Meet Our Brokers

Randy Sharpe, Managing Broker

In 1987, Randy Sharpe founded Sharpe Real Estate on the historic Carthage square. As a lifelong resident of Hancock County and with an extensive background in agriculture, Randy has served West Central Illinois for nearly three decades as a licensed real estate professional. Upon graduating from LaHarpe High School and completing his service in the U.S. Army, Randy attended Robert Morris College where he earned an Associate of Science degree.  Randy became involved in the family farming operation full-time before moving into the insurance and real estate industry. He continues to operate the family farm on a part-time basis, but is engaged full-time in real estate,  serving as Sharpe Real Estate’s Managing Broker.  Randy and his wife, Diana, reside in Carthage.

Office: (217) 357-2145
Cell: (217) 357-4993
Home: (217) 357-2169
Email: Randy@sharperestate.com

Brenda Young, Broker

Brenda has been affiliated with Sharpe Real Estate since 1989, first serving as Office Manager and most recently as a Broker.  Brenda grew up on a farm in Hancock County and attended Southeastern and La Harpe Schools.  She later graduated from Carl Sandburg College where she received both Marketing/Mid-Management and Accounting Degrees.  With over two decades as a licensed real estate professional, Brenda has developed a network of contacts throughout Hancock County and the surrounding area.  Brenda and her husband, Parrish, own and operate Young Masonry LLC, a three generation masonry business which is based out of Macomb, Illinois.

Cell: (217) 357-1439
Email: brenda@adams.net

Barbara Cole, Broker

Barbara Cole joined Sharpe Real Estate in 2006. She has lived in Carthage since the age of two, graduating from Carthage High School (now Illini West) and going on to Robert Morris Junior College in Carthage where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Accounting. She and her husband, Joe, have three sons and own and operate their family business in Carthage. As a lifelong Carthage resident, Barb knows the area well and takes great pride in providing the highest level of customer service possible. She is ready to help with any real estate need you may have.

Cell: 217.357.4722

Email: jbcole@mchsi.com

 

Diana Sharpe, Broker

Diana Sharpe has been involved with Sharpe Real Estate since she and Randy founded it in 1987.   Until her retirement in 2009 from her career as a school counselor with the Macomb Schools, Diana’s involvement in the family-owned business has primarily involved assisting during the summer months with office operations. In 2002, she joined the agency as a part-time Broker and continues in that capacity at present. As a lifelong resident of the Hancock/McDonough County area and through her affiliation with area schools, Diana has an extensive network of contacts to assist you with your real estate needs.

Cell: 217.357.4683

Email: dianassharpe@hotmail.com

 

Holly Whitaker, Broker

Holly’s career at Sharpe Real Estate began in 2012 when a licensed real estate Broker.  A graduate of LaHarpe High School and Western Illinois University, Holly was previously an elementary teacher for the Quincy Public Schools and Macomb School District.  Her sales experience includes 10-plus years within the publishing and supplementary education industries.  Holly currently serves on the Big River United Way Board of Directors.  She resides in Carthage with her husband, Jamie, and daughter, Emma.

Cell: (217) 357-4523

Email: jnhwhitaker@gmail.com

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