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Meet: Kel Svoboda -Broker/REALTOR®/Team Leader
[email protected] / 414.213.9014
Kel, the founder of the Local Team, was born in Milwaukee and has remained near the Greater Milwaukee area most of his life. He has been in the Real Estate business for 13 years and has had his Broker’s license for ten of them. He has been an active member of the GMAR (Greater Milwaukee Association of REALTORS®) for 12 years and is now in his 4th year as a Director on the GMAR board. Kel is a large Donor for the RPAC (REALTORS® Political Action Committee); a Chairman on the YPN (Young Professionals Network) Group-Milwaukee REALTOR® Chapter; and a Council Member for NAREB (National Association of Real Estate Brokers). In addition, Kel was a Founding Chairman of the WYPN (Wisconsin Young Professionals Network); a member of the WRA (Wisconsin REALTORS® Association) Foundation Task Force; a member of the GMAR Public Policy Task Force; and an Honoree in 2014 for Realtor Magazine's 30 under 30.
As a highly skilled and successful Broker, Kel absorbs the energy each day brings. His skill set ranges in (but isn’t limited to) contracts, Real Estate law, negotiating, problem solving, coaching, public speaking, marketing and social media. The thing he loves most about his job is that every day an opportunity to help others presents itself; that’s exactly what Kel thrives on—helping others. It’s far more than just contracts and showings that Kel does; he helps clients in all aspects of the transaction. Kel has created a one-stop shop Real Estate team to be a resource for anything and everything clients might need, from home selling/purchasing, to getting accustomed to living in new areas. He helps clients turn their houses into homes and aims for total satisfaction. Kel has a hunger for knowledge and never stops pushing forward, pursuing what he doesn’t yet know. Kel uses this knowledge to educate the general-public on a variety of Real Estate topics. Educational speaking and community activities are welcomed opportunities. Kel is an inspiration to many. As a dynamic, passionate leader, he uses his drive and resources to help clients reach their dreams.
“When I’m not doing Real Estate, I’m doing Real Estate,” says Kel. It’s more than just a job for him, it’s a way of life. Although Kel loves his career and lives it out every day, his heart remains anchored at home in Franklin with his family. Kel cherishes his time with his gorgeous wife, Stephanie, and his two children, Eli and Kamryn. Kel is the assistant coach on his son’s basketball team and the head coach on his son’s soccer team. He also loves to play golf and has a passion for video production, which often has its advantages.
Fun Fact: “I love Legos! I play them with my son all the time, sometimes more than he does.”
Favorite Sports Team: “The Packers!”
Favorite Restaurant: “5 O’clock Club.”
Dream Vacation: “Fiji.”
Favorite Quote: “One Day I want someone to say that because of me, they were inspired and didn't give up.”
Meet: Matt Slaaen – Broker/REALTOR®
[email protected] / 414.238.5639
Matt grew up in the heart of South Milwaukee, and now resides in the Village of Caledonia with his family. In Matt’s world, Real Estate is an everyday part of life. He loves communicating with a variety of different people and traveling to new places every day. Matt is the team’s “jack of all trades,” as he works on every end of the Real Estate spectrum, from drafting and negotiating contracts, to setting up signage and taking photos. His presence is much appreciated in all team transactions. For Matt, this job is incredibly rewarding. He is honored to have people put their trust in him with such an important time in their lives. Matt is a strong, dependable leader who is easy to talk to. He is disciplined and precise in his work. Having Matt around is a comfort to many; his sense of humor and thirst for knowledge make him a wonderful agent and teammate. Matt continues to move forward in his Real Estate career, tackling any challenges that stand in his way. There is no doubt we will continue to see great things from him.
Matt’s true passion, aside from Real Estate, is spending time with his family. He has been with his beautiful wife, Lindsey for 14 years—married for four. He is the proud father of his three-year-old daughter, Avery and his almost two-year-old son, Gavin. Matt also enjoys sports, playing golf and spending time outdoors.
Fun Fact: “I am the only person in the history of South Milwaukee vs. Cudahy football (in over 100 years) to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown.”
Favorite Sports Team: “Packers, Bucks, Brewers, Badgers and Warriors (Marquette)-Wisconsin teams.”
Favorite Restaurant: “Oh Dennis, Wells Brothers and Sanford.”
Dream Vacation: “Taking the U-Rail through Europe over the course of 10-14 days. My honeymoon was in St. Thomas Virgin Islands, and I’d go back there, too.”
Favorite Quote: “Once you learn how to be happy, you won't tolerate being around people who make you feel anything less.”
Meet: Jamie Nitka-REALTOR ®
[email protected] / 414.238.3896
Jamie is a born and raised South Milwaukee native who received her Real Estate license about 7 months ago. She finds the housing market fascinating, and enjoys working on the “happier side of the spectrum,” having previously worked in the foreclosure field. Showings, Open Houses, and filling in when needed are only a few of the many ways Jamie helps the team. She is always willing to take on a new task and contribute where she can. One of Jamie’s favorite things about working in Real Estate is seeing how people turn their houses into homes and the many styles that accompany it. She is a fantastic listener who notices small details. One conversation with Jamie and it’s not hard to tell that she genuinely cares about people. She doesn’t mind putting in the extra time, and she loves to learn. Needless to say, Jamie is an incredibly valued member of the Local Team.
Outside of work, Jamie’s passions range from cooking and baking, to reading fictional novels and watching horror films. She currently lives in South Milwaukee with her fiancé, Michael [to be married in 2018]; their 2 German Shepards, Zoey and Sadie Sue; and their three cats, Rosie, Pawl and Lucy.
Fun Fact: “I spent a month in France/Italy studying the art and culture.”
Favorite Sports Team: “Slytherin Quidditch team.”
Favorite Restaurant: “Mama's kitchen! There is no better cook than my mom!”
Dream Vacation: “I would love to go hiking in Alaska or spend the afternoon on a boat in Greece.”
Favorite Quote: “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” -A.D.