Amy Gewecke Earns GRI Designation

Amy Gewecke, a member of the REALTORS Association of Lincoln was recently awarded the Graduate, REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation by the Nebraska Association of REALTORS®. The designation is indicated by the initials “GRI” following the REALTOR’s printed name.

Gewecke was awarded the designation after completing over 95 hours of classroom instruction and examinations, covering subjects such as contract law, professional standards, sales and marketing, finance and risk reduction. Courses are taught by leading real estate instructors from around the state.

Individuals completing the program learn the fundamentals of brokerage and other areas of real estate specialization, allowing them to better serve prospective clients and customers.

Gewecke joins a select group of other residential specialists in Nebraska who have earned the designation this year.

The Institute is designed to educate practitioners about local, state and national real estate practices that affect them, their clients and customers. The designation indicates to the public that the individual has obtained a professional educational foundation on which to base the services they provide. Only members of the REALTOR organization may earn the GRI designation. The REALTOR Institute is more than twenty-five years old and has graduated thousands of REALTORs nationally.

The REALTOR Association of Lincoln is one of 1,800 local associations of REALTORs that comprise the National Association of REALTORs, representing over 800,000 real estate professionals around the country.

Woods Bros Agent Earns Special NAR Designation

Mark Graham of Woods Bros Realty

Mark Graham with Woods Bros Realty has earned the nationally recognized Seniors Real Estate Specialist® designation from the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of Realtors®.

Real estate professionals in North America who have earned the SRES® designation were all required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.

“Working with seniors to meet their housing needs requires an expert understanding of their lifestyle and financial needs, and the SRES® designation means that a Realtor® has that understanding,” said Mark. “Whether they are buying, selling relocating or refinancing, seniors can be confident that a Realtor® designated SRES® will be able to help them every step of the way.”

SRES® Council, founded in 2007, is the world’s largest association of real estate professionals focusing specifically on representing senior clients in real estate transactions. There are more than 15,000 active members of the organization world-wide.

The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

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Woods Bros Agent Named “Top Lincoln Real Estate Agent”

Joanne McCoy recognized by ThreeBestRated











Recently, one of our agents, Joanne McCoy, was recognized by Three Best Rated as one of the top three agents in Lincoln. This is Joanne’s second year in a row receiving this Certificate of Excellence. She was first awarded the honor in 2018 and impressed her customers and clients so much that she received it again in 2019.

Three Best Rated combs local cities for the “best of the best” using a 50-point inspection based on reputation, history, customer feedback, general excellence, and more. The recipients are handpicked by Three Best Rated’s employees after they complete their research. Joanne impressed the company once again to garner the award for 2019.

By speaking with Joanne, it’s clear what sets her apart — her attention to client satisfaction and customer service. In addition to being selected by Three Best Rated, she is also well-loved on Zillow and Real Satisfied. Her genuine reviews from clients she’s worked with reflect this. She takes time to read and respond to each of her reviews. She is currently the highest rated agent in Lincoln on these sites.

It’s no surprise that Joanne would have been selected for this honor at Three Best Rated more than once. Her managing broker, Tami Lambie has this to say about her performance, “Joanne continues to be a top-rated agent year after year. Joanne keeps her clients first and continues to work very hard for them. She is very deserving of this award. We are honored to have her be a part of our Woods Bros family!”

Tim Francis: A Hawley Hero

Woods Bros Realty agent Tim FrancisRealtor, neighbor, friend.

Tim Francis is known as many things but one he may not call himself is a hero. A hero though is exactly how some may describe what he is to Lincoln’s Hawley Historic Neighborhood. After moving into the neighborhood 35 years ago, Tim has worked relentlessly to fulfill the potential he saw in the neighborhood many years back.

To read more about Woods Bros agent Tim Francis and his work for the Hawley neighborhood click here.

Welcome Kristen Lehl to the Woods Bros family

Woods Bros Realty is excited to announce that real estate agent Kristen Lehl is joining our Lincoln, NE Wilderness Hills office. Kristen has spend the last 4 years working the in Omaha market for CBSHOME Real Estate and recently made the decision to expand her services into Lincoln with the Woods Bros team.

Kristen Lehl, Woods Bros Realty

Lehl lived most of her life on the East Coast (Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, New York) but moved to Omaha, NE 9 years ago – claiming it was the best move of her life.  Kristen and her husband Greg have been married for 15 years and have 6 year old triplets and a 2.5 year old daughter. They love watching sports (GO HUSKERS!) and spend time together as a family.

Lehl is active in the PTA for her children’s school and the Senior Warden for her church, Church of the Resurrection, in Omaha (Episcopal faith). Her past lives include working in every aspect of Community Theater, Senior Living Community director, Board of Governors staff member for AAO-HNS, small business owner, and studied interior design at UNO (University of Nebraska-Omaha).

You can reach Kristen at 402-253-5217 or email her here.

