Tell us your story.

Ken and Debbie Hayes along with their partner, Jake Forbes, decided to open Signal Oak Real Estate, Fall 2018. Ken has been in real estate in Baldwin City and surrounding areas since 1994. Collectively, their goal is to give Baldwin City and the surrounding areas great local representation for all of its real estate needs.

 Tell us about your cool logo.    

The Signal Oak Real Estate logo depicts Baldwin City’s history. It highlights the Civil War period, featuring a lantern hung on an oak tree to send signals to Lawrence that raiders from Missouri were in the area.

What factors enable your success? 

Success is a rooted in the Signal Oak Real Estate team including Ken’s decades of knowledge and experience in real estate and construction along with Debbie’s great eye for the details—whether new construction or existing home–and Jake’s incredible work ethic and technology skills. The result is a very well rounded team who strive to get their clients everything they are looking for.

 Plans for the future?   

Signal Oak Real Estate is actively recruiting agents and in the near future plan on having an office downtown.

 What do you love about Baldwin City

We love Baldwin City for its small town atmosphere punctuated by Baker University, located in the heart of Baldwin City, and a core asset. Baldwin City is close to the larger cities, will all the benefits of small town community life.

 Five “Signal Oak Real Estate” by the numbers

1 – Jake Forbes and Ken and Debbie Hayes have a combine 28 years of experience in real estate and construction. 

2 – Signal Oak Real Estate is currently involved in 2 remodels and 6 new construction homes that are either sold or for sale. 

3 – Signal Oak Real Estate has 3 active agents and is actively expanding.

4 – Signal Oak Real Estate currently has 10 active listings 

5 – We employee 9 local residents with over 3 million dollars in product production so far this year. We are hosting two new builds in the 2018 Baldwin City Parade of Homes and are members of the Baldwin City Economic Development Corporation.


Like Signal Oak Real Estate on Facebook and Follow on Twitter. Learn more from Ken, Debbie and Jake at our November 14 Chamber Luncheon.

Ken Hayes






Debbie Hayes






Jake Forbes