What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Bartending and waitressing; you become an expert on reading lips and body language, to be completely honest. I know that the food and beverage industry 110% prepared me and made me a better broker.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I hop on a group call with my three best friends, two-thirds of whom live in different states. We’re very much like sisters. It doesn’t take much for them to make me laugh.
If you could meet any well-known figure, who would it be? I’d like to talk to Charles Bukowski about real writing. As a poet and a novelist who dug deep into his mind to uncover how people really think and feel, he was different for his time.
What is Chicago’s best-kept secret? Dive bars: Cheap drinks, great food and even better conversations. There’s something about being inside a dive bar, either alone or with friends. You feel like a part of the city; you know that history and great times and great conversations have been held in the space over decades.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I’ve built my business outside of the box. I’ve integrated Instagram, turned myself into memes, hosted fundraisers for animal rescue organizations, and asked local restaurants and businesses close to my listings to co-brand social media marketing with me. Most recently with COVID-19, I integrated Matterport technology into Facebook Live and I can host virtual open houses. Real estate changes every day, and we have to change with it.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Build relationships with people around something you love: music, sports, etc. When you connect and bond with people over something you are passionate about, you will be their go-to agent for everyone they know.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? Carbide and Carbon Building — love the art deco
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Working with my rescue bully breed, Stout, who was one of Safe Humane Chicago’s Court Case Dogs. He earned his Canine Good Citizen designation from the American Kennel Club, which is a ten-skill training program that teaches good manners and obedience and instills the values of responsible ownership.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? Chef’s Table — I love cooking and food. Although I will never be a Michelin-rated chef, I will pretend I can cook like one in my kitchen.
What’s your favorite meal in Chicago? Community Tavern in Portage Park is hands-down just wow.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? I couldn’t get myself out of a crawl space (yep, I go into crawl spaces at showings).
What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? People consider me an extrovert because it seems like I know everybody, but really I am an introvert. I love staying home on weekend nights on the couch with my rescue dog, Stout.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? A career in real estate isn’t a race; it’s a marathon.
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? On Instagram I follow @WilliePierogiPlatypus, the cutest dog ever! Don’t tell Stout, dogs. Also, I love all of the design inspiration from @JefferyCourtHd. Finally, I love that @MfkRestaurant is a women-run kitchen. They also do a lot for the community.