Todd Lorenz

Todd Lorenz

HOME Real Estate announces the addition of Todd Lorenz as part of the creation of a new commercial brokerage division to complement their existing residential service offerings in Lincoln.

A licensed commercial real estate broker and civil engineer with more than 20 years of land development experience, Lorenz has assisted property owners by identifying the highest and best use of their property and has also represented buyers to locate and acquire property that is best suited to serve their business needs.

HOME Real Estate’s commercial division is suited to provide commercial brokerage services to retail, office, agricultural and industrial clients. For more information, contact Lorenz at 402-730-3877.

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Welcome HOME to Bruce Stahl
July 23rd, 2015

Stahl.BruceBruce Stahl joins the Cotner office. He earned his Broker’s License in 2002. Bruce will focus on commercial and investment properties. Earning his M.B.A., he has a primary interest in small to mid-market commercial/investment properties in both sales and leasing. His clients can rely on his negotiating skills and positive attitude for a solid real estate experience. His success is through hard work and diligent follow through with every prospect and client. True to his full-service ethic, he offers both practical and creative ideas to maximize service to his clients.  Bruce can be reached at 402-890-5696 or bruce.stahl@homerealestate.com.

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Welcome HOME to Ron Miller
July 16th, 2015

Ron Miller

Ron Miller

Ron Miller joins the Pine Lake office. He grew up in Sharpsburg, Maryland. He moved to Nebraska in 1994 to attend graduate school at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His hobbies include genealogy, softball and spending time with family. Ron can be reached at 402-419-8992 or ron.miller@homerealestate.com

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Kimberly Rempel

Kimberly Rempel

Kimberly Rempel joins the Pine Lake office. She grew up in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Attended University of Nebraska Lincoln where she received a bachelor of science in elementary education and a bachelor of science in family and consumer science from Chadron State College. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, baking and deer hunting. Kimberly can be reached at 402-202-3754 or kimberly.rempel@homerealestate.com.

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Welcome HOME to Todd Lorenz
July 16th, 2015

Todd Lorenz

Todd Lorenz

Todd Lorenz joins the Pine Lake office. He grew up in Springfield, Nebraska moving to Lincoln to attend University of Nebraska Lincoln. His hobbies include golf, attending University of Nebraska Lincoln athletic events and spending time with family. Todd can be reached at 402-730-3877 or Todd.Lorenz@HomeRealEstate.com

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HomeServices of Nebraska recently promoted Andie Gaide to Director of Education for the Larabee School of Real Estate and hired Turan Odabasi as Regional General Counsel, David Kaseman as Sales Force Business Development Manager, and Lindsey Cox as Home Warranty Coordinator.

Gaide has held four positions within the company within the past four years, which allows her to see the real estate business from the point of view of an agent and a staff member. She will continue as Director of Home Owners Plus, the company’s home services membership program, in addition to heading up the real estate school. Gaide holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communication from Concordia University in Seward. She grew up in Colorado in a real estate family and loves to stay active, cook and spend time with friends and family.

Odabasi previously spent 21 years at the University of Nebraska, the last 11 of which were as Associate General Counsel. Originally from St. Paul, Neb., he holds a bachelor of science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Nebraska College of Law. He was a member of the Leadership Lincoln Class XVII. Odabasi and his wife, Cynthia, have two daughters—Cassie, 26, and Rachel, 12—and a Labrador Retriever, Trixie.

Kaseman, in his new role, will help HOME Real Estate agents build their businesses while achieving a positive work-life balance. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Westmar College and was previously a sales force trainer for 3M Company, owner of Physicians Business Management, and has been a REALTOR® since 2010, having been named Woods Bros Realty’s Shining Star for his success as a new agent. He enjoys gardening, yoga, grilling, and raising two young children.

Cox will work as a liaison between HOME clients and the company’s home warranty provider. She comes from Nelnet and has years of customer service experience, including hospitality and timeshare. She was raised in Lincoln and graduated from Lincoln High School, then attended McPherson College in Kansas. She and her husband, Joey, have a four-year-old son, Peyton. They enjoy camping, traveling, swimming and spending time with family and friends.

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5 Tips to Mix Patterns and Textures Like a Designer

by Jolene Wismer
Design Consultant,
Custom Blinds & Design

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Mixing patterns and textures is a great way to personalize your space and add interest to any room, making your home feel more established and inviting.  Use your upholstery, rugs, pillows, draperies, ottomans, wall papers, and accessories to apply different textures and patterns in a space.

1.  Follow the basic design rule of thumb for adding pattern:  a neutral palette and adding color/pattern as an accent. To achieve an eclectic look for your space, find 3 patterns to use in one room.  Consider using the 60/30/10 approach;  60% of your favorite selection, 30% with your second choice, and 10% being an accent (i.e. pillow, side chair).  You’re not limited to these guidelines, they’re just good formulas to follow if you need direction.

