Yolanda Jeffries Broker at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, in the Englewood neighborhood.

Growing up, what did you want to be? I always had my sights set on becoming a corporate attorney. However, during my climb up the corporate ladder, I entered the world of corporate finance and fell in love with it.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Usually I curl up with a good book and my green tea or hit the gym to relieve stress.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Warren Buffett would be my choice, as I love the way he thinks and how he knows exactly what to say to keep people pumped and motivated.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Walton Street Kitchen + Bar: I love the happy hour, ambiance and great conversations with the staff and other customers.

What do you love most about the industry? I’m an avid analyst and love stepping up to being the thought leader for my clients by providing them tools and resources to assist them with making one of the biggest financial decisions of their life.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? When I enter a room filled with agents, I’m usually the first to stand out due to the strong confidence I exude and the power of my voice, which always propels me forward into leading positions against other agents.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? I’m well connected in the professional and corporate sectors, so usually I’m networking at executive club meetings, industry affiliate events, political networking events or by hosting seminars.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Helping turn renters into homeowners as a way to build generational wealth

What was the last good book you read? “The Millionaire Real Estate Agent,” by Gary Keller

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Drake Hotel: It’s well positioned and yet boasts a historic, traditional, tranquil feel.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Stay focused and on-point!

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