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Professional Women

PROFILE

Cheri Hagan

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016

P R O F E S S I O N A L W O M E N I N R E A L E S TAT E

— Coldwell Banker Residential

Cheri Hagan, an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential in Schaumburg, chose to enter the real estate business four years ago, after spending 17 years in marketing and event planning. “I saw that the real estate market had been bad for so many years that I thought it was due to turn around. So I chose to make the career change and I have never regretted it,” Hagan says. “Real estate actually allows me to use my strengths from my earlier career. I have to market myself and every open house and broker’s tour is an event.” Hagan admits she generally is available to her clients 12 hours a day, seven days a week and only once in a blue moon schedules a day off, but says she loves what she does. “I am a big ‘people person.’ I love meeting people and helping them through whatever it is they are experiencing because sometimes the sale of a house goes along with a trauma like a divorce or a death. For instance, I recently helped a family that was selling their mother’s house because she needed to be moved to a memory care facility. It was a pleasure to help them through the process.” Hagan works out of the Coldwell Banker office in Schaumburg and most of her sales are made in Hoffman Estates, Elgin and Bartlett, but she works in virtually every Northwest suburb. “When I was a child, my parents liked to buy houses, fix them up and then sell them for a profit. Consequently, I lived in eight different homes as a child, moving through Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates. As an adult, I have lived in Bloomingdale and Lake in the Hills. So I know all of these communities like the back of my hand and can really advise clients,” Hagan explains. “I have moved so many times that I think I understand better than anyone the questions potential buyers are going to ask. And when buyers state they want to buy in a particular community and then don’t have the

budget to live in that town, I can easily advise them about other options for them. I always call their attention to school districts, too — even if that isn’t an immediate consideration for them. I tell them they want a good school district for any potential future children and/or for the time when they want to sell the house,” she says. “If I have a client who really wants to move to Gilberts, however, and I know nothing about that community, I spend hours learning as much as I can about it. I research its schools, its rules and regulations that will affect my buyers, etc. If I don’t know the answer to one of their questions, I tell them I will find out and I do,” Hagan says. Hagan estimates one third of her business involves first-time buyers but the rest comes from across the buyer spectrum. “I use social media like Facebook and LinkedIn all the time to advertise both my listings and myself. I also ask my clients to complete online reviews on sites like Zillow and Trulia so that there are recommendations and testimonials about me there. Most recently, Comcast approached me, based on my online ratings, to appear in a commercial advertisement for their new 24/7 real estate channel. That was exciting.” Hagan says her biggest challenge is convincing buyers and sellers that what they see online is often not accurate. Websites tend to overestimate the selling price of homes when potential sellers submit their information and they do not take listings down when homes are sold. So buyers see homes listed online that actually closed long ago and are no longer available. “There truly is no trusted online source for real estate information. You have to call a Realtor to find out what your home is actually worth and to view homes that are active on the market,” she explains. “I like to bring first-time buyers to our beautiful office with big-screen televisions in our private conference rooms and we

Broker/Realtor Cheri Hagan of Coldwell Banker.

scroll through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) to see what is currently available and what they want to tour.” Hagan is also very conscious of the many ways people communicate today. So she asks clients upfront how they would like her to communicate with them — by phone, text or email. “Understanding the way people want to interact goes a long way toward building relationships. I don’t want anyone to be annoyed by my communication method, so I ask them outright and communicate with every client differently,” she says.

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“When I started selling real estate there were so many short sales and foreclosures on the market. Now people are starting to bounce back, but interest rates have stayed low, I am happy to say. This year I am seeing a boom in new construction and I have been busy, so I predict that 2016 will be a good year,” Hagan states. Hagan can be reached at (630) 2440463 or via email at homesbyhagan@ gmail.com or you can visit www. cherihagan.cbintouch.com. — Jean Murphy


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Professional Women

PROFILE

Sarah Leonard — RE/MAX Suburban

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Realtor Sarah Leonard of RE/MAX Suburban.