Woods Bros Welcomes David Carden to their Lincolnshire Office

Woods Bros Realty is excited to announce that real estate agent David Carden has joined our Lincoln, NE Lincolnshire office. Life is always changing and after 30 years in the Financial Services industry, Carden took his life-long passion for Real Estate and is excited to join Woods Bros Realty.

David Carden, Woods Bros Realty

When not out looking for homes for his Buyers and Sellers, David loves to spend time golfing, gardening and spending time with his adult children and their families.  As David says…. “Have a great ‘Buy and Sell’ day!”

David is excited to help you either sell your home or help you find the perfect new home for you, your family and your friends. He can be reached at or 402-937-4799.

Welcome Jane Epley to the Woods Bros family

Jane Epley, Woods Bros Realty

Woods Bros Realty is excited to announce that real estate agent Jane Epley is joining our Lincoln, NE Linconshire office. Jane moved to Lincoln to attend college, and although she moved to Colorado for a few years, she was happy for the opportunity to return to Lincoln. “Once a Husker, always a Husker!” Epley was quoted saying.

Jane holds a degree in Advertising and Design and previously worked for the Lincoln Journal Star and Hershey Chocolate.

Jane and her husband Boyd have two children and two grandsons. She can be reached at 303-704-7385 or

Welcome Anne Kerkman to the Woods Bros family

Woods Bros Realty is excited to announce that real estate agent Anne Kerkman has joined our Lincoln, NE Wilderness Hills office.  Anne has lived in Lincoln, NE for 20+ years. Both Anne and her husband, Travis, proudly serve as teachers for LPS (Lincoln Public Schools) and share three wonderful little boys; Jack, Emmett and Evan.

Anne Kerkman , Woods Bros Realty

Anne earned her Bachelor’s Degree from UNL and went on to earn her Master’s Degree from Nebraska Wesleyan. Anne and her family are proud members of Redeemer Lutheran Church and in her free time she enjoys running, golf, home projects and enjoying life with her family and friends.

Anne is excited to further serve her community by helping with your buying and selling needs.  She can be reached at or 402-304-3165.

Welcome Kaleb Andersen to the Woods Bros family

Kaleb Andersen
Kaleb Andersen

Kaleb Andersen joins our Lincoln Wilderness Hills office. He grew up in Lincoln and attended both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Wayne State College. He has been involved in property management for the last 4+ years in Lincoln and Omaha, he is now excited to be full time into real estate. He enjoys playing the piano, sports and traveling. His family is really important to him, especially his father, Kent and his 2 younger sisters, Joelle and Danielle. Kaleb can be reached at 402-416-2401 or

Nebraska: 150 Years of Statehood

Nebraska 150 Years of StatehoodDown a hundred or so two-lane highways lie sleepy villages, many whose post office, church and bar are equal in number.  Others display manicured town squares, with mom and pop businesses lining the sidewalks, the local athletic teams’ schedules and church dinner reminders vying for window space.  A courthouse occupies 93 such squares, with old glory ruffling in the breeze and a reference to brave ones giving the ultimate sacrifice.

Our towns’ populations are constituted largely by multiple generations who immigrated to this land of promise, taking advantage of the Homestead Act born in Nebraska.  Visionaries brought dreams and often different languages along with their determination to build a better life.  Stories of these immigrant families mixed with courage and failure flowed from the pens of Cather, Sandoz and others.  Young bodies became aged with the relentless demands of farm labor, forged by crude implements, often enduring scorching heat and bitter winters.

Potluck gatherings have a special place in our communities, where the best of the best dishes fill young and old with homemade delights.  Nebraskans pride themselves in willingly helping neighbors.  We are a connected people, by relation and by tradition.

Our farms have fed families, friends, our state, nation and the world.  The production from our quilted countryside is astounding.

We are a learned people, our schools and universities spawning some of the best and brightest.  While one-room schools disappear across our vast plains, their impact on early learning has been felt for generations.  Scholars from all corners of the world migrate to our universities to learn from academic leaders.  Ours is a global community.  Most celebrate the opportunities that diversity brings to our state.  We are not without challenges in the 21st century, as we have been for a century and one-half.  But, our world has become smaller, and understanding each other is paramount.

Technology is the great transformer.  All are influenced and impacted by its offerings.  While instant communication is at our every turn, it is a great hope that we not lose our capacity to communicate with voice and eyes in our fast-changing world.

From our Native brothers and sisters that first called this their home, to the myriad of cultures that share our land, we continue to grow and change.  We celebrate the return on the Sandhill cranes in late winter and marvel at the beauty of autumn’s colorful palate.  We hear the Western Meadlowlark and the whisper of the ever-present wind through the tall grass prairies today, much the same as those who moved west more than a century and a half ago.

Ours is but a short time on this land.  Let us know the beauty that is ours to behold every day … in our people and in our beautiful home called Nebraska.



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