Julie Casbon, Real Estate Agent for Century 21 of Valparaiso, has been a life-long resident of Northwest Indiana finding her niche in the Real Estate industry. Unlike most, Casbon has the luxury of working from home to attend to her busy schedule and family life.
“I’m a people-person and this job fits with my lifestyle perfectly. One of the reasons I went into real estate was because of the flexibility that comes with the business. You get out of it what you put into it,” said Casbon.
Casbon said she is very thankful for her boss, Jeanne Sommer, for being understanding and supportive of her family values and the busy schedule that comes along with it. Casbon says her family’s calendar is always jam-packed, and of course, color-coded.
“Jeanne knows that we all have families at home. Everyone in the office knows that family, and even our animals, are important. You can walk into our office at any time and never know what you’re going to find. There might be dogs and there might be babies,” she joked.
Casbon spends her work week constantly looking at new listings both online and in-person. She explained that one of her main focuses is matching her clients to a neighborhood and home that fits them best.
“I love to show my clients around and let them know what is nearby, especially if they are new to the area,” Casbon said.
Casbon also focuses on building relationships with her clients in order to best meet their housing needs.
“I try to get to know my clients as best as I can so I can do my job to the best of my ability. The more you know about a person, the better you can place them in the perfect area and home,” Casbon said.
Aside from living in a small town, she mentioned that she is always amazed at how small of a world we live in.
“I love meeting new people and hearing all of the interesting stories they have to tell,” she said. “With every client, I always somehow can find a connection of mutual contacts, and I think that is so interesting.”
Although Casbon spends most of her time working from home and out in the community selling homes, she still has great friends at the office thanks to many get-togethers at work.
“Jeanne is really good about making us feel like we are one as a group. We do a lot of fun events and get-togethers. This coming July, we are all going to see a Cubs game together. It’s a very nice family to have aside from everyone’s bloodline family,” Casbon said.
Outside of work, Casbon and her husband keep busy attending soccer games, painting, and participating in Indiana’s 4-H swine projects and curriculum with their 10-year-old daughter Haley.
Haley works on 14 different projects year-round with 4-H.
“Many people think the fair is the only thing to worry about, but [Haley] is busy year-round with many 4-H projects,” Casbon said.
Haley carefully scrapbooks pictures of her pigs to be on display at the Porter County Fair, where she shows four pigs to be sold.
“She loves her pigs and is attached to them, but she understands the process. She also loves bacon,” Casbon joked.
4-H is a running tradition for the Casbon family. When Casbon and her husband were younger, they also participated in the program. Casbon’s goddaughter then got involved since Haley was patiently waiting for her to be old enough to participate.
Looking forward, Casbon hopes to add more hours to her work week and continue to balance both her family schedule and her Century 21 work schedule. Thank you for what you do for our community, Julie!