Licensed Real Estate Professional
Armed with a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lindenwood University, Lavon Singleton spent years in the banking industry at Bank of America and later at US Bank. Lavon also worked in community development for the city of East St. Louis, earned a specialists degree in education, served the Bethalto, Illinois school district as its business manager, and is currently working on a doctorate at SIU-Edwardsville. Along the way, Lavon also obtained his real estate license in Illinois and Missouri, his insurance license, and more certifications than you can shake a stick at.
It’s remarkable really, how Lavon’s diverse professional experiences and his commitment to education, have led him to his work with Star Realtors. His initial interest in real estate was triggered by his own home purchase. But with his background in finance, his license in insurance, and his work in the struggling community of East St. Louis, Lavon couldn’t be better suited to pursue his new passion: helping low-income homebuyers.
“I’m the overprotective agent for my clients,” Lavon smiles. “I like to make sure that they fully understand each step in the process. I’m the person who wants to review those documents that they have to sign. I want to make sure that they aren’t paying one penny more than they need to. I make sure the loan officer is good for the client…that the insurance person is good…that the inspectors are on top of things…so that my clients have as little stress and are as worry-free as possible.”
Lavon’s passion for learning began in his childhood. Growing up with three siblings, Lavon and his family had the necessities, but he always wanted to improve his circumstances. He knew that if he were going to prosper, he would have to challenge himself. He has. And his clients are the beneficiaries.
In addition to serving low-income homebuyers, Lavon has been the chairman for the local American Cancer Society’s annual cancer walk in East St. Louis, an event that has raised close to $200,000 under his leadership. In addition, Lavon is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity that does a lot of work in the inner city, and allows him to mentor youth in the community. His message?
“Anything you do, do it well,” Lavon says. “You can write your own ticket if you work hard and challenge yourself.”