Michael and Lene Thomas
CRS, E-PRO, CRB - Broker
The Thomas Team
The Thomas Team is one of the Chicago area's most successful real estate brokerage partnerships. Co-founders Michael and Lene Thomas launched their business in 2001 with a vision to support their clientele with superior service. Today, the Thomas Team is among the top sellers of real estate on the North Shore, in the top 1% percent of all Chicago REALTORS and the #1 brokerage team in Evanston from 2007-2018. The team's business model is built on highly ethical practices, a strong infrastructure, advanced technology, superb marketing tools and a loyal network of clients and colleagues. The Thomas Team's main focus has always been to serve as knowledgeable and effective representatives for their clients.
The Team has extensive experience within the condo, co-op, townhome, single family and new construction markets. Their reach stretches as far north as Highland Park, south throughout the city and as far west as Wheaton; however, they concentrate the bulk of their business in Evanston, Wilmette and the North Shore. Additionally, through their strong referral network, they are happy to help clients who are relocating out of the area by introducing them to top agents in other communities around the country.
With two dedicated partners, Michael and Lene Thomas, the Thomas Team continues to prove itself in a highly competitive marketplace. Michael and Lene's charismatic personalities, market knowledge and trusted service"coupled with industry leading technology, first class administrative support and marketing programs that are second to none " has placed them at the top of their field. And The Thomas Team have grown! Michael and Lene are proud to have added 5 other team members Lauren Lockwood Consiglio, Alexi Echeverri, Derek Eovaldi, Chaz Richart and Cliff Sears -- all licensed brokers who share the Thomas Team's vision and bring their own areas of expertise.
Michael Thomas - Licensed Broker - Team Leader
Michael Thomas works with clients who want to buy or sell their home, and overlooks all sales transactions for the team. Michael is always available to step in and guide where needed. When working with a seller Michael is in charge of obtaining the listing, having professional photographs taken, floor plans created, and marketing the listing so it will be sold at the highest price in the least amount of time possible. Michael works closely with a Stager to make sure the home shows at its absolute best and with the Marketing Director and Transaction Manager to successfully market the key features of each listing until it is under contract. When working with a buyer, Michael and his Showing Specialist meet with the client to assess needs and wants. Michael and the client will identify properties of interest and then create a tour, schedule the properties and tour the properties with the client. Once the perfect property has been identified, Michael will negotiate the best deal for the client.
Lene Thomas - Licensed Broker - Director of Marketing and Operations
Lene Thomas manages the Operations team and all the behind-the-scenes activities involved in marketing, reporting, client communication and moving the transaction forward. As a licensed broker and the Director of Marketing and Operations, she plays an integral part in the growth of our team. If you are a buyer, you may have been referred to us through a trusted source, heard about us through word-of-mouth or our email campaigns, print advertising, web advertising, social media, or direct mailings. If you are a seller, you have the peace-of-mind knowing that your property is being advertised through all the outlets available. With a business degree and experience as a project manager in logistics and marketing for a major international company, Lene brings a level of organization and precision to the real estate process that is reassuring to The Thomas Team's clientele. Lene is also an expert at home staging. She will walk the home with the agent and make necessary suggestions for de-cluttering, painting, and re-arranging furniture. She will work with the seller to get the home in the very best showing condition.
We view our client relationships as a personal investment. Prior to introducing a home to the brokerage community, we work with a seller to optimize the presentation of their home, expertly assess the market value, identify the target market, and develop a strategic marketing plan.
The Power of a Team
What sets us apart - We believe to fully represent our clients in the ever changing world of real estate, we need to have specialists that are the very best at what they do – Our main focus is YOU. It is very hard for one Realtor to be good at listing, representing buyers, getting deals to closing, marketing, and the million other things agents deal with in a regular work day. We have created an environment where none of these tasks get overlooked. The Thomas Team is comprised of a team of Real Estate Agents, a Showing Specialist, a licensed Transaction Manager, a Stager and a Marketing Director.
Our mission is to help you achieve your goals and exceed your expectations through engaging home buying or selling experiences based on personal ethics, trust and customer service so that you will never hesitate to refer us to your family, friends and co-workers.
A Proven Record#1 The North Shore 2007-2018 Combined* #1 Evanston 2007-2018 Combined** #1 Evanston in Volume 2018*** *Most Transactions on the North Shore (communities Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff). **Most Transactions and Volume in Evanston from 2007-2017, All property types, per MLS, 1/1/2007-12/31/2017. ***Per MLS, 1/1/2017-12/31/2017.
Clients are saying:
"Michael and Lene provided excellent advice regarding pricing, staging, and marketing, all of which produced an offer above asking price in two days. They were especially attentive, which gave us great confidence since we were selling from Philadelphia and had to rely upon their close attention to detail."
"Professional as always. Lene's help with staging was invaluable (first, the gentle nudge that staging would help, then the design and actual staging work). Mike was great as we were managing multiple offers. Great job!"
"We've had a few moves over recent years and our experience with Mike was by far the best. His ability to truly understand what we were looking for helped us to find our lovely home and to close within our timeline. His response time was quick, so we always had the information we were looking for. He knows the neighborhoods, the market and had invaluable knowledge when it came to negotiating and the purchasing process. While we don’t plan on moving, if we did we would definitely ask Mike, Lene and the Thomas Team to represent us again."
"Mike helped us find the absolute best house on the market for our family. From the beginning he listened to what we wanted and what we could afford and worked within those guidelines. He gave us all of the information we needed in a timely basis so we could see homes as soon as they were on the market. His calm demeanor kept us calm during the bidding process. We are very happy with our experience and with our new home!"
"We worked with Mike Thomas and had an excellent experience. As an Evanston native, he is deeply knowledgeable about Evanston, its neighborhoods, and community events/services. He was highly responsive to requests for showings, our questions throughout the process, and providing us guidance. Thank you!"