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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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Callie Cooley Buyer Specialist

Proud to call the Cedar Valley home for the past 23 years! I’m so thankful to have been raised by parents who are entrepreneurs that have always taught me to work hard from a young age, have self-discipline, and most importantly to dream big. After working in the service industry for the past 5 years, I’ve learned that giving people the best possible experiences with great customer service is what gives me the most satisfaction and keeps me motivated. I love to meet new people and I’m co…

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Ron Garris Listing Partner

A lifelong resident of Waterloo, I have been in the Real Estate industry since 1976. My wife Sharon and I have been married since 1965. East High and University of Northern Iowa graduate. Even after many years in the real estate business, I still enjoy working one on one with people to help them achieve their dreams. I have closed thousands of sales over the years, and I am excited to continue to serve the great people of the Cedar Valley here at Amy Wienands Real Estate.

A few of my …

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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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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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Miranda Koch Listing Coordinator

I was born in Cedar Rapids and moved to Cedar Falls to attend the University of Northern Iowa. I graduated in December of 2017 with a degree in Public Relations. Aside from working at AWRE, I dedicate a lot of my time to my dance life. I have been teaching dance for 6 years now and am currently an instructor at Fusion Dance & Performing Arts just down the road! I view myself as very family oriented and always enjoy any time I can get with my family. It's been especially fun growing up wi…

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Jenny Lakin Buyer Specialist

Cedar Falls native. Married to my best friend Nick since 2008. Former Iowa alumni, but love cheering on the Panthers! My 3 beautiful boys keep me on my toes; never a dull moment at the Lakin household. I am thankful to have been raised in the Cedar Valley and am lucky to have all of my family close by; our Sunday dinners with the entire family are starting to get a little crowded, but we love it. ;) My first career began in healthcare, but I've since found my passion helping the great pe…

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Andrea Martinson Buyer Specialist

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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Mark McChane Part-Time Courier

The Cedar Valley has been home my entire life. Raised by loving Parents who taught me that if you work hard and treat others how you want to be treated, you’ll have a great life. I met my beautiful wife, Rita, 32 years ago. We have 3 children, who we are so proud of and 5 beautiful grandchildren. I retired from John Deere after 31 years and decided I wasn’t ready to stop working. I really enjoy meeting new people and seeing the Cedar Valley grow. After 2 1/2 years with AWRE, I still look…

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Garrett McClain Buyer Specialist

Born and raised in Waterloo. I am the oldest of three boys. Growing up, we spent a lot of time on the West coast visiting family and traveling around the U.S. I graduated from the University of Iowa and spent a semester studying abroad in Central America; This is where my true passion of connecting with people began. After graduating, I was excited to be back in the Cedar Valley working in the construction industry. With my experience in the construction industry, combined with my passio…

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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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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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Henry Wienands-Schneider Chief Furry Officer

Born & raised in Waterloo. I love playing with my toys and seeing all of my friends at the office every day! They have lots of names for me; they call me Henry, H, Browners, Brown-Dog, H-man, and lots more. If I'm not greeting clients, or keeping everyone on track, I'm usually napping in the most inconvenient places! My favorite time of the day is when I see a sold sign carried out the door, or lunch time! I love being AWRE’s mascot, come and visit me!

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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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