Sylvia has been working in real estate since 2004, starting in Hutchinson, KS with Coldwell Banker Americana where she was a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club for five consecutive years. She and her husband relocated back to Newton in 2011 to be closer to family. She has called Kansas home since coming to Hesston College from her hometown in Colorado. She received her associate degree at Hesston College, and the following year married her husband, Nate Bartel in 1978. They made their home in Newton until moving to Hutchinson, KS for his job in 1995. She has two grown sons and in 2004 became grandma to Ezra, and in 2014 a granddaughter, Rozalyn. She worked as a medical transcriptionist for 26 years in Newton, Halstead and Hutchinson but when her son left for Kansas State University, she felt like it was time for a career change. In addition to actively working in real estate, from 2009 – 2011 she worked as a housing specialist for New Beginnings in Hutchinson, helping homeless persons transition into permanent housing, administering rental assistance, as well as managing hutchrents.com, a rental database for Reno County. She has always been active in her community, having served on several boards over the years, including Mennonite Manor, a retirement community in South Hutchinson, for 7 years. She was a member and served on the board of the Reno Choral Society for 12 years. Since moving back to Newton, she is once again singing with the Newton Chorale and currently serves on the board. She is also currently serving on the board for Habitat For Humanity. In addition to music, she enjoys physical activity and is leading several fitness classes at the North Newton Wellness Center. Since moving back to Newton and working with JP Weigand, her real estate career has been steadily more successful every year, being a Partnership Club member for the past three years by reaching over 2 million in sales every year. Shortly after starting at JP Weigand, she earned her SRES designation (Senior Real Estate Specialist). As an SRES agent, she is trained to help meet the particular needs and demands of clients age 55 and older as their housing needs transition into empty nests and retirement. However, she does not limit her expertise to seniors, as she enjoys and has been successful educating first time home buyers in the process of purchasing their first home. She finds her career in real estate very rewarding and attributes her success to her ability to really listen to her clients’ needs, give them the time they need, making their home buying experience exciting and selling a home as hassle-free as possible.