Dunelife Team

Dunelife Team

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John Blackburn
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As a Realtor, my priority is ensuring your experience with our agency delivers the best possible outcome for you.  Listening to and helping you define your desires and priorities, I strive to make the potentially stressful experience of home buying or selling a process that is understandable, transparent and ultimately successful.

When engaging me as your @properties broker, you are partnering with a determined and conscientious professional with credibility, commitment and integrity.  You also benefit from my association with and extensive reach of the entire Dunelife Team. 

As a retired banking executive with over 40 years of experience, I understand value.  This means getting you the best value for your home, whether you are selling or buying.    I also recognize and value the trust my clients place in me, and I strive every day to exceed their expectations.   

Beverly Shores, Indiana has been my home since 2005.  Actively engaged in the betterment of our community and neighboring areas through local community organizations, I am a passionate champion for this region and the quality of life of its residents.  In my spare time, I enjoy bicycling, birding, hiking, sailing, travel, theater, and sharing the natural beauty of our surroundings with friends and family.  

The beach communities of Northwest Indiana are remarkable gems, providing incredible access to the Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana Dunes National Park.  My love for and intimate knowledge of this area instills in me the enthusiasm and desire to make this uniquely special region the place of your or your buyer's new home.

I welcome the opportunity to serve you in your real estate needs.


Mark Hull
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Mark has over 20 years in the construction business. He decided to renew his Salespersons License and obtain a Brokers License to put this knowledge to work for others. During those 20 years he ran field operations for two of the largest Single and Multifamily Construction Companies in Northwest Indiana. Having built 100's of Single and Multifamily units from Munster to Dune Acres his wealth of knowledge has become invaluable for his clients.

Mark grew up in Dune Acres with friends in Ogden Dunes to Beverly Shores. He has used this knowledge of the region in order to match his clients with a home that meets their lifestyle needs. Because Mark's family has been reasponsible for up to 90% of the listings and Sales in Dune Acres since the 70's he has become the go to person when navigating Dune Acres Real Estate issues.

Mark currently resides in Dune Acres and donates his time to the Town by acting as Road Commissioner and supervising construction projects for the Town of Dune Acres and Dune Acres Civic Improvement Foundation.


Ted Lelek
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DuneLife Team Joins @properties Harbor Country

DuneLife Team joins @properties to offer clients sophisticated technology and marketing CHICAGO, February 10, 2015 “ @properties, the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in Illinois and fastest-growing broker in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana, announced that the DuneLife team has joined the firm. The team will work out of @ properties™ Harbor Country office, serving the Dune Country area, which comprises Ogden Dunes, Dune Acres, Porter Beach, Beverly Shores and other nearby communities.

Headed by Ted Lelek, the DuneLife Team comes to @properties from McColly Real Estate in Schererville, Ind. The team consists of Lelek, Noreen Mitchell, Mark Hull, Linda Wiechnik- Goble and Michael Bill Smith. Together they have more than 50 years of combined experience in the Duneland area, specializing in a variety of property types ranging from lakefront homes to inland properties.

The DuneLife team has decades of experience in the area and knows Dune Country better than just about anyone, said George Schultz, vice president of brokerage services for @ properties™ Harbor Country office. Their addition further enhances @properties™ reputation as the leading brokerage firm in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana.

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Michael Bill Smith
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With his diverse background in architecture, interior design, and real estate, Michael Bill Smith is a unique and powerful resource for his clients whether they are buying or selling.

After graduating from the University of Kentucky, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture, he moved to Chicago to work for the renowned architecture firm, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.  With over 25 years of experience in architecture, interior design and consulting, Michael holds architecture licenses in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.  He is also a Chicago Registered Energy Professional.

Having bought and sold many of his own residential real estate properties including condominiums and single family homes, Michael has the personal and practical experience to help his clients navigate their real estate transactions.  A dynamic entrepreneur, he owns his own residential and commercial rental properties and he also develops residential properties through a private joint venture in Michigan.

Michael resides in Ogden Dunes, IN,  where he has been an integral part of the community for over 16 years.  Never complacent, he earned a Master of Fines Arts from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011.  As an adjunct professor, he has taught classes at Indiana University Northwest.  He is also a  member of the Curatorial Committee at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN.


Noreen Mitchell
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Proud and grateful to be born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Noreen studied finance at Quincy College before heading into banking.  After 20 years of owning and running a successful luxury car dealership and raising her family in region, Noreen found her niche in real estate over a decade ago and hasn't looked back.

Whether it's your first home, second home, or your forever home, Noreen takes unmeasuragle pride and joy in assisting those buying or selling real estate.  Professionalism and truly understanding and meeting the needs of her clients has proven to be her signature trademark.