Karen Irace is a consistent top producer and award winning Realtor waiting to meet your needs and exceed your expectations!  With hundreds of homes sold and years of experience, Irace is well versed in all areas of buying, selling and building your home.  Whether looking for your first home or your last, Karen can take you through the process eliminating many pitfalls along the way, ensuring as smooth a transaction as possible while meeting your real estate goals. 

Karen is the Director of Professional Development for RE/MAX Synergy, responsible for the training and education department for the company.  In 2011, Karen earned the prestigious CRS designation from the Council of Residential Specialists.  This is the highest designation awarded after a broker has demonstrated a consistently high level of production and satisfactorily completed a battery of advanced education courses in the real estate field.  Currently about 40,000 Realtors nationwide hold this designation of over 1 million Realtors.  In 2014, Karen earned the coveted Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) designation.  This ensures intense training specific to representing luxury homes.  When working with Karen you are guaranteed her education and experience will achieve your desired results.  In 2010, Irace was elected to the Board of Directors of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors, the largest association in the state with over 15,000 members.  This position is elected from among the member body, so if Karen's colleagues believe in her professionalism and integrity, you can too!  Karen was previously appointed to the Illinois Association of Realtors Board of Directors.  Karen also serves (or has served) on several organization committees including the Government Affairs, Grievance Committees and Professional Standards committees and currently serves on several Illinois Association of Realtors committees and working groups, chairing the Professional Standards committee for the Illinois Association of Realtors.  The Irace Team consists of Karen as Team Leader, Mike Fegan as the head of buyer services and Jim O'Neill as an additional buyer's representative.  Mike is a newest addition to the team and brings with him many years of business experience, and high end luxury home building experience.  Between the three, you are virtually guaranteed someone is available when you need them. 

Personal Commentary:

I was born and raised on the South side to Jack (CFD) and Marilyn Seguin and gratefully I still have them both today.  I have 2 brothers and a sister.  In 1988 I married my best friend, Ron (yeah cheesy, I know!)  We live in Orland Park.  Through the miracle of adoption, we are parents to one daughter, Christy, a 25 year old graduate student at Aurora University and graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.  She is absolutely the reason for everything I do.  Most of what I've learned about myself I learned through Christy.  She is my greatest teacher.  Christy will earn her advanced degree in social work and plans to earn and LCSW and build a private practice.  Between Ron and I we have 3 parents, 7 siblings, 7 inlaws and 15 nieces and nephews (including 2 sets of twins), so not too many weekends pass without a birthday party, soccer game, school function, etc.  We spend a great deal of our free time with family.  There is nothing more important to me.  Besides family time, I like to read, golf and cycle.  A few years ago I ran my first major race, the Galena Duathlon.  It was a 2 mile run, a 17 mile bike then a 4.3 mile run up and down the crazy hills of Galena!  Although my times weren't really impressive, I felt great!  I've ridden in the Tour de Cure, a 35 mile bike ride to raise money for the American Diabetes Association and the Late Night Ride in Chicago.  Most mornings you'll find me in the gym between 5 and 6 am.  Sometimes that's the calmest part of my day and it's great stress relief. 

I feel the importance of giving back to the community and my church, so I do some volunteer work at a senior center, a foster care facility and I teach Religious Education to the kids at my church.  I believe that to whom much is given much is required. 

So there you have it....a little bit about me.  Please be sure to let me know what I can do to help you.  If you just need a value on your property for insurance or a loan, just give me a call.  I'm here to serve you and happy to do it!