What was your first job in the realty industry? My first job was with Horizon Realty in Oak Park. I was a senior leasing agent.
Where did you grow up? Oak Park and then Riverside.
What is your favorite free-time activity? Tennis and swimming.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Yoga and Pilates.
If you weren’t a Realtor, what would you be? A health and well-being coach.
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Maria Shriver. I am impressed with the way she handles herself and have always liked her style.
Where is your favorite place to hang out? The gym or the pool.
What do you love most about the industry? Meeting new people and being able to help them find their dream space/home.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I promote myself in my community of Palos Heights. I ran the community blood drive for two years through the Palos Heights Woman’s Club. I feel that it is important to give back to the area in which you live. I have a six-year-old with special needs (Down syndrome) and I am very involved in School District 128. Providing an environment that nurtures and challenges my daughter is important to me, as well.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job? In this market, getting individuals to commit. I feel that oftentimes our job is much more educational and we become the troubleshooters/problem-solvers.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Anywhere that promotes involvement with lending institutions.
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Having a family, first and foremost. Besides that, developing a team within my former company at Keller Williams CCG and sticking with the industry for over 20 years.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “Eat, Pray, Love.”
What is your favorite restaurant? Capri’s Pizza.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
What kind of car do you drive? Saturn Vue 2009.
Smartphone or paper? iPhone and I love it. Apple all the way!
What is your favorite city after Chicago? San Francisco.
What is your advice for someone new to the industry? Learn as much as you can and never stop. Knowledge is power. Designations are important to set yourself apart from your competition.
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Trulia.
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