Holding considerable expertise in buying and selling, short sales, foreclosures, investing, and working with first-time home buyers, Cecilia Favela has excelled as a real estate broker with Realty of Chicago in Berwyn, Illinois, since 2017. While her primary responsibilities involve locating properties for clients and setting up appointments for visits, she has made a name for herself for her emphasis on educating her clients on the entire home-buying process so that they know what to expect and don’t get overwhelmed. Having initially considered becoming a teacher, she developed the mindset — both from her early interest in teaching and childhood experiences babysitting — that education should be fun, and she uses education as a tool to help her clients feel comfortable and heard throughout the highly stressful process of buying a home.
Ms. Favela cares deeply about her clients and developing a bond of trust with them, and she attributes much of her success to being a good listener. Furthermore, she credits her more than 16 years in real estate, along with her early experience in customer service as a bank teller, as contributing to how she has excelled in her field. Prior to joining Realty of Chicago, she served as a real estate broker with Su Familia Real Estate in Chicago from 2012 to 2017 and as a realtor with Century 21 Salamanca Realty in Chicago from 2005 to 2012.
Alongside her primary career responsibilities, Ms. Favela has contributed her skills to a number of other professional and civic endeavors. In order to keep abreast of developments in her field, she maintains affiliation with a number of professional organizations, including the Chicago Association of Realtors, Illinois Realtors, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the National Association of Realtors. In her more community-focused endeavors, she gives back through involvement in local charities and back-to-school giveaways for children in need.
While Ms. Favela has accomplished much over the course of her career, she considers her most notable achievements to simply be her ability to attain her goals and having a career that she enjoys. She loves seeing her clients happy and being able to help them achieve their dreams, particularly when they had previously considered the dream of buying their own home to be unattainable. Aiming to grow her business and hire a team in the coming years, she would advise young and aspiring professionals to ask a lot of questions and look for answers, talk to other realtors with more experience, and make sure you are willing to commit 100% to a career in real estate. Ms. Favela notes that her children, Jasline and Brandon, have been her greatest sources of inspiration and motivation in her work and life. When she isn’t working, she enjoys singing, jogging, walking her shih tzu, and taking her children on vacation.