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Joan Eslinger
Specialty: Residential, Commercial, Farmland, Developer, Construction, Property Management
Owner/Broker

  • Top producer selling over 18 million dollars of property in 2008
  • Hall of Fame year 2007 in top 10 agents
  • Ranked #9 out of 1100+ Realtors in Will and Grundy Counties
  • 2001 Entrepreneur of the Year
  • Lifelong Morris resident - graduate of MCHS
  • 28 Years Experience - Over 700 Satisifed Families
  • Owner and Managing Broker of Advantage Realty, Inc. since 1992
  • Past President of the Will/Grundy Association of Realtors
  • Recipient of the Lifetime President's Club Gold, Silver, Bronze and Diamond awards In recognition for consistent top production
  • Developer of 900 West Office Condominium 7000 sq. ft. Office building
  • Developed Holderman 1st Addition Subdivision
  • Developed Arrowhead Point Apartments and Blackthorn Woods in Morris - a 104 unit apartment complex and Somerset Apartments in Coal City - a 52 unit apartment complex
  • Proven Experience in negotiation and problem-solving skills
  • Opened Advantage Property Management in 2001. Currently manage over 150 apartment units, 10 duplex units, and one strip mall center.
  • Member of the Grundy County Economic Development Council
  • Member of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Financial Supporter of civic organizations including the:
    Community Foundation of Grundy County
    Morris Hospital Foundation
    ICS Octoberfest
    Morris Fraternal Order of Police
    Morris Airport
    Grundy Economic Development
    We Care of Grundy County
    Morris Cruise Night
    Gus Macker Tournament
  • Member of multiple relocation companies
Joan believes in continuing education and has completed the following accreditations:
  • SFR - Short Sales & Foreclosure Properties Certification
  • CRB - Council of Residential Brokers
  • CRS - Council of Residential Sales
  • ABR - Accredited Buyer Agent
  • CCIM Candidate
  • CREC - Certified Real Estate Consultant
  • E-Pro Certified Internet Professional - a leader in online technology
When not working with clients, Joan enjoys boating and relaxing with her adult children and their families.

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Debbie Roth
Specialty: Residential, Waterfront Properties and Farmland
  • Top Producing Full Time Agent since 1993
  • Previously Ranked #1 Realtor in Grundy County
  • 2002 Ranked #16 out of 1100+ Realtors in Will and Grundy Counties
  • 2001 and 2002 consistent annual sales in excess of $7.5 Million
  • Recipient of the President's Club Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond Awards for Consistent Top Production
  • Graduate of Saint Joseph College of Nursing, Professional R.N., specializing in Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing for 20 years
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors
  • Member of Illinois Association of Realtors
  • Member of Three Rivers Association of Realtors
  • Member of Grundy County Economic Development Council
  • Member of Nettle Creek Country Club
  • Committed to providing a Professional Level of Service to Buyers and Sellers
  • HONEST, LOYAL, and DEPENDABLE and available 7 DAYS A WEEK
Debbie and her husband, Bob, are proud parents of two grown sons, Rob and Ryan, and are lifetime residents of Morris. Bob is the owner of Roth Insurance Agency in Morris.

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Stephen Barr
Specialty: Residential and Commercial
  • 23 years experience as a full-time Realtor
  • Ongoing Recipient of the President's Club Diamond Award which is received for consistently selling $5+ million dollars per year
  • Member of Who's Who Among Real Estate Professionals
  • 14 Year Member of Saratoga School Board of Education and Past President
  • Board of Directors for Morris Downtown Development Partnership
  • Board of Directors at Illinois Valley Industries which assists 18-65 year old physically and mentally challenged individuals
  • Developer of Hickory Lake West Subdivision
  • Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles
  • Member of the Grundy Economic Development Council
  • Member of the Three Rivers Association of Realtors
Steve and his wife, Kathy, have 2 adult children, and are lifelong residents of Morris. Kathy is a Cardiology Tech at Silver Cross Hospital in Joliet. They attend Immaculate Conception Church. Contact Steve Barr on his cell phone at (815)671-6701.

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Tracy Eslinger
Specialty: Residential
I am a lifelong resident of Morris and Grundy County as well as a graduate of Morris Community High School Class of 1987. I helped create and continue to operate Advantage Property Management, a full-time property management business, and I have just received the opportunity to become the managing Broker of Advantage Realty, Inc. in Coal City.

I look forward to the opportunity to advance not only our business in both Morris and Coal City, but to help teach our agents about the importance of providing the best business in Grundy County.

