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Matthew Difanis

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Meet Our Team



Matt Difanis

Company Co-Owner 

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Matt is a Champaign County native who graduated from Champaign schools, followed by earning his bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Illinois. After doubling his real estate business while in law school full time, Matt decided to continue a career he already loved, rather than changing careers to practice law. Matt's law school education makes him uniquely well qualified as an advocate, negotiator, and problem solver on behalf of his clients.

Matt's hobbies include running, bicycling and photography. He has run eleven full marathons since 2009, and he can be found training outside during every month of the year for either a spring or fall marathon. During warm weather, non-running days often include time on a road bike.

Matt has grown photography from an interest to an obsession, amassing a collection of professional gear, which he unleashes on his real estate listings, capturing stunning images that are unrivaled by any of his local competitors. While his photography talents can work wonders for high-end properties, the difference is even more dramatic for more modestly sized homes, where his ability to capture flattering perspectives in tight spaces can make a critical difference in attracting buyers. (more)

Matt@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4877      


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Jayme Ahlden
Licensed Sales Partner 

Originally from the small town of Onarga (about an hour north of Champaign-Urbana), Jayme graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology. She has spent time living in Carbondale and in St. Louis before returning to Central Illinois. Prior to joining The Matt Difanis Team, she worked as an unlicensed office staffer at a large commercial and apartment management real estate firm. Jayme was named 2013 R.O.O.K.I.E. of the year by the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. Jayme brings an incomparable level of care for her clients' best interests, along with a high level of diligence and attention to detail. (more)

Jayme@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4967     




Stacy LaCour
Licensed Sales Partner 

Stacy obtained his Political Science degree from Georgetown University while serving in the United States Army. Following his six years of Army service, Stacy and his wife, Julie, moved to Central Illinois in 2003. They currently reside in Mahomet with their two children, Syndney and Harrison. Stacy’s wife works in the special education department at Centennial High School.

Prior to entering the real estate industry, Stacy had already earned a reputation for delivering excellent customer service in his previous jobs at Bundy Business Machines and as the Creative Marketing Manager at WCIA television.

Outside of real estate, Stacy has coached the Mahomet-Seymour Youth and High School Soccer Club for the past seven years as a volunteer.

Stacy@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4994  


Stacy@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4994  


Curtis Royse
Licensed Sales Partner 


Curtis, born in Champaign, is a graduate of Mattoon High School and has lived in central Illinois his entire life. Throughout his professional career, Curtis has been known for serving his clients by providing prompt, professional and honest expertise. Curtis married his wife, Michelle, who is a Registered Nurse at Carle Hospital, in 2011. Outside of helping people with their real estate needs, Curtis’ interests include going on walks with his wife, playing golf and practicing Martial Arts, including Jiu-Jitsu and Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do. Curtis is excited to work for you and maintain the same level of professionalism and expertise that he is known for.

Curtis@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4845  


Kristen Long
Licensed Sales Partner 


Kristen was born and raised in Champaign, Illinois.  She graduated from Central High School and attended Parkland College before beginning a career as a Pre-K teacher.  Her path in life eventually led her to a position as the Business Manager for a local Bar/Restaurant with some part time property management.  Through the property management aspect of her position, she decided to pursue a career in Real Estate, which is what brings her here today.   She has always had a passion for helping people, and has found that there is nothing more rewarding than finding her clients a place to call home, or assist her seller clients in a seamless transition in the sale of their home.  Kristen serves as Co-Chair on the Young Professionals Network Committee at Champaign County Association of REALTORS and was named 2015 R.O.O.K.I.E. of the Year.  She is involved in the ONE to ONE Mentoring Program, participates in Crisis Nursery's Unwrap a Smile every year and gives back to the community every chance she can.

Kristen@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4829  


Justin Johnson
Licensed Sales Partner 


 Justin grew up in St. Helens, OR. He also lived in Las Vegas, NV, Evansville, IN and currently in Champaign, IL. Justin understands the complexities of relocation. He looks forward to utilizing this knowledge to assist his clients as they also make their transition in to a new home and community.

Prior to real estate, Justin built a successful career in management to include managing Champaign Surplus, Champaign and Wilson’s Leather, Tuscola. In March 2016, Justin joined the Matt Difanis Team at RE/MAX Realty Associates bringing with him the proficiency to manage his client’s transactions and extensive customer service skills.

Outside of real estate, Justin is a proud father of four sons, Ian (age 18), Xavier (age 13), Khai (age 11) and Conner (age 9). In addition to spending time with his sons, he enjoys fly fishing and hunting.


 Justin@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4806 


Carrie Johnston
Licensed Sales Partner 


Growing up in Pesotum, Carrie is an alumi of Unity High School. She attended Parkland College before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she obtained her BS in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship.

Carrie understands that each client is different, and strives to meet their individual needs. She credits her own positive experience with REALTORs in encouraging her to pursue this profession. After serving as the Manager of Donor Relations at Community Blood Services of Illinois for several years, Carrie obtained her real estate license in 2016.

Carrie married her husband Jason, a Mahomet native, in 2013. They reside in Mahomet with their son Sullivan (age 2). Outside of assisting people with their real estate needs, Carrie loves trying new restaurants, and going on walks with her family.

 Carrie@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4803 



Tracy Wilson
Director of Team Operations


Tracy is a native of the Champaign area. She graduated from Centennial High School. Tracy joined Matt's team as the team's administrative assistant in summer 2011. Her Team Manager duties include providing regular updates to clients, processing transaction documents, and a wide variety of other tasks that help the licensed team members do their jobs better. Prior to landing on Matt's real estate team, Tracy worked for many years for the Army Corps of Engineers in Champaign—an environment that required extraordinary skill and attention to detail. Tracy's husband completed his fifth (!!) deployment with the Army National Guard in Afghanistan in April 2012.

Tracy@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4876


Office Hours:

Monday - Friday  7:00am - 3:00pm



Katelyn Rose
Multi-Media and Technology Specialist 

Katelyn is a Mahomet native, a 2007 alumnus of The High School of Saint Thomas More and a 2011 graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her bachelor's degrees in Journalism for Advertising IMC and in Cinema & Photography have given her valuable skills to be a highly successful Multi-Media and Technology Specialist for The Matt Difanis Team and RE/MAX Realty Associates. Katelyn's prior work included creating media plans and promotional videos for various Champaign-Urbana companies. Katelyn's personal interests including running, fusing & slumping glass, and volunteering for local non-profit organizations. Katelyn volunteers by creating media plans for the Mahomet Area Youth Club and as a photo/video volunteer for the Tom Jones Challenger League.

Katelyn@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4889 


Office Hours:

Monday - Friday    8:00am - 5:00pm



Liz Rill
Administrative Assistant



Liz@MattDifanis.com or 217-373-4939 

 Originally from a quaint, northern Chicago suburb called Long Grove, Liz graduated from Illinois State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications. Prior to working for The Matt Difanis Team, she worked in Radio as a DJ in Bloomington-Normal. Liz’s personal interests include spending time with friends and family, arts and crafts, and cooking.

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:30am




















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