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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Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving supports local charities

­­Members of Woods Bros Realty’s Foundation for Giving committee recently gave local charity organizations $16,400 in funds raised throughout the year.

The Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving was established in 1987 by Pace Woods, Sr. to support those less fortunate in local communities. Every time a Woods Bros Realty sales professional closes one side of a transaction, the agent makes contribution to the Foundation, which is then matched by the company.

Each fall a committee of agents—selected by their offices to serve four-year terms—reviews all the requests and determines funding. A Woods Bros agent or employee must sponsor each request accepted by the Foundation.

“Humbling, tear jerking and inspiring,” said committee member Jayne V. Debus in a plea to Woods Bros Realty agents for additional donations. “Only a few words to describe the past two days of listening to the needs of so many less fortunate people. Thank you for all your generous giving and your time to these worthy causes.”

This year, the transaction donation total was $11,800, with a last-minute appeal from the committee that raised an additional $4,600. Since the inception of the Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving, more than $347,200 has been donated.

“It is so awesome to see how many organizations are out there to help our friends, family and neighbors have the most successful lives possible,” said committee member Tyler Reynolds. “What may seem insignificant to us could mean a life changing experience for someone else.”

Charities receiving 2016 donations include: Bridges to Hope, St. Monica’s, Lincoln City Libraries, Food Bank of Lincoln, Lincoln Arts Council, Capital Humane Society, Hope Harbor in Grand Island, Lincoln Community Playhouse, Habitat for Humanity – Lincoln, Voices of Hope, TeamMates, Friendship Home, Huntington Elementary School, Lincoln Children’s Museum, YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, Elliott Elementary School, The Bridge Behavioral Health, Cedars Youth Services, CASA for York County, Make a Wish, Seward Youth Center, Habitat for Humanity – Grand Island, Pinewood Bowl Theater, and Young Life.

Woods Bros Realty Foundation for Giving members in 2016.
2016 Foundation for Giving committee members were (left to right): Russ Quick, Cindi Hahn, Co-Chairpersons Arla Meyer and Judy Sasek, Betty Sims, Shelly Nitz, Susan Vacarro, Staff Representative Nickie Casburn, Tyler Reynolds, Pat Schmit, Linda McCall and Jayne V. Debus.

July 2016 Events in and Around Lincoln

Flag USA July 4 Celebration Indendence Day Concept
Flag USA July 4 Celebration Indendence Day Concept

Things to do in the Lincoln area:

7/1 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. First Friday ArtWalks http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/first-friday.html

7/1-7/3 7 p.m. The Flatwater Shakespeare Summer Show: Shakespeare’s The Taming of The Shrew See website for tour schedule http://www.flatwatershakespearecompany.org/

7/2-4 Seward Fourth of July Events http://www.julyfourthseward.com/

7/3 1-10:30 p.m. Uncle Sam Jam (Free) – Oak Lake Park 1st & Charleston St see website for times and events http://www.lincoln.ne.gov/city/mayor/cic/july4/#s

7/3 7 p.m. WunderRosa Winery  presents Windsong & Watch Fireworks http://wunderrosawinery.com/

7/4 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Red, White and Zoo! Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

7/4 8:15-10:30 a.m. YMCA Youth Sports Adventure Run YMCA Spirit Park 84th & O http://www.ymcalincoln.org/adventurerun

7/8-9 Star City Pride Standproud Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/star-city-pride-festival

7/8-9  Zoofest 2016 www.zoobar.com  (see website for times & schedule)

7/9 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 14th Annual Midwest MCA Mustang & All Ford Show http://www.hoofbeatoflincoln.com/

7/9 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fit Fair Free classes in the Railyard see website for schedule http://www.canopyst.com/railyard/events#evt87232

7/9 9 a.m.-Noon Butterfly Count Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/info/links/LPR_Program_Guide.pdf#page=12

