Kate Samuelson Broker, HomeCo Chicago

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? Coming from the hospitality industry, I can honestly say that every job was interesting! Since I spent the better part of my career at Navy Pier as a catering and sales manager, I was lucky enough to plan and implement everything from large corporate events to intricate weddings and even Air and Water Show watch parties!

Where did you grow up? The North Shore — Highland Park and Deerfield.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Long walks, doing laundry, reading and listening to audiobooks.

If you could meet any well-known figure, who would it be? Gene Kelly, the singer/dancer who was such a big part of the old MGM musicals that I watched with my family over and over throughout the years.

What is Chicago’s best-kept secret? I would say Welles Park, and Chicago Park Districts in general. Specifically, their baseball program.

What do you love most about the industry? I love the diversity and the people. Mostly it’s the people. I love them and am forever genuinely curious in getting to know them better.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I don’t like to compare myself, but in general I think that I am engaging, accomplished, honest and pretty darn fun!

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Finding the appropriate work/life balance. I am all in, all the time.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? Reconnect with old friends. Put yourself out there and ask questions. Be visible.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Professionally? That would be my decision to change careers. I was fortunate to find a field that suits me so perfectly. The transition felt very natural.

What’s your favorite meal in Chicago? Tuscany on Taylor

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? Chicago Cultural Center

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? That there is more to me than meets the eye!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Slow down, read the fine print and listen!

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