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 david.carden@woodsbros.com or 402-937-4799.

Local Area Events: May 2017

Lincoln, NE things to do May 2017Check out our list of Lincoln, NE events this month:

Farmers Markets

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing May sporting events: Check websites

Hardesty named manager of Woods Bros Lincolnshire office

Matt Hardesty

Woods Bros Realty announces the appointment of Matt Hardesty to sales manager of the Lincolnshire office.

He has been acting as assistant manager and more recently interim manager of the Lincolnshire office. Hardesty recently participated in the HomeServices Leadership Academy and values ongoing education, holding several real estate designations.

“We are thrilled for Matt to take this next step in management,” said CEO Gene Brake. “Matt is a natural fit to lead one of our largest offices, and we are confident in his ability to foster a culture that helps the agents and the office grow.”

Hardesty was born in Southern California, grew up in Lincoln, and graduated from Lincoln Southeast High School. After returning to California and spending several years as a construction project manager, Hardesty and his wife, Whitney, moved back to Lincoln to begin their family. He is also the first grandson of the late Gene Ward, recent Woods Bros Realty Hall of Fame inductee and longtime Woods Bros manager.

For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

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In the Time of Lilacs

lilacsThe amazing profusion that is Spring is a time of renewal laced with melancholy for many.  Our senses are filled with sights, sounds and smells that are reawakened, reminding us that Winter’s challenges have past and the gifts of this new cycle of Nature are upon us….at last!

The array of color born in the multitude of blossoms is amazing throughout our Midwestern landscape.  We’re dazzled by the sometimes snow-laden gold of the forsythia, the lavender beauty of the redbuds, as well as countless varieties of flowering pear and crabapple trees.

Of the Spring beauties that occupy a very special place in my celebration of Spring, the Lilacs are my favorite.  Regardless of their purple, lavender or white variety, the sturdy Lilac reflects, I think, the strength and character of our proud Nebraska heritage.  How so? 

Lilacs exhibit an ability to withstand years of challenge when rain is limited.  Yet, their perfumed beauty is an essence that is the Lilac’s alone.  Like the people who celebrate its unique offerings, Lilacs reappear each Spring, bringing optimism for the seasons ahead.

My mother’s yard was home to several Lilac bushes that originated on the homestead of our family from the 1880’s near Adams, NE.  Lilacs were dear to her as they are to me.  Each Spring, I celebrate her life with the reappearance of this hallowed plant, especially at the time of her late April passing in 2004, in the time of Lilacs.

We have so much to celebrate with the commencement of this grand scheme of color that is Spring, starring a plethora of blossoms including the faithful Lilac.  Enjoy! 

Local Area Events: April 2017

Lincoln, NE Area Local Events: April 2017Check our our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales

4/1 Home Depot Kids Workshop – Build a Bunny Basket (FREE)

4/1 19th Annual JDRF Lincoln and Greater Nebraska Dream Gala

4/1  Capital City Blue Run

4/1  Dynasty Combat Sports: Annual Spring Brawl

4/1  Family Skate Night hosted by Realtors ® Assoc. of Lincoln YPN

4/1  Central Plains Severe Weather Symposium and Family Weatherfest (FREE Event and Parking)

4/1  Golf Open House (FREE)

4/1-4/2 Lincoln Gem & Mineral Show

4/1-4/3 March Madness (FREE)

4/1-4/2 & 4/7-4/9 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse

4/2 Richard Goode, Piano Lied Center

4/4 & 4/11 Bring Birds to Your Backyard!