7/9 Cristo Rey Festival Lancaster Event Center  www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/9-10 Beat the Heat Flea Market Lancaster Event Center www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/9-7/10 Mounted Shooting State Championship (see website for times) www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/10 1-4 p.m. Rock and Mineral Grinding Party Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/info/links/LPR_Program_Guide.pdf#page=12

7/14- 17 and 7/21-24 8 p.m. show, 5:30 gates open, Seussical the Musical Pinewood Bowl http://www.pinewoodbowl.org/

7/15-24 32nd Annual Cornhusker State Games http://www.cornhuskerstategames.com/

7/15-16 6-8:45 p.m. July Laser Shows http://www.spacelaser.com/info.html

7/16 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Herb Festival Pioneers Park Nature Center http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/programs/info/links/LPR_Program_Guide.pdf#page=12

7/16 8 p.m. An Evening with Lyle Lovett and his Large Band  Rococo Theatre http://rococotheatre.com/event/lyle-lovett-with-his-large-band/

7/16 6-11 p.m. Brews at the Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

7/16-17 Nebraska Paint Horse Club Hot Colors Show www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/17 1-4 p.m. Family Day at Sheldon Museum of Art (Free) www.sheldonartmuseum.org

7/18-22 National Zookeeper Week www.lincolnzoo.org

7/23 Taekwondo Tournament www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/23 Nebraska Pinto July Horse Show www.lancastereventcenter.org

7/23 6 p.m. Nitro Circus Live, Seacrest Field http://www.ticketrocket.co/Event/Details

7/22 8 p.m. KISS  Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/kiss

7/24 – 8/3 TBA World Tenpin Bowling Youth Championships Sun Valley Lanes http://www.worldbowling.org/

7/26 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m. Lincoln CBMC’s 16th Annual Golf Classic Wilderness Ridge Golf Club http://lincoln.cbmc.com/golf-classic

7/27-31 7:30 p.m. Toruk – The First Flight Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/events/detail/toruk-the-first-flight-by-cirque-du-soleil

7/28 6 p.m. Twenty One Pilots Emotional Roadshow Pinewood Bowl Theater http://pinewoodbowltheater.com/events/single/twenty-ne-pilts

7/30 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Right Brained Artisan Fair at The Space at 5900 S 58th St, Ste H https://www.facebook.com/events/1573090769657010/

Ongoing all-Summer events:

5/27-8/26 Be a Tourist in your own Hometown http://www.lincoln.org/play/be-a-tourist

6/29-8/3 starting at 7 p.m. Railyard Summer Classic Movie Series   http://www.canopyst.com/railyard

7/1-8/31 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wild Wednesdays Lincoln’s Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

7/2 – 7/30 (Saturdays) 8-11 p.m. Hyde Memorial Observatory Free Programs Holmes Lake http://www.hydeobservatory.info/

7/3-8/17 Sundays, Mondays & Wednesdays 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kids Dream Summer at Marcus Theatres participating Marcus Theatre location-check the website for updates. http://marcustheatres.com/

7/7-7/28 4:30-8 p.m. Free Thursday Night in July Morrill Hall http://museum.unl.edu/events/index.html

Ongoing FREE Summer Concerts:

July 1 -August 19 (Fridays) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday Nights Live at Southpointe Pavilions donations requested http://southpointeshopping.com/events/friday-nights-live-summer-concerts/

July 3- August 14 7 p.m. (Sundays) Lincoln Municipal Band presents 2016 Summer Concert Series FREE at Antelope Park- See website for schedule; http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87311-lincoln-municipal-band-presents-2016-summer-concert-series

July 5-August 9 7-9 p.m. (Tuesdays) Free Tower Jazz, 13th & P, see website for schedule http://downtownlincoln.org/explore/tower-jazz.html

July 6-August 31 (Wednesdays) 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Lincoln Community Foundation Garden Performance Series 1415 N St http://www.artsincorporated.org/default.asp

July 7-August 18 (Thursdays) 7 p.m. Stransky outdoor summer Concert Series 17th & Harrison Ave http://kzum.org/

