Real estate has always been a mark of independence and freedom in this country. Owning property for most people is the biggest financial investment of their lives. Having your own home or investment property provides a sense of pride, and can be an important step towards financial independence.
Real estate became an accidental passion for me when I purchased my first apartment building. I realized that a job alone was not enough for retirement and I needed a plan. Raised on a Minnesota farm, I've always been a do-it-yourselfer, so an active investment like real estate seemed to be a good fit. In 2002, I purchased a 4-unit apartment building in my neighborhood and spent the next 5 years rehabbing. This is not everyone's idea of a good time, but for me it was pure joy. Renting out 3 units and living for "free" in the extra unit was a no brainer.
In 2004, I left Corporate America to join @properties and to focus on helping others realize their real estate goals whether it be a home or investment property. I'm proud to say that all of my business comes referrals. People like working with me because I take more of an investment approach towards real estate, and I'm good at thinking on my feet which comes in useful in difficult transactions. I treat my clients like family, with honesty, and integrity - as if it was my own money being invested. For me, real estate is not a one-time transaction; it's the beginning of a long-term relationship based on service and communication. Long after the closing, I remain an advisor to my clients, whether they need referrals for contractors, help refinancing or later selling.
From 2004-2010, I worked as an assistant, solely in the City of Chicago selling mostly investment property and condos on the west-side. In 7 years, my partner and I sold around 175 properties or about $100Million in sales. Selling investment properties requires a different set of real estate skills and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
In 2010, I moved to the western suburbs of Chicago and have since sold about 160 properties and $150M in sales with a focus mostly on the single family home market. My city specialties are Elmhurst, Downers Grove, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Western Springs, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, LaGrange. Many of my suburban clients are city people who want to move to the more "urban" suburbs that have commuter train access, great schools and strong communities with walkable amenities.
In 2015, I started a real estate development firm called Brush Hill Development which builds affordable apartment buildings for low income adults with developmental disabilities. Families of adults with disabilities have few good choices when it comes to housing. My goal is to try and help families have more choices in housing so that their loved ones can experience independent living which will help them have better and more productive lives. Since 2015, Brush Hill has developed housing in Flossmoor, Northlake, Orland Park and New Lenox. I consider it an honor that I get to use my real estate skills to build affordable housing for those in need in our society.
Before discovering my passion for real estate, I spent 10 years in advertising and marketing in Corporate America. My B.S. is from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. If you've read this far, thank you for your interest. If you would like to discuss real estate contact me anytime. Happy Investing!
Clients are saying:
""Anne has represented us for through three home buying and selling transactions. Anne understands the market, she knows where to find good deals and opportunities, and we trust her. We have recommended her to several of our friends and family members who have had equally positive experiences. We will continue to work with Anne and recommend her to our network." Brian (Downers Grove)"
""Anne is by far the best Realtor we have ever worked with. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, and available to help in any way she can. Anne made everything so easy! Can you believe she made our contract happen while we were in Mexico? We could not have asked for a better experience. Thank you Anne and @properties!" Marc (Naperville)"
""Anne did a great job from beginning to end. She kept her eye on the market as we progressed through the sale period. Her attention to detail and knowledge of the real estate business was impressive. I would certainly recommend Anne to anyone considering selling or buying a home." Bill (Downers Grove)"
""Anne is fantastic. Detail oriented, she gives honest opinion and feedback. She's not pushy and only cares about getting you in the right home. The whole time she's a collaborator with you every step of the way." Jeff (Downers Grove)"
""Anne, went way beyond what was expected as a realtor. Not only was she professional and attentive to detail, she help stage the home, gave great suggestions, and I can' t give enough praise for her service. I certainly will refer others to her, and will call her when I need any other real-estate needs." Richard (Elmhurst)"