Lou & Ainsley

Uniquely Positioned Up and Down the Corridor (and Everywhere Around It)

No matter where your home search takes you in the Corridor, Lou Kessler & Ainsley Snyder can provide insights and expertise you won’t find with other agents. They’ve lived and worked in the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids communities their entire lives. Real estate also runs in their family. As second- and third-generation REALTORS®, Lou & Ainsley have helped generations of buyers and sellers find a place to put down roots—from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids, Palo to Morning Sun, Kalona to West Branch, and all points in between.

When you trust Lou & Ainsley to guide you through the process of buying or selling, you’ll certainly discover something unique. This mother-daughter team has a way of making you feel like family, which is why so many people become clients for life. You get the expertise of two for the price of one when you work with Lou & Ainsley. Together, they bring decades of experience in all aspects of real estate and share a passion for giving back to their communities.

Start the next chapter of your life with Lou & Ainsley.

We specialize in:
  • Representing buyers and sellers in and around Cedar Rapids and the Iowa City area
  • Acreages
  • Land and lots for sale
  • New construction

“Lou is an honest and informed realtor. She and Ainsley worked hard and always had my best interest at heart. They understood my emotion for the love of my house that my husband and I had designed. The end result was a very nice young family bought my house. There was no hard pressure to lower my price or add unnecessary amenities to get the house sold. Urban Acres has a very good reputation in the Corridor. Lou and Ainsley were great to work with.”


“We first met Lou after contacting her about a home she was selling. The home had already sold, but she would get in touch when there was a new house on the market that was similar to the one we contacted her about. We enjoyed seeing houses with her because she was always positive but realistic, never pushy, and more than happy to answer all of our questions. Lou had a lot of patience with us as we wanted to wait until the perfect house came along, and she understood that. We worked with Ainsley more when it came time to sell our house. We had a couple of unexpected challenges, and she handled it all in stride!”

Erin B

“Lou & Ainsley know how to price property accurately and how to position it for a clean sale. They understand the pitfalls that commonly occur in real estate transactions and do everything possible to help clients avoid them. We deeply appreciate their professional skills for ourselves and our family and friends. They make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Rob and Heather Young

“As a bachelor with little sense of style, I dreaded the decisions for building my own house, but Ainsley was there to help me the whole way through. I’m thrilled with the results, and my builder must be pretty impressed too, as he regularly asks to show my house to prospective clients. Not only are Lou and Ainsley great people, but also they are great at their job! When I was selling my condo, I expected it to take two years like all the other condos around me. 13 days after listing it, I accepted an offer!”


“Lou & Ainsley made the selling process so pleasant and helped us find the perfect new house for our growing family!”

Stacy Vogelgesang

“I believe that Ainsley is one of the best hardworking agents in real estate. She really cares about her clients.”

Ned Mendenhall

“Ainsley and Lou are excellent, caring realtors! I have given them several referrals, and they were VERY happy!”

Stephanie Runnells Bennett