Jean is recognized as a top authority on real estate by the industry as well as the general business community. She has been featured on the cover of Chicago Agent Magazine, interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s, Sheridan Road magazine and Barrons magazine – America’s premier financial weekly publication – and published a weekly real estate article in the Lake Forester newspaper. Jean contributes a portion of her sales to the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation to help fund housing related endeavors.
Jean has over 36 years of invaluable real estate experience. She has intimate knowledge of new construction derived from 10 years of building and developing luxury single family homes and town homes. Jean worked side-by-side with inspectors on every phase of construction from staking the site to the final certificate of occupancy. She also worked with buyers to sell homes from plans and models, select floor plans, and determine their interior custom finishes. Not only does her experience give Jean an extensive depth of knowledge in home construction, but it gives her first-hand experience of what is important to buyers from the ground up.
Due to Jean’s tireless work ethic, strategic thinking, and superior negotiating and communication skills, she has achieved tremendous success over the past 26 years in residential real estate sales. Her greatest compliment is that her business has been primarily built by enthusiastic referrals from past clients. Jean strives to make the process of buying and selling as enjoyable and stress-free as possible for her clients, who have a diverse range of needs and price points.
Jean sells throughout Chicago’s North Shore, including homes as far south as Wilmette and as far northwest as Grayslake. As a 35-year resident, she has exceptional knowledge and expertise in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff markets. Her high level of professionalism and excellent judgment make Jean’s advice and guidance extremely valuable to her clients throughout their buying and selling experience.
Before debuting on the market, Jean takes great care to prepare her listings through staging consultations, professional photography, custom floor plans, and more. Her first-class strategic marketing plans employ an array of traditional and online venues to achieve the best advertising and marketing visibility for her listings. When it comes to buyers, Jean prides herself on her ability to identify the perfect homes to suit the individual’s needs. She has a unique pulse on the market and keeps her clients informed about their housing options as they become available.
Cutting Edge Team
Jean works to stay ahead of the curve in today’s evolving real estate market. To give her clients an edge, Jean has Annie Lenzke on her team. Annie is a dynamic licensed agent who uses her extensive background in advertising, marketing, and online strategy to assist buyers and sellers. With over 90% of buyers using the Internet as a tool in their home search, online expertise is critical.
Annie worked for six years at the Leo Burnett advertising agency running blue chip accounts for Disney and Kellogg. She managed Kellogg’s largest brand, Special K, during Kellogg’s biggest new product launch to date. The very successful product launch included a revolutionary digital partnership with Yahoo! that Annie spearheaded for the agency. You can find more information on Annie’s background and experience in her professional bio.
Jean graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has a comprehensive background in the healthcare industry and has worked in many different capacities, including Charge Nurse of an intensive/coronary care unit and Naval Lieutenant during Desert Storm. Jean currently serves on the board of the Lake Forest Lake Bluff Historical Society, which strives to share the rich historical traditions of the area with the community.
With great compassion for animals, especially dogs, Jean loves supporting and volunteering with Chicago Canine Rescue, New Leash on Life Chicago and Orphans of the Storm in Riverwoods. She is also passionate about her clients, friends, family, traveling, professional sports, college athletics, art, health, and fitness.
For a relationship based on trust, knowledge and expertise when buying or selling your next home, contact Jean and Annie.