Skogman Realty Corridor
411 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401
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As a Realtor/Broker, I get to help clients put their dreams into action, whether it be buying their first home, selling their house, building their dream home, relocating for that big promotion or investment properties to help fund their retirement. Most of my clients come from referrals of happy past clients and people that know me. Want to be one of those happy clients...Call Callahan!
With more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience and 14 years of real estate experience, I can guarantee that you’re in good hands. I was the top selling Realtor in the Cedar Rapids metro in 2015 and 2016.
As a leader in technology in the real estate business, I will ensure that your property gets the ideal exposure it deserves through multiple websites, online marketing, brochures, direct mail, and more. I’m always keeping up with the next innovative idea and seeing how to best utilize it to help my clients.
Please browse my website for testimonials, listings, reports and important local real estate information. If you don't find what you are looking for...Call Callahan!
"I’m very satisfied with my experience buying my first home with Debra. Her experience was very beneficial; she listened to what I wanted through every step of the process, (Search, offer, counter offer, repair negotiations, etc.) and then given it being my first experience she set reasonable expectations moving forward. Along those lines she took time to answer my many, many questions and walk me through the pros and cons of the different approaches we could take on each stage. She was very responsive throughout and she made me feel comfortable that we were making good decisions. I felt she was a great advocate and that she truly had my best interests in mind."
January 25, 2017
"Debra was very helpful in the purchase of our new home. We were not working with a realtor when we found our new house. She was the listing agent for the home. We felt comfortable having her as our agent in the buying process, and she was a pleasure to work with. We felt she looked out for our interests and answered all our questions. Her assistant Cassie was very easy to work with as well. I would recommend Debra to anyone looking for a hardworking, and friendly realtor."
January 30, 2017
"Working with Debra and her assistant, Cassie, was great. My fiancé, Austin, and I primarily dealt with Cassie. She was very patient with Austin and I when we decided to stop looking at houses for a few months. When we did start house shopping again, it was like we never stopped! All our emails and questions were answered promptly, and Cassie was able to work around our, sometimes crazy, schedules. She understood our wants and recommended we look at a house that wasn't listed online yet. I was hesitant, thinking it would probably be a waste of time since Austin and I are picky. But with the market being super hot, we gave it a chance. It was the house! We found our house! We put an offer in that night, and Cassie made it super easy. I've already recommended Debra and Cassie to friends that are looking at houses. If Austin and I are ever looking to sell and move again, we'll definitely give Deb a call!"
September 28, 2016
"Debra sold my house for me and was amazing to work with. She and Cassie are top notch professionals, who not only know the business side of real estate but do an excellent job with communication and making sure all questions are answered. They both make the process smooth and reduce any stress buying or selling a home comes with. I can’t say enough good things about using Debra and her assistant Cassie for all of your real estate needs."
February 21, 2017
"Ms. Callahan knows how to handle different type of buyers/sellers and what to do for enhancing the own values of house on market. She was very efficient in selling my house and sold our house in a week! Amazing. Well prepared document works and predominant with broad knowledge of on-line and off-line housing market. Brilliant and impressive service I ever experienced."
September 17, 2016
"Deb and her assistant Cassie have been great to work with. Despite her high volume of real estate transactions, she always met her pledge to respond to us within 24 hours. Deb does a great job of ensuring your home is displayed prominently on social media and on the various real estate web sites. Deb's knowledge of the local market trends is impressive!"
February 14, 2017
"If you are looking for assistance in selling your home, you can’t find a better realtor than Debra Callahan of Skogman Realty in Cedar Rapids Iowa. Her professionalism, knowledge, and attention to detail is superb. When she took on the sale of our home, she produced a market analysis that was spot on. She then put together a marketing plan including top notch photography, coupled with a well written property description and advertising in all the proper avenues. Our property sold within weeks, and at our list price. We couldn’t have been more pleased."
January 9, 2017
"Our experience with Debra was outstanding. We requested a short turn around time to find and purchase a home and she and her team delivered in a professional manner. All of our communications were answered quickly and she personally showed us everything we wanted to see. We highly recommend Debra."
