Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
27 N Northwest Hwy
Park Ridge, IL 60068
- Have helped over 455 families/individuals with their real estate needs since 2000
- Received the “Top 14% of all Company Agents Internationally” award last 4 years; 2016, 2015, 2014 & 2013” and the “Top 1% of all Company Agents” & “Top Office Producer in Volume & Units” awards in 2005
- Branch Managing Broker of two different real estate offices
- Experience shows that since 2013, 100% of Donna’s listings sell, the average number of days on the market is 65 days and on average, the sellers got 95.5 % of their asking price
- 15 year of experience in sales & customer service in the food & beverage industry handling a client base with multi-million dollar contracts
- A full-time, full-service real estate broker and branch manager
After almost 15 years in the ingredient business helping food and beverage companies incorporate a sweetener into their products, it was time for a change. Donna was inspired to become a real estate broker as she has a passion for helping others, enjoys meeting and spending time getting to know people and likes to travel around the area. She began her real estate career as a licensed salesperson with Baird & Warner in 2000. In 2006, she was promoted to Branch Manager of their Mount Prospect Office. In 2009, Donna was recruited to manage the Berkshire Hathaway Starck Office in Mount Prospect for another 2 years. Since September of 2011, Donna has been a real estate broker agent and is currently working with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Park Ridge.
Being a real estate professional in the Chicagoland real estate market over the past 16 years has enabled Donna to have the experiences and insight to assist her clients in any type of a market whether it is a seller’s market, a buyer’s market, a renter’s market, a distressed property market (Foreclosure or a short sale) or an investor’s market. Most of her real estate career has been guiding and counseling clients on selling their home, purchasing their next home or facilitating a lease of a property. Four years of her real estate career were spent as a Branch Manager, managing broker for two different branch offices with over 40 agents in each office. In this role, Donna was advising and counseling agents on growing their business and assisting them in answering questions they receive from their clients. Donna also negotiated contracts with suppliers for the office. Clients refer Donna to their friends and family because she is professional, trustworthy and has a high level of integrity. She makes time for her clients and tells them the truth even if it’s not what they want to hear. She is rewarded when a client says to her “Thanks, we couldn’t have gotten through this without you”. Donna’s family and friends think of her when they have a real estate need.
Donna’s family of 5 enjoys the outdoors whether it is bicycling, camping, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, hiking or just relaxing on the lawn chair by day and by the campfire by night. She enjoys gardening and has a perennial herb garden and aspires to have a sustainable vegetable garden. Donna and her family have two pets. A Cockatoo Parrot - her name is Apollo and she loves to mimic us and entertains us on a daily basis and a Red-footed tortoise named Darwin who loves sunning himself under a heat lamp and having his shell petted.
Donna's clients tell her she has the "heart of a teacher".
Donna is a lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area. One of the life lessons Donna’s mom taught her to live by every day is “Whatever you are doing, be passionate about it. Dive in with all that you have and give it your all. Take risks—don’t be afraid.”
Certified Real Estate Negotiator (CREN), Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI), Cartus Network Affinity Specialist (CNAS), Certified Agent Advantage Specialist (CAA), Cartus Networking Marketing Specialist (CNMS), Cartus Network Buyer Specialist (CNBS), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource Expert (SFR), Navy Federal Credit Union Realty Plus agent, USAA Movers Advantage Preferred Agent, Smart Home Technology Certified
"She's a great realtor! She is genuine and easy to get along with. She looks out for her client's best interest and answers any questions he/she has. I would recommend her anyone hands down!"
-Tyler & Lyn, Client
"Donna is an exceptional person in addition to being a very knowledgeable agent. Donna truly cares about people and it made her the perfect partner for selling my mother’s home of 48 years. She was at times a therapist and friend as well as our real estate agent. Donna actually came over in jeans and a tee shirt and helped me empty things out of the basement for 3 hours before she even listed the house. She clearly went above and beyond the call of duty many times, and she did it with a smile. You are lucky to have such a person working for you. I wish I lived in the area so I could use her again. Donna Plank handled every situation that came up in the process by explaining our options, and giving us sound advice. She had a very good understanding of our needs and objectives."
