With my many successful years in the Real Estate Industry, I can say with complete confidence that I am the best choice for your real estate needs. I have sold over $150 million in real estate transactions and have successfully helped over 1500 clients meet their real estate goals.
Keeping up with the market and client needs is Priority #1 for me. I am an ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), a CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), and a NCS (New Construction Specialits). I am also part owner of Century 21 Advantage (Columbia, Dupo, and Smithton offices). I keep abreast of current market trends and technological advances through events such as Star Power Conferences as well as a number of other seminars and events. I have also been a member of the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois' Grievance Committee in the past.
Awards and Recognitions
2009- NUMBER 1 TEAM IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS- OVER $35 MILLION SOLD*
2008- NUMBER 1 TEAM IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS- OVER $31 MILLION SOLD* *according to the Southwestern Illinois Multiple Listing Services
2007- Over $19 million in production according to the Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois
2007-2009 Century 21 Double Centurion Award Recipient
2006- Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois #1 Agent for Individual Dollar Volume
2004-2006 Century 21 Centurion Award Recipient
2005-2006 Century 21 Pacesetter Award Recipient
2002 Realtor Association of Southwestern Illinois Rookie of the Year
Lisa LaForge, CRS, Broker and SFR
Hello and Thank You for taking the time to view my information. I have strong beliefs in Family values, integrity, and honesty. I am dedicated to providing the highest level of service, and to assisting my clients in the successful negotiations of their properties for the best price in the shortest amount of time.
I pride myself on knowledge, ethics, experience and customer service. Through extensive continuing education and specialized programs offered by the state, local Board of REALTORS and Certified Residential Specialist programs to provide the best and up to date service. I hold my Real Estate Broker License, CRS Designation and SFR Designation. I have been licensed since 1988 and helped hundreds buyers and sellers in this time.
My service areas include but not limited to Monroe, Randolph, St. Clair and Madison Counties in Illinois. Which include several of the following cities & towns of Columbia, Millstadt, Waterloo, Redbud, Dupo, Swansea, Shiloh, O'Fallon, Edwardsville, Troy, Hecker and the list goes on.
What's a CRS?
The Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) is the highest Designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field. The CRS Designation recognizes professional accomplishments in both experience and education.
Since 1977 the Council of Residential Specialists has been conferring the CRS Designation on agents who meet its stringent requirements. Currently, there are more than 34,000 active CRS Designees.
Why Use a CRS?
Today, home buying and selling is faster, more complex, and more competitive in every way. Our goal is to make the process a little easier for you. The first step is choosing the right REALTOR.
Experience - To earn the Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation, every REALTOR must have significant experience and volume of real estate transactions.
Ethics - Every CRS Designee is required to maintain membership in the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS and to abide by its strict Code of Ethics.
A Focus on Home Buying and Selling - To help make the home buying and selling process more rewarding, every CRS Designee must have a proven track record in the business, as well as advanced education in related areas like finance, technology and marketing. Work with the top 4 percent.
Technology Expertise - The training available to CRS Designees includes a strong focus on technology and its applications in the Real Estate business.
On a more personal note here's a little about me
I originally worked as training Store Manager for a large Restaurant Chain until my Father convinced me of getting my real estate license. I started my career in Real Estate in 1988 with my Father (Kenneth) & Mother (Nova Jean) LaForge at their firm of over 30 years. I have 3 sisters a brother and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. I am married to a great guy named Gary Ruskaup and have shared our lives together since 1988. We reside in Columbia, IL with our two cats, Kodie and L.C. Jean.
I have strong beliefs in Family values, integrity, and honesty. I am dedicated to providing the highest level of service, and to assisting my clients in the successful negotiations of their properties.
I pride myself on knowledge, ethics, experience and customer service. Thank You for your recent visit and please feel free to let me know if you have any questions regarding a purchase or sale. I look forward to assisting you with you real estate needs.
Lisa LaForge - 618-223-9616
We are Raquel Vice & Cindy Veliz, a Mother-Daughter Real Estate Team, offering unparalleled service to ALL clients in the Scott Air Force Base and Belleville, Illinois area including St. Clair, Monroe, Madison, and Randolph County real estate market. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.
With over 30 years combined Real Estate experience, we know this area inside and out. We have built our reputation on client satisfaction as you can see on our testimonials. So whether you are buying, selling or relocating you will receive the personal service you deserve. We are always available and ready to help you with this most important life changing decision.
New Construction Speciality. We offer new construction at Stonebriar Estates in O'Fallon,The Villages at Wingate in Shiloh, Illinois and Indian Prairie Estates in Mascoutah, Illinois just minutes from Scott Air Force Base. Take a look.