Tia Perez


The Illuminator

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 of real estate, Tia enjoys spending time with her husband Blaine and two daughters, Everly and Josie. She loves Hawkeye sports (especially football), yoga, kickboxing, travel, and wine tasting. Tia also has two fur babies: Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Ruthie) and Sonia Sotomayor (Sunny).

What Clients Say About Tia Perez

“I highly recommend Perez and Axt Real Estate Group with Urban Acres. Their level of dedication to excellence and service in selling our house has been amazing. I have bought and sold several houses with Tia Perez Opheim and Jane Axt over the years and trust their experience and professionalism, as well as their friendly and caring support through the entire process from beginning to end. They bring an ease to what can feel like an overwhelming process.”

— Jamy Schumacher

“Worked with Tia to sell our condo and buy our new home. She took care of us from the ‘We think we want a new house’ stage, through the ‘Oh my god, we’re buying a new house’ meltdown phase, and to the, ‘Cool, we bought a house’ part. Would recommend her to any of my friends”

— Will Farmer

“Thank you, Tia, for being professional, knowledgeable, prompt, articulate, organized, trustworthy and....amazing! You made my first-time home-buying experience a breeze. I'm so grateful to have worked with you, and in the event that I decide to sell one day, you will be the first person I contact for assistance. In the meantime, I will be sending friends and family who need an exceptional Realtor your way! ”

— Nichole Eden

“Tia Perez did a great job and was very instrumental in the sale of my property. She was very professional, prompt, and helped to sell my property very quickly. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to sell/buy property in the Iowa City area. ”

— Kevin Gerstle

Other Things You Should Know About Tia


Dubuque, Iowa

Agent Since
Agent Since


Urban or Acres
Urban or Acres?

I’ve never ridden a horse, but I’ve owned a motorcycle… so probably a little urban.

  • Alma Mater: University of Iowa, College of Business, degree in marketing 
  • Specializations: CRS, home staging, negotiation training 
  • Community Involvement: Houses into Homes Board of Directors and Good Shepherd Center Board of Directors 
  • Favorite Iowa City Establishment: Orchard Green 
  • Favorite Local Landmark: Harvest Preserve
  • Favorite Sports Team: Iowa Hawkeyes 
  • Best Part of Iowa: We all wave, even when we don’t know each other. That’s why the new tradition of waving at the Children’s Hospital is so very Iowa. 
  • One Thing You’d Never Guess: I once owned a red and white Suzuki Marauder 800 cc touring bike. I miss it, but motherhood changes your priorities. 

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