-Liz & Dorothy, Client
"Donna did a great job negotiating, got us the best comps and guided us in the right direction during our purchase product. Donna has worked with my husband and me on several transactions. She is a constant resource to us during all aspects of buying, selling and renting. There is no one else I would want to work with. "
-Kim & Brian, Client
"Donna was amazing she went above and beyond her duties. She spent a LOT of time with us exploring lots of areas. She did all the work we really just had to say yes and show up and sign the paperwork!! She was AMAZING!!!. The lawyer that was recommended by Donna was very good as well."
-Amy& Brian, Client
"We will for sure use Donna again in the future to continue renting our second home. This is the first time we are renting our home out & did not know everything we needed to know in this market. Donna walked us through the process & gave us great suggestions on being a landlord"
-Brian & Kim, Client
"Donna was great. She was very easy to deal with and would definitely use her in the future."
"Very knowledgeable and thorough in selling a condo by short sale in a depressed market. "
-Liz & Eddie, Client
"Our agent Donna Plank is a real gem! She was like having a family member in real estate, thank you so much for sending her to us. I will truly miss dealing with her. "
"Donna was amazing. She was always available…day or night; weekend, weekday! She was professional and thorough. I was a first-time home buyer with lots of anxiety and she made me feel calm and comfortable."
"Donna was extremely helpful at navigating all the aspects of selling my home. She knows the market very well and we were able to get a very good price on our home, plus it sold very quickly because she gave me great advice on preparing my home for showing its best assets. I really appreciated her attention to details during the negotiation process, it gave me the sense that she had our backs. She's a pro and has a great sense of humor. I will definitely reach out to her for my next move. My agent was great at communication. I knew what to expect and her guidance through the process was fantastic. She totally exceeded my expectations."
"Donna was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She made the whole house buying experience very fun and easy. Donna helped us every step of the way and did it in a manner that she wasn't ever overbearing or pushy. We are very happy we decided to go with Donna. "
-Angie & Todd, Client
"Donna was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She was prompt and courteous at all times."
-Jackie & Dave, Client
"Donna helped me immensely through a very difficult market and sales situation. I could not have gotten through it without her unrelenting effort to ensure that the mortgage representatives and related groups received all the information necessary to bring this transaction to closure."
"Prior to working with Donna, we met with two other agents from other agencies. We just weren't happy with their lack of knowledge, so to speak. We later met with Donna and from the first showing, we knew she was the right agent for us. She is honest and truly has her clients best interest in mind. She has a tremendous amount of knowledge, not just in the buying process, but regarding homes in general. Donna was able to step into a home & immediately see things that were questionable and point them out. As first time home buyers, this was important to us. Donna is very easy going & very personable. She is truly a pleasure to work with. She was so incredibly patient with us. We offered on 6 homes before we finally closed! It took a total of 8 months to find the perfect home and she never once pressured us. When we walked into our new home, she knew right away it was the home for us and was truly as excited as we were. I can't say enough about her. I would definitely recommend her! "
"Donna was extremely professional and knowledgeable, and we felt as if we could consider her a friend as well... she went out of her way to make sure we had all the information we needed at every part of the process. We would definitely recommend her!"
-Peggy & Rob, Client
"She was very knowledgeable and explained things well to us. I felt like she was a great advocate for us and was always willing to help and answer questions where needed. Very thankful for the house we got and the experience we had!"
-Kristie & Jason, Client
"Unbelievable!!! Donna goes above and beyond!! After we listed our house a concern a potential buyer brought up was the old oil tank in the crawl space. Donna worked with us getting it removed. The house was our parents. We also determined that we didn't have keys for the front door. She handled working with a local locksmith to install new locks. She also helped with suggesting Estate Sales companies and when furniture didn't sell she posted it on the Park Ridge Facebook page. She also helped coordinate the donation of beds to a local family in need. Pick an agent that provides service and doesn't boast about quantity of houses sold! PICK DONNA!! "
"Donna does her homework! Before viewing my first place, she had all of the market research done. She also knew just what questions to ask. During the whole process, she was always there for me, helping me make my own decisions but giving me the support that I needed. I highly recommend her!!! "
"As a first-time home buyer, I had zero knowledge of the process of not only buying a home but also acquiring a mortgage. Donna walked me right through the process without any issues. Even when I needed to find a loan officer, attorney, home inspector, etc. Donna always provided a great recommendation. All the paperwork was clarified and made easy, and so was scheduling showings. Four months into my new home and I couldn't be happier."