Katie Traines

Katie Traines

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About Me





"Follow the Train" from Evanston to Lake Forest.

Katie Traines with 20 years of success is the New Trier Home Specialist Serving All  Buyers and Sellers Real Estate Needs.


¢ Lifelong North Shore resident with superior knowledge of the marketplace

¢ Chicago's North Shore suburban communities from Evanston to Lake Forest

¢ Successful representation of buyers and sellers

¢ Advertising, Marketing and Sales background (Neiman Marcus and the DuPont Corporation)

¢ Individually tailored marketing and advertising;personalized concierge and staging services

¢ Business mainly derived from satisfied past client referrals


Education and Designations

. Certified Negotiation Expert
¢ Certified Relocation Specialist-Cartus, NuCompass, Brookfield and Sirva

¢ Member National Association of Realtors®

¢ Cendant Mobility Inventory Specialist
¢ North Shore Barrington Board of Realtors®
¢ Accredited Staging Professional

¢ International President's Circle
¢ 1st Year Named Rookie of the Year (15 years ago)
¢ Top 2% of Realtors® Nationally


"My wife and I have woked with Katie over the past 18 years.  She has helped us sell homes and purchase homes.  We can't speak highly enough in regards to her skill sets. She is very bright, energetic and a consummate professional."



"Selling our home in Winnetka with Katie could not have gone any smoother. The timing was perfect and couldn't have asked for better communication, price or marketing. Selling a home is very difficult and this transaction was a breeze."



"We have bought or sold 4 properties with Katie and have always found her to be extremely professional, fun to deal with and very knowledgeable about all aspects of the market, community and expectations on both sides of the negotiations. She works harder than any agent I have ever met."

Debra P-Glencoe


"Katie was terrific to work with.  She was proactive and quick on follow through.  Katie really understands the real estate business and is very knowledgeable about the market and process.  She is an excellent communicator and has a very steady and calm style.  Katie has many years of experience and coupled with her engaging personality, she is a perfect broker."

KSinger- Evanston


"Katie is a dedicated professional. She sold our condominium quickly and responded to all our requests for help within 24 hours. I would highly recommend her as a realtor."

M. Gerber-Evanston


"Katie did a fantastic job. She offered helpful suggestions after her first walk through of ways to improve the look and feel of my home and make it more marketable.  She was responsive and really had a great sense of the market, bringing her personal knowledge and relevant market data to help inform our price point and negotiations. What was most appreciated was the speed with which she was able to close a deal for us. I would recommend Katie to anyone looking to buy or sell on the north shore area."

-Mr D. Evanston


"I valued Katie's candid input on drawbacks of my house and things that I should and should not fix. She was very in tune with the local market and excelled at marketing, significant Internet exposure and print advertising. Her best traits are professionalism, honesty, cheerful optimism and persistence. In the end, I felt I had all the pertinent information needed at the right time to make the right decisions. Our house sold within 40 days in a sliding market. If we end up moving back to Chicago, Katie will be the first person I call.
- Mr. S. Glencoe, IL

"Working with Katie was a delight. Her energy, creativity, aggressive marketing and excellent coommunication skills are unsurpassed. Her knowledge of the market was deep and her suggestions for presenting the property were right on target.  I would not hesitate to recommend her to a friend or relative."

-Mr. G Highland Park


"Katie Traines was fantastic as our Broker. She was our trusted advisor and advocate through our search and purchase of a house. It was our first home so we had many questions along the way. Katie was always available for us and we couldn't be happier with the home."

-Megan Glencoe


Katie kept me well informed on the progress of our bank owned property in Glencoe. Her communication was excellent and I am comfortable giving her this reference and sure to have another project to sell.
- Mr. H. State Bank of Countryside

"Katie was a tremendous help to us when we purchased our home. She was always ready and willing to go the extra mile for us. We heartily recommend Katie to anyone purchasing or selling a home."
- Ms G.O. Winnetka, IL

"It was a pleasure working with Katie and would rate our experience a 10 on a scale of 1-10! She answered our questions in a timely manner and kept us informed every step of the way. We are comfortable being a reference."
- Mr. and Mrs. N. Glencoe, IL

"Thanks to Katie's patience, we are very happy and love our neighborhood. She was a great help and know we will work together in the future, I assure you."
- Mr. and Mrs. M. Wilmette, IL

Clients are saying:

"Katie works incredibly hard for both buyers and sellers! I’ve worked with her on multiple occasions and always am delighted with the transaction and pleased with Katie’s input and diligence. A real pleasure to work with."