Welcome Greg Wright as IT Network Analyst

Greg Wright
Greg Wright

We’re excited to welcome Greg Wright as IT Network Analyst.

Wright comes to the Woods Bros Realty family after a 15-year career with The Gallup Organization. In his new role, he will be an integral part of the technology department, from evaluating existing systems to offering application and hardware support.

Wright also spent eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence analyst during the end of the Cold War, when he was honorably discharged. Wright is engaged to his former junior high sweetheart with whom he reconnected after 32 years (Check out the Journal Star article on his story here), and he has a 5-year-old son, Jack. In his spare time, he enjoys fitness, PC gaming and drumming with his son.

Contact Greg at:
402 937-2025
greg.wright@homeservicesne.com

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Coming Soon: An All-New WoodsBros.com

Woods Bros Realty announces the upcoming release of all-new company and agent websites.

Responsive websites

The company partnered with Reliance Network to develop responsive websites that can be accessed from any device—from smart phone or tablet to desktop computer or smart TV, all without having to download an app.

“We’re excited to bring our clients a consistent experience, no matter where they are,” said Woods Bros IT Director Ben Dinger. “We will have one place for buyers or sellers to come to get the most accurate, local and up-to-date information for their real estate needs.”

Reliance Network specializes in technology for the real estate industry and recently released a new real estate search that caters to the ever-growing percentage of mobile users. WoodsBros.com will be among the first websites to launch this new search.

Home Value Tool

Another first is that the new websites will have a home value tool unlike any other in the local market. People can enter an address and get three different computer-modeled valuations of their homes, including the Zillow® Zestimate® value. They will also have the ability to enter adjustments for renovations and upgrades or contact a local real estate agent for a more accurate estimate.

Neighborhood Match

The companies also partnered with LiveBy, a Lincoln-based startup, to introduce a beta tool to help match people with their ideal neighborhoods. Visitors to the new sites will be able to use the exclusive tool to discover neighborhoods that meet their identified lifestyles and desires.

LiveBy was co-founded by Cory Scott and Matan Gill, as a result of the JumpStart Challenge issued by Woods Bros in 2015. LiveBy also took part in the NMotion Accelerator program in 2015, and—through Woods Bros connections—will be expanding the beta test into several markets across the country.

“At our company, we build community,” said Woods Bros General Manager Shannon Harner. “What’s a better way to build community than to support our local entrepreneurs and innovators, while also serving our clients and neighborhoods? It’s a win-win.”

Other features for home buyers and sellers

Finally, the websites will continue to offer a “Property Watch” account for viewing all listings in the local Multiple Listing Service (MLS), and a new “Market Watch” feature for area trend and pricing reports. There are new tools for home selling clients to receive weekly updates on their home’s activity online as well. Woods Bros agents will each get new responsive websites that include the new features.

The sites are expected to launch end of March or first of April.

The new WoodsBros.com

Woods Bros Realty this week launched an updated version of our website, www.WoodsBros.com. The site has been designed to be more clean, simple, fresh, and touch friendly, with tablets in mind. We are also featuring local photos that we will continue to update seasonally, since there really is “no place like Nebraska,” and we’re proud to show the beauty of our communities.

Key updates worth noting:

  • Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 9.24.59 AMNotification bar – The new site includes log in information at the top of each page. When you are logged in, it will show the number of saved properties and saved searches you have active in your account. Remember, you can activate your Virtual Office Website membership to view listings from all companies.
  • Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 9.44.56 AMProperty Search – From the front page, you can type in any location information to find your place–city, neighborhood, school, MLS number, zip code, street name or number. Clicking the search button will take you to the map search, where you can narrow down your search further. You can even use your current location to search properties for sale around you.
  • Map Search – Our map search gives you an easier way to buy with so many options. You can zoom in to the area you want, or you can draw a border where you’d like to search. Check out the tools at the top of the map for options.
  • “Bread Crumbs” – At the top of the search window, you’ll find the current criteria used in your search. You can click the “x” next to any option you’ve decided to remove.
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  • Property Detail – From the map, you can hover over a listing to preview it and click it for full detail. From each listing, you can ask a question, view mortgage payment scenarios, scroll through full-screen photos, and much more. You can even see a home’s Walk Score® to see its proximity to services.
  • Professionals – You’re always just a click away from finding one of our professionals to work for you. Search by name, specialty or office.
  • Real Estate Expertise – Beyond property information, our website includes information about buying, selling, building a home, relocating, and commercial properties.
  • About Woods Bros RealtyLearn more about the rich history of the Woods brothers and the tradition of service and building community that we believe in still today.
  • Screen Shot 2013-09-20 at 9.32.13 AMContact Us – On every page, we included a button to  contact us for more information. Just click “Ask a Question,” and reach out to us. We’ll get you the answers.

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check the footer menu in the bottom section for a number of links and site help. We are continually improving our website with you in mind. We’d love your thoughts and suggestions on how we can make it easier to use. Please send feedback to webmaster@woodsbros.com.

Scheduled website maintenance

WoodsBros.com is currently down for our scheduled maintenance window, which is between 12am CST and 4am CST Sundays.  It isn’t every Sunday, but if you are seeing this page – we’re currently down to do upgrades to our web platform and should be up by 4am.

During this time, you can view our listings on our online TV channel at www.MyWoodsBrosTV.com or download our mobile apps:

Thanks for visiting, and we look forward to being back to normal after 4am!

Woods Bros Mobile App just got better

The Woods Bros Realty mobile app just got a major upgrade! Here are some of the new features in this version:

  1. Much faster map searching
  2. Text / Keyword Searches (refine map or criteria search).
  3. 3D Property icons with the list price
  4. Favorite or recommended agent
  5. Live statistics on every screen. You always know the lowest, highest and average list & sale price.
  6. App Touring: tap and hold (for a few seconds) the compass icon on the lower right. The app now updates your location and nearby properties every 5 seconds. This is ideal for property tours, open houses and market surveys.

If you’ve already downloaded our app to your device, simply update it. If you haven’t yet downloaded it, you can do that here:

Search for properties with our new mobile app

Woods Bros Realty is pleased to offer a fast, powerful local real estate application for Android and Apple mobile devices.

Home buyers can search for listings and open houses via criteria, maps or current location (GPS required), or even draw a search area to find the most properties in any mobile real estate app. Flip through additional photos; turn the screen sideways for full screen viewing. Quickly save interesting properties for comparison or contact an agent. Share properties via message, e-mail or Twitter, and easily look up office and agent information.

FROM YOUR DEVICE, click the link below to download. OR, scan the QR code from your device. You can also search for the company names in your device’s application store. iPad users? Be sure to check out the iPad app.

iTunes (for iPhone and iPod)
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Google Play (for Android phones & tablets)
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New Enhancements to WoodsBros.com

Early this morning we rolled out a new build of our website that adds some really cool new features to keep us at the leading edge with our online presence.  Here’s what’s new!

FScreen Shot 2012-05-02 at 9.36.55 AMacebook, Twitter, and Google + sharing on the mobile site

Our mobile traffic, and mobile traffic across the industry continues to grow exponentially.  We’ve been focusing a LOT on the mobile site since launching the first local real estate mobile site two years ago – so I’m very happy to announce this feature.  Now you can share a listing to the “big three” social networks instantly from anywhere on any device.  Check it out by visiting m.woodsbros.com from your smartphone today!

Printable Listing Brochure

You can now click “Print Brochure” on any listing and will be presented with a new layout that’s much more clean and includes some really nice features.  We’ve included a ruled area at the top for notes, and a new revised map at the bottom that allows you to map from your address to the property while also including agent-entered driving directions.

