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Emily Kaczmarek
MeetEmily Kaczmarek
Real Estate

A granddaughter of 3 real estate agents, it seems like it is almost destiny that Emily broke into the industry herself. Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, Emily is your go-to expert when it comes to your real estate transaction. Her goal is to not only utilize her impeccable communication skills and professional demeanor to guide her clients through the transaction, but also to educate and provide value in her service.

Emily hosts Chicagoland’s very own, Caffeinated & Home Buyer Educated: A First-Time Buyer Virtual Workshop alongside Bill Pendley of Caliber Home Loans. They have teamed up to provide value and to help those that are looking to buy in the next year or two in the Chicagoland area and are asking themselves, “Where do we even start in order to buy a home?”

A few months into starting in the business, she saw an opportunity to gain knowledge around home construction and renovations by working alongside her uncle as an apprentice carpenter which has given her invaluable skills and knowledge when it comes to articulating and understanding home inspections.

She is diligent, dedicated, a proven master negotiator and extremely knowledgeable about the local Chicagoland marketplace.

Emily now lives in downtown Palatine in the Northwest suburbs and looks forward to making this home, experiencing all the neighborhood has to offer, while serving her friends, family and neighbors in their own real estate transaction.

 

$16M since 2018     50+ clients helped since 2018

 

My “How I Got Here” Story

Only until recently have I come to truly realize that we, ourselves, are the largest influence on our own happiness. Sure, short-term happiness can be found in a new BMW, a kitchen remodel or an all-inclusive Caribbean vacation. But once the excitement from these items and experiences fade away, you are left with you, yourself, and the thoughts and beliefs that float around inside your head.

My early – mid 20s I felt like I was in a daze, living day after day on repeat without giving much thought to the monotony and lack of growth and enjoyment in my life. Sure, I would hang out with friends, go to Crossfit, drink wine and watch trash tv, all of which I enjoy doing. I knew there was something missing deep in my core. I wasn’t living my life according to what I believed was my purpose and what sparks joy in myself. I was doing what I thought was “normal” or what I “should” be doing.

I knew I needed to make a change. How could I help people and leave a meaningful impact on them while earning a living and still enjoying some of my favorite past times?

Let’s pause on this thought for now and back up about 15 years, shall we? Little middle schooler Emily running home from school to catch the 4:00 episode of Trading Spaces on HGTV. I wasn’t like a normal adolescent, but who really is? I was a good girl. I did my homework, never ditched school, was a devoted gymnast until middle school then tennis player until college graduation, and would love binging on HGTV at an early age. Of course, as we all know, HGTV is not the best source of real estate information (and by not the best, I mean not good at all), but I thought that someday it would be soooo cool to incorporate houses, interior décor, business and people into a career, just like the stars on HGTV.

Obviously real estate has been in the back of my mind for quite a while. But that also came with hundreds upon thousands of “What ifs?”. It got to a point in my mid-20s where I told myself “Emily, it’s either now or never.” So, I took a leap of faith and enrolled myself in a real estate prep course and haven’t looked back since.

The past few years have been so many things, not limited to, exciting, frustrating, exhausting, anxious, uncomfortable, overwhelming, nerving, inspiring, and hopeful. I haven’t felt this alive and in control of my life ever.

Now I can undoubtedly say that I have found what checks that happiness box. It’s evident in that ear-to ear grin on my face once the papers are signed for a first time buyer client at closing, my hear beating 1000 times a minute after clicking the send button, submitting a client’s offer, and genuine compassion while guiding an older couple through the emotional experience of deciding to list their home after 30 years.

Thank you to past, present and future clients for allowing me to serve you and to continue doing what I love.

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. — Steve Jobs

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