Gustan Cho Associates is associated with realtor partners throughout the United States who provide a valued service to the public. Many are contributing associate writers and expert consultants for Gustan Cho Associates. Many articles that our real estate partners publish cover topics related to helping home buyers, home sellers, and consumers such as the real estate market in the particular areas they market.

Preferred Realtors Partners

Preferred Realtors Partners

Many of our preferred realtors are expert consultants and help our professional contributing associate editors with data and advice on the following topics:

  • first time home buyers
  • home buyers downsizing
  • buyers buying a larger home
  • buyers purchasing a vacation home
  • advice on investment properties
  • other real estate related topics

About Our Blogs

Gustan Cho Associates is not a lead generation website. We do not sell names or inquiries from our viewers. GCA Mortgage is a true licensed lender powered by NEXA Mortgage NMLS 1660690 based in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois NMLS 2515275. Articles written by expert realtors are the sole opinion of the real estate professional and its content is not in any way or form influenced by any members or staff of Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage & Real Estate Information Resource Center. The services of an experienced veteran realtor are a must for home buyers, home sellers, and investors. Real estate agents will guide first-time home buyers in finding the home of their dreams.

The Importance of Partnering With An Experienced Realtor Agent Knowledgeable With The Area

Real estate agents know the neighborhoods and markets they represent and know the market value of the properties. They can guide buyers in putting together a good purchase offer on the home they intend to purchase. Real estate agents can help homeowners who need to sell their homes in pricing the homes. Listing a home at the right price is extremely important. By pricing the home at the right price, the home seller can sell their home in a short period of time and not underprice it and not overprice it where a home buyer will have issues with the appraisal. Where the property does not appraise out and the deal is dead. Below is the directory of our preferred realtor partners who are experts in their field and are our guest writers

Illinois Preferred Real Estate Partners

Julie Hayward: Edge Realty LLC, Chicago, Illinois

Julie Hayward is one of the top realtors in Chicagoland and hands downs one of the most favorite preferred realtors endorsed by members of Gustan Cho Associates. Julie Hayward is the owner/broker of Chicago-based Edge Realty LLC. Julie Hayward is an expert in the field of short sales. She has represented home buyers negotiating short sale purchase properties with lenders and understands and is extremely knowledgeable about the short sale process. Julie Hayward is partners with prominent Chicago Bankruptcy & Real Estate Attorney Chad Hayward, the main partner of the Law Offices of Chad Hayward, who is also a real estate broker and works closely with Julie with short sale negotiations on behalf of home buyers and home sellers. Julie Hayward is endorsed and highly recommended by Gustan Cho Associates.

The Importance of Real Estate Agents Being Available 7 Days A Week

Julie Hayward is available 7 days a week and is one of our top guest writers for Gustan Cho Associates Mortgage Resource Center. Here are some of Julie Hayward’s most popular articles:

  1. Mistakes Sellers Make Choosing A Realtor
  2. First Time Home Buyer Questions
  3. What Is A Short Sale By Julie Hayward Of Edge Realty LLC
  4. Reasons To Own Rather Than Rent By Julie Hayward Of Edge Realty LLC
  5. Preparing To Sell Your Home By Julie Hayward
  6. Ten Best Kept Secrets For Selling Your Home By Julie Hayward
  7. Illinois Top Realtor Julie Hayward: Our Top Choice
  8. 5 Tips For Sellers That Can Make Or Break Your Sale By Julie Hayward
  9. Preparing To Sell Your Home By Julie Hayward
  10. Benefits of Using Realtors

Julie Hayward is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates. Below is Julie Hayward’s contact information:

Julie Hayward: Owner/Broker Edge Realty LLC | Phone: 312-504-9228 | Email [email protected]

Cathryn Browne: Baird Warner: Chicago Illinois

Cathryn Browne is a real estate professional who started her real estate career in 2001.

