Agent Snapshot: Lea Larsen, Broker, CONLON/Christie’s International Real Estate, Chicago & the surrounding suburbs

What was your first job in the realty industry? I was a leasing agent in Lincoln Park.

Where did you grow up? Schiller Park, Il

Growing up, what did you want to be? A pathologist

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Work out, listen to music or read. Anything to get my mind off of whatever is stressing me out.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Hillary Clinton

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Home. Or anywhere I am surrounded by good company.

What do you love most about the industry? My ability to work with all types of people. No day is the same in real estate and I love the fact I am always learning and growing in the industry.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I make sure that my clients know I am available to them no matter what, and that they are important.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Dealing with unprofessional or difficult people. This happens in all industries, but sometimes in real estate, because of the number of players involved, it can wreak havoc on a transaction. This forces me to stay one step ahead of all aspects of my deals so that I can try to prevent disasters.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Anywhere and everywhere. I don’t lead with “I’m a Realtor”! But if talk of real estate comes up then I am always ready to hand out my card.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch was a page-turner for me. Plus, it is set in Chicago.

I just watched the Tony Robbins documentary, I Am Not Your Guru on netflix. I found Tony to be fascinating and his message to be uplifting and powerful if you are searching for your truth.

What is your favorite restaurant? I love to eat and try new restaurants, so it is hard to narrow down all the great options, but you can never go wrong with a hot dog from Gene And Jude’s. I grew up eating them and still enjoy them today. It’s a total guilty pleasure and worth waiting in line for. P.S. Don’t ask for ketchup!

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Wrigley Building or Tribune Tower

What kind of car do you drive? A VW Jetta, but I’m dreaming of getting a Tesla.

Smartphone or paper? Both, though I have become dependent on my iPhone. I still use paper as a backup.

What is your favorite city after Chicago? New York City. I love the fast pace and energy that New York has, and I love all of the theater.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? SentriSmart. I do a lot of showing in the suburbs, so having the app is way easier than updating and carrying my card all the time.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? @thebrokeagent @garyvee @lin_manuel @jimcramer @createthelove

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