July 7-July 28 (Thursdays) 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. Summer Blend Concert Series The Railyard Canopy Street https://www.facebook.com/events/519330338274391/

Ongoing Farmers’ Markets

July 7-Sept. Thursdays 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Fallbrook Farmers’ Market http://www.fallbrookfarmersmarket.com/

July 2-Oct. Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

July 3 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers’ Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

July 5-Oct. Tuesdays 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. F Street Neighborhood Farmers’ Market 1302 F St. (church parking lot) https://www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

July 6-Oct 8 Wednesdays 3.-6:30 p.m. Havelock Farmers’ Market 6220 Havelock Ave http://www.lincoln.org/play/event/87341-havelock-farmers-market

Ongoing JULY sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com/

Lincoln Saltdogs Schedule: http://www.saltdogs.com/schedules/games/

No Coast Derby Girls https://www.facebook.com/NOCOASTDERBYGIRLS/events

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Looking back on 2015 housing market, forecasting 2016

As we begin 2016 and reflect on the last 12 months, we would ultimately characterize 2015 as having been a very solid year for housing.  Early year-end numbers indicate that year-over-year sales nationally are up by about 10%, equating to roughly 5.3 to 5.4 million units of inventory (and compared to about 4.9 million in 2014).  The strong spring selling season in 2015 was indicative of the market’s overall strength, even while luxury sales activity appeared to have slowed slightly over the course of the last four months. Furthermore, as has been evident in the wake of the Fed’s December announcement, the long-anticipated interest rate increase is not predicted to have a large impact on home-buying activity in the year to come.

Locally in our Nebraska market areas, we saw a nearly flat year. Woods Bros Realty closed 3,157 total units, compared with 3,200 in 2014. However, the company’s closed volume is up 5 percent year over year. The luxury market, defined as homes $400,000 and up in the Lincoln market, was down in 2015 overall. Lincoln, Seward/York, Grand Island and Beatrice are all still experiencing a sellers’ market with fewer than six months of inventory available for sale.

residential market review 2015Looking ahead, here are some of the trends we’ll be watching:

  • 2016 will be a continuation of the housing market’s recovery: This will not be a “boom” or a “bust” year, but a “normal” one with reasonable expectations.
  • Millennials forming new households: This key segment of the consumer population has largely delayed purchasing homes; however, we are starting to see a shift from rentals to ownership among the demographic … and we expect 2016 to be a “break-out year” for these buyers.
  • Washington recognizes the need for affordability: We are seeing a move toward more normalized credit standards versus more risk-averse standards, essentially giving more qualified buyers the opportunity to own a home.  The banks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have furthermore seen fewer foreclosures in the recent year, and we expect that trend to continue in 2016.
  • Boomerang buyers bounce back: Homeownership continues to be a very important dream among American consumers. While a number of people weathered the hardships of short-sales or foreclosures in the downturn, over the last five years, we have seen a gradual return of these buyers to the marketplace – another indication that the market has been successfully working through prior challenges.  People who may have been forced into rentals are now re-entering the market with home purchases.
  • By that same token, even with the dollar strengthening against other global economies, the American housing market will maintain its standing as a very safe place to park assets.

All that said, as the recovery continues and the strength of the industry grows, 2016 will be another important year for housing and its steady move toward normalcy.

Tucknott retires as relocation director

Jan Tucknott
Jan Tucknott

Jan Tucknott recently stepped down from her longtime position as Woods Bros Realty relocation director.

Tucknott jokes that she “is not tired” and is planning to spend more time with family.

“I have been honored to work with so many great people here at Woods Bros over the past several years,” Tucknott said. “I always loved the opportunities that each day presented me here.”

Nickie Casburn
Nickie Casburn

Taking the reins as the new relocation director is Nickie Casburn. Casburn has worked for Woods Bros Realty for more than 20 years, most recently as an executive assistant to the general manager. In her new role, she will work with companies relocating people to and from Lincoln, Beatrice, Seward, York, Grand Island and surrounding communities. She will also serve Woods Bros Realty agents with their client relocation needs.

