Nebraska to offer low-interest loans for green homes

From the Sioux City Journal:

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska Energy Office is offering residents low-interest loans to go green when building a house.

The office is offering 2.5 percent loans through eligible Nebraska lenders for the construction of single family, highly energy-efficient homes. The home must meet or exceed the state’s energy code by 30 percent to be eligible.

Energy Star 5 Star Plus homes typically feature higher levels of properly-installed insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and ducts, efficient heating and cooling equipment and Energy Star appliances, lighting and water heaters.

The first step to building an Energy Star 5 Plus Star home is to have a certified home energy rater complete a rating of the construction plans provided by the designer and builder.


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Woods Bros Realty presents 2010 Spring Jubilee of Homes

JubileeLogo-webWoods Bros Realty is proud to present its 2010 Spring Jubilee of Homes. Over 20 brand-new homes will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. on April 17-18 and 24-25. Visitors can register at each home for a one-in-four chance to win a Visa® gift card.

This year’s Jubilee occurs during the very end of the $6,500 repeat and $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credits, in which buyers have until April 30 to be under contract and until June 30 to close on the purchase of their new home. Buyers could purchase one of these homes in plenty of time for the tax credit. For those who would prefer to customize their own new home, Woods Bros sales professionals will be on site at each home to help buyers through the process of selecting a builder and a floor plan, all the way through to the closing and moving into a brand-new home.

It’s no secret that today’s new homes save home buyers money on heating and cooling costs. From windows and doors to insulation and roofs, the efficiency standards have increased over time. Some builders go above and beyond when considering energy efficiency. A number of our Spring Jubilee Homes have earned the Energy Star rating.

Compared with standard homes, Energy Star homes meet strict energy efficiency guidelines, delivering hundreds of dollars in annual savings on heating, cooling and water bills. These guidelines also help protect the environment, creating less air pollution, and the Energy Star rating is becoming an important quality when considering reselling your investment.

Click here for a list of new homes in the Spring Jubilee of Homes.

Open House at North Creek Villas to start Sunday

North_Creek_Villas_FCH_logoWoods Bros Realty and First Choice Homes are pleased to present an “Open House at North Creek Villas” March 7-14 at the townhome subdivision at North 20th Street and Fletcher in Lincoln, Neb.

Nine brand-new townhomes are for sale in North Creek Villas, and they include two-bedroom ranch plans and two-bedroom two-story plans. All feature two-stall garages and are priced from $118,400 to $144,400. The convenient location offers easy access to I-80 and North 27th Street.

For the event, the homes will be open Sundays from 1-5 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 4-7 p.m., with no opens scheduled for Friday and Saturday.


First Choice Homes, is offering various incentives through the promotion. In addition, there is still an $8,000 first-time and $6,500 repeat home buyer tax credit available, not to mention already low interest rates.

First-Choice-HomesThe builder, First Choice Homes has built hundreds of homes in the Lincoln area for over 10 years. The company has been awarded an Honorable Mention award from the Better Business Bureau of Nebraska. First Choice Homes has teamed up with Gotcha Covered to select everything you need for your new home from carpet to kitchen cabinets, tile, light fixtures and all your home decorating needs. Their designers work with you for no extra charge.

The townhomes are listed by Beth Scholz and Rob & Teresa Predmore of Woods Bros Realty’s Lincolnshire Square office. For more information about the promotion, visit

Local home sales, new and used, boom during October, November

BY MATT OLBERDING / Lincoln Journal Star

November was a month to remember for local home sales.

Existing home sales were up 76 percent over the same month last year. Sales of new homes were up more than 60 percent.

Doug Rotthaus, executive vice president of the Realtors Association of Lincoln, attributed the numbers largely to the $8,000 tax credit for new homebuyers, which was extended last month, and the new $6,500 tax credit for buyers who already own a home.

“Tax credits are playing a big part in this, along with low interest rates,” Rotthaus said.

Kent Obrist, a Realtor with Woods Bros. in Lincoln, said about one-third of his buyers this year have been first-time homebuyers.

He said that helped lead to a “really good” October and November.

Nationally, half of home sales in October and November were to first-time buyers, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Sales of existing homes were up 44 percent nationally and 53.5 percent in the Midwest compared with November 2008, although those numbers are measured differently from the local ones. The national sales figures are reported as an annual rate, rather than as raw numbers of sales.

“This clearly is a rush of first-time buyers not wanting to miss out on the tax credit,” said Lawrence Yun, the national Realtor group’s chief economist.

National figures for new home sales were not available from the Realtors.

Even with the strong showing in November, sales of new homes locally for the year to date are slightly below where they were last year, but Rotthaus said existing home sales are approaching record numbers.

The local record for existing home sales was set in 2005, and “we’re real close to beating ‘05 year-to-date,” he said.

Rotthaus said he’s looking forward to this year’s success continuing at least into the first half of 2010.

” I think the expanded tax credit will have a good impact on our market,” he said.

Nebraska’s first geothermal development is more than a field of dreams

From Prairie Fire Newspaper

By Matt Gersib


Leadership manifests itself in a number of ways. Whether on the field of sport, in the boardroom or in government, a good leader sets an example for others to follow and does so without boasting. It’s always more challenging to lead than to follow, but the rewards are greater with success for leaders.