February 8, 2017
"Working with Debra and Cassie was an easy and stress free experience. They did a great job of finding properties that fit our budget and specifications as well as tailoring the search to our specific financial needs. They even worked with us to arrange last minute showings on properties we had discovered on our own. I highly recommending working with Debra in finding a home, whether you are girst time home buyers or selling your current home. She rocks :)"
November 23, 2016
"Debra and her assistant Cassie were a pleasure to work with! Communication via email, text, and voice were always prompt and useful. We tried selling on our own with little traffic and no offers. Once we hired Debra she had a steady flow of prospective buyers viewing our home and we closed just a few months later. Debra and Cassie were professional, responsive, and very helpful through the entire process. Highly recommended."
October 19, 2016
"Debra Callahan and her team set a very high bar for what to expect from a real estate agent. Their professionalism and all-encompassing care made it clear to us that we were in highly qualified hands. Her market analysis went further than any I’d seen before and while we were skeptical at first, she delivered."
September 27, 2016
"Debra first met us at a home in Marion, and after discussing the CR/IC area at length, pointed us toward several similar neighborhoods. With her help we found the house we were looking for. Her assistant Cassie did a great job keeping track of all the moving pieces on the back end to make sure we closed as planned."
October 26, 2016
"Debra and her team were great to work with, they made our first home sale fast and easy. We couldn't ask for a better, more professional and competent realtor. We will recommend you to everyone we know!"
October 11, 2016
"Debra and her assistant Cassie do an amazing work!! They were able to sell our home after 3 long years of trying with different realtors. They were able to work with us through email and phone since we now lived on the other side of the state. They made the process smooth and quick like we had hoped. We listed and had an offer in 5 days!! They were honest and helpful and told us exactly what to expect from the process and what we should do to the house to get it ready!! We loved working with them and would recommend to anyone looking to sell in the Cedar Rapids area!!"
June 30, 2016
"Very friendly and very knowledgeable realtor! She knew things about the area than not many other realtors did. Orange-berg for example. Would gladly recommend to anyone."
January 4, 2017
"Thank you Debra for selling us our dream home. We are finally getting things put together 2 months later!! Having a 6 month old slows us down. However, you made the entire process so much easier for our family!!"
August 30, 2016
"Debra is an amazing realtor and resource! She helped us with every facet of the purchase of our new home. Anytime we had questions she was always available to assist. I highly recommend Debra to anyone looking to sell or purchase a home."
June 16, 2016
"I have known Deb for some time now but never actually worked with her before listing my most recent house with her. Her reputation is great in the area, but after working with her I realized quickly it far surpasses that great reputation. She and her team are timely, informative and quick to market. Success came quickly as we sold our house very close to asking price inside of one month. I would list with her again in a heart beat."
June 23, 2015
"We used Deb when we moved to Cedar Rapids and bought a home, and then again when we left Iowa and sold our home. She was great to work with both times and I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell.”
Jeremy & Rachel Mayes
April 15, 2015
"Working with Deb Callahan was the best decision we have ever made! She helped us sell our home in just 9 days. She took beautiful pictures of our home and then made sure that our home was at the top of each website, not just posted online. Also it was very easy to work with her. She never had a problem fitting us into her busy schedule, and showed that she cared by taking the time to answer all of our questions. If she didn’t know the answer she would immediately call/email someone and let us know as soon as she heard! We also worked with Deb Callahan to buy our new home. We bought new construction and she worked with us to understand the process. We had many questions for the builder and she was a great buffer that helped us get exactly what we wanted. She was always available to discuss a topic, and helped us through the entire process! There was never a time where we were lost or felt helpless. She knew the right questions to ask and helped us to think through our decisions. I would never sell or buy a home without the help of Deb Callahan and her assistant Cassie Tegeler. They made the entire process smooth, quick and painless! I never thought that moving would actually be enjoyable!!!"
Austin & Sarah Spooner
April 1, 2015
"Debra made buying a home a much less stressful experience. She was very knowledgeable about all aspects of real estate. Always took the time to fully answer all questions that I had and was prompt in getting a home inspection and appraisal scheduled quickly for a short closing date. You could tell she enjoyed helping clients with one of the most important purchase they will ever make. I will definitely recommend Debra to family and friends!"
March 15, 2015
"We would highly recommend Debra to anyone seeking to buy or sell a home! Debra made our experience so easy and convenient. Given that we both work full-time during the day, Debra offered to meet with us in the evening each of the few times it was necessary while preparing to list our property. She completed a very thorough market analysis and recommended a listing price to us, but ultimately let us make the final decision for listing price. Debra also went above and beyond to stage our vacant property with furniture so that it showed perfectly which contributed to the property selling in 2 days! There is no doubt we will be contacting Debra the next time we are looking to buy or sell not only because of her years of experience and her knowledge of the market, but also because the process was seamless from start to finish!"