things were starting to unwind as 2007 approached. “It is all in your perspective,” she explains. “I had only experienced two years of the heightened market. I was fortunate. I didn’t experience the shock that many longtime agents suffered. With the declining values and historically low interest rates, there was so much opportunity for buyers to get into the market. I went to work, and soon I was closing three to four homes a month. “But I soon realized that closing this volume was beyond time-consuming, working 70-80 hours a week,” Leonard continues. To free up some time, she offered her sister, Christie, a job processing her files while Christie was pregnant and on bed rest from teaching. Leonard’s business quickly took off and she and Christie both realized that doing paperwork was not the best use of Sarah’s time. So Christie began working for her full time and that was the start of The Sarah Leonard Team. Now Sarah’s team proudly employs six full-time assistants who work in the

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Realtor Sarah Leonard and her team from RE/MAX Suburban in St. Charles.

office to ensure every detail is handled for their clients’ transactions, from start to finish. Her staff handles scheduling interior design appointments with sellers, setting up appraisal appointments, photo appointments, monitoring online activity on their listings to ensure the maximum exposure and all the other day-to-day activities that go along with closing 300+ transactions annually. Leonard also has four buyer’s

agents who take prospective buyers on showing appointments, host open houses and close eight to 10 deals each month. “I put together an aggressive marketing plan for sellers as that market recovered. My business was primarily working with buyers. I went from working with 14 sellers in 2013, to working with 150 in 2014,” she says.

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Sarah Leonard, the No. 1 RE/MAX broker in the state of Illinois in 2015, knew from a very young age she wanted to sell real estate. Her mother was a manager with the Board of Realtors when she was growing up, so Leonard got a bird’s-eye view of the industry and took her first job as a receptionist for RE/MAX when she was only 15. “There was never any question. I knew real estate was what I wanted to do,” she recalls. Over the years, the RE/MAX Suburban Realtor learned to navigate the MLS, handle marketing for a real estate team and even act as a listing coordinator where she handled the taking of home photos and the production of house brochures. Later, while attending college, she worked full time for a loan processor so that she would get experience on that side of the business as well. The lifelong Chicagoland resident got her real estate license at the age of 21 and took off running. Soon after getting licensed, the pace of the market would quickly change as


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— Sarah Leonard

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From page 3 “You cannot plan for that sort of growth, but I am so grateful that all of our hard work and dedication paid off.” In 2014, her team as a whole closed 208 transactions, followed by 300 sales in 2015. In the early years, Leonard says, most of her clients were young because that was the demographic that was taking advantage of the market, with low prices and even lower interest rates. Now, many of those same people are moving again, into larger homes, and are going back to her to list their current home and find them a new one. One of her favorite parts of the job is the lasting relationships she has with her longtime clients. “I truly enjoy helping people sell their home. It’s an emotional time which can often be stressful. My team takes pride in making the process easy and seamless for our clients. Because of this, more than half of our business comes from referrals from our present and past clients.” Since Leonard’s team covers all of Chicago’s suburbs, from Mount Prospect to as far west as Hampshire and from Crystal Lake to Naperville, they are in a unique position to have the knowledge to be able to evaluate each client’s budget and priorities and offer guidance as to the best places for them to buy, based on their criteria. Leonard and her team have a leading edge, staying on top of the newest technology and social media platforms which offer their clients more exposure. “I believe that in order to succeed, you have to be at the forefront of technology. Like it or not, technology helps to get our listings sold,”

Leonard explains. “You have to look at things as a consumer would, then ensure that our listings have the greatest exposure on the websites and social media sites that buyers are using to search.” Social media has changed the whole residential real estate landscape, according to Leonard. “When I started in real estate, there was no Zillow or Trulia.” “When I was utilizing the Internet to research all the latest and greatest reviews online for restaurants, shops, etc., I knew that once that platform was available to the real estate consumer, it would quickly change the dynamic of the way buyers would search for properties,” she recalls. Early on Leonard invested in making sure that her properties and her marketing plan were based around the up and coming online sites where more than 95 percent of today’s buyers begin their search. “We are always up for trying new marketing techniques because we know that you have to be open to adapt to new opportunities if you want to experience growth and succeed. For instance, I just did a mailer to a specific group of homes, and scheduled more than 10 listing appointments from it. We are thrilled,” she says. “We are light on inventory right now and these homes could potentially be a great fit for what our buyers are searching for.” Leonard predicts that 2016 will be a great year for residential real estate. “The inventory has thinned out, home values are stable for sellers and interest rates are low, which is encouraging buyers to get out there and buy. We have 45 homes under contract from January alone,” Leonard says. For more information about Leonard and her team, visit www.sarahleonardsells.com or call (630) 549-6763. — Jean Murphy

