Marilyn Knaus

Marilyn Knaus


548 W. Webster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

I guess you could call me a "real-estate junkie." Real estate has always been my passion. I loved checking the new listings and visiting open houses. I actually looked at 50 plus apartments before I bought my own condo 15 years ago. And I truly enjoyed every minute of the search.

Although I think I'm a born realtor, it was not my first career. I spent 17 years as a telecommunications marketing executive, negotiating multi-million-dollar contracts for AT&T and other companies with such customers as McDonald's, Walgreens and Motorola. I learned how to specify the details of a deal, understand legal contracts and most importantly, how to negotiate. To this day, that experience helps me guide my clients through the real-estate process from start to finish and make sure they get the best price and value.

Another valuable experience is the eight years I spent as the president of my condominium association. I am able to lead my potential buyers through the often bewildering maze of condo docs, pointing out the particulars that need to be addressed when making an offer or finalizing sale.

I love working in Chicago real-estate. I have lived in the city for 30 years. I know the neighborhoods, their history and their lifestyles. My husband, who is a Chicago Fire Department Captain and I currently live in Wrigleyville.

I have learned how to listen to my clients. I know that they are not only looking for a good investment, but also for a place that will make them happy every time they walk through the door. My highest goal to provide them with knowledgeable, professional guidance and a smooth and happy experience in their search for a new home.

Clients are saying:

"One of the best brokers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Marilyn was extremely effective and attentive to our needs and time frame. Would highly recomend her to anyone Looking for a property in the future!"

"We had such a great experience working with Marilyn. Moving from a small condo to a single family home is a big transition, and she was so helpful in making the home buying process easy and painless. She helped us to see the potential in all the homes we were looking at and offered honest opinions about how each property would fit our needs. Her knowledge of the market helped us to buy our home significantly under list price. I would highly recommend working with Marilyn!"

"Marilyn was a joy to work with. She was patient and professional in finding me a perfect house."

"We can’t say enough positive things about our experience with Marilyn.
She came recommended and we will gladly recommend her to anyone we know in the market for a home.
Marilyn helped us find our first single family home. She negotiated a great price for us, and most importantly supported us through the entire process with attentive service.

Some of her strengths:
Helping us develop a vision and putting that into a home.
Taking feedback and putting that towards your search.
Customer service

Again, can’t speak highly enough of our time with her. Started as a referred realtor and now is a friend.

Thanks for everything, Marilyn!"

"Marilyn did a great job handling the sale of my two flat. I am an out of state investor which makes simple tasks much harder. Marilyn took on the task of coordinating with my property management to conduct minor curb appeal items and scheduling of all showings and inspections. She also dealt with some difficult tenants who had an opinion to complete showing and inspections after they left. Throughout the entire sales process I was constantly give updates of any issues and how the process was going. Often times during an inspection I would get a call asking a question regarding the property which I was able to respond to eliminating pointless comments from inspectors."

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