Fox Valley Illinois Real Estate Company

About Katie Hemming & Ginny Sylvester

Built on integrity, Hemming & Sylvester Properties is composed of the top real estate brokers in the Fox Valley area. With over 31 years experience in the industry, our agency offers intimate knowledge of all neighborhoods and markets while achieving true distinction by ensuring that clients enjoy the simplicity of selling or buying residential property. Our agency is located two doors South from the Geneva Public Library on 107 South Second Street and we encourage you to stop by and say hello! For community highlights, new properties, home improvement tips and market trends, please visit us on Facebook and on our blog.

Biographies

  • Ginny Sylvester
    Broker / Owner, Manager
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: (630)715-1887

    Ginny Sylvester, Cofounder of Hemming & Sylvester Properties, pairs her extensive corporate background in sales and management with her determination to help clients with the very personal, and sometimes overwhelming, aspects of buying and selling homes. As one of the top realtors in the Fox Valley, Ginny is able to illuminate the quality and value of each neighborhood, while providing customized attention to each individual home and client. "I love where I live, and I want my clients to be happy here, too. I will work diligently to find a home that is ideal for them," notes Ginny. Along with seasoned knowledge of the neighborhoods, Hemming and Sylvester Properties are also the experts in home staging and are equipped with extensive products and materials. "When I partner with you to sell a home, I devote myself to staging your home to ensure it is appealing to the widest possible market.”

    As a long time resident of the Tri-Cities, Ginny has a comprehensive understanding of the neighboring towns. She has remained involved with the community and school system with her husband and children. She is has been a Director of the Fox Valley Board of Realtors, has served on the board of United Way, and is active with the PTO. 

    For the last three consecutive years, Ginny has been listed as one of the top 20 agents in Kane County real estate by Chicago Agent Magazine. Also recently, Ginny was featured on the cover of a well-known business publication, Craines Chicago, as she shared her expertise on how to leverage marketing tools within a boutique agency. 

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  • Katie Hemming
    Broker / Owner
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 630-212-6165

    Cofounder of Hemming and Sylvester Properties and Top Producer since 1998, Katie Hemming’s expertise stems from corporate sales at Sony Corporation in the Business Products Division. “I became resilient after that experience and I developed a knack for multitasking and delivering results,” says Katie. The quality and quantity of her sales paired with her experience in staging creates innovative and custom strategies for her clients and homes. “I love finding the perfect home for my buyers, and I have great success selling my listings because I always stage them and they always look beautiful.”

    Katie and her husband raised their five children in Geneva, and as a dedicated member of the PTO, loved being part of the strong cohesion that the Fox Valley area offers. After being with Baird & Warner for 15 years, Katie was awarded by the Founder's Club as the Top 1% in Sales Volume for the entire B&W company. Her specialties include Short sales, residential sales, luxury homes, first time home buyers, distressed properties, staging, and relocations. 

     

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  • Beth Spindle
    Broker
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 630-917-9013

    An avid listener and highly detail-oriented, Beth Spindle takes great care of her clients, adding unparalleled value to Hemming & Sylvester Properties. "With a Master's Degree in teaching, my background helps me educate my clients every step of the way," notes Beth. Regardless of the square footage, Beth's commitment to selling her clients' homes or helping them in their search to buy, is first-class. As an expert in finding exceptional hidden characteristics, one of her favorite hobbies is rehabing houses. "I think this special experience gives me the insight to help my buyers see the potential in every home. For sellers, I have a great deal of budget friendly, simple updates I'm willing to share."

    When she isn't staging a home or driving to an open-house, Beth spends time with her 3 children at Peck Farm. She is well-versed in all that the Fox Valley area offers for any size family and can recommend a variety of activities and local happenings. 

     

     

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  • Jen Rasmussen
    Broker
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 630-849-8972

    A creative expert and proficient marketer, Jen Rasmussen hails from New Jersey but has called the Tri-Cities her home for more than 6 years. With a degree in business communications, marketing and advertising design, Jen provides a realistic philosophy in assisting her clients locate their dream home, or perfect future occupants. Although she enjoys catering to her customers needs and tailoring a customized strategy, her course of action is always pragmatic and level-headed. "I am comfortable running through numbers with my clients and sometimes revealing the objective truths that they don't necessarily want to hear," explains Jen. "But being honest and straightforward is the best service I can offer my clients. I want to make sure the home buying and selling process is financially sound."

    Jen is a member of the PTO, Batavia Mother's Club and a mentor for children's ministry. When she is not putting the finishing touches on a new listing, Jen can be found either gardening or searching flea markets and garage sales for items to up-cycle. "I love being able to find a hidden treasure that I can re-purpose and include in a newly listed home!"

     

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  • Loren Hemming
    Leasing Specialist
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: (630) 715-1124

    Loren Hemming, the leasing agent for Hemming & Sylvester, brings an enthusiastic desire to make the rental process quick and easy for her clients. As the agency's point person for clients looking for a rental or property owners needing just the right tenant, Loren’s clients will find that her outgoing, persistent personality ensures that prospective renters will smoothly transition into that perfect home.

    Whether she’s assisting renters find the ideal condo or single-family home or connecting a homeowner with the right tenants, Loren’s in-depth knowledge of the Fox Valley, along with her negotiating skills and friendly personality, will ensure the perfect fit.

    A Geneva native, Loren spent seven years in Arizona attending college and teaching. Loren is now happily married and back in the Tri-Cities. She plans to use the teamwork and organization skills she honed as a middle school teacher to make the leasing process pleasant for everyone involved.

