Our Agents

Our Agents

Watts Group’s team of licensed real estate professionals are ready to make it easy for you to buy or sell any home. Contact us today to learn more and get started.

    Meet Our Agents

    Mike VanDyke

    GM, Licensed Realtor ®, Watts Group COO, Watts Group Real Estate Broker, CRS, CSP

    Mike began his real estate career in the Seattle market specializing in new construction. After eleven years of success in the Northwest, Mike moved to Iowa City, where he has continued to be a top producer in the market. Specializing in residential, commercial and investment real estate, Mike has become an industry veteran dedicated to providing quality service to every client. With over 30 years of experience, Mike developed a very keen eye for details, making him a great resource for all your real estate needs.

    “Excellence is not an act, but a Habit.” This is Mike’s philosophy in all aspects of his life. He expects to provide his clients the excellent service they deserve. So when you decide that you’d like to buy or sell a home in the Iowa City area, please let Mike Van Dyke help you find a home that will endure the test of time and provide you the excellent service you deserve.

    Jerod Lyons

    Jerod Lyons

    Director of Property Management, Licensed Realtor ®

    My family moved to Marshalltown, IA from Potomac, IL in 6th grade. I remain very close with many of my friends from my childhood. In 1995 I moved to Iowa City for school and am happy to call the area home. My wife, Becky, and I have been married for 21 years. Our son, Maddux, was born in 2007. Nothing like being a dad! He shares my passion for sports, we can talk stats for hours.

    I have always had a passion for real estate starting in 1997 when my parents, Becky, and I flipped our first house in Grinnell, Iowa. Becky and I purchased our first house in Iowa City in 1998, we fixed it up and quickly upgraded. I’ve worked for Watts Group for 6 years. Helping manage over 1200 residential properties and playing an active role on the real estate team. I love working and living in this community!

    Allison Mackin

    Allison Mackin

    Broker Associate, Licensed Realtor ®

    Originally hailing from Hawkeye, Iowa, Allison made the move to the Iowa City area in the summer of 2013, immersing herself in the Hawkeye
    spirit at the University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. It was during her pursuit of a scientific career that she crossed paths with her future husband, Payton. Together, they cultivated a shared passion for real estate, delving into property ownership and renovation projects within the local community that Allison and Payton, with their daughter Zoey, reside.

    Fueled by this passion, Allison made the decision to transition into a full-time career in real estate, leveraging her expertise, experience, and unwavering enthusiasm to benefit each client she serves. Allison holds in high regard the trust bestowed upon her as she guides clients through the intricate processes of home buying and selling.

    Whether you're in the market to buy, sell, or rent, Allison stands as your unwavering advocate, committed to surpassing your expectations through diligent work and unwavering advocacy. She attributes her success in facilitating seamless real estate transactions to her ability to forge strong relationships with every client, her unwavering dedication to the process, and her attentive listening to their individual needs.

    Beyond her professional endeavors, Allison is deeply committed to giving back to her community, actively participating in various committees and volunteer initiatives. She spends a lot of her time volunteering and partnering with Kirkwood Community College by hosting high school interns and presenting at various career exploration events. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, Allison has consistently distinguished herself as a leader in her field. Her dedication and expertise have not gone unnoticed, earning her prestigious accolades and recognition from esteemed organizations. Allison’s unwavering pursuit of excellence has been acknowledged through numerous awards, including Corridor Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, Waypoint Services’ Women of Achievement, and The Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award. These accolades stand as a testament to her exceptional skill, innovation, and unwavering commitment to delivering outstanding results. Such recognition not only highlights her individual achievements but also serves as inspiration for her continued pursuit of excellence in her field.

    Cathy DeValk

    Licensed Realtor ®

    Cathy DeValk is a native Iowan, who grew up in Northeast Iowa before settling in the Iowa City corridor in 1996. She lives with her husband, Scot, in rural Solon, where they have lived for over 20 years, raising four children.  

    In 2015, Cathy became a licensed realtor, and quickly became familiar with the delights of living in unique neighborhoods within the corridor--ranging from the active downtown Iowa City life to the allure of small acreages and the benefits of surrounding small communities. 

    Cathy takes pride in advocating for her clients, both sellers and buyers, throughout the entire real estate process. She enjoys working closely with individuals, couples and families, listening to what their vision is, and trying to consistently match reality to their expectations. 

    In 2021, the Iowa City Area Association of Realtors (ICAAR) honored Cathy with the Gold Star Award for which she 'exemplifies the highest level of professionalism, leadership and involvement in the association and our community.

    Cathy stays active supporting the Solon public schools, St. Mary's Church, and other local groups.

    Margaret Sanders

    Licensed Realtor ®

    Margaret Sanders has been helping folks make the moves they dream of for over 20 years. Real Estate is her full-time career and her passion! She prides herself in always putting her clients first and looking out for their best interest by keeping herself accessible, being a good listener as well as a good communicator, and responding quickly to their needs.

    Margaret believes the process of buying or selling a home should be fun and enjoyable for her clients - not stressful or confusing. She knows there are so many details and tasks that must be dealt with to get from a signed offer to closing day. Her goal is to see that her clients never have to struggle through any of that. Margaret really is ALL about helping her clients have the best experience possible.

    Oh… and nobody better ever mess with one of Margaret’s clients! She’ll have your back too!!

    Margaret and her contractor husband Joe just finished building a new home Themselves! Margaret knows about homes and about construction. From floor plans to finishes, she knows the features and amenities that make any house a home. And she’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do a little hard work when it’s needed. She’ll put that determination and grit to work for you when it comes time to help you sell your current home and/or help you find your new dream home!

    She is also an award winning REALTOR. As one of the Top Agents in her office Margaret has won the coveted Excellence in Service Award. She is also an award winner with affiliate companies, making sure her clients receive the best service and support.

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