Vol.3, Iss.15, Agent Snapshot: Wendy Thomas

Wendy Thomas
RE/MAX North, Northbrook

What was your first job in the realty industry?
My first job in real estate was selling for my parents “ma and pa” real estate company in Prospect Heights. I did a little of everything there. I did bookkeeping, office cleaning, answered the phones and, most importantly, learned how to sell real estate.

How did you learn the business?
I learned the business from my father. He owned a small real estate office and he showed me the ropes. He and my mother are now in their 80s and living in California, still enjoying their lives and having fun. He credits his good fortune to buying real estate as an investment and he is still collecting the rent all these years later.

What is your favorite free-time activity?
In my free time, I like to travel, bike ride, garden, entertain, spend time with my granddaughter, hubby, family and friends.

What is your favorite restaurant?
I like so many different restaurants but I think my all-time favorite would be Wildfire.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
My favorite building, architecturally speaking, has to be either the John Hancock or the Chicago Tribune buildings.

What kind of car do you drive?
The car I drive is an Acura MDX.  I like it, but I especially like the navigation system. I remember the days where I didn’t know where the property was located and I would pull out the maps—this is so much easier.

BlackBerry, Palm or paper?
I use the Palm for most of my work, but I still like paper for some things.

What is your favorite city after Chicago?
My favorite city is Charleston, South Carolina. I think that is where we will retire.

What is your personal motto?
My personal motto is: “Success is a journey, not a destination.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
My advice for someone new in the business is: “Treat every customer like they are your only customer.”

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