Rita Griess named Shining Star
November 13th, 2013
Rita Griess, Managing Broker at the HOME Real Estate North office in Lincoln, was named the Shining Star for November. 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.
Rita’s nomination read:
“I would like to nominate Rita Griess for going above and beyond the call of duty to help me in one of my recent transactions. I’m fairly new in the business and she has helped me very closely throughout all of my transactions, and I’m confident I would not be where I am today without her assistance. She has done a phenomenal job of being available for me, and I think she’s very deserving of a Shining Star award.”
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
Welcome HOME to Nic Fett
October 18th, 2013
Nic Fett joins the Pioneer Greens office. He attended Lincoln Southwest High School and also studied firefighting at Southeast Community College. His hobbies include working out, watching/playing sports and music. Nic can be reached at 402-326-5632 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Jody Schmidt
October 17th, 2013
Jody Schmidt joins the Pine Lake office. She is originally from Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She moved to Lincoln to attend the University of Nebraska where she majored in Political Science. Her hobbies include reading, shopping and online celebrity gossip. Jody can be reached at 402-770-7074 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Roger Berry
October 3rd, 2013
Roger Berry joins the Cotner office. He grew up in Red Cloud, Nebraska and has lived in Lincoln since 2009. His hobbies include reading, walking, biking and spending time with his three grandchildren. Roger can be reached at 402-318-2444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Jasper Searcy
October 2nd, 2013
Jasper Searcy joins the Cotner office. She is a lifelong Lincoln resident. She attended Lincoln Lutheran High School, Southeast Community College and Bryan School of Nursing. She is the daughter of Jeff and Mary Searcy. Her hobbies include music, bible studies and spending time with her son. Jasper can be reached at 402-432-5555 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate
HomeRealEstate.com gets a makeover
September 20th, 2013
We’re excited to announce our website makeover! www.HomeRealEstate.com got a fresh facelift to make it cleaner and easier to use, especially with more and more of our customers using tablet devices. The site features pictures from around our community, which will be updated seasonally to tell the world about our beautiful HOMEtown. We also gave the website content an overhaul to include relevant information about why there’s No Place Like HOME.
Some key items worth noting include:
- Ask a Question – We made it easier for you to get in touch with us, on the top of every page, and to the right of every home for sale.
- HOME Page Search Bar – One blank, hundreds of possibilities. Enter a city, street, zip code, neighborhood, even a school, and start finding the HOME of your dreams.
- Advanced Map Search – We get it. More than 4,000 homes for sale may seem overwhelming. But we’ve made it simple to narrow it down. Just enter what you’re looking for, and the map updates with homes that fit your criteria. Zoom in to the area, or even use the tools at the top to draw a border around where you want to live. Did you get too narrow? Click the “x” next to the criteria at the top you’d like to remove.
- HOME info - Click on a home for full details including full-screen photos, monthly payment scenarios, school information and even a Walk Score® based on how far the home is from desired services. We make it easy to choose your community based on your wants and needs. Find a home you like? Schedule a visit, or save the property for later.
- HOME Real Estate info - Why do we do what we do? Because we love our community and want to help it thrive and grow. Our new site showcases what makes HOME Real Estate stand out from the rest.
- HOME Agents – From any page, you can push a button to find a HOME agent. You can search by specialty or office.
- Advice – Whether, buying, selling, building, or relocating, HOME has the know-how you need. We put relevant information on one convenient page for you.
If you have any trouble finding what you need, check the list at the bottom of each page. Still need answers? Contact us. We’d love to hear your feedback on the new site, as we continue to develop it and add useful information. E-mail the webmaster with suggestions and comments.
HOME presents the Fall Sneak Peek of New Homes
September 19th, 2013
HOME Real Estate agents have long been known for their expertise in new construction, literally helping to build Lincoln.
In today’s market, the number of new homes available for preview is at a historic low; however, our builders are still building Lincoln with quality, care and attention to detail.
That’s why we’re inviting you to take a peek at some of what our builders have to offer. Some of these homes are available for sale, and some are being showcased as a model so you can get an idea at what kind of home you’d like to build. We’ve got townhomes, one-stories and two-stories, in various price ranges and areas of town.
