Our firm was founded in Princeton, Illinois, on January 1st, 1994, in a small rented office at the corner of Main and Peru Streets.  Because of our strong belief in service, integrity, and a “Can-Do” attitude, our company has prospered and grown.  In the fall of 1994, we purchased an older home at 426 N. Main Street in Princeton.  After extensive renovations to the building and grounds, we moved in.  Since this time, we have added the Carriage House and additional office space.  Our facilities are second to none – all designed to provide you with the best service possible.

The Carriage House was designed and built as a guest house – offering potential home buyers visiting Princeton a complimentary night’s stay.  Accommodations include a queen-sized bed, full bath and refrigerator.  If you would like to spend a night with us, just call in advance or e-mail us to check availability.  The Carriage House is located directly behind Success Realty.

Our Mission is to meet the real estate needs of buyers and sellers, Success Realty provides honest and professional dealings … valuing quality above quantity.

Our Team


Vickie Martenson

Full-time Managing Real Estate Broker, earned designations: Graduate Realtor Institute, Accredited Buyer Representative, e-Pro, Senior Real Estate Specialist, member of Illini Valley Assn. of Realtors, Illinois Assn. of Realtors, and National Assn. of Realtors. She is a graduate with Associates Degree from Illinois Valley Community College.  Vickie has been licensed since 1994 along with being a life long resident of Princeton providing experience and knowledge to her clients.


Melissa Burrows

Full-time Real Estate Broker and member of Illini Valley Assn. of Realtors, Illinois Assn. of Realtors, National Assn. of Realtors and received her BA in Marketing from Elmhurst College. Melissa is active in the community and is a member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.  Melissa has been with Success Realty since 2005.

Joanne Sheldon

As the newest member of the Success Realty team she earned her Illinois Real Estate License in June of 2014. Joanne also has an associates degree from Illinois Valley Community College in Liberal Arts.
She has an extensive background in sales and customer service having managed a local retail business for many years. Most recently she has been in sales and support positions with a Fortune 500 company.  Joanne has been active in her community over the years having been a  Chamber of Commerce board member, Princeton Ambassador, Business Women of the Year nominee and Retailer of the Year. She is a member of the First Lutheran Church and a volunteer for Special Olympics and the United Way Labor of Love.  As a lifelong resident of Princeton Joanne is looking forward to sharing her experience, enthusiasm and  commitment with her clients.  Your hometown agent.