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IL Licensed Realtor®
CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert
Cell (312) 952-9527Gold Coast / Streeterville212 E Ohio, Ste 200 -Chicago, IL 60611
My career in real estate and negotiation began in the early 1980s with an investment in the then unfamiliar area of Bucktown in Chicago. Through a bit of creative financing pulled from multiple sources including a sibling, recently discharged from the military, we utilized his VA benefits a small loan from our parents and a bit of our own cash to purchase a 3-flat rental property. A few years and a few improvements later a comfortable 300% return on our investment was realized. With this success, a passion for the intriguing world of real estate was ignited. Since then, independently and with a partner, I've owned, renovated, designed and built new over a dozen properties in Chicago, Indiana and the exclusive resort community of Sedona, Arizona for personal and investment purposes.
I grew up on the southeast side of Chicago in a hardworking middle class family. A strong work ethic and deep moral values have been woven into my fabric since childhood while working with my parents in their respective businesses. A keen ability to listen and thoroughly understand the needs of clients and coworkers was developed while traveling internationally within the banking and hospitality industries for many years. The opportunity to learn about different cultures, individuals, their families, and what's important in life proved to be an invaluable education.
When considering a real estate career, I wanted only the best -- a growth oriented, progressive, well oiled machine. @properties stood out with their awards, innovative marketing, technology, their talented and energetic management team and family of agents. @properties has set a new bar among Chicago area Realtors.
Whether working with you toward the most lucrative listing price to sell your home, searching for your first dream home, second home or investment, you will often hear me ask "What if?" or comment "Perhaps there's another way." We will work hard to see the whole picture and I will ask a million questions to find the right answer.
Work won't stop until I'm comfortable knowing I've done everything in my power to answer your needs and see that you are happy with your decision.
Clients are saying:
"Marlene was great to work with. She quickly focused in on what we were looking for and helped us pull together some great options in short order. She listens well, is available for communication in whatever medium suits you, and got us into a place we are very happy with. What else could you want?"