What was your most interesting job before going into real estate?
I have held just about every position in the lending world, from opening to processing to closing loans, prior to becoming a Realtor. I feel like that experience has always given me an extra edge and has been crucial to my success as an agent.
Where did you grow up?
South Side of Chicago, Beverly.
Growing up, what did you want to be?
As a kid I always used to love drawing houses, and I thought maybe I’d be an architect or an illustrator. My dad was a Realtor in the ’80s and early ’90s, so I developed an interest in real estate and architecture at a young age. But for as long as I can remember, I always knew I would be a Realtor!
What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Take a long walk with my dog back by the Dan Ryan Woods or down Longwood Drive, where you’ll find some of the most magnificent homes in the city of Chicago.
If you could meet any well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Esther Wojcicki, who raised her three children to become a doctor, the CEO of YouTube and founder and CEO of 23andMe. I have four kids under the age of six, so I’ll take a page out of her book any day!
What is Chicago’s best-kept secret?
The South Side of Chicago is a highly underrated pocket of the city. I’m always blown away when people have either never heard of Beverly or think it is a suburb. The historic homes, competitive property values and the awesome people make it one of the best neighborhoods to live in and raise a family in the city. I think it’s the city’s hidden gem.
What do you love most about the industry?
Building lasting relationships with not only my clients, but also the industry professionals that I’ve met along the way. There is a great camaraderie amongst all the agents here on the South Side, many of whom I consider close friends. I love that my business has expanded beyond the South Side, which has given me the opportunity to grow relationships and even pick up some new tips and strategies from agents outside of my typical network.
How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
I think being authentic is key. Being knowledgeable and professional is expected, but not everyone is really genuine.
What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
I hate having to be the bearer of bad news at times. It’s never easy telling people what they don’t want to hear, whether it be your own client or another agent.
What’s your best advice for generating new leads?
Simple — don’t be afraid to ask for referrals!
What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Starting my own brokerage in 2020.
What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately?
I’m currently deep down the Netflix “Dahmer” rabbit hole.
What’s your favorite meal in Chicago?
I’m a pizza girl. Lou Malnati’s deep-dish really is the best, or Vito & Nick’s on the South Side.
Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Givins Castle in my hometown of Beverly. It’s Chicago’s only castle, and there is so much history behind it.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job?
So many things come to mind! But I once had clients buy each other’s houses. My seller bought their buyers’ house, so they literally traded homes. That definitely doesn’t happen every day!
What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you?
The name Town Realty was inspired by my family’s business, Town Liquors. Most assume it is an obvious and generic name for a real estate company, but there is actually deep meaning behind it.
What is your favorite vacation spot and why?
I love the scene in Miami and Park City, Utah.
In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Every agent struggles at first, but stick with it!
What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
Calendly, DocuSign, and Canva has been great for creating my own marketing and advertising designs.
Who are your favorite people to follow on social media?
Ryan Serhant, the Dawn McKenna Group here in Chicago, and I get a huge kick out of Matt Lionetti’s account, and also The Broke Agent.