Marla Forbes @properties Real Estate Agent

Marla Forbes RealtorLooking to Buy? It's all about trust. Most people don’t realize that brokers are encouraged 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.

Marriage, partnership, children, divorce, job change, health status, aging; these are major life changing events that cause you to buy or sell residential real estate. So for Marla Forbes, working with you as a real estate client, is much more than a business transaction – it is a deep understanding of your specific personal circumstances and then conducting the best real estate transaction that supports your situation.

Your home is, most likely, one of the most valuable assets you have or will have. Think about your other assets and who manages them. Most likely your financial advisor has years of schooling, perhaps an advanced degree, and then ongoing training from their firm and elsewhere.

Your real estate broker should have the same credentials and a full picture understanding of your lifestyle choices.
With over 30 years in the business world, 10 years in banking and real estate, a BA in psychology from the University of Illinois and an MBA in marketing and finance from Kellogg, Marla Forbes brings to every transaction, that perfect mix of hard business knowledge and personal understanding.

But a truly great real estate broker brings one more critical piece of knowledge to the table; neighborhood and specific market knowledge. In a city like Chicago, where home values can change not only by neighborhood or zip code, but block by block, in depth market knowledge is critical to the sale or purchase of your home. Marla Forbes provides you with this.

I invite you to tour my website, where you will find detailed information about Highland Park, Gold Coast and Streeterville properties, lifestyles and things to do. And if you don’t find what you are looking for, feel free to reach out to me