My story begins as most do with a burning interest in real estate. No, really! Even my Barbie Dream home had a for sale sign in front of it and of course an above ground pool because even Barbie knew you never get your money out of an in ground pool in the Midwest. I grew up in a tiny Cape Cod home in Oak Lawn that was always in the midst of a new construction project and evolution of additions and modifications. My parents, Kay and Denny, truly taught me to put value in what you own and to treat it like a member of your family by maintaining and updating it. My Dad especially, being an Irish immigrant, took great pride in the fact that he owned a home that would begin his investments into American soil. Later he became a thriving entrepreneur, opening his own shop on 22nd and Michigan Ave., Chicago, called Chicago Power Steering. As his business grew, he knew the value of investing in real estate to build the future for his family so he purchased the building he had been renting and later bought the building next door. That continues to be my parent's legacy to me.
What about me? Well I took a bit of a longer route to find my passion and calling. Having graduated from Lincoln College with an Associate in Arts Degree, theatre and music were to be my path. However, my college sweetheart Mike and I, having fallen in love in show choir decided to get married and start our family. 25 years later, Mike and I are proud parents to Jacob (Architectural Grad Student), Mitch (Singer, Songwriter and College Sophomore in Nashville) and of course our little Chicky, Aubrey Shea (my 10 year old drama queen & mini me). Mike went into education which actually started our real estate crash course. Over the course of 14 years we had bought and sold 4 times because of job opportunities.
After a string of jobs, Chiropractic Assistant, Secretary in multiple locations, and of course the odd job performing in Dinner Theatre. I walked into a Real Estate Law Firm in Orland Park in 2001 and proceeded to learn about real estate from contract to closing during the most exciting, difficult and tumultuous time in the industry. I worked as a paralegal, assisting the attorney in all things real estate until 2006 when I decided to take a time out from working to have my last baby. I stayed home with my sweet daughter until mid 2008 when I decided to study and take my real estate licensing test. I passed first time out with flying colors and immediately got to work. Of course at the time I started, I had no idea that it was the fall of the market and short sales and foreclosures were a new adventure in our suburban market place. Never one to sit back and cry over spilled milk. I worked like crazy to help as many people as I could navigate the very difficult path of real estate. As I said, I come from sturdy, hard working stock, ready with a hand and always a new idea. Since 2008 I have been a continuing sales leader in any office I have been associated with and I also moved into Management for 3 years until deciding it was impossible to focus on all of my clients, all of my agents and my family and give them each 100%. Over the years I have grown and focused my skills into a very consistent product, creating value for each and every client. I am grateful for the business and I look forward to continuing to learn, grow, and give.