Dogs get to the heart of Hoffman’s impact

AHoffmanHeadShotAllyson Hoffman’s love for animals shows in the ways she connects with potential real estate customers, the ways she assists the Heartland Animal Shelter and especially in the way she’s cared for family pets.

“I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for animals,” says the Glenview REALTOR® who works for RE/MAX Villager, and has been helping consumers with their residential real estate needs since 1983. “I’m kind of like ‘The Dog Whisperer.’ I went into a house where the dog was friendly to one member of the family, had bitten another and growled at everyone else. I told the owners that the dog would let me pet him by the time we closed on the house. And he did.”

“I do well with dogs because they get their cues from your attitude, and they can just sense that I’m not going to hurt them,” Hoffman says.

Another pet-related situation was probably one of the “most unique situations” she ever experienced, but she succeeded in helping the homeowners sell their house. “I was showing the house to prospective buyers and the owner’s dog wanted to be ‘my friend’ so badly that he wrapped himself around my leg and didn’t want to let go. We all laughed so hard we couldn’t stop.”

Heartland Animal Shelter LogoHoffman has supported the Heartland Animal Shelter for many years, primarily assisting in fundraising efforts.  Last year, that helped the shelter buy a new van when the vehicle they had was falling apart. In 2015, Allyson and husband Mark were sponsors for the organization’s Golden Paw Gala, one of its major fundraising events.

For many years, she has offered to pay the first $25 when any of her real estate contacts adopt a dog or cat through the shelter.

Jenny-2_v2The Hoffmans’ current dog was adopted from Heartland after a long period during which the Hoffmans served as her foster parents.  Jenny, a sweet and friendly beagle whose behaviors initially showed that she had been mistreated, was originally found on the street and suffering from a nearly-fatal case of heartworm.   Policy prevented them from formally adopting Jenny until she was healthy enough to be spayed, and her recovery took over 16 months.

Another form of local involvement

In addition to helping her community by assisting the shelter and donating to other animal care organizations, Hoffman also believes that it’s been mutually beneficial for her to become involved in the different levels of REALTOR® associations. So, she’s served on numerous committees locally (the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®) and statewide (Illinois REALTORS®) and she continues to do so. She also has earned multiple real estate designations (including ABR, ACRE, CRS, CDPE, e-PRO, GRI, SRES, SFR), serves as a mentor for new real estate professionals and recommends that they make continuing education and REALTOR® committee work part of their plans.

Among the numerous achievements Hoffman has enjoyed during her real estate career include 2015 REALTOR® of the Year and the 2003 Associate of the Year for the North Shore-Barrington Association of REALTORS®.  She has her own freestanding websites at and amongst others.

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