Kathleen Buffington

Kathleen Buffington

CFA, CRE - Broker
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About Me

Being one of the top producers on the North Shore and the leader in sales of luxury homes in Evanston, clients rely on Kathleen Buffington for her experience and professionalism.  She specializes in high-end homes, historic homes, as well as those that require updating or extensive rehabilitation.  Through her attention to detail and extensive background in all aspects of the real estate business, home architecture, and history, she conveys a unique story to every property.


"I am very fortunate to be in a business that I love and get energized from it every day.  Each deal is different, and offers unique opportunities. The bigger the challenge the more I enjoy the process.


In my business the first priority is to protect my client's interest and having seen it all I know how to do this. I have been through some of real estate's most challenging periods, from high interest rates to plummeting home values, and through this I have learned invaluable lessons.  I bring those years of experience and skills to every project I encounter.  And as market trends continue to shift I find new ways to pursue business and open up new opportunities for my clients.  

My interest in architecture, history and design are invaluable to my business.  Being able to visualize the potential for a property has provided opportunities for my clients that otherwise could get overlooked.   With my established relationship with all trades of the home business I offer my clients the best, most cost effective means of readying their home for the market.   Through my services I also assist my client's in making their new home their own.


The North Shore is a great community and it's a pleasure working here.  The homes and investment properties have their own unique stories and qualities.  I learn all I can about each property and its history so that I can share this with prospective clients as it is an integral part of the sale process.  Information on the surrounding community is just as important so one can appreciate the community offerings in deciding where to live or invest.



The most enjoyable aspect of my work is the clients I have had the privilege to work with over the years.  I have worked with wonderful and interesting people who all have unique interests and experiences. They have provided me with new insights and perspective that have helped me become a better broker over time.   Many long term relationships have resulted as well which I continue to appreciate and enjoy."







Evanston, Il  


Wilmette, Il


Winnetka, Il


Kenilworth, Il.




Net Cost of Home Ownership:


Below I have included a simple sheet to allow users to calculate their Net Cost of Home Ownership (monthly - estimated costs to occupy your home) and two sample pricing scenarios to show the importance of pricing your home effectively from the beginning of the marketing process.


Feel free to insert any of your information into the blue boxes - and contact me with any questions. 


*The average Days on Market and Sales Price to List Price Ratio are actual numbers calculated for Detached homes in the Evanston Market as of April 2010.





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, 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!!"