January 14, 2015
"It was great working with Debra on the purchase of our home! She was very knowledgeable and professional and always returned our phone calls and emails promptly. From the first showings to the final paperwork, everything went smoothly. If we were to buy another home, we would definitely use Debra as our realtor."
January 21, 2015
"Debra is a phenomenal realtor and working with her was nothing short of amazing. As a first time homebuyer, I had many questions and even some trepidation about settling into a home. However, Debra answered all of my questions without hesitation and showed me listings that met all of my criteria. Debra’s knowledge in matters of real estate and the market truly make her a remarkable realtor to work with. She was extremely patient with me as I worked through the home search process, and when I was ready to put down an offer the entire process was remarkably seamless and effortless. Debra’s style is to go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable and at ease and she will work to show you properties that meet any criteria you may have!"
January 16, 2015
"Debra is extremely knowledgeable of all aspects of the real estate business and market. She not only does a great job of connecting buyers and sellers, she also understands the market of what clients are interested in. She also is extremely knowledgeable of home features, their costs, their strengths/weaknesses, and tradeoff comparisons. Debra is also a caring member of our community. She is a true professional! She did a great job selling and buying homes for us."
January 21, 2015
"I had the easiest time working with Debra for my first home purchase. Right from the first meeting all the way till I had the keys in my hand, Debra was there to answer any and all questions and provide her valuable input. When the time comes to sell my house, she will be the first person I will be calling!"
January 15, 2015
"Debra made my condo-buying experience one of the most stress free events of my life! She always went above and beyond, and I will always be grateful for that. I love my home, and she has had a huge part to play in that. I have recommended her to several of my friends and they have the same things to say! She is incredible!"
January 15, 2015
"Debra was so great at finding our home quickly. We had a very set idea of what we wanted, in a particular price range & she set up visits with exactly what we asked for. It was so easy that we were able to find our house the first day we went out to view houses."
January 14, 2015
"Deb was an amazing help to my fiance and I. I would not go with anyone else! From giving us tips in resale to finding us our new home! She did everything she could to sell our home in a timely manner selling it in only 3 weeks!! Love her and will refer her to all our friends!! Deb is super friendly and remembers each client she helps. When she will see us in public she goes out of her way to say hello and ask how we are doing!"
January 14, 2015
"If you are looking to sell or buy a new home, I would recommend Debra Callahan. We had been looking for a new home (ended up being a 2 year process) and she was very diligent and responsive to our needs throughout the home search. She took the time to understand what we wanted in our new home and was always available to us when we needed her. At the beginning of the process (as well as throughout), she had provided us information on our house and provided recommendations for us to get ready to list. Once we listed the house, she did mailings, open houses and word of mouth selling and we sold our house in 20 days. She is extremely competent, knows the housing market very well, professional and responsive. We are appreciative of Deb’s hard work!"
January 13, 2015
"We recently had Debra help us purchase and sell a home. It was our second time using her services as a buyer and first time as a seller. Debra and her teams' attention to detail is second to none--as is her knowledge of the process, the area, the amenities, etc. I think the biggest compliment I can offer is that Debra wasn't there to simply sell us a house and move on--and that's something I appreciate in general. I would highly recommend Debra's services to anybody looking to buy, or looking to sell a home!!"
January 14, 2015
"After having our house on the market for over five months with another realtor with lots of showings but no offers we switched our listing to Deb. Within a week she had sold our house and helped us find our new home! After 10 months of closing on our new home she still is available for any questions or concerns we may have. She has many ties to the community and this is very evident with the extent of her knowledge of the area."
January 14, 2015
"Deb was chosen as our Realtor on the recommendation of a friend who was very pleased with her service. She was knowledgeable and professional. Our house was successfully sold in less than a week. We, too, will recommend her to sell your home."
Jim & Bonnie Thomas
December 11, 2014
"Debra Callahan's knowledge of the local real estate market was very thorough regarding school districts, sales statistics, what buyers are looking for and everything else you would want your realtor to know. I'm a very detail oriented person, and in depth knowledge with any service provider is very important to me. Her understanding of what buyers are looking for was very valuable as we prepared our existing home for sale and developed plans for the build of our new home. Knowledge of beneficial approaches to marketing and negotiating the offers we got on our house were great. The photographs and write up for the listing on our existing home were outstanding. I think these were key factors in the successful sale of our existing home and a great finished product with our new home."
