"When getting help with money, whether it is insurance, real estate or investments, you should always look for someone with the heart of a teacher, not the heart of a salesman." Dave Ramsey
Ivona specializes in residential Real Estate in Evanston, Northshore and Chicagoland area. Thanks to her focus, knowledge, experience, and commitment, Ivona had her best years in business during the downturn of Real Estate market, guiding her seller and buyer clients through selling and purchase cycle. She continues to thrive during the market recovery. Due to her foreign roots as well as still having family and life-long friends overseas, Ivona successfully splits her time between Chicago and Europe. Thanks to cutting edge technology, a team of colleagues, logistically well designed plan, and her understanding clients, she is able to serve them remotely while in Europe and lead the life she's always wanted. She believes it takes courage and commitment to be an unconventional Realtor, but it can be done as proven by her satisfied clients and many successful transactions conducted from across the Ocean. She is a dynamic sales and communications professional with a consistently successful career, focused on building long-lasting relationship with her clients.
As a multimillion dollar producer, a certified Relocation Specialist, and a North Shore resident for 17 years, Ivona is experienced in the North Shore and Chicagoland area real estate markets. She is committed to solving the challenges that arise during the real estate transaction. She takes pride in the assurance her clients feel. Her ability to relate to others, to listen and understand her clients' needs inspires confidence and satisfaction. She specializes in staging vacant properties in order to generate the highest offer possible for her clients, as well as fighting low appraisals often resulting in setting record prices in the condo buildings or single family homes neighborhoods where she represents her listings. Ivona has been recognized for top achievements in the Real Estate industry by executives, clients and peers. She possesses excellent planning, organizational, presentation, and negotiations skills. She is a highly ethical professional exercising tact and good business judgment. Ivona emigrated to the U.S from Poland in 1990. After living in New York City and Chicago, she moved to Evanston in 1994. These relocations have given her the ability to empathize with the uprooting involved in the moving process and enabled her to respond to her clients needs in a caring and understanding manner. Prior to her Real Estate career, she was in sales and marketing in the printing industry.
During her spare time, Ivona translates subtitles for TV shows and feature films into Polish and volunteers her translation skills for Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation. She is actively involved in Evanston Small Business Association and Evanston Chamber of Commerce. She speaks both English and Polish fluently. Ivona combines her love for travel with visiting her friends and family in Europe and United States. She also enjoys horseback riding, fine dining, watching movies, and spending time on the beach.
Ivona's previous work experience, her community involvement, and high profile volunteer work has provided her with sound negotiation skills, attention to detail, and communication skills necessary to excel as a Real Estate professional. She invites you to join her group of very satisfied clients and making her your "Realtor and teacher for life."
WHAT MAKES ME DIFFERENT:
I choose to work with limited number of buyers and sellers at a time. This is the only way to ensure that every one is receiving appropriate time and attention needed during one of the most important transactions most of us will face during our lifetime.
If you hire me, I will be your primary point of contact – no assistants or middlemen involved, therefore eliminating misunderstandings or facts "lost in translation". Your phone calls and emails will be returned promptly and courteously. There will be no finger-pointing involved, since I will be the only one accountable for the services I provide for you, the consumer. I will be your trusted guide, advisor, teacher and advocate, informing you about the most significant data about the market place, supply and demand trends, mortgage industry changes, and taking the time to help you make the best decision for you and your family.
My greatest satisfaction comes from helping people realize their dreams and achieve their goals. I am not content until my clients' expectations are exceeded. I believe quality, integrity, and total commitment are the keys to ensuring the highest level of service. The feedback I receive most often from my clients is that I made their journey through the selling and/or buying experience a seamless transition.
