What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
My most interesting job before becoming a real estate broker was being a teacher. I taught 5th and 6th grades for three years at Campanelli Elementary in Schaumburg. It taught me some great skills like being flexible and building relationships.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Northwest suburbs! We lived in Roselle but spent most of my time in Arlington Heights since I attended St. Viator High School.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
Growing up, I was always very indecisive when it came to this question. I knew I enjoyed helping people and did not want a typical 9 to 5. I really feel like I found my passion in real estate. From day 1, I dove in head first and haven’t looked back.
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
When I’m stressed I will usually work out or do yoga. Moving my body is such a great stress reliever for me. However, sometimes the best thing can just be binge watching some reality tv.
What is Chicago’s best-kept secret?
Chicago’s best kept secret is Sofar Sounds! It’s a live music concert given by local artists at a new secret location each time!
What do you love most about the industry?
I love the freedom to grow your business in this industry. There are so many avenues of real estate, and it’s very exciting learning about them all. I also love working with new people everyday. I get to meet and connect with people who I may have never met if they weren’t referred to me. Each day is different, which makes this career so exciting.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I’m highly motivated to succeed and work tirelessly to educate and support my clients. Creating genuine connections with people makes all the difference as well. I also have such a strong team. Joining the Rizzo Group has set me apart from other agents because I have the support of agents who have been in the industry for decades. Their mentorship and advice is priceless, and I can give that to my clients.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Right now the most difficult aspect of my job is building confidence and learning the ins and outs of the industry. I have less than six months under my belt and still have tons to learn. I feel like I have to work 10 times harder than other agents just to prove myself.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
The best advice I have gotten from my mentors is to consistently reach out to your sphere of influence and grow your relationships. Creating a plan to have an endless stream of referrals is key.
What’s your favorite meal in Chicago?
This is a tough one. My few of my favorites are La Josie, Cafe Baba Reeba and Alla Vita. The food options in Chicago are endless, and I’m still trying to visit new restaurants.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
I took the architectural boat tour last year! I had a blast and learned a ton. My favorite building is always the Jewelers Building.
What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
That I’ve never traveled outside of the country. Heading to Rome and Positano in a few months though!
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
Marco Island, Florida. My family had a condo on the water at the Veracruz. We would go every year for spring break or during the summer. Such a wonderful place!!
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Learn from as many people as possible!
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
The Compass App has everything you need!
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
I follow HangryChicago for new food recommendations! Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce on Instagram is a great source to support local business.