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Creative Solutions for Buyers
Barbara is an experienced agent with creative skills to help you. Over the years Barbara has worked with top North Shore builders and developers including her own family which includes 3 architects. Through this involvement she has an intimate knowledge of interior design, construction and architecture. As a result, she has vast knowledge of the current resale market and can offer guidance when purchasing a newer home or when considering remodeling an existing home. Deep roots in Chicago's North Shore suburbs, underlies Barbara's thorough knowledge of the area's every nuance. A Highland Park native, she has raised her own family there and has a widespread network of friends and contacts. If you are relocating to any of the North Shore suburbs she can help you to get connected, find services that will allow you to customize your new home, and assist in any way possible to help you feel at home on your first day.

Creative Solutions for Sellers
Listings are selling. This is important to remember and then carefully look at what it is in your area that has sold and why when preparing your listing for market. Barbara is extremely knowledgeable about the market conditions and recent sales in the North Shore communities. She combines this knowledge base with two other very important aspects: Staging and Marketing. She utilizes her experience as a professional organizer and applies this to setting the stage for your home to sell. Potential buyers need a clean palette with which to visualize themselves in the home and how it will fit into their own lifestyle. Barbara can help you declutter, position furniture, and even design in order to play up your homes best features and have it show its best. Creative marketing is essential because no home is the same. In a market where there can be months with high inventory you want your home to stand out. Barbara has experience marketing homes so that this goal is achieved. She will be sure that every possible marketing tool is utilized and that your home is given prime positioning on Zillow, Trulia,, Yahoo,, and just to name a few. She also develops her own customized direct mail campaigns for her listings and ensures that your home receives the highest quality of photography and brochures. Her precision and creativity are crucial in the fine art of real estate.

Sensitive to Senior Real Estate Needs
Barbara is also experienced in working with Senior buyers and sellers and their families. She is extremely sensitive to the needs and concerns of moving through the transitions of selling a much loved home filled with many memories. Barbara will work to maintain her client's dignity and respect while providing the professionals services including organizing and staging and referrals to estate sale experts. She will always make sure that you are listened to, well cared for, accessible and that you have an agent that you can trust has your best interests in mind.

Personal Background
Barbara is a lifetime resident of Chicago's North Shore and lives in the Sunset Woods neighborhood in Highland Park. She is married to her husband Douglas and has two children which she raised here on the North Shore. When she is not building her real estate practice she enjoys long walks along Lake Michigan and in the Chicago Botanic Gardens, reading, Yoga, concerts at Ravinia Festival, Painting and Drawing. She also volunteers at schools and nursing homes with her therapy dog, 'Gracie'.

Education and Designations

  • CRS - Certified Residential Specialist
  • ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative
  • Cendant Mobility Inventory Specialist
  • Cendant Mobility Marketing Specialist
  • CMS, e-Pro, Certified eMarketing Specialist
  • CNS - Certified Negotiation Specialist


  • President's Elite International
  • President's Circle
  • Diamond Society