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A lifelong resident of Chicago, Jeff Graves applies his deep knowledge of the city to specialize in residential properties: single family homes, condominiums, townhouses; both new construction and vintage/rehabs in Chicago's North side neighborhoods. A stickler for details, Jeff works closely with each of his clients to carefully understand their needs and develop an effective strategy to accomplish their goals. Both buyers and sellers appreciate Jeff's knowledgeable and compassionate focus. Jeff is proud to have accepted the Chicago Association of Realtors award as a Top Producing Realtor in the Lincoln Square and Bowmanville neighborhoods with over 75 million dollars in career sales.
Experience that counts
Jeff brings broad corporate experience and an unmatched client service style to his Real Estate career. His analytical skills were honed when he was a Director at a major marketing research firm. Jeff's creative abilities were indulged by heading the stage/set design and construction for a professional non-equity theater. Jeff, along with his partner, acted as the designers and general contractors for the gut rehab of their own vintage home. Jeff thoroughly understands how this complicated process can be done well and has quite the eye for ‘diamonds in the rough' for all of his Do-It-Yourself clients. As the former president of two condominium associations, Jeff intimately understands the challenges and rewards of condo management. Jeff's leadership, analytical, and creative abilities are the perfect foundation for his highly successful client service approach to the practice of real estate.
Dedicated to making a difference
Building strong communities has always been Jeff's passion. He has been on the board of the Bowmanville Community Organization since 2004. He is also on the board of the Griffin Theatre and contributed to the theater's acquisition of an abandoned city building in the Bowmanville neighborhood which will be converted into a community art center and the permanent home for The Griffin. Strong neighborhoods are built with determination and vision; two qualities Jeff brings to every client transaction.
Committed to the client
Knowing that buying and selling a home is serious business; Jeff's goal is to make the process pleasurable and exciting for his clients by providing outstanding service they can trust, professional expertise, and quality insight resulting in a successful transaction and satisfied clients. Know someone who is thinking of buying or selling a home? You can refer Jeff Graves with confidence!
Jeff Graves is proud to be a principal member of the NorthEdgeGroup. The NorthEdgeGroup delivers real estate expertise with a commitment to the highest standards of integrity; direct, honest communication; and a deep understanding of the neighborhoods we serve. Dedicated to extraordinary client service, the NorthEdgeGroup believes that strong relationships with our clients are the foundation of our mutual goals. Learn more about the NorthEdgeGroup at www.northedgegroup.net
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Real Estate Professional
Maureen Murnane is honored to accept the Chicago Association of Realtors top agent in Edgewater award. Dedicated to the highest standard of professionalism, Maureen's business acumen and creative perspective have helped her close over 62 million dollars in real estate sales. Maureen embraces the challenges associated with all types of property - from vintage and new single family homes to two-flats, multi-family buildings, condos, and townhomes. With extensive experience in relocation transactions, Maureen has helped both buyers and sellers here at home and from around the world find their ideal home.
As an experienced writer, business development professional, communications director, home owner and renovator, Maureen Murnane has developed an effective skill set that helps elevate her clients' properties above the crowd. Today, sales are driven by accurate pricing, extraordinary preparation and staging, effective marketing, and diligent follow-up. Maureen's varied history helps bring fresh ideas to each and every client situation.
Founder of The NorthEdgeGroup.net
In 2011, during an extraordinary time of market transition, Maureen Murnane founded the NorthEdgeGroup which brings together 4 experienced agnets to focus their expertise on finding the best solution for the unique circumstances of every buyer and seller we are priviliged to represent. The members include, Jeff Graves who was named the top agent in Bowmanville/Lincoln Square; India Tougne who is a second generation realtor, living in Lakewood Balmoral and an expert in Lincoln Park properties, and Lisa Blume who brings 20 years of digital marketing experience and an expertise in north and west side properties. Maureen Murnane has lived in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Edgewater, and Lakewood Balmoral for 35 years. She specializes in all Edgewater neighborhoods, but has sold properties throughout the city. Every property will be shown by Maureen personally, or if back-up is needed, by an experienced team member who is familiar with the details of your home as well as the surrounding neighborhood ammenities. Together, these friends and colleagues offer a powerful brain trust to their clients.
A 31 year resident of Lakewood Balmoral, Maureen is deeply involved in the community. Her two adult daughters went to a local grade school where she presided over the parents' organization and created after-school activities. She is the current secretary of the Lakewood Balmoral Residents' Council, a supporter of the Griffin Theatre and sits on a committee of Friends of the Parks which is working to improve the quality and quantity in our lakefront park system. Maureen believes that strong communities are sustained by strong local relationships.
Skilled Negotiator, Stager and Team Leader
A successful real estate transaction requires many skills. It begins with an understanding of how the buyer perceives the value in a property, which is the first step towards positioning a home to achieve the highest price. Knowing how to create a supremely inviting atmosphere with the right staging, is essential to achieving her client's highest expectations. Maureen's calm, respectful but strategic approach keeps the energy positive throughout preparation and showings, contract discussions, inspections, appraisals and finally the closing!
CRB (Certified Real Estate Broker)
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource)
GREEN (National Association of Realtors Sustainable Property Designation)
CNS (Certified Negotiation Specialist)
CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist)
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India Whiteside Tougne has lived and practiced real estate in Lincoln Park and the Andersonville area since 1998. India has helped buyers and sellers all over Chicago, from the South Loop to Rogers Park, and the lakefront to Humboldt Park, specializing in Lakewood/Balmoral where she resides and Lincoln Park where her children attend school. Aside from owning investment property, India is a homeowner and renovator, and can easily relate to all the joys and woes that entails!
India is an active member of both the LSC and the PTA at Lincoln Elementary. As the Wellness Chair for the P.T.A., she has implemented a food-allergy safety program, and Kids In Motion, an indoor exercise program during the winter season. In this capacity India also organizes an evening lecture series for parents. In her second term on the Local School Council, she heads up the Organizations Committee. India also participates in fundraising (organizing a CSA) for EFAC, l’Ecole Franco-Americain de Chicago, and is fluent in French.
She lives with her husband and two children in their beloved Lakewood/Balmoral, where India has long served as a block representative on the Resident’s Council and helped organize the ever-popular Harvest Moon Festival.
Originally from Wilmette, Illinois, India received her BA degree out east at the College of William and Mary, where she studied economics, marketing, and finance. She takes continuing education courses for real estate on a regular basis, including completing the month-long course of study entailed in being a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS). Always looking for better tools to better serve her clientele, India has joined forces with other top agents on Chicago’s north side to create the northedgegroup. They are dynamic team of highly successful agents with combined sales of over $150,000,000, working together to realize greater success for their clients and, thereby, themselves.