Susan Cole Bainbridge has spent most of her adult life in Chicago. She has experienced residing and working in the city and northern suburbs, in each case, living in many towns and neighborhoods gaining an intimate knowledge of each place. Meeting new people, experiencing new neighborhoods, school systems and new opportunities seem to always be the cornerstone and inspiration of her life. Working by referral where her clients are her greatest source, she prides herself knowing all there is to know about the Northside and Northwest neighborhoods.
Susan has spent over 25 years in sales, advertising, marketing, and management. Prior to her real estate career she worked in New York and Chicago as an advertising agency commercial film producer, an executive producer for film companies, and as member of the senior management at the Chicago Botanic Garden creating a visitor experience unparalleled by any other botanic garden in the country. She created memories!
She has handled multi-million dollar sales, operations, budgets and staff. Her strongest assets.........she is approachable, listens, creates a strategic plan and communicates well. Susan instantly gains your trust. She has integrity, tenacity, commonsense and instinctively knows what to do to successfully close a project.
Susan has brought a wealth of knowledge to her clients, is responsive, sweats all the details, is adept at sales or rentals and has the support of the entire real estate/financial community. She reaches out if she needs an answer that might be a bit out of the box. She is a problem solver, skilled negotiator and communicator, goes to great length to assure that her clients are represented and their transaction is conducted in a thoughtful and professional manner. With clarity and focus she will navigate you through the ups and downs all while keeping a smile on everyone's face. That is why she has closed over $75,000,000 in sales.
She has served on many professional, non profit, community and school boards in the city and suburbs, currently serving on various committees for the The Cradle in Evanston, serves as a board member on the Lakewood/Balmoral Residents Council and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce. Gardening is her passion and she has been a Master Gardener for the past fifteen years. Her greatest joy is placing her clients in a home that creates warm lifetime memories for them and their family and friends.
Honor Society 2011, 2012 / Leading Edge Society 2013
Top Producer in 2014 and 2017
Clients are saying:
"Working with Susan was a pleasure. She continued searching until she found the absolute perfect house for my family. Susan carefully listened to our needs and never made us feel rushed or pressured to buy. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for real estate in Chicago!"
"During our search for a new apartment Susan was very knowledgeable on the options available to us; was always very responsive; and was a great help in negotiating price reductions and concessions. I have no hesitation in recommending Susan as an agent."
"Susan has been wonderful. She always responds quickly, and knowledgeably. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a full-service agent."
"Susan and I have a great relationship and I have always enjoyed working with her. She is experienced, and doesn't pull punches when it comes time to negotiations. Would definitey do business with her again."
"Susan is the best! She listened to what our needs were, showed us a good range of properties that helped keep us on track, and made the process of buying our first home easier than we ever would have imagined. She made sure that things we hadn't though of were covered in our offer and contracts; we couldn't be happier with the result."