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 About Me

- Realtor®, PME, RCC, CNHS, SFR
- 25 years experience in Marketing and Sales
- Licensed as a Real Estate Broker Associate since 2005
- National Association of Realtors
- Illinois Association of Realtors
- Kankakee-Iroquois-Ford Association of Realtors
- Named Best of the Best since 2006
- Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist

I was born and raised in Kankakee County; grew up in Bourbonnais.  I started working in real estate as an Administrative Assistant for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in 1990. Working in a real estate office made me aware of how much I enjoyed the advertising and marketing aspect of the business; working with various real estate agents made me realize I could do a great job in real estate sales.

Though I was eager to get started, a career in real estate would have to be put on hold for awhile.  I decided to be a stay-at-home mom from 1994 to 1999.  During this time I was a full-time parent, part-time student, and started a home-based, résumé writing service.

In 1999, I started working for an employment agency as the Sales and Marketing Manager in charge of Business Development.

In 2001, I worked for a national real estate trainer and speaker as his Office Manager and Event Coordinator.  I was exposed to a lot of real estate marketing concepts and coaching.  More than ever, I became interested in the real estate business.  I knew I had the drive, motivation and desire to have a successful career in real estate.

Still, a real estate career would have to wait. In 2002, I made a choice to be a full-time parent again, as well as a community volunteer.

In 2005, I could wait no longer.  My husband and I were in the market to buy a home and more than once we were disappointed by the lack of knowledge, dedication and customer service we received from more than one real estate agent.  I now know that there are plenty of wonderful agents in our community, but perhaps it was meant to be that I would be disappointed enough to finally pursue a real estate career of my own.  In 2005, I finally obtained my real estate license and hit the ground running!

I enjoy working with homeowners; selling and marketing their homes allows me to incorporate my passion for photography and computer technology.  I dedicate a great deal of time to photos, virtual tours, print advertising and brochures for every home I put on the market.  This allows me to generate the greatest possible level of interest in a particular home.  Computers and the Internet are second nature to me and I utilize every resource available.

I also enjoy working with buyers.  Helping buyers find a home is especially rewarding for me. It allows to me to fulfill my desire to educate and counsel people.  First time home buyers are the ultimate satisfaction, because they are the ones who need you the most and are the least aware of the process of buying a home.  Their excitement is very infectious!

There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent, real estate professional- integrity, in depth market and community knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how I work.

My ‘client first’ philosophy has always been my approach and it requires me to continually improve my skills and ways of doing business.

 

Education

Kankakee Community College, studied computers, business, and marketing.

Pathways to Success, Dale Carnegie Six Week Course

Illinois Licensed Real Estate Agent, 45 Hour Course

Fast Start Sales Training, 18 Hour Course, Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

Dennis Walsh & Associates, Inc. – New Home Sales Training

  • Residential Construction - covering materials, methods, terminology and details of residential construction - Certificate of Completion 2007
  • New Home Specialist - New Home Sales Training for Success in All Areas of New Home Sales & Marketing - Certificate of Completion 2007
  • These courses are recognized as two of the very best ever offered in real estate. The training covered architectural design and planning, blueprint reading, topography, building site design, evaluating quality construction, materials, methods, construction terminology and scheduling.
  • 30 hours of interactive computer-based course work and a required 90% or better score on the certification tests.

Short Sale & Foreclosure Certification – 2010
For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" real estate transaction. Knowing how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities are not merely good skills to have in today's market — they are critical. And while short sales and foreclosures are not for the faint of heart, agents with the proper tools and training can use these specialty areas to build their business for the long term. REALTORS® with the SFR certification can be a trusted resource for short sales and foreclosures.

Pre-Foreclosure Specialist Certification - 2010 
With this certification, I am equipped to serve distressed homeowners and their lenders with confidence and skill. The PSC designation is recognized throughout the industry as the mark of pre-foreclosure expertise. 

Institute for Luxury Home Marketing - 2014
Recognized as the mark of accomplishment in luxury markets around the world, the Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation assures affluent buyers and sellers that the agents who have earned it have the knowledge, experience, competence, and confidence they require.

Professional Affiliations:
National Association of Realtors
Illinois Association of Realtors
Kankakee County Association of Realtors

Designations:
REALTOR, PME, RCC, CNHS, SFR, PSC

Awards and Recognition 
Best of the Bestsince 2006 

Community Volunteer
Past Bradley Elementary School PTA Treasurer
Past Kankakee High School Business Academy Mentor
Past Bourbonnais Friendship Festival Committee Member
Past Kankakee Junior League Member
Past Easter Seals Telethon Volunteer
Past member of the Bradley Elementary Parent Advisory Committee
Past member of the Bradley Elementary Child Safety Committee