It is the end of an era with the sale of our house. We had 40 years with many special memories in our Oak Valley home, with great neighbors and wonderful times with our family. We are so pleased that the new owners are a special family who are excited about their new home. We hope they have many happy years there, just like we did. Special thanks to our incredible Realtor Brad Oppedahl for all his hard work to make this happen so quickly.
– Peter Bryant, October 2017
Brad is very straightforward and was a great advocate for us as buyers. Very professional. Flexible; willing to meet at times that were convenient to us.
– Jim Fortmann, August 2017
To whom it may concern,
Jill Hartke represented my family on the sale of our home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We undertook the sale of our home at a time of significant market contraction. Homes on our price range simply weren’t moving.
We interviewed a broad range of agents and initially selected an agent that promised quick and profitable results. After nearly 6 months, our home remained unsold and it was clear our property wasn’t a priority for our agent.
After we made the difficult decision to change representatives, we were again disappointed to learn that the agent we’d selected experienced issues which precluded the marketing of our home and many others.
Frustrated, confused and not sure whom to believe, we met Jill Hartke. Jill’s energy, enthusiasm and willingness to roll-up her sleeves and get involved made all the difference.
Ms. Hartke was a pleasure to work with, kept us informed of progress and leveraged every aspect of her network, marketed our home in every conceivable way and ultimately found a buyer for our property. Jill didn’t stop there. She was active in every aspect of the sale, represented our interest professionally and handled all the details--making the final chapter in our journey successful.
Our family offers our unreserved recommendation of Jill Harke.
She’s a professional that knows what she’s doing and she’s earned our trust.
on behalf of The Kaplan Family
– Jeffrey Kaplan, August 2017
Selling our home with Jill was an absolute breeze. She was fantastic to work with, patiently answering questions and easing any and all of our concerns throughout the entire process. Because of her experience and guidance, we accepted an offer within a few days of listing for more than we ever expected to receive. I would, without a doubt, recommend Jill to anyone looking to sell their home.
– Nathan Pritchard, June 2017
"Home sale is a daunting ordeal and Jill made it very seamless. Jill is a wonderful person to work with. Her expertise in this field is outstanding and her patience is commendable. For every small detail that came up Jill had an answer or got one at the earliest. We will definitely recommend her to all our friends and family. Thank you Jill!!!! It was our pleasure working with you."
– Naren & Shweta, April 2017
Shout out to Brad Oppedahl! He is an amazing realtor - going way above and beyond! Sold our home in Walford in one day! Even on his vacation, he was checking in and getting things done. I don't know how this move could've happened without him. If you are thinking of selling/buying in the corridor, he is the best! . So glad we called him!
– Marty and Jeanie Jordan, April 2017
As first time home buyers, we had no idea what to expect. From talking to friends & family, it was to be expected that the process was going to be long and dreadful. However, in our experience- that was not the case! From the moment we started looking Jill was super patient with us, especially when it came to showing us houses around my husbands work schedule, even later in the evening. During these visits, we brought our 1 1/2 yr. old son and Jill would play with him while we took our time looking through the house imagining the possibilities. She has been super helpful and truly made this experience enjoyable! I would definitely recommend Jill to everyone who needs a home!
– Joel & Geralyn, March 2017
When we started the journey of relocating our family from Oregon to Iowa, we were definitely anticipating a stressful experience. However, Jill helped to keep the process as smooth and pain-free as possible. In addition to identifying multiple houses that met our strict criteria, Jill also supported our search for a temporary rental, so that we had a place to live until we closed on our new home.
Jill was incredibly flexible to work with throughout the home buying process. From quick responses to accommodating our busy lives when scheduling showings and meetings, working with Jill was a great experience. Jill was also very detailed oriented and helped keep track of critical communication, which is necessary with buying a new home, especially a new construction home. Finally, Jill made the home buying experience enjoyable. She always had a positive attitude, was happy to help, and we felt as though she was genuinely excited for us. While we hope that the home we purchased will be our forever home, we would absolutely work with and recommend Jill for any future moves!
– Dale & Mackenzie Maxedon, March 2017
Relocating our family to Cedar Rapids, we had very few insights into the area, least of all any references to a high quality Realtor. By luck, our relocation company matched us with Jill Hartke of Skogman Realty. We could not have chosen a better Realtor ourselves. Jill was extremely quick to pick up on our family's expectations for our next home, and genuinely assisted us in finding the right area and home for us. Jill was very accommodating of our schedule for home viewings, and when the time came to close on our house, Jill went out of her way to help us line up inspectors and conduct the final walk through of our home even as we could not be on site yet. We would highly recommend Jill Hartke to any prospective home buyer in the Eastern Iowa area, and are eager to utilize her services again the next time we ever need a Realtor.
– Peeter & Shannon Soot, March 2017
Since we have moved now 8 times in 17 years, I have dealt with many realtors. Brad provided excellent service to us as home buyers; in fact, I would put him at the top of the list for the buying experiences I have had.
– John and Kelly Peters, January 2017
We really enjoyed working with Brad during our home buying process! We were new to the area and Brad went out of his way to familiarize us with the area. He was beyond accommodating with our requests and very quick to respond and take action when a new home came onto the market. We would definitely recommend him to a friend looking for a home in the Cedar Rapids area!
– Cory Foreman, December 2016
Jill was wonderful to work with, very attentive, professional, and caring. She worked hard to get our house sold! I would recommend Jill to my family and friends. She really cares about her clients!
Trista and Matt Mutert
– Trista and Matt Mutert, December 2016
Our experience with Jill Hartke was fantastic from the moment we met her! Jill made the listing and sale process of our home very comfortable and easy. We also appreciated Jill's directness, honesty, and vast experience. Jill made herself available to our barrage of questions and always got back to us very quickly. Overall everything was well orchestrated leading to the sale of our property much quicker than we could ever have anticipated. We would not hesitate to work with Jill again.
Ben Randolph & Carrie O'Connell
– Ben and Carrie, November 2016
Working with Jill Hartke as our real estate agent was a pleasure. She gave us lots of information on the new area we were moving to, from city demographics to activities our kids could participate in. She was very patient with us as we narrowed the criteria down of what we wanted in our home and was always flexible with her schedule in showing us homes. We highly recommend her to anyone moving to the area or looking to relocate locally. Renae and Jeff Zolnowsky
– Jeff and Renae, November 2016
Brad was great. He was always available for my questions daily. It was my first home buying experience and he made it a very easy and painless experience. I'd use him again in the future if/when I decide to upgrade.
– Brandon Flatebo, November 2016
I can't say enough about Jill's professionalism and knowledge. She definitely brought these qualities to the table when selling our house. Jill was committed to selling our house in the time frame that worked for my family. Jill was very thoughtful and understanding of my family's unique situation and was very respectful and cognizant of this thought the entire selling process.
There were plenty of repairs around our house from electrical to drywall when we were wanting to put it on the market. Jill helped us immensely in preparing our house to sell by sharing her knowledge and resources so that our house was ready for the market. Jill helped us with anything we we needed and answered any questions we had.
I have sold one other house before and the process was not nearly as smooth or as enjoyable as working with Jill. Jill's knowledge of the market helped us sell our house quickly and at a very competitive price. Jill was patient with us when there was something we needed to do to help with the sale. It was definitely nice to have a Real Estate agent with good humor and that was personable and understanding. If I ever had to sell a house in the Cedar Rapids area again Jill would definitely be the first person I would call.
– Cody & Nicole, October 2016
We recently worked with Jill to buy our home in the Marion, IA area and there are not enough nice and positive things that we can say about her and the job she did working with us to relocate from out of state. Not only did she help us find our beautiful new home but she also made us feel welcomed and informed on the area that we were moving to. During our home search Jill was able to schedule showings on the weekends and evenings and was always early to our appointments, ready to meet us with a smile and a greeting that made us feel like we could be walking into our new house. Once we found “the one” she worked tirelessly to get the paperwork, inspections, and walk throughs done on our timeline. She was very helpful and thoughtful throughout the process and whenever we had questions or concerns she responded quickly and provided everything we needed to move into our new home. We wholeheartedly recommend Jill when you are buying or selling a house.
– Tim and Michele, October 2016
My wife and I were first time home buyers and were referred to Brad. He made us feel very comfortable and explained everything in detail, but also in a way we could understand. Brad was very easy to reach and always made us seem like a top priority. He showed us a TON of houses and always seemed to take our likes and dislikes from each house into consideration. He was very knowledgeable when it came to negations and was also very quick to respond when we needed help with things. My wife and I will definitely have Brad as our realtor when we go to sell our current house and buy a new one down the road!
– Ethan Lawrence, March 2016
I was looking for a partnership when finding my new home and Brad was exactly that, a partner throughout the process. I could not have expected more from a realtor. He was timely, courteous, and was able to follow through 100% of the time on any questions or concerns that I had. Brad understood my needs and knowing that I was not in a hurry, Brad did not push me in any direction which in return helped me find the perfect new home.
– Adam Rathje, December 2015
The very first house he suggested fit my needs perfectly. I know Brad listened to me carefully. He was very professional. I felt like his most important client the whole time. Very pleased!
– Ralph Doehrman, December 2015
Jill was delightful to work with. She did an excellent job of preparing a list of comparable homes that allowed us to set our asking price. She was accessible and responsive throughout the time our home was on the market, and she was able to guide us toward new homes that met our expectations. Most importantly, by taking the time to understand our needs and desires as home buyers, she helped us through the decision-making process when the time came to make a decision on which new home to buy. We became very close with Jill and are thrilled we had such a good experience with her.
Michael & Karen
– Michael & Karen, November 2015
We had a fantastic experience with Brad as our realtor. Brad was always available when we needed him, and he would always respond quickly to any questions we had. We always felt that Brad was on our side through out the entire process.
– JM, November 2015
We really enjoyed working with Brad. We absolutely love our house... I woke up this morning and said to Ryan "I can't believe this is OUR home!" Thank you for being patient with us while we found our dream home. We will definitely be recommending you to friends and family in the future! I'm sure I will be seeing you soon!
Thanks again for everything,
Jennifer & Ryan
– Jennifer and Ryan, October 2015
We had a fantastic experience with Brad as our realtor. He was always available when we needed him, and all of our questions were answered very promptly. We felt that Brad was ʺon our sideʺ throughout the entire process, and he really listened as our wants and needs changed after each house we looked at. He was patient with us throughout our search, and helped us find our dream home! We will use Brad for any future real estate needs we may have, and feel confident referring him to our friends and family
– Aaron and Rachel Jarr, October 2015
Brad found the perfect condo for me within just a matter of days of working together.
– Ann Gerdts, August 2015
"My husband and I recently moved to Iowa from Chicago and we wanted to buy a house. We procrastinated a little bit because we knew the process of buying a house would be stressful, time consuming, and a headache. If there's one thing I learned about house buying, it's easy when you're working with Jill. She is such an amazing woman to work with! My husband and I gave her a list of things we wanted and she helped us buy the house that met all of our expectations. We not only bought a home but we developed a friendship with Jill as well. If we have questions, concerns, or guidance - Jill was there to make the process as smooth as possible. Now, I know Jill already helped me buy a house but I refer her to everyone I know because I think they should have the experience I had when buying a house. Nice job, Jill!"
– Erica West, May 2015
I wanted to take the time to let you know how appreciative I am for the service that Brad Oppedahl provided my family in selling my parent’s condominium. Given that the property was not highly valued and would appeal to a very limited demographic, Brad’s efforts to promote its sale went above and beyond anything that could have been expected.
Brad provided guidance and perspective as we debated whether or not to make upgrades to the unit before we put it on the market. He recommended contractors who performed commendable work and finished on time and within their budget. Since I had to move my parents out of town, Brad supervised the remodel process for me, providing pictures of the finished work. In a time of multiple crises, Brad stepped up in a big way for my family. Once the unit was ready to show, he was creative in his marketing efforts, and kept us up-to-date.
Please pass this note along to anyone and everyone who should know of his best work.
The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Story
– Mark Story, January 2015
"We worked with Mirela last summer to find our home. She was easy to talk to, understood what we were looking for and was always available for questions. We bought a foreclosed home which can add more difficulty to the buying process and she did a great job of organizing the communication between us and the seller. She was great to work with and I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family."
– Jennifer and Jordan Forkner, November 2014
"All of our expectations were met in working with Mirela from start to finish! From purchasing our home in 2009 during our relocation to Iowa to moving back to our home state of Wisconsin in 2013, she exceeded the service and response that you expect when working with a Realtor. While listing and selling our house in the Spring of 2013, she went above and beyond to accommodate us with telephone and email correspondences when we were already living in WI. She watched our house, watered our plants and kept it looking in showing condition; the house sold quickly so we could not have asked for a better experience. We are still recommending her to friends who are living in the area as we know that they will also share a wonderful home buying experience!"
– Amanda and Mark Matczynski, November 2014
"It was great working with Jill. Buying a our first home is supposed to be the exciting. Our process with the VA was long and time consuming. As well as our process with the construction. She was on top of everything and stuck it out with us, through the delays and not knowing. We'd definitely recommend her as a Realtor!"
– Eric and Jennifer Andert, August 2014
Jill Hartke was a joy to work with and we are extremely pleased with her attentiveness to our needs. I had never sold a property and she was able to sell my late mother's condo within 4 months. She really was very knowledgeable and was able to sell it for more than we thought we could get. After meeting with her I knew we were in good hands. Thank you, Jill!! I will definitely recommend her to others. She was the perfect realtor for us!!
– Val Terpstra, July 2014
We were very pleased with our interactions with Jill and would recommend her. Jill adapted to our schedule. She was timely in her responses to all our questions. If she didn't know the answer, she knew where to get it. Jill aggressively and professionally marketed our condo unit which was listed for only a short time, then sold.
– Ed & JOni Tomka, June 2014
Our agent Jill Hartke was phenomenal in selling our house. Since we have the habit of relocating often, we have met our share of realtors and can recognize a gem. Her genuine kindness and helpfulness in the process was so needed in a stressful transition. Jill communicated frequently on timing of events and feedback from potential buyers. She is incredibly resourceful and had contacts that could assist in lawn care, handyman work (all which were also excellent). We had relocated to another state a month after listing, so she was diligent at checking on the house and coordinating all the issues. She even went to the house, picked up a package a week before Christmas that was not forwarded to our new address and sent it to us so our daughter could have her American Girl doll on Christmas Day! With any other realtor in our past experience--this house would have been a grand disaster; Jill took on a lot of our stress through all of this. Forever we will feel so blessed to have found her. Thank you so much Jill.
Desmond and Heather Waters
– Heather & Desmond Waters, June 2014
Brad was able to get my condo sold quickly and at the price I was hoping. Brad also patiently helped me look at dozens of properties until we found the perfect one to open up my soon to be Bed & Breakfast. He was great to work with.
– Bea Banks, June 2014
"Thank you Mirela for your professionalism and endless attention to our need for a quick sale. We are grateful to have been referred to you and have an excepted offer in a WEEK! Thanks again!"
– Kerry and Debbie Johnson, March 2014
We were extremely fortunate to have Jill Hartke work with us to sell our home. Jill scheduled all meetings at our convenience and was very considerate of our special requests to gradually expand advertising of our home as we were in a unique situation. She always made certain all showings and open houses were as convenient for our family (including pets) as possible. She provided a very thorough profile of the house for potential buyers. Once we gave Jill the thumbs up to move forward at full speed, she promptly presented our house in every way possible and we had a sound offer within two weeks. Jill has a great understanding for contract details, negotiating etiquette and documentation which made the entire process extremely simple for us. Jill is an outstanding professional and working with her made a stressful process a wonderful success!
Jim and Julie Koeppel
– Jim & Julie Koeppel, February 2014
I attempted to sell my home on my own initially and did not have many people even come to look at my house. I had a flyer on my door when I returned home from work one day from Jill. As I was not having any success on my own, I decided to contact her and requested she do a market analysis on my home. Jill was pleasant and very professional to deal with. I listed my home with her and it was sold within 60 days.
My home was a nice mid range dollar home and Jill provided tips on how to make it more appealing to a buyer. She also went above and beyond when we had an issue and she knew someone who was able to resolve it prior to the close.
I would recommend Jill to anyone. She made the process of selling my home effortless, although I know she put in many long hours to get my house sold!
– Ron Nott, February 2014
Purchasing a home can be stressful. I was a first time home buyer with a deadline, and ended up with a lot of hiccups with the financing process. Without Jill, I don’t know that I would have kept my sanity.
From the beginning, Jill listened to what I wanted and needed for my family. Any question I had, she found the answer. Any problems that arose, she dealt with them quickly. It felt really good to know that she had my back. Her easygoing personality made it a pleasure to work with her. Because of her, I can happily say that we have been in our home for six months and we love it! Jill truly goes above and beyond what I would expect from a realtor. ~Rachel Kimble
– Rachel Kimble, February 2014
Our experience in selling our home with Jill Hartke was outstanding. Jill did an awesome job of listening to our game plan, gave us great personal attention, and was always available to answer all of our questions and concerns. We could not have picked a better realtor and were completely satisfied in selling our home
Amber & Jim Dostal
– Amber & Jim Dostal, January 2014
"Rocky was the second person we met when we relocated from Alaska to Cedar Rapids, Iowa in April of 2013. After 22 years of moving with the Air Force it was time to settle and purchase our retirement home. Rocky welcomed us to Iowa with open arms and we quickly became life long friends. Rocky was so flexible, accessible, and accommodating to our unique needs and relatively short timeline. She led us on a journey through every step of the process and recommended nothing short of top-notch necessary service providers such as a local mortgage lender. Rocky also kept my husband and I well informed on all aspects of the purchase and we always felt like she was looking out for our best interests. The most amazing part is Rocky continued to help and resolve issues even after the purchase was finalized. She is simply wonderful. Hands down the best Skogman Realtor in my eyes, I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home."
– Sue & Mike Panfil, January 2014
We would strongly suggest using Rocky Chipokas as your real estate agent for selling and buying a home. Rocky was our agent for selling the home we were living in and helping us through the process of finding a condo. We met Rocky when we were looking at condo’s and she happened to be the agent who was on duty at the condo model we were taking a second look at. After spending an hour with her we were sold on the condo model and asked her to meet with us about listing our house. Again after spending a short amount of time we decided to have her also list our house. She held numerous open houses. Since we listed in late summer early fall she helped us make the decision to take it off the market before winter and list it again the first of March with a new price and it sold within 60 days.
We had to wait (4) months for our condo to be completed and she was truly supportive of the trials and tribulations of that process and the (4) months we spent in a hotel. We love our new condo and have Rocky to thank for getting us here.
Bottom line she met our expectations of a real estate agent and we have also gained a very dear friend.
– Dean & Diane Reck, January 2014
Nick has been a long time friend so I know his integrity and eagerness to go above and beyond to ensure your investment has the highest return. I've purchased two homes from him and to say he exceeded my expectations is an understatement. Nick will be involved in all my future real-estate transactions.
Account Manager-Diagnostic Imaging Systems
– Chad and Kelly Slaughter, August 2013
“Enlisting Nick’s service and expertise was the best decision we could have made. When we first became serious about building a home in Cedar Rapids, the process became a bit overwhelming. The location, school district and style of home were just a few of our previously unanswered questions. Nick listened to our needs, laid out a methodical approach and helped us make the best decision possible. He has the uncanny ability to transform what can be a complex and stressful situation into an understandable and more importantly, enjoyable process. We truly enjoyed working with Nick."
Matt and Melissa, Cedar Rapids, IA
– Matt & Melissa Meyer, August 2013
"Working with Mirela was a wonderful experience! Three words come to mind when I think of Mirela: professional, positive, and intelligent. She is very knowledgeable as she answered every question we had without fail. Her years of experiences gave us the utmost confidence to go with any advice she provided us and was very positive and supportive when it came to our thoughts and opinions. Mirela was always available it seems like, as we would send a text or email and get a response within minutes. It was a lot of fun working with Mirela and we plan to work with her in the future. We would recommend her to anyone without any reservations."
– Nick and Kacie Monroe
"We worked seven months with Mirela and were impressed of her professional approach. She provided us all the needed and important information, and offered valuable hints along the way. She even took the time to work with my wife to create ideas on how to make this the house of our dreams. In addition to assisting us with the process of building and purchasing the home we wanted, Mirela was kind enough to help me with the relocation process in the move from Kansas to Cedar Rapids. She arranged my stay in a hotel for a discounted price, and she helped me find apartments to rent among other things.
Mirela is smart and intelligent. She gave us the opportunity to see what a good real estate agent can do in a real life. We have had past experience in buying and selling homes, but we were never as happy with any agent as we were with Mirela!
I am 100% recommending Mirela as a great and creative real estate agent. Give her a try at least! You won’t regret it, I am sure."
– Taras and Lyuda Dunduchenko
“We really enjoyed working with Mirela in the hunt for our first home. She was very helpful in finding homes that suited our list of needs and wants. We appreciated her honesty when viewing homes that she believed were not for us. We first met Mirela when we went to an open house that she was hosting, and even though she was not our Realtor at the time and didn't even know we were looking for one, she offered us a lot of really useful advice on effectively searching for a house and things to ask when looking for home loan vendors. Mirela adds a personal touch, keeps in touch, and remembers you on special occasions. She helped us find our perfect house. We would highly recommend Mirela!”
– Derek and Cassie Koenigsaecker
“We were immensely satisfied with our interactions with Mirela and the wealth of real estate knowledge she provided us which enabled us to find the perfect home for our needs in a desirable neighborhood. We would strongly recommend Mirela to our friends for the great professional service she provides."
– Vijay and Rupa Sethna
"We didn't know what to expect when buying our first house. Mirela made time for us to view homes despite our busy schedules. She was very helpful during the planning stages, pointed out many things that we would have overlooked while looking at the individual houses, and was helpful when we finally decided on and purchased our house. We would recommend Mirela to anyone looking to purchase a house based on our wonderful experience."
– Mark and Mandy Matczynski
"Mirela worked hard from start to finish and always provided us with the negotiation edge to save us money on our home purchase. I am very pleased with her effort, professionalism, and knowledge. Well done. Thank you Mirela, we love our new home!"
– Richard and Carol Kollath
"We used Mirela Taylor as our agent when we relocated to CR. She proved to be one of the most reliable agents I have ever dealt with. She did a very good job in trying to understand the needs of the client. She was very accessible and always willing to adjust her schedule to fit our needs. She was not shy to give her expert opinion on the various properties we toured, and this proved to be very valuable. I would definitely recommend her for anyone looking for a Real Estate Agent in CR."
– Primus Mutasingwa
"Buying our first home seemed overwhelming at times, and we're so very grateful to have had Mirela's expertise on our side. Mirela was very helpful, extremely knowledgeable, and always quick to respond to our many questions. She made buying our first home enjoyable and easy, and we can't recommend her enough!"
– Ryan and Claire Olson