The Thomas Team

The Thomas Team

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Michael and Lene Thomas
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The Thomas Team

The Thomas Team is one of the Chicago area's most successful real estate brokerage partnerships. Co-founders Michael and Lene Thomas launched their business in 2001 with a vision to support their clientele with superior service. Today, the Thomas Team is among the top sellers of real estate on the North Shore, in the top 1% percent of all Chicago REALTORS and the #1 brokerage team in Evanston from 2007-2018. The team's business model is built on highly ethical practices, a strong infrastructure, advanced technology, superb marketing tools and a loyal network of clients and colleagues. The Thomas Team's main focus has always been to serve as knowledgeable and effective representatives for their clients.

The Team has extensive experience within the condo, co-op, townhome, single family and new construction markets. Their reach stretches as far north as Highland Park, south throughout the city and as far west as Wheaton; however, they concentrate the bulk of their business in Evanston, Wilmette and the North Shore. Additionally, through their strong referral network, they are happy to help clients who are relocating out of the area by introducing them to top agents in other communities around the country.

Team Structure/Members

With two dedicated partners, Michael and Lene Thomas, the Thomas Team continues to prove itself in a highly competitive marketplace.  Michael and Lene's charismatic personalities, market knowledge and trusted service"coupled with industry leading technology, first class administrative support and marketing programs that are second to none " has placed them at the top of their field.  And The Thomas Team have grown!  Michael and Lene are proud to have added 5 other team members  Lauren Lockwood Consiglio, Alexi Echeverri, Derek Eovaldi, Chaz Richart and Cliff Sears -- all licensed brokers who share the Thomas Team's vision and bring their own areas of expertise.

Michael Thomas - Licensed Broker - Team Leader

Michael Thomas works with clients who want to buy or sell their home, and overlooks all sales transactions for the team. Michael is always available to step in and guide where needed. When working with a seller Michael is in charge of obtaining the listing, having professional photographs taken, floor plans created, and marketing the listing so it will be sold at the highest price in the least amount of time possible. Michael works closely with a Stager to make sure the home shows at its absolute best and with the Marketing Director and Transaction Manager to successfully market the key features of each listing until it is under contract. When working with a buyer, Michael and his Showing Specialist meet with the client to assess needs and wants. Michael and the client will identify properties of interest and then create a tour, schedule the properties and tour the properties with the client. Once the perfect property has been identified, Michael will negotiate the best deal for the client.

Lene Thomas - Licensed Broker - Director of Marketing and Operations

Lene Thomas manages the Operations team and all the behind-the-scenes activities involved in marketing, reporting, client communication and moving the transaction forward. As a licensed broker and the Director of Marketing and Operations, she plays an integral part in the growth of our team. If you are a buyer, you may have been referred to us through a trusted source, heard about us through word-of-mouth or our email campaigns, print advertising, web advertising, social media, or direct mailings. If you are a seller, you have the peace-of-mind knowing that your property is being advertised through all the outlets available. With a business degree and experience as a project manager in logistics and marketing for a major international company, Lene brings a level of organization and precision to the real estate process that is reassuring to The Thomas Team's clientele. Lene is also an expert at home staging. She will walk the home with the agent and make necessary suggestions for de-cluttering, painting, and re-arranging furniture. She will work with the seller to get the home in the very best showing condition.

Client Commitment

We view our client relationships as a personal investment. Prior to introducing a home to the brokerage community, we work with a seller to optimize the presentation of their home, expertly assess the market value, identify the target market, and develop a strategic marketing plan.

The Power of a Team

What sets us apart - We believe to fully represent our clients in the ever changing world of real estate, we need to have specialists that are the very best at what they do – Our main focus is YOU. It is very hard for one Realtor to be good at listing, representing buyers, getting deals to closing, marketing, and the million other things agents deal with in a regular work day. We have created an environment where none of these tasks get overlooked. The Thomas Team is comprised of a team of Real Estate Agents, a Showing Specialist, a licensed Transaction Manager, a Stager and a Marketing Director.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help you achieve your goals and exceed your expectations through engaging home buying or selling experiences based on personal ethics, trust and customer service so that you will never hesitate to refer us to your family, friends and co-workers.

A Proven Record 

#1 The North Shore 2007-2018 Combined* #1 Evanston 2007-2018 Combined** #1 Evanston in Volume 2018*** *Most Transactions on the North Shore (communities Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Lake Forest, Lake Bluff). **Most Transactions and Volume in Evanston from 2007-2017, All property types, per MLS, 1/1/2007-12/31/2017. ***Per MLS, 1/1/2017-12/31/2017.

