Here is the short version: I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago by parents with an immigrant work ethic. At age 10, on my days off school, I started following my father around at work. I learned the value of a dollar and hard work by pounding stakes, shoveling concrete and assisting my father with managing his rental properties.
Throughout my education at the University of Chicago and professional experience as a psychotherapist in behavioral health care, I learned about the importance of empathy and starting where your client is when trying to help them. These skills have transferred nicely into a career in real estate as a developer and as a Real Estate Consultant.
I have purchased, remodeled, and sold two primary residences, as well as purchased two multi-unit investment properties and various lots that I have developed and sold. I have a solid understanding of the time commitment, focus, hard work and market analysis that is required to find you the perfect property, at the right price and with the least amount of stress. In the fast-paced field of real estate, I am continuously thinking out of the box to maintain an edge against the competition in order to apply a strategic approach in pricing and marketing your property all while finding the right buyer for your home.
I pride myself on being a deal maker and teaming up with experienced professionals to ensure a smooth process from contract to close. My passion, hunger and around the clock work ethic combined with my willingness to go the extra mile while building solid relationships continues to be the foundation of my success. If you do not believe me, see what my clients are saying about me.
Happiness. Health. Success and wealth. This is my mantra. I am a believer that good things come to good people, and positive action leads to positive reaction. My business approach is no different and I treat all clients, regardless of budget, as if they were a friend of the family.
A Texas native, I transplanted to Chicago in 2004 on a scholarship to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From the moment I stepped onto Chicago soil, coming from a little dirt-road town, I knew that from then on I would be a city girl. Since then, and after exploring various neighborhoods in the city, I have laid down some serious roots in the Logan Square neighborhood - living on my current block for almost a decade. You’ll often find me running in Humboldt Park or on the 606, at the McCormick YMCA with my girls swimming, having dinner/drinks on Armitage’s Restaurant Row, or in the (most likely) Wicker Park office working on deals, deals, deals.
I have a background in design and fine arts, as well as project management and marketing from my former life as a Director at Lillstreet Art Center, a community art center in Ravenswood. At the ripe-old-age of 24 I had a core position within the organization and shortly after purchased my first multi-unit building. Location, location, location is what they say, so we decided to buy an abandoned building on the right block and took on extensive renovations both with contractors and with a sledgehammer in hand more often than not. After conquering the rehab challenge, I came to terms with the fact that I share DNA with my family who happen to be uber-successful in the car dealership business (my body-building dad Jesse “Iron Man” Canales has been salesman of the month almost every month for the last twenty years, and my mom is a CFO of a dealership group). Not long after I got my real estate license and worked with some of the best, contributing to a top producing team and later forming one of my own along with my business partner Mark Buckner- forming the Buckner Canales Group.
Since our formal partnership in 2017 Mark and I having been packing a dynamic punch. Not only do we have personal experience with rehabs, multi-unit properties and building new construction, we work closely with developers on projects throughout the city. We do our homework, obsess over comps, and deliver prices that are on target for both buyers AND sellers. You want it. We’ll find it. You’ve got it. We’ll sell it. We project manage deals from contract to closing- and with a quirky smile on our face and the weight of the deal on our shoulders, not yours. When we work together, you walk away with a positive experience as well as a relationship with neighborhood and real estate experts.
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