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About Lisa Finks, Lourdes & Carolyn
As an attorney, Lisa's in-depth knowledge of real estate law, contracts, and sharp negotiating skills benefit clients on the financial side of each transaction. Trained as a litigator and experienced as general counsel for a mid-size management company, Lisa’s business sense and advocacy experience pave the way for successful outcomes.
Lisa’s emphasis on data and the compilation of unique statistics further sets her apart from other brokers. She believes that research, analysis and the cold, hard facts should help justify a client’s decision whenever possible.
Harnessing the power of digital marketing, social media and advanced retargeting strategies, she has emerged as one of the most innovative and tech-savvy agents on the North Shore. A 5-star agent, Lisa ranks in the top 10% of agents on the North Shore.
Lisa and her husband have three very active children and live in Wilmette.
Lourdes brings a wealth of experience to every transaction. As a former mortgage broker for twelve years and having spent 12 years buying, selling and managing a family portfolio of real estate, Lourdes has a depth of experience not found with your average agent. Her extensive negotiation experience provides Lourdes’s clients with successful outcomes. Lourdes is 100% client centered.
Lourdes also loves design and turns that passion into helping her clients prepare and stage their homes for sale when necessary. She understands how a well-staged home can achieve maximum sale price in minimum market time.
A Wilmette resident for 31 years, Lourdes and her husband are raising their two children in Wilmette. She has been very active in her children’s school and sports activities. Lourdes has also been active as a business person and civic leader in Logan Square.
A Winnetka resident for over twenty years, Carolyn Duris knows the North Shore inside and out, and can ably guide you to the home of your dreams. Specializing in the properties that grace Chicago's desirable North Shore—Glencoe, Kenilworth, Northfield, Wilmette, and Winnetka—Carolyn offers winning strategies and solutions for both buyers and sellers.
Carolyn’s professionalism reflects the excellence of the area. With a background in marketing and sales in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago, she brings technologically savvy research, marketing skill, and negotiating expertise to every deal. Her trusted insights are key to every sale. With a topnotch team of graphic artists and a strategic social media program at her command, properties are shown at their best to reach a targeted, interested audience.
The mother of two children, Carolyn is deeply committed to the North Shore. She has developed solid ties to the community through her fundraising and volunteer work, and has also been an active volunteer in the Winnetka Schools, including Greeley, Skokie-Washburne, and New Trier High School. She serves on several boards, including Rush Hospital and the American Cancer Society.
University of Notre Dame, J.D.
Dartmouth College, A.B.
New Trier Parents Association Executive Board Member, 2014-2018
Board of Directors, Housing Our Own - Wilmette Housing Board, 2016-2018
District 39 Educational Foundation Trustee, Math and Science Committee Chair, 2010-2016
Co-Founder of Science Olympiad Program at Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High School
Former General Counsel, Pro Sports Experience, LLC
The Client Experience with Lisa
Lisa Finks is a consummate professional that helped us manage the sale of our home wonderfully. She has a strong network of agents which yielded many potential buyers and helped us smoothly navigate a few challenges that popped up during the process. It was a pleasure working with Lisa. - Tom H.
Lisa was great to work with. She is very knowledgeable of all the North Shore communities and neighborhoods. Most importantly, she was extremely responsive to all our requests and worked tirelessly to help us find our new home! - Rich M.
Lisa was terrific! From the beginning until the close, she was on my side, advocating for me the whole way. Her dedication is unmatched. I couldn't have asked for a more seamless experience with my home purchase. - Noelle R.
Lisa was very supportive, helped us nearly 24/7 to finish the transaction very quickly. - Johann H.
Lisa is that exceptional broker that you hear about but rarely meet ... the one that goes way above and beyond the norm, that truly cares about her client's happiness, who works tirelessly to ensure all the i's are dotted and the t's crossed, and will ensure you are partners every step of the way. Patient, humorous (which is necessary!), intelligent and kind. . . she truly made my sell and buy a terrific experience. - J. S.
