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How My Designations Benefit Home Buyers and Sellers

Posted On: February 20th, 2018 1:00PM

Real estate professionals can’t only rely on market performance. Acquired skills are imperative to best serve our clients. Taking care of your needs as a home buyer or seller involves expertise in many areas: communication, market knowledge, negotiation, staging, technology, real estate guidelines, and more. 

I pursued and maintain certification or designation above what is required to maintain my license in these areas so I can be the best REALTOR® possible.

ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative)


The focus of this designation is to work with home buyers. The knowledge I’ve gained elevates my skills as a real estate professional in understanding your needs as a buyer. I also know how to stay on top of trends andcncsrs issues that affect homebuying; I pass this info on to you.

GRI (Graduate REALTOR® Institute)

The essence of this designation is that it allows me to make the stressful task of buying or selling easier for you. I keep up to date with new technology, laws and procedures, and focus on professionalism. I can navigate the current real estate climate and help you make the best real estate decisions based on this.

CNC (Certified Negotiation Consultant)

These skills help me to effectively assist both buyers and sellers to negotiate, increasing your chances of getting the best results in the market place at any given time.

SRS (Seller Representative Specialist)

This vital credential elevates my ability to understand the standards expected by you as a seller, and to enhance my personal performance on your behalf.

SFR (Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification)

I learned to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales, as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities.

ASP (Home Staging Training Course)


My professional knowledge in staging a home correctly allows clients to sell their home at the maximum possible price. Correctly staged, a home is likely to sells faster as well.

e-PRO (Real Estate Technology Training)

In this fast-paced world of technology I need to keep up to date with social media trends and new office tools. I am then abled to provide exceptional marketing and business strategies to all clients.

As you can see, I take my work as a REALTOR® seriously. As a full-time real estate professional, I dedicate my time and energy to listening to your needs, developing a personalized plan for your home sale or purchase, and then using my advanced skill-set to produce the ideal outcome. Give me a call when you are ready to have an experienced real estate pro by your side.

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Expectations for Housing in 2018

Posted On: January 17th, 2018 9:03PM


I gathered a list of the expected changes in the housing market for 2018. As your trusted REALTOR® serving the Chicagoland area. I look forward to learning about your specific needs.

  • There is a low inventory of homes for sale and more than 50% of these are not affordable to first time buyers.
  • This will lead to new construction but due to ever rising prices of land and building costs most expansion will be in the suburbs and outlying areas of cities.
  • There are many people who are about to become first time homebuyers, including millennials, immigrants and foreign investors.
  • Many previous homeowners had declared bankruptcies in the previous crisis and are now eligible to buy after seven years.
  • Homeowners looking to downgrade or upgrade as family needs change push up demand on some properties.
  • As the cost of living rises in the bigger cities many look for job opportunities and homes in cheaper cities.
  • The rising cost of building pushes up the price of existing homes and most homeowners will prefer to stay put and to remodel existing homes.
  • Developers will concentrate their efforts on building homes for lower to middle income buyers and will have to provide to their future needs such as wider passages.
  • Most millennials prefer to live in urban areas but will most likely buy in the suburbs where homes are more affordable.
  • The new tax bill might discourage some buyers. Some homeowners might look to sell and buy in states with lower taxes.

If any of these industry expectations look like they may affect your housing situation, and you would like to have a meaningful conversation about your options… let’s talk.

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