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What’s So Special

We’re Special. Heck, it even says so in our name. That’s why we treat real estate a little differently from other agencies. We look far beyond the transaction and more into the heart of what we do. We’re a humble bunch that really enjoy getting to know our clients. And by building real connections, it makes it simple for our clients to see us as not just their real estate agent but a trusted advisor and hopefully a long-time friend.

Part of a bigger family

The Green Lake area isn’t just our community, it’s our home. We’ve been active members of the communities we serve since 1992 and that’s not stopping anytime soon. We believe that a community is only as strong as those who make it. Leadership and good energy coupled with organic collaboration is proof that the areas we represent are indeed great places to work, live and play.

We're a team that goes above and beyond for our clients - and it’s not just for higher commissions. We’re here because we really care.

Jeffery Shadick

Broker, Owner

"In my profession, I truly believe in quality over quantity. Genuine relationships matter and I don't see my clients as fleeting - rather as neighbors and treat them as such."

The Connector

Well respected in the local real estate community, Jeff loves what he does and has lived, worked and breathed the Green Lake life for nearly 25 years. Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, Jeff attended the UW-Stevens Point where he studied Business Administration & Political Science. He moved to the Green Lake area in 1994 and has been an active community member ever since.

At Special Properties, Jeff helps makes dreams come true as a seasoned resource for those seeking rare waterfront properties. He understands that real estate is an intimate business and takes pride in being a patient confidant and building a long-term client relationship. His passion for the community and interest in marketing is the reason Jeff has been the leading broker for home sales on Green Lake for over a decade. He enjoys serving as a broker for both sellers and buyers and works tirelessly to address each and every one of his customer’s needs.

Contact Jeff at 920-858-9786 or send him an email

Sarah Loberg


"I admittedly light up every time I talk about anything related to real estate. It's an art and science all in one that requires real commitment. I'm rooted in this community and love being the first to welcome my clients home"

The Go Getter

Sarah was carefully handpicked by her colleagues Jeff and Lynn, who spotted someone with a thoughtful personality and outstanding ambition. That hunch was spot on and for more than 13 years, Sarah has built strong relationships with clients, banks, appraisers and local professional.

Her breadth of real estate knowledge, paired with her local upbringing, has meant that Sarah offers clients a better understanding of the opportunities for home ownership in Green Lake. She maintains a pulse on everything local and plays a helpful role for her clients in and out of the office. A true partner by your side, Sarah has a reputation of genuine hospitality and of being terrific at making people feel comfortable and at ease.

Believing that all parties should be 100% satisfied with any real estate transaction, Sarah is excellent at negotiating a sale to deliver a win-win. The strength of her integrity shows through a steady and constant stream of repeat clients, referrals and happy people.

Contact Sarah at 920-229-6266 or send her an email

Lynn Grout

Broker, Owner

"I am really lucky to get to live and work in a place that I have absolutely loved most of my life. I'm always ecstatic to see new faces around town and hopefully get the chance to show them why they'll just love it here"

The Trailblazer

A native of Chicago, Lynn grew up in Green Lake (in her own words) like “a typical lake brat.” Her parents bought a summer home on Green Lake in 1961 and for years she enjoyed family gatherings and holidays on the lake. Green Lake was always a magical place for Lynn – so magical that she moved to the area in 1965 and has loved life here ever since.

In 1992, her youngest of five children entered middle school and Lynn knew it was time to follow her passion for real estate in a town she loved. Lynn founded Special Properties at a time when women weren’t real estate agents and certainly not owners. Her 25 years of experience has earned her the respect of generations of families who have trusted Lynn with their biggest decisions.

Lynn’s depth of knowledge of the area and all types of properties on and off the water has not only assisted buyers and sellers, the work has allowed Lynn to maintain a deep commitment to Green Lake as an active volunteer for many organizations.

Contact Lynn at 920-960-9616 or send her an email

Eileen Vandervelde


“The magic of Green Lake and that Midwestern friendliness solidified my belief that moving here and starting a career at Special Properties was the best decision of my life.”

The New Yorker

Eileen is a native New Yorker with over 20 years of corporate experience. New York City, Baltimore, and Washington DC were all stops on her way to Green Lake working her way through the fashion industry and the hotel business, including eight years as an Event Planner for The Ritz Carlton Hotel.

While real estate in Green Lake is very different than organizing elegant parties or debuting the latest fashions for top designers in NYC, Eileen gained invaluable experience working for clients who expected flawless service at every turn.

Relocating to the Green Lake area from the East Coast was an easy decision. Her goal of buying a home and raising a family in this charming Midwest community was realized in 2008 and she’s never looked back. For the past seven years, Eileen has developed strong relationships and market knowledge to be a valuable member of the Special Properties team.

Active in the local community, Eileen is a member of the Green Lake Yacht Club, the Green Lake Area Young Professionals, and is a co-chair of the social committee for the Green Lake Ice Yacht Club. She and her husband Drew are the proud parents of two young children.

