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Real Estate Agents, Taylorville, IL
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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
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
Email: hkennedy@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

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 33 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
Kay Masterson, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.827.6799
Email: kmasterson@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

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
Jennifer Ford, Broker
Accredited Home-Staging Specialist

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.8181
Email: jford@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

Jennifer loves helping sellers and buyers come together in a transaction! She has been in the real estate business for 32 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
Julie Lilly, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.4383
Email: jlilly@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

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
Julie Mayer, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.3748
Email: juliecc@gmail.com

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
Jerri Mazzotti, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.652.9617
Email: jmazzotti@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

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
Ron McKavetz, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.820.7749
Email: rmckavetz@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

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.

SAM PEABODY
Sam Peabody, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.5141
Email: sampeabody88@gmail.com

I served six years in the Illinois Air Guard. After the Guard, I got my real estate license and have been working the real estate business ever since.

I am a licensed broker and grew up with a passion for real estate. I have been involved in my own property rehabbing and remodeling since 2009. I enjoy working with families to find the best house for their budget and strive to make the process seamless and stress-free for my clients.

I have many years of experience in presenting homes and adding instant equity when remodeling. When I first started in real estate, I specialized in “fixer-upper” homes and helping clients see the potential in these purchases. I am now very knowledgeable in all categories and price ranges of homes. I can offer guidance for any type of real estate transaction and can answer all questions that may follow. I take pride in being proficient ineverything I do. I use the strength of my real estate knowledge and a professional approach to successfully navigate all property transactions.

I grew up in the Taylorville area and gained first-hand real estate experience at an early age—my parents remodeled and built homes. Today, my wife and I remodel and build properties around the Stonington and Taylorville area, two of which have been featured on the Taylorville Holiday Home Tour. I truly understand what it takes to buy and sell a home in our local market.

My wife and I live in rural Stonington. We are the proud parents of twin girls, Lola and Grace.

Whether you are looking for your dream home, your fixer-upper, or next income property, I look forward to helping you achieve your real estate goals.

MARGIE MEADS
Margie Meads, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.827.1333
Email: mmeads@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

Margie is a proud native of Taylorville and is familiar with the area and members of the community. After raising her six children, she decided to pursue her interest in real estate and received her Broker’s License in April of 2014.

Whether trying to sell your present home or looking to buy that dream home, Margie will be with you every step of the way, assisting you with all the details.

Having had the opportunity to build a log home with her husband and develop her land, Margie understands the value of finding the perfect place to call home and spend your leisure time.

Margie enjoys playing the piano, gardening, the outdoors, and spending time with her family. She looks forward to serving you and making your dreams come true.

MEAGAN PHILLIPS
Meagan Phillips, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.820.6766
Email: mphillips@KennedyRealEstateLLC.com

Meagan Phillips is a newcomer to real estate, receiving her Broker’s License in 2017. In the past, Meagan worked for the United Way of Christian County as the Assistant to the Executive Director, worked in retail, and volunteered at Shadow Home. She has an interest in music and enjoys performing at different venues when possible. Meagan is a people person, is very friendly, and pays attention to detail. She believes that the sale or purchase of a home should be a pleasant experience and she strives to make that possible every step of the way. Meagan looks forward to working with you in the future.

RICK FORNWALT
Rick Fornwalt, Broker

Graduate Realtors Institute, Certified Residential Specialist, IL association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, REALTORS
Office: 217.824.8888 
Cell: 217.825.0892
Email: rick.fornwalt@yahoo.com

Rick entered the real estate business with a desire to help clients find the perfect home as well as effectively market their homes-for-sale. Rick has been working as a real estate agent for 10+ years. He started his career as an agent in the Decatur area and has been serving the Springfield/Taylorville area for the past five years.

Rick earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from SIU Carbondale and spent 30 years in Quality Assurance Manufacturing, first at Zexel Corporation and then at Bunn-O-Matic Corporation. Throughout his manufacturing career, his focus has always been on making sure customers were getting a quality product from his employers. Rick prides himself on serving his clients and understanding their needs.

Rick is a professional person with a real focus on serving his clients to the fullest. He looks forward to working with you.

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Kennedy Real Estate, Taylorville, IL
400 W Market St
Taylorville, IL 62568
Office: 217.824.8888
Fax: 217.824.5080
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