Casburn, a Lincoln native, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in early childhood and elementary education. She and her husband, Paul, have three sons: two at UNL and one in high school.

Woods Bros Realty, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, offers 126 years of real estate expertise. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Woods Bros Realty acquires Collins Real Estate, names new managing broker for Beatrice, Seward and York

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Casey Collins

Woods Bros Realty is pleased to announce a merger agreement with Collins Real Estate.

Woods Bros Realty acquires Collins Real Estate, and Casey Collins will be the new Managing Broker for the Woods Bros Realty offices in Beatrice, Seward and York. Collins Real Estate was founded by Casey Collins’ grandfather Ken in the late 1950s and purchased by Collins in 2004.

“I am very excited to be working for and with a leader in the real estate industry in Nebraska,” Collins said. “The real estate market and business have changed dramatically; Woods Bros offers a wide array of services and benefits to clients that smaller firms simply cannot offer in this new market.”

A past president of the Tri-County Board of Realtors, Collins is a current Chairman of the Tri-County MLS Board, holds his CDPE designation, and has extensive knowledge in marketing and technology.

“Casey brings to the table technology and sales expertise that will not only benefit Woods Bros Realty agent and clients in Beatrice, Seward and York, but also the management team and company as a whole,” CEO Gene Brake said.

Collins has been married to his high school sweetheart for 18 years and has four children: Jacob, 17; Alexis, 12; Jackson, 9; and Avery, 5. They enjoy being outdoors–camping, fishing, boating, golfing–and being around family and friends. They are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church and Christ Community Church, both of Beatrice. He can be reached at 402-223-8146.

Also joining Woods Bros Realty in Beatrice are former Collins Real Estate agents Jana Robertson and Joy Gaston, both Associate Brokers. Robertson can be reached at 402-239-9657, and Gaston can be reached at 402-587-0342.

Woods Bros Realty, an affiliate of HomeServices of America, is a full-service company offering 122 years of expertise in real estate as well as experience in mortgage, title, closing, and insurance services. Providing an easier way to buy and sell, 250 sales associates work with clients in Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Grand Island, and southeast Nebraska. For more information about Woods Bros Realty, visit www.WoodsBros.com.

Woods Bros Realty congratulates annual award winners

Woods Bros Realty celebrated its 2009 award winners with a luncheon Feb. 11 at the Country Club of Lincoln. These agents and the company had success during a difficult year, and our congratulations go out to them.

The company named Chuck Winkler of Grand Island 2009 Realtor of the Year.

Craig Loeck of the Lincolnshire Square office was presented with the Salesperson of the Year award, the Century Award for over 100 transactions, Excellence in Outgoing Referrals Sold award, the Most Listings and Sales Units and Highest Listing Volume Closed awards and Largest Number of Transactions Closed award.

Sales Couple of the Year went to Rob & Teresa Predmore of the Lincolnshire Square office.

Ann Deck of the Lincolnshire Square office earned the Highest Volume of Closed Sales award, and Tiffany Heier of the Country Club Plaza office was given the Rising Star award as the newcomer of the year. The Overall Outstanding Achievement award went to Beverly Marsh of the Country Club Plaza office.

In addition, Gene Ward, managing broker of the Lincolnshire Square office, was presented with a Special Merit Award for his contributions to the company.

Photos of the event can be found on the Woods Bros Realty Facebook page.

Other awards presented were:

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Salesperson of the Year by Office

For a list of the 2009 Top Producers, click here.

Record number of homes placed under contract in September

According to Midlands MLS residential statistics, more homes were placed under contract in September than any other time in history.

A total of 404 single-family residential listings were placed under contract, a 40 percent increase over the same time in 2008. Of those homes, 52 percent of them were priced $80,000 – $159,999, which could be a result of first-time home buyers trying to get their transactions closed in time to take advantage of the $8,000 tax stimulus.

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