ohmberger, Pam Oliver, Jeff Searcy, and Carla Waldbaum.
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.
Welcome HOME to Tony McTaggart
May 1st, 2014
Tony McTaggart joins the North office. He grew up in Hartington, Nebraska. He attended Cedar Catholic and graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a finance degree. His hobbies are golfing, playing cards and playing guitar. Tony can be reached at 402-640-3642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
5 reasons to use a professional real estate agent to sell your home
April 23rd, 2014
Today’s hot real estate market may leave some home sellers thinking they can sell a home on their own. After all, you see for sale signs change to sold—sometimes in the same day—throughout your neighborhood. How hard can it be?
In today’s complex regulatory environment, the hardest part of selling a home isn’t finding the buyer. It’s keeping the transaction moving forward through closing.
Here are the top five reasons, not only to use a real estate agent, but to use a professional real estate agent to sell your home.
1. A true professional will be honest.
The first lie some agents tell a seller is about the price. Many agents “buy” listings, by agreeing to set the price too high, and then losing valuable market time and reducing the price down the road. Others set the price too low to get a quick sale with minimum work. An experienced professional will have done his/her research and will have documentation for the market value of your home.
The second place you want your agent to be honest is regarding the condition of your home. Some agents will tell you what you want to hear, that your home will sell as is. A professional will tell you whether or not you need to clean, declutter, paint, or more, so that you can maximize sales price and minimize market time. Choose a professional who will give it to you straight.
2. A professional will have support.
Most real estate agents are independent contractors. But there’s a big difference between the ones who fly solo and the ones with a team of other agents and support staff backing them up. Does the agent work with an in-house lender and closer and other services to make the transaction flow more smoothly? Does the agent have support staff to make sure the “i”s are dotted and “t”s are crossed and that your listing information is accurate and thorough, or do they do it themselves? Do they have other experienced agents and a full-time broker to answer any questions they have? What if something goes wrong? Is there legal support? Choose someone who has backup.
3. A professional will value ongoing learning.
All REALTORS® are required to take a certain number of hours of continuing education, but the ones who take their careers the most seriously will be knowledgeable about the latest information affecting home owners and the housing industry, not to mention being up-to-date with technology and the local market.
4. A true professional is accessible.
The best real estate agents are busy, but they shouldn’t be too busy to respond to you in a reasonable amount of time. If they don’t return your calls in a timely manner, they could be difficult for the buyer’s agent to reach, and could ultimately delay closing or cost you the sale.
5. A professional knows his/her value.
True professional real estate agents—who make real estate their careers—work hard for the fees they charge and show their value in minimized hassle and maximized profit for their clients, who only pay when the transaction is successfully closed. How many other professions are like that? Choose wisely, and call a professional.
You can find one here.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Melissa Nielsen
April 17th, 2014
Melissa Nielsen joins the North office. She grew up in Fremont, Nebraska. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Kearney where she earned a Management in Parks Recreation and Tourism degree and a minor in Health Science. Her hobbies include golf, volleyball and water sports. Melissa can be reached at 402-719-1670 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate