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Braidynn Baumann Buyer Specialist

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley. I was blessed to grow up in an amazing family where hard work and dedication are paramount. I have worked in customer service since the age of 14, I continue to enjoy getting to know the people I have the privilege of serving. Seeing others happy while creating a relationship is the most rewarding outcome of any and all experiences. I enjoy sports and have a special love for art. In my limited free time I still enjoy being busy and that means drawing …

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Chris Carter Buyer Specialist

Father, A former 26-year-television newsman, these days I tell people I’m still in your living room, I’m just in person now. A 6th generation Californian, I split the family tree moving to Iowa 19 years ago and had two daughters. They’re the best people I know and my highest compliment is that if I were their same age , I’d want to be friends with them. I grew up in the 2nd largest city in America, then near arguably the most scenic mountain lake resort area in the country, then the wine…

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Anna Caughron Director of Sales

Wife, Mother and still a bit silly. I was born and raised in the Cedar Valley, married my high school sweet heart and love of my life. Despite what doctors told us, by the grace of God we are parents to the two most amazing kids. Our daughter Carley and son Cael keep our lives full of laughter and excitement. We are an active family spending a lot of time at swim meets, triathlons & baseball games. I love to be creative and grew up with a love for dance; you can witness a spontaneous dan…

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Sarah Church Inside Service Agent

I was born in Denver, Colorado, but grew up in the Cedar Valley with my parents and three younger siblings. While working as a restaurant server in high school and college, I learned quickly that working hard and treating people right are of the utmost importance. I carry those values with me into my professional and personal life. After graduating from Cedar Falls High School, I attended Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids, earning my Associate of Arts degree. I’ve since returned to Cedar …

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Russ Davis Buyer Specialist

Husband of my fourth grade classmate, father of two daughters and one son and grandfather of five grandgirls. Born, raised and matured in the great state of "Ioway", I will probably never leave this black soil behind. I learned the value of and the return on hard work at an early age working along side my dad on our century, dairy farm in Clayton County. The fire that took my one-room, country school gave me the opportunity to meet my future wife, Jean, when I joined the fourth grade in …

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Kimmy French Buyer Specialist

Raised in Waterloo. Became a Registered Respiratory Therapist, working in Intensive Care and Emergency Care for several years. Married my high school sweetheart and lived in Central Florida for 19 years. Blessed to raise three great kids, and loved being a full time mom. We returned to the Cedar Valley, where I developed a love for detasseling corn and cycling.

A few of my favorites:
My sweet husband, Mark and our kids - Noah, Tavi & Isaac. Our church, and being a part of the worship…

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Mary Gillett Listing Partner

Grew up in small town in northern Iowa. As a teenager, learned the importance of hard work and serving others delivering newspapers, detasseling corn, and working in restaurants. After graduating high school, headed down the highway to attend the University of Northern Iowa. What a great decision! Four years later, with a marketing degree and many great memories, began a career path beginning with banking, then pharmaceutical sales, financial strategies, and home construction. Finally, p…

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Evan Grooms Media Specialist

An Iowa alumni with big city roots; a cinematography specialist with an emphasis on aerial photography. Growing up, I spent a lot of my time moving and traveling around the world with my family, most notably living in Tokyo, Japan during my teenage years. I recently moved from Chicago, but just before that I graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in English and Writing. During my time in college, I discovered my passion for all things video and thusly, began my career in the…

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Trace Heyer Buyer Specialist

Born in Waterloo, but grew up in the small town in Northeast Iowa of West Union. I have been blessed to be born into a huge family with 29 first cousins, and countless relatives who I love to be around. Since high school, I have resided in the Cedar Valley and have loved every minute of it! I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a marketing degree. Growing up under a father and grandfather who owned an abstract company, I was always drawn toward real estate. I love being a…

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Danica Holm Inside Service Agent

I was born and raised in Canada, but I have called the Cedar Valley home for the last 10 years. I love spending time with my husband, Justin, and our sweet daughter, Raegan. After graduating from college, I worked in TV advertising for 8 years, but always knew I wanted to be working in real estate. I love what I do everyday helping clients through the exciting experience of purchasing a home and feel so blessed to be at Amy Wienands Real Estate!

