"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:
"Maria is smart, funny and knows the real estate business inside and out. It's too bad she helped us a find a home we absolutely love, because I want to work with her again!"
"Working with Maria on buying our home was great! As first time home buyers we were a bit lost at some stages, which is definitely nerve-wracking when you"
"Maria and Will were very professional and friendly during my house hunting. They noticed things that I wouldn't have thought about. They had a very good idea of what I was looking for and the properties shown were spot on. Maria and Will made the entire process (from finding the right place, at the right price, to help through closing) so easy for me. I not only would use them again, but would refer them to any one else looking at buying or selling a home."
"A well executed, professional and timely process and transaction."
"Maria helped us purchase our house on a relocation to greater Chicago and then helped us sell the same house five years later when we had to relocate out of Illinois. Her knowledge of the North Shore and all its suburbs are extremely helpful when looking for homes. She has good sense for what a person, couple, or family are looking for in their home, and she is able to guide the process naturally and efficiently. Her knowledge of the closing process in Illinois makes getting to a final contract easier than it might otherwise be. Maria really love her work and it comes through in everything she does - we recommended her services to multiples of our friends over the years."