Marlene Piat

Marlene Piat

CSP, CSM, CDPE - Broker

212 E. Ohio Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611

My career in real estate and negotiation began in the early 1980s with an investment in the then unfamiliar area of Bucktown in Chicago. Through a bit of creative financing pulled from multiple sources including a sibling, recently discharged from the military, we utilized his VA benefits a small loan from our parents and a bit of our own cash to purchase a 3-flat rental property.  A few years and a few improvements later a comfortable 300% return on our investment was realized.  With this success, a passion for the intriguing world of real estate was ignited.  Since then, independently and with a partner, I’ve owned, renovated, designed and built new over a dozen properties in Chicago, Indiana and the exclusive resort community of Sedona, Arizona for personal and investment purposes.

I grew up on the southeast side of Chicago in a hardworking middle class family.  A strong work ethic and deep moral values have been woven into my fabric since childhood while working with my parents in their respective businesses.  A keen ability to listen and thoroughly understand the needs of clients and coworkers was developed while traveling internationally within the banking and hospitality industries for many years. The opportunity to learn about different cultures, individuals, their families, and what’s important in life proved to be an invaluable education. 

Another passion is gardening.  I completed the Master Gardener’s program through the Chicago Botanic Garden and while partnering in residential renovations in the mid 1990s, it was also my responsibility to create the curb appeal. This lead to the cultivation of a small landscape design business specializing in patio and roof-top container gardens.  We can brainstorm on a good number of ideas for your new garden or balcony!

When considering a real estate career, I wanted only the best -- a growth oriented, progressive, well oiled machine. @properties stood out with their awards, innovative marketing, technology, their talented and energetic management team and family of agents.  @properties has set a new bar among Chicago area Realtors.

Whether working with you toward the most lucrative listing price to sell your home or while searching for your first dream home, second home or investment, you’ll often hear me ask “What if?” or comment “Perhaps there’s another way.”  We’ll work hard to see the whole picture and I’ll ask a million questions to find the right answer.

Work won’t stop until I’m comfortable knowing I’ve done everything in my power to answer your needs and see that you are happy with your decision.  I won’t stop caring. 

Clients are saying:

"Marlene was great to work with. She quickly focused in on what we were looking for and helped us pull together some great options in short order. She listens well, is available for communication in whatever medium suits you, and got us into a place we are very happy with. What else could you want?"

""Words can't describe how thankful we are for Marlene's help & guidance. She went above & beyond typical Realtor duties. Thank you for making our first time home buying experience a memorable one."

Thank you so much Marlene for everything you've done for us!  We greatly appreciate it!  You made the journey a lot easier, and I know my parents are grateful for you as well.  Looking forward to seeing you on the 13th!


"I want to thank you for everything you've done so far-in just one day you have provided more information and follow up than we have experienced in the past 2 months. I'm really looking forward to working with you.
I have no doubt Marlene was an angel sent from the "realtor gods"! She is beyond professional, has exceeded all expectations, and has never disappointed us during these hard economic times. I have recommended Marlene to family and friends because of her strong real estate knowledge, her fabulous ability to network, along with her innovation and drive to sell our home. I can't say enough great things about Marlene's work ethic and positive personality-she is the COMPLETE package!"

"My Realtor, Ms. Marlene Piat, and @Properties were a Godsend. Being active duty military and located half a world away, Ms. Piat went above and beyond what was expected. I have complete trust and confidence in Ms. Piat's exceptional professional ability, total dedication, and geniune concern for the welfare of her clients. I have and will continue to recommended Ms. Piat and @Properties in any circumstance or location. I sincerely appreciate the professional dedication, the countless hours of work, and friendship acquired throughout the process. Ms. Piat is held in my highest regard and I whole-heartedly recommend her expertise without reservation. Thank you so much Marlene, you truly are a Godsend!
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"Wed, 29 Aug 2012

Hi Marlene,

First of all, let me thank you for your hard work and incredible professionalism on this transaction. I can say, with certainty, that this would not be closing without you. You have a gift for communication, finesse, and taking the high road.

We look forward to our walk-thru and closing tomorrow!!

Greta M - Re/Max"

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