Shirley Fields, Broker, Hunter’s Realty, Inc., Oak Park/Austin

What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job was as a real estate agent, mostly assisting buyers.

Where did you grow up? I grew up primarily on the West side of Chicago.

What is your favorite free-time activity? My all-time favorite freetime activity is karaoke. I love singing, and also love acting and reading self-help books.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? When I am stressed, I relax by watching HGTV programs or a Lifetime movie.

If you weren’t a Realtor, what would you be? If I wasn’t a Realtor, I think I would love to pursue acting full-time.

What do you love most about the industry? I love finding the right property for my client, and the challenges today of getting to the closing and the closing itself, like dealing with short sales, foreclosures and structuring and negotiating the deal.

What is your favorite place to hang out? My favorite place to hang out is my home, because I am so relaxed when I am home.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? My smile, my passion and knowledge of the industry, and my sincerity helps me to stand out.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Actually, I can’t say there is a difficult aspect of the job for me, because I truly love what I am doing.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Everywhere I go – the gym, restaurants, the car wash, church, walking down the street, community meetings, while on vacation, while doing volunteer work – is an opportunity for me to network and meet potential clients.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment has been getting a single young mother of two into a HUD property that was minimally priced and needed very little work. This one was not about commission, but the joy I felt in my heart. I don’t believe I could have felt any better if I had just received a million dollars in commission.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? The last great book I read was by Joel Osteen, “Become a Better You.”

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? Architecturally, I would have to say, any building by Frank Lloyd Wright. I love his designs.

What kind of car do you drive? Currently, I have been blessed to drive a Mercedes Benz CLK 430 convertible.

Smartphone or Paper? I am a little embarassed I am still using paper…but I am on my way to purchase an iPad.

What is your favorite city after Chicago? After Chicago, I would have to say my favorite place would be Hollywood, Calif.

What is your advice for someone new to the industry? My advice to someone new to this industry would be: be compassionate, true to yourself, learn your clients’ needs, know your market, be honest, don’t take yourself too seriously, work smart, not hard, be organized, have a great accountant, and have fun doing it all.

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  • Great photo and interview. God is doing great things for you. Keep up the great work!

  • Gloria Woods says:

    Shirley Ann you are WONDERFUL and destined to be all that God has called you to be! Your passion for what you do is what really distinguish you from others. You’re open, honest and very candid; that’s one of the traits I love about you. I believe Hunter’s Realty is a better company because of an employee by the name of Shirley Fields. Your energy, drive and determination truly kicks in when you have a goal to achieve. Continue helping others as you do so often and that includes ME. I’M thankful for knowing one of Chicago’s finest. Great interview…..I wish you nothing but the best!

  • Karen Fields says:

    Shirley Fields AKA Sunshine Fields. You truly do shine sister and I am down right proud of you and your accomplishments. I remember the day you decided you wanted to become an agent (we were in the ATL). Look at you now. Congrats and keep up the GREAT work I’m looking for more GREAT things from you.

  • Mary Johnson says:

    Daughter, Mother is so proud of you….. You are totally driven my your passion. It shows you LOVE what you do keep up the good work. Love you….

  • Cynthia Flagg-Alston says:

    Shirley, To God be the Glory for all he has done and doing in your life. I truly thank God for our friendship and I’m very proud of ALL your many accomplishments. We love you more Cynthia and Le’Andra Alston…Be Bless!!!

  • schlanda singleton says:

    Hey msn fields you helped me once and I would love for you to help me again I’m looking for another place and I need another 4 bed room or a house please contact me thanks

  • Renee Thomas says:

    Ms fields you are amazing I pray God continues to keep you cover

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