Like so many Realtors at Gloor Realty, Clara Prouty is hard to put in any one categorical box. She’s an anthropologist, a teacher, an artist, and a mom.
The blending of all those roles has helped her stand out as a Realtor, but the biggest difference-maker may well be her personal commitment to fitness. As a runner, she has translated that dedication into a professional advantage: it has enabled her to cover virtually every street, in up-close-and-personal detail, in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park.
The regimen has played a role in her developing a robust following as a Realtor.
In October 2011, when Clara joined Gloor Realty, she brought seven years of experience in the industry. Along the way, she has gathered a loyal following who respect her professionalism, patience and tenacity.
An extrovert who “can’t be on an elevator without talking to people,” Clara has long worked alongside Realtors who are personable and possess integrity. She pointed to those qualities in BHG/Gloor’s Realtors as a factor in her decision to join the company.
“I also appreciate the family connection—that this is a third-generation family-owned business,” she adds. “You see the real estate industry growing increasingly corporate and with the Gloors there is still a strong connection with the community. That’s how it has been able to maintain that extra level of care.”
She especially enjoys working with first-time home buyers and empty nesters. Of course, she serves a variety of other clients all along the wide-ranging buying-and-selling spectrum.
And as for the roots of her real estate success over the years, they can be traced well beyond scouting neighborhoods and spotting properties that display all the signs of getting ready to go on the market. Clients point to her boundless capacity to genuinely listen, identify their needs and then deliver service that exceeds their expectations.
A native of Oak Brook, where her parents still reside, she graduated from Benet Academy in Lisle and then enrolled at the University of Chicago. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. That training includes understanding varying cultures as well as shifting demographics, insights that serve her well as a Realtor.
Clara’s training regimen consists of 20 to 35 miles a week, with ramp-ups to 50 miles when she’s preparing for a longer run, such as the Chicago Marathon (2008) and the Boston Marathon (2010). Running at a brisk clip of approximately 7 ½ minutes per mile, she finished both races among the swiftest 2 percent of women.
In 2004, Clara earned a Master’s in Education from DePaul University, which led to three years as a substitute grade-school teacher in a variety of western suburbs. That experience makes her acutely aware of the impact that a strong school district can have on a community and its residential housing market.
Clara also attended the School of the Art Institute, where she developed her skills as an oil painter and cultivated an eye for detail, beauty and harmony in composition. Clara donates her oil paintings for auctions that benefit local charitable organizations, such as Hephzibah Children’s Association and Parenthesis Parent-Child Center.
A first-generation Cuban-American, Clara is conversant in French and fluent in Spanish.
She and her husband, John, have resided in Oak Park since 2001. They have lived in four different homes throughout the village, providing additional perspective that serves clients. In addition to their sons, Aedan and Javi, the family includes a pair of dogs: Roscoe, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, and Miles, a German Shorthaired Pointer.
She is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Illinois Association of Realtors, and the Oak Park Board of Realtors. Clara is Residential Construction Certified, as well as a Certified New Home Specialist.