And so it is with the Bridges, a new subdivision near Southwest 27th Street and West Denton Road in Lincoln, Neb. For builder Mike Rezac, owner of Lincoln’s Rezac Construction Company and chairman of the Nebraska Green Building Council, taking a leadership role in development of the state’s first fully geothermal neighborhood is something he’s absolutely passionate about. For him and partner Gary Pickering, the development is the culmination of a dream borne out of respect for the land and a belief that the status quo in home building simply isn’t going to be good enough for a lot of homebuyers in the near future.

“I was part of the team that built the state’s first certified green home more than five years ago,” Rezac said. “At the time, we were just establishing Nebraska’s green building standards. The whole green building movement was just getting off the ground in Nebraska. Since then, we’ve developed a specific expertise in the design and construction of efficient, green-certified homes.

“Moving forward, as energy becomes an increasingly valuable resource, it makes sense that we pay more attention to how we’re generating and using the electricity we need to power our homes and our lives. There are so many ways to increase home efficiency during design and construction.”

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Save money and go green with Geo-thermal

Article excerpted from KLKN TV:


A new neighborhood in town is trying to cut the costs that come with heating and cooling your house using an up-to-date geo-thermal system.

It’s the first development of its kind in Nebraska, and the builders are hoping the example it’s setting will influence more people to go green when it comes to their home. It’s called “The Bridges,” and it’s a one-of-a kind “green” neighborhood just off 27th and Denton Road.  The development uses geo-thermal technology, which takes temperatures from the ground to heat and cool homes instead of using energy.

“We’ve got geo-thermal plates in the ponds, and they actually transfer heat and cooling.”  said a spokesman Matt Gersib.

When this type of technology is compared to conventional heating it could save the home owner between 30 and 70 percent on energy costs. The “Net Zero” home in The Bridges also features everything from recycled carpet and shingles to solar panels that are intended to leave the homeowner with a zero energy bill. And building an energy efficient green house has become even more affordable with several tax credits available.

 “The federal government is providing a 30 percent tax credit on geo-thermal heat, which basically allows you to upgrade your heat system at no cost. That geo-thermal heating will save you anywhere between $800 to $1,500 a year on your heating and cooling,”  said Woods Bros Realty sales professional Mike Thomalla.

The placement of the Net Zero house was even designed to face east to west with windows on the south side having awnings that block the sun in the summer and allow it in during the winter months. In all it’s an impressive home providing energy efficient equipment that’s breaking the mold and laying down the foundation toward the future of home building in Nebraska.

Keep in mind the purchase price of the home can be costly.  But once you’re in the home the savings add up.  If you would like to check out the model home at The Bridges, they have open houses every Sunday.

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New-home sales soar 11 percent in June

New U.S. home sales jumped in June by the largest amount in more than eight years as buyers took advantage of bargain prices, low interest rates and a federal tax credit for first-time homeowners.

While home prices are still falling, the figures released Monday were another sign the housing market is finally bouncing back. Data out last week showed home resales rose 3.6 percent in June, the third straight monthly increase.

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NAHB: First-Time Home Buyers Who Want New Construction, Tax Credit Must Act Now

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is urging first-time home buyers who want to build a new home and also take advantage of the $8,000 first-time home buyer tax credit to act immediately.

“We have received many inquiries from potential home buyers asking if a sales contract on a new home by the November 30 deadline will be sufficient to receive the first-time home buyer tax credit,” said Joe Robson, chairman of the NAHB and a home builder from Tulsa, Okla. “They have been surprised to find out that they must move into the new home before they are qualified.”

Home buyers may qualify for the tax credit if they purchase the home on or after Jan. 1 but before Dec. 1, 2009.  In the case of new construction, the date the home buyer takes occupancy of the house is considered the purchase date, not when the sales contract is signed.

For the full story, please visit the NAHB web site.

Woods Bros Realty presents its annual Spring Jubilee of Homes

Spring Jubilee of Homes logoWoods Bros Realty is kicking off the new construction season with its annual Spring Jubilee of Homes starting this weekend. Over 50 brand-new homes will be open to the public from 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday April 18-19 and 25-26.

All areas of Lincoln are represented in addition Beatrice, Bennet, Hickman, Seward, Roca and Waverly. Home prices range from the low $130s to nearly $700,000 and include both townhomes and single-family homes.

Visitors can register at each home to win one of four $50 Visa gift cards. The more homes you visit, the better your chances of winning!

For more information on the Spring Jubilee of Homes, please visit

Lots of New in York

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New home in York

It’s time the secret is out! York, Neb., is right in the middle of the United States. It is the crossing of Interstate 80 East and West and Highway 81 North and South from Canada to Mexico, making it a great spot for commerce. Prices for homes and business opportunities are reasonable. Transportation opportunites are a major plus!

A new housing addition is started–the streets are in and the Woods Bros Realty York office and Prairie Homes is offering the very first new construction home in this location with a cul-de-sac and a round-a-bout! This subdivision will include over 70 homes and is within walking distance (2-3 blocks) of schools and the $1 million water park. The completion date for this lovely home is scheduled for July 2009, just in time for buyers to get settled before school starts.

York Elementary
York Elementary
York Aquatic Center
York Aquatic Center

The prices in this subdivision will be in the range of $175,000 and up. Anyone wanting to explore this or existing homes for midwest living at its finest should visit us at for more information.

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