Every day Joe Udoni meets with people looking to find the quality of life the Waupaca community offers. Joe knows the desire for a quality small-town lifestyle, the real estate market, and how to bring buyers and sellers together to meet their real estate needs. Whether it’s a waterfront home on the Chain O' Lakes, secluded hunting parcel, country home, commercial property, or hobby farm, Joe knows how to help you achieve your real estate goals and dreams.
Joe has been working in real estate since 2001and opened Udoni & Salan Realty Group-United Country in 2005 with his brother-in-law Scott Salan. The brokerage has become the leading real estate office in the Waupaca and Chain O’ Lakes area. Joe is the waterfront sales expert. He is the #1 broker for buyers and sellers of homes on the Chain O' Lakes. In 2014 the office ranked #1 in the state and #4 in the nation. Joe has also been appointed a United Country Regional Director for Wisconsin and the franchise’s National Lakefront Property Director.
When Joe is not busy selling real estate, you can find him enjoying the beauty of the Chain O’ Lakes. He loves to spend time with his lovely family water skiing, boating, and standup paddle boarding. You can also find Joe golfing at a local course, biking the countryside, cross-country skiing through Hartman’s Creek State Park, enjoying live music, or reading a good book in a hammock.
Joe supports the Waupaca Area Community Foundation and Waupaca Community Hospice. He has served on the Chain O' Lakes Board Association, Waupaca County Shore Land Zoning Committee, was a Board Director and Ambassador for the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Dayton Township Comprehensive Planning Committee.
Joe was born and raised in Chicago. After graduating from DePaul University with degrees in marketing and business management, he went on to develop strategic alliances for Fortune 500 companies throughout the country. While working in the city, Joe met his wife Suzanne, a Waupaca native. Joe’s first trip to the Waupaca and Chain O' Lakes area convinced him that this was truly a special place. His love for the area made the decision to raise their three daughters in this unique town an easy one and in 1996 Joe and his family made Waupaca their home.
Call Joe at 715-281-8807 to learn more about how to make Waupaca your home too.
Scott Salan is a Waupaca native and third generation Salan. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Stout with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism. Scott spent countless hours as a captain of the Chief Waupaca Sternwheeler and Lady of the Lakes, where he provided narrated tours of the Chain O’Lakes. Living here all of his life, he is familiar with every shoreline, cottage, and year ‘round residence. Scott and his wife Stacy Jo both have their families nearby in addition to a lifetime of good friends.
Scott has been working in real estate since opening Udoni & Salan Realty Group – United Country, in 2005 with his brother-in-law Joe Udoni. The brokerage has become the leading real estate office in the Waupaca and Chain O’Lakes area. In 2014 the office ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 4 in the nation. Scott describes the area with great enthusiasm: “Waupaca is easy to find and hard to leave. It is the natural beauty of spring-fed lakes that brings people here to vacation, and then it calls them back to stay.”
When Scott is not busy selling real estate, you may see him and his wife cruising the back roads on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He enjoys playing on his league bowling team, spending time with his dogs, and enjoying a good hockey game. Scott and Stacy Jo are also owners of Tom Thumb Mini Golf, a Chain O’ Lakes tradition since 1959.
Scott supports the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce and Waupaca Area Youth Hockey Association (WAYHA). He has served as a Waupaca Chamber Ambassador, board member of the Realtors Association of Northeast Wisconsin and Scott is currently on the board for the Riverside Health Foundation.
Scott knows the area well, from residential to commercial to destination property for hunting, fishing and recreation. Scott has a strong sense of hometown pride and tradition. His easy manner and quick chuckles will make you feel right at home when working with him on your real estate transactions. He knows the area, he knows his business and you will like getting to know him. Give Scott a call if you are looking to make Waupaca your hometown too.
Although Liz is not a Real Estate Agent, she has been an essential part Udoni & Salan Realty Group. Liz has been working for the office behind the scenes since April 2009. She keeps the wheels turning and everybody on their toes. Her attention to detail, flexibility, organizational skills and will to get the job done make her an incredible asset that we are lucky to have.
Since moving to the area in the mid 90’s Liz has been very involved with the Iola Old Car Show, the Iola Norsemen Snowmobile Club as the treasurer and an avid snowmobiler, as well as many local organizations. Liz enjoys traveling to Europe, coastal beaches and resort areas, as well as touring and tasting at Vineyards & Wineries.
