René Firmin is a Realtor specializing in Glencoe, Winnetka, and Highland Park. René provides intuitive client service, market knowledge and analysis, and works tirelessly to obtain her clients' goals. René strives to help her clients find their "This is It!" moment.
Having worked in sales and marketing for one of the world's premier hotel companies, Four Seasons Hotels Resorts, René successfully negotiated multi-national and local hotel contracts with corporate clients. Through her successes, René achieved Presidents Club status. René also had the incredible opportunity to work for the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a marketing capacity, analyzing visitor exhibition trends, developing media / marketing plans and executing advertising campaigns.
René grew up in upstate New York and, after graduation from college, lived in Chicago for several years where she met her husband. They transferred to Philadelphia, New York City, Connecticut, and are now back in "Sweet Home Chicago" to stay. Along the way, their family has grown to include three children and an active Golden Retriever.
Education and Professional Affiliations
* Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
• National Association of Realtors
• Illinois Association of Realtors
• Northshore-Barrington Association of Realtors
Community and Personal Affiliations
* Family Service of Glencoe
* Glencoe Junior High Project
Clients are saying:
"Rene showed us many homes over a long period of time, and really understood what we were looking for. One weekend she called and said, "There's a house coming on the market, and I think you should see it this weekend." By the end of the weekend, there were two offers on the house, and now it is our home. Rene's knowledge of the market and understanding of our criteria helped us move into our dream home.
We put our house on the market with Rene, and she gave us great advice and resources to get ready to sell. We received an offer quickly. The buyers weren't the easiest :-) but Rene was professional and always calm. She saw us through to the end, including picking up a few little items we left behind when we moved."
"Rene was instrumental in finding us the perfect new home. She stuck with us as we rejected home after home, all the way refining the listings that she showed us. In the end, she was able to find us our dream home at a price that worked for us. She also helped list our old home, where we had multiple offers in a matter of days.
Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home in Glencoe, Rene's local market knowledge will come in very handy. We highly recommend her!"
"We were referred to Rene and very grateful. She went above and beyond—she truly understood what it took to sell our house. Rene was always available and kept us calm during the negotiation process. You won’t find a better realtor!"
"We have worked with Rene twice on both the sale and purchase of our homes. Rene brought great experience and insight throughout the process and was so easy and effective the first time we worked together that we couldn’t imagine working with anyone else when 5 years later we moved again.
When selling our home, Rene put her great marketing skills to work and positioned our home perfectly. She was a true consultant and expert in our area, knowing exactly what it would take to sell at a great price. She took pride in her work and our home and it showed - resulting in a quick sale!
On the purchase side, Rene always had a firm grasp of what we were looking for. She was quick to get us into the newest and upcoming listings, and as many times as we needed to be comfortable in our decision. She was on target with showings (being sure everything was a great use of time) and was amazingly patient with us while we carefully explored every option. We often joked that she was a calm force - a peaceful mediator between our sometimes differing desires in a home, as is not uncommon with spouses. Rene could easily get us to see and agree on the unbiased pros and cons of various properties. We came to truly value and trust her input.
We love the new home we are now in and are grateful to Rene for providing creative options that helped us overcome what we thought could be an unworkable closet situation (Rene brought designs that opened our eyes to the solution and secured our home!)
We can’t say enough great things about Rene - she is super patient, kind, helpful and has a great sense of humor and is a true expert when it comes to real estate. We wholeheartedly recommend anyone looking to move start with Rene. She makes what can be a stressful time feel fun and exciting instead."
"Rene was amazing in helping us find our first home in the north suburbs. She provided us with plenty of options and was extremely patient in working with us as we visited many houses before we found the right one. She was extremely flexible and made herself available on weekends and even picked me up from work on a regular basis and drove me to potential houses during the week. She also talked with us late at night as we were negotiating and making decisions.
Rene worked with us all the way until we moved into our house and answered any question that we had along the way. We highly recommend Rene to anyone that is looking to buy or sell a home on the North Shore"