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Buying a home can be very competitive. A well-maintained property with all of the bells and whistles that today’s buyers demand figures to attract many offers, and buyers who have found their dream homes must be prepared to make an offer that sellers can’t refuse. Standing out in a sea of other potential homebuyers is not always so easy, but there are steps buyers can take to ensure their offer is the one sellers ultimately accept. • Get preapproved for a mortgage. Sellers’ patience may wear thin with buyers who are not preapproved for a mortgage when making their offers. Preapproval can speed up the selling process, as buyers won’t need to secure financing afterward. When sellers receive multiple offers on their homes, they are more likely to sell their homes to buyers whose financing is already lined up as opposed to buyers who have to scramble to secure loans. • Establish a strong rapport with

the sellers. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to develop emotional attachments to their homes, and buyers should keep that in mind when viewing a home and negotiating their purchase. Sellers won’t want to hear about how ugly a home is or how much money buyers will have to spend to bring the home up to their standards. While buyers must weigh such variables when making their offers, keep it as cordial as possible and avoid any inflammatory remarks during the negotiation process. Sellers may be more likely to accept a lower offer from a buyer they like than a higher offer from someone they don’t like. • Don’t delay an inspection. When a property is drawing significant interest, buyers can set their offers apart from the rest by arranging for a near-immediate inspection. Some buyers may want sellers to give them a couple of weeks to arrange for an inspection, and that may irritate sellers who want to sell their homes as quickly

as possible. Have an inspector ready to perform an inspection within days of making your offer. • Include an escalation clause. When making an offer on a home, prospective buyers can include an escalation clause. Such a clause acknowledges that a potential buyer is willing to increase his or her initial offer by a predetermined amount to exceed any bids that are higher than that initial offer. When sellers trigger such clauses, they are often required to show the other offers they received that triggered the escalation clause. Escalation clauses show the sellers you really want the house while keeping potential buyers’ hopes of buying the home alive when the bids are competitive. Prospective homebuyers may find themselves in some stiff competition upon finding their dream homes. But a few simple strategies can make their offers stand out and increase their chances of buying their ideal homes.


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Professional Women

PROFILE

Cindy Banks

—RE/MAX Cornerstone

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Cindy Banks looks out over downtown Wheaton, one of today’s hottest markets.

market every year and we continue to get more efficient in our use of technology. ‘Sales Force,’ for instance, tracks leads for us for a seamless operation and we use Zillow, REMAX.com and every Apple product ever invented,” she explains. “We are always experimenting with social media and other new ways to market our properties and assist our clients. In fact, my cars are moving billboards with my name and contact information painted all over them. “Tony is the managing broker/owner of RE/MAX Cornerstone, but he also does all of the technology work for The Cindy Banks Team. In fact, he customized the Sales Force program to work with our business plan,” Banks says. In addition to Cindy and Tony, the team includes three buyer’s agents and a full-time accountant, marketing

director and operations manager. Banks herself handles listings, sales, investors and commercial properties. “I see every day as a gift and realize that what matters is how you use each day. The best advice I ever received is that you cannot control situations. Houses are going to have issues and people are, too. What makes the difference is how you manage difficult situations,” she explains. “I am all about helping people, whether they want to restructure their debt, find the perfect house or sell their longtime home and downsize to a senior community. No matter what their challenge, I want to help,” Banks continues. In addition, she admits that she is an unabashed people person. “I love to make them laugh or smile while I am helping them achieve their individual

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real estate goals. “And my team and I are constantly watching the market for trends and potential issues. We always want to avert hiccups before they become problems,” she adds. “I predict that 2016 will be an amazingly huge year. The market is on fire. We are now getting multiple bids, sometimes as much as $10,000 over the asking price, because inventory is low,” Banks says. As the years progress, she hopes to continue to build the RE/MAX Cornerstone and The Cindy Banks Team brands, both locally and nationally, possibly expanding into other states. For more information on The Cindy Banks Team, call (630) 533-5900 or visit www.cindybanks.com. — Jean Murphy

