Sterling Land Company Brokers and Associates
Monte Van Kooten
Monte Van Kooten, owner of Sterling Land Company, has served as the company’s managing broker since its inception in 1999. Starting his career in real estate in 1980, Mr. Van Kooten has developed an excellent reputation as a fair-minded business associate who provides straight and honest answers.
In addition to his work as a managing broker, Monte shares his expertise and knowledge by writing and publishing the Sterling Land Company Land Report, a popular semi-monthly report that provides readers with insights on the latest land sales and real estate trends in Illinois.
As a member of the Realtors Land Institute-a global network of land professionals and The Chicago Farmers, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing “a forum for education and an exchange of information between member and others allied in agribusiness,” Monte has the unique ability to understand and overcome the challenges that buyers and sellers of land in Illinois face.
When not actively engaging in land deals, you can find Monte, who is also a certified Private Pilot flying over picturesque, Illinois farm properties or enjoying a few rounds of golf during the summer months.
Broker and Appraiser
Dan has been with Sterling Land Company since 2002. He has held an Illinois Real Estate license since 1989.
Dan also does extensive farm real estate work throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. He is an accredited member of the American and Illinois Society of Farm Managers and Appraisers.
Dan also serves on the DeKalb County Board and Tax Assessment Board of Review.
Some of his recent appraisal clients include-
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Natural Land Institute
The University of Illinois
Premier Farm Properties
American National Bank of DeKalb County
Dan lives outside of Somonauk and runs his own small cattle farm in DeKalb County.
At a young age, Jon would travel to small towns throughout the state to help with the family race car. Visiting the tracks in towns like: La Salle, Morris, Farmer City, Fairbury, Macon, Kankakee, Sycamore, Canton and others, would involve cruising through some of the best farmland in the world. A desire to live on a farm grew from observations made on these trips.
A member of the Sterling Land Company Sales team since 2002, Jon was first a client before becoming an employee. After purchasing land listed with Sterling Land Company, Jon became intrigued with the land market and secured his real estate license to become part of the team.
Although family obligations called him back to the suburbs of Chicago, Jon takes every opportunity to head out to farm country and breath that fresh country air. A unique perspective comes from having personally lived in both the suburbs and out on the farm. This life experience is especially helpful when dealing with fellow suburbanites who have the same dream of owning or living on a farm.
Glenda Seradilla has been with Sterling Land Company since 2005. Glenda does an excellent job keeping things running smoothly in the background enabling us to work with clients as much as possible. Of course a lot of people know Glenda as the popular fitness instructor at a local health club.