"Once commitment happens, the forces of the universe conspire to help you" - Friedrich Nietzsche
"If you can dream it, you can do it" - Walt Disney
"Success is not an accident" - Tommy Newberry
"Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity" - Seneca
"We are what we repeatedly do" - Aristotle
"In heaven all the interesting people are missing" - Friedrich Nietzsche
"You don't fail when you fall; you fail when you refuse to get up" - Anonymous
BOOKS I OFTEN RETURN TO:
"The Road Less Traveled" - By M. Scott Peck
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" - By Stephen R. Covey
"How to Win Friends and Influence People" - By Dale Carnegie
"The Four Agreements" - By Don Miguel Ruiz
"Little Prince" - By Antoine de Saint Exupery
When it came time to sell our home, we chose Ivona as our listing agent because of her hard-working nature and good listening skills. We were impressed with her marketing plan. Ivona got the job done!When it came time to buy our next home, Ivona was easy to work with because of her pleasant demeanor. In our search to purchase a home Ivona was always receptive to our needs. She willingly showed us homes without pressure. Dr. Pete and Barb Egofske
Diligent. Flexible. Intelligent. Reliable. We cannot say enough about Ivona McCormick. She is an incredibly hardworking residential sales leader who remains committed to excellent service. She is a fabulous listener who spends time understanding her customers' needsand working diligently to exceed them. In addition to all of these wonderful attributes, Ivona sold our condo at 900 N. Lake Shore Dr. in Chicago at the price we wanted...and set a new record for sales in our building! She worked hard to secure us a new home in Evanston. Ivona brings the perfect combination of talent, experience and personality to a demanding and competitive business. It is a delight to work with someone of such fine character. Erika and Mike Erhart
We were very pleased with Ivona's services as our buyer's agent. She never tried to pressure us, and in fact she would sometimes be the first one to point out the flaws of a place we just looked at. Her friendly manner and attention to our needs made us feel comfortable during the whole process of finding and purchasing a home. We would not hesitate to use her services again. Joseph and Jing Cesarone
Ivona found exactly what I was looking for. It has been six months and my new house feels like a home. She is great to work with. She truly cares and actually listens! I would and have recommended her services to my friends and family. Lucas Mroz
We admire the work you do. You are a warm and hard working person and it is a pleasure to know you. Anka and Cedo Popovich-Krstic
Ivona McCormick listed, marketed and sold my condo located at 2951 Central St. in Evanston. I found her approach to be realistic, honest, enthusiastic and professional. She is very knowledgeable and aware of the current climate of the industry and thoroughly up-to-date with e-marketing techniques. Her skills during the negotiation process were exceptional. I am most impressed with the fact that she was able to sell my condo in the short period of three days! I certainly would highly recommend Ivona. Professor Gerardo Ribeiro
If you have the opportunity to work with Ivona, take it! She made our first-time-home-buying-experience fun, exciting, and easy. As first-time homebuyers, we knew next to nothing about what we were getting into. We needed an agent we trusted, who knows her stuff, and who was willing to take the extra time required to educate us on everything that goes with buying a home for the first time... we could not have been in better hands! Ivona truly went above and beyond for us and made this exciting time in our lives a fun and happy one. My husband and I have recommended her to everyone we know, and she has gotten great results for our friends. When it's time to sell our first place, Ivona will be the first person we call. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Jeremy and Anna Inabinet
We found a realtor for life with Ivona. From our first meeting to our closing date she guided us through the process of buying our first home as an expert and as a friend. As we approached making our most important investment, in turn,we could feel she was invested in us. She assuaged our fears and worked hard so we could find and close on the perfect home for our newly growing family. Kimberly and Brendan Moore
We are so appreciative of how well you handled the staging, the management company, the relocation company and the actual sale. It's been a true pleasure working with such a great realtor that we could count on every step of the way. We will definitely keep you in mind and refer you to anyone we know. In addition, feel free to use us as a reference going forward. Dr. Dan and Julie Dexter
As first time buyers we could not have asked to be in more capable, patient, professional hands. Ivonawas always willing to answer our questions and address our concerns. She took our needs seriously,made time for us (when we’re sure she didn’t have any) and made us feel like we were her only clients.We found our dream home, and we’ve agreed that when we’re ready to move again there will only beone choice for us when it comes to realtors: Ivona McCormick Neil and Kelly Gunderson