4/4 Momix: Opus Cactus Lied Center

4/6 & 4/9 The Masters Watch Party (FREE)

4/7 First Friday Gallery Walk (FREE)

4/7 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night

4/7 The Midtown Men Lied Center

4/8-4/9  Stuff The Bus  Walmart & Sam’s Club for Friendship Home

4/8 & 4/15  Breakfast with the Easter Bunny Lincoln Children’s Zoo

4/8 Harlem Globetrotters Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/9  Lincoln Music Teachers Association Student Spring Recital (FREE)

4/10 Chris Brown with Fabolous, O.T. Genasis, Kap G Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/12 Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth Lied Center

4/14-4/15 UNL Rodeo Lancaster Event Center

4/14 Daniel Tosh – Comedy Central Tosh Show  Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/15 Nebraska Red-White Spring Game

4/15 James Valentine, Guitar with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Lied Center

4/20 Science Café: Eat. Drink. Talk Science  Mueller Planetarium at Morrill Hall

4/21 Sunset Guided Hike Pioneers Park Nature Center

4/21-4/22 Monster Jam Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/21-4/23 Nebraska Spring Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

4/22 Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Spring Affair Plant Sale 2017

4/22 4th Annual Kitten Shower Pieloch Pet Adoption Center

4/22 Taste of Spring 2017 Dinner & Auction to benefit Lincoln Children’s Museum

4/22 Itzhak Perlman, Violin Lied Center

4/27 Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music Carson Theater

4/28 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Lied Center

4/28-4/29 PRCA Championship Rodeo Pinnacle Bank Arena

4/28-4/30 ConStellation 2017 Convention Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

4/29 30th Annual Early Childhood Celebration (FREE)

4/29 Russian National Ballet Theatre: Sleeping Beauty Lied Center

4/30 Right Brained Artisan Fair: Spring Edition

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing APRIL sporting events: Check websites

Local Area Events: March 2017

Lincoln Area Local Events: March 2017

Check out our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

3/1 Celebrating Statehood Day check for events throughout the day

3/1-3/25 Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future  Great Plains Art Museum 1155 Q St

3/2-3/4 NSAA 2017 Girls State Basketball

3/2-3/5 Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/3 Crooners Over Lincoln The Nebraska Club

3/3 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night

3/3-3/5 Mamma Mia! The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/6 Capital Jazz Society presents First Monday Jazz Jam

3/9 Heather Henson’s Crane: On Earth, In Sky  The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/9-3/11 NSAA 2017 Boys State Basketball

3/10-3/12 15th Annual Husker Lawn & Leisure Show Lancaster Event Center

3/10-3/11 Laser Led Zeppelin Morrill Hall- Mueller Planetarium

3/10-3/12 March Madness Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

3/11-3/12 2017 Lincoln Parade of Apartments

3/11 Super Hero Day The Lincoln Children’s Museum

3/11 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Maestro at the Piano The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/11 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair St Mark’s United Methodist Church

3/11 Mall Walk for Down Syndrome Gateway Mall

3/12 Red Dirt Shamrock Shuffle 5k The Railyard

3/13-3/17 Nature Explorers Camp Pioneer Park Nature Center

3/14 March Madness The Railyard

3/15-3/19 72nd Annual Shrine Circus Lancaster Event Center

3/17 Trinity Irish Dance Company The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/18 Lincoln Volksport St. Pat’s Walk Fallbrook YMCA

3/19 Happier Lincoln KZUM 3534 South 48th St, Suite 6

3/23-3/25 Cornhusker Classic Tractor Pull Lancaster Event Center

3/24 Billy Joel Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/24 Riders in the Sky The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/26 Boston Pops Explanade Orchestra The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/30 Kris Kristofferson Rococo Theatre

3/31 Taikoproject: Interlocking Rhythms The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/31 Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/31-4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales Lancaster Event Center

3/31-4/2 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse

Ongoing Museum Exhibits:

Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing MARCH sporting events:

Check websites

Congratulations to our top professionals for 2016

­­Top Woods Bros Realty agents for 2016.Woods Bros Realty celebrated its top sales professionals with an Awards Banquet Feb. 9 at the Country Club of Lincoln.

Vladimir Oulianov
Vladimir Oulianov

Vladimir Oulianov of the Country Club office was named the Salesperson of the Year, in addition to the Most Transactions Closed, Most Listings and Sales Closed, and Highest Volume of Closed Listings and Sales. Oulianov also received the Century Award for closing more than 100 transact­­ions in the calendar year.

