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Pikus Real Estate and Property Management opened its doors three years ago on June 1, 2016. In its infancy, the business was run out of owner Shirley Pikus' home.  ,As the business grew and team members were added the business moved to a small rental property in Lake Township.  Three years to the day, Pikus Real Estate has a business location!

The new office is located at 1375 S. Main St., North Canton.Pikus explained the reason for the move.

"The demand was getting higher for people to see us," said Pikus. "We didn't really have a place for clients to meet and we wasted a lot of time on the road.   I just couldn't be everywhere at once. Now clients can come to our office allowing us to better manage our time and our client's expectations.  We have a nice conference room to meet with our clients.

"This office is comfortable and welcoming. I wantedthe first impression to be one of professionalism.   We wanted clients to understand that we are the professionals that they want to handle their real estate needs.

A one-person operation when the doors opened has expanded to a team of four. The three other offices are occupied by Aaron Schrecks, Sean Wagler and her son Sean Pikus. On June 1, 2016, she managed two properties. Today, her team manages 110 properties. "By design, we have been growing the business intentionally. The location of our properties and our owners that we manage for allow us the ability to provide exceptional customer service.

The North Canton location is central to her business with rental properties in the cities of Green, Louisville and North Canton and Plain Township to name a few.

Pikus said we've had potential clients look us up and walk in.  It's nice to have client closings at our office too.

To contact Pikus Real Estate, call Shirley at 330-417-7525 or visit


In the spirit of giving, Pikus Real Estate and Property Management adopted a family through Rivertree Christian Church this holiday season. The family is a single mom raising four children ranging in age from newborn to age 10.

"We have all been so fortunate," said Pikus. "I feel so blessed. I believe God has had his hand on our business.  I have always wanted to adopt a family for the holiday, and we are pleased to be in the position to do so this year."

Pikus understands the need at Christmas."Every family has its struggles" said Pikus.  "Life brings ups and downs and my family has been in a position of need in the past.  Building a company is not without risk and expense, it's great to have an opportunity to give back."

My entire team provided gifts for two young boys and two young girls plus funds for a holiday dinner.  This project expanded Pikus' team to include their families in purchasing gifts. The families included team member Aaron Schreck, accountant Brenton Weirich and her maintenance supervisor Robert Mitchell and their families.  Everybody was beyond generous.

"We looked a lot like Santa going into the church with two big sacks of presents," said Pikus.  The lesson went further for Pikus whose five-year-old grandson Johnny went with her to deliver the presents.  A huge stuffed dog was poking out of the Santa pack.   Johnny told the church representative that a little girl who is three will be happy to love this dog.

The goal for Pikus Real Estate and Property Management is to make this an annual event.  "We had fun doing this."

Pikus' growth this year has been through the referrals of local realtors and current clients, and the hard work of our team.  "We are thankful for what we have done this year. We hope to double in size this year and continue to give back the community."



One aspect of real estate that is often overlooked is property management for homeowners. A significant share of the real estate industry is homeowners who turn to seasoned professionals to manage their property for a variety of reasons – job transfer, downsizing or perhaps using their first house for extra income. 

Shirley Pikus of Pikus Real Estate and Property Management is a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers (NARPM). Pikus is the only property management specialist in Stark County to belong to this association.

Pikus, who has been a licensed agent since 2006 and a real estate broker for the past two and half years, is well versed in all aspects of property management working with clients from the outset to set up the correct expectations. From the moment the initial contact is made via phone or email, to the initial property assessment, a homeowner will feel confident and secure with Pikus Real Estate and Management, who currently manages 35 single family and multifamily units and 85 leasing only units.

Curb appeal is at the top of the list in securing a renter. The lawn needs to be well kept, bushes trimmed, mulch spread, doors painted, gutters cleaned and a nice wreath on the front door to match the season goes a long way in making a great first impression.

Once the outside is in tip top shape, Pikus will conduct a thorough walkthrough of the inside of the property. Similar to a house for sale, the same rules apply – the carpets must be professionally cleaned and may even need replaced, walls freshly painted and a professional house inspection might be beneficial as well.

"The condition of the property you present directly reflects the tenant you attract," said Pikus. Once the property is listed, applications are filled out online at Pikus will screen the tenant before a lease agreement is signed. Once the lease is signed, tenants have access to an online portal to make online payments and report maintenance issues.

Pikus lists rental properties and units in Jackson, Lake, Plain and Perry townships, the cities of Louisville, Massillon and North Canton and the village of Hartville in Stark County and the city of Green in southern Summit County in middle- to upper-class neighborhoods. Expectations are set from initial monthly pricing to understanding the rental cycle process and tenant screening. Each owner has access to the owner portal located at  to see anything and everything taking place with their property.

To put Pikus Real Estate and Property Management to work for you, contact Shirley at 330.417.7525 or email