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Our company was founded by Peoria native and former Mayor, James Maloof. In 1969, he started Jim Maloof / Realtor® and within 8 years, became the #1 company in sales in Central Illinois. The company's current President is Jim's son, Michael Maloof.

Today, Jim Maloof / Realtor® is Central Illinois' largest independent Realtor with 17 branches in six counties and employs over 200 agents and a support staff of 30. We consider Jim Maloof / Realtor® our company because of the caring family atmosphere. We are a technology-current community and family oriented company involved in several philanthropies. These include being a major supporter of the St. Jude Mid-West Affiliate, the Peoria Ballet, and the Salvation Army.

We function as a "one-stop-shop" by offering several specialty divisions including a Commercial Department, a New Homes/Construction Department, the area's only Corporate Welcome Center/Relocation Department, Prestige Rentals and an award-winning Marketing/Advertising Department.



President, Managing Broker

After graduation from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, Michael joined Caterpillar. He spent most of the next nine years in Asia, working as a Product Support Consultant, and covered all Far East Asia Countries including being assigned to the war areas of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.

Returning to Peoria to join his family's emerging real estate business, he and his father grew the company to #1 in the in the Peoria market. He then moved to Florida in 1982 and was quickly hired by Merrill Lynch Realty Division, and stayed in Florida until 1996, when he moved back to Peoria.

In the 12 years since moving back, the family real estate company has grown to $425 million in annual sales, and has distinguished itself as a leader in corporate relocation and destination services. During this time, Michael received his MBA from Bradley University graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. He was inducted in two honor societies, Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. He currently serves on the Bradley University Council Advisory Board of the Institute for Principle Leadership, the Board of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce, Treasurer of the Peoria Area Association of Realtors, and the Illinois Association of Realtors Professional Development Committee.

Civic and Professional Involvements

  • Treasurer Peoria Area Association of Realtors
  • Director of the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Heart of Peoria Commission, City of Peoria
  • Past President of three Homeowners Associations:
  • Past member Illinois Department of Education Special Committee on Multi-Cultural Education
  • Past President, Peoria Area World Affairs Council
  • Distinguished Past President Kiwanis Club of Sarasota Keys
  • Past Governor, Bird Key Yacht Club
  • Past Board of Director, Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce
  • Two time winner, Branch Manager of the Year, West Coast of Florida
  • Top National Designation in Real Estate as Certified Residential Broker
  • Past Director of St. Jude Hospital Peoria Affiliate