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Many maintain children learn as much around the dinner table as they do in the classroom. For Cindy Banks, a broker with RE/MAX Cornerstone in West Chicago, that meant learning about the world of residential real estate because her grandfather owned a realty company in Beecher. So when she graduated from Principia College near St. Louis with a degree in radio and television production and found that world unsatisfying for a variety of reasons, Banks pivoted to sales and quickly decided to concentrate on the sales of real estate. She was 24 at the time and was named Rookie of the Year for Baird and Warner. After a year she moved to RE/MAX in Naperville. Today, 31 years later, Banks and her husband, Tony, jointly own RE/MAX Cornerstone and she heads The Cindy Banks Team, which closed 176 properties in 2015, totaling $44 million in volume. Among RE/ MAX teams, they finished No. 1 in DuPage County and No. 5 in northern Illinois for 2014, the last year for which results have been finalized. “When I started in real estate, we would get a telephone book-sized volume of MLS listings every week and we would leaf through it, looking for homes that might interest our buyers, copy them and then either mail or hand-deliver them to our clients before sitting back to wait for them to call us and tell us which they wanted to see,” Banks recalls. “Compare that to today when we all have instant data and a client can request to see a property within minutes of seeing it on their computer or phone. It is a whole different world,” she says. The Cindy Banks Team markets properties from Elmhurst to Elburn, throughout DuPage and Kane Counties, but they concentrate on the major transportation corridors. “We continue to grow at a rate of 10 to 15 percent per year. I am willing to research and learn a new


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Professional Women

PROFILE

Cindy Eich

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2016

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— RE/MAX at Home When asked to give advice to new real estate agents entering the business, veteran Realtor Cindy Eich of RE/MAX at Home, tells them to align themselves with great people (lenders, attorneys, home inspectors and others) who share their commitment to excellence in serving their clients. “Good people know good people,” she quips. That carries through to Eich’s buyers and sellers, too. She estimates 85 percent to 90 percent of the business she and her husband, Marty, share comes from personal referrals. “We love our clients and we’re so grateful for their business! “We frequently work with relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors of our former clients. Our aim is to serve our customers so well they will want to refer us to other ‘good people’ they know. It’s a wonderful way to do business,” she says. Eich became a Realtor 32 years ago when the then-new mother was tipped to an advertisement in the newspaper for real estate training classes. Her husband suggested she check it out because he thought she would be great at selling houses. So the former counselor and health educator signed up. “I enjoyed everything in the real estate world, from the people and the houses, to the legalese and negotiations. I loved the fact that every day was different and my schedule allowed me to simultaneously raise four children and be very involved in their lives,” Eich recalls. “Real estate has changed significantly since I started. Technology is at the forefront of those changes, of course, because we now have incredible tools and access to information. In fact, there is so much information available now that part of the job of a good Realtor is helping buyers weed through that information to determine what applies to our market and what is simply misinformation,” she explains. “Technology assists us in ways we could have never imagined 30

Eich now partners with her husband, Marty Eich, at RE/MAX at Home in Rolling Meadows.

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Realtor Cindy Eich of RE/MAX at Home in her Rolling Meadows office.

years ago from the many ways we communicate with our clients, to the analysis of pricing, and our unbelievable marketing opportunities. “Another change I’ve seen is in how we advise sellers to prepare their homes for sale. Today there is a much greater emphasis on staging rooms for the photos that will appear online. We don’t want buyers to eliminate a home from consideration based on photos that make a room or entire home look tired or small. If we can reposition furnishings to make the room look larger and the space more open, we suggest that,” Eich says. “We focus on low-cost and no cost ways to maximize the home’s value. For properties requiring greater assistance, we have a tremendous team of stagers, painters and estate sale specialists. Our Rolling Meadows office features a beautiful home design center offering incredible solutions for buyers, sellers and even homebuilders,” she adds. The Eichs specialize in home sales in Palatine, where Cindy has ranked among the top five agents for

