"The Kernahan Group - Connecting the City and North Shore"
“I started my career in real estate just out of college,” Maria says. “I found apartments for all of my friends. Some people could only spend $300 per month, but I would hunt down a bargain. It wasn’t my job, but I just loved doing it!”
After working as a copywriter with J. Walter Thompson and for a high-end wine distributor, Maria moved back to Winnetka with her own family. There she found herself helping friends who wanted to move to the suburbs as well.
“I’d find myself with the Realtor and my friend in the front seat, and I’d be in the back, offering advice as to which neighborhoods were hot and where the babysitters lived,” Maria recalls. “After I found houses for three friends, I realized that I should follow my true passion.”
Maria’s enthusiasm for real estate has translated into ten years of consistently being a top producer on the North Shore. She has worked with couples moving up from the city to the suburbs, families living in town who are looking to move up to their dream house, and with those relocating to the Chicago area and have no idea where they should land. A lifelong Winnetka native, she knows the pros and cons to most every street on the North Shore. She can help navigate schools, park districts, commuting options as well as things like finding a dry cleaner or pediatrician.
After ten years selling with a boutique firm in Winnetka, Maria made the move to @properties in 2009. “I was floored by their amazing marketing and forward thinking. I’m a bit of a techie myself, and loved how they integrated technology and personal relationships. They have given me so many cool tools to make me a stronger agent. My clients have loved the changes and I feel so supported.”
From Evanston to Lake Bluff, Maria has become the go-to girl on the North Shore. She has a handle on market trends, a keen eye for pricing, and a gut instinct that helps her clients make educated, sound decisions. If you could benefit from Maria’s experience and passion, she’d love to hear from you!
Clients are saying:
"Where to begin my praise of Maria Kernahan? Should I start with her utmost professionalism--responsiveness, focused disposition in the case of each property, and her excellent knowledge of the Chicago market? Or, should I emphasize her concern with her client's needs, which were always on top of her list, even as these needs were changing, which required an immense amount of flexibility and attention on her part? Or, should I say more of her inimitable personality, her intelligence and sense of humor? From the beginning of the process in which Maria helped us found our dream home, we felt we were in the best hands possible. At the end of the process, we were so grateful it was Maria who led us through it. She really is the best there is.
This customer rated you highly for work quality, professionalism, responsiveness, value, and punctuality."
"Solid 5-stars all across the board for Maria Kernahan. Great to work with, amazing attention to detail, and goes the extra distance. Buying or selling a co-op can be difficult to navigate, and from the minute I signed on the dotted line, Maria handled the all of the open houses, had a printed brochure to give out to those attending. She kept in touch with me virtually 24/7, with important details, questions and I feel like she had only my best interests in mind. A lot of realtors will say that, but Maria proved it from start to finish. She sold the apartment quickly, and was able to find only the serious buyers. If I ever buy or sell another apartment, Maria is on speed-dial."
"We have moved around three different countries more than 10 times, always working with different agents for buying or renting properties. We have never had such a wonderful, worry free experience as with Maria. She provided all the support, help and peace of mind, not just for the search and purchase of our new property, but also for our new life in Chicago. She is just the best!"
"Maria is easy to work with, very trustworthy and has a great sense of the real estate market in and around Chicago! We took Maria's recommendations regarding upgrades to our property and, accordingly, sold it within the first week on the market. We could not recommend Maria Kernahan more highly!"
"Being a first time homeowner, I had a LOT of questions. Maria took the time to walk me through the process and answer all my questions. She was super responsive, very knowledgeable of the Chicago real estate market and was just a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend!!"