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Carol Shroka

Carol Shroka &

C S Real Estate - Aurora IL
Bordering Naperville IL
(630) 448-2462
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About Us


We are proud to be part of one of the most innovative and personalized companies in the Midwest! A company that takes transactions way beyond ‘the transaction’ … it’s the customer…YOU … that matters most! You will become part of the “CS Real Estate Family” … a family that is genuinely excited to be working towards the sale of your home and verifiably inspired in helping you find the perfect home to move into! CS Real Estate will do everything possible to make this time in your life as stress-free as possible. We are here to serve you! We’ll discuss everything from staging, remodeling options and worthwhile money-making investments to property management services and so much more!  We are not just about ‘buying and selling homes’; we are true Real Estate Consultants and it’s time you experience the difference! It’s beyond ‘full service’ … CS Real Estate gives ‘full service’ a whole new meaning and takes it to a whole new level! We look forward to our continued relationship as your real estate consultants!  Mike and Carol Shroka

Why Choose CS Real Estate?

Q: Carol Shroka was recognized as one of Chicagoland's Top Producing Agents. She received the Five Star Professional Award for her services rendered and was recognized several years in a row in Chicago Magazine. Why?

A: My focus is NOT on the numbers - my focus is on YOU! When I satisfy my clients, protect their interests and get the job done - the rest will come!

Q: What is CS Real Estate’s competitive edge?

A: We have and always will treat our clients as a top priority. We firmly believe that excellent customer service is the most important asset a company can possess. Striving to over- achieve in every aspect of business gives us our competitive edge! To us you are NOT just another “listing” - you are part of the CS Real Estate Family!

Q: What does Carol and her “team” do differently?

A: In this industry there is limited service, full service and then there is “F-U-L-L” service. We provide only the best and strive to go above your expectations. We do what we promise to do and will deliver not only what you and your home need but in fact the “F-U-L-L” services you and your home deserve. When competing with other homes on the market - we understand that your home needs to stand out from the rest and we have the experience to accomplish this!

Q: We are in a difficult market time, how will CS Real Estate sell my home with all the competition?

A: Difficult times call for extreme measures - extreme measures call for experience! Being a business owner has afforded me the advantage of knowing that difficult market times require unique marketing strategies! When there is a need - we fill it! I am a real estate broker, professional staging consultant and have an interior design background. I am married to a business owner who is a real estate broker and also a carpenter contractor by trade. Our teams of preferred service providers are just that - preferred! This winning combination will conveniently take you all the way to the closing table - one company to serve all your needs...a “one stop shop” that doesn’t stop after the closing!

Q: What does CS Real Estate bring to the table?

A: Since the company started CS Real Estate has a 99% closing ratio; a proven track record. We invite you to visit and read our clients’ testimonies. We have an amazing team - professional, personable, service and goal oriented. The goal? To get your home sold!

Q: What is CS Real Estate’s philosophy?

A: Our team lives by the motto “There is no substitute for integrity”. We are here to serve you! While working with your investment we are understanding and compassionate. CS Real Estate - “Where needs are met and the experience is stress free.” Call to hear about our marketing strategy!

Certifications and Recognitions

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Full Time Managing Broker
Lifetime Chicagoland Area Resident
Member of the National Association of Realtors
Member of the Illinois Association of Realtors
Member of the Realtor Assoc. of the Western Suburbs
Member of the Multiple Listing Service of Northern IL

Property Management Services
Background in Interior Design
State of Illinois Notary Public
Concierge Services
Staging Consultant
Business Owner

"We understand the value of hard
work and the importance of your investment paying off!"


F-U-L-L service – One stop shop!
List "For Sale" with CS Real Estate and receive:
** FREE Designer Paint Color Consultation
**FREE Professional Staging
and so much more!

