One Part Urban and a Dash of Acres.

Whether your interests are downtown, on an acreage, near the water, or any point in between, we’re here to help you find the property that feels like home, or sell your current home and begin a new journey.

We’re Professional Playful

Our style might be laid back, but the service we provide is 100 percent professional. When you need market expertise and the right resources to boot, we’re all business.

It Feels Good to Be #1

Three years in a row, we’ve made our mark at the top of the market. What’s our secret? The individuals you see in front of you—and a whole lot of innovation, dedication, and connections.

Thinking Outside the Market

We’re Iowans by birth and Iowans by choice. We planted our roots in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor, and they kept on growing. This area is more than a real estate market. It’s our home.

We’re an Animated Bunch

See these faces? This is your real estate team. Watch what happens when we put our minds together and you’ll understand why we call ourselves a team. When you need a go-to resource, a strong negotiator, a supportive listener, an eye for design, a financial consultant, or a master task juggler, we’re at your service. 

Find your personal agent and meet the rest of your support team below. 

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Mark Paterno The Entrepreneur

Mark Paterno

REALTOR®, CRS, GRI

Did you know this ambitious REALTOR® has never made a résumé? After starting his first business at 23 and owning several other successful businesses through the years, he’s never needed one. Mark focuses on residential, investment, and commercial real estate. In 2014, he teamed up with fellow REALTOR® Ross Nusser to create the Nusser Paterno Real Estate Team. Since then, the team has grown to three agents and expanded its services to include building custom, new construction homes. Marco’s Grilled Cheese and George’s Gyros in the Ped Mall are both businesses Mark started. When he’s not overseeing ...
Ainsley Snyder The Happy Camper

Ainsley Snyder

REALTOR®

Give her a peaceful view, the sounds of nature, and her two dogs. It doesn’t take much to make this Iowa City native happy. You could say Ainsley got her start in real estate at birth. Growing up in a household of real estate professionals, she quickly learned what it takes to help someone find the perfect home. Now a third-generation REALTOR®, Ainsley works with her mom, Lou Kessler (as part of the Lou & Ainsley team), to put their clients first and deliver the experience every buyer and seller deserves. Lou & Ainsley serve more than 30 communities up and down the Creative Corridor.
Kineret Zabner The International Enthusiast

Kineret Zabner

REALTOR®

She’s been all over the world. Born in Israel and raised in Venezuela, Kineret moved to Iowa City with her husband and has been here for more than 25 years. Thanks to her international exposure, she’s fluent in three languages: Hebrew, Spanish, and English. Before retiring, Kineret was involved in the local community for 13 years as a board member of Habitat for Humanity, an advisory board member for University Art Museum, and a board member of Agudas Achim Congregation. After retiring, Kineret decided to combine her passion for houses with her passion for people. ...
Tricia Van Roekel The Social Butterfly

Tricia Van Roekel

REALTOR®

With more than 25 years of experience in real estate, two children, and a busy volunteer schedule, it’s no surprise she’s a social butterfly. Tricia’s clients (many now friends) say her energy, friendly personality, commitment to service, and experience are what make her an outstanding REALTOR®. Tricia graduated from Iowa State University, then moved to Iowa City to raise her family. She and her husband Eric, an engineer with Procter and Gamble, have built three new construction homes and remodeled a home together—experiences that have given Tricia unique insights into homeownership and area neighborhoods. ...
Polly Riggan The Admirer

Polly Riggan

REALTOR®

Polly grew up to the soundtrack of circular saws, air nailers, and concrete mixers. Her father, Bill Halvorsen, now retired, was a general contractor of residential building who worked in Iowa City, Coralville, and surrounding areas. For the past 28 years, Polly has been involved in new construction home builds and land development for several residential neighborhoods. She’s a residential real estate sales agent, a project manager for Mike Roberts Construction, and a builder herself. ...
Karen Peterson The Adventurer

