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Jane Hay

Professional Background

Jane Hay’s business success is a direct result of her can-do positive attitude, high energy work ethic, and long-term vision for a real estate business that incorporates both free home staging and excellent customer service.  

Jane’s diverse background in the fields of business operations, project management, and customer relations helped to mold her unique approach to traditional real estate sales. “When I entered the real estate business, I wanted to do something no one else was doing.  I wanted to make sure my listings stood out in a way that got them sold quickly,” Jane recalls.   “It’s not enough to put a sign in the yard, ad in the paper, and wait and see what happens. I wanted each and every one of my listings to be professionally prepared for sale so that the home would appeal to the most amount of buyers and generate the highest price in the least amount of time on the market.”  Home staging has helped her do this.  Now the leader of the Jane Hay Sales and Staging Team, they stage all their team's listings for FREE.  They have an 8,000 square foot showroom which is the home for over $150,000 of furnishings to help them prepare their homes for sale.  Their clients believe their services set them apart and keep them in the top 1% among their 600 plus colleagues.

Prior to Jane’s real estate career, she served as a project assistant for the Secretary of State’s office and served on Illinois State Treasurer, Judy Baar Topinka’s executive staff.  Jane also served as office administrator/paralegal for Wolter, Beeman, & Lynch Law Offices. 

Personal Background

Born and raised in nearby Taylorville, Illinois, Jane moved to Springfield in 1989.  She and her husband, David made Chatham their home in 1998, where they now reside with their two sons.  David works at Chatham-Glenwood High School where he is a teacher and Head Football Coach. 

Jane is devoted to making a difference and is an active presence in the community.

Community Service

  • Past President & current Board Member of the Chatham Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of the Chatham Area Public Library Foundation
  • Former Board Member of the Ball-Chatham Education Foundation
  • Vice Chair of Ball Chatham Titan Fuel (Food Assistance) Board
  • Board Member of the Village of Chatham Planning Commission Board
  • Member of Chatham Jaycees
  • Received Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Foundation 2020
  • Named Volunteer of the Year by Chatham Friends of the Park 2018

Current Professional Accomplishments

  • Past Board Member of Capital Area Realtors Association
  • Partner with The Real Estate Group in December 2010 & former Vice President of the Board and current Board Member
  • Capital Area Association of Realtors “Rising Star” award 2011

Client Testimonial

"Jane, I marveled every day of the enthusiasm shown by you, from the time we signed a contract until the day of sale. The sincere interest you have in your client and selling homes is a rare quality. I consider my friendship with you, the best outcome of selling my house."

David “Bud” O’Shea, Springfield

Contact Jane Hay now and you will see the type of personal service and work ethic that will get the job done for you.