A few of my favorites:
Cooking. Hangi…

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Kami Kirkland Buyer Specialist

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley, I’m blessed to be bringing up my two daughters here, as well. I’m fortunate to have a loving and supportive family that enjoys spending time together. I cherish the time I am able to spend going to my daughter's volleyball games, gymnastics, swim lessons and any other activities they participate in. My love for real estate started at a very young age, inspired by my Grandfather. He was an enormous influence in my life and was one of my most signific…

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Andrea Martinson Director of First Impressions

Blessed to call the Cedar Valley home since 1995. Raised in a third-generation construction company, hard work and dedication has been a #1 priority since the beginning. After graduating high school from Cedar Falls High in 2014, I decided to further my education in my beautiful home town of Cedar Falls and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 2018 – Go Panthers! I am very energetic and love the opportunity to make connections with new people. Family is very important to me,…

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Shawn Miller Listing Transaction Coordinator

I was born and raised in the Cedar Valley and have lived here most of my adult life. I have been active in the Real Estate World since 2001. I am a people person with a "HUGE" heart! I am very compassionate about a lot of things, especially my job! I am a hard working, very independent woman who is always up for a challenge. My Chocolate Lab, Gracie, is my Baby and she can always turn a bad day around for me! I am very thankful everyday for the life that I live, I am especially thankful …

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Steph Paxton Listing Partner

Wife, Mom, Daughter, Sister. Born & raised in Waterloo. Went to the University of Northern Iowa to study education. Met the most amazing person in my life my junior year of college. Married him 6 months later on the hottest day of July, 1999. "When you know, you know". 2 boys, Maxwell and Cooper. Can't imagine life without them. They bring more joy to my life than I knew I could ever experience. Lived in Des Moines for 10 years. Started my teaching career in Adel. Taught 3rd grade for 2 …

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Jennifer Pham Buyer Specialist

I grew up in Cedar Falls, and I started out as a waitress at our family restaurant at the age of 14 after school and band practice. I graduated from Cedar Falls High School and moved to Illinois right after, where I continued working in customer service at various places; I love learning new things, meeting tons of new people, and making new friends. After 4 years there, something was pulling me back to the Cedar Valley to be near my parents and three younger siblings. My parents have ta…

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Gus Pladsen Media Specialist

Born in Northeast Iowa, in the small town of Waukon. Moved to the Cedar Valley for college and instantly felt at home. I love to create. My passion for photography and graphic design has shown me to a busy life of creativity. Raised within a second generation, family-owned Chevrolet dealership, I learned the importance and process of putting a client and their needs first, at a young age. I have always been drawn to the Real Estate industry and I am truly blessed with the opportunity to …

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Amber Schuchmann Listing Partner

I was born in Illinois but raised and spent most of my life in Waterloo. Married my husband Mike in 2002 and the mother to two sons, Max and Spencer. I graduated from Waterloo West High and continued my education at Upper Iowa University earning a Marketing degree and Masters Degree in Quality Management. My background has always been in sales-working in yellow page sales, pharmaceutical sales and now working with the Best Real Estate Sales Team Ever!!!

A few of my favorites:
My hus…

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Kevin Shaw Buyer Specialist

Husband, father. I was born and raised in San Jose California. I moved to the Cedar Valley over 20 years ago and instantly fell in love. The Cedar Valley has so much to offer! As a previous home inspector of over 9 years, I decided to transition to a Realtor, which is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I could not have asked for a better team to work with. I genuinely like helping people, and in this career, I get to do that every day. I enjoy the relationships I make with every…

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Phillip Shirk Buyer Specialist

Lifelong resident of the Cedar Valley. UNI graduate. My family is super important to me. Some of my favorite times have been spent on our family farm hanging out. I am a people person. I love meeting new people and can talk to almost anybody.