single-family home sales in each of the past 10 years. Marty joined the business six years ago, allowing them to expand the business and serve clients throughout the Chicagoland area. With his help, Cindy was named a Five Star Real Estate Agent in Chicago by Chicago Magazine every year between 2011 and 2015. The bulk of their clients, Eich says, are move-up buyers, but they are now seeing a large increase in the number of first-time homebuyers, and downsizing seniors who are moving on to the next phase of their lives. “We are committed to helping our clients achieve their real estate goals. We love opening doors to the opportunities that a real estate purchase or sale can provide, whether those opportunities are down the street or literally around the world. “Our team approach allows both of us interaction with all of our clients. I specialize on the listing side while Marty takes the lead working with buyers,” Eich says. They close between 30 and 40 properties annually, listing

just over half the number of homes they close. “My favorite part of the business is that light-bulb moment when we are walking a buyer through a house and see that wonderful combination of relaxation and excitement as they realize this is the house for them. Even after all these years, it’s still exciting,” she admits. The Eichs expect to see many such “light-bulb moments” in the coming months. “I think that 2016 is going to be a phenomenal year, based on the activity we are already experiencing. There is great pent-up demand among buyers who are waiting in the wings and also among sellers who are seeing much of their equity has been restored and they are now ready to make their move,” Eich says. In addition, the Eichs’ passion for helping others extends beyond their client base as they’ve helped establish a group of Realtors committed to assisting students facing housing crises. Since 2011, Realtors Against Homelessness (realtorsagainsthomelessness.com) has raised more than $125,000 for teens facing homelessness in our area. For more information about Cindy Eich, call (847) 255-1000, email SOLD@EichTeam.com or visit www. NorthwestSuburbanProperty.com. — Jean Murphy


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What makes me different? The combination of my enthusiasm & devotion to my career & community, along with What makes me The combination my enthusiasm devotionintoreal myestate career(25 & community, alongme with my company’s toolsdifferent? & full service approach to myofclients. Also, my &longevity years) has given the my company’s & full service approach my clients. knowing Also, myhow longevity in advantage real estate (25 years) has given me the knowledge andtools familiarity of different markettoconditions, to take of the changing market. I knowledge and familiarity of different market conditions, knowing how to take advantage of the changing market. I understand what it takes to get a home sold. understand what it takes to get a home sold. Areas of Specialty: The Northwest Suburbs with both Buyer & Sellers. From first time homeowners to empty nesters. Areas of Specialty: The Northwest Suburbs with both Buyer & Sellers. From first time homeowners to empty nesters. Years in Real Estate: 25 years. Years in Real Estate: 25 years. The best part of my job is: Consulting with clients to ensure they make good Real Estate decisions and help them The bestway partHome. of my job is: Consulting with clients to ensure they make good Real Estate decisions and help them find their find their way Home. Motto: Helping you find your way Home--- they are words I live by. Motto: Helping you find your way Home--- they are words I live by.

My Goal: To be a team working toward one common goal. As your Advocate, I bring experience and knowledge My Goal: To be a team working toward one common goal. As your Advocate, I bring experience and knowledge to the transaction, but work at your direction. to the transaction, but work at your direction.

The Best Part of my Business: The relationships formed,the participations in the clients housing dreams. And The Best Part of my Business: The relationships formed,the participations in the clients housing dreams. And the client’s support and validation in form of personal referrals. the client’s support and validation in form of personal referrals.

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What Makes Me Different: Focused on doing a good job, never without a smile or a solution to an issue. What Makes Me Different: Focused on doing a good job, never without a smile or a solution to an issue. Genuine care and concern of the clients needs and financial comfort. Genuine care and concern of the clients needs and financial comfort.

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What makes me different? My passion, history and understanding of our real estate market. I’ve had What makes me different? My passion, history and understanding of our real estate market. I’ve had opportunities in existing resale, new home construction and now multi-media/advertising for our real estateopportunities in existing resale, new home construction and now multi-media/advertising for our real estatehomebuilder category. homebuilder category. Best Business advice: Perseverance. Never give up. Set your goals, create a plan and go for it. Aim beyond Best Business advice: Perseverance. Never give up. Set your goals, create a plan and go for it. Aim beyond your current abilities. your current abilities. Years in Real Estate: Over 30 years from selling existing real estate to 25 years in the home building sector and Years in Real Estate: Over 30 years from selling existing real estate to 25 years in the home building sector and the last 5 years at the Daily Herald Media Group. the last 5 years at the Daily Herald Media Group. The best advice I ever received? We’re in charge of our own Attitude – Keep it positive. Life is 10% of what The best advice I ever received? We’re in charge of our own Attitude – Keep it positive. Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it. happens to us and 90% of how we react to it.