Lisa is an absolute pro. We were rather picky buyers and didn't even know exactly what we wanted when we first started, but she guided us through the process to completion. She honed in on what we liked and disliked and found us a great property in a great location. She is the ONLY broker we will refer to on the north shore. - Scott S.
Lisa Finks is the most knowledgeable, hardworking , patient real estate agent I've ever worked with. She is a gem. I actually cried at our house closing because it was so hard to say goodbye to her.I can't say enough good things about her. She is simply the best! You are very lucky to have her working for you and so were we : ) - Wendy M.
Lisa was just great. Very professional, thorough and personable. We loved her! - Garrett L.
Having owned multiple properties over time, we know to work with a broker who has the right balance of professionalism and social integrity to make the process work the way it should and leave us entirely confident in our purchase. We made the right choice when we decided to work with Lisa. She has been everything one could ask for in a broker -- timely, informed, thorough, honest, and respectful. I would add "respectful" of the entire process and mindful of the true goal, which is helping our family find a home. We have appreciated Lisa's honesty and gentle guidance, as we are now reflecting on our home buying process with no regrets. We have said many times since moving in, "This really does feel like home." We cannot thank Lisa enough.
We had a wonderful experience working with Lisa Finks. I have known Lisa for a long time, which is why we worked with her, but she exceeded our already high expectations. She was always on time, returned every call and email promptly, and provided value-add analysis, particularly with respect to comparables. We looked at one house which didn't have a living room, and as a result, we were wondering if we could put a piano in the family room. An hour later, Lisa sent us two pictures of similar houses with pianos situated in a manner that would work for us. With respect to the house we ultimately bought, Lisa established a good working relationship with the seller (who wasn't using a broker) that helped allow us to win the bidding even though our offer was not the highest. We consider Lisa a friend and trusted advisor, and we'd be pleased to provide a reference if ever helpful. - Arif A.
Lisa is a joy to work with. As a savvy agent, she helped us navigate the difficulties of having a home on the market and sell for a great price! Her professionalism and thoughtfulness are highly valued and much appreciated! - Andrea H.
Lisa is a great realtor and has been very helpful to us. She is professional, knowledgeable and also very friendly and thoughtful. She has a clear mind and listed all the pros and cons for every house we looked at or she recommended, she also has a lot of house pricing experience and negotiation skills. Lisa successfully helped us avoid a bad house deal(the reason why now we know it was a bad deal is that the offer price my wife and I was thinking at that time is close to the current house listing price after it dropped again and again and nobody is offering) with deep analysis and helped us find our dream house. Both my wife and I love working with Lisa! - Lin J.
We have been working with Lisa for several years and super satisfied with her service. She is very considerate and professional. I recommend her to several of my friends and they all like her! - Carol Z.
Lisa Finks is undoubtedly the best overall real estate agent I have ever worked with. She takes to heart my needs and budget and assists even if the resulting sale will not benefit her directly. She is very knowledgeable about many kinds of sales, including a foreclosure I am currently involved in. Lisa has access to many tools which assist a buyer or seller in comparison shopping as well as those renovations which do and do NOT pay back when selling. Lisa is a joy to work with, a great listener, and I would recommend her highly to anyone in the market to buy or sell in Wilmette or beyond. - Beth L.
Lisa is a true professional and knows the north suburb's villages and cities better than any other agent. She has knowledge of the local schools and a great understanding of what makes each community unique. When you combine the fact that she is seasoned attorney with extensive knowledge of real-estate law, you are getting tremendous service not found with your average agent. Hiring Lisa will be the best decision you can make when looking to buy or sell your property. - E. M.
Mundelein College, Bachelor of Arts, Degree in History
Board Member, St Joseph School, Wilmette Illinois
Oktoberfest Co-Chair 2015 and 2016, St Joseph School, Wilmette Illinois
Member, Wilmette Chamber of Commerce
Founding Board Member, Logan Square Chamber of Arts, Chicago Illinois
Former Board Member, Economic Development Commission of Logan Square, Chicago Illinois
The Client Experience with Lourdes
Lourdes is the best real estate agent I have worked with. She was patient, kind, and understanding with all of my situation. She was the best most reassuring agent I ever have work with. I would work with her again in a heartbeat! Thank you Lourdes for all you did for me and my family! - Blanca G.