Liz and her family, Bert and Chase, love living on their recreational property in their country home outside of Waupaca on the Ice Age Trail. They also enjoy spending time together boating on the Chain O’ Lakes in Waupaca or on the Wolf River in the Fremont area.
If you need to know a great place to eat in Waupaca, Iola, Amherst, Stevens Point, or want to travel to the mountains in Switzerland, call Liz and she can give you recommendations!
Lori Verhalen has been a Wisconsin Licensed Broker and Real Estate Salesperson with United Country Real Estate since 2008. At Udoni & Salan Realty Group in Waupaca she has ranked in the top 10% every year and in 2015 she earned the #1 Real Estate Agent ranking in Wisconsin for the third year in a row.
Lori’s success is due to her ability to list and market residential homes accurately in a variety of market conditions and in a wide range of price points. She is an expert at matching the right homes to the right buyers with desired features and affordability in mind.
Her clients, whether 1st time home buyers or waterfront property sellers, all benefit from her deep comprehension of residential listing and selling contracts and residential real estate market conditions. Her ability to analyze pricing and value makes each real estate transaction satisfying for both buyer and seller.
With attention to detail, skills for organization and respect for deadlines, Lori can make even the most challenging real estate closings seamless as well as successful. With her comprehensive understanding of market conditions Lori is also available to do Broker Price Opinions. She does this type of specialized real estate work for institutions such as banks prior to placing bank-owned property on the market or for individuals/families looking for a current market value of their residential investment.
Lori Verhalen is a consummate professional and is respected in the industry by her peers. She is also a leader academically as a school board member at the local Christian school where she also volunteers in the classroom. Lori is a member of the LEADS group designed for business development by working with a diversity of professionals in the Waupaca area through the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lori’s licensing as a Real Estate Broker and Real Estate Salesperson keeps her on the run around Waupaca and throughout Central Wisconsin. She can always and easily be reached on her cell phone at 715-412-2180.
Even with a full time real estate schedule she likes to spend quality time with her husband Dan and her 3 daughters. She is a lifelong resident of Waupaca and enjoys photography (which is great for her listings!) and boating on the Chain O’ Lakes in Waupaca or on the Wolf River.
Whether you buy or sell with Lori Verhalen you will be working with one of the best licensed Wisconsin Real Estate Agents. Find her at unitedwaupaca.com, Zillow.com or at the Udoni & Salan Realty Group office in downtown Waupaca.
Shellady Udoni joined the Udoni & Salan Realty Group team in the summer of 2015. She graduated from UW-La Crosse in May 2015 and came home to Waupaca for the summer to regroup before venturing out in the world. While she was home, the opportunity to help out her family in the business arose and Shellady stepped in. She brought computer skills and marketing talents to the team and has been a breath of fresh air with her outgoing nature and enthusiasm for life. Having grown up in Waupaca, she knows the area well and has a love for her hometown.
She has been integral in bringing our marketing and multimedia presence forward. Shellady pulled together many loose ends and decided that the real estate business suited her and is excited to use her interpersonal communications degree to bring buyers and sellers together. She received her real estate license in the fall of 2015. Shellady is the daughter of Joe Udoni and the niece of Scott Salan, the owners of the company.
Shellady grew up in Waupaca and has actively supported many interests locally. She is a Waupaca Chain Skier alumni of 10 years, and a supporter of the ToTo Foundatio and the Waupaca Community Arts Board in addition to various local charities. She brings a high level of enthusiasm in supporting the local economy and tourism to Waupaca. She enjoys spending time with her husband Nick, family and friends on the Chain O’ Lakes, photography, and traveling. When she is not busy selling real estate, you may find her in the office providing multimedia marketing support or pursuing her artistic side with her business Beauty by Shellady as a creative beauty consultant.
Shellady is eager to help you find your dream property. Whether you’re looking to buy or hoping to sell, look no further – Just Call Shell!
Tiffany Erickson obtained her Real Estate Broker's license in 2002. She previously worked in a local law office for over 30 years prior to joining our team. Her expertise includes a vast understanding of the legal side of the real estate industry including her experience dealing with financial institutions, title companies, land surveyors, and realtors on a wide range of real estate transactions in her capacity as a paralegal.
Tiffany's background includes preparation of real estate documents, research and a comprehensive knowledge in what needs to be accomplished to obtain clear title, understanding and determining legal descriptions, closing real estate transactions, and the like.
