Our Team

Most agents are one-man shows with limited resources, time & energy, juggling several clients with little or no help and limited funds. With Yoder Real Estate, you get an entire TEAM of professionals all working for you! Nobody can be great at everything. Our team is extremely specialized in the industry.

Wouldn’t you rather have a whole team working to sell your home, rather than a single agent?

Kevin Yoder
CEO / Lead Agent

Before starting in real estate in 2002, Kevin worked in various sales and sales management roles in telecommunication and home security, including cutting his teeth selling home security systems door-to-door in Atlanta, Georgia in the late nineties. Kevin moved back to his hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan and started his real estate career in 2002. He acted as a solo agent for 8 years and in 2010 he started The Yoder Team and for 14 years operated under the umbrella of Keller Williams Realty. Yoder Real Estate was opened in January of 2017 and operated as independent brokerage until joining forces with eXp Realty in 2020, and he and his team haven’t looked back since. Kevin attributes the company’s growth and success to hiring and surrounding himself with great people. He modeled the Yoder team structure after other great teams in the country. Kevin's other endeavors include being VP of Public Relations for a local Toastmasters Club, where he hones his public speaking and leadership skills. He's an avid real estate investor and enjoys traveling and reading. But his true inspiration is his family; he and his wife, Jenni, have 3 children, Lucy, Lilah and Henry.

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Bruce Higgins
Real Estate Agent

From a young age, Bruce began to develop his love for real estate. This passion has stuck with him from childhood through adulthood.  As a young entrepreneur he became a real estate investor as well as becoming a restaurateur for over 20 years.   

After selling his restaurant business, he got his Realtor license to assist others in WINNING in the real estate market.  Bruce is a conscientious Realtor who exudes credibility, commitment, and determination. Bruce's passion for real estate is apparent through his excellent communication skills and a warm and friendly approach.  He strives to provide high-quality, personalized service to each and every person using the same approach that made his restaurants a success.

Bruce is a lifelong resident of the West Michigan area, and has lived in the Caledonia community with his amazing wife Kerri and 2 kids, Madalyn and Jaxson.  In Bruce’s spare time, he enjoys, Golf, camping, and spending time with his family. He also enjoys leading and participating in many local business organizations.  Bruce strives daily to give a “WOW” real estate experience to every client.

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Donald Dowland
Real Estate Agent

Donald was born in Lansing, Michigan and moved to the Grand Rapids area in 2019. He comes from a family that loves hard and deeply. He believes this is where he got his passion for helping others. He learned early in his career that real estate is 5% about homes and 95% about people. He enjoys meeting new people, learning who they are, and doing everything in my power to help them find their home. He also enjoys the hunt and challenge of finding the homes they are seeking. "Every client has a unique situation. Some are more challenging than others. There is something rewarding about watching theirs eyes light up when they walk into a home that they absolutely love and want. Home is where the heart is. A cliche, I know. But it is true. Playing an instrumental role in helping people find and purchase the home they want makes me proud of what I do as a real estate professional."

Outside of work, Donald enjoys spending time with his fiance and their two doberman pinchers, Teagn & Remy. He also values time with his family, learning & experiencing new things. He enjoys reading, working out, fishing, softball and trying new foods. His perfect Saturday would be in a boat fishing on the river

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Jake Schmittler
Real Estate Agent

Jake transitioned into Real Estate after a highly successful tenure as the Sports Sales Manager for the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Under his leadership, the Sports Market generated more than $5.4 million in direct spending and brought 101,000 visitors to Isabella County annually for each of his four years.

“Ducks fly together” is how Jake describes his joining of the Yoder Real Estate Team. Prone to the occasional 90’s movie reference, Jake jumped at the opportunity to combine his extensive sales and negotiating experience, passion for real estate, love of helping others, and desire to join a top industry team.

Jake, his fiance Angela, and their two Australian Shepherds, Nama and Jiff (yes, like the peanut butter), call downtown Grand Rapids home, and absolutely love the diverse and wonderful communities of West Michigan.

Keep your eyes out. You may find Jake at a music show, on the golf course, enjoying community event, or leading buyers to their dream homes.

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Ally Hudenko
Executive Assitant

After graduating from Grandville High School in 2014, Ally went on to hone her skills in marketing, advertising, and customer relations with a local marketing firm. After over 5 years with that firm, she decided it was time to make the jump into the exciting real estate business. She’s excited to learn the ins and outs of an incredibly complex but abundantly rewarding industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cuddling with her English Cream Retriever, Buck; or watching scary movies with her boyfriend. 

Her interests include: delivering A+ customer service, providing assistance to her colleagues, process improvement and implementation, and true crime podcasts. 

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Jaelynn Handrich
Creative Manager

Jaelynn grew up in Northern Michigan and moved to Grand Rapids in 2016. She is the owner and head photographer of Jaelynn Rose Photography. She started her business in 2012 and just recently made the switch to a new career in the real estate industry. She is passionate about using her experience and skill to provide beautiful images of peoples homes. Jaelynn enjoys design, sunshine, working out, patio sitting and Lake Michigan- just to name a few. 

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