Our History

Larry and his wife, Angie, through some friends of Angie’s, began trail riding in Johnson County in 1982. Through this recreational avenue they met a lot of nice people and formed lasting friendships. Both Larry and Angie fell in love with this area and its people.

Larry, Broker and owner of Midwest Real Estate, obtained his license in 1973. After working in an adjoining county for a few years, he saw a need and an opportunity in the Johnson County area for a real estate office in Vienna. In July of 1991 Midwest Real Estate first opened its doors on the Vienna Square, with a metal case as its filing system, a few listings, but many contacts, leads and well wishes.

Midwest began to grow and flourish and in 1998 moved its operation to the Orange Complex off of Route 146 East. As Midwest Real Estate continued to grow, it quickly became the leading Agency in Johnson County. In the year 2000 Midwest Real Estate moved its operation to its current home right off of I-24, Exit 16, at the end of Redbud Road. Midwest is experienced and knowledgeable in Farm & Recreational land, as well as, Lake of Egypt, horse and hunting properties, and, Residential and Commercial properties throughout ALL of Southern Illinois.

In 2001 Midwest Real Estate became the first Agency in the Vienna area to join the Egyptian Board of Realtors, the Illinois Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

In 2003, Midwest expanded its operation and opened a Branch office in Goreville where it continues to serve the Johnson County area, with a concentration on the Goreville and the Lake of Egypt areas.

Midwest has been a member in good standing with the Johnson County Chamber since 1993, and has been active in community projects throughout the area. Midwest is committed to serving the Southern Illinois area to continue new growth and improvements for generations to come.

The story goes that soon after Midwest opened its doors, a bet was placed as to how long the new real estate venture would last in Johnson County. But, through hard work, honest dealings and, great agents and employee’s, Midwest Real Estate, celebrating 20 years of service in Johnson County in 2011, lives by the old cowboy philosophy, ‘if you work for the man, you put his or her best interest before yours’. This philosophy has made Midwest what it is today – the leading Real Estate Agency in the Johnson County area. We maintain a relaxed, down home family style demeanor while upholding the highest standards in the industry.

And, as our motto says, we continue to “Ride for the Brand ‘U’, the Client”.