HOME Real Estate wins Relocation Award
February 27th, 2014
HOME Real Estate has received the 2013 Partner in Quality Award from WHRGroup Employee Relocation.
The award is based on service and cost metric to WHR and the service rankings provided to transferring employees. In Lincoln, these are State Farm employees being transferred to a different city.
WHR monitors and records every transaction associated with a transferring employee and surveys transferees on their experiences. The Partner in Quality Award requires a minimum of 10 transactions in one year, and HOME Real Estate achieved a best-in-class ranking in the top one percentile of all service partners in its category.
HOME Real Estate, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, is the area’s leading real estate company serving the Lincoln, Seward, and surrounding areas. The company’s agents are committed to providing clients with exceptional service in all stages of the building, buying, and selling process, including real estate, mortgage, title, and insurance. For more information about HOME Real Estate, visit www.HomeRealEstate.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Chili Cook-off raises $2,000 for American Cancer Society
February 27th, 2014
HOME Real Estate and Woods Bros Realty agents and staff helped to raise more than $2,000 during the fifth annual Soup or Chili Cook-off for Cancer Wednesday in Lincoln.
The Chili Cook-Off raised $2,025 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, HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance and Larabee School of Real Estate. The group has raised a total of more than $10,000 to date.
This year the Celebrity Judge Award went to John Fink of the HOME Real Estate North office for his Smoked Turkey Chili. Celebrity judges were Channel 8 Eyewitness News Anchor Rod Fowler and Greta’s Gourmet Co-Founder Kevin Mandigo.
The People’s Choice Award (with the most beans) went to Jean Piontek and Paul DeVries of the Woods Bros Realty Wilderness Hills office for their Hardrock Baked Potato Soup.
“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.”
The 2014 participants from HOME Real Estate were: John Fink, North office; Noel Herrington, Cotner office; Chefs Amy Birkholz and Shawndel Polivka and Soup Servers Mitzi Garthright and Jake Grasmick, Pine Lake; and Fran O’Leary, Pioneer Greens. Connie Hain made her “Say Cheese-y Potato Soup” and hosted a photo booth for the Support Services office.
More photos from the event can be viewed on the HOME Facebook page.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Congratulations to HOME’s 2013 award winners
February 10th, 2014
HOME Real Estate celebrated its top professionals at an awards banquet Feb. 7 at the Country Club of Lincoln.
Karen Schaeffer of the Cotner office was named 2013 Realtor of the Year, and Abby Burmeister of the Pioneer Greens office was the Top Overall Residential Producing and Listing Producing Associate. Leighun Brabec of the North office was the second recipient of the Steve Schleich Community Service Award.
Mary Stull of the Pioneer Greens office earned Top Overall Residential Selling Associate, and Jeff Johnson of the Cotner office had the Most Closed Units by an Associate. John Fink earned the Excellence in Outgoing Referrals Award.
Paul & Madonna Kardell of the Pioneer Greens office won the top Couple Awards for listing, selling and overall production, while Lydi and Vladimer Gorbun from the Pine Lake office were the Top Overall Residential New Construction Couple and had the Most Units Closed by a Couple.
The Top Overall Producing Team and Most Units Closed by a Team awards went to the Searcy Team of the Cotner office.
Each office recognized agents in four different categories. Top Producers in each office were: Jeff Johnson, Cotner office; Jeni Eitzman Meyer, North office; Donna Melichar, Pine Lake office; and Abby Burmeister, Pioneer Greens office.
Newcomer of the Year awards went to Jennifer Witzel at Cotner, April Bohling at North, Shawndel Polivka at Pine Lake, and Janelle Wise of Pioneer Greens.
The Top New Construction Associates in each office were Noel Herrington, Cotner; Katie Bugbee, North; Donna Melichar, Pine Lake; and Vern Sorensen, Pioneer Greens.
Finally, all the agents in each office voted for a fellow agent who best exemplifies the spirit of the office. Noel Herrington won the Agent Choice award from Cotner, Leighun Brabec for North, Donna Melichar for Pine Lake and Jeannine Curtis for Pioneer Greens.
To see more of the sales awards, visit www.HomeRealEstate.com/Awards.
View photos from the event in our Facebook album.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Shannon Williams
February 4th, 2014
Shannon Williams joins the North office. She has lived in Lincoln since 1984. She is a graduate of Doane College where she earned a degree in psychology. She has worked in the health industry and her expertise is health education and group facilitation. Her hobbies include art, gardening, reading, home decor and enjoying the outdoors. Shannon can be reached at 402-310-4738 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
John Behrens named Shining Star for December
January 28th, 2014
John Behrens, NMLSR ID 494667, of HomeServices Lending was named the Shining Star for December. Behrens offices at the HOME Real Estate Cotner office. The Shining Star award is a monthly award to recognize an employee, sales associate or sales manager who has exceeded expectations in some area of his or her work.
