North Shore native Jacqueline is a mama to three wee ones, serves on the board of two local non-profit organizations and is a busy residential real estate broker and a world traveler! She offers expert knowledge and empathy for the home search and moving process because she has moved 1 or 2 or 10 times! She also dishes out sound advice for getting through those long airplane rides with her little buddies!

 

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?

I was born and raised in Highland Park, and after living in the city for 10 years, I returned to Highland Park four years ago, with my husband.

 

Children and ages?

I have three children. My oldest son is five years old and my youngest are two year old boy/girl twins.

 

Favorite thing to do with your children?

My favorite thing to do with my family is to explore everything that Chicagoland has to offer. Checking out new museum exhibits (especially ones featuring dinosaurs), or shopping at a farmers market are two favorite activities. There is nothing I love more than creating memories with my husband and kids that are uniquely “Chicago”. I am also a big fan of traveling with our kids. They are very fortunate to already have explored many countries and of course, even if we visit a destination where my husband and I have previously visited, with our children along, it’s as if we had never been there before.

 

That’s wonderful to be able to expose them to so many new sites and experiences! What is your favorite family trip to date?

My favorite vacation with my family is our annual trip to Colorado. My oldest began skiing at three which is when I started as a child as well. Skiing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember so seeing him on skis and enjoying the fresh mountain air is just priceless. We took him on his first chairlift this past spring which was incredible. He loved every minute of it!

 

Any travel trips to get through those long airplane rides?

With three young kids travel is never easy but manageable with a few key things. iPads are always helpful loaded with movies and games but even those only entertain them for so long. We always bring coloring books, stickers and lots and lots of snacks; lollipops, apple sauce pouches and raisins have worked for us. Also, I cut up mini bags of fresh fruit ahead of time for each kid to avoid trying to divide up food on the plane.

 

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you…

People would be surprised to know that I moved ten times within Highland Park before college. My dad was a home builder on the North Shore and because of his vocation, he often found opportunities to build and renovate homes for his family. I believe this was the beginning of my passion for real estate and how my career as a residential real estate broker began.

 

Anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?

I would love to thank my husband for helping through these early parenthood years. I feel very fortunate that he is extremely present with our children and tries not to miss any events or activities. He volunteers with me at our kids’ schools when he can and coaches our oldest son’s soccer team. My husband and I are on a remarkable journey, that began when we first met in high school, and continues through this day. I am also grateful for my parents and in-laws, who have been a huge help over the years. Not a week goes by without quality family time, and I appreciate their support more than they know. My kids adore their grandparents and are very fortunate to have them all so close.

 

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization , a creative endeavor or in the corporate world? Please share!

Yes! I am a residential real estate broker with @properties helping clients buy and sell homes throughout the North Shore and the city. I have been a broker now for 12 years and I truly cannot imagine doing anything else. For me, it is so much more than a business. Of course growing up in a real estate family helped with my initial love for real estate but it doesn’t just stop there. I am passionate about helping my clients create a community for themselves. Nothing brings me more joy than to keep in touch with my clients and catching up on their enjoyment of the home I helped them find, and the memories they are creating with their families and friends. I am lucky to have the best clients in the business and am very fortunate to work for the largest independent broker in Illinois. I am also honored to serve on the boards of two local organizations: The Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group and the Young Women’s Board of the Jewish United Fund.

 

How has the North Shore community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?

Growing up here and now raising my young family in the North Shore greatly impacted my life. The North Shore is a special place where commitment to family, friendships and community are important values. My husband and I want to instill these very same values in my children, and by living on the North Shore, we are assured that the values in our home, are reinforced by the larger community. It is also my experience that by supporting the community, opportunities arise where will in turn support me, and I have definitely found that to be the case in both my personal and business lives.

If you would like more information about Jacqueline Lotzof for @properties

Visit: http://www.jacquelinelotzof.com/

Or call or text: 847.917.8220

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