Meet Katie

The catalyst to my Real Estate career was a whirlwind 6 months in 2014.  During that time my husband and I (1) sold our Chicago condo, (2) sold his childhood home, and (3) bought a duplex to house our newly formed multigenerational family.

Through my experiences as a Seller and Buyer, I realized the importance of trust, honesty, mutual respect, and skilled professionalism.  I now have the opportunity to live these values each workday.

I have sold over 150 homes and have closed nearly $60 million dollars in real estate. My success in business has been fueled by referrals. My goal is always a positive experience for the Buyers and Sellers who choose to work with me.

My work energizes and inspires me; I focus much of my time on Real Estate.  But, active involvement with my family and the community are also priorities.

I serve as a member of the Shorewood Elder Services Advisory Board.  I am an admin of a Facebook group that provides a non-judgmental, encouraging space for folks who want to talk about money, budgeting, and finances.  And, I seek regular opportunities to volunteer through the PTO at my daughter’s public school.   

I love to travel with my family, both near and far.  One of our favorite traditions is an annual vacation to see the Nutcracker Ballet, each December in a new city.  When staying local I love to spend time reading, playing with our puppy and kitten, and watching my daughter’s Irish Dance performances.

What our clients say

I reached out to Katie, and we connected very quickly–She understood what I was looking for/preferring in selling my house. Everything from paperwork, staging, photos and approving showings was easy, flexible and I felt included in the process–very much a team effort, which led to selling the house quickly! I would recommend Katie anytime, and will gladly work with her again!

Erin Gabriel  

My family started working with Katie Gnau last spring when we began our search for a multi-generational duplex home in Shorewood. Katie truly listened to feedback from all three generations of us and found us the perfect place. Then, once we moved into the duplex, Katie and the Elsafy team started working on the sale of my first home in Glendale. They worked tirelessly to stage, list, market, and sell the house. Katie was great moral support every step along the way.

Amanda Gilman  

As young, first time home buyers Katie made us feel so calm in our search. We definitely took our time in finding the perfect home and Katie was so patient with us. She worked diligently to schedule tours to fit our crazy schedules and kept us level headed and realistic with each house we saw. We had so much to learn about the process and Katie responded promptly to every single one of our questions. We ended up in the perfect home because of Katie’s hard work and we recommend her highly.

Cassidy S and Jacob B  

We had a great experience with the sale of our home of 30 years. All the credit goes to our Shorewest agent, Katie Gnau. Katie brought marketplace expertise, professionalism and a collaborative mindset to the entirety of the process. As there was much to be done to prepare for sale Katie’s skills with project management helped tremendously. I believe we would not have realized as successful a conclusion to our sale without her.

Mark P. Wallner and Mary E. Wallner  

Katie was so wonderful to work with. She was always timely, insightful, and flexible. We loved her personality as she worked with us, but also her data-driven and cunning insight as we put together the best strategies and ultimate offer to get our house. We would definitely recommend Katie to new homeowners, or use her again for our own future needs.

Michaela Bear  

As out of town buyers, we needed someone comfortable and competent to help us navigate the process of buying a home in Milwaukee and Katie fit the bill perfectly. Because of the strong market, we ended up purchasing our property with the help of a live walk through video and negotiations were completed while we were on the road. Katie handled it all with ease and positivity. 5 Stars…no question.


Katie Gnau and the Shorewood team made selling our home so easy! She took extra care to ensure we had a successful sale with no unexpected issues. The whole team was great!

Eric J. Salter and Heidi R. Salter