A few of my favorites:
Love being active. Biking is my favorite. My family – immediate and extended! Fishing. I enjoy being generous. Jimmy John’s. OP Grinder pizza with jalapenos.

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Ramiza Sisic Buyer Specialist

Born and raised in Cazin, Bosnia with four other siblings on a small farm. I started my life making a living as a hairstylist. At twenty-one years of age, I immigrated to the United States from my war-torn country to build a new life. Married to my wonderful husband, Sefik, for twenty-three years. Mother to two, Dean (21) and Denis (15). I am proud to have built my roots in the Cedar Valley and call it home for twenty-two years now. Real Estate always drew my attention. I love meeting n…

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Lindsey Smith Transaction Coordinator

Graduated from Ames High and came to UNI for college. Stayed in the Cedar Valley with a church plant, Candeo Church, and saw the Lord work in miraculous ways. Beyond blessed with the grace that He continues to pour out each day in my life and for His Son to lead the way. Got married to my best friend, Chad, in May 2015. It is an absolute joy to work at Amy Wienands Real Estate. From coworkers to clients, all bring a smile to my face day after day.

A few of my favorites:
My amazing hu…

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Megan Trettin Executive Assistant to Amy Wienands

Born and raised in Waterloo, I truly love to call the Cedar Valley my "home". I graduated from UNI - Go Panthers! - and I am blessed to be part of the AWRE family! I enjoy helping Amy to serve the Cedar Valley with their real estate needs! Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and extended family, as that is something that is very important in my life. I love working out, crafting and hanging out at home with my husband and dog.

A few of my favorites:
My awesome husban…

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Anna Trower Director of Operations

Waterloo native, and West High graduate. I am the youngest and only girl in my family with 4 older brothers. As kids, we spent our summers boating and waterskiing at our family cabin on Lake Delhi with extended family, too. I graduated from the University of Iowa - Go Hawks! I moved back to the Cedar Valley since my family is very important to me, and I started life in the work world. I worked in retail for over 5 years, which is where I learned the value of giving amazing customer servi…

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Jordan Wagner Media Specialist

Born in Waterloo, I had a great upbringing with a lot of family close by. I love the midwest, having lived my teen years in Minnesota and graduating college in Wisconsin. I enjoy spending time with family and friends, and going on road-trips. I went to school for Radio/TV/Film, so I have a love for all things media. My other passions include, photography, video, music production and Indian food. You can find me exploring different restaurants and breweries around the Cedar Valley.

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Amy Wienands Broker/Owner, CEO

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley. I’ve grown to love this community. Grew up with loving, supportive & inspiring parents and was blessed to be raised with my two sisters. Spent Friday nights working in the concessions at local football games, Saturday mornings selling mini donuts at town fairs, cleaning & painting rental houses, and delivering papers. I was taught at a young age to appreciate hard work. Graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa with a degree in psycholo…

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Daniel Williams Part-Time Courier

Raised in Hudson, Iowa, on a small farm, I learned early the importance of hard work and dedication. Currently, I am attending UNI with a focus on business management. I am very driven and love working with my amazing team! Outside of work, I enjoy traveling and experiencing new events. I think of myself as a very sociable person who loves spending time with others. Beyond work, school, traveling, and networking with friends, my main hobbies are sports cars and spending time on the water…

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Mandy Wittmayer Buyer Specialist

Born and raised in the Cedar Valley. Blessed to have the most amazing family, including a husband who can always make me laugh, two beautiful daughters. My parents and brother have always been there for me and I don’t know what I would do without them. I began working when I was 14, have worked in food service (Dairy Queen was my favorite), retail, and marketing for non-profits. In each of these positions I learned the value of customer service, and I always tried to exceed the customer’…

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