Marla Forbes

Marla Forbes


906 N. State St.
Chicago, IL 60610

"Say Hello to Good Buys"

Say Hello to Good Buys!

Marla Forbes is a real estate broker and consultant with over 25 years of solid business experience including; sales,marketing, economic development and banking, in addition to real estate.

Marla's approach to real estate is thoughtful and analytical with an eye toward the future, in terms of re-sale value, potential interest rates, affordability and general market conditions. Armed with an MBA from Kellogg in Marketing and Finance, you can rest assured that the purchase or sale of one of your largest assets, is in good hands. 

If you are selling your home, Marla pours over numbers and market trends to provide you a realistic and accurate competitve market analysis and will advise on property improvements that will bring you the highest return on your investment, once sold. Her many years of experience in negotiating deals provides you the protection you need to secure the best price within the fastest timeframe possible. Making her client's interest first and foremost, Marla will often partner with other at Properties brokers, to ensure responsiveness and maximum coverage for the sale of your home.

If you are working with Marla as a Buyer's agent, she will scour the market for a property that will fit your needs and wants, for the present and future. Her search techniques almost guarranty that you will have the first opportunity to view and bid on a property, which is critical in a competitive environment. 

Because Marla wants her clients to be happy not only when they purchase, but when they sell, knowing your timeline, projected income and family plans, is extremely important as there is a big difference between buying your starter home, in which you might live three to five years, and the home that you might keep for a lifetime.

As a Divorce Specialist, Marla brings personal experience and numerous relationships with divorce attorneys, mediators and financial planners to her practice. Her BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois and 25+ years of consulting and negotiating, equip her with the sensitivity and discretion required to work through tough transactions and situations.

Marla Forbes sits on the Board of Directors of Lake Forest Bank and Trust, and the Executive Advisory Board of Wintrust Mortgage which keeps her up to date on mortgage and financing trends. Marla was the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at the State of Illinois' Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity where she negotiated millions of dollars in vendor and sponsorship contracts and advised on business attraction strategies for the State of Illinois. She was also a Commercial Real Estate Broker with Sperry Van Ness, helping small business owners lease, sell and purchase real estate in the Chicagoland area.

As a lover of the Arts, Marla sits on the Board of Directors of A Red Orchid Theatre company, a Jeff nominated and awarded company, located in Old Town. She is an accomplished pianist and enjoys, classical, jazz and opera.

When you are ready to buy or sell your real estate investment of a lifetime, shouldn't you consult a Forbes?


Clients are saying:

"We were moving from Chicago up the North Shore and were referred by another agent to Marla as someone who really knew thearea. Marla showed us the exact types of houses we were looking for, really listening to what we wanted and needed. Ultimately she alerted us to a house that would be coming on the market in a few months, so we were able to bid on it before it even went to market. Given how quickly homes were moving at the time, we might not have been able to get this house if not for Marla's contacts. We were diligent Zillow/Redfin people, but there is no substitute for a well connected agent that knows the area. Marla was great and continues to be available to us after closing for tips on the area. She made our first home purchase an enjoyable experience and we couldn't be happier with the result. Thanks Marla!"

"Marla did an outstanding job in representing me in the listing and sale of my Highland Park condo. I would recommend her very highly."

"Marla was direct, knowledgeable and resourceful in getting our house sold. She expertly advised us on preparing our home for sale and we arrived at a sales strategy that delivered a constant flow of interested buyers. Overall Marla was very professional and got the job done! Many thanks! The Merkle’s"

"I have already recommended Marla to several friends and acquaintances. She is so personable and professional. She listens well. She made a strategy for viewing homes that accommodated our needs and visions. Her expertise helped us make decisions. She brought up issues on our behalf during negotiations that we would have never thought of. We were able to find and purchase the home of our dreams. We are so grateful to have worked with Marla. I highly recommend her."

"Marla was great. We weren't sure exactly what we were looking for and Marla showed us many different properties , all with a smile on her face, until we finally settled on the one we purchased. She was very professional, very aware of market values, always on time and fun to work with. I highly reccomend Marla Forbes as a real estate broker."

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