Divorce Challenge: Never an easy time, selling the family home was emotional but necessary and resulted in finding a better place for a new lifestyle. After raising a family in this beautiful but overly spacious and costly home, it was time to move on. The five bedrooms, large basement and half acre of property was […]
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Looking to Buy? It's all about trust. Most people don’t realize that brokers are paid to sell and buy at the highest price possible, because that’s how they are paid. With Marla, you can rest assured that you are buying at the best price possible, because she wants you as a lifelong client. Marla will often encourage you to walk away from deals that will come back to haunt you when you sell. Marla is often the first broker to see new properties on the market, ensuring you will have the first and best opportunity to find the home that is right for you, at the right price.
Looking to Sell? It’s all about price and product. If priced correctly your home could sell within the first 30 days. And let’s be straight, it’s all about looks. If your property is turnkey and looks great, you will have a greater chance of selling quickly, than if a buyer has to put time and money into the property. Not sure what improvements to do? Ask Marla, she can tell you what buyers are looking for and how to get the highest return on your improvement dollars.
Marla Forbes is a real estate broker with @properties servicing Chicago's Gold Coast and Streeterville neighborhoods as well as North Shore communities including Highland Park, Fort Sheridan and surrounding suburbs. She has over 25 years of solid business experience including; sales,marketing, economic development and banking, in addition to real estate.
Marla's approach to real estate is thoughtful and analytical with an eye toward the future, in terms of re-sale value, potential interest rates, affordability and general market conditions. With an MBA from Kellogg in Marketing and Finance, you can rest assured that the purchase or sale of one of your largest assets, is in good hands.
Marla Forbes sits on the Board of Directors of Lake Forest Bank and Trust, and the Executive Advisory Board of Wintrust Mortgage which keeps her up to date on mortgage and financing trends. Marla was the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer at the State of Illinois' Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity where she negotiated millions of dollars in contracts and advised on business attraction strategies for the State of Illinois.
As a lover of the Arts, Marla sits on the Board of Directors of A Red Orchid Theatre company, a Jeff nominated and awarded company, located in Old Town. She is an accomplished pianist and enjoys, classical, jazz and opera.
Marla Can Help You Solve Your Housing Problems - Case Studies
Marla Forbes puts an unbeatable combination of real estate and finance experience together with the power of @properties to help home buyers and sellers from the Gold Coast and Streeterville to Highland Park and Fort Sheridan to help you attain your real estate goals. Real estate is much more than a sale to Marla, she understands that your long term financial interests matter.
Growing Family Challenge: With two toddlers and a look toward the future, this young family was ready to move from the city to the suburbs. Loving the feel of Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood and the charm of vintage, we found an adorable updated, vintage home in the Ravinia area of Highland Park that is walkable […]
Upsizing Challenge: With a primary home in Florida, my clients wanted to stay connected to Chicago to be close to their children and potential grandchildren, requiring a larger home. They had a fantastic one bedroom in East Lakeshore that did not allow for overnight guests, or for large screen TV’s that could not be heard […]
Downsizing Challenge: After living 25 years in a very large 5000+ square foot home in Old Town, my client decided that the five floors and stairs to match were too much at his stage in life. Committed to living in the heart of the city, we found a completely updated two bedroom plus den condo […]
Rent Versus Buy Challenge: Tired of paying rent to landlords for the past several years, this young couple decided to purchase a lovely home in Deerfield. For under $400,000, we found a wonderful split level home with a basement and sub-basement! They not only got three full bedrooms, hardwood floors and an attached garage, but […]
Cost Versus Space Challenge: Working with a couple who were convinced they wanted to live in Roscoe Village, it became clear that they were not going to be able to get the space they needed or the gourmet kitchen they desired, in that location. After looking at several properties, they both decided that for their […]
Aging Parent Challenge: My client had an aging mother who could no longer live alone, even though her mother thought that she could. Once her mother was convinced that living in a retirement community would be much better choice, we decluttered, painted neutral colors and laid a new bamboo floor in the kitchen. Her lovely […]
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