Meet Our Real Estate Agents and Staff

Buying or selling real estate in Peoria? Here’s the award-winning team of real estate agents who can make your next move a breeze.

Heather Berres

REALTOR®/Closing Coordinator, Licensed 2004,
Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2012

Heather joined the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2012 as our licensed Closing Coordinator. Heather’s job is to coordinate all activities from the contract acceptance date until closing. She is in constant contact with lenders, appraisers, inspectors, the other agent and especially our clients to ensure each transaction progresses smoothly. She has been in and around the real estate industry for over 20 years so it’s very likely she will know how to handle just about any situation that arises during the closing process.

Heather was born and raised in the Peoria area, attended Limestone Community High School and Illinois Central College, where she earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design. She received her real estate license in 2004, became an “Accredited Home Staging Specialist” and a “Certified Negotiation Expert” in 2008. Heather still resides in the Peoria area where she is raising her 2 teenage daughters, Kayla and Emily.

Karen Duncan

REALTOR®, Licensed in 2004,
Joined Rodgers Real Estate group in 2018

Karen Duncan is one of our Buyers Specialist, selling real estate in the Peoria area since 2004 and joining the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2018. Karen is an experienced buyers agent and she has earned the Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation. She is passionate about helping her clients find homes that fit, and she will show as many homes as it takes to find the right one. Karen is also determined to negotiate the best possible price and terms for her clients, and to that end, she has earned the Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation. She has experience in most price range as well as a wide variety of property types including land, new construction, condos and townhomes, single family homes, rental properties, short sales and foreclosures. Karen holds two additional professional credentials including Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) and e-PRO Internet Professional. She also believes it is very important to the negotiation and closing process to build friendly, respectful relationships with her fellow agents.

Karen grew up near Kankakee, IL and she has lived in Connecticut, Saudi Arabia, the UK and Switzerland. She moved to Dunlap in 1998 where she has been raising her two children, Meredith who attends the University of Alabama and Connor who attends Dunlap High School. Karen enjoys gardening, interior decorating and staging, fitness, reading and country music. She loves beach vacations and snow skiing with family and friends.

Whether you are buying your first home or your last , Karen will help you find the home that best fits you and she will work tirelessly to ensure that your home buying process is as easy, fun and hassle free as possible. If you are planning a move to or within the Peoria area, Karen would love the opportunity to put her experience to work for you and she looks forward to helping you “Make Your Move with Ease”.

Pat Hayes

Team Photographer
Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2011

Pat is our Team Photographer and our team courier. He takes pride in having a home look its best via his pictures.

Pat is a retiree who primarily was a university career advisor for students, most recently at I.S.U. For many of those years he had a parallel moonlighting “career” as an amateur photographer. Locally, he took pictures of rehearsals and special events for the Peoria Ballet for several years. Golf is now his favorite past time and he worked part-time at Kellogg Golf Course for most of the past decade.

Pat has lived in Peoria for more than 20 years. His wife, Nancy, is a professor at Bradley University, and now his son, Evan, is a student there. Originally from Cincinnati, he still roots for the Reds even though far outnumbered by the many Cubs and Cards fans here.

Mike Martin

REALTOR®, Licensed in 1989,
Joined Rodgers Real Estate group in 2018

Mike joined the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2018 as a Buyer’s Specialist, bringing 29 years of real estate experience to the table. He has been a licensed agent since 1989 and has been at RE/MAX since 2004.

Being able to focus on working with buyers is what Mike is most excited about as a part of the Rodgers team. Buying a home is a big commitment, and he knows how important it is for you to find just the right one that you will want to call home.

He’s great at getting to know you and what your personal tastes are, and translating that into finding a good match that will not only meet your requirements, but make you happy to be moving in. Once your dream home is identified, he’ll guide you through the offer and contract processes and negotiate the best price for you. His goal is to make your home-buying experience as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

Mike’s extensive experience serving home buyers has earned him membership in both the Re/Max 100% Club and the Re/Max Executive Club.

As a lifelong resident of Peoria, it’s no surprise that Mike knows the market inside and out. He went to high school at Peoria Richwoods and college at Western Illinois University. He now lives in Peoria with Kenzie Dog, his border collie best friend.

His favorite pastimes include spending time with family and friends, and anything outdoors from landscaping to hiking. Local sports are another interest, and he is a dedicated fan of Bradley Basketball as well as the St Louis Cardinals. Commitment to a healthy lifestyle and working out has led to Mike being able to celebrate a 40-pound weight loss in 2018!

Mike looks forward to getting to know you and helping you find the best home to meet all your needs.

Karen McLaren

REALTOR®, Licensed 2000,
Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2008

Karen has been enthusiastic about real estate since getting licensed in 2000. Her many years of experience and education are an asset to all her clients. Her professional credentials include: GRI, Graduate Realtor Institute and CNE, Certified Negotiating Expert. She is a top-producing Buyer’s Specialist with integrity, energy and a strong work ethic.

With an Associates degree in Textiles and Merchandising, she worked in the retail and customer service fields before transitioning into real estate. This background has made real estate a great fit for her. She listens to her client’s needs and enjoys not only working with first time buyers but also her many repeat clients. Karen will be with you and guide you through every step of the home buying process. From looking at the homes, writing and negotiating the offer to helping coordinate all your inspections. With her knowledge and expertise you will feel confident from beginning to end.

Karen is a native of Iowa but has called the Peoria area home since 1990. She has been married to husband Tom since 1989 and they have two sons, Kyle and Noah. They currently reside in Germantown Hills and she is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Tammy Smith

Admin/Office Manager,
Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2010.

Tammy joined the Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2010 as our Listing Coordinator/Office Manager, as the Real Estate industry has always fascinated her. Tammy’s job is to handle all administrative functions from the time we list your home until an offer is submitted and making sure everything runs smoothly during that time. She also handles all daily administrative functions required to run the office as efficiently as possible.

Tammy has been working in Real Estate offices for over 11 years and has over 30+ years’ experience in Office Manager/Administrative positions. Tammy attended Limestone Community High School and has taken several photography classes at Illinois Central College and enjoys taking beautiful scenic photos in her spare time. Tammy and Rich enjoy spending time with their family and friends, boating on the Illinois River and coordinating summer events at EastPort Marina. She volunteers and donates to numerous St. Jude fundraisers, Race for the Cure, Toys for Tots and Whitney’s Walk.

Born and raised in Central Illinois, Tammy and her husband Rich still reside in the Peoria area. They have 2 children and two grandsons.

Deanna Zimmerman

REALTOR®, Licensed 2005,
Joined Rodgers Real Estate Group in 2014

Deanna a member of the Rodgers Real Estate Group, joining our team in 2014. She is a listing agent which means that she works with many of our sellers.

Deanna has had her real estate license since 2005 and has worked with buyers and sellers. She also has experience with investors, new construction, foreclosures, contract for deeds and has remodeled and sold many homes with her husband, Eric.

Prior to real estate Deanna was a mortgage loan officer for 10 years. Because of this, she has the knowledge to address any financing issues that may arise during the home selling process.

Deanna currently lives in Metamora with her husband Eric and daughter Taylor. She was born and raised in Central Illinois.

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