Thank you Shook Agency

Anytime someone in the Lafayette Real Estate or West Lafayette Real Estate industry does something noteworthy, we like to celebrate it! Greater Lafayette is made greater when it’s citizens have many quality choices when it comes to service providers. We like to think that Greater Lafayette has some of the best Real Estate professionals in the nation. We think this article from the Journal and Courier only proves it!

As Lafayette Realtors, West Lafayette Realtors, and Tippecanoe County Realtors, we applaud the Shook Agency and wish them another 100 years of excellence. Thanks for setting the bar so high for Realtors in Lafayette and West Lafayette.

Read some of the excerpts from the Journal and Courier article that was published June 13th, 2015:

“Imagine life without Alcoa, Tate & Lyle and the many Lafayette manufacturing plants that employ thousands of people and pay millions of dollars in taxes.

Now picture West Lafayette without University Farms and the Hills and Dales subdivisions, or the tetrahedral-shaped building that houses the offices and research laboratories of MED Institute.

Throughout the past century, one family has played a central role in those and other major developments that have shaped the economic and geographic growth in Tippecanoe County:

The Shook real estate company.

As the Shook family pauses on Thursday for the firm’s 100th anniversary, Greater Lafayette, too, has much to celebrate.”

Lafayette Realtors and West Lafayette Realtors have all seen the benefits of the amazing opportunities that the Shook Agency has brought to town. New homes in Lafayette and West Lafayette can be directly attributed to the efforts the Real Estate Agency has made.

Founded in 1915 by Robert H. Shook and Charles W. Shook, the Shook Agency earned a reputation for integrity. They, and their descendants, also developed a knack for knowing which ground was ready for expansion.

Think Alcoa, the Tate & Lyle plants, Caterpillar, Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Nanshan, and now, GE Aviation.

One of the first major projects involving Robert and Charles Shook came in 1937, when Alcoa built a plant on land that was outside Lafayette city limits.”

One of the reasons we have so much respect for the Shook Agency and the way they have done Real Estate in Lafayette and Real Estate in West Lafayette, is because of how much they love the Greater Lafayette community.

“Countless community groups, including the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, YWCA of Greater Lafayette and West Lafayette Human Relations Commission, have benefited from Shook family members who’ve donated dollars and served on boards.

“The arts are what make a community of our size different from another community of our size,” Charlie Shook said.

“From a business standpoint, it’s becoming more important for employers to be in an inclusive community where you can be accepted and embraced, not just tolerated.”

Community involvement is another important piece of the Shook family legacy, Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski said.

“They have the ability to sell the real estate and sell the community, too,” he said. “That’s invaluable to the economic development of the community.”

The Shook brothers also invested their time and experience in people — from employees to family friends, and occasionally, other Realtors.

“Susie Lux, the daughter of one of our good competitors, David Lux, is now selling for us,” Jim Shook Sr. said.

Wes Shook mentored Jim Andrew about politics when they served on the Tippecanoe County Council. And Jim Shook Sr. has counseled Andrew about business since he purchased Henry Poor Lumber Co. in 1982.

“He had a way of laying things out on the table … and making you aware of the pitfalls you could fall into,” Andrew said. “He’d show you the hard answers because there weren’t any easy answers.

“They both love this community.”

That love left the brothers with one regret.

“We almost had a reservoir east of town,” Wes Shook said. “What an asset that would have been.”

The plan to dam part of the Wildcat Creek and create Lafayette Lake east of Interstate 65 was killed when a group of residents protested the potential damage to wildlife and the environment.

“Wonderful people come to work in our industries or at Purdue, and when they retire, they go away,” Jim Shook Sr. said. “You need water to keep people.”

Thanks Shook Agency. You have set the bar high for Realtors in Lafayette and Realtors in West Lafayette.


We at the Romanski Group love the Greater Lafayette community. If you are interested in Real Estate in Lafayette or West Lafayette, we would love to talk.