  • Cathryn Browne is an expert in both commercial and residential real estate and knows the Chicagoland real estate market like her backyard
  • Her countless closings, year after year, and experience with dealing from multi-million dollar commercial real estate investors as well as representing a first time home buyer in purchasing their first home has helped Cathryn become an expert negotiator
  • She is one of the top producing realtors in the nation for Baird Warner
  • Cathryn Browne is a trusted dedicated advisor to all of her home buyers, home sellers, commercial real estate investors, her fellow real estate colleagues, loan officers, real estate attorneys, and just anyone who is just looking for real estate advice

Before becoming a member of the Baird & Warner Team, Cathryn Browne was in commercial real estate with one of the largest commercial real estate advisory companies in the United States, National Retail Group. Cathryn’s role at National Retail Group was to establish and develop new client relationships with private institutional investors and commercial buyers in the Midwest, especially the Chicagoland Area. Cathryn Brown was a top producer at Marcus Millichap Commercial Real Estate Group and during her tenure of 6 years, she was involved and participated in closing over $1.9 Billion dollars in commercial assets. Cathryn Browne is a graduate of the Loyola University of Chicago with a Master’s degree in Political Science and with a minor in International Law. Cathryn Browne is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates and her contact information is listed below:

Cathryn Browne: Baird & Warner: Chicago Illinois | Direct 773-883-2448: Cell 312-547-9157: Fax 630-358-4886 | 4037 N. Damen: Chicago Illinois 60618

Rubia Siddiqi: Keller Williams: Naperville Illinois

Rubia Siddiqi: Keller Williams: Naperville Illinois

Rubia Siddiqi is a veteran full-time realtor with Keller Williams in Naperville, Illinois. Ms. Siddiqi is one of the top realtors in the Keller Williams system and has helped countless first-time home buyers find their dream homes. Rubia Siddiqi can help home buyers looking for homes in other states through the Keller Williams network system. Rubia has 12-hour workdays and is available 7 days a week for all of her home buyers and home sellers. Each of Rubia Siddiqi’s clients has personal attention and every single one of Rubia’s clients becomes her lifelong friend. Rubia is an expert in helping first-time home buyers, home sellers, second home buyers, investors buying properties to rehab and fix, and commercial investors looking for commercial properties from apartment buildings, commercial warehouses, office buildings, shopping centers, strip centers, and raw land to develop. Another area of expertise Rubia Siddiqi specializes in is business brokerage. If you are looking to purchase or sell a business such as a hotel, motel, gas station, restaurant, convenience store, or national franchise, Rubia Siddiqi can help you. Rubia Siddiqi is literally a full-service broker. A residential real estate broker, commercial real estate broker, and business broker. She is the deal maker in the business and real estate industry. Rubia Siddiqi is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates.

Rubia Siddiqi: Real Estate Agent: Keller Williams Naperville Illinois | Office 630-778-5800 | Cell 630-778-5800 | Email [email protected]

Susie Scheuber: RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals: Joliet Illinois

Susie Scheuber is a veteran real estate professional who has been a full-time real estate agent for over 15 years.  Susie Scheuber has consistently been a top producer and has extensive knowledge in all areas of real estate.  From condominiums to townhomes to single-family homes, Susie Scheuber knows every aspect in helping first-time home buyers, home buyers with prior bad credit, and high-end home buyers.  Susie Scheuber is based in Joliet, Illinois, and represents both home buyers and home sellers as well as with real estate investors in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.  Susie Scheuber is a real estate professional who is not just knowledgeable with all types of real estate properties and neighborhoods in her marketing area but is one of the top negotiators in the industry.  Whether the real estate professional is another real estate agent, attorney, title officer, mortgage loan officer,  or home inspector, Susie is respected by all real estate industry professionals.  Real Estate professionals know Susie Scheuber and they know they cannot beat around the bush with her.  Most of Susie Scheuber’s home buyers and home sellers become her lifelong friend and still contact her for real estate advice and send her many referrals. Susie Scheuber is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates.