Bruce Hahn
Bruce Hahn

Bruce Hahn of the Country Club office was honored with the Woods Bros Realtor of the Year award for 2016 for his contributions to the company, the community, and his fellow agents.

The A Team
The A Team

The Sales Team of the Year was The A Team of the Lincolnshire office. Joanne McCoy of the Country Club office won the Excellence in Outgoing Referrals Sold award for helping people relocate in other communities.  The year’s Rising Star for most success within the start of her career was Victoria Keck of the Wilderness Hills office. Keck broke a company record for highest volume in an agent’s first year in real estate.

Ashley Person of the Country Club office earned the overall Outstanding Achievement award for his increase in sales from 2015 to 2016. Office Outstanding Achievement Awards also went to: Ben Bleicher, Lincolnshire; Kelly Shandera, Wilderness Hills; Linda McCall, Beatrice; Melanie Bachman, Grand Island; Kelby Nitz, Seward; and Gayle Coffin, York.

Top Sales Associates by office were: Oulianov, Country Club; Bleicher, Lincolnshire; Lois Kohmetscher, Wilderness Hills; Carol Schulz, Beatrice; Shelly Nitz, Seward; Chuck Winkler, Grand Island; and Gayle Coffin, York.

The late Gene and Pat Ward were inducted into the Woods Bros Realty Hall of Fame for their lifelong dedication to the company and real estate profession.

Pat & Gene Ward
Pat & Gene Ward

To see more of the top awards and photos, please visit www.WoodsBros.com/Awards.

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Things to do in the Lincoln area: February 2017

Things to do in Lincoln, NE in February 2017.Check out our list of Lincoln-area events:

2/1 – 2/28 Skate The Yard 350 Canopy St Railyard Ice Rink (see website for days and times)

2/1-3/25 Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., Great Plains Art Museum 1155 Q St

2/2-2/5 Thank You for Being a Friend The TADA Theatre

2/3-2/5 Boat, Sport, & Travel Show  at Lancaster Event Center (see website for times)

2/3 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night (see website for times)

2/3 “65 Roses” Fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Pla Mor Ballroom

2/4 Home Depot Kids Workshop – Valentine’s Photo Box (see website for location and times)

2/4 Disney Reads Day Barnes & Noble SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11:00 a.m.

2/5-2/7  77th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel

2/8-2/11 Lincoln Exposed 2017 Downtown Lincoln (see website for locations and time)

2/8-2/12 Late Night Catechism Lied Center (see website for times and ticket info)

2/10 Jeff Dunham Perfectly Unbalanced Pinnacle Bank Arena 8 p.m.

2/10-2/12 and 2/16-2/19 Exit Laughing Lincoln Community Playhouse

2/11 Valentine’s Day Storytime Barnes & Noble SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11 a.m.

2/11 Life in Color Pinnacle Bank Arena 7 p.m.

2/10-2/12 Nebraska Builders Home and Garden Show Lancaster Event Center (see website for times)

2/12 Nebraska High School State Bowling Championship Sun Valley Lanes

2/14 Nebraska Pork Producers Ribs and Bibs Innovation Campus 5:30-8:00 p.m.

2/14 Valentine’s Day at the Ice Rink Railyard 5:00-10:00 p.m.

2/14 Vampire Ball featuring MoSynth Rococo Theatre 8:00 p.m.

2/16-2/17 Into the Woods Lied Center

2/17-2/18 Great Backyard Bird Count – Free Bird Walks Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center 10-11:30 a.m. Fri and Sat

2/18 Mighty, Mighty Construction Site Storytime Barnes & Noble SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11 a.m.

2/18 An Evening with Paula Poundstone and Dick Cavett Lied Center 7:30 p.m.

2/18-2/19 Model Train Show Lancaster Event Center (see website for times and cost)

2/19 For the Birds! Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center 2:00-4:00 p.m.

2/22 Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are in a Play” Lied Center 7:00 p.m.

2/23-2/24 Gabriel Kahane Lied Center 7:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri.