Screen Shot 2012-05-02 at 9.41.50 AMSaved Search notifications via Text Message

We’re all-in on the mobile device shift, and to continue to adapt we’ve added text notifications.  Now when a property receives a price change, open house, or other update and you have enabled these notifications – you will immediately get a text message!  This is only the beginning – and it works very well. To make the change, log in to www.WoodsBros.com, click on “Profile Settings,” and add your Mobile Phone Number and Carrier. Then under “Notification Preferences” select “Text Message.”

In every text message we include an unsubscribe link to allow you to easily unsubscribe at your discretion.  Nothing complicated, just a simple click of a link!

Enhanced Search Experience

We continue to enhance our property search to cater both to tablets and to usability.  Buttons and headings continue to get larger and more colorful – allowing much easier clicking on iPads and other tablets, as well as drawing attention to them.  We’ve also recently updated the “Your Selections” area at the top to allow you to easily see the search criteria you’ve entered.  And this is only the beginning — stay tuned!

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Show All Photos on Mobile Search Results

We’ve added usability to the mobile site by jumping straight to a page with all of a listing’s photos if the photo count below the primary listing photo is clicked.

That’s all we have for this go-around but much more is coming this year!

Woods Bros Realty offers online document access to clients, agents

Woods Bros Realty is pleased to announce the completion of a project to make a paperless real estate transaction possible.

Utilizing Doc Central from Real Estate Digital, our online technology partner and industry leader, we now have the ability to instantly give agents and clients online access to transaction documents from anywhere in the world.

Furthermore, we entered in an agreement with the online signature leader, DocuSign, to provide the full product to our agents at a substantial discount. This is just another step in Woods Bros Realty’s commitment to our clients and agents to simplify the real estate transaction. For more information, contact a Woods agent.

WoodsBros.com Mobile Site Updated

Our mobile website, http://m.WoodsBros.com now has a new look and feel. It has been designed to be more user-friendly on a wide variety of web-enabled phones. The page width adjusts depending on the browser size, providing an optimal experience.

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New Features – Property Search

  • New, single location search box.
  • Drop down menus for bedrooms, baths and square feet.
  • Search for open houses within 3, 7, or 14 days.

New Features – Search Results

  • The number of photos is now highlighted under the main photo.
  • Color blocking makes the site easier to read and navigate.

New Features – Property Detail

  • More details! The same property details available on our full website are now viewable on the mobile site.
  • All photos are now available.
  • Driving directions are available.

Am I smarter than a fifth grader?

Shortly before Thanksgiving past, I came face to face with the selection of a new cell phone. I was the last hold-out with my kith and kin for same-company benefits of cellular transmission. My heirs were calling each other without minute consumption. And texting was at the speed of ticket sales to a Lady Gaga concert. But, with the reassurance–or was it incessant goading?–from the Other Gens in our familial tree, I entered the treacherous confines of a Baby Boomer’s Hell, a store we’ll call Cell Phone City.

While the 20-somethings at my arm were the kids in the candy store, the beads on my forehead resembled those of me stepping in for a root canal. I was standing on the high board above the pool of Blatant Ignorance, ready for full-body immersion into embarrassment.

But, rationalization to the rescue! Hey, I’m a guy with two Master’s Degrees and teaching experience in six different decades! Am I smarter than a fifth grader or what? I can DO this! Well, I could do this as long as the enforcement team that pushed me through the doors was available …

Thirty minutes and a blazing of the credit card later, I exited the store feeling a tad more techno-savvy. I had the sworn-in-blood promise of my reassuring relatives that it was all just one baby step after another into Blackberry Heaven.

So, this guy who played with two tin cans and a string as my own homemade walkie-talkie in another mid-century era really can navigate the treachery of technology. And the availability of people like my company’s Ben Dinger and Connie Hain don’t hurt my cause.

As for the “smarter than a fifth grader” issue, I’m happy that young learners take on new phases of technology like ducks to water. I’m still occasionally on that high board above the pool of uncertainty. But, I’m getting better with the help of my friends.

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