Susie Scheuber | RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals | Direct 815-263-5988 | Email [email protected]

Agnes Jastrzebski: Classic Realty Group: Tinley Park Illinois

Agnes Jastrzebski is a professional veteran licensed Illinois real estate agent with Classic Realty Group in Tinley Park, Illinois. Classic Realty Group has been serving home buyers and home sellers in 2003 throughout the Chicagoland area. Agnes Jastrzebski specializes in first-time home buyers, home buyers with challenged credit issues, home sellers, and real estate investors. Agnes Jastrzebski works closely with Gustan Cho Associates and most licensed loan originators with Gustan Cho refer all of their pre-approved mortgage loan borrowers to Agnes Jastrzebski. Agnes Jastrzebski is an expert in short sales, REO properties, and negotiating foreclosure sales. Even though Agnes Jastrzebski is headquartered in Tinley Park, Illinois, she is an expert in all areas of the Chicagoland area including Cook County, Will County, DuPage County, McHenry County, and Lake County. Agnes Jastrzebski is not just an expert in dealing with first-time home buyers, veteran home buyers, home sellers, second home buyers, multi-unit home buyers, but is an expert in commercial real estate. If you are a real estate investor, a property flipper, or are looking to become a commercial real estate investor, Agnes Jastrezebski is the realtor of choice and is fully recommended and endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates. Agnes Jastrzebski is endorsed by Peter Bieda


Phone 708-717-2787 | Email [email protected]

Ed Kagan: Ed Kagan Real Estate: Worth, Illinois

Ed Kagan is the owner and President of Ed Kagan Real Estate based in worth, Illinois. Mr. Kagan is a 40-year real estate industry veteran and is an expert in all types of real estate types including condominiums, single-family homes, townhomes, manufactured homes, and two to four-unit multi-family homes.

Kagan Real Estate, Inc.

10750 South Ridgeland Avenue | Worth, IL 60482 | Office 708-448-6800 | Mobile 708-612-2426 | Fax 708-448-3075

Deborah Pettenuzzo: RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals: Joliet Illinois

Deborah Pettenuzzo is a veteran Illinois real estate agent with RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals in Joliet, Illinois.

  • Deborah Pettenuzzo is one of the hardest working real estate agents
  • Many home sellers and home buyers as well as her peers are impressed that she is an expert in not just areas of Will County, but neighborhoods in Cook County, DuPage County, McHenry County, and Lake County
  • Deborah Pettenuzzo is also an expert in properties located in the city of Chicago, especially in the downtown area and areas such as Lincoln Park, Bucktown, West Bucktown, Logan Square, Albany Park, Jefferson Park, Mount Greenwood, and Humboldt Park
  • Deborah Pettenuzzo experience includes being a former mortgage loan originator
  • So not only is she an expert in real estate but has a wealth of knowledge in the mortgage business and knows firsthand how the mortgage loan process works
  • Deborah Pettenuzzo has a database of various lenders where she can refer home buyers to particular lenders where they can help her home buyers
  • When a lender tells her home buyers that they cannot qualify, Deb takes action and wants to know why
  • Deb will contact the lenders herself and find her home buyer to a lender who has no overlays
  • Deborah Pettenuzzo is an expert in working with first time home buyers
  • Deborah Pettenuzzo will make sure that first time home buyers understand the home buying process
  • She makes sure that they get the proper seller’s concessions on a home purchase so the first time home buyer does not have to pay for closing costs
  • Deb is also an expert negotiator where she can negotiate the best home price for homebuyers to purchase and price the home properly on a home listing for the home seller
  • Deborah Pettenuzzo is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates

Deborah Pettenuzzo can be reached at 815-919-6275

Jeanne Dominguez: RE/MAX First Service: Homer Glen, Illinois

Jeanne Dominguez has been a licensed real estate agent with RE/MAX First Service in Homer Glen, Illinois since 2005.  Jeanne Dominguez is a full-time real estate agent specializing in helping first-time homebuyers have their dream of homeownership a reality.  Jeanne Dominguez realizes how difficult and stressful the mortgage loan process is, especially for first-time homebuyers.  Jeanne Dominguez has a special way of explaining to first-time homebuyers the home buying and mortgage loan process where all of her first-time homebuyers are eased throughout the whole mortgage loan process until the day the real estate transaction closes.  Jeanne Dominguez is also a commercial real estate agent and can help commercial real estate investors with their commercial real estate purchase transactions and commercial property listings.   If you are a commercial real estate investor looking to buy or sell an apartment building, office building complex, medical office building, strip mall, shopping center, warehouse building, farm, or other commercial property, Jeanne Dominguez is the real estate agent of choice.  Jeanne Dominguez knows the Will County area and neighborhood like the back of her hand.  Jeanne is always available and treats every one of her home buyers and home sellers like family.  Jeanne Dominguez has a list of reputable residential and commercial mortgage lenders as well as a book of real estate professionals from real estate attorneys to insurance agents where she can refer you to any professional who has worked for many years. Jeannie Dominguez is available 7 days a week for all of her clients including holidays.  Jeanne Dominguez has a five-star endorsement and is fully recommended by the staff of Gustan Cho Associates.

You can contact Jeanne Dominguez at 815-483-7488

Florida Preferred Realtor Partners

Florida Preferred Realtor Partners

Bernie Bristow: Coldwell Banker Vandguard Realty, Inc: Jacksonville Preferred Realtor Partner

Bernie Bristow is a five-star real estate professional who is the favorite of not just licensed loan officers at Gustan Cho Associates, but our support staff as well. Bernie is our go-to realtor for all pre-approved home buyers who need a Jacksonville, Florida real estate professional referral. Bernie Bristow knows Jacksonville like the back of her hands and even if we may not have home buyers that need Bernie’s services, Bernie Bristow is the go-to person if any one of our loan officers or support staff may have questions concerning the Jacksonville, Florida real estate market or in need of finding a reputable real estate professional such as an appraiser, home inspector, title company, insurance agency, surveyor, or HUD-approved 203k Contractors. Besides being one of our favorite realtors, Bernie is a great friend and part of Gustan Cho Associates. No matter how down you are or stressed out you may be, one call to Bernie will brighten up your whole day.

Bernie Bristow started her real estate career during the midst of the Great Recession and Real Estate Collapse of 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to her real estate career, Bernie was in the insurance field. Bernie Bristow was employed by a national larger insurance company for over 2 decades and mastered every aspect of the insurance business. Her insurance career helped Bernie adapt to become a top producer realtor, especially her experience in the customer service and computer technology divisions of her insurance company.

Bernie Bristow’s corporate career before she turned the age of 30 years old enabled her to live in ten different states where it helps Bernie’s real estate career for being able to compare and contrast properties and neighborhoods from other parts of the country to her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. Florida being a state where many families retire to and being a transient state, Bernie is the to-go realtor for being the realtor of choice for folks who are relocating to the Jacksonville, Florida Area.

When I ( Gustan Cho ) first met Bernie Bristow, I knew she was a top producer and a true keeper. Bernie has something about her that you can become instantly close to her in a matter of minutes and not days, weeks, months, years. It was no surprise that Bernie Bristow consistently ranked as the best of the best and top of the top producers at Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty. Bernie Bristow is not just a top producer for real estate producers of Northeast Florida but she ranks in the top producers for both the state of Florida and the United States. Bernie has consistently has ranked in the top 3% of all real estate agents in the Northeast Florida region but more impressive is that Bernie Bristow has consistently been ranked in the top 3% of all real estate top producers nationally for Coldwell Banker, an extremely high honor.  There has not been a year that Bernie Bristow will not do a minimum of $4 million dollars in production. Bernie Bristow has also earned the prestigious Customer Satisfaction Award Recipient.