Our Tools: Experience & Knowledge of the business. Staging listings for the best professional Our Tools: Experience & Knowledge of the business. Staging listings for the best professional photos, websites & social media photos, websites & social media Years in Real Estate: I Started in September of 1986 , It will be 30 years this coming September. Years in Real Estate: I Started in September of 1986 , It will be 30 years this coming September. The best part of my job is? The smile on the faces of my clients when the Seller hands the keys The of my job is? The theproud faces Iofam! my clients when the Seller hands the keys to thebest newpart Buyers! How happy theysmile are &onhow to the new Buyers! How happy they are & how proud I am! The best advice I ever received? “Get back in your car and get back to your office” “you’re not The best That advice ever received? “Get back in your car and get back to your office” “you’re not a quitter” wasI almost 30 years ago… a quitter” That was almost 30 years ago… Area(s) of Specialty? I specialize in the Northwest Suburbs. Elk Grove, Schaumburg, Roselle, Area(s) of Specialty? I specialize in the Northwest Suburbs. Elk Grove, Schaumburg, Roselle, Itasca. Hoffman Estates, Des Plaines, Arlington Hts & Mt Prospect. Itasca. Hoffman Estates, Des Plaines, Arlington Hts & Mt Prospect.

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My Business: My Team consists of myself, a Licensed Broker and REMAX Top Producer and my Assistant and Buyer’s Agent, My Business: My Team consists of myself, a Licensed Broker and REMAX Top Producer and my Assistant and Buyer’s Agent, Katie Marella, Licensed Broker. With my knowledge of the real estate market and Katie’s background in interior design, we have Katie Marella, Licensed Broker. With my knowledge of the real estate market and Katie’s background in interior design, we have created a very strong TEAM. We work hard and GET results! created a very strong TEAM. We work hard and GET results! Best Business Advise: Since so much of my business is referral based, it is important to create strong connections with peoBest Business Advise: Since so much of my business is referral based, it is important to create strong connections with people inside and outside my industry. Being a member of various organizations i.e., Huntley Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s ple inside and outside my industry. Being a member of various organizations i.e., Huntley Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Council of Realtors, IAR, NAR, RPAC, etc., helps to keeps me current and informed to best service my clients. Council of Realtors, IAR, NAR, RPAC, etc., helps to keeps me current and informed to best service my clients. Years in Real Estate: I have been a Licensed Broker for 12 years and prior to that, my work experience was customer service Years in Real Estate: I have been a Licensed Broker for 12 years and prior to that, my work experience was customer service and sales oriented so Real Estate was a smooth transition for me. and sales oriented so Real Estate was a smooth transition for me. The Best Part of my Job: The happiness that I see reflected on my client’s face when they are able to achieve their goal of The Best Part of my Job: The happiness that I see reflected on my client’s face when they are able to achieve their goal of home ownership is extremely satisfying. When my clients are happy, I know I’ve done my BEST! home ownership is extremely satisfying. When my clients are happy, I know I’ve done my BEST! Areas of Specialty: They range from the 1st time buyer to the homeowner looking to downsize or relocate. Whether Areas of Specialty: They range from the 1st time buyer to the homeowner looking to downsize or relocate. Whether you’re Buying or Selling a home, it’s what I do and I’m proud to have just earned the Title of REMAX Hall of Fame Recipient. you’re Buying or Selling a home, it’s what I do and I’m proud to have just earned the Title of REMAX Hall of Fame Recipient.

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Years in Real Estate: Successfully transacting the Buying and Selling of Residential Real Estate since 1983. Years in Real Estate: Successfully transacting the Buying and Selling of Residential Real Estate since 1983. With honed negotiating skills and extensive acquired knowledge and committed to client’s services. With honed negotiating skills and extensive acquired knowledge and committed to client’s services.

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