In 1975, with just five associates, Jim and Bert Huff founded HUFF Realty. With a lot of hard work over the first six years, Jim was able to grow the business and open offices in Florence, Highland Heights and Erlanger. In 1984, I followed in my family’s footsteps and became a licensed realtor. Having my parents same work ethic and drive I quickly grew my business and became the manager of the Florence office.
My brother, Rodney, started working for HUFF Realty in 1990 but by 1994 he had started his own appraisal company, Rodney Huff Appraisals. Rodney ran his own company until in 2003 he merged with another group to form Huff Meyer & Douglas which is still in operation today.
Knowing that mortgage was in integral part of the real estate transaction, Jim decided to open is own mortgage business. In 1992 with the help of my husband, Scott Schilling, Jim founded Sterling Mortgage. Scott Schilling ran Sterling Mortgage until 2002 when the created a joint venture with Wells Fargo. This allowed HUFF Realty to take their mortgage business to the next level and provide additional options for their clients. Jim and Scott knew that being able to provide all homeownership services was important so their next step was to create a joint venture with Lawyers Title of Cincinnati to provide comprehensive title services. Eventually they would also be able to provide homeowners insurance as well.
Over the years Jim and Scott continued to grow the company by opening new offices and acquiring other firms such as ASK Realty, Clendenin Realty and Barlow Franck Realty. In early 1995 HUFF Realty started opening branch offices in Ohio, starting in Montgomery and Symmes Township. They eventually opened offices throughout the entire Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.
In 2006 HUFF Realty was acquired by HomeServices of America, which is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. This has given HUFF Realty access to resources that most real estate companies can only dream about. Today, HomeServices of America is one of the largest real estate companies on the globe.
I am now the General Manager of the Kentucky Huff offices and the manager of the Florence office. I am extremely passionate about my career and serving my clients. I am currently one of the top real estate agents in the entire state of Kentucky. The year 2020 brings us our newest generation realtor from the Huff family, my daughter Maria Huff Schilling. Maria is one of my three daughters. Jamie and Jessie also have a heart for serving others and have decided to pursue careers in the medical field. Growing up with a family of realtors, my daughters know what it takes to provide excellent service to their clients. I am beyond excited to continue my business with my daughter by my side and to continue on the family business.