Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) announces an office move to a larger space in northeast Davenport.  After 15 years at 130 West 5th Street in Davenport, BBBS is relocating its headquarters to 3247 35th Street Court off Elmore and Kimberly Road in Davenport.  The move will be effective August 15th. Mel Foster Co., a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, finalized an agreement with the non-profit that will roughly double the current square footage used by BBBS.

“Our growth and program innovation has been exciting,” stated Travis Guy, Chairperson of the BBBS Board of Directors, “It’s important to strategically position our organization for the future, which means we have the capacity and resources to meet the changing needs of the children and families in our community”  Guy continued, “this is a unique opportunity from Mel Foster Co. that creates the space and financial stability for our operations to thrive for years to come.”

Lynsey Engels, President, Real Estate Brokerage, explains how this partnership with BBBS fits with Mel Foster Co.’s commitment to serving the Quad Cities, “We are thrilled to announce this long-term partnership the same year we are celebrating our 100-year anniversary.  Giving back to our community has been so important to the longevity of the company and BBBS is an organization that many of our staff, producers and agents are passionate about as well. We’re so proud to help BBBS meet their space needs so they can focus on their mission of supporting children and families.”

The new space will offer interview/training rooms for volunteer, children and family enrollments, ample parking for visitors and guests, expanded capacity for board, committee and community meetings, mentor and parent orientations, trainings, and a new resource/collaboration room with support materials and space for match-related functions.

Jay Justin, President & CEO of BBBS was also excited to announce that BBBS has received a lead gift of $100,000 from John and Bonnie Leinart for the design and renovation of the new space.  John has served on the board of directors for the organization for more than 22 years.  John, Bonnie, and their children have also served as Bigs in the program.  The Leinart gift was quickly supported by a $25,000 grant from the donor advised fund of the Quad Cities Community Foundation by Hunt and Diane Harris, another long-term supporter of the organization.  These two gifts will serve as lead gifts toward a campaign to raise $250,000 for the buildout.  “This two-pronged approach will give us the physical and financial capacity to grow our impact and sustain our programming for many years to come,” stated Justin,

More than 20 area contractors and suppliers are involved in the renovation project.  Estes Construction is donating General Contractor and Design services for the project.  “We are extremely proud to be a part of this project and are thankful for the positive response we have received from the building community to make this project happen,” stated Jim Kiesey, Director of Operation for Estes Construction.  Other contractors involved include Petersen Plumbing, Allied Construction, Tri-City Electric, Hornbuckle Heating and Air, Paragon Commercial Interiors, Russell Construction and several others. 

“This move and these gifts represent another significant milestone for our organization as we continue our work to ensure every child can succeed and thrive in life.  We are thankful to Mel Foster Co. for their long-term commitment, the Leinart and Harris families for their generosity with their lead gifts, and the building community for stepping up and helping with the renovation.  It is not possible without our community partners dedicating their resources, time and talent to serving our youth mentoring in our community and we are thrilled to see their gift impact more children well into the future,” added Guy.

Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association Parade of Homes Summer 2021 logo

Parade of Homes Summer 2021

See the latest trends in new home construction at the Spring/Summer 2021 Quad Cities Parade of Homes. Admission is free! The Parade of Homes schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 19 & Sunday June 20 from 1pm-5pm
Wednesday, June 23 from 5pm – 7pm
Saturday, June 26 & Sunday, June 27 from 1pm-5pm

Check out this Parade of Home

6158 Hess Court, Bettendorf, Iowa
  • Main Floor Living Area that is Open to Living Room/Dining/Kitchen
  • Custom Dovetail Cabinetry
  • Granite Countertops & Large Island
  • Huge 12 x 4 Walk-In Hidden Pantry
  • Master Bedroom includes a Walk-In Tiled Shower and Large Whirlpool Tub
  • Massive 25×9 Master Walk-In Closet

To see all the homes in the parade and learn more about the Quad Cities Builders and Remodelers Association, visit their website.

