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Two, bright friendly faces greet you once you enter the office of Johnston Realty that has been servicing the community of Leon since 1996.
Jim Johnston, owner of Johnston Realty, was born and raised in Leon. Johnston understands and appreciates the dedication it takes to owning and operating a business for the community of Leon even beyond 1996, as Johnston and his father were also business owners of Johnston, Bennett and Johnston Plumbing. (Interesting fact is the current location of Johnston Realty was at one time Johnston, Bennett and Johnston Plumbing.) However, after being a plumber for 25 years, Jim decided to sell the business and pursue his interest in real estate.
Soon after, he contacted Pat Vanderflute and asked her to join his team. Since then the duo has been an exceptional match in providing homes for the individuals in the community of Leon and those who wish to join the community.
"We try to do things fairly and respectfully," Johnston said. "Often times this is a one shot deal and we do our best to be fair and get things done in a timely fashion." Both Johnston and Vanderflute aim to keep both parties of the transaction satisfied with the business transaction that has occurred.
Outside of the Real Estate business, Johnston enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife of 40 years, Mary, their four children and nine grandchildren. Johnston also enjoys traveling, aviation, rock engraving and helping his wife raise aronia berries.
Vanderflute enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband of 34 years, Roger, their two kids and two grandsons. Vanderflute also enjoys farming and hitching up one of her teams of ponies for a wagon ride.
Both Vanderflute and Johnston know the importance of buying local and often use Leon as a main selling point when showing families their new home.
"We aren’t just selling them a home, we are selling them a community," Vanderflute said. Johnston added, "Everything we have in this town...every business we have is vital to the community and is an asset."
Johnston believes the best way to sum up Johnston Realty is that they strive to do their best to make smooth transactions and to try to please all parties in the transaction.
In terms of the current chamber activities, both Johnston and Vanderflute agree that the revitalization of the town is a very smart project, as well as the cleaning up of houses and beautification of the community.
Johnston Realty is located at 111 West 2nd Street in Leon with business hours being Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and evenings, Saturdays or Sundays by appointment. Flexible hours are available upon request. To contact either Vanderflute or Johnston, call 641-446-3822.