Behrens’ nomination read:
“I need to nominate our lender, John Behrens, for the Shining Star award for December. Just now, a couple of men came into our office, lost, looking for the housing authority office. John was walking in when they came in, and was trying to give them directions (it is three blocks from Cotner). One of the men was blind – both appeared to be from another country by their accents. The blind man’s companion looked so confused and upset because he did not speak English well, did not understand directions, local landmarks or the street numbering system, and appeared almost near tears.
They were on foot. John dropped everything he was doing and put his things away in his office, and walked with them to the Housing Authority offices, making sure they got there okay. Such a generous thing to do – he really deserves a pat on the back for that!.”
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:
- The person went out of their way to exceed the HomeServices of Nebraska Standards and best practices.
- The gesture or service was above and beyond normal job requirements or expectations.
- 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.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Gaide named Home Owners Plus director
January 28th, 2014
Home Owners Plus has named a new director, Andie Gaide.
Gaide replaces outgoing Buffy Cornish at Home Owners Plus, which is a membership of home related businesses and services exclusive to clients of HOME Real Estate and its sister company.
Gaide holds a bachelor’s degree in business communication with a minor in psychology from Concordia University. Simultaneously, she earned her Nebraska real estate salesperson’s license from the Larabee School of Real Estate. After graduating, she represented HOME Real Estate in Lincoln at the Pine Lake office as an real estate agent before accepting the position.
Gaide will also assist HOME Real Estate associates with their clients’ American Home Shield home warranties.
For more information about the Home Owners Plus program, call 402-437-7600.Posted byHOME Real Estate
CFPB Tips for Homebuyers
January 23rd, 2014
Make the most of the new CFPB mortgage rules
Beginning January 2014, new rules take effect that are designed to achieve a common sense goal: When it comes to shopping for a home mortgage, it should be easy for consumers to find the information they need to make good decisions. The CFPB rules simply require lenders to document a borrower’s ability to repay the loan and follow other common sense rules to protect consumers.
The CFPB’s rules ensure that anyone being paid to help you find a mortgage treats you fairly at key points in the process. The rules are aimed at empowering you to shop for loans to buy and own a home with more confidence.
How the CFPB’s new rules help if you are shopping for a home loan
Tip #1: Only you can decide how much you are comfortable paying for your mortgage.
The new mortgage rules will make the market safer and easier to understand. For example, lenders now have to make a good faith effort to determine if you have the ability to repay your loan. They can meet this standard by making a loan known as a “Qualified Mortgage” that doesn’t have high fees and certain risky features like negative amortization or interest-only periods. But in the end, only you can decide how much you are comfortable paying for a mortgage.
Tip #2: Use your market information.
You will get a copy of any appraisal or valuation at least three business days before you go to closing. Appraisals can provide you an estimate of what a home is worth. You may also obtain your own independent appraisal. If the appraisal is well below the price you offered to pay, you may want to consider renegotiating the price or reviewing the appraiser’s work carefully to understand how the appraiser arrived at the estimated value.
Tip #3: Get reliable help.
Any company that is paid to help you find or get a mortgage must train its agents, brokers and loan originators and make sure they have been through a background check. With limited exceptions, the people you hire to help you find a mortgage should be licensed or registered at the state or federal level. Ask your loan originator about their credentials.
Tip #4: Watch those fees.
New CFPB mortgage rules limit the fees a lender can charge and still make what is called a Qualified Mortgage. In general, qualified mortgages do not have particularly risky features, and the points and fees are less than 3% of the loan amount, though fees can be higher for loans of less than $100,000. These rules do not require lenders to cap fees. You still have to decide for yourself whether it’s a good idea to pay high fees to get a loan. And be sure to review your closing statement carefully to make sure there are no fees there you did not agree to pay.
Fore more information, visit the CFPB online at www.consumerfinance.gov.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Gary Hardt
January 22nd, 2014
Gary Hardt joins the North office. He grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska where he attended Northeast high school. He attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. You may have seen him briefly on the movie screen, he has appeared as an extra in several movies, including his role as a stand-in for Stacy Keach in Alexander Payne’s movie “Nebraska” last October! Gary can be reached at 402-314-5484 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Mitzi Garthright!
January 20th, 2014
Mitzi Garthright joins the Pine Lake office. She may look familiar, she worked at the Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA) in the past. She is excited to be back with the HomeServices team. Her hobbies include baking, crocheting, spending time with family, friends and her dogs, Ziggy and Sweet Pea. Mitzi can be reached at 402-202-7229 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Amy Truell
January 20th, 2014
Amy Truell joins the Pioneer Greens office. She grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She attended Southeast High school. Then earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her hobbies include golf, collecting antiques and camping with her family. Amy can be reached at 402-805-0751 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate