Don sold real estate for eight years before joing the @properties management team as Managing Broker for the Evanston Office. While he sold, he offered his clients the highest level of service, insightful information about the market, and absolute confidentiality. Whether dealing with first-time homes buyers or experienced sellers, each client deserves and gets unmatched attention. Today his "clients" are the brokers in his office and other North Suburban offices. Don is a huge proponent of learning, knowing and communicating the "Best Practices" in this industry. He is dedicated to helping each broker realize his or her potential, to helping each master the complexities of real estate sales and to helping the people in his office have fun in this challenging business.
Trained in classic consumer packaged goods marketing, new product launches and online advertising, he provided his real estate clients with proprietary decision-making information (statistical comparisons and trend analyses), innovative marketing plans and execution. His experience launching new products helped him market his listings effectively in the very competitive Evanston and Wilmette markets.
He also has extensive online/website experience: His internet marketing campaigns had extraordinary response rates as he led his company's entry to the online sales program for credit monitoring membership programs. He later led the launch of www.consumerguide.com, a highly successful, Chicago-based consumer information and ecommerce website. On that project he was the Director of Channel Strategy and Information Architect. Don brought this experience and practical knowledge of the online marketplace to his real estate business.
He also had a busy career in small business consulting. He focused on products, sales channels and marketing messages. Today that experience enables him to quickly assess his brokers' business issues and to identify solutions that are practical.
Born in New York and a life-long Yankees, Giants and Rangers fan, he is now a 30 year resident of the North Shore (Wilmette and Evanston). He and his wife Mindy, an @agent in the Winnetka office, raised their three children here. (Word has it he has come to enjoy Cubs and Blackhawks games!)Education and Designations Don is a graduate of Georgetown University (College of Arts and Sciences), the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University) and he holds a GRI-1 designation in real estate. Local Area Involvement Don has been an active volunteer in the community and Midwest region for over 20 years. Beginning in 2002 he was been the team leader for the New Trier High School Sailing Team, one of the most successful sports teams at the high school and in the nation.
From 2003 to 2010 Don served as President of the Midwest High School Sailing Association (www.missa.net) – an elected position he held for over 8 years. During that time he also served as Secretary for the Board of Directors of the national governing body for high school sailing in the US, the Interscholastic Sailing Association (www.highschoolsailingusa.org). He also represented the Midwest region on the Board. In September 2010 he was elected by the Board of Directors to be President of ISSA. After his term he continued on with the high school organization and today participates as an At-Large Member of the Board.
Prior to becoming involved with high school sailing, Don coached soccer, baseball and lacrosse in Wilmette.Communities I Know As a 30 year resident of Chicago's North Shore, he can tell you a lot about living here. The areas he knows best are Wilmette, Evanston, Winnetka and Kenilworth. He can also provide you with insights about Glencoe, Highland Park, Glenview and Skokie. He has also represented many clients who moved to Lakeview, Rogers Park and Edgebrook. He is a skilled negotiator, pricing expert and business manager.
Clients are saying:
"We had an exceptional experience with Don and would absolutely recommend him.
We were looking to buy a home in Evanston or Wilmette and found Don to be exceedingly knowledgeable about both areas. He listened well, heard what we needed, and was patient as we went through home after home (upwards of 50, actually). He also gave his honest opinion when asked, but was never intrusive in our decision-making.
Don recommended an inspector who was absolutely fantastic. Not only was he obviously outstanding at what he does, but he was honest and forthcoming with information. It was a fantastic recommendation.
I would recommend Don highly and without hesitation to anyone looking to buy on the North Shore. We had a fantastic experience!"
"I would like to share my experience with Don Shea. Over the last 6 months, my fiance and I have gotten to know Don, and he has been an outstanding real estate agent. He has gotten us in to numerous homes, and when we walk in to a home, he is quick to point out any flaws and where we could make improvements on the home. He has excellent knowledge in identifing those issues and having a good estimate at what it would take to fix that issue (to either reduce the offer price or how much it would cost us to fix). Don has been patient with us (first time buyers) and has been great at educating us of both the small and big things in the housing market. We met with several different real estate agents, and once we met Don, we knew we had landed on a great Real Estate Agent, but more importantly a great person that is open, honest and willing to take the time to find you the right place that you can call home when you walk in"
"I have worked with 5 agents over the last 6 months. Don was by far the best. Most knowledgeable, professional, courteous, high sense of urgency, thorough...can't say enough. We will use him again and we will refer him any time we can."