2/24-2/25 Little Ladies Date Night Lincoln Children’s Museum 6-8 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

2/24-2/26 Great Plains Game Festival Parks Center Banquet Hall (see website for times and cost)

2/25-2/26 I Love My Dog Expo at Lancaster Event Center (see website for times and cost)

2/25-2/26 13th Annual Winter Fest Flea Market & Antique Show Lancaster Event Center (see website for times and cost)

2/25 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Storytime Barnes & Noble at SouthPointe Pavillions FREE 11 a.m.

2/25 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra presents A Night At The Oscars Lied Center 7:30 p.m.

2/25-2/26 Joseph Hall – Elvis Tribute Show Pla Mor Ballroom Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun 12 p.m.

2/28 The Price Is Right Live Lied Center 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Ongoing Museum Exhibits: Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing February sporting events: Check websites

Lancaster County Property Assessments

property taxIf you live in Lancaster County (Nebraska) you should be on the lookout for a yellow postcard coming in the mail. The news is: house values are going up. The county assessor is required by law to keep residential and commercial properties assessed between 92 percent to 100 percent of market value. And thanks to sales prices having increased so much in the past year, the county assessor moved up their regularly scheduled re-assessments a year early.

I did a quick study of 15 homes (including mine). These were properties that I helped people buy or sell this past year. They ranged in price from $77,000 – $331,000. Of those 15, all but one increased in value. The highest increase was 18 percent. The average increase was 9 percent. Based on the current tax rate, my monthly real estate tax bill will increase by $48 (from about $400 to about $448).

If you want more information, go to: lancaster.ne.gov (keyword/search: assessorvalue).

You do have an opportunity to appeal your new value, but you need to request a hearing time no later than Feb. 1, 2017. To schedule an informal hearing date and time, go to lancaster.ne.gov and click on “appeal” or call 402-441-7463.

You may also call your real estate agent for more information or to help you prepare a market analysis.

Little-Known Facts about Nebraska Football

Little-known facts about Nebraska FootballWhether you’re a football fan or not, it’s almost impossible not to get caught up in the Big Red hype. From the red balloon release at home games, to tailgating and belting “There is No Place Like Nebraska” at the top of your lungs—there’s something for everyone to love. We’ve all followed this football season with pride, now let’s take a look at some at some fun Husker facts that will delight your guests at your next watch party.

  • Do you remember Jesse Kosch from the golden era of 1995? Kosch set the NCAA record for fewest punt returns in a season. Five of his punts were returned, with the opposing team gaining 12 yards total.
  • Of course, no list of Husker facts if complete without mentioning Tommie Frazier. Did you know that he had more touchdowns through the air than on the ground? 43 touchdowns were thrown, while 36 were run.
  • We’ve got to give respect the 1890 Husker team. It was the Huskers’ inaugural season, though back then, they were simply known as “Lincoln.” They were undefeated, 2-0, but they also didn’t allow even one point scored.
  • Even though the Huskers officially began in 1890, they didn’t have a coach to lead them until three years later in 1893. The salary? Between $300-$500. Luckily that salary also included room and board.
  • Long before the civil rights movement began, Nebraska was already ahead of the game. George Flippin was Nebraska’s first African America athlete.
  • Bugeaters, Antelopes, Tree-planters, Rattlesnake Boys—do you recognize any of these names? They were some of the first team nicknames before (thankfully) the Huskers stuck.
  • Today we know Nick Saban as the face and coach of Alabama, but back in 1995 he coached Michigan State. Nebraska gave Saban his biggest career loss with a final score of 50-10. That may have been the year he started scowling.
  • From 1961 to 2010 the Nebraska Cornhuskers won 77 percent of their games. So the next time you get a little too hung-up on loss, just think of the bigger picture. That’s quite a history of wins!
  • Lastly, there’s plenty we could say about former coach Tom Osborne, but let’s end with this: Osborne’s winning percentage from his Husker career was .836. Chatsports.com says this percentage is “the best mark for any coach in NCAA history over such a span.”

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