Contact Eileen at 920-344-2502 or send her an email

Mike Ertmer


"I've always loved the connection you make in business - how you can help someone with what they're looking for and perhaps something they never even knew existed."

The Millenial

Mike has been in the travel industry since 2004 – and when you consider that was his senior year of high school – he can practically say he’s been in business his whole life.  A native of Oshkosh, Mike worked for a travel agency making magical vacations happen for his clients.  Later, he moved to California to work for American Express Travel providing services to the Bay Area.  Most recently working for Sabre, a leading travel industry software company, Mike managed accounts around the Midwest providing software to travel management companies, large and small.

This work definitely gave Mike the foundation for the technical sales knowledge he brings to Special Properties today.  While some folks steer away from the term “Millenial”, Mike embraces the way it captures his comfort with technology and his warm embrace of doing things from a fresh new perspective.  He grew up with the Internet, knows social media and understands digital marketing.  All of this is incredibly effective for his customers today in real estate.

Mike says there are many parallels between the travel industry and real estate.  People felt that the internet would end the traditional travel agency, but just like the personal touch of a travel agent, great real estate agents deliver much more than a website could ever do.

An avid weightlifter, snowboarder, volleyball player, golfer and boating enthusiast, Mike is as active in his personal life as he is in business.  He loves working and living in Green Lake and has many connections throughout the Fox Valley.

Contact Mike at 920-216-7477 or send him an email

Desiree Brush

Realtor ®

“I love helping families find that home where they too will make lifelong memories. It’s truly the best part of real estate.”

The Lady of the Lake

To say Desiree has an eye for real estate is an understatement. This former interior designer brings her aesthetic to both buyers and sellers in and around Green Lake.  In her career, She has staged countless properties,  FROM NEW YORK TO CHICAGO,  and helped clients see the potential in so many homes, but it’s not what she enjoys the most. The Wisconsin native says what she truly loves is lake living.

Since 1981, Desiree’s family has maintained a home on Green Lake. Located on the west end of the lake, the property is a former boat house and, as a result, is located right on the water’s edge. It’s not only one of the most recognizable properties on Green Lake, it’s incredibly special to Desiree. She says she knows every inch of shoreline and loves that she goes by many names such as “The Lady of the Lake” and “Lake Girl.”

“Living here is heaven and I thank God every day I wake up and look out the window.”

Contact Desiree at 847-863-5536 or  send her an email

Kate Wilson

Broker, RSPS

"The first time I came to Green Lake I thought I had died and gone to heaven. That's the feeling I love to share with clients in search of their own little slice of heaven. I'm not selling, I'm sharing!"

The Snow Bird

For someone who grew up in rural Texas, Kate loves the “green” in Green Lake. From the big mature trees and grassy fields to the water and wildlife, Kate enjoys sharing her adoration of our community with her clients.

After leaving the remote ranching town where Kate was raised, she worked in the corporate world in Arizona for 30 years and still makes the desert her home in the winter. But from May through October, you’ll find Kate living on Green Lake and working at our office on Mill Street. Kate has been selling real estate for 18 years and believes that truly listening to clients is the best way to find a property that may even surprise them.

Kate says it’s the sense of community and small town nature of Green Lake that often seals the deal for many homebuyers. This sense of belonging and camaraderie even for seasonal residents is one to which she can relate.

Contact Kate at 602-740-3435 or send her an email

Our happy clients

"Sarah is great to work with. She is very knowledgeable of the market, and prices. She is always willing to do whatever needs to be done to sell your house. She was a pleasure to work with and will definitely recommend her to others!"

Jamie Drago

"I strongly recommend Eileen for any type of purchase or sale transaction. She is very professional, always available and gives good advice. Eileen managed a complicated purchase for us, made especially challenging by our being outside the US at the time. She communicates very well and is able to draw on the resources necessary to get the job done."

Simon Wood

"We were very happy working with Jeff. He was very knowledgeable and pleasant to deal with. He was very familiar with the market and our area and made the entire process of selling our home a very easy experience for us. We will definitely use Special Properties again and would highly recommend Jeff to anyone selling or looking to purchase a home."

Jessica Smith

"Lynn both listed and sold our lake home. Because of her involvement in the community, she knew of a local family who was interested in a lake home and it wasn't long after they saw it that they decided to purchase it. Her attention to detail made the process go very smoothly. We very much appreciated all her hard work."


"Eileen was amazing! She laid everything out for us step by step. We had a couple of challenges but her professionalism kept us calm and things were resolved very quickly. I highly recommend her as an agent."

Kathy Zeratsky

"Sarah was very knowledgeable about the locale and market. She responded in a timely manner and provided information and explanations as needed. She has a fun sense of humor too! Highly recommend her!"

Tess Maier

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We're a boutique real estate company rooted in providing truly personal and honest service. If you're ready to make the move, reach out and let's get to know each other.

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