Lene Thomas
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Lene Thomas manages The Thomas Teams Operations team and all the behind-the-scenes activities involved in marketing, reporting, client communication and moving the transaction forward. As a licensed broker and the Director of Marketing and Operations, she plays an integral part in the growth of our team. If you are a buyer, you may have been referred to us through a trusted source, heard about us through word-of-mouth or our email campaigns, print advertising, web advertising, social media, or direct mailings. If you are a seller, you have the peace-of-mind knowing that your property is being advertised through all the outlets available. With a business degree and experience as a project manager in logistics and marketing for a major international company, Lene brings a level of organization and precision to the real estate process that is reassuring to The Thomas Team's clientele. Lene is also an expert at home staging. She will walk the home with the agent and make necessary suggestions for de-cluttering, painting, and re-arranging furniture. She will work with the seller to get the home in the very best showing condition.


Derek Eovaldi
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Derek is a dedicated, successful real estate agent serving Evanston, the North Shore, and Chicago. His commitment to personal service allows buyers and sellers to experience positive results and they benefit from his thorough, professional approach. With expertise gained through in-depth training and continuing education, and utilizing his background in advertising and sales, Derek assists with his clients' real estate needs during every step of the buying and selling process.


Lauren Lockwood Consiglio
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Lauren Lockwood Consiglio was born and raised in Evanston. To say she knows the North Shore well is an understatement. It’s this in-depth knowledge coupled with her single-minded determination to find people “homes they truly, truly love” that makes Lauren an incredible advocate on behalf of her clients. Her love for the region runs deep – from growing up learning to sail on Lake Michigan to being an active volunteer in her children’s local schools. Outgoing and very detail-minded, Lauren spent 10 years in special event planning and marketing as the Alumnae/i Relations Director for Chicago-Kent College of Law and as Director of Membership for the Illinois Restaurant Association. The daughter of a teacher, Lauren then went on to earn her special education teaching certificate in 2003 from San Diego State University and taught children with special needs for three years before returning home to Chicago. Back “home” for good now, Lauren resides in Northwest Evanston with her husband and three kids. The Ohio Wesleyan University graduate enjoys cooking, dining out, golfing and time with her family and friends.  Lauren was thrilled to join fellow Evanston Township High School grad, Michael Thomas and Lene Thomas, on the Thomas Team in 2015.   One of Chicagolands most successful real estate brokerage partnerships, The Thomas Team’s unmatched client service and commitment level is a perfect match.


Chaz Richart
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Chaz Richart grew up in Indiana and has lived in the Evanston area since his enrollment at Northwestern University during the fall of 2004. There, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and earned a scholarship as a walk-on defensive back for the NU Wildcats' football program.  He currently resides in Chicago's North Side. Upon graduating, Chaz worked in Chicagoland in the hospitality and financial services industries.  With his passion for people, his client facing skill, and a strong work ethic, Chaz provides exceptional service and builds lasting relationships. Aside from his career, he shares an interest in an array of activities including golf, biking, and world travel. 


Cliff Sears
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Clifford Sears - Buyers and Sellers Consultant

Clifford Sears was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. He is currently a long time resident of Evanston. After graduation from architectural school at the University of Arizona, Cliff worked in the Peace Corps for the Ministry of Public Works in Swaziland, Africa designing and building low cost housing, farmer training centers, hospitals, and various other government buildings.

After working for various architectural firms in Arizona and Wisconsin, Clifford eventually evolved from designing residential projects into marketing and selling homes. He has been a Realtor in Evanston for the last seventeen years selling in the city and suburbs resulting in sales of over 300 homes - many of them while representing major local developers. Clifford joined The Thomas Team in February of 2010, he assists with their listings and buyers as well as servicing his own clients.

To find out more about how The Thomas Team can help you in the purchase or sale of your home, please vist www.TheThomasTeamOnline.com.  


Alexi Echeverri
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Alexi is a native of the North Shore and a graduate of New Trier High School.  She joins the Thomas Team, an industry leader in the area, bringing with her over a decade of experience in management and sales.  She has worked with a number of high profile clients and brings a natural discretion and personalized approach to her work.  Her ability to understand client's needs and advise them in a sensitive manner makes her a perfect fit in the real estate industry.  Alexi stays current on the market trends both locally and nationally, and is fluent in the latest technology to market and discover a home.