Dear Jean and Annie,

Just saying “thank you” seems inadequate when we reflect on the incredible job you did in selling our home at 1019 E. Illinois Road in Lake Forest. Annie’s marketing expertise in combination with Jean’s work ethic, experience, attention to detail and innate closing skills are second to no one. We do not believe the sale of 1019 would have been consummated without your abilities to manage the closing process.
Just as important to us is the sense of honesty and trust you engender in your clients. We always felt you had our best interest as your top priority. Your compassion for our difficult situation never wavered. Your sincerity set you apart as the consummate pros.

The only regret we had in 4 ½ years of trying to sell our home during this most difficult market is that we did not retain you as our agents early on. It would have saved us a good portion of our retirement funds and many sleepless nights. Thanks again for being there for us.

Sincerely,
Bob and Kathleen Murphy


Jean Royster and Annie Lenzke are the best realtors I have ever worked with, bar none. My husband and I have bought and sold many homes, have owned rental properties and done several real estate projects, so we have been exposed to quite a few brokers and sales persons in the process. Throughout I have never seen the professionalism, dedication to the project and loyalty to the clients that I have seen in this team. Jean and Annie were our chosen realtors for a spec house we had built on the North Shore. The market was in serious decline and we had already been through a highly recommended realtor, who did not secure one offer for our property. When Jean and Annie took over, you could feel a palatable change in the energy surrounding the whole endeavor. Not only did they suggest minor improvements that made a huge difference in how the property was perceived, and suggested very reasonable workmen to execute this transformation, but even went as far as to oversee the work first hand to make sure it was done to their exacting standards. However, design expertise is one thing, getting a property sold in a hostile market is another. We were sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what would happen next. And, wow, we were not disappointed! Jean and Annie brought us a pre-approved buyer, very close to our asking price with two possible back up offers waiting in the wings. Our property closed in record time with no problems and we all breathed a sign of relief. I cannot adequately describe what a positive experience we had working with Jean and Annie. They are the personification of efficiency, dedication and professionalism. And besides that, they are two of the nicest people I have had the pleasure to know.

Anne Malone


Jean Royster has been my realtor of choice for over ten years. In my family’s personal experience there is no one finer in our local market than Jean. She has a rare combination of extremely hard work ethic, impeccable credentials, and area leading success, as well as a genuinely warm and generous personality. My personal opinion is that her value system (one of utmost integrity) and her work ethic combine with her vast knowledge of the real estate market in which she works to make her the unique individual that she is. For my family, a happy benefit of our working relationship has been the development of a special friendship. We count Jean truly as family, which is icing on the cake. I can say without qualification that Jean Royster is among the best and most capable individuals in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff real estate. In a market crowded with service providers she is at the top of the list.

Fred Wacker


Jean Royster is an exceptional real estate specialist and lovely woman to work with in the North Shore area.  I am a city resident, Chicago, and really entrusted Jean to find me a country home, located in a specific area….and of course with all those necessities that our family needed to be comfortable in the suburbs.  Jean is a patient and steady worker…highly organized and extremely efficient.  She is pleasant, smiling, and listens to her clients questions and concerns.  I especially liked that I never felt pressured or pushed in to anything that was not my choice or liking.  Not only did Jean find me one lovely house….but then a second even better house….so I have only the highest regard for this special professional lady.  She is as good on the buy side for the buyer as she is for the seller since she has handled the sale of a house for us as well and is as professional as we could have hoped for on both sides of a sale.  I have bought many residences and property in Illinois, in Wisconsin, in Florida, in California and Mexico….and Jean is the best we have ever been fortunate enough to work with.

Diane Heller

I have known Jean Royster for over 20 years as both a friend and as my realtor. In my experience of buying and selling both residential and commercial properties, she is far and away the best real estate representative I have ever dealt with. When you hire Jean to sell or buy a property, you get a hard working, honest, knowledgeable sales person who knows the market and gives that extra effort to get the job done.  Even in today’s tough market, Jean is prospering. Year after year, Jean is one of the very top sales people on the North Shore. Along with this outstanding sales person you also get a genuine, fun to be with lady, who my wife Jaima and I are pleased to call our friend.  Annie, Jean’s daughter, has joined Jean’s team and she too is a chip off the old block.  If you want to buy or sell real estate in the North Shore market, Jean and Annie are the ones to choose.

Richard & Jaima Emmert


Jean is professional, warm and considerate.  For seven years, she has strived to find the situation that works for us as our needs and preferences have evolved.  We have total confidence in her.

Eric & Valerie Kuby