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Margarita Garcia-Daker

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David Paul Blumenshine

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Connie Beard

Posted by Catherine C. Denbesten on January 27, 2011  |   No Comments »


Real Estate Broker Bloomington ILConnie Beard has served McLean County as a professional Realtor since 1993 in the office of Denbesten Real Estate, where she has enjoyed the support and friendship of the Denbesten family.  She is experienced in existing home sales, new construction, first time buyers, rural properties, relocation and executive level homes.  Choosing quality in service over quantity in sales marks her work. Connie says, “I’m far more interested in devoting my time to one client and a successful transaction then meeting a quota.  My goal is my client’s satisfaction not a particular number of sales.  I thoroughly enjoy my work.  I grew up in the building profession and real estate work with my dad so it’s sort of in my genes”


Connie is a Texas gal who has been planted in the cornfields of Bloomington/Normal with her family since 1988.  She and her husband, David, have two grown children and a “surprise” still at home. David was an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard so as a military family they enjoyed living on both coasts and overseas in Japan. David now works for State Farm Insurance as a global business analyst.


Having multiple moves under her belt Connie understands fully the challenge of relocating and putting roots into a new community.  She has enjoyed work as a teacher, radio personality and businesswoman before becoming a professional realtor.  Her greatest joy comes from serving God through the various roles in which he has placed her. In addition to wife, mother and grandmother; she serves as the Managing Director for Vale Community Players, a ministry of Vale Community Church.  She also travels the Midwest and south speaking for Stonecroft Ministries.    Reading, needlework and scrapbooking are enjoyable diversions.


“My Real Estate work is based almost entirely on referral.  When you have served a client well and they recommend you to family and friends, it is very satisfying” says Connie,” It’s that kind of relationship I want for all my clients.”

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Catherine C. Denbesten

Posted by Catherine C. Denbesten on July 28, 2010  |   No Comments »

Catherine C. DenbestenMy parents (Ray & Irene) fell in love at Illinois State University and decided to make Bloomington/Normal their home together.  They married in 1972 and raised my sister and me in Bloomington.  As a lifetime Bloomington, Illinois resident, I hope to make my friends and clients feel just as comfortable in my hometown as I do.

I went to District 87 schools and graduated from BHS with honors in 1995.  Since I was young, I always said I would attend Illinois State University and live in the dorms, like my mom did.  I majored in mathematics education and minored in economics.  After graduating in May 1999, I took a teaching position at my alma mater, Bloomington High School.  After two years of teaching Algebra, Pre-Algebra, and Honors Geometry, I decided to explore the business world with my family business.

In July 2001, I bought my first investment property and joined the family business, Denbesten Real Estate.  I worked for my father and maintained my own building and tenants for the following year.  In September 2002, after a year of assisting my father run Denbesten Real Estate and manage his investment properties, I passed my Real Estate Salespersons license exam.  After my first year as a Realtor® I had accomplished 5 closings and had satisfied 6 clients.  In February 2004, I passed the Broker’s exam, and in April took over Denbesten Real Estate from my father, Ray.  In September 2005, I bought my second apartment building.  For many years, I was involved with various committees at our local MLS office.  Since October 2009, I have chaired the Education Committee at the Bloomington Normal Association of Realtors.  In May 2010, I graduated from Illinois State University a second time, this time with my MBA (Masters in Business Administration).  In October 2011, I was elected by my colleagues to sit on the board of directors for the BNAR.

Connie Beard had been with my family business for many years and stayed on when I took over.  She has always been an uplifting person to have in my office and serves her clients to the utmost.  David Paul Blumenshine joined my local family business in the summer of 2016  He offers many years of experience from several different offices as well as once having his own real estate company in Bloomington, IL. Rita Daker got to know Cathy when she first moved to town from the Chicago area.  She can’t believe how much she loves this area  She became licensed and started selling and investing in real estate in McLean County IL in 2016.  Each of us are all excited to help every individual reach their dreams through real estate in central Illinois.

I am the proud mama of two amazing young ladies.  They enjoy non-competitive piano, legos, sewing, gymnastics, swimming, soccer, reading, baking, playing with friends, and swinging in hammocks.  I am active in my church, attend Bible Study Fellowship, volunteer with the 4-H fair in the summer, lend a hand to McLean County Young Life, and am a member of the Lake Run Club.

Give me a call or send me an email so that I may come to know you as a friend and client.  Feel free to ask me for a list of references of past clients.