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About Us

Our Agents

The REALTORS® and real estate agents at Kennedy Real Estate in Taylorville, IL are dedicated to delivering refreshing ideas, excellent service, and successful real estate transactions to Taylorville and the surrounding areas. We will help you sort through the details and make the process smooth and efficient.

Helen Kennedy, Managing Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
Helen Kennedy, Managing Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.820.3258

Helen Kennedy is a REALTOR® who knows the highs and lows of the real estate business. Starting as a real estate agent in 1985, she persevered through the tough times in the late 1980s when sales were slow and some adjustable rate mortgages jumped to 18%.

She’s also enjoyed the times when real estate markets were strong. She has been one of the top producers in Taylorville for 35 years, and her success is marked by numerous awards from Illinois Association of REALTORS® for her sales transactions.

Today, Helen continues to pursue excellence in real estate as the Managing Broker of Kennedy Real Estate LLC. For each client, she strives to make the transaction smooth from beginning to the end. While her creative marketing skills, extensive education, and strong work ethic have established her as a knowledgeable REALTOR®, it’s the relationships she’s developed with her clients over the years that have been most important to her success.

Helen belongs to the National Association of REALTORS® and is a Certified Residential Specialist. This is an elite group, as only 4% of realtors have achieved the CRS designation. Helen is also a member of the Graduate Realtors Institute, and a member of the Capital Area Association of Realtors, where she has served on the MIS committee, grievance committee, and ethics committee.

In addition to her leadership in the real estate industry, Helen also contributes her time to many community organizations. She is Past President of the United Way of Christian County and a board member as well. She belongs to the Optimist Club where she has served as President, and she has volunteered on the board of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. Helen fundraises for the YMCA and is a member of Xi Delta Theta, a local sorority.

While she spends a lot of time working, Helen balances her career by enjoying her family and four grandkids and spending time with her close friends and clients. She enjoys golfing and competed in racquetball tournaments for over 20 years. She also enjoys working in the yard.

Kay Masterson, Real Estate Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
Kay Masterson, Broker

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.827.6799

Sharon (Kay) Masterson has been successfully selling real estate for 43 years. She is a dedicated REALTOR® who is extremely patient and understanding of her clients’ needs. Kay can handle every detail of the buying and selling process and her clients are happy at the closing table. Kay has been very successful at earning repeat business from buyers and sellers who have worked with her.

Her clients’ testimonials rave about her. She gets down to business and gets the job done, and then keeps going and going and going.

Real estate keeps Kay busy and happy, but when she makes time for herself, Kay enjoys spending it in her flower garden, reading novels, and of course, spending time with her grandkids and family.

Jennifer Ford, Broker & Accredited Home-Staging Specialist at Kennedy Real Estate
Jennifer Ford, Broker
Accredited Home-Staging Specialist

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.8181

Jennifer loves helping sellers and buyers come together in a transaction! She has been in the real estate business for 35 years. She started her career in 1983, typing appraisals from home for a local realtor who had just opened his own business. Soon, she was working in the office a couple of days a week, and within a month, had a full-time position as the office manager. In 1987, Jennifer became a licensed REALTOR®.

Her experience as both a REALTOR® and office manager has exposed her to many sides of the buying and selling experience. From the first contact with an agent, to viewing properties, writing and negotiating contracts, helping with financing, arranging inspections, and finally going to the closing table, Jennifer prides herself in making everyone feel not only informed, but comfortable.

Jennifer is also an Accredited Home-Staging Specialist and offers free consultations to her clients.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, especially her three granddaughters and Samson, her 14-year-old kitty. She looks forward to helping her past, present, and future clients with all of their real estate needs.

Julie Lilly, Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
Julie Lilly, Broker

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.4383

Julie Lilly has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2013, specializing in residential home sales in Taylorville and the surrounding communities. Julie has the unique perspective of working with local government, and is familiar with both residential and commercial listings in and around the community.

Buying and selling a home can be both exciting and stressful, but Julie guides clients through the entire process and is involved every step of the way. She enjoys the negotiating process from writing the offers for buyers or sellers to dealing with repair addendums and negotiating prices for her clients. She likes scheduling inspections, helping find lenders for buyers’ specific financial situations, and so much more. Julie has a good rapport with other realtors and networks well with them to get the job done. She loves her job; let her prove it to you.

Julie Mayer, Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
Julie Mayer, Broker

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.3748

In the spring of 2002, Julie became a licensed real estate sales associate, and since then she has assisted many people in the buying and selling their most valuable assets—their homes.

