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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate – S. “Lynn” Klotz

Occupying an office that overlooks Historic Woodstock Square, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate has been providing service and expertise to the suburban Chicago real estate market since 1960.

Specializing in residential and commercial properties, Starck Real Estate also offers services in farm sales as Harding Real Estate. Combining a local, third-generation family-owned company with one of the most respected names in the industry, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate sets the standard in the region with its reputation for integrity and service.

As a Five Star Award-winning broker, Lynn Klotz brings her wealth of experience and community service in Woodstock and the surrounding area to the Starck Real Estate team. As a recognized Realtor Emeritus with the National Association of Realtors, Klotz has been active in the industry since 1976 and has proven to be outstanding in her field, with high client satisfaction ratings and several Top Producer Awards earned through her hard work.

Klotz is an active member in the Woodstock community who served for 21 years as an administrative office manager to the chief of police. She also served on Woodstock’s Planning Commission Board for eight years and served for four years with the Chamber of Commerce Board. This experience has given Klotz a deep knowledge of the area, making her an invaluable representative for buyers and sellers.

There are two properties Klotz is particularly excited to share with her clients. One is a stunning Nantucket-style home in Harvard that features five bedrooms, four full baths, a half bath, and several beautifully appointed additional rooms including a library with built-in bookcases and an oak coffered wood ceiling. The home has been frequently updated and lovingly maintained, with one-of-a-kind woodwork that is rarely seen in modern homes.

Another unique property is one of the oldest historic landmarks in McHenry County. Oney’s Tree Farm & Nursery was built in 1838 and is the area’s longest-operating Christmas tree farm, where generations of families have built a tradition of finding their special Christmas tree. This property is being sold as a complete turnkey operation with equipment and inventory included and a massive parking lot to accommodate year-round customers. There is also a beautiful historic home on the property consisting of four bedrooms, two full baths, a sunroom and a huge kitchen. A wraparound porch, breathtaking perennial gardens and a custom-built wishing well complete this incredible home. A picturesque two-story barn and an original milk house are also part of the property, offering endless potential. There is even an additional residence, a double-wide trailer. This three-bedroom residence is equipped with two bathrooms, one with a jacuzzi tub, and is located beside a pond stocked with bluegill and bass for anyone wanting to enjoy nature at its best.

As a broker, Klotz brings the cutting-edge marketing and technology tools and administrative support of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate with her. When you work with her, you work with an entire team, dedicated to your needs.

112 Cass St., Woodstock | (312) 437-4549 | StarkRE.com

Choice Realty

Choice Realty of Freeport is a locally owned and operated full-service real estate company with locations in Freeport, downtown Galena and the Galena Territory. The company was started in 2009 by Anne Sadler, who now works as the designated managing broker for 21 licensed agents in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, condominiums, new construction, land and farm real estate, investments and leasing throughout northwest Illinois.

Unlike other agencies, Choice Realty does not practice dual agency, which means the company will not represent both the buyer and the seller in the same transaction. This allows Choice Realty to provide the best possible representation when the offers come in. Choice Realty is in the client’s corner, from the opening paperwork to the closing table, negotiating the best deal possible.

As a non-competing managing broker, Sadler no longer sells properties herself but focuses on managing the company and its agents, making sure they have the tools they need to represent their clients in the best way possible. She coordinates sales meetings with her agents twice a month, each one heavily focused on training and keeping agents up to date with the latest market trends.

The team is in constant communication, making sure buyers are made aware of properties available, both through the company and beyond. Sadler also uses her experience as a pre-license and continuing education instructor for the State of Illinois to prepare new Realtors for their state and national licensing tests and to keep her agents on the cutting edge of the market.

Choice Realty is one of only a few companies in the area involved in new construction. In 2016, Sadler started working on a task force that created the first residential enterprise zone in Freeport. The designation now allows builders to create spec homes while purchasers of those homes receive a 95% per year property tax abatement. This also jumpstarted new construction activity in the area.

Giving back is an important part of Choice Realty’s culture. Its agents are involved in a number of community activities and are sponsors for local events like Music on Chicago, a popular music event in Freeport. Sadler also serves on the board of directors for Home Start, a nonprofit that focuses on financial literacy and education and connects people to housing resources. She is also on the board for Malcolm Eaton Enterprises, a nonprofit that provides vocational and life skills to developmentally challenged individuals.

At Choice Realty, the focus is not on being the biggest, just the best.

718 W. Stephenson St., Freeport | (815) 616-5311 | choicerealtyfreeport.com