October 1, 2014
"When working with you we felt like we had your full attention -- you weren't interrupted by others -- we felt that we were important. You treated us like friends and yet you were very focused on the sale of our homes. You and your assistant are both very professional. Thank you for studying each of our homes and telling us what we needed to do and the prices we should list at. Thank you for aggressively advertising and getting people to come look. Selling Bonnie's house in one week and Dick's in two weeks is amazing! You made our moves go so much smoother."
Dick & Bonnie Raddatz
September 8, 2014
"Working with Debra and Cassie made the selling experience a little easier. We had a few issues with the existing house sale due to a storm, and Debra assisted us in working through the issues not only with the potential buyers, but also with required contracting work. We also chose to work with Debra on the buy side of our real estate experience. Her knowledge of new construction was quite helpful. Bottom line, we liked Debra and Cassie. Deb is a direct person with a good sense of humor, so a good blend."
Mike & Karen Newland
August 21, 2014
"Working with Deb was an absolute dream. I was a first time home buyer and got very stressed when everyone began talking about offers, inspections, insurance, etc. When I found Deb she explained everything and was quick to respond to any questions I had for her. She even went above and beyond sending me reminders of small things I should do before moving into my new home. I would not use any other realtor but Deb in the future!"
August 4, 2014
"We had a great experience working with Debra. She was very knowledgeable and helpful in all the details that the home buying process has. Communication was great. She responded quickly if I would leave a message, otherwise I would be able to chat right away. Would recommend Debra for other friends and family that are looking to sell or buy a home."
January 27, 2014
"I was looking for a condo in a new development area. Debra reached out to me when I identified one I was interested in online. She is a thorough professional, very knowledgeable in her domain of expertize. For a busy individual like me, she made things very easy. She was of great help during the cabinets and material selections for my condo, identifying my taste and understanding my viewpoint immediately. I will without hesitation recommend her to anyone who plans to buy a property."
April 18, 2014
Debra was WONDERFUL to work with. We had previously consulted with another agent- which was a disaster! She came in and was extremely professional, very good at following up, and on top of everything that we needed. She sold our home within 5 days of listing it, and it was such a smooth transaction. I can't say enough good things about her and her business sense, and recommend her to everyone that is looking for an agent. Really- Call Callahan!
September 30, 2013
Debra was wonderful to work with! She knows the market and guided us through the process of buying and selling our home with ease. Debra is an expert at marketing homes for sale. We were impressed with her vast knowledge and use of technology. She sold our home in just three days for list price...incredible! She also helped us make a deal on our new home despite some difficult and unusual circumstances. Debra is a true professional who offered her advice and expertise every step of the way. She is very prompt about returning messages and scheduling meetings. Words cannot described how pleased we were with her services. She is a joy to work with and we have recommended her several times. If you are going to hire someone, you go with the best...and there's no doubt that Debra Callahan is the best!
September 30, 2013
“I would highly recommend Debra Callahan to anyone that is looking for a Realtor. She is extremely competent and knows the housing market better than any Realtors I have spoken with before. I have bought and sold several houses during my life and have I dealt with several realtors during that time. I found Debra to be a pleasure to work with and I would rank her #1 when it comes to professionalism and understanding of the real estate field. I would gladly do business with Debra again and highly recommend her to anyone else.”
January 26, 2012
“We wanted to say how fortunate we are that we ran into Debra Callahan on the internet. We are from LA and discovered the Iowa/Cedar Rapids/Marion/Skogman Connection through her. We built our Skogman home from Los Angeles and moved after it was completed. Thanks to Debra, we are looking forward to raising our family in this wonderful area in our beautiful home.”
Tony & Alma Garcia
August 2, 2006
“Deb did an outstanding job of getting my townhouse sold in a short period of time and at a fair price. My place was on the market for only about a week. This was due in large part to the staging of the house that Deb did on my behalf. I was not expecting this, but it made a huge difference in the appeal of the house. Deb also kept me well informed on all aspects of the sale and I always felt like I had someone looking out for my best interests. I highly recommend Deb Callahan to anybody in the Cedar Rapids area who is looking for a real estate agent.”
August 28, 2007
“Professionally, I would highly recommend Debra. She was great to work with when we bought a condo for my mom.”