As a REALTOR®, Julie’s job is to apply her knowledge, training, and experience to assist you in this endeavor.

For sellers, her goal is to make sure you get the best price for your home by aggressively marketing it through advertising in the Multiple Listing Services, newspapers, the Internet, and open houses, just to name a few avenues.

For buyers, she strives to find the dream home you have been looking for and to negotiate a purchase price that will meet your needs. She will also assist you in finding the right lender, inspectors, and contractors to make you feel comfortable about your decision to purchase.

Julie makes a promise to her clients to be by their side from beginning to end—when you walk away from the closing with the keys to your new home.

Her real estate career has led to many new friends and satisfied clients, many of whom come to her again to help them upgrade homes or relocate. So, if you’re thinking about buying or selling, Julie will be there for you!

Jerri Mazzotti, Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
Jerri Mazzotti, Broker

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.652.9617

Jerri Mazzotti obtained her real estate license in December of 1968 and hit the ground running, quickly becoming the top producer in real estate for many, many years. She has received the Diamond Award for volume in sales and was a past president of a local board of realtors for two years.

Jerri manages to find buyers and sellers wherever she goes. She is an excellent promoter of real estate and gets the job done. She specializes in residential properties, representing buyers and sellers, and also helps clients relocate in other towns and states. Jerri is an excellent networker and has never met a stranger. Her clients love her for her real estate savvy and she’ll entertain you with a joke or song to make the process of buying and selling very enjoyable.

Jerri studied at LLCC and Peoria State College. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining, traveling, staying in touch with friends, art, and is happiest spending time with her family.

Ron McKavetz, Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
Ron McKavetz, Broker

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.820.7749

Experienced Realtor Ron McKavetz currently provides real estate services to buyers and sellers located in and around Taylorville, IL. Always holding client satisfaction as his highest priority, Ron works hard to make the entire buying and selling experience as productive and enjoyable as possible. Clients working with Ron never fail to appreciate his honesty, professional integrity, and fierce efficiency.

With 20 years of real estate experience under his belt, Ron has the extensive knowledge and expertise necessary to handle a wide range of clients and situations. Whether his clients are looking for a home for the very first time or they’re seasoned investors, Ron works tirelessly to accommodate their needs and exceed their expectations. As a lifelong Taylorville resident, Ron is incredibly well-versed in the local housing market and always manages to find his clients those hidden gems that other agents tend to overlook.

Ron values all of his clients and strives to build strong, lasting relationships with them that go far beyond business. Ron understands how much families put on the line when they invest in a home. That’s why he works closely with them every step of the way, making the otherwise overwhelming process completely stress-free. Ron is truly passionate about what he does and loves finding the best homes for his clients and their families.

DuWayne Owens, Broker at Kennedy Real Estate
DuWayne Owens, Broker

IL Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.7262

DuWayne has recently become a licensed Real Estate Broker. He came to the Taylorville community in
1994. He and his wife, Heather, have raised their five children in Taylorville. In the time he has been in
Taylorville he has been involved in the community in many ways. He has coached youth sports
programs at the YMCA including soccer, basketball, and t-ball. He coached baseball and softball in
addition to serving on the Red Bland little league board. In addition to Red Bland he has coached flag
football, TYFL football and travel baseball teams. He has also officiated youth and HS sports of
basketball, baseball, and softball.

He has an associate degree from Lincoln Land Community College, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
from the University of Illinois in Springfield. He is a licensed educator and school administrator. He has
taught and served as a school administrator for the Illinois Department of Corrections for the past 22
years and continues to do so. DuWayne has substitute taught as well as done homebound teaching for
the Taylorville school district.

DuWayne understands how exciting and stressful buying and selling a home can be and is looking
forward to being a part of that experience for others. He is looking forward to the challenge of assisting
you in your search to purchase a home or sale of your existing home. He is prepared to assist you with
the entire process of either listing or purchasing your home. He understands both how important it is
to find the right home and to find a buyer for your home when you are ready to sell. DuWayne is a very
organized and dedicated person that is excited about the opportunity to work with you. He is excited to
join the team at Kennedy Real Estate and the benefit of having their experience behind him.
DuWayne enjoys sports, traveling, music, spending time with his family, and learning new things. He
enjoys working in his yard and looking out for his neighbors. He believes it is important to have a good
laugh every day. DuWayne enjoys being around and interacting with people. He truly does not know a
stranger and enjoys getting to know new people.

He is thankful for being able to raise his family in the Taylorville community and looks forward to helping
others make roots by serving as a real estate broker.

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