    A “people person,” Loren loves meeting new clients, has a knack for using technology, and is enthusiastic about facilitating relationships between tenants and property owners. When Loren is not at the office, she enjoys exercising, walking her dog and enjoying all that the Fox Valley has to offer.

    “Whether it’s finding a short-term lease or a long-term rental option for you or your family, I look forward to using my skills to find the perfect rental for you,” she said.

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  • Alexa Schwab
    Broker
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 630-818-5565

    Alexa Aguilar Schwab’s knowledge of the Fox Valley was honed by years as a writer for the Chicago Tribune and its local edition TribLocal, when she wrote about everything from Tri-Cities city council and school board meetings to features about everyday amazing people and events happening right here in the community. She’s now using those interviewing skills to discover exactly what her clients need when buying or selling a home. Alexa’s investigative skills, her ability to ask the tough questions, and her expertise about the region provide a unique value to her clients. Alexa’s years spent reporting on local government mean she has an excellent handle on the newest developments and changes that are under consideration. Alexa pairs that insight with the understanding of how important buying or selling a home is to her clients and using that empathy to make sure the process is as smooth as possible.

    “As a reporter, I love meeting people and telling their stories. Now, I enjoy using those skills to help people create the next chapter of their lives in a new home,” she said.

    Alexa’s passion for the unique character of the Fox Valley began when she and her family decided to call Geneva home more than a decade ago. During the last ten years, she has enjoyed making her house a home, while exploring the Fox Valley with her husband and three children. Alexa serves on the city of Geneva's Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and also enjoys volunteering at Geneva’s Williamsburg Elementary, where her two youngest children attend school.

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  • Michelle Puklin
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 847-204-9711

    Michelle Puklin’s keen understanding of real estate comes from her firsthand knowledge of both sides of the transaction. Armed with a degree in business management, Michelle’s first job was in commercial real estate focusing on the development of industrial and multi-family buildings in California and Arizona. After discovering that her passion lie with real estate, she spent ten years working with one of the nation’s largest REITs (real estate investment trust), where she was director of the company’s financial services team. There, she assessed properties across the country, worked with the acquisition and disposition of the company’s assets, and handled hundreds of multi-family asset closings working with agents, title companies, and attorneys. Now, Michelle is ready to use her detail-oriented and driven style, along with her analytical skills, to help her clients in the Fox Valley. “With a background in both real estate and finance, I'm able to help my clients find the home that best meets their family and financial needs,” she said.

    Michelle also has extensive experience with short-term real estate investing.  Her hands-on knowledge about purchasing neglected homes and bringing them back to life provides her clients with valuable insight. "My experience with short term real estate investing has taught me how to see every home purchase from both the buyer's and seller's perspective,” she said. “Having this insight helps me anticipate any issues ahead of time."

    She also loves to tackle home improvement projects at her own home, where she and her family have lived for seven years. “There are very few home improvement jobs that I haven’t tried … the staff at Home Depot treats me like family!”

    In her spare time, Michelle’s favorite place to be is on the sidelines of her children’s games or enjoying a night out in the Fox Valley.

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  • Katy Pyzyna
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 630.488.8896

    Katy Pyzyna’s dedication to ensuring her clients’ expectations are met is sharpened from several years working as a realtor with Shodeen Homes, where she sold millions in new construction real estate, including custom-built homes. The combination of selling new homes in Mill Creek, a popular Geneva community, along with living in the subdivision herself, has provided Katy with a wealth of knowledge about Mill Creek’s attributes and qualities. As a top-performing new construction realtor, Katy also became intimately familiar with the process of building a new home.  Detail-oriented and tenacious, Katy focuses on building a strong relationship with her clients, and maintaining a constant awareness of market conditions.

    Katy grew up in Schaumburg, attended Iowa State University, and spent the early years of her career as an account executive for a corporate housing industry in Chicago. Her experience with managing corporate housing inventory for more than 400 units in high-rise buildings led her to her love of all things real estate. She earned her real estate license in 2006 and moved to the Fox Valley after she fell in love with the area’s character, charm, and “small-town” community feel.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking her dog in Mill Creek, and taking advantage of all the Fox Valley offers including dining, festivals, parks, shopping and shows.

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  • Mary White
    Broker
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    107 South Second Street
    Geneva
    IL 60134 US

    Phone: 630.973.3768

    Realtor Mary White brings decades of experience to the Hemming & Sylvester team. Dozens of satisfied clients can attest to Mary’s great communication style, her personalized attention and extensive knowledge of the Fox Valley.

    Mary, a native of Elmhurst who has called the Fox Valley home for the last 23 years, prides herself on being available to both her clients and real estate partners around the clock, ready with answers to any question or issue.

    “I am always ‘on,’” she promises.

    As a homeowner six times over, she also understands the anxiety that can accompany making a move. She believes in treating every transaction as if it were her own.

    “I understand and empathize with the stress of finding the perfect home, getting the kids in the right schools and finding a trusted lender or home inspector,” Mary says. “Over the years, I have chosen the best 'teammates' to make my client’s real estate transaction as stress-free as possible.”

    In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her husband, three children, two dogs and five chickens! She is an avid jogger and cyclist and also enjoys spending time at her family’s Michigan lake house.

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Contact Information

Katie Hemming & Ginny Sylvester
Hemming & Sylvester Properties
107 South Second Street
Geneva IL 60134
Office: (630) 232-0021