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5445 Grand Ave Ste. 200 , Gurnee - IL 60031

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About James D. Smith


Broker (31 years experience)

Specialties Buyer's agent Listing agent Relocation Short-Sale

Focusing on your needs

Board Of Directors Mainstreet Association Of Realtors 6th largest in the nation.

Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)

Military Relocation Professional (MRP)

Accredited Distressed Property Representative (ADPR)

Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®)

Short Sales & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Certification

Seniors Real Estate Specialist 55+ and Wiser (SRES)

Member of Mainstreet Association of Realtors Government Affairs Committee 2016/2017 Chair and Mainstreet Senior Services Committee.

Residential and Commercial Real Estate

Real Estate licensed 1990

Broker licensed 1992

Affiliated with Re/Max 24+ Years


Office Locations:

Gurnee, Long Grove and Waukegan

Servicing Lake, McHenry and Cook Counties, Illinois 

License Broker Illinois 

Resident of Lake County, IL. from 1959

Previous Careers

Former Gurnee Fireman

Owner of Camera and Video Charades Lake Bluff

Video Rental, One Hour Photo, Film, Photo Frames, Fun Candy and Other specialty Items.

Sold in 1990

President Glencoe Camera and Photo Service.

Camera Sales, Film sales, Video Rentals

Wholesale Photofinishing Lab

Sale Manager Sundance Photo Service

Jackson, Wisconsin

General Manager Salon Photo Service

Member of GLMV Chamber (Greenoaks, Libertyville, Mundelein and Vernon Hills) , Gurnee Chamber, City Of Waukegan Chamber and McHenry Chamber.

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ABR, Accredited Buyer Representative
Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO)
Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosures
The Multiple Listing Service Mark member badge

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