CRE, CFA - Broker
Kathleen Buffington is a Senior Broker with over 20 years of experience in both residential and commercial properties in the North Shore and Chicago market. She is one of the North Shores leading agents in luxury home sales and number one in million dollar plus home sales in Evanston. Her philosophy is to not only to provide exceptional personal service but educate her clients in the market so that they can make decisions that best meet their goals.
Her interest in real estate began while working in the corporate world when she pursued her own investments and renovation projects. Her continuing interest in the field and her love of architecture and history led to making real estate her lifelong profession.
With her passion for the business, she maintains a fresh and inventive approach with her clients guaranteeing that each receives the individualized attention they deserve. Her hands on style and dedication to her clients assures timely and successful results. Being able to visualize the potential for a property has provided many clients opportunities otherwise overlooked. Her corporate background enables her to be an innovative negotiator in complex deals with satisfying results. And with her diverse background she is able to provide her clients expertise in individual home sales, investments and development opportunities.
She continues to be a top producer and maintains strong client relationships while enjoying the opportunities that her work provides.
"Every home is unique and deserves special attention. I show all of my homes to bring forth all the attributes that make them stand out from the rest."
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Clients are saying:
"You’d be crazy not to partner with Kathleen Buffington to buy and sell your home. Her advice and predictions were spot on in every single area: pricing strategy, marketing strategy, negotiation strategy, staging, timing...you name it. As a resident of Evanston so knows the market intimately and enjoys strong relationships with other brokers in both the city and suburbs. Beyond that she is the calm voice of reason, will do whatever is needed and is a lovely human being. I cannot say enough good things about my experience working with Kathleen other than: do whatever she tells you to do and your home will sell for top dollar in record time!! Thank you Kathleen for everything!!"
"We were fortunate enough to meet Kathleen at an open house a couple years before we ended up in the home we love. We were immediately impressed with Kathleen's ideas and vision regarding the home she had listed, so we exchanged contact information. After the showing, we were inspired to sell our condos and buy a single family home with a yard -- quite a big change for us. During the time between our home purchase, we worked with Kathleen to sell two condos. The condo market was not as hot as single family homes, but within a month for one and 3 days on the other, Kathleen had our places sold. We believe her connections, ability to communicate what makes a place special, and vision on how to improve homes all made the difference. Oh, and not to mention that when preparing to sell, she put us in touch with the best photographers, inspectors, cleaners, and painters. Kathleen pushed us to make the necessary changes to make sure our places were shown at their full potential. So, over a two year process of working with Kathleen, including the purchase of what is a beautiful and warm home (with a yard), we couldn't be happier. We we recommend Kathleen to any of our friends in the Chicagoland area. She is a pleasure to work with. There are a lot of realtors out there, and we have worked with others in the past. What a difference it makes, when you work with a truly dedicated professional."
"Kathleen was absolutely fabulous! She made my home sing through staging and superb professional photographs. She has a gift for negotiation across all aspects of a real estate deal, even when faced with the inevitable challenges. Kathleen is smart, savvy, sophisticated, and will have your back every step of the way. I could not have asked for more! I give Kathleen my very highest recommendation."
"We had our wonderful 1892 land mark victorian for sale for 2years with a different company - after a frustrating length of time with little showings we decided to interview other agents. To tell the truth, Kathleen butted heads during the interview- both strong personalities, with opposing views on what I should dispose of. We hired Katleen, despite my original misgivings, and tHis brilliantl, powerhouse had agents viewing our home who had never seen it through our previous agent. Within about 60 days we had a contract. She is wonderful, attentive agent - she even helped us to find our next home. You can't go wrong with hiring this driven, pleasant agent"
"Kathleen is everything one would hope for in a realtor. I interviewed several candidates for the job at hand, and what ultimately led me to select her was the fact that Kathleen, who obviously knows her stuff - very knowledgeable - also focused on making sure that I was educated and comfortable with the big decisions I needed to make. Our journey began with her helping me lease my condo - to a renter, by the way, still in the unit 4 years later. To best highlight the space, she moved furniture around with me, staging the place and bringing in a professional photographer. I almost wanted to stay, because it looked so pretty. Our journey continued as we searched for the perfect place (to purchase) closer to work that checked all the boxes. That I found the my new home, one that suits me so well, happened in large part because of Kathleen's advice, integrity, astute eye, and the time she spent understanding me. Throughout the process, I always felt that Kathleen listened, asked the right questions, and looked out for my interests. She also put me in touch with great references and connections that make for a very smooth closing. In short, Kathleen's industry expertise, her attention to detail - and really, her patience and good nature - all contributed to a very positive experience. I recommend her highly."