Donna Plank has helped over 505 families/individuals with their real estate needs since 2000.
- Received the "Top 9% of all Company Agents Internationally" award in 2017, the "Top 14% of all Company Agents Internationally" award in 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013 and the "Top 1% of all Company Agents" & "Top Office Producer in Volume & Units" awards in 2005
- Experience shows that since 2015, 100% of Donna's listings sell, the average number of days on the market is 65 days and on average, the sellers got 95.5 % of their asking price
- Prior to real estate, 15 years of experience in sales & customer service in the food & beverage industry handling a client base with multi-million-dollar contracts for fortune 500 companies
Being a real estate professional in the Chicagoland real estate market over the past 18 years has enabled Donna to have the experiences and insight to assist her clients in any type of a market whether it is a seller's market, a buyer's market, a renter's market, a distressed property market (Foreclosure or a short sale) or an investor's market. Most of her real estate career has been guiding and counseling clients on selling their home, purchasing their next home or facilitating a lease of a property. Four years of her real estate career were spent as a Branch Manager, managing broker for two different branch offices with over 40 agents in each office. In this role, Donna was advising and counseling agents on growing their business, assisted them in answering questions they receive from their clients and negotiated contracts with suppliers for the office. Clients refer Donna to their friends and family because she is professional, trustworthy and has a high level of integrity. She makes time for her clients and tells them the truth even if it's not what they want to hear. She is rewarded when a client says to her "Thanks, we couldn't have gotten through this without you". Donna's family and friends think of her when they have a real estate need.
After almost 15 years in the ingredient business helping food and beverage companies incorporate a sweetener into their products, it was time for a change. Donna was inspired to become a real estate broker as she has a passion to help others and enjoys meeting and spending time getting to know people. She began her real estate career as a licensed sales person with Baird & Warner in 2000. In 2006 she was promoted to Branch Manager of their Mount Prospect Office. In 2009, Donna was recruited to manage the Berkshire Hathaway Starck Office in Mount Prospect for another 2 years. Since September of 2011, Donna has been a real estate broker agent and is currently working with @properties.
Donna's family of 5 enjoys bicycling, camping, fishing, gardening, snowmobiling, hiking or just relaxing on the lawn chair by day and by a campfire at night. She enjoys gardening and has a perennial herb garden and aspires to have a sustainable vegetable garden. Donna and her family enjoy pets. They have a Red-footed tortoise name Darwin who loves sunning himself under a heat lamp and having his shell petted and several colorful freshwater fish. Donna is a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area. One of the life lessons Donna's Mom taught her to live by every day is "Whatever you are doing, be passionate about it. Dive in with all that you have and give it your all. Take risks—don't be afraid."
Donna's clients tell her "She has the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesperson"
Designations & Certifications Include: Certified Real Estate Negotiator (CREN), Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Cartus Network Affinity Specialist (CNAS), Accredited Buyer's Representative (ABR), Certified Agent Advantage Specialist (CAA), Cartus Networking Marketing Specialist (CNMS), Cartus Network Buyer Specialist (CNBS), USAA Movers Advantage Broker, Navy Federal Credit Union Realty Plus Broker, Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Expert (SFR), Smart Home Technology Certification, Certified Staging Consultant (CSC)
Clients are saying:
"I think one of the easiest ways to describe the level or personal attention and time spent with us during our house hunt was the fact the name "Donna" became a household name w/ our toddler. Donna was fantastic. She was extremely patient with our search yet knew how to optimize our time and steer us in the right directions. She also posesses a substantial knowledge of the infrastructure & nuances of what to look for and avoid in a home which is extremely helpful for first time buyers. And she's not afraid to get her feet wet!"
"Donna was simply astounding. I was referred to her from a co-worker worker and from our first conversation, things just felt right. My wife has made multiple comments to me just about how much she just likes Donna. That's a big thing in this business as you're going to be spending a lot of time together and communicating. I don't believe I've met a more likable person and that single-handedly made this the best sales transaction of my life. Add in Donna's quick responsiveness, market knowledge (she knows everything and will most definitely point out things that would never cross your mind), positive energy, honest feedback, and professional but incredibly friendly demeanor, and you have the perfect agent to help you in your next transaction. I would refer her to anyone and will refer her to everyone."
"From the first day we decided to list our home with Donna Plank it was a pleasure and good business relationship good advise and answered all question with patience."
"Donna helped us greatly in finding the right home for us. We were first-time home buyers and had a lot of questions, which she helped in answering many of them. For the questions she didn't know, she'd find out the answer for us. She explained the entire process with us and helped with anything she could. Donna is very easy-going and laid back, and definitely would recommend her!"
"Donna was extremely helpful at navigating all the aspects of selling my home. She knows the market very well and we were able to get a very good price on our home, plus it sold very quickly because she gave me great advice on preparing my home for showing it's best assets. I really appreciated her attention to details during the negotiation process, it gave me the sense that she had our backs. She's a pro and has a great sense of humor. I will definitely reach out to her for my next move."