There are more and more home improvements shows featured today – most of them scream out the same 3 suggestions to Sellers BEFORE listing their home:

  1. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the walls
  2. De-clutter
  3. Stage

Among other things, all of these above mentioned can be quite overwhelming to the Seller for a variety of reasons and CS Real Estate not only recognizes but is also compassionate to them! Therefore we try to take away the “overwhelming”.

OUR SERVICES INCLUDE but are not limited to the following: ** FREE Designer Paint Color Consultation ** FREE Professional Staging ** and so much more!


Sellers have been made aware through the media that painting is critical. Understanding the importance of painting is not the problem for Sellers or even understanding that this investment will go a long way …. The problem lies in selecting the “right” paint colors! CS Real Estate knows that this can cause a great deal of stress for the Homeowner.

Sellers are often intimidated and worry “What if we pick the wrong colors? What colors are most appealing to the majority? I do not want to make an expensive mistake!” As a result they often end up selecting only (1) paint color to use throughout their home which is often seen by the buyers as “boring”. While Seller’s often know they must paint and that this can be one of the most important things to do … selecting the “right” paint colors is an “art”! For years CS Real Estate has removed this overwhelming burden by offering their FREE Paint Color Consultation and made these decorator colors the focal point of their listings. Time and time again Buyers have chosen CS Real Estate’s listed homes over others simply because of the designer colors that were implemented. Decorator colors SELL a home and cost the same so why not make your home stand out?



We stage vacant homes or bring what will complement existing pieces within a home (it is an art to add complimentary pieces to an existing décor, create a finished look and determine room proportions etc.)  We have agents ask us all the time to stage for them, and while we do not have the time to accommodate clients outside of CS Real Estate, it is a true testimony of the effect that staging has on a home.

There are 3 types of staging services offered by other companies.

  • The first is a typical charge by the hour service. A professional consultant will set an appointment to walk a Client’s home and then make recommendations by way of what should stay and what should be removed from any given room. The consultant will prioritize and the extent of their recommendations will be based on the number of hours they have been hired for (i.e. they may not discuss everything necessary). The Seller/Client will run around taking notes during this appointment so they know what they must tackle (without the help of the staging consultant),
  • The next package includes staging a home and using the companies rented decor to do it. The consultant will assess what a home needs (or assess only the rooms they are being hired to stage) and will select, transport and place the decor accordingly. The Seller/Client is typically charged an upfront fee for the consultant’s assessment and actual staging of the home and will then accrue an additional monthly expense (until the home closes) for the rental of the merchandise that has been placed in the home. 
  • The 3rd service package will include both of the above service plans.

**The FREE professional staging services CS Real Estate provides includes that of the 1st / 2ndpackage defined above except that we place no hourly restrictions. We stay until the job is completed and there is no additional charge or accruing monthly fees associated with the staging merchandise placed within your home.


CS Real Estate’s Staging Process

  • Studying pre-market pictures to determine what stays, what goes (de-cluttering), and what staging décor may be needed from our warehouse to bring out the best of each room.

Area’s included but not limited to:


Mud Room

Living Room

Dining Room

Great Room/Family Room


Breakfast Room

Laundry Room

Master Bedroom

Other Bedrooms

Master Bathroom

Other Baths





  • We determine up front what needs to be packed away and carry these designated items to a central location (enabling temporarily clearance until personal possessions can later be packed and put away by the Seller).

CS Real Estate is always thinking ahead to make the road as comfortable for the seller as possible. Of course de-cluttering will place the home in its most favorable light but also serves another advantage. Pre-market packing eliminates the monumental stress of having to pack EVERYthing just prior to closing (which is already a stressful time when handling all the last minute details). Pre-market packing enables a smoother transition and also makes gathering moving companies estimates easier when the time comes.

  • Photographing the mid-staging progress to later determine the décor that will best complement each room.

** This process can take 1-3 days depending how much help we have from the Seller and how fast the Sellers want to or are capable of moving. We accommodate to do whatever it takes in every situation.

