A licensed real estate agent for nearly 26 years, Donna Lavin has been actively working with buyers and sellers to fulfill their real estate needs since 1994.
Even before earning her license, Donna enjoyed a successful career in sales, focusing on a variety of products from cosmetics to clothing. The sales bug runs in her family as well, as Donna’s father spent many years in sales, and both of her brothers are also active in the business.
Donna has lived in the Chicagoland area for 33 years, and her clients are scattered throughout the Northwest suburbs. While she currently lives in Ivanhoe after spending many years in Barrington, she is an expert on all of the surrounding suburbs and beyond.
What attracted Donna most to the real estate industry was her desire to work with people, in addition to her love of homes and decorating. Donna’s friends and family always noticed her flare for design, and would often come to her for advice. She took this passion a step further by earning a designation in staging.
Throughout her lengthy career, Donna has worked for a variety of clients from first-time buyers to empty nesters, and with homes as low as $50,000 and up into the multi-millions. Donna has earned over 12 designations, enabling her to stay up-to-date on the industry and better serve her clients. Many of her clients have benefited from her added education in areas such as luxury homes and foreclosed and distressed properties.
For Donna, clients always come first. She is committed to service and strives to help her clients reach their real estate goals, whatever they may be. She is patient and will never push, in an effort to ensure success each and every time. She is accessible and vows to always pick up the phone. Donna has won numerous top sales awards, but what really3 makes her proud is seeing her clients happy and settled in the home of their dreams.
In her free time, Donna enjoys puzzles, exercise, cooking, baking, and watching football. She is also a fan of reading, as well as parties and entertaining family and friends.
Clients are saying:
"Donna was very attentive and helpful to our needs throughout the listing and selling process."
"Our broker, Donna Lavin, is a whole lot more than just our broker. She is a friend and neighbor and worked her tail off to finally sell our home. Our selling market in Ivanhoe Estates has been very volatile over the last several years and getting our home sold was no easy accomplishment. Thank you again, Donna, for a job well done!!!!!"
"By N J Kirn on 06/07/2016 (Published on RateABiz)We greatly appreciated Donna's experience and professionalism during the sale of our home. When any questions or issues came up, she was always available, and handled things directly. It was a pleasure working with Donna and we are grateful that we selected her to list our home."
"A huge thank you to Donna for working diligently to move our mom's home in Saddlebrook. It was not an easy task to move this home in a retirement community. Donna was communicative during the entire process, from the day she met with us on a very short notice to the closing date. We could not have asked for a better representative. The home was vacant after our Mom passed away and she made sure it was in good condition to show. When we found a water leak that created a major obstacle in the sale, she made sure the prospective buyers were aware of our efforts to fix any damage and make sure the home was in great condition for the sale. If I am ever in the market for a home in the Chicago area, (probably not, since I live in Colorado), Donna would be the first person I contact. Simply put - she is awesome."
"Let me start my review by stating this is my first review I have ever written. I usually ared the reviews but never leave them. My review is more on Donna Lavin then @properties and Donna deserves 100 stars, not just 5. I will try to keep my review as short as possible.Donna is a phenomenal agent to have working for you. See is prompt, quick and follows up on every detail. She is always working diligently to make sure her clients get only the best service and price.I was given Donna's contact information, from a co-worker at the time, when I was buying my first property almost three years ago. She was beyond helpful in making sure I was making the best decisions on the each property I looked at; pointing out issues that I myself would not have known to look for. While her job is commissioned based, she never pressured me into a house I could not afford or a house at the top my budget just get an extra few dollars. After all was said and done with my first property, I felt like I learned a lot from Donna on buying a house.Fast forward to present...I contacted Donna to sell my house and buy a new one. Again, the level of service and commitment to her clients only increased since the last time she helped me with real-estate. She walked me through each step of selling my house and within 8 hours of listing, my house had a contract on it. Now, I know that usually a house does not sell within 8 hours, but Donna has the knowledge and know how to present a house is best possible way. After the house was sold, she helped my wife and I select an incredible home that we are waiting to close on.All you need to know, is that Donna Lavin is an incredible agent and highly dedicated to each client. I have bought two houses and sold one with Donna in the last three years. As along as Donna is working, I will always use her to buy/sell my home. I will never go anywhere else unless Donna retires; which will be a said day for all of us who are looking to buy/sell a house in the North suburbs of Chicago.I also want to mention that I have had no issues with @properties and found the people (inspectors, lawyers, etc.) @properties recommends/works with are great people as well. Having Donna and @properties working for you at the same time is a huge win win."