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Janet Borden

Founding Broker

License # 471004095

Meet Janet

Janet “Jan Can” Borden is a Founding Broker of Compass Highland Park. In 2019, 2020 and 2021 she ranked as the #1 agent in Highland Park for number of homes sold. Janet has dedicated over 30 years to the real estate industry, successfully navigating clients through the market during its many ups and downs. Borden, herself a longtime Highland Park resident, serves both luxury and first-time buyers and sellers on Chicago's North Shore. She has expertise in new construction and lakefront properties and a passion for midcentury and historic homes.

“Real estate has been my entire career,” says Borden, adding that she takes great pride in representing her clients’ best interests. Borden’s business is almost entirely by referral, and she often assists clients in a second, third and even fourth transaction, skillfully acting as educator and negotiator. “I teach them about the current market and let them know what to expect so they can make informed decisions,” she says. Borden’s clients also love her innovative marketing, which boosts sales using everything from paid, targeted social media posts to wine bottle labels featuring property photos. Clients say she lives up to her tagline, “Jan Can.”

Borden is a Real Estate Negotiation Expert and an E-Marketing Specialist. Throughout her career, she’s received numerous accolades, including the Wall Street Journal Real Trends “America's Best” list, Crain's Chicago “Notable Brokers” and Chicago Magazine’s Five Star Legends award. “I work from a place of ‘yes’ and always try to achieve what my clients desire,” she says of her strategy for success. Borden supports the Southern Poverty Law Center and is actively involved with the organization March Fourth.

Borden loves a challenge and has hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and rafted the Grand Canyon. Her family is her driving force, and she finds a work-life balance to be the key to success.