2.  Start with the basics:  Use a black and white pattern first. A black and white accent will sharpen up the look of any room, adding that WOW factor your space might be missing.  The smaller the pattern scale, the less bold.  But it’s OK to go bold!  You don’t have to upholster an entire chair with this concept, just try a couple of pillows or a throw for now.

3.  Pattern and texture will also compliment a ‘cleaner’ more contemporary space. You can maintain a preferred minimalist look if you add your patterns to different parts of the room, i.e. by limiting the patterns to a small chair or pillow in one corner…an ottoman or bench in another part of the room…or by applying very subtle neutral tone-on-tone patterns for your fabrics and rugs.  For a more muted space, try using textures instead of patterns.

4.  For an effortlessly stylish look, mix the old with the new. Mix a classic French scenic toile (Google it, it’s a real fabric!), with a bold, contemporary geometric pattern, or a traditional plaid with some fun polka dots!  Trust yourself; if you like it, it works!  If you’re unsure, you might always feel that way and so, it doesn’t work!  If you love a particular fabric or pattern, you will find its compliment…it’s out there, so keep looking!

5.  If you’re using different colors, consider sticking with the same saturation for each hue. Just keep those deeper saturated colors consistent from one pattern to the next. If you like a lot of contrast, mix different colors with different saturation levels (i.e. mixing jewel tones with pastels), but repeat some colors from one fabric to the next.  If you do a dark green striped pillow, pull that green from those stripes and select a fabric with that same green somewhere in that pattern.

Experiment with trial and error…have fun, and you’ll achieve a look you love!

Contact a Custom Blinds and Design professional for more tips to help you design your dream room!

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HOME Real Estate recently announced plans for a new signature building in the Midtown area of Lincoln, at 52nd and O Streets.

The move is an extension of HOME Real Estate’s longtime support of growth and revitalization in Lincoln. The Gateway Gardens project currently includes Cheddars restaurant and a new organic grocery store, Fresh Thyme, which is now being built. The HOME Real Estate office will be built between these two businesses.

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This move by HOME will align the brand with nationwide best practices for large real estate brokerages by creating a spacious, high end “hub”, centralizing services for clients and agents while maintaining smaller satellite offices in convenient locations around Lincoln. Such a move creates more synergy between the company’s 200 agents, staff and managers behind one storefront.

“We’ve studied real estate markets across the country, consulted with our agents and believe in the benefits of bringing large groups of agents together in this way,” said General Manager Shannon Harner. “It’s our opportunity to take real estate in Lincoln to the next level, while being an important part of the revitalization of the midtown area.”

The office will be high-tech and high-touch, complete with areas for every type of work style; shared spaces, private offices, fiber and top-of-the-line technology encompassed in about 20,000 square feet. It is being designed to accommodate both agents who work more in the office and very mobile agents.

HOME Real Estate will maintain three satellite locations around Lincoln to accommodate agents and clients in the surrounding neighborhoods. The new office is planned to open in early summer 2016.

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Michelle Lenners

Michelle Lenners

Michelle Lenners joins the Pine Lake office. She grew up in Beatrice and moved to Lincoln in 2008. Her hobbies include boating, spending time outdoors and going to activities with her boys. Michelle can be reached at 402-261-6081 or michelle.lenners@homerealestate.com

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Pat Ohmberger

Pat Ohmberger

Pat Ohmberger of HOME Real Estate was recently inducted into the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Political Action Committee (RPAC) Hall of Fame in Washington, DC.

Ohmberger’s induction recognizes more than 20 years of committee involvement, including the last six as the Major Investor Council representative for the Nebraska REALTORS® Association (NRA).

RPAC is a voice for private property rights. As an RPAC trustee for Nebraska’s 4,000+ membership, Ohmberger serves as the current Fund Raising chair. She believes the return on investment for her business is tenfold due to RPAC’s efforts.

In addition to her involvement with RPAC, Ohmberger’s real estate commitment extends to the chair for Residential Economic Issues and Trends, which provides information on the economic outlook for the real estate market. Detailed demographic surveys for the NAR membership are provided by the Research Committee, in which she also participates.

Ohmberger is dedicated to her community through local organizations including: Red Cross Board of Directors, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee, REALTORS® Association of Lincoln, Home Builder’s Association of Lincoln, and Lincoln Independent Business Association. She is a graduate of NAR Leadership Academy of 2011 and Leadership Lincoln class XXV.

Ohmberger is an Associate Broker for HOME Real Estate at the Pine Lake office. HOME Real Estate is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of Home Services of America.

For further information or interest in RPAC membership, contact Ohmberger at pat.ohmberger@homerealestate.com.

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