MEL FOSTER CO. AGENTS NAMED AMERICA’S BEST REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS

Lynsey Engels, president of Real Estate Brokerage at Mel Foster Co. is pleased to announce that several of its agents have been named as one of America’s most productive agents as a part of the 2021 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list.  This ranking report by REAL Trends, the Trusted Source in residential brokerage, and Tom Ferry International, a top coaching and training company, ranks the most productive agents by state and metropolitan area based on closed transaction sides and closed volume in 2020.

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals honors American’s finest real estate agents from across the country.  Over 18,000 U.S. real estate sales associates from every state are featured in America’s Best.  Those ranked are among the top 1.5% of the 1.4 million licensed REALTORS® nationwide. 

The real estate agents are ranked in two categories:

  • Individual agent – Sales volume
  • Individual agent – Transaction sides (in each real estate transaction there are two sides that can be represented by a real estate agent; the buy side and the selling side)

Individuals By Volume in Iowa Top 14

Geri Doyle, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Geri Doyle, #1 by Volume in Iowa
Brad Boeye, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Brad Boeye, #5 by Volume in Iowa
Brad Gibson, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Brad Gibson, #8 by Volume in Iowa
Sara DeWulf, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Sara DeWulf, #11 by Volume in Iowa

Individuals By Sides, in Iowa Top 110

Sara DeWulf, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Sara DeWulf, #6 by Sides in Iowa
Geri Doyle, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Geri Doyle, #20 by Sides in Iowa
Brad Boeye, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Brad Boeye, #26 by Sides in Iowa
Lucky Lang II, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Lucky Lang II, #30 by Sides in Iowa
Bob Allmandinger, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Bob Allmandinger, #44 by Sides in Iowa
Brad Gibson, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Brad Gibson, #47 by Sides in Iowa
Dee Shepherd, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Dee Shepherd, #64 by Sides in Iowa
Candy Reaves, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Candy Reaves, #84 by Sides in Iowa

Individuals By Sides, In Illinois Top 269

Chuck Ross, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Chuck Ross, #96 by Sides In Illinois
Debbie Wright, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Debbie Wright, #108 by Sides in Illinois
Diana Franks, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Diana Franks, #124 by Sides in Illinois
Eve Anderson, REALTOR® with Mel Foster Co.
Eve Anderson, #197 by Sides in Illinois

Ms. Engels commented, “With this year’s release of the 2021 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals list, we are incredibly proud to have 12 of our agents be recognized with other elite real estate agents across the country and continue to be in awe of these agent’s dedication, hard work and commitment to serving clients throughout the region, especially in a year that was so challenging.  In Iowa, having the #1 agent for individuals by volume be from Mel Foster Co. and the same agent for the second year in a row is remarkable!” 

To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in closed sales volume in 2020. The rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, many state and local associations of Realtors®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings, and the 900 largest brokerage firms in the United States.  Verification from an independent source is required from all submissions.  In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.

Shifting open concept in homes

The Shift From Open Concept

Are you open to a home that is not open concept? Some buyers have reevaluated and now search for homes that reflect how differently we’re using our interior space, specifically when choosing an open or closed concept layout. Consider a few reasons why some are seeking homes with a more closed concept.

More Privacy

More rooms with distinct separation by walls and doors give you more options to find a spot for privacy. And the reality that we’re spending more time at home now than ever before just reiterates the value of having a choice in finding space to tuck away from others and regroup.

More Volume Control

While the sightlines of an open concept home are appealing to many, the acoustics and noise level can often be troublesome. Moms find little reprieve from the wild shrieks of spirited youngsters in an open-concept space where the kitchen flows to the family living area. A home with a separate kitchen allows for more volume control while preparing family meals.

More Rooms To Decorate

If you’re a fan of interior design but have trouble choosing just one theme, finding a home with multiple rooms means you have that many more chances to vary the décor. Instead of worrying that the open design plan flows from one room to another, you can arrange each room with creative flair.

More Energy Efficient

You have more control over the heating and cooling of your space with a closed-concept home. Managing the house temperature by closing off rooms used less often results in lower heating and cooling costs and makes the closed concept arrangement more energy efficient.

Now’s the time to give an older home a chance. Find more tips for buyers at melfostercoblog.com


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