When Sam Heineman and Darin Whitmer thought about starting a real estate brokerage, they turned to their own experiences to determine how they should run their business.
“We tried to think about it from our own experiences of buying and selling our residences,” Heineman said. “What would we like and what would we benefit from? And what we kind of came to was low commissions and the buyer rebates.”
Whitmer’s experience shopping for homes in Omaha led him to a similar conclusion.
“I lived in Omaha for about six years and I saw out there the real estate market is really competitive where they were offering the buyer rebates,” he said. “My wife and I were out shopping for homes before we moved back, and we kind of got used to the whole buyer rebate idea, but we had never seen it in Fremont and were never able to utilize it.”
The pair of Fremont natives opened Dodge County Realty Group on Feb. 1, and is trying to build a client-focused atmosphere based on what they wanted in their own home buying process.
“Technological advances in the real estate industry over the past 20 years and have allowed the home buying and selling process to become much more efficient,” Heineman said. “At Dodge County Realty Group, we pass along the associated cost savings to our clients through our low 4 percent listing commission rate and our $500 buyer rebate program.”
According to Heineman, qualifying for the brokerage’s 4 percent commission rate and $500 buyer rebate program involves two factors.
“If we represent the buyers and help them buy the home, and they buy a house that is listed on the MLS, they qualify,” he said.
Heineman, who is Fremont’s only Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), said that Dodge County Realty Group will focus on residential, commercial, and agricultural properties.
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Whitmer added that residential will be the firm’s primary focus.
“Residential would be the primary focus for the whole firm, but Sam is going to focus more on the commercial, and I have a background in agriculture,” Whitmer said. “In Fremont, it’s kind of important to touch a little bit of everything.”
Whitmer will be Dodge County Realty Group’s managing broker and oversee the firm’s day-to-day operations.
“In addition to having a deep understanding of the Fremont market after being born and raised here, Darin has developed extensive contract and real estate expertise throughout his years practicing law,” Heineman said. “While our clients will surely be able to benefit from Darin’s legal insights and guidance, they will also benefit from Darin’s personable, honest, and full-disclosure approach to the buying and selling process.”
Heineman and Whitmer both grew up in Fremont and attended Fremont High School before attending college in the area. Heineman received his undergraduate and graduate degree at Midland University, and Whitmer received his undergraduate at University of Nebraska-Lincoln before attending Creighton Law School.
Along with Heineman and Whitmer, the brokerage also features new team member Nate McElroy who will specialize in assisting buyers to find their perfect home, according to Heineman.
Dodge County Realty Group is currently in the process of renovating its new offices at the former Gathering Social Hall building located at 750 N. Clarmar Avenue.
For more information about the firm’s service people are encouraged to contact Dodge County Realty Group by phone at 402-719-9269 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.