Selecting Décor/Merchandise For A Home Requires:

o    Examine mid-staging pictures and type out a list of what is needed in each location.

o    Layout and print a page of mid-staging pictures to use as a reference while pulling décor so it is possible to match existing color schemes.

o    Determine (while in staging room) what pieces will complement each location in each room. This takes hours - if not the majority of the day or two to determine. (Everything must be laid out so that a color/style/interior design scheme will compliment and flow with the existing.)

o    Run to the store if a unique piece is needed (our expense)

o    Carefully wrap all decorations (2-4 hours depending on quantity)

o    Load travel containers in the car (can quite literally take 2-3 hours)

o    Drive to client’s home and unload the travel containers in an effort to begin and complete the staging process (this will take 1-3 days)

o    Determine recalculated provisions and accommodate.

The strategic placement of furniture and décor is done in an effort to capture the best of each room from both a photography perspective as well as a showing perspective. Harmonious decorating will produce inviting pictures which will capture serious Buyers.


WHY IS ALL THIS IMPORTANT? Think about a very formal event you ever attended, perhaps your wedding day. Our goal is to have your home be as glamorous as possible the day it hits the market, a showcase if you will. Keep in mind that we are courting our next buyer and these pre-market preparations create the conditions for a quick sale.



You’ve heard the saying “Pictures speak a thousand words” … well bad pictures speak a MILLION words! When all the hard work is done CS Real Estate wants your photos to reflect your efforts in order to capture as much of your buyer pool as possible and to also make you proud when your family and friends see your home being advertised!

CS Real Estate takes professional pictures (no less than 400 and as many as 1,200 depending on the size of the home and how difficult it is to photograph). Taking pictures can often require multiple trips out to the property depending on the direction of the home, i.e. lighting challenges; the sun can hit each room at different times of the day and flash variances will be needed to compensate. We download all pictures and make sure all rooms have excellent options for the final tour.

We narrow the pictures down to the semi-finals and then to the finals. Finally we arrange final selections in such an order that they will flow with the home’s natural floor plan.

If you like what you’ve read so far – make no mistake CS Real Estate’s difference carries through in the same manner in everything they do, from marketing, to strategy, to negotiating to follow up to closing your transaction successfully. You sincerely have to “experience” our difference. Time and time again we hear from our clients that have moved out of state that they are disappointed with the services received from other offices – that we have set the bar SO high that no other office can hold a candle to what we have offered them. So why not “experience the difference?” Call us today!

Striving to become your agent long before you ever need one...

Focused on making sure that needs are met...and that the experience is stress free

SELLERS...we have the experience to help

"It takes experience, sensitive listening, targeted marketing, correct pricing, team effort, and quick responses to convert potential buyers into showings that lead to offers that lead to contracts that lead to smooth closings."

Distressed Properties:
"We've missed a couple of mortgage payments and the bank is threatening to foreclose; should we try to sell or hang on for dear life?"

"What if we have to move before our home is sold?"
"How will we find something out of state?"

In general:
"How do we make this as easy as possible without turning everything upside down?"

BUYERS...You will have questions and concerns...we will listen and do our absolute BEST to meet your needs

"How do we narrow down what we want?"
"Is now really the best time for me to buy?"

New construction:
"Do I really need to have a home inspection done?"
"What option upgrades will add value in the future sale of my home?"
"Is there room to negotiate?"
"What should I really look out for?"
"What are the pro's and con's of buying new vs existing?"

"How can we buy a home when ours hasn't sold?"
"If our home has not sold what are our options?"

Creative Financing:
"What if I have enough to make the monthly mortgage payments but can't come up with the down payment?"

Investment Properties:
"How do I know if I'm making the right choice?"
"Who can I call to inspect and/or rehab what is beyond my area of expertise?"

Our greatest concern: To see that needs are met and the experience is stress free.

Carol Shroka | (630) 448-2462 | Contact Me
Aurora IL (Bordering Naperville IL)
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