WoodsBros.com links to Omaha market

Effective Aug. 19, Woods Bros Realty will place its listings (Lincoln MLS only) on CBSHOME.com, the leading real estate brokerage Web site in Nebraska. This online exposure is in addition to the properties already being advertised on the top two local real estate Web sites-www.WoodsBros.com and HomeRealEstate.com.

In addition, visitors to www.WoodsBros.com will also be able to search CBSHOME listings.

“Woods Bros Realty is on the cutting edge of technology, giving us the opportunity to give our sellers more exposure in a relevant market such as Omaha,” HomeServices of Nebraska CEO Gene Brake said. “We can now be more competitive by marketing our listings in both markets, as well as in between.”

Brake estimates that this exchange will be helpful for buyers and sellers moving from Omaha to Lincoln (or vice versa) or for parents sending their kids to college in either of the cities.

“This is especially beneficial for our clients in the area between Lincoln and Omaha to receive marketing in both areas,” Brake said.

This sharing of listings between Woods Bros Realty, HOME Real Estate and CBSHOME Real Estate comes about as a result of their relationship with HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and the second largest, full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the United States. For more information about HomeServices of America, visit www.homeservices.com.

Buyers — why you need an agent!

I’d shown the young couple a handful of houses. They were renting and staring at the prospect of signing another 12-month lease, which didn’t interest them at all. Finances were tight, but they had gotten pre-approved and were ready to buy.

The mother called me one afternoon to say they had found a For Sale By Owner property and wanted to make an offer. In fact, they were scheduled to sign papers that evening. Mom was very nervous, and she felt the kids needed some guidance. I told them to get a copy of the contract so I could read it and not to sign anything they hadn’t read or didn’t understand.

They signed the contract (which wasn’t that long or complicated, apparently) and they were off and running. Disappointing, because I’d just lost the client, but I hoped it was the right house for them.

Less than two weeks later, they told me they’d backed out of the contract. Turns out the seller hadn’t disclosed that the property was in a flood plain, and that the buyer would need annual flood insurance. At more than $1,300 annually, you can imagine what that did to their monthly budget.

One of my responsibilities as a buyer’s agent is to catch details like that and to counsel the buyers accordingly. I’ll never claim to know every detail, but whether or not a property is in the flood plain is a significant piece of information (and I’ll admit that I once missed it. Never again.) Thankfully these buyers found out.

Buyers — find a good Realtor and stick with him or her. Their counsel is more valuable than you know, and it usually doesn’t cost you a thing (the buyer’s agent is paid from the seller’s side of the transaction). The transaction will progress much more smoothly, and you’ll likely avoid unpleasant – and expensive – surprises!

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