Michelle has lived in Chicago for 20 years. She specializes in matching her clients’ interests and needs to their property search and helps them to locate a dream home within their ideal neighborhood. Michelle’s clients continue to appreciate her experience, timeliness, thoroughness, understanding and patience. She comes from a family of General Contractors and Developers and understands the structure of properties. She has represented top Developers in Chicago and understands the value of upgrades and finishes. When it comes to evaluating price, she keeps up to date with the market trends of each neighborhood. The market is always changing, and she is transparent about market values and works to negotiate hard for her clients. Having purchased properties of her own, she always puts herself in the minds of her clients. She works with seasoned buyers as well as first time buyers. With regard to market changes, she has years of experience with short sales and foreclosures and has a team in place to see this process through in a short market time.
Michelle spends time evaluating the market price of properties for sellers and often has multiple bid situations. She works closely with sellers who are preparing their home or condo to attract the largest pool of buyers. She makes herself available to her clients at all hours, working around their schedules and availability.
“Once my clients close on their home, I see the future as a continuation of our relationship. I’m always available to help, whether it is a recommendation of a vendor, an opinion on design, or information about market trends and news,” Michelle says.
With close to 20 years of sales and property investment experience, Michelle is both businesses savvy and knowledgeable in all aspects of real estate. She is consistently among the top 5% in volume sales of Chicago REALTORS® (CAR). Although a long-time resident of Bucktown/Wicker Park, Michelle loves to explore all of Chicago’s neighborhoods. Need directions, sports schedules or restaurant recommendations? Michelle has the answers. From blues venues and vintage theaters to salsa clubs and the best Japanese food, Michelle has extensive knowledge of all Chicago has to offer.
Michelle graduated with a B.A. in International Relations, Business, and Japanese. Her first professional career in international trade and negotiation prepared her for the multitude of challenges in real estate. Michelle has explored much of the US, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Central and South Americas. She works with clients from the US as well as several other countries around the world looking to relocate to the US.
Her interests include yoga, nutrition, live music, theater, travel, and cultural events. Michelle loves spending time with her family and friends and has been very active in volunteer work with organizations such as The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Bottomless Closet, NAMI, Odinani, Katrina Relief Programs, Chicago Cares, and The Make a Wish Foundation.