I feel that our boutique operation affords us the opportunity to expand our own ideals and knowledge regarding the real estate business instead of being dictated by a large franchise organization. It is this ideal that allows us to custom-tailor our clients' needs to that one particular transaction, instead of just "cookie-cutting" every situation to what is scripted in a service manual.

I have grown up, lived in and loved this community since birth, and I intend to help better Grundy County. The most important lesson I have learned since I began my real estate career in 1994 is that "You are not just buying a house, you are fulfilling a dream!" I'm not just working for the deal, but better yet, I am working for my clients. I want to help you get the best deal that will help fulfill YOUR dreams. I may not always tell you what you want to hear, but I will always tell you what you NEED to hear.

When you need a real estate professional that is available ALL the time, plesae remember to TALK TO TRACY by calling my cell phone at 815-791-4582. Visit my website at www.tracyeslinger.com

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Ted "Pidge" Smith
Specialty: Residential and Commercial
Pidge was born and education in Coal City and attended Coal City schools, and the University of Illinois. From 1967-1970 he owned ad operated Smith Lanes Bowling Alley in Coal City. He wed Cathy Cromer in 1970. From 1971 to 1999 he owned and operated Smith Hardware Do-It Center Ltd. in Coal City. Ted and Cathy have 2 daughters, Elizabeth Johnson and Emily Tira. He has been active in numerous organizations and is recent past chairperson for the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce. He currently services on the Morris Hospital Board.

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Aimee Ackerman
Specialty: Residential, Commercial and Investment Properties
  • ABR - Accredited Buyers Representative
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors
  • Member of the Illinois Association of Realtors
  • Member of the Three Rivers Association of Realtors
  • Member of REBAC
Aimee was born in Pennsylvania and raised in South Texas. She met her husband, Scott of 15 years, while he was serving in the United States Coast Guard.

Aimee considers herself a moving and relocation pro as she has done it extensively herself. She moved to the Will/Grundy area in 2000 and purchased a home in Braidwood in 2001.

Aimee loves animals and you may recognize her ads in the Free Press with her dogs!

She uses her southern charm to provide superb customer service. Aimee believes that customer service is the most important thing to help build a successful real estate business. She will go the extra distance to help ensure that each of her clients have successful transactions.

Aimee can be reached at our Coal City office.

You can visit her website at www.ask4aimee.com.

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Steve "Wax" Stangland
Specialty: Customer and client service is my number one priority!
  • Lifelong Morris resident
  • 1969 graduate of Morris Community High School
  • 1973 graduate of Illinois State University
  • Former member and past president of Morris Lions Club
  • Served 8 years on Morris Community High School board - 4 years as president
  • Member of First Christian Church - serves on leadership team
  • Married to Susan since 1974
  • Proud parent of two married daughters - Katy and Chandra - both MCHS and ISU graduates
Even though I am the "new kid on the block" at Advantage Realty, Inc., my years of service and knowledge of the community will enhance my efforts to provide the best solutions for your real estate needs!

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Mary Michael Roth
Specialty: Residential, Investment and Commercial

Mary Michael Roth is new to Advantage Realty, Inc., but not to the Real Estate Industry.

She grew up on the North side of Chicago and received her Bachelor of Science degree at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. After finished college, she worked in management at the Hyatt Hotel Corporation and later became the onsite coordinator for the human resource department at Kraft General Foods.

After getting married to her husband John, who is a lifelong resident of Morris, she worked alongside him with his business at Roth Builder's, Inc. For the last 13 years, her role there has been helping buyers purchase and build their dream homes as well as buy and sell investment properties throughout the Grundy and LaSalle County area.

She is very involved in the community and currently is associated as:

  • Board of Directors - Morris Downtown Development Partnership
  • Board of Directors - Morris Hospital Auxiliary
  • Board of Directors - Chairman Financing Committee Morris Hospital Auxiliary
  • Member - Grundy Economic Development Council
  • Member - Grundy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Member - Morris Country Club


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Dennis Murphy
Specialty: Residential, Commercial
  • Lifelong Area Resident
  • Graduate of Coal City High School
  • Married to my wife of almost 20 years - Catherine Murphy
  • Braidwood resident for over 11 years
  • Proud parent of 4 children - Caitlyn, Amanda, Kelly and Nicholas presently attending Braidwood Reed-Custer schools
  • Member of the National Association of Realtors
  • Member of Three Rivers Association of Realtors
  • Graduate of Joliet Junior College
  • Member of International Brotherhood for Electrical Workers (I.B.E.W.)
  • Industrial Electrician for over 23 years
  • Avid car enthusiast of all kinds
When thinking of buying or selling real estate for that DISTINCT ADVANTAGE race over or call Dennis Murphy (Murph) at Advantage Realty!

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David Crisp
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