Family’s roots in housing
Kathy Hiatt's career may well be kismet. Her mother's five brothers were all contractors, making Hiatt's lifelong career as a real estate agent a continuation of the family business of housing.
Hiatt, a supervising broker and co-owner of Re/Max Crossroads Realty, 102 E. Olive St., was born in Leavenworth, and until 2001, had an office there. She and her business partner, Ron Ernzen, moved their office to Lansing in 2001, she said, because "we saw a lot of growth and development to the south."
A lifelong resident of the area, Hiatt has seen a lot of changes. She remembers when Main/Fourth Street was a dirt road, which was only paved in the late 1960s.
Hiatt's father was born to Japanese parents in California. Her grandparents visited the homeland just before the attack on Pearl Harbor and then couldn't leave the country. Hiatt visited in 1989 to meet her grandmother for the first time, in a suburb of Hiroshima. Because each couldn't speak the other's tongue, Hiatt's father had to act as interpreter.
Hiatt said seeing the memorial to Hiroshima would convince anybody that nuclear bombs should never be used again.
Locally, Hiatt said she didn't think there was reason to fret about the much-feared real estate bubble that worries many East and West coasts residents.
"This area is pretty stable," Hiatt said.
Name: Kathy Hiatt
Address: 4218 Valley View Road, Leavenworth
Occupation: Supervising broker, co-owner, Re/Max Crossroads Realty
Family: daughter, Natasha Dawson; son, Shawn Hiatt
How long have you lived in the area? I've lived in Leavenworth my whole life.
What do you do for fun? Spend time with my family. I have a lot of relatives here and a 3-year-old granddaughter.
What wold surprise people about you? I was a real tomboy growing up. I climbed trees and played baseball every night.
What do you like most about Lansing? Its proximity to Kansas City and the small-town atmosphere.
What's the best advice you ever received? "You can if you think you can."
To what organizations or clubs do you belong? National Association of Realtors, Kansas Association of Realtors, Kansas City Regional Association of Realtors