New homes give you a chance not only to customize your plan and finish; they also give you an opportunity to take advantage of the latest energy efficiency improvements, saving both the environment and your pocketbook.
So come on, take a peek. And then contact a HOME agent to guide you through the whole process, watching out for your best interests. Your HOME agent will get to know your story in order to help you write the next chapter of your life. When it comes to new construction, there’s no place like HOME.
Homes will be open September 28-29 from 1-5 p.m. Click here to view the list of participating homes. Please RSVP and Share our Event on Facebook. Register at each home for a chance to win a new iPad mini! See Official Rules.
Flip through our Sneak Peek book below. Pick up your own copy in the Lincoln Journal Star Wednesday, Sept. 25, or in each participating home.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Saul Bakewell
September 10th, 2013
Saul Bakewell joins the Pioneer Greens office. He is a lifelong Lincoln resident. He attended Lincoln East high school and University of Nebraska Lincoln, where he earned a law degree. Saul and his wife Lindsay, a teacher at Saratoga elementary school, were married in 2012. His hobbies include cheering for Husker sports teams and golfing. Saul can be reached at 402-217-0977 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Welcome HOME to Amber Davis
September 4th, 2013
Amber Davis joins the North office. She was born and raised in Lincoln where she attended Northeast High School. In 2002 she moved to Florida and came back to Nebraska in 2007 to be closer to family. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors and being with friends and family. Amber can be reached at 402-601-8342 or email@example.com.Posted byHOME Real Estate
Changes in National Flood Insurance Program
June 10th, 2013
The good news is that we still have a National Flood Insurance Program! The bad news is that, like many other government programs, it has been woefully underfunded and is likely to keep seeing big payouts, due to the projected increase in storms and flooding.
In July of 2012 Congress passed the Biggert Waters Act to address the ongoing financial issues imbedded in the NFIP. The result is significant change in the program. Highlights include:
1. Effective October 1, 2013, there is a new 5% Reserve Assessment Fee for all flood policies except Preferred Risk Policies (PRP) and any Group Flood Insurance Policies (since those are based on the total policy premium). In addition, October 1, 2013, will also bring on an average 10% rate increase for all policies, although the percentage will vary depending on what flood zone the property is in (from 1% to 17% variance).
2. If your flood insurance was subsidized (1 in 5 policies ARE, according to FEMA) – it probably won’t be after July 6, 2012. Anyone purchasing a house in the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) on or after July 6, 2012, when the structure is one built either before 12/31/1974 OR before the initial Flood Insurance Rate Map for the area was put in place (known as a “Pre-FIRM” Property) will pay the unsubsidized, market rate for the insurance – the full risk rating, using the current map information. It does appear that this increase may be implemented by 20% per year (capped) increases for 5 years, to get to that market rate (25% for non-primary residences and businesses).
a. NOTE: FEMA estimates that only 20% of all NFIP insured properties are subsidized, so this requirement will impact 1 in 5 NFIP insured properties.
b. For any new policy issued after October 1, 2013, a “Full Risk Rating” is applicable – meaning the property will require an elevation certificate in conjunction with the most recent flood map, to determine what the correct cost of coverage will be. Many properties that were placed into the flood plain after they were built (called “PRE FIRM, or pre-existing Flood Insurance Rate Map properties) do not have an existing elevation certificate and will need to obtain one to get a flood insurance quote.
The bottom lines are these –
- Sellers should be aware, if they have subsidized coverage, the cost of insurance to a new buyer is going up – significantly. And this increase may impact the desirability or at least pricing of their property for people buying on a budget.
- Sellers should consider getting an elevation certificate request processed, if they don’t have one already, so that an accurate quote for a buyer can be accomplished in a reasonable time – these can take up to 6 weeks by some accounts.
- Buyers should get their flood insurance quotes as soon as possible and should consider making their offers contingent upon receipt of an acceptable quote. Even if a quote does not ruin a borrower’s ratios and trigger a loan denial, it may make the house “over budget” for a particular Buyer.
“Remember, good ethics is good business.”
Shannon R. Harner, General Counsel
Editor’s Note: The National Association of REALTORS (NAR) has also produced a video that helps explain the changes to the NFIP and rate schedules. NAR President Gary Thomas has created a Presidential Advisory Group to address the issues related to the recent changes to the NFIP.Posted byShannon Harner