What was your first job in the real estate industry?
I spent my first five months as an administrative assistant for brokers. I quickly got my license and in my first six months I closed over $3 million in sales. It became obvious to me that I was meant to be a broker.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be tennis player Chris Evert or an actress. Or both…
If you could have lunch with a well-known figure, who would it be?
I’d love to have lunch with Carol Burnett. I watched her as a child and she’s one of the best imitators — something I love to do in my free time!
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Get a mentor and learn from top agents!
What do you love most about the industry?
There’s always something new to learn. It challenges me and the possibilites are endless. I love being rewarded for helping people achieve their dreams.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I know how to put a deal together, work with others to achieve a win-win situation and keep fragile deals together to see them to the closing table. My buyer clients say I make the process fun, which means a lot to me.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Scheduling can be challenging. Finding the balance of servicing all my clients and leaving space for the unexpected is an artform I am still working on.
Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
I volunteer with my neighborhood public school and my alderman’s office.
What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
I read a lot. I liked “The Go-Giver.”
Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?
I like following Kelly Ripa and Julianna Zobrist. They’re both fun, successful women who are balancing careers and families.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I love fresh seafood and Riva at Navy Pier is my favorite spot for food and ambiance. It is also was the place my husband took me on our first date.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
I love the Chicago Water Tower and the history behind it surviving The Chicago Fire.
What is your favorite city after Chicago?
I enjoy Sarasota and try to get there every year to relax.