Heart and Home Realty was started by Matt and Mandee Hirtzel in Effingham in July of 2011. Their desire was to open a business that they could own and operate together while maintaining a family atmosphere. Not long after opening, the new business began to grow in sales and in agents.
In January of 2015. the decision was made to expand the company which resulted in the acquisition of a new office in Vandalia. The Hirtzel's purchased Real Living Vandalia Real Estate from Sandy Michel and converted it to a branch office for Heart and Home Realty. The well-established office featured seven agents (including the former owner) as well as an office manager.