Bernie Bristow concentrates in the St. Johns Town Center, Villages of Pablo, Southside, Neptune, Atlantic Beach, and the Greater Jacksonville, Florida Area. Bernie also has the Coldwell Banker national realtor referral network so if you need a realtor outside of Bernie Bristow’s marketing area, contact Bernie and she will refer you to a mini-Bernie Bristow where you will be taken care of by not the BEST, but the second-best. Bernie will watch over the referring realtor. Here are Bernie Bristow’s area of expertise:

  • Luxury Properties
  • Military Markets
  • New Homes
  • First Time Buyer
If you are in need of the best realtor in Jacksonville, Florida, contact Bernie Bristow at
  • Bernie Bristow
  • [email protected]
  • 7741 Point Meadows Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, USA

Nelva Sperry: United Realty Group: Fort Lauderdale Florida

Nelva Sperry is a commercial and residential real estate agent based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Nelva Sperry is an expert home buyer’s agent and home seller’s agent and her area of expertise are neighborhoods in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Miami-Dade County.  Nelva Sperry has been a licensed real estate agent in the state of Florida for over 20 plus years.  Second home buyers in the state of Florida can contact Nelva Sperry who has hundreds of contacts with other real estate agents who specialize in condominiums, condotels, townhomes, single-family homes, and two to four-unit properties.

Nelva Sperry is an expert commercial realtor where a large portion of her buyers are fixing rehab flip real estate investors.  Nelva Sperry has eyes out on investment properties where it can be a deal for a real estate investor.  Nelva Sperry also represents real estate investors from overseas looking to invest in South Florida.  Many of Nelva Sperry’s property buyers are cash buyers, however, Nelva Sperry has hundreds of residential and commercial specialty mortgage lenders as well as reputable hard money lenders and investors who can help every type of residential and commercial home buyers.  Nelva knows every neighborhood and area of Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Miami Dade County like the back of her hands.   Nelva has a network of real estate agents and real estate investors not just in the state of Florida but throughout the United States. Nelva Sperry is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates. You can contact Nelva Sperry at the following contact:

Phone 954-701-8994 | Email: [email protected]

Ed Martinez: Keller Williams On The Water: Sarasota, Florida

Ed Martinez, owner and operator of Keller Williams on the Water in Sarasota, Florida is one of the top realtors in the state of Florida.  Ed Martinez is a veteran full-time realtor who goes beyond the call of duty for his home buyers, home sellers, and real estate investors.  Ed Martinez and his associates have sold thousands of homes in the Sarasota and surrounding areas.  Ed Martinez’s expertise is working with home buyers and home sellers of all levels, especially first-time home buyers and home buyers with prior bad credit, high debt to income ratios, and self-employed home buyers.  Ed Martinez and his associates specialize in waterfront properties and high-end properties.  From condotels to non-warrantable condos to mansions, Ed Martinez Associates of Keller Williams on the Water is the contact to go to.  Ed Martinez is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates. Ed Martinez and his staff are available 7 days a week.  Here is Ed Martinez’s contact information:

Ed Martinez, CDPE, SFR, CHS, REOS | Phone 941-378-0202 | Mobile 941-504-2995 | Fax 888-791-0025 | Email [email protected]

Jorida Guda: Naples Florida

Jorida Guda is a real estate agent with Hudson Realty Executives, LLC in Naples, Florida.  Jorida Guda has been representing the great citizens of Naples, Florida and its surrounding communities.  Jorida Guda specializes in helping first-time homebuyers realize the dream of homeownership into a reality.  Jorida Guda has helped countless renters become homeowners and is one of the top realtors in the state of Florida. Jorida Guda is endorsed by Gustan Cho Associates.

Here is Jorida Guda’s contact information.

Email: [email protected]: Cell 239-595-5653: Office 239-269-7433
3960 Radio Road Unit 106
Naples, FL 34104-3741

Realtors listed on the Partners directory are by invitation and endorsement only.  Our Preferred Realtor Partners are all full-time real estate professionals who contribute to Gustan Cho Team @ Gustan Cho Associates and are available 7 days a week for their clients and our pre-approved mortgage borrowers. The articles our realtors write and publish are the sole opinion of the author and we cannot confirm the accuracy or inaccuracy of its content. Feel free to contact our realtors partners directly if you have questions on the article they published or need the services of a real estate agent.

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