When it comes to real estate, everything is local. Baird and Warner La Grange Broker Associate Lauren Cody understands the importance of community when it comes to buying or selling a home.  “I’m a third generation Riverside resident, my parents grew up here, I was raised here, and I chose to bring up my family here as well. I have a long-term understanding of the community.”

Cody, who has been in the real estate business since 2005, works in Riverside, Brookfield, La Grange, North Riverside, La Grange Park and Berwyn. She benefits from years of experience in the western suburbs helping clients purchase and sell homes, and her personal experience gives her an edge in both ends of the transaction.

Past and present membership in civic organizations from the Riverside Garden Club, Chamber of Commerce, church boards and public school organizations have defined Cody’s lifetime of dedication to the community providing a unique understanding of what it means to live, work and raise a family in the Western Suburbs. 

“I’ve been here a long time, and I know and love the community. When new buyers walk through my open houses, I love telling them about the benefits of living in this area, as the conversation is genuine, and people sense that. I not only sell people homes, I often sell them on a neighborhood first.”

Cody finds that her success on the part of her clients is due to some of the specialized services she offers. With a former career in the design industry and as a Certified Staging Consultant, Cody works with her seller clients to stage their homes and get them market ready. “Looks do matter. Part of my service is a consultation in which I walk through the home and tell clients what repairs to make, what needs to be removed, advice on furniture placement, and a number of small things they can do to make their house look its best. I always use professional photography so my houses stand out on the web, and I have the local resources available to help clients with any needed repairs or improvements.”

Part of selling a house is getting maximum exposure for the property. Being a part of the Baird and Warner team is a boon to her clients when it comes to marketing. “Baird and Warner has some of the best technology in the industry. We’re very innovative in offering clients marketing tools that some other companies just don’t use.”

With over a decade of experience in real estate, Cody has an expertise in pricing. She prepares a comparative market analysis for each client and stresses that pricing a home properly can be the key to a quick sale. When it comes time to negotiate sales and purchases, Cody finds that her experience and patience enables both her buyers and sellers to achieve the desired result.

Cody loves both sides of real estate from listing through closing with her sellers to helping buyers find the perfect spot to call home. Her clients range from first time homebuyers moving to the western suburbs from the city to people who are ready to downsize. As the parent of three children and a downsizer herself now that her children have left the nest, Cody understands the needs of home buyers and sellers at all stages of life.

Whether you are looking to make a home purchase in the western suburbs, ready to sell your home or just beginning the process and looking for guidance, Lauren Cody can be reached at 708-514-3367 for all of your real estate needs.