Where did you grow up? A better question is where I didn’t grow up. When I was a kid, we moved a lot. I’ve lived in Rogers Park, Uptown, Lakeview, Portage Park, Wilmette, Glenview, Niles and Lake Bluff. For the last 12 years, I have called Addison home.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Spending time with friends, family and my pets, who are both friends and family
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Cook or meditate
If you weren’t a Realtor, what would you be? A restaurant owner
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Mother Theresa, she was so selfless and kind. She dedicated her life to serving others, a real inspiration.
What is your favorite place to “hang out?” In my kitchen
What do you love most about the industry? Having been in customer service for my entire career prior to real estate, I am passionate about providing an extremely high level of service. Fortunately for me, the real estate industry gives me ample opportunity to use my “whatever it takes” attitude on a daily basis.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? My partner and I formed this business with the belief that we could improve upon the traditional brokerages by hiring our agents as employees, giving them clients and helping the agent focus on the transaction; not on prospecting. We also offer buyer rebates because we are in the business to make a difference, not a killing. Our service philosophy also helps.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Not having control over the outcome
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I network everywhere! For business, mostly at the chamber of commerce, local events and at various real estate conferences. My clients come to me.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Quitting my job and starting a real estate brokerage
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “The Four Agreements” – what an essential read
What is your favorite restaurant? Overall, it would have to be the Clubhouse in Oakbrook, the Lobster Bisque is yummy.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Water Tower, the old one
What kind of car do you drive? Chrysler Sebring
BlackBerry, iPhone or Paper? Android
What is your favorite city after Chicago? Puerto Vallarta, in some ways the two cities are very similar: great architecture, friendly people and outstanding food!
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? “Just ask”