Colleen James

LICENSE: 475.126992

(773) 562-4212
(847) 495-5000 (Office)

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Opening Doors & Guiding You Home

“Whether you are looking to buy or sell your home, let my professional knowledge and dedication go to work for you. I will work with integrity, patience and perseverance to meet your real estate needs. My goal is to deliver to you the highest level of customer service; I will guide you through the entire process and help you achieve desired results.”

I am a full-time Realtor, licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin. I concentrate mainly on serving customers in the north/northwest Chicago suburbs and along Wisconsin's southern border. I gained my professional experience through working for Chicago Area Developers in residential sales, leasing and property management. I am used to working in a team environment. I make it a point to maintain consistent communication with my customers, to inspire trust.

In 1991, I joined a northside Chicago real estate firm that specialized in developing and selling luxury condominiums, townhomes, market rate and multifamily properties. I became very familiar with the near north and northwest neighborhoods and worked with a diverse group of customers, with all income levels and at different stages of their lives. — I especially enjoyed working with our seniors. My dedication and hard work lead me to Senior Vice President and Partner in 2005. This firm provided me with a wealth of knowledge and opportunities, all of which I am grateful. 

After 21 years, I made a lifestyle change. I decided to enjoy a slice of heaven on a little lake in Lindenhurst, Illinois. When I'm not guiding sellers or buyers, I relax at home spending time with my hubby and our two canine friends, Goldie and Zoe. We enjoy cruising on the pontoon, fishing, gardening, and traveling south when it’s too cold here.

Expanding my credentials so I best serve the needs of home buyers and sellers is important. My designations include, Broker Price Opinion (BPO), Short Sale Foreclosure Resource (SFR), Certified Staging Consultant (CSC), Accredited Residential Manager (ARM). I am a proud member of the National Association of REALTORS® and I am always working enthusiastically to stay up-to-date on the latest news about real estate industry, markets, and marketing trends.


  • Licensed REALTOR® in Illinois and Wisconsin
  • Passionate about the People and the Business
  • Honest and Hardworking
  • Great with First Time Home Buyers and Sellers
  • Problem Solver, Great Negotiator
  • Creative Marketing Skills
  • Great Eye for Style and Home Staging

You can trust me to handle your concerns with care, compassion and creativity. Let’s get started today!






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Listed and sold a home

Colleen is a seasoned professional who is equipped with a lot of guidance (first time home seller here) without being pushy. She helped us with everything from first reviewing the house repairs, determining what should be fixed for selling vs what was not necessary to repair or improve. She helped with staging, (even bringing over her own items to help), recommendations of painters, electricians, etc, and how to best market the property. She owns the process and communicates regularly and consistently - making sure we have input but more importantly are informed on the entire process.She handled every last detail of our showings and open house. When it came time to review offers - she walked us through each one and put some of the terms into explanations we could easily understand.Colleen is fair - fair to her client and fair to those she isn't working for. It's clear her integrity is a priority - to best serve her client. Colleen is not your typical Real Estate Agent. I'd highly recommend Colleen to anyone buying or selling a home.

Listed and sold a home

Colleen was very attentive to our needs to sell and knew exactly what she needed to do to help us. She was encouraging and had total confidence the house would sell. The house sold right away and all the details went so smoothly with Colleen. She made it so easy.

Listed and sold a home

Colleen is an excellent realtor who went above and beyond at so many twists and turns of our stressful house sale. We've used her for 2 home sales and if we hadn't moved out of state we'd continue to use her for our next home. I can't say nicer things about her, she's the best there is!

Helped me buy and sell homes

Colleen has been with me through two real estate transactions now (the purchase of a new home and the listing of my condo). She is attentive, flexible, super responsive via text, email and calls. I was referred to her by a relative who also had a fantastic experience buying a home with her help. Working with her has been so pleasant in large part because of her professionalism, honesty, personal engagement into my best interest and amazing sense of humor. I could go on... But really, she's one in a million.