Read on for the latest news in real estate in Wayne, Nebraska and the surrounding communities as well as useful tips for buying and selling your home. Bonus features include a look into the good, the bad, and the ugly of homeownership as shared by blog author, homeowner, property manager, and real estate broker, Trisha Peters.
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Fountains and Fish Ponds

Prior to last weekend's much welcomed rains, my husband and I decided it was finally time to check out the old underground sprinkler system at our home.  We hadn't inspected it prior to closing because we closed in the dead of winter.  I am a bit of a conservationist, so I try not to waste too much water on watering the lawn.  However, I still like to keep it from going totally brown and turning into a barren wasteland (I am a farmer's daughter, and that is my "farm ground," after all).  With the help of my brother Dale (that guy is incredibly handy!) we cycled through the stations on our sprinkler system.  Everything was good until we got to station 7.  Suddenly, it looked like we had Old Faithful in our backyard!  A sprinkler head was broken off and water was shooting up as high as the treetops.  I wish I had some pictures to share the excitement!  Dale started laughing and said, "well, at least you have good water pressure!"  My idea was to dig the hole out and make a coy pond with a fountain in the center of our backyard.  Tim did not care for this idea.  Grumbling, I added "sprinkler head" to our unending to-do list.

I'm sure many of you can relate to our list of things to complete at our home.  This time of year gives everybody the itch to start doing things in and around the home.  The beautiful weather and longer daylight hours add to the enticement of working outside.  Weeding, trimming, and mowing lawn are a few of my favorite things to do in the summer time. Many of you probably don't know, but Tim is quite handy with a wrench, and he refurbished an old Allis Chalmers lawn mower especially for our lawn in town.  He got everything finished except for the muffler, so until planting season winds down, we will be the folks that sound like we are having the lawn mower version of Thunder by the River every time we mow lawn.  It gives our neighbors something to point and stare at, and we're all about bringing new life to the neighborhood!:)

I hope that you are finding time for all of those activities you have planned around your home.  If you are tired of working on your current home, we have seen some excellent new listings coming on the market in the local area.  Check out some of the great homes we have for sale at 1st Realty this spring:

This great home at 1312 Meadow Lane is located on a quiet street provides a great view of the evening sunsets.  It offers 3-bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 2-car garage. Enjoy the spacious living room, formal dining room, and eat-in kitchen.
Check out 803 Grainland Road with a great country view as well!  Features include a master bath, functional kitchen, large rear deck, gas fireplace, and newer roof and windows. 
This wonderful acreage north of Wayne provides the perfect country setting and the convenience of being located along Highway 15!  With a total of 6 bedrooms, it has plenty of room for the entire family and guests!  Enjoy the extra space provided by the detached 2-car garage and .86 acres of room to run!
This townhouse at 1010 East 14th Street is move-in ready with 3-bedrooms, 2 baths, and a full basement.  No steps from the garage or front door make it the perfect place to retire!  Mowing and snow removal is covered by the monthly association fee!
Invest in your future with this home at 221 Lincoln Street.  Reasonably priced at $41,000, it has potential as a rental property with 2-bedrooms and a full, unfinished basement.
This newer home at 1527 Vintage Hill Drive was built in 1997.  The floor plan includes 3-bedrooms, 2 baths, a formal dining room, and kitchen with dinette. The corner lot has a great view of the fields to the east and the unfinished basement offers lots of potential for any owner!
Consider the benefits of living in a small town, and take a look at this beautiful home in Concord.  Just 10 minutes north of Wayne, this home has been completely remodeled.  The original woodwork is in excellent shape, and the owners have taken great pride in the improvements.  A new roof and new exterior paint are to be completed this spring.  Listed at $89,500, this home is a great deal!

Be sure to visit for all of our latest listings.  Keep up to date with information in the world of real estate, and see what's happening in my blog!  I look forward to working with you this year!  Welcome Home!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

A Tribute

I've been absent from the blogging scene for a few weeks due to some drastic changes that have occurred in our lives.  My grandfather passed away on March 26th after a short battle with cancer and emergency surgery.  In many respects, the timing was not good, but then again, it never is when you lose a loved one.  In the midst of everything, we are still working slowly on the house.  I must commend everybody who has helped us during the past few weeks and who has provided understanding during the times when Tim and I couldn't be there to give our assistance.  Particularly, the Karpet Shop of Norfolk for finishing our tile work and carpeting, Doescher Appliance of Wayne for installing and moving our appliances, Discount Furniture of Wayne for delivering our living room and bedroom furniture that has been stored in their warehouse for 3 months, and Russ Loberg Electric of Wisner for putting the finishing touches on the wiring.  It was a relief to know that I could trust these folks to handle the work without us being present, and it was nice to come home to the finished product after the long days prior to and following the funeral.

This house is my tribute to Grandpa and the many things he taught his grandchildren throughout the years.  The day after grandpa died, we installed a flag pole in our front yard in his memory.  He was always proud of his country and the service he and his older brother, Dale, had given it during World War II.  Dale was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for valiant actions on Okinawa just days before he was killed in action by a sniper.  My younger brother is also named after him.  Grandpa taught us the meaning of service, valor and honor.

My grandfather was bit of a perfectionist, and I must admit that I inherited the same gene (much to my husband's dismay).  With the remaining cement from setting the flag pole, we also fixed broken section of the curb that borders the street running north of our house.  Grandpa couldn't stand it when his curbs had chunks of broken cement missing out of them, and my dad, brothers, and I spent a few Saturdays helping him replace portions where the snow plow or a car tire got a little too close.  I am thankful that he taught me and my brothers how to do this task.  He instilled a sense of pride for owning your own property and keeping it in good shape. 

Grandpa told me several times after we purchased the home that he was coming down to see it after we were finished with the remodeling.  He insisted on waiting until we were done because he didn't want to "bother" us.  He understood that we were busy, and he always felt like he was in the way if we were in the middle of a project.  I would always laugh when he interjected about the way something "should be done" versus the way we were going to do it.  He liked to share his knowledge, and he enjoyed being able to have a say in what was happening. We should have made a point to have him visit sooner.

As I've said many times before, a house is more than shelter.  It is a place of great memories and good times with family and friends.  Don't put off those visits from loved ones because you feel like you don't have the time or things aren't in the order you want them.  All they care about is seeing you.  I know that Grandpa is proud of how far we have come with our house and in some way, he is talking to us to make sure we are doing things right.  We wouldn't have it any other way.  Welcome Home.