Relationships and communication are key drivers of many career paths, and for Lyn Harvie, a broker at Chicago’s Baird & Warner, a previous career life as a physical therapist had already taught her the value of human connection when she dove into real estate nearly a decade ago.
“I initially got my real estate license to buy investment properties for myself,” says Harvie of her plan while still working at her physical therapy business. “It just happened that I realized I enjoyed it and I was actually good at it.” Still new at the time to the Chicago area, she laced up her sneakers for the hard work ahead — including shadowing other brokers and walking around many neighborhoods so she could get a real feel for how each was unique.
“I run a tight ship. My clients see that immediately,” comments Harvie about her organized, detail-oriented approach. “I take genuine interest in each client’s well-being and make sure there are no surprises and they’re prepared for each step of the transaction.” One thing in which she’s found joy has been creating a sense of community within her client network, including by hosting an annual party for clients to meet, create bonds and network with one another.
“I have clients become friends through these events, and it just makes me happy to see people connect,” she shares. “That’s what life is about, relationships.” During the pandemic, Harvie has done what so many Who’s Who featured professionals have: adapt and overcome. “I knew the most important thing I could do was stay in constant communication with clients and provide them updates on the markets,” she recalls.
A 2020 top producer with the Chicago Association of Realtors and a winner of Baird & Warner’s Top Producer and Founder’s Club designations, this driven, fun-loving broker looks forward to growing her community and making more connections. “I feel blessed to get up every day and do what I love,” she proclaims.