One size Does Not fit All!

One size does not fit all and I am so glad.

I LoVe the opportunity to work with so many different types of properties, and equally,

the buyers searching for just that right home.

That one that checks off most of the “Must Haves” and “Non negotiables”



It could be a rustic log home, with a four car garage, pole barn and pond on 5+ acres


A property with LoCaTioN, LoCaTion, LocAtion, but needs a bit of work


An immaculate traditional 5 bedroom home, dressed to the 9’s and “in Town”

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WAIT!!!! You want to build your real estate portfolio starting with this 3 flat!!!

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or, maybe, just maybe, you want to start from scratch and build your dream home.

No worries, I am here to guide you to

Say Yes to the Address and Find Your Happily Ever After

Amazing Waterfront Opportunity

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Capturing the feeling of a property and the potential it has is critical in marketing.  This Fox River home is still in need of a lot of rehab work, but just imagine the finished product!

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Enjoy the work that has already been started and use your imagination to finish the rest.

Rent the dock space to your friends who have to trailer their boats and jet skis every weekend, be the pit stop on the way to the Chain!

C-3 zoning…. work at home and enjoy this view all day long!


Call me today for your private viewing…. 205-365-5113

Holiday Energy Saver!!!

9 Ways to Avoid Gobbling Up Energy on Thanksgiving

By: Courtney Craig

Published: November 12, 2012

Wasting energy on Thanksgiving? Don’t be a turkey.


A few days before Thanksgiving

1. Install a dimmer switch for the dining room chandelier. Every time you dim a bulb’s brightness by 10%, you’ll double the bulb’s lifespan. Most CFLs don’t work with dimmers, but you can create mood lighting with incandescents and LEDs. The dimmer switch will cost you about $10.

2. Plan side dishes that can cook simultaneously with the turkey. If you cook dishes at the same temperature at the same time, you’ll reduce the amount of time the oven has to be running — it’s easier for the cook and saves energy, too.

When you start cooking

3. Lower your house thermostat a few degrees. The oven will keep the house warm. You also can turn on your ceiling fan so it sucks air up, distributing heat throughout the room.

4. Use ceramic or glass pans — you can turn down the oven’s temp by up to 25 degrees and get the same results. That’s because these materials retain heat so well, they’ll continue cooking food even after being removed from the oven.

5. Use your oven’s convection feature. When heated air is circulated around the food, it reduces the required temperature and cooking time. You’ll cut your energy use by about 20%.

6. Cook in the microwave whenever possible. Ditto slow cookers. Microwaves get the job done quickly, and although slow cookers take much longer, they still use less energy than the oven. Resist the urge to peek inside your slow cooker: Each time you remove the lid, it releases heat and can add about 25 minutes of cooking time to your dish.

7. Use lids on pots to retain heat. The food you’re cooking on the stovetop will heat up faster when you use lids.

When it’s cleanup time

8. Scrape plates instead of rinsing with hot water. Unless food is really caked on there, your dishwasher should get the dishes clean without a pre-rinse. Compost your non-meat food waste. Check out these other Thanksgiving clean-up tips.

9. Use your dishwasher. It saves energy and water, so only hand-wash things that aren’t dishwasher-safe. Wait until you’ve got a full load before starting the dishwasher. Be sure to stop the appliance before the heated dry cycle; just open the door and let your dishes air-dry.

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It’s Just like riding a bike……..

I didn’t step lightly back in to real estate, I jumped in.   I am so excited to be back in the ever changing world of real estate.

I proudly joined forces with my long time friend Kim Keefe who I met at a national Women’s Council Of REALTORS function years ago.  We have created Team Open Doors at ReMax Plaza.  It is so exciting working in this blazing hot market, successfully negotiating for my buyers in multi-offer situations.   Properties are flying off the market, prices are ever so slightly increasing and people are excited about home ownership.

As I work on and in my business, so many fond (ok and there are several that are not so fond) memories come flooding back of my past clients, my peers in Alabama, my mentor, and the wonderful people I worked with at RealtySouth.

Although the Illinois real estate law is different and I have always said real estate is ‘local’, I am finding it is really very much the same.

It is just like riding a bike…….



Never in a million years…..

That is what I said when I was making my plans to move back to Illinois.  I was referencing getting my license and being a REALTOR in Illinois.  What a difference a year makes.  Working in the moving industry I immediately sought out those who are responsible for getting people on the move….. REALTORS.  I joined the local board and then went about finding my new Women’s Council of REALTORS family.  It goes without saying that I can’t get it out of my blood.  A 20 year career doing something you love is hard to completely leave behind.  I am excited that I have new opportunities in teaching,  I am a certified instructor for the Certified Negotiation Expert Course and will be teaching my first course in December.   I have my Illinois Certification to teach Continuing Education as well as maintaining my Alabama Certification.  I will finish eating my words before the end of the year when I take the Illinois Real Estate Broker Test.  Stay tuned…..never say never!