REALTOR - DESIGNER - RENOVATOR
TONI VAN ERT
REALTOR + DESIGNER + RENOVATOR
A lifelong passion for houses, a gift for creating beautiful spaces and nearly 20 years of experience as a marketing executive are the resources that truly set Toni Van Ert apart in the realm of real estate. After completing major renovations on her first house, Toni was inspired to act as general contractor and designer on larger projects culminating in the dramatic expansion and makeover of her current southeast Evanston home on Dempster Street.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Toni has an MBA in marketing from DePaul University. She held management postions at several Fortune 500 companies, partnered on start up teams for two successful web based businesses and founded her own special events company. With her extensive experience in marketing and renovations as well as a remarkable eye for design, Toni is uniquely qualified to assist clients in making solid real estate decisions.
She helps sellers transform their homes to sell quickly at maximum price and buyers to find the perfect fit. If buyers need a little help turning their new property into their ultimate dream home, Toni is uniquely connected to help make that a reality. In a highly competitive market, her keen instincts, design savvy and boundless energy give her clients a distinct advantage. She brings an unparalleled dedication to her work, ensuring that even the smallest details are considered and perfected before, during and after the sale.
When Toni's not selling houses you can find her and her husband, Greg, enjoying the lakefront with their children, Jack, Kate and Janie, and a curiously oversized Labrador retriever named Huck. An Evanstonian since 1999, Toni has served as PSO president for St. Athanasius School, served multiple terms on the Northminster Nursery School Board and participated in many clubs, activities and service projects.
Clients are saying:
"Toni was a breath of fresh air. She worked to showcase our home in the best light for maximum profit. No detail was overlooked. She also found us the perfect new home and then negotiated tirelessly so we could purchase it at the best possible price.
Highly likely to recommend *****
10/22/2017 - Annie D Dillon
Bought and sold a Single Family home in 2016 in Barrington, IL.
Local knowledge: *****
Process expertise: *****
Negotiation skills: *****"
"Toni was exceptional. First, she knew the market incredibly well; and, suggested that I list the house more than $200,000.00 over another broker from a well known Evanston brokerage firm. Second, she had specific recommendations for changes to the house to make it sell. She was exactly on point. For example, we replaced the natural wood cabinets with a beautiful shade of gray and the kitchen popped. It was amazing. She had recommendations for colors for several rooms, viz. the foyer, living room, study that worked very well. She decluttered the house so well I could not believe it was the same home. Third, she has a great personality and really handled prospective buyers quite well. Even when some buyers had overly picky criticisms she deftly handled it. Fourth, her expertise worked so well we sold the house on the day it was listed. At least two other houses on the block were up for sale at the same time and both are still sitting without any contract.
I cannot say enough about Toni. I would never consider any other broker. In fact, I recommended her to a close friend whose house had been sitting on the marker without any offers. Toni made several recommendations which they grudgingly went along with and the house sold immediately. She is an exceptional broker!
Highly likely to recommend *****
10/22/2017 - donaldtbertucci
Sold a Single Family home in 2017 in Evanston, IL.
"Dear Toni, We can't thank you enough for selling our home and so quickly! Your support during this process meant a lot to me and my family. We appreciate how thoughtful and professional you were during the sale of our home. Always there to answer our calls and questions. I will definitely refer you to my friends and family! Thank you again for being there for us!"
"It was THE BEST buying experience with an agent because of Toni! In addition to her being highly professional and very knowledgeable in her approach, Toni epitomizes the definition of "personalized service" through her diligence and caring. She listened carefully to our needs, was extremely attentive in making sure that our needs were met, and offered excellent suggestions throughout the entire buying process. I would unequivocally recommend Toni!"