Lourdes was exceptional in all of what I call the three important areas of a real estate transaction: preparation (she provided a great list of comps and price histories for my neighborhood), negotiation (read both the buyers and the current sales environment to get me more than I anticipated) and follow-through (she stayed on top of the deposits and closing process to ensure a smooth finish). I've bought and sold homes in 4 different states, so my expectations were high. She exceeded them in every aspect of the transaction. - Thomas B.
Professional broker supporting purchase of my home process from market research till close, who is the member of HomeAdvantage program. It was pleasure to work with Lourdes! - Marek P.
Lourdes has been patient and flexible with us since we began looking for places nearly two years ago. Even though it turned out I didn't qualify for anything on the market when we first started looking, she kept in touch with me and was immediately available after my financial situation changed. I never felt pressured to settle for a property we weren't comfortable with, and she made it clear that she would help us out for as long as it would take to find a place we loved in a good location. - Jennifer B.
My husband and I were moving from out-of-state and knew absolutely nothing about Chicago. We were on a very tight timeline and Lourdes got right to work. She took the time to get to know us, helped us refine our search, and only presented properties that she had pre-screened. She wasted no time finding new properties each night, contacting agents, and fielding our numerous questions. She communicated with both of us continuously and we never had to wonder what was going on. She helped us find a home that we are genuinely excited about and we are now getting settled in. Never once did she complain, lose her patience, or seem frustrated with guiding us through what could have been a very stressful process. She is so kind, honest, and professional and we are so grateful for her guidance, patience, and warmth. We highly recommend Lourdes Arencibia for all of your real estate needs. - Pamela M.
Lourdes was amazing! From the first contact we had over email we could tell that she was a first-class professional. She listened very carefully to our needs and wants and we were able to find a place we are very happy with. She was patient, kind, warm, knowledgeable, thorough, and very generous with her time. Not a single question we had went unanswered, either immediately or in a follow up email within a few minutes. She also provided us with great tips for living in the area, from restaurants to car buying. Thank you, Lourdes! - Jose F.
Lourdes is all you could want in a realtor- knowledgeable, energetic, always positive, warm and friendly. - Marlene S.
Lourdes is amazing! She is patient, kind, thorough, a fabulous listener, and incredibly gracious at the same time. She truly knows how to do her job with confidence. Finding a new home can become a stressful situation, and Lourdes really makes it very pleasant. - Jennifer T.
Lourdes was nothing short of great. She is professional, knowledgeable, attentive, punctual and dedicated. We feel very blessed that she worked with us and had the patience to help us decide exactly what we need. - Abraham R.
Lourdes is very professional and knowledgeable at what she does. I came from a different country and had no idea about Chicago before I came. Through Lourdes' guidance, we nailed down our requirements and found the place what we wanted in a fairly quick timeframe. She is also very patient and considerate dealing with her client. I had a very busy working and travelling schedule, she always accommodated my schedule to the best she can and keep me informed in various ways. So even when I was travelling, I felt she is working on my case and making progress. She is also very resourceful. We encountered some difficulty in loan application. Lourdes has provided contact, who helped us get the loan and close the house. I just enjoyed working with Lourdes. I would highly recommend her for anybody. - Bill G.
University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts
Board Member, Rush Hospital, North Shore Auxiliary Board, 2015- current
Board Member, American Cancer Society, North Shore Women’s Board, 2010-current
Board Member, Winnetka Public Schools Foundation Board, 2009-2013
Active Volunteer, Winnetka Public Schools and New Trier High School, 2001-current
The Client Experience with Carolyn
Carolyn was awesome! Very responsive to my questions and so helpful with ideas to stage the house so it sold quickly. She sold my house in 4 days ! Was thrilled with the service and results even though I drive her crazy at times! Highly recommend Carolyn for your real estate needs! - Susan B