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Lydi Gorbun
Lydi Gorbun

Lydi Gorbun joins the Pine Lake office. She moved to Nebraska when she was 5 years old and attended school in Malcolm. Lydi is happily married to Vlad and they have one child. Her hobbies include sewing, snowboarding and camping. Lydi can be reached at 402-217-6771 or

Market Information

September By the Numbers

Overall, we saw a great September compared with the same month last year. Interest rates are the lowest they’ve ever been, and our supply of inventory indicates we are in a buyer’s market for most price ranges.
Here are the September numbers from all HOME Real Estate offices including Lincoln, Seward and Milford:

  • $36,762,660 Total Volume Sold (Up 32% from Sept. 2010)
  • 234 Total Sides Sold (Up 24% over Sept. 2010)
  • 245 Sides Placed Under Contract (Up 21% from Sept. 2010)
  • 402,132 Page Views on
  • 48,743 User Sessions on
  • 5,471 User Sessions from a Mobile Device
  • 30 New Saved Searches on
  • 890 New Saved Properties on
  • 597 New Customers/Clients on
  • 1,016 Daily Active Users on
  • 131 Text Inquiries to HOME4U at 59559
  • 2,364 Guided Tour Views at
  • 309 Views at

View our monthly Market Snapshot here.

Company Information

Nebraska Land Title & Abstract personnel recognized

Jim Lamphere
Jim Lamphere

Nebraska Land Title & Abstract President Jim Lamphere has been elected to serve as President of the Nebraska Land Title Association for 2012.
The Nebraska Land Title Association was formed in 1903 and is guided by an elected Board of Directors and Officers.  The committee structure allows members to make a difference by advocating for high standards when searching real estate records, preparing title documents and passing clear title. This association is also very in touch with current legislative and regulatory issues that affect home ownership.
Lamphere has guided Nebraska Land Title & Abstract since 1998. He is a Lincoln native and earned his law degree in 1984.  He is also a licensed title agent and a member of the Nebraska and Minnesota Bar Associations.  Lamphere and his wife, Amy, have two children, Jake and Sarah.
Sheryl Oldham
Sheryl Oldham

In addition, the Realtors Association of Lincoln (RAL) recently named Sheryl Oldham of Nebraska Land Title & Abstract its 2011 Affiliate of the Year. The award is given to an affiliate member of RAL in recognition of his or her professionalism and outstanding service. Selection is based on organized real estate activity; business conduct and experience; and civic and volunteer activity.
Oldham has dedicated her career to the real estate industry for over 30 years. She is involved in RAL as a member of the Affordable Housing Committee, participates in Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army bell ringing, RAL golf and bowling events and the RAL booth at the Home & Garden show as well as many other activities sponsored by the board.
Oldham is a member and past president of the Escrow Association of Nebraska and currently serves as the Nebraska state director to the American Escrow Association. She is a member and currently serves on the Education Committee for the Women’s Council of Realtors and was that organization’s Affiliate of the Year in 2003. Oldham is active with the Home Builders Association of Lincoln. She is also very active in her local church and volunteers at the Information Center, Coffee House and many other activities sponsored by her church. Her personal interests include spending time with her family including three grandchildren, camping and any outdoor activities.
Nebraska Land Title & Abstract (formerly known as Capitol Title) is a wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, the largest brokerage-owned settlement services (mortgage, title, escrow and insurance) provider in the United States. The company provides title insurance and escrow closing services to the areas of Lincoln, Omaha, Bellevue, Seward, Wahoo and Beatrice. For more information, visit

General Real Estate

Picking the right agent is crucial

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released their Existing Sales Report two weeks ago and in the report they discussed a troubling trend: cancelled contracts are increasing dramatically. NAR defined the issue:

“Contract failures – cancellations caused largely by declined mortgage applications or failures in loan underwriting from appraised values coming in below the negotiated price.”

NAR explained that 18% of all contracts were cancelled in August. This compares to 16% last month and 9% in August of 2011.
The percentage of cancelled contracts has doubled in the past year!!
It is extremely important that both buyers and sellers pick the right real estate professional to assist them with their real estate needs.


Make sure your agent can not only help you find the home of your dreams but also find you professional assistance with all aspects of the transaction (mortgaging, title, etc.)


Realize that your agent must sell the home twice:

  1. to a qualified buyer
  2. to the bank (through the appraiser).

The second sale may be more difficult in this market than the first.

Bottom Line

It is imperative in this housing market that both buyers and sellers use a true real estate professional to guarantee that the deal will actually reach the closing table.

See original article from KCM (Keeping Current Matters) Blog.
Find a HOME Real Estate professional, who can help you with all aspects of a real estate transaction.
Sales Associates

Congratulations to the award winners for August!

Pioneer Greens

Listings Taken  Terry Kraft
Sales Written  Abby Burmeister
Closed Sales  Steve Taylor

Pine Lake

Listings Taken  Donna Melichar
Sales Written  Donna Melichar
Closed Sales  Helen Russell


Listings Taken  Paul Fry
Sales Written  Karen Schaeffer
Closed Sales  Noel Herrington


Listings Taken  David Bayne
Sales Written  John Fink
Closed Sales  Jeni Meyer

Total Closed Volume Award Team

Bulow Team

Total Closed Volume Award Couple

Al & Ann Underwood