Karen Peterson

REALTOR®

If you ask this upbeat, hardworking REALTOR®, each new day and transaction is an adventure. Karen welcomes opportunities to meet people from around the world, encounter new situations, and go above and beyond to help her clients. Karen’s son Jason is her partner in real estate, and together, they’ll help you find the community and the connections to make your home buying or selling experience successful. Karen grew up seven miles west of Iowa City. Now she lives in northeast Iowa City with her husband Al. Karen has two grown sons, Jason and Jeff, and five grandchildren. Traveling, cooking, reading, yard work, camping, boating, golf, and spending time ...
Leah Vander Hart The Angler

Leah Vander Hart

Marketing Director

Whether she’s camping, fishing, kayaking, or playing horseshoes, Leah feels most at home in the outdoors. This big-hearted, self-described goofball has a passion for organization, which helps her keep Urban Acres’ marketing initiatives on track.A few years ago, Leah and her fiancé Tyler purchased their first home in Cedar Rapids. She enjoys spending time with her dog and cat, Barb and Carl, and loves photography, from shooting family sessions to capturing beautiful outdoor scenes. You’ll also find her spending time in her garden and squeezing in as many concerts as she can throughout the year.   ...
Jason Peterson The Architect

Jason Peterson

REALTOR®

Remember that guy you knew in Cub Scouts and baseball as a kid? That was probably Jason. Growing up in Iowa City with a mother who worked in real estate, it’s no surprise he earned his real estate license in 2002 after going to school for architectural drafting and construction management and technology. Jason now works with his mother Karen, also a real estate agent at Urban Acres. He owns Stillwater Homes, one of the few true design and building firms in the area that specializes in residential and light commercial design and construction....
Ernie Galer The Broker

Ernie Galer

REALTOR®, Broker of Record

This easygoing, cookie-loving REALTOR® has done it all. From building houses and commercial buildings as E.G. Construction to serving as the broker of record for an area real estate company, Ernie has extensive experience in the field. In addition to his real estate sales and brokers licenses, he has various designations and specializations for representing buyers and sellers.Ernie currently serves on the Iowa City Board of Review and the Johnson County Compensation Commission. He and his wife Heidi, a retired German teacher at West High School, have four children and eight grandchildren. ...
Daphne Patton The Climber

Daphne Patton

REALTOR®

Whether she’s running a marathon or climbing a mountain, Daphne is always moving. Her ‘never sit down, never give up’ attitude as an endurance athlete is what inspires her to work tirelessly for buyers and sellers. Her track record as a collegiate athlete, University of Iowa Rowing Team letterwinner, retired downhill ski racer, and high school soccer player complement a 14-year career in real estate. Attentive and outgoing, Daphne understands what it’s like to be driven by a goal—whether that goal is to break a personal record or purchase your first home. Daphne was born in Rome, Italy and raised in Chicago. She’s run a total of six marathons i...
Cayla Swift The Community Server

Cayla Swift

REALTOR®

If you’re looking for a real estate agent who loves the thrill of finding you the home that fits all your needs and navigating the process of selling your home, Cayla is your agent. This Gold Star award-winning REALTOR® and three-time skydiver takes great pride in helping her clients buy and sell homes, making the process easy and enjoyable along the way. She began her real estate career in 2008 after falling in love with Iowa City. Since then, she has guided homebuyers through every stage of the process, whether they’re buying their first home or their forever home. Cayla lives on the banks of the Iowa River ...
Jan Crosby The Composer

Jan Crosby

REALTOR®

Though real estate is her passion, this agent prefers to think of herself as a counselor or teacher rather than a salesperson. Jan is in tune with her clients’ needs and lends her knowledge to making the buying and selling experience positive. Jan grew up in central Missouri, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA. She started her career in healthcare and was involved in product development and project management. In the late 80s, Jan moved to Kansas City, where she met her husband Greg. Jan and Greg moved to Iowa City in 2002 as part of a corporate relocation process, and they decided to stay and plant their roots to rai...