I got hooked on real estate twenty-five years ago, when my husband and I bought our first home. It was a little bungalow on the north side of Chicago which we steadily improved, started our family in, and sold seven years later for a nice profit. From there we moved to the south side and a three-story row house that had collapsing plaster ceilings, and no heating system. I loved that house; and we did well there, too. So, in 2002 I made the leap; I got licensed and started working in real estate full time. In the past 15 years, I’ve rehabbed, flipped, owned rental properties and built spec homes. I’ve had experience in short sales, foreclosures, teardowns as well as traditional sales. This firsthand experience as buyer, seller, investor, landlord, and builder, in addition to broker, informs my perspective and understanding when representing my clients.
Today I work primarily with buyers and sellers and use my understanding of the business to guide them through one of the biggest financial transactions most of us will ever have. In addition to pricing, showing, marketing, negotiating, referring service partners, and guiding and overseeing a transaction through to close, I strive to stay educated on the markets that I serve, as well as staying on top of ongoing changes and tools in our business. I love helping sellers prepare their homes for market and realizing top dollar, and the joy of helping buyers close on their dream home.
As a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area, I feel very comfortable representing my clients in Chicago and the surrounding areas. I grew up in Clarendon Hills and am a Hinsdale Central alumnus. As a young adult, I lived in Naperville for a year and in Chicago for fifteen years. I have a BS in Finance/Economics, and a Master’s in Education, both from DePaul University. For seven years, I taught 5th-8th grades in Hyde Park at William H Ray School, I’ve tutored at National Louis University and taught math to adults seeking job training through the CFL.