Marlene is an experienced real estate professional who brings a unique competitive edge to her clients: highly effective marketing, sales and negotiation skills honed by her 15 years in real estate and a 20-year track record as a top marketing/sales professional in the highly competitive high-tech industry. In addition to her proven sales skills, Marlene focuses on making the entire process as easy as possible for her clients, giving them peace of mind.
Marlene's approach to successful home marketing focuses on creating excitement about the property as well as focusing on the target audience. She spends hours preparing a property to be "market ready," because in this challenging market, each and every property must put its best face forward. Because of her 20 years in high tech companies such as Apple and Microsoft, she can leverage her skills to give her clients the best online marketing exposure
Marlene's approach to assisting buyers takes the long, and often confusing, process out of home buying; giving her clients comfort in knowing that all the details are taken care of. She extensively researches and understands the wants, needs and lifestyles of her clients. Her hands-on approach is methodical, highly organized and thorough. Her clients say she listens to everything they say and gets a feel for what they want.
Marlene is a lifelong resident of the North Shore area. She grew up in Lake Forest, has lived in Northbook, Evanston and currently resides in Wilmette with her husband. She has an adult aged daughter and holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Ohio University.
Clients are saying:
"Marlene was confident, knowledgeable, efficient, practical, and so incredibly helpful throughout the process of selling our home. We felt that we were in very good hands from day one."
"We chose Marlene because of her knowledge of our area and the plan she developed to market our house. We have a beautiful house in a transitional area and she was able to get us full ask before the house even went into print. But, Marlene didn't stop there, she continued to help and support us through the inspection, appraisal and closing of our house. She even helped collect some packages that where sent to the house after we moved out."
"We sold our Wilmette home with Marlene and the experience could not have been better for us. It was a daunting process because of the challenging location of our home (next to a school parking lot). Marlene eased a lot of the anxiety by coming up with creative ways to deal with that challenge, and constantly keeping us in the loop with updates. Her team did an amazing job with the staging, their eye for interior design was top notch, and it all accumulated into a really great marketing package that generated a huge amount of interest in our listing. We were consistently the top-viewed home in our neighborhood on Zillow. Marlene also handled every aspect of the contract negotiations like a real pro. We could not have been in better hands. We highly recommend Marlene. She is the best!"
"Our most recent closing would not have happened but for Marlene's tireless professionalism. She is wonderful and I wouldn’t be overstating her skill when I say Marlene Leon can pull the sword from the stone."
"Marlene was an absolute JOY to work with. Moving to the Chicago area from out of state was very intimidating for us, but Marlene immediately made us feel at ease. Without balking at the immense size of our initial search area, she easily helped us narrow it down, but was always willing to show us properties that were farther away, too. At all times, Marlene made us feel like we were her TOP priority. She was always professional, approachable, honest, and friendly with us. We felt like we could reach her at any time of day and have her full, undivided attention. And our requests for weekends chocked full of house showings were a piece of cake for her! Marlene's extensive knowledge of the market in the area and her candid advice were extremely valuable resources for us. In the end, she helped us find an amazing new home in an area that we love. It can be scary buying a new home in an unfamiliar place, but having Marlene in our corner really put us at ease through the entire process."