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In an industry built on service, it's Roberta Brennan's steadfast commitment to serving her clients that sets her apart. A top-producing broker in Chicago and the North Shore with over $270 million in career sales, her business purview includes both the city and the suburbs. For clients, that means getting a nuanced, highly detailed, expert opinion on both. Clients seek her out for her tireless work ethic, excellent negotiation skills and friendly, empathetic nature. With over 28 years in the real estate industry, Roberta brings a background in the investment banking business as a bond fund pricing coordinator and municipal bond trader for Nuveen Investments. Today, she utilizes her analytical background and communication skills to assist both home buyers and sellers alilke.
Attending Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois, Roberta graduated in 1979. She has lived on the North Shore and in Chicago ever since. Roberta continually studies regional and local market trends so she can accurately guide and counsel her clients. Today, over 90% of her business comes from past clients - either through repeat business or personal referrals. Her extensive experience in both markets is especially helpful to those clients making their first move from the city to the suburbs, as well as those relocating back "downtown". Roberta's expertise in both areas assures seamless transactions for all involved.
As a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors professional Standards Committee, Roberta is dedicated to the ethical practice of real estate. Her extensive staging experience and eye for detail continue to delight. Roberta currently lives in Evanston. An avid gardener and home renovator/decorator, she enjoys working on her own house, her investment properties and in her extensive perennial gardens.
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Charlotte Newberger, Advisor & Partner Emeritus
Charlotte Newberger brings over thirty-five years of experience in Chicago real estate to the CN group. In 1980, Charlotte was a founder and partner of Beliard Gordon and Partners, Chicago’s first all women's residential firm. After 20 years as the one of the preeminent luxury brokerages in Chicago, Charlotte and her partners sold the company. Charlotte then formed a partnership with Carol Ann Edwards-Nasser at the internationally acclaimed Rubloff Residential Properties.
Charlotte enjoys a career that has brought her clients a keen business acumen and attention to every aspect of their investment. Consistently honored as a top producer, in 2005 Charlotte was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Association of Realtors.
Charlotte is also a founding partner and creator of The Heartland Health and Fitness Spa. The Heartland was named among American’s Top 100 Day Spas (spAWARDS).
Many national, civic, arts, not-for-profit and philanthropic boards have benefitted from Charlottes’ tireless energy. The National Foundation for Jewish Culture, Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago), and Writers in the Heartland are but a few of these. Current boards include Lincoln Park Village and Cure Violence, a national group aimed at helping teens from harming themselves or their peers.
A resident of the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago, Charlotte and her husband raised two daughters who attended Francis Parker. After many successful years behind some of the most notable real estate transactions in Chicago, Charlotte’s legacy continues as an advisor to the CN group and a partner emeritus.
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Marilyn Lissner brings over 25 years of real estate expertise to the CN group. Recognized as one of top brokers in the luxury market of Chicago real estate, Marilyn began her career at Beliard Gordon and Partners and then Rubloff Residential Properties where she represented some of the most valued residences in the Gold Coast and Old Town neighborhoods. The breadth of her expertise ranges from co-operative residences and single-family homes to vacant land for development.
Prior to real estate, Marilyn taught elementary school for 13 years in the Watts area of Los Angeles. Coming to Chicago, Marilyn raised her children in the Gold Coast. She was an active member of the parent community as they attended Frances Parker School.
Marilyn’s tireless energy extends to her volunteerism with political campaigns and philanthropic organizations. One of her greatest accomplishments was working with the WITS program of the Chicago Public Schools (Working In The Schools) where she was a volunteer at Byrd Elementary School In the Cabrini Green Housing Project in Chicago. Most recently, Marilyn and her daughter raised over $10,000 in the Susan G Komen 60-mile Walk for Breast Cancer. A board member of Realtors to the Rescue, a non-profit animal rescue program of the Chicago Association of Realtors, Marilyn is active in animal rescue programs.
As a former educator, Marilyn excels at guiding her clients so they can make informed decisions. Integrity, insight and perseverance are her hallmarks.
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Debra has 17 years of experience as an owner/property manager with Hadelman Enterprises, managing 332 units in eight multi-family buildings in Oak Park, Illinois and was President of the Building Owner’s Management Association (BOMA) of Oak Park. She also has 13 years of experience as an Executive Recruiter, specializing in corporate finance for Chicago-based multi-national corporations.
Growing up in the Lakeview area of Chicago, Debra became a life-long Bears, Cubs and Bulls fan. She and her husband raised their two sons in River Forest, but as soon as they became empty nesters, they moved back to the city, and currently reside in Lincoln Park.
Debra is Chair of Canine Therapy Corps, a wonderful not-for-profit organization that provides interactive, animal assisted therapy (AAT) to various programs in the Chicago land area. The dogs, which are certified by Canine Therapy Corps, are incorporated into individuals’ psychosocial or physical therapy programs.