Meet the Experts - Old Omaha

Meet the Experts

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Old Omaha is a site designed exclusively for those folks that just can’t get enough of Omaha’s history and beautiful historic residences.

We hope you stop by often to ogle the great historic homes on the market, learn about residential architectural styles, how to maintain your own home, and to access our rolodex of great old home contractors.

As if that wasn’t enough, we also offer a full array of real estate services tailored to folks who are drawn to the special kind of wonderful that old homes offer. So, if you find yourself ready to part with your historic home, we’ll help you sell. We focus our top-notch real estate expertise on older homes. When you list with Old Omaha, a Vintage Real Estate Team, you have access to special Old Home Collection with beautiful signage and other targeted marketing. We’ll feature your home on this very site too.

If you’re looking to buy a home, we’ve revolutionized historic home search by allowing you to search by architectural style. When you’re ready to buy we can help with your search and purchase, with a specific eye towards the unique concerns presented by older homes. We also have experience assisting folks who save and restore distressed homes for resale or as an investment.

We see you, lover of history and old homes, and we’d like to get to know you better.

Tim Reeder

Co-Broker, Co-Owner, Old Home Realtor®
Tim's Story

For over 20 years, I have been helping people buy, sell, and preserve historic homes and neighborhoods in Nebraska and Iowa. I started the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, The Good Life Group in order to provide the community with top-notch agents who value building lifelong relationships with their clients over numbers and sales. I soon discovered that the Omaha area needed a hub for homeowners to ask questions and get sage advice about their old homes. The Old Omaha Vintage Real Estate Team was quickly launched to help people buy, sell, and restore their vintage homes. As an old home expert, I am on a mission to keep the Omaha metropolitan area as true to its historic nature as possible. I guide my clients through the challenges and rewards of maintaining old homes in our community, provide guidance on restoration, and even replant the tree canopies on their streets through my Re-Tree Midtown initiative. Every home old or new adds character to our community, I would love to help you with your own iconic dwelling.

Annika Phillips

Old Home Expert
Annika's Story

Many years ago, at a corporate family event, I complimented my boss on his beautiful bald baby boy and to drive the brown-nosing home I turned to my four-year-old daughter and said, “Emelia loves babies too – isn’t this baby SO cute?” She crossed her arms, leaned back to assess the child and said, “I like the ones with hair.”

I’m somewhat that way about homes. I love old ones with original features the most. I’ve owned four houses; the newest was built in 1924.

My first was a 1917 Prairie-style foursquare in St. Charles IL. What had been a wide-open archway between the living room and dining room had been walled up by the previous owner to create a bookshelf. Early one morning, I set aside all the books and began swinging a crowbar at the offending wall. My husband staggered downstairs to find me in a pile of wallboard and shelving. He wisely and silently turned around and went back to bed. I was very pregnant at the time, and that was how I “nested.”

The most substantial old house restoration I ever took on was a 3-story Queen Anne in Field Club. The front porch was gone, and the grand central staircase had been ripped out when the house was converted into apartments. Although we finally hired help to retrofit another Victorian staircase and add a fireplace, my original plan was for my husband and me to do the work ourselves — we aren’t married anymore.

My search for original features was finally fulfilled when I moved into my current home, an original condition 1901 Classical Revival, with a sleeping porch, ice door, pull-chain toilet, and lots of other no-so-mod-cons. Even the kitchen had been untouched since the house was built, but I modernized it by moving in a 1936 range.

What I’m getting at is this: We all have our own idea of what makes the perfect home. The first realtor I worked with crowed, “You’ll love this house – it’s updated within an inch of its life.” She never heard me when I explained what I really wanted. She just kept showing me what she liked. I’m not that realtor. I will listen and ask questions until I can visualize your dream (not my dream) and make that my quest. I’ll also swing my crowbar at any obstacles that stand between you and your life in that home.

Nancy Bierman

Associate Broker, Realtor®
Old Home Expert
Nancy's Story

I know you’ve heard of a Negative Nancy, but I’m not one of them. I’ve always been a people person since my humble beginnings in the Benson neighborhood. My journey has taken me all over Omaha. I raised my sons in a Mission style Sears & Roebuck Kit Home at 55th and Jackson for over 20 years in which we worked tirelessly to restore. I learned a quick lesson that you can’t always DIY it, sometimes you have to call the professionals in to do it right. It was in this home that my true appreciation for the phrase “If these walls could talk” really struck a chord with me. This is how I approach my work with clients. I tell them, “If it’s the right house, the home will talk to you.” I’ve always lived in old homes and love to be able to talk about them with my buyers and sellers.

