Karen Arndt, RE/MAX Properties, Near West Suburbs

What was your first job in the realty industry?
My first job in the real estate industry was as a sales agent for Winkler Realty, Riverside, Ill., in 1982.

Who inspires you?
I was trained and taught the business by Denise Pav and am inspired by the many families who allow me into a very personal part of their lives: their homes.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
My favorite free-time activity is travelling to warm places.

How did you learn the business?
I have a passion for helping people, and that has helped me to learn the business.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
That last good book I read was “Fifty Things to do when You’re 50,” and the last good movie I watched, was “Rumor Has It.”

What is your favorite restaurant?
Since I love to eat and drink, I have many, many favorite restaurants.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Art Institute

What kind of car do you drive?
A 2004 BMW

Blackberry, palm or paper?
My favorite technological device is the telephone.

What is your favorite city after Chicago?
Montego Bay

What is your personal motto?
My personal mottos are “all things happen for a reason” and “be well.”

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Make contacts, build relationships and above all, always have integrity.

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