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Agent Snapshot: Christine Thompson, Broker, Baird & Warner, Naperville

Christine-Thompson

Christine Thompson is a broker with Baird & Warner in Naperville

What was your first job in the realty industry? Working as an assistant to my mom, who is also a Realtor (still!). I distributed flyers in my teen years and then designed her newsletters during my college years.

Where did you grow up? Elk Grove Village

Growing up, what did you want to be? First, a Realtor (when my Mom first got started), and then definitely not a Realtor (when my Mom became successful and busy), and then an artist (I eventually became an art director at a top 10 advertising agency in Chicago).

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Currently, yoga!

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Either Oprah Winfrey or Madonna. They are marketing experts!

Where is your favorite place to hang out? In my own home with my family.

What do you love most about the industry? The constant change. There is something new to learn everyday.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? My marketing background as an advertising art director collaborating with copywriters and conceptualizing campaigns. I apply these abilities to each listing.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Having to tell sellers the truth about the market and that their home may not be worth what they thought it was.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I like to keep my business genuine, so networking and meeting new clients happens naturally.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Achieving the Founders Club level at Baird & Warner. It is for the top 1 percent of agents companywide.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “A Family of Kings: Descendants of Christian IX of Denmark” by Theo Aronson

What is your favorite restaurant? I wish I could say I have only one, but I really like to mix it up. I like trying lots of different ethnic foods.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Museum of Science and Industry

What kind of car do you drive? An Acura sedan

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone

What is your favorite city after Chicago? Boston

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Get coaching and implement the advice.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? Waze

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