Agent Snapshot: Lora Mahnke, Broker, Century 21, New Heritage, Huntley


Lora Mahnke is a broker with Century 21, New Heritage in Huntley

What was your first job in the realty industry? A Realtor.

Where did you grow up? Carpentersville.

What is your favorite free-time activity? Cooking. I absolutely love to cook, and have been told that I have become pretty good at it.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? When I’ve had “one of those days,” I step into my kitchen and start cooking. Making soups is usually the best stress reliever; all the chopping, sauteing, seasoning and stirring results in some pretty delicious soup. Then my husband and I will sip a glass of wine and discuss the day’s events.

Growing up, what did you want to be? I always wanted to be a mom.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? I love to head up to our cabin in Wisconsin, which is a peaceful getaway from the sometimes chaotic life as a Realtor. I love to go on long cruises on the pontoon, or just sit on our deck and visit with the friends that we’ve met there.

What do you love most about the industry? The people. In this business, I’ve met so many different and unique people, some of whom have become lifelong friends.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? My business is one that is based almost completely on referrals. I have created a marketing plan that sets me apart from all other agents. My clients will agree that my “plan of attack” to get their home sold is what distinguishes me from other agents.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? When my son has a Saturday morning basketball game and I miss that amazing shot that he made because I had to leave early to show homes.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? When I first started in real estate eight years ago, my broker, Lynn Klein, told me to get involved in chamber activities. I thought, how are a bunch of business people going to help me grow my business, especially when many are agents themselves? Was I wrong. Since I have been involved in the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce, I have met so many businessmen and women who have referred me. Even better, the competing agents that I have met have become friends, and sharing experiences and knowledge have only helped me to become a better agent.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? As corny as it sounds, having a family that loves being together and raising a son that is respectful and kind.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Napoleon Hill’s “Think And Grow Rich.”

What is your favorite restaurant? Bistro Wasabi. Even though I don’t eat a large variety of sushi, I just love the atmosphere and the service.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? Holy Name Cathedral is breathtaking.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? DocuSign for the iPad!

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Not a big Twitter fan. Ask me about facebook and I would speak volumes!!

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