HomeServices of Nebraska has hired Michaela Winter as executive assistant to the general manager.
In addition, Winter will also be coordinating the day-to-day client and agent-facing functions of the company’s home warranty department.
“Michaela brings experience and a proven track record of success,” said General Manager Shannon Harner. “We are confident that she will be a strong asset to the HomeServices of Nebraska team.”
Winter graduated from Doane University with a degree in business administration, and she previously worked at Nelnet in accounting. She and her husband have two children: Mason, 2, and Milayni, 1.
HomeServices of Nebraska is a Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America. It includes the entities of HOME Real Estate, Woods Bros Realty, Nebraska Land Title and Abstract (NLTA), HomeServices Lending, HomeServices of Nebraska Insurance, Home Owners Plus and the Larabee School of Real Estate.
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 Woods Bros Realty 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 Woods Bros 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.
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 Woods Bros Realty 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 Woods Bros Realty associates with their clients’ American Home Shield home warranties.
For more information about the Home Owners Plus program, call 402-437-7600.
Kerri McDonald of Lincoln has one less thing to worry about for 2010. Woods Bros Realty, along with HOME Real Estate, is paying her mortgage payments for the year, as she is the winner of their 2009 Cover Your Bases promotion.
McDonald and her husband, Tim, purchased their first home, a Cover Your Bases listing, in September. By participating in the Cover Your Bases program, the seller agreed to provide an upgraded American Home Shield home warranty to provide more buyer confidence in the home.
Kerri said they plan to use the money to give themselves a nest egg or to pay down extra on their mortgage.
“I’ve never won anything before,” Kerri said. “I don’t know what to make out of it. It just hasn’t hit me yet.”
The home warranty has already come in handy for the couple, and they were able to take advantage of the first-time home buyer federal tax credit. They also took part in the NeighborWorks® program, a non-profit organization that offers home buyer education and assistance, in addition to neighborhood revitalization.
“This is really going to help us out with our future,” Tim said. “With the $8,000, too, what else could we ask for? It’s just a blessing, really.”
Sales associate Harry Malone of the Woods Bros Realty Lincolnshire Square office worked with the buyers to find a home, make an offer, and keep the sale moving when problems arose.
“They were very, very appreciative throughout the cycle of the sale, “Malone said. “These folks were just so nice all the way. It’s people like them who make my job enjoyable.”
Lou Villalobos of the Woods Bros Realty Country Club Plaza office was the listing agent of the home that had been on the market for a while and had recently had a price reduction, bringing into the McDonalds’ price range.
“When the Cover Your Bases promotion started, we added this home to it immediately,” Villalobos said.
The Cover Your Bases promotion was created to promote secure home buying and selling in an uncertain economy. Homes in the promotion included an upgraded home warranty to protect buyers from unforeseen repairs and expenses in the first year of owning their home. Entrants needed to purchase one of the promoted homes using a Woods Bros Realty or HOME Real Estate professional REALTOR®, and they were encouraged to have the homes inspected.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with the results of this promotion and are thrilled for the winners,” said Gene Brake, CEO of HomeServices of Nebraska. “We appreciate all the buyers and sellers who have participated in the program.”
135 buyers were enrolled for a drawing of free mortgage payments for a year, up to $12,000 of principal and interest. Kerri’s name was drawn Jan. 5, and Tim waited until he picked her up from work to give her the news.
It’s a familiar scenario these days in neighborhoods across the country.
A financially distressed home goes on the market.
It might be a short sale situation or a foreclosed/REO home.
It’s likely a good deal for a prospective buyer, but the property has been vacant for while, the utilities have been cut off and the home does not look like it’s been well maintained. Should a home warranty be included in this transaction?
The answer, according to many experienced real estate professionals, is a resounding yes. Many experts agree that home warranties are particularly advantageous for foreclosure, REO and short sell transactions for numerous reasons. When the condition of home appliances and systems is unknown or questionable, an American Home Shield Home Warranty can add protection from expensive and time-consuming breakdowns for the buyer. An AHS Home Warranty can also be a powerful service component and marketing tool, differentiating properties from others on the market, attracting interest and giving buyers the necessary confidence to proceed with the purchase.
Complete and thorough home inspections on such properties may not be possible without access to utilities, making the condition of home systems even more uncertain. It’s also a well-known, unfortunate fact that owners anticipating foreclosure may stop caring for and maintaining the property, leaving systems and appliances in precarious shape. In fact, buyers express more concern regarding financially distressed properties than any other type of property. An AHS Home Warranty alleviates many of these worries, and can offer budget protection to the buyer as well as to future resale buyers under the term of the contract. In short, an AHS Home Warranty is one of the best, most cost effective investments a buyer can make to help preserve the value of an REO property.