Dave & Kim Kiskamp
September 12, 2007
“Deb is the ONLY realtor I will use in the Cedar Rapids area. As first-time homebuyers, we would have been lost without her. She listened to what we wanted and only showed us properties that fit what we needed. She is a consummate professional and was always available with expert knowledge & advice. She even steered us away from some properties by reminding us that they didn't have all the features on our list. We ended up finding the perfect home quickly & easily. I've contacted Deb since we purchased our home with questions, and she's always happy to help. I've recommended Deb to several of my friends and will continue to do so because I know they will be in good hands!”
Tim & Noelle Wittkop
November 10, 2008
"I would like to take a moment to brag about one of Skogman's sales team members, Debra Callahan. Debra went above and beyond in the sale of my mother's property. We had the property listed with a couple other real estate companies prior to Debra taking over the listing and selling. It was hands down due to the marketing strategy she used on the property. Debra is a great asset to the Skogman Team. I would recommend Debra to anyone looking for a good Realtor."
March 2, 2010
“Whether moving into the community or across town, Debra has the experience and market expertise to help my clients find the right neighborhood and home. I have also personally used Debra for my real estate needs and I trust her confidentiality, judgement and recommendations.”
March 23, 2011
“Debra is a detail oriented realtor who gets the job done. Her marketing strategy is effective and goes above what any other realtor has ever done for me. She is consise, creative and personable. She keeps her client's best interest in mind and works hard to get the best deal. I would recommend anyone who is looking to sell their property or find the perfect home to call Callahan! You will not be sorry you did.”
April 11, 2011
“Our experience began with Deb Callahan when we were searching for a house in the Marion area. As we were scoping out a newly built Skogman house from the outside (admittedly peeking into the windows), Deb came over and introduced herself and offered to show us the house. Though doing so made her late for a personal commitment, we are thankful that she did because Jeff and I both instinctively and instantly trusted her. With that trust, we actively began the process of searching for a house. In working with her from that point on, it was clear to us that she knew the metro area, understood structural strengths and inconsistences, wasn’t afraid to be honest with us when she felt like we were settling on a property, and definitely understood the construction process. In listening to our needs over the course of several months, she indicated that she thought Skogman Homes could build us the house that we desired. She spent a Sunday afternoon showing us newly built Skogman properties, and we were very impressed with what we saw. Because Jeff works on the southwest side, and I work in Marion, it was critical that we found a property that was central to both us. Squaw Creek Circle was the perfect location, so Deb helped us secure a lot, provided guidance as we picked out a floor plan, and listed our house for sale. When selling OUR property, her market analysis and suggestions for presenting our house were spot on. Our house sold in no time when others in the Atkins area (listed by other agents and agencies) were struggling to do so. Deb attended our initial planning meeting and introduced us to Jennifer Walsh, our project manager. It was comforting to be represented by someone we knew and trusted, and some of the interior suggestions she provided at that meeting were very much appreciated. (Who knew an outlet in your bathroom tower could make life so easy?) To summarize, our experience with Deb was remarkable. Through ALL stages, she was superior in her wealth of information, guidance, and professionalism. What is more, she has an excellent reputation in the community. When we were asked who our agent was, people in Marion ALWAYS commented, “Oh….she’s good!” In our opinion, she is second to none.”
Jeff & Leigh Ann Cleland
October 3, 2011
“Awesome Realtor! Debra helped us catch the house of our dreams! She also helped us through every step of the process when selling our own home. The whole buying/selling process was smooth and stress-free with Deb's expert advice.”
November 23, 2011
“Debra helped my family purchase our first home. Though our search spanned more than 2 years and frequently started and stopped, she was flexible, accessible, and accomodating to our changing needs. Through her expertise, she made us feel like we had a "friend on the inside" of the real estate game. She helped us through every step of the process, letting us know ahead of time what to expect, pointing out positives, negatives, and potential improvements in the homes we viewed that I may not have considered on my own, and recommending other necessary service providers such as mortgage lenders and home inspectors. It was clear that Deb cared first about my family getting into a house that would be a good fit for us. I am thankful for the recommendation I recieved to contact her in the first place and will definitely ask for her help in future searches.”
December 22, 2011
“Debra has helped me buy and sell property several times. I'm always impressed each time. She's very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a house.”
December 22, 2011
“Debra was my realtor when I sold my house in July 2010. She did a thorough market analysis and I took her recommended listing price for my home. My house was sold less than 36 hours after it was listed! This, when other houses in my area were on the market for months. Debra and her assistant arranged everything for the closing making it very easy for me. I recommend her to anyone and everyone. She is great to work with!”
December 21, 2011
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