Cathy Kozlarek is a North Shore specialist and Realtor for Coldwell Banker. If you are looking for a close commute to downtown Chicago, the North Shore is the place to live. Cathy can help you with Real Estate in Evanston, Wilmette, Skokie, Glenview, Winnetka, Deerfield, Glencoe, Northbrook and other suburbs located along Lake Michigan.
Over the past thirty years, I have moved six times, bought eight homes and sold seven. I thought why not put to good use all that I have learned from my home buying and selling experience? So without another thought I jumped into the real estate market and became an agent. Some may ask ‘why, at this uncertain time in the marketplace?’ My answer is always the same, ‘if I can be a good real estate agent in a fluctuating market, then I will be a great real estate agent in a more stable market.’
My experience as a home buyer and seller has helped me to understand just what my clients are looking for. I will actively listen to your needs, work hard to find what you are looking for and serve you with a smile.
As someone who has relocated several times I am equipped to help you find the right neighborhood, quickly integrate in the local community, and find the services that meet your needs.
So whether you know someone who is relocating because of their job or a student coming to one of our universities looking for a place to call home, please keep me in mind. I will treat your friends and family as I would treat mine.
For the First-Time Home Buyer
I love working with the first-time home buyers. It is an exciting time and you need an agent who is patient, energetic, and who can provide you with the resources you need to confidently jump into the real estate market. I hold quarterly seminars specifically designed to answer all of the questions that first time home buyers have. Questions like; “Where am I going to get all of that money, how do I select an agent, and after I find my dream home, then what?”
I also have an amazing list of resources that can help you spruce up or customize your first home purchase. I am always available for my clients to call, even after their purchase, as questions arise about, taxes, mortgages, and repairs or any other thing pertaining to the upkeep or maintenance of your new home. Consider me your greatest resource.
Condos, Single Family Homes and Your Property
I own both a condo and a single family home and know intimately the upkeep and sale techniques for each. This makes me versatile and a fount of information, a key to success in this ever changing market where you need a sharp, savvy agent working for you 24/7.
Serving as the president of my condo association has given me a unique and different perspective and understanding of condo purchasing and selling. I understand much more fully how associations, reserves, FHA financing, and condo restrictions play into the sale or the purchase of a condo. Neither the buyer nor the seller will have to be concerned or feel like they are not fully informed because I will make sure that they have all of their questions answered.
Over the past 37 years I have owned seven single family homes and sold six of them. I know what it takes to get a home sold and I know the emotions the buyers and sellers feel. I can empathize with both sides and that is a quality that serves my clients well. I have worked with many real estate agents as a home seller and a buyer and I know what I liked and did not like about each one. I have learned from my experience and I hope that I present to my clients the best possible agent that they can have.
"Cathy's the best! Patient, informed, flexible, available and a fount of good advice. It took us a year to find what I wanted, and along the way, she helped to put things in perspective as well as helping me realize my own priorities. Now that I've just closed, I couldn't be happier, and would recommend her to anyone looking for a home."
Dr. Rob L.
Cathy was the perfect partner to help lead us through our search. She was infinitely patient while we held out to find "the perfect place." Cathy was extraordinary at determining exactly what we were looking for, and did a wonderful job narrowing in on properties that fit our price range and the qualities we wanted. Cathy is incredibly diligent, is very on top of her game, and is responsive to any and all requests. We saw her as a true partner in our search, and we couldn't be more happy with the results!
Zach & Alica
Cathy listed and sold our co-op in Evanston and she made the whole process a breeze. Not only is she a lovely person, but she is very knowledgeable about the market and priced our unit competitively to sell, we had a contract within 2 months. Cathy was very familiar with our building as well as the unique challenges of selling a co-op vs. a condo. She recommended a real estate attorney who was also very familiar with co-op regulations. Cathy went out of her way to help us with a successful sale, meeting us after hours at our home to sign paperwork (different location than property address), meeting repair people, inspectors, etc. She also staged our empty unit with furniture to make it more cozy and appealing to perspective buyers. She treated our small co-op listing as if it were a high priced home for sale, we highly recommend Cathy and will use her for all our real estate needs in this area going forward. Thanks Cathy!
I am the mother of four grown children and 7 grandchildren (tell me I don’t look old enough?). As I said before I am currently the president of my condo association and I volunteer with the Kiwanis Club of Evanston. In addition, I am actively involved with the women’s group and the young adults in my church. I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with family, especially my husband of 37+ years!
- Licensed Real Estate Broker
- Certified Relocation Specialist (Cartus Broker Network)
- Member of the North Shore-Barrington Board of Realtors
- Member of the Illinois Board of Realtors
- Member of the National Board of Realtors
Education and Training
• Attended Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University
• Former small business owner
• Over 30 years of customer service and sales experience