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Steve Harvey talks about taking the jump when he talks about how to achieve your goals. Taking the jump is a scary thought for some, but Jim Katula is just the man to help you through one of the scariest transactions you will ever participate in.
With over 10 years of experience in real estate in and around Chicagoland, Jim has sold houses from Roseland, to Harvey, to Orland Park and Homer Glen. There is not an area of Chicago that he doesn't feel comfortable with. If you are looking to buy, sell or invest in real estate, Jim is the right guy to help you take the jump.
Recently, I was honored to be asked to become a Homes for Heroes® real estate affiliate member. That gives me the privilege of working with every day heroes and offering them cash back after closing. Active or retired military, firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians and my personal favorite, TEACHERS can all receive cash back after closing if they work with me or one of 2700 other agents around the country that hold this title. To sign up or get more information, click here or on the logo below.
In life, our destiny is determined by a conglomeration of our defining moments. Jim's destiny was starting to be defined shortly after his high school graduation. He enrolled in the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He thought he was going to be an electrical engineer. He didn't plan on having to take, and master, calculus. After 3 semesters trying to figure out just what the derivative of y with relation to x was, Jim decided to pursue another of his life's passions, athletics.
He was admitted to Western Illinois University to study athletic training. Countless hours were spent in the athletic facilities in Macomb, Illinois. Jim had found his gift in taping ankles and rehabilitating athletic injuries. After graduation, he continued his education at Purdue University, where he would earn a MS in exercise physiology. After graduation, Jim worked as an athletic trainer at several high schools in the Chicagoland area. Meanwhile, Jim worked on getting his real estate license, and in 2007, he took the test, with tornado sirens in the background.
Eventually, he would return to school one more time. This time, to earn his teacher certification to teach high school physical education, health, physics, physiology and English. His teaching career would see him finally settle down at a day school for children with special needs, where Jim really found a home. Then, the bottom dropped out of Jim's world.
On December 22, 2010, Jim's life would be forever changed. He was told he had cancer. During his immediate battle, he moved to a real estate company that was closer to home, not realizing this would be a defining moment. Life working at the real estate office changed his perspective toward business. The training and camaraderie of the agents and staff has been second to none.
Besides helping countless people find their perfect homes, Jim enjoys life along side his wife of 21 years, Sandy. They live in Oak Forest, along with their granddaughter, Tessa, who is the reason Jim does everything he does. They also have 3 dogs, Stanley, Nala and Bear.