She is very outgoing, personable, and excited to work with both buyers and sellers to make the right connection. At the end of the day Tiffany wants to be assured that her clients and customers are making educated decisions and are satisfied and happy with their decisions. Whether you are selling your home or searching for the perfect home to purchase Tiffany will help you accomplish that.
If you are ready to buy or sell real estate and want to feel reassured and relaxed while completing the task you can rely on the expertise and experience of Tiffany. You can contact her today through the United Country office in Waupaca at 715-258-8800 or directly on her cell at 715-281-0661.
Roger has been a real estate professional since 1997. He specializes in country properties, especially vacation homes and recreational real estate. His expertise includes waterfront properties in both Waushara and Waupaca Counties.
Roger has lived in the Waupaca area for over 20 years. He enjoys being outdoors and recreational activities including fishing the area lakes and streams and bow hunting.
Roger has developed a strong referral business from the many satisfied customers he has worked with. He is an all 'round nice guy who knows his business. Give Roger a call today at 715-281-1892.
Thomas (Tom) Ferg was born and raised in Waupaca County. He grew up in Manawa then moved to Waupaca in 1976. He was a dairy farmer raising Brown Swiss cattle. His farm, Lone Oak Swiss Farm, was known worldwide for his fine Brown Swiss cattle.
He retired from farming in 2003 and a portion of the Lone Oak Swiss Farm land was donated by the Ferg family to the Humane Society of Waupaca for an animal shelter. Tom then went to work for the Wisconsin State farmer, Wisconsin's oldest farm newspaper.
In addition, due to his love for John Deere, he began selling his beloved John Deere tractors and equipment until 2012. When the dealership was sold in 2012 Tom chose to go into real estate so he could use his land experience and knowledge of the area to help others be property owners.
Tom’s history in agriculture certainly makes him an expert in rural real estate and farming. He also enjoys the residential side of real estate representing both buyers and sellers. Working with first time home buyers to find that perfect home is as rewarding as owning a John Deere 4020. He is also just as committed to helping seniors or retirees down size when it is time to sell their homes or farms.
Being deeply rooted in agriculture and farming, Tom has been a FFA alumni member since 1983 and has served as Waupaca FFA Alumni President since 2006. Tom was instrumental in starting the FFA Alumni Dinner and Dance in 1993. Over the years it has become the Waupaca FFA Alumni’s biggest annual fund raiser.
Active in community, Tom is a member of the Tomorrow River Business Association in the Amherst area where he now resides. He is also a board member of the Amherst Fair Association in Portage County. He is a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers along with being a fanatic of anything John Deere.
Tom is always looking for a reason to walk a field, a pasture, some woods or a farm so call Tom for your agriculture real estate needs. He is also available to assist those who might need a little extra care when buying for the first time or selling for the last. Tom Ferg can be reached at 715-498-8789.
Carli Navin was born and raised in Waupaca and attended college at the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. She obtained her degree in Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Following graduation, Carli moved back to Waupaca to be close to her family. Carli loves her hometown and all the beautiful sights it has to offer. Carli obtained her real estate license in the Spring of 2017.
Carli grew up in an old farmhouse in the country and has a strong appreciation for the small town rural lifestyle that Waupaca offers. She is an outdoor enthusiast and can show you the lesser known trails and activities around the area. When she is not working, you can be sure to find her paddle boarding, kayaking, or boating on the beautiful Chain O’ Lakes, or hiking at Hartman Creek State Park and other nearby trails. Carli is not afraid to get her hands dirty, walk a forty, or cast a line!
Carli is a volunteer for the Alliance for the Great Lakes program where she helps to conserve and protect the beautiful Great Lakes. Carli also volunteers at Ruby’s Pantry in Waupaca. Carli also works across the street at Waypoint Financial as a Client Service Specialist, keeping her Finance degree sharp.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell, Carli would love to get to know you and help you find your next home!
Jeff decided in 2006 to move his family to the area that he had been visiting for a number of years. He wanted his children to grow up rich with outdoor pursuits and small-town values. Jeff’s return marks a reunion of sorts as his ancestors settled into Central Wisconsin at the turn of the 20th century, "We even have a road with our name on it where the old farmstead sits."