Ivona is AMAZING! My husband and I had been looking for a home for 2 years and just couldn’t findthe right place. We knew when we met Ivona at the Open House that she would help us find the home we have been looking for. 4 months later we found the perfect house! Ivona is very passionate about wanting to find the right place for her clients. She puts a lot of heart and soul in her work. We will always appreciate how very patient she was with us as first time buyers while we were going through the motions of the purchase of our home. My husband and I had endless questions and concerns throughout the process and she always answered our questions very promptly (you won’t find a realtor that will get back to you that quickly - (I’d bet money on that!) with assurance that everything was going to be OK. She is super friendly, very knowledgeable about the housing market and doesn’t play the cheesy sales person game like other realtors seem to do. She is realistic about the market and understands what needs to be done to sealthe deal. Joe Wilson and Greer Zummo
I never thought selling my home would have been so quick and with such gratifying results. Thanks and hats off to Ivona! Georgia Cohen
Ivona McCormick is the most professional, intelligent, knowledgeable, hardworking real estate agent I have ever worked with in 40 years of buying and selling real estate. In addition, I knew that Ivona was always on MY side, working to put MY interests ahead of everything else. She was ALWAYS reachable and took care of everything promptly and professionally. She did far more than I would have expected from her, including picking me up at my home and driving me to the property repeatedly so that I could meet with various contractors involved in remodeling. Even though the purchase price was not so high and therefore her commission not so much, she always treated the transaction and me like we were worth a million. Sara Stewart
Ivona was a breath of fresh air after some mishandled transactions and her depth of knowledge as well as her large pool of connections helped us succeed in selling our condo. Even though Ivona was abroad during our transaction, it could not have gone any more smoothly or better. Lyam Guerra
Ivona was an amazing broker! We had worked with two other brokers prior to working with her and her level of professionalism, amount of communication and marketing strategy blew us away. She answered countless questions and we ultimately ended up with a full price, cash offer. I can't say enough good things and will recommend her to everyone in the area. Kathryn Guerra
Ivona has handled 2 sales, 1 purchase and secured 2 sets of renters in the condo she just sold for us. She is beyond professional and an expert in her field. We can't imagine using anyone else. She fights for her clients, but at the same time is fair, honest and efficient. Every time we talk to anyone who brings up a real estate transaction, Ivona's name is brought up and referred. We are as loyal to her as she is to us. Job well done. Michele Sherer Michele Sherer
This is the fifth transaction I've done with Ivona; two sales, two rentals, one purchase. For the sales and rentals, her knowledge of market prices appropriately set expectations, making negotiations of the deals go quickly. Her premarketing of the property resulted in early and substantial interest and immediate bids. Her management of the sales/purchase process kept everything on track with seemingly no problems (I'm sure she had to work hard to make it look simple). @properties clearly gives her strong support.Ivona is first of all professional, but charming as well. I will continue to use her for all my future real estate transactions and recommend her to all. David Sherer
Ivona was very personable and knowledgeable. She was motivated to help us find the right property. Most importantly, she was looking out for our best interests throughout the entire process. Elissa Lovell
Ivona was very helpful and patient in the process of buying my first property. She definitely had my interests in mind when looking for the right property. If I buy again in the area I would definitely use Ivona and would recommend her to friends and family! Andra Jungles
Ivona McCormick is an amazing realtor! She has a wonderful work ethic, and she is intelligent, dilligent, and she works well under pressure. I was under a time crunch, and there was not many properties on the market. She jumped on mine the minute it hit the market, and I saw it during the realtor Open House. SOLD! I will be referring her to everyone I know! Thank you Ivona for finding me a home! Sue Shapiro-Blanas
Ivona was AWESOME! From the first day we spoke to each other we were at ease and knew that she would take care of everything for selling my Father's condo. But little did she know I was full of questions! She would always get back to me right away. She was there till the end with us. She always wanted to make sure we were kept up-to-date on everything! A wonderful experience for all of us. Nancy Snyder
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