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. 

Mark Paterno The Entrepreneur

Mark Paterno


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 ...
Natasha Wendt The Guide

Natasha Wendt


This Iowa City native’s passion for introducing new residents to the community and its incredible restaurants, venues, and organizations is unsurpassed—except maybe by her passion for whipping up meringue. Easy going, friendly, and curious by nature, Natasha loves interacting with people from diverse backgrounds and takes great care to give the people in her life (friends, family, and clients) her absolute best. If you want an experienced, personable agent with a deep, local knowledge of the market, Natasha is the smart choice for your real estate needs....
Tia Perez The Illuminator

Tia Perez


She started working as a REALTOR® soon after graduating from college. Since then, Tia has known that helping clients find homes and transition through life is her true calling. A strong-minded, compassionate agent who loves to listen, Tia is a trained negotiator and cares deeply about every person and outcome. She’s proud to offer negotiation advice and certified staging services to every client as part of the Tia + Jane team.Whether she’s volunteering her time or supporting local charities, Tia has a heart for giving back to her community. Outside o...
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. ...
Ross Nusser The Developer

Ross Nusser

REALTOR®, Broker Associate, ABR

Whether he’s behind a blueprint, on a job site, or showing a farmhouse to a potential buyer, this top-producing REALTOR® is an all-around professional. Specializing in buyer and seller representation with an emphasis on development, new construction, investment properties, and farms, Ross is known for his loyalty and honesty. In 2009, Ross became a Realtor® and in 2014, Ross joined the Nusser Paterno Real Estate Team. Since then, he’s earned multiple designations including Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and has earned his broker license. In 2010, he was named Newcomer of the Year by the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors (ICAAR).
Sean McIntyre The Super Hero

Sean McIntyre

REALTOR®, Broker Associate

He grew up loving superheroes. Now this agent uses his powers of hard work and professionalism to conquer the local real estate market and protect the interests of buyers and sellers. Sean was born in upstate New York and raised in Omaha. He moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa, and shortly after, earned his real estate license. In 2011, he went on to earn his broker license. Today he calls North Liberty home and loves working in the Iowa City market. For years, Sean was the coach of the Flying Monkeys softball team. He’s also the proud father of a son, Preston, and enjoys sharing his hobbies and in...
Maria McCaw The Energizer

Maria McCaw

REALTOR®, Broker Associate

Buying or selling a home doesn’t have to be a hair-raising experience. Maria is known for her savvy negotiations, cutting-edge marketing techniques, extremely positive outlook, and uncompromising integrity and honesty. She puts her clients at ease by walking them through the process from start to finish. Maria is deeply involved in her children’s schools and social and professional associations, including Johnson County I-Club and the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors (ICAAR)...
Jerad Kilburg The Custom Homebuilder

Jerad Kilburg

REALTOR®, Broker

You’ll find him with a hammer in his hand and a look of determination in his eye. Jerad isn’t afraid of old-fashioned hard work. This grit and fortitude is what propelled him to become one of the area’s top custom builders. Jerad is a partner at Urban Acres and owner of High Craft Homes, a full-service custom home construction, remodeling, roofing, and siding company. He’s also a certified Broker and Energy Star Builder. When he’s not working on a project, Jerad serves as a member of the Solon Athletic Boosters and stays active coaching Solon Parks and Recreation youth sports....
Jane Axt The Producer

Jane Axt


From a young age, Jane knew homes were more than lumber and screws. She was determined to save vacant, poorly maintained homes from their slide into history and to restore dignity and joy to the home and those who lived there. As a REALTOR® with 20+ years of experience in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids Corridor, Jane finds great satisfaction in matching people to their perfect homes and sharing the excitement of home ownership. As part of the Tia + Jane team, she loves guiding buyers and sellers through the process and educa...
Phil O'Brien The Visionary

Phil O'Brien


One day Phil had an epiphany. He wondered to himself, “What if every project is different and every client is unique?” And so this clever shower thought became his mantra. Phil made it official by writing the saying on a Post-it note and sticking it to his bathroom mirror. All joking aside, Phil is one of the most humble, modest people you’ll ever meet. He really does live by the mantra that every client’s situation is unique. It’s one of the things he loves most about being a REALTOR®. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Phil earned his real estate license and began developing extensive knowledge of residential and commercial real est...
Andrea Hicks The Team Player

Andrea Hicks


Sports fan, coach, and dedicated REALTOR®, Andrea is the hardworking team player you want by your side when buying or selling a home. Whether you’re building a new construction home, buying your first home, or selling the house you’ve called home for years, Andrea will go to bat to help you achieve your goals. Andrea grew up in Swisher, Iowa and attended the University of Iowa, where she earned her elementary education degree. After teaching junior high and coaching for three years in the Highland Community School District, she decided to earn her real estate license. Coaching her daughter’s softball ...
Tom Kaut The Goal Maker

Tom Kaut


If you have a goal in mind, he’ll help you reach it. Tom has been in the real estate business for more than 25 years and specializes in residential, commercial and multi-family development, income properties, new construction, relocation, and first-time homebuyers. Over the past two decades, he’s been involved with many local developments including Washington Plaza Phases 1 and 2, Eastbrook Flats, Northside Commons, Willow Ridge, and Augusta Place. He also owns more than 300 rental units.Tom grew up in Des Moines and played Division 1 soccer for Drake University before earning his economics degree from the Unive...