We know Real Estate. Being a fourth generation realtor, real estate is in Mike's blood. In 1986, he established his real estate career building and framing homes. After several years on the building side, he reorganized his efforts, devoting 100% of his time to selling residential real estate. Melanie, a southern transplant, is keenly aware of the needs of families when it comes to relocation. Meshing their strengths, Mike and Melanie have enjoyed over 16 years of marriage and nearly 30 years of combined real estate experience, they have achieved over $175 million in career sales volume. Use their expertise to your advantage when it comes to all your real estate needs.
My favorite part of real estate is helping my clients find their dream home. Whether buying, selling, or relocating, my goal is to deliver superior customer service throughout the process-and have a lot of fun along the way! My previous experience managing two large GM Service Departments in Indianapolis provided an excellent foundation for my real estate career. Most people are not very enthusiastic about a car that needs service. It was my responsibility to help the customer have a pleasant experience during an inconvenient appointment. Because of my past in customer service, I'm honored to have received the CENTURY 21 Quality Service award each year I've been in the real estate business.
Few sales leaders possess more extensive experience and drive. Over two decades of Real Estate experience and helping more then 600 families. Debra's dedication & happy clients have helped her earn IBJ All Star & Centurion Producer Awards. She believes that sales is a noble profession and that salespeople who act in the best interest of their customers provide a valuable service to society. While attending University of Central Florida Debra held a job as a Real Estate Appraiser which turned into a obsession. Debra would sit in the appraisal firm all night going over different values of neighborhoods. Latter Debra would come to start her Real Estate sales career in Isleworth Country Club in Florida and followed by the local builder market in Hamilton County Indiana. The diversity of multimillion dollar building market to national builders allowed Debra some of the most top notch sales training in the country. .
I have been a Realtor for Century 21 for almost 13 years and absolutely love the business and can't imagine doing anything else. It took me a while to get to this point and I would like to share that journey with you:
I was born in Poland and came to the US with my family when I was 10 yrs old. I grew up in La Porte, Indiana, graduated from La Porte High School & then from IU with a BS in Finance. Logically, I worked as an Assistant Branch Manager at La Porte Bank & Trust for 3 years. Then decided to change careers and accepted a sales position with Xerox Corporation. It was something totally "unlike me" and it really made me step out of my comfort zone. I moved to Indianapolis and started a career selling office copiers, scanners and large engineering blue print copiers. I worked for Xerox Engineering Systems for 14 years and then for Oce Engineering Systems for 4 yrs. I had the same territory for 18 years, which included about 1/3 of Indiana. My customers were manufacturing companies & my goal was to understand their engineering process and how my product could help them simplify it. "Customer Care" was the main focus of my business as it was mostly repeat business. It was a good fit for me. I loved the job and therefore I did very well. I was very fortunate to have qualified for many "Presidents Club" trips and have been to a lot of beautiful places. I also invested in some real estate and at one point owned 4 homes on my own.
Then I got married had 3 children and I decided to take a couple years off and stayed at home. After my youngest child went to kindergarten I decided to change careers again. My personal experience in real estate had a big influence on this decision. My parents taught me that real estate is always a great investment. They both worked in factories and spoke very little English at the time. Yet, they were able to send 3 kids through college "flipping" homes in the 70's & 80's. So, I decided to get my real estate license & start a new career. It just seemed to be another good fit for me.
Over the last 35 years, I have lived in Noblesville, Fishers, Washington Township, Pike Township and currently reside on the West side of Carmel for the last 20 years. Time has gone by so fast. Next year I will have 3 kids in college: 2 at Purdue and 1 at IU. Outside of my family and work, I love "get togethers" with family & friends, playing euchre, gardening & cooking.
Along with my real estate career, I love spending time with my family and friends. My beautiful wife, Cindy and two girls ages eleven and thirteen, and I are members of St. Simon catholic parish. My girls attend St. Simon School. We stay active with school activities and youth sports. We have two cats and one dog, Shelby. We love to hike, bike, fish, cookout and stay active!
Other Awards & Recognition:
Indiana State University - 1990 - Master of Criminology
Prior to real estate, I built a successful twenty-five year career as an Investigator at the state and federal judicial branch agency level. I've worked and traveled through-out Indiana and have lived in central Indiana all of my life. My new career endeavor makes very good use of my skill. My focus is on strong client representation, communication, excellent information gathering and excellent customer service. I aim to make you happy! Buying or selling a home is a life changing experience. I look forward to the opportunity to apply my skills in your real estate transaction!
I have a strong commitment to my clients and I am committed to providing you with the best service. Whether you are looking for investment properties, selling a home, or looking to purchase a new home I am confident that I can provide you with a positive experience. I use my negotiating tactics in order to provide you with the best possible outcome of your individual transaction. I am proud to be recognized as the #1 top producing real estate team at Century 21 Scheetz with over 89 transactions in 2015. I''m constantly building my business on referrals and because of this I am committed to provide each of the clients I represent with the quality of service they deserve.
The Barry/Schernekau Team consists of Stacy Barry, Sam Schernekau, Kimsley Farrar, Kristen Yazel, and Julie Kniptash. With more than 45 years of combined experience, we are passionate about our business. Invested in education, ours and yours, it is our goal for you to feel confident, secure and informed at every turn. Using cutting edge technology to stay ahead of the curve, our award-winning team will use our knowledge and experience to your advantage. Our service does not end at the closing table! We build our business on referrals and customer service is key.
Life is full of many surpries and exciting challenges....I have lived on the Northside of Indianapolis over 27 years with my husband, Bob, raising our 3 children... Conner, Ellie & Spencer. I have always had an interest in homes due to my background in interior decorating, gardening, DIY projects and home staging. I also love meeting new people and helping them with their personal needs. My professional life has given me 15 years experience in sales and marketing. Continuous community & school involvement (as OLMC PTO President) and raising 3 kids has given me many, many other exceptional skills. I have the time to devote my high energy and full attention to my clients. I am excited to help you through every aspect of your next real estate transaction. Look forward to the opportunity to help you find ...or sell your next home!