Two great things in my life have taught me the most about people and how to help them find the right home. The first was volunteering in the community and the second was my late brother with Downs Syndrome. Both taught me to just listen to what the person in front of you has to say, we all come from the same common ground, Omaha has more history than you ever thought, friends can be made in any place, and homes are not just a place to rest your head, but to live your life. To this day, my biggest referral sources come from my time as a volunteer and from my amazing friends as well as my many clients that have become like family to me over the years.

I have been described as an advocate, extremely patient, generous beyond doubt, and just plain fun. Buying a home is so much sweeter when the person who helps you find it has probably lived in the home or knows someone that did! After more than 24 years as a Realtor®, I’m still here and just as eager to help you.

Rhonda Wachholtz

Realtor®, Operations Officer
Home Stager, Vintage Home Enthusiast
Rhonda's Story

Hi, I’m Rhonda! What drives me is getting to know my clients and their wants and dreams and finding a way to make those dreams come true. Buying and selling a home is a journey, with unique ups and downs. I pride myself on walking through that journey right next to you, educating you on the process while having a lot of fun along the way.

You can expect nothing less than exceptional communication from me throughout our dealings together, as well as a high level of dedication and integrity. You not only are working with me, but with our whole team of experts on the Old Omaha Team.

One of my favorite pastimes is learning about old houses, neighborhoods and the history of Omaha. My ultimate dream is to visit each of the renowned homes in the US designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. I am awestruck by his organic architecture philosophy and in love with the Prairie Style homes he designed.

I would be honored to sit down and talk with you about your real estate dreams!

Mashara Valentine

Old Home Enthusiast
Mashara's Story
As a new addition to the team, I am extremely excited to unlock all the history and charm of these Beautiful Vintage homes with you. Being an admirer of older homes my whole life, I often wonder and marvel at how such grand structures were built without the tools and technology of today. Even more impressive, Vintage Homes are not only Stunning but built with quality craftsmanship, amazing architecture and attention to detail which some newer builds lack. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a New Construction Home, but if I had my choice, I would prefer to restore a big beautiful, baby mansion in a established neighborhood with trees that change colors with the seasons and neighbors that could tell you about the history of the block before you were even born.
Born and raised in Omaha, I know exactly what “Nebraska, The Good Life” is all about; safe and comfortable living. I have over 20 years of experience in sales, building relationships, and have excellent communication and customer service skills. I am no stranger to hard work and work well under pressure. Dedicated, Honest and Loyal married with my real estate knowledge there’s no deal we cant close. I would be honored to assist you in all of your real estate needs as well as any friends and family your send my way.
Avi Weisbach - Old Omaha

Avi Weisbach

Realtor®, Photographer
Avi's Story

Hi, I’m Avi, and no, it’s not short for anything. I am the son of an architect/professor of architecture-turned-attorney, and our family moved often, usually remodeling our ‘new’ home, doing the majority of the work ourselves. As a result, I learned a lot about how houses are constructed, and learned to appreciate the craftsmanship found in older homes.

 Of the houses I have lived in, my favorite was a 25 x 27 foot carriage house, behind the family’s Victorian row house in San Francisco. We completely gutted it, rewired it, replumbed it, etc., all while my older brother and I lived there (we were 18 and 19 at the time). We even pulled up the three inch pine tongue and groove flooring from one side of the house and moved it to the other side. We built all the kitchen cabinetry, added a huge greenhouse window at the back of the house in the kitchen area, and opened up the ceiling on the ‘living room’ side of the house. We added a franklin stove for heat. It was a ton of work but an amazing learning experience. I still miss that place, after more than 25 years.

 I have a very eclectic background. I have a BFA from The San Francisco Art Institute, where I was a photography major, as well as a law degree. I have worked as an Antique Jukebox Mechanic, a Glass Blower’s Assistant, a Motorcycle Mechanic, an Attorney, and I have spent many years doing technical support for various software companies.

In 2013 I got my Real Estate license, and started working with Tim. My role was to help with listings, and marketing, which is essentially my role still, with the addition of house photography, my favorite part of the job. When I reminded Tim about my photography background we decided it was time for me to brush off the old photography skills. Tim helped me get set up with equipment and software, and I did some intensive research and testing to figure out how to get quality results. I like to think that over the years, with experience, better equipment, and more sophisticated software, I have the skills to to make houses look their best. If you choose our team to help you sell your home, I will do my best to make your house shine.

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