Kathy lives by the motto “Do what you love and love what you do, and everything just falls into place!” After graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing and a minor in psychology, Kathy spent the next 20 years working in sales and consulting before entering the world of real estate in 2004. Kathy’s education and impressive career in sales has helped her excel at negotiating deals and supporting all the emotions that come along with real estate transactions.

Kathy’s passion for real estate and working with people, combined with the dynamic elements that make up a real estate transaction, are what energizes her. In 2010, Kathy co-founded Quaid & Rooney with her business partner, Maureen Rooney, and since then, they have been innovating the real estate experience for their clients in Chicago and the western suburbs.

Always an optimist looking for the “diamond in the rough,” Kathy saw potential in her own home. She and her family embarked on a full-scale home renovation, one that gave her first-hand experience and knowledge that she shares with her clients and the agents on her team. Notably, Kathy appeared on HGTV’s “Designed to Sell Chicago” as the real estate expert.

Over the years, Kathy has built an arsenal of 5-star service providers who provide quality support to her clients. Kathy feels that when it comes to her clients, she is not only a real estate agent, but also their consultant, advisor, negotiator and coordinator. Her favorite part of a transaction is knowing that her clients get to move on to the next chapter of their lives and she was able to help make that dream come true.

More about Kathy

Real estate expertise

17 years of real estate and relocation experience

Strong negotiator

Over 33 years of sales and negotiation experience



National Association of Realtors and Illinois Association of Realtors
Certified Relocation Specialist (CRS)
ertified Staging Consultant (CSC)

I am a very lucky person to be able to do what I love by helping my clients through a very exciting and emotional time in their lives. I never take for granted the fact that my clients have chosen to work with me, so I go above and beyond to ensure their happiness.

Favorite holiday


Interests & hobbies

Musical theatre (watching, not performing!) and gardening

Favorite restaurants

Adelle’s Fine American Fare (Wheaton, IL), Osteria al Doge (New York, NY) and McDonald’s

Favorite musicians

The Carpenters, Carol King and the Glenn Miller Band


Completed the 500-mile AIDS bike ride from Minneapolis to Chicago without having support-and-gear (SAG) assistance.

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