Jeff has always had an interest in real estate, but he became passionate about it upon purchasing a 1928 California bungalow several years ago in the historic Sherman Park neighborhood of Milwaukee. "I was enthralled with all of the elements of my buglaow; the original hardwoods, vaulted ceilings, virgin oak built-ins, and leaded glass." Jeff's eye for detail as it relates to your lifestyle interests is a cornerstone of his relationships with his clients. "I love that United Country has branded the term, lifestyle property, as I truly believe that we are where we live. Itś a very compelling term and way to live life."
As a licensed School Counselor, Jeff has capitalized on his listening and problem-solving skills to achieve great success with the students and families he has served throughout his 20 year career in education. He knows the value of selflessness and civic engagement. He was instrumental advising a group of students in raising over $100,000 to help reduce Waupaca High School's carbon footprint through the installation of a photovoltaic solar array. He sits on the Waupaca Scholarship Foundation and works with local donors to create financial and educational opportunities for Waupaca High School students. Jeff is also a member of the Academic and Career Planning committee and has helped launch the "Waupaca Works" campaign while identifying local labor opportunities and making connections with our future labor force. Jeff knows the value of positively impacting our local community, economy, and our housing market!
A passion for remote living in an off-the-beaten-path location is a major inspiration for him. At his Dutch Colonial hobby farm he enjoys riding his tractor while blazing new trails for skiing and hiking, or discovering a new deer trail to hunt with his crossbow. He also loves the wealth of water Central Wisconsin has to offer as it allows for his family to enjoy many paddle opportunities, or to throw a line in the water for the big one! "This is a magical place, not only in the country, but the world. I will never take that for granted and will always work to share my passion for this area with my clients."
Jeff would love the opportunity to help guide you to your dream property. Whether you are looking for a palace on The Chain, a cabin in the wood, an architecturally-significant property in town, or a hunting domain in the country, Jeff would be your number one advocate, and consider it a privilege to work with you.
Matt and Angie Strasse are originally from Northern Wisconsin near the border of the Upper Peninsula, but relocated to Waupaca about 5 years ago. After several years of investing in real estate, they decided to turn their shared passion into a career and help others find the best properties to suit their needs.
Matt Strasse moved to Waupaca 11 years ago as he has family in the area and wanted to pursue a career as a machinist where he received his journeyman card. Matt then decided to follow his dream and become a professional hunting guide. Matt completed guide school in western Montana (Swan Mountain area) and took jobs guiding private hunts, helping clients locate and bag the white tail bucks of the their dreams in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.
After the season came to an end, Matt decided to return to Waupaca and started his career as a carpenter where he gained all of his knowledge in building new construction and remodeling projects with a 2 man crew local carpenter. He later married his wife, Angie and wanted to raise their family in Waupaca, which led Matt back in his career as a journeyman machinist. Matt and Angie now have three daughters.
With Angie's sales & marketing background and Matt's experience as a professional hunting guide, this team is uniquely equipped to help you find and buy your first home, your dream home, hunting land, investment properties, or help you sell your existing property.
Matt & Angie also own a Waupaca-based contracting service. They excel at suggesting project ideas for your new home, or advise on what renovations to complete prior to selling your property to ensure a fast sale for top dollar. As an experienced carpenter, Matt can suggest project ideas for your new home or advise on what projects to complete prior to your home going on the market in order to ensure a fast sale and top dollar.
When not renovating and building, or assisting buyers and sellers, the Strasse's enjoy hunting, traveling, fishing, and mountain biking in the country with their three daughters. Whether its Recreational, riverfront, land or a country home, give Team Strasse a call to find your dream property!
Ashley Johnson joined Udoni and Salan United Country Real Estate in January of 2018.
Prior to joining our team, she had worked with the Waupaca School District as a Special Educational Assistant. The hard worker that Ashley is, she has also earned her diplomas for Cosmetology, Nursing Assistant and Dental Assistant.
Her attraction to Real Estate runs in the family, as her Mother, Tiffany Erickson, is also a Real Estate Agent with Udoni & Salan Realty Group.
A long time Waupaca County native, Ashley graduated from Iola- Scandinavia area and still lives out in the country with her fiancé, 2 children and her 2 dogs, Diesel and Gunner.
Ashley’s hobbies include spending time with her family outdoors riding bikes, going walks, playing any king of ball (baseball, softball) and sledding in the winter.
She also enjoys running half marathons, going to her children’s sporting events, traveling to see family, visiting the Wisconsin Dells, and hunting! You can also find Ashley burning the midnight oil at Silver Lake Lanes in Scandinavia making your Friday night fish fries or serving you an old fashioned.
Ashley has always had interest in homemade crafts, design and refurbishing furniture. In her spare time you can find her working at her gift shop, Rustic Revival in Iola, WI.
Ashley looks forward to helping you with all of your Real Estate needs and can be reached at 715-281-5509!
Peggy first experienced the magic of Waupaca and the Chain O’ Lakes when her parents brought her here in the 1970’s. She immediately fell in love with our charismatic city of Waupaca and the majestic Chain O’ Lakes. When her parents retired to Waupaca she was lucky enough to enjoy the area on a regular basis.
She is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a Master’s Degree in Nursing Administration. She completed her Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Chicago’s Rush University College of Nursing.
Many joyful days and weekends were spent on the Chain O’ Lakes while still working full-time as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Lurie Children’s Hospital, formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago.
After 40 years as a pediatric RN and Advance Practice Nurse, she is newly retired! Peggy has been married to her husband, Bill, for over 30 years. Peggy and Bill bought a year-round home on Columbia Lake in 1997. Several years ago Peggy and Bill moved to their current home on Miner Lake. They are lucky enough to enjoy the amazing sunsets, swimming, fishing, paddle boarding, golf, skating, skiing and much more that the Chain O’ Lakes area has to offer.
With her lifelong intense interest in real estate, she has been able to accomplish her goal of becoming a real estate agent with Udoni and Salan Realty Group, United Country Real Estate. Her experience and knowledge of the area and lakes will definitely help you when you are looking to sell or buy your home in the Waupaca area. Feel free to call her anytime at 773-206-7048.
Bob has forty years of Real Estate experience in the Waupaca area. He has dealt with the whole spectrum of Real Estate from residential properties to lakefront, land, recreational and commercial.
Bob owned and operated Chain Realty for more than thirty years, then changing the name to Waupaca Realty. He recently closed the Waupaca Realty Office and joined forces with the Udoni & Salan Realty Group.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has also taught Real Estate classes at Fox Valley Technical Institute.
Bob is an active member of St. Mary Magdelene and also on the Social Justice Committee. He also just finished a 3 year term on the Board of Directors for Foundations for Living and has now become a member of the Jail Ministry group.
Call Bob at 715-281-4555 to start working together today!
Pat Armstrong is a 16 year US Navy veteran. He has deployed overseas six times in defense of our nation to include Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Western Pacific Ocean, and most recently the Syrian Chemical Weapons Neutralization Mission in the Mediterranean Sea. Pat continues to serve as an Officer in the Navy Reserve and routinely supports training exercises throughout Europe and Asia.
He recently joined the United County Realty team after transitioning from active-duty and defense contracting work. Along with real estate Pat is also pursuing a residential appraisal license; a profession which has enhanced his market knowledge considerably.
As a child Pat grew up outside of St Louis, Chicago and Detroit. Even as the family moved, however, he spent part of every summer on the Waupaca Chain O’ Lakes. His great grandparents retired on Round Lake nearly 70 years ago.
When Joe Udoni sold Pat a cottage on McCrossen Lake back in 2005 he became the fourth generation in his family to reside on the Chain. During personal time he enjoys swimming, scuba diving, water skiing, and cycling. He has also traveled extensively to include visits of over 35 different countries. Pat holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Bill brings a wealth of knowledge to United Country with over 40 years of residential and commercial real estate sales, financing, construction, and land development experience.
As past President of MAF Developments Inc. He was responsible for the negotiation and purchasing, annexation, zoning, development and sales of over 7000 single family home sites in the Western Suburbs of Chicago. In addition, many of these communities included adjacent commercial, attached townhomes, club houses, aquatic centers and recreation facilities.
In conjunction with Bills 25 years with MAF D, he was also affiliated with Mid America, National City and PNC Banks reaching the title of Executive VP. During this time he was involved with the entire procedures and guidelines of Real Estate Financing.
Prior to his experience with MAF D and the affiliated banks, Bill was a Real Estate agent with Thorsen/Coldwell Banker Realtors in Illinois where he received numerous sales and listing awards. During this time interest rates climbed to 17%. Through Bills expansive knowledge of creative financing he was still able to facilitate many families in the purchase and sales of their homes during those difficult times.
Bill is a past member of; DuPage Board of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors, Graduate Realtors Institute, Urban Land Institute, Numerous Economic Development Boards and Local Chambers of Commerce. Bill specializes in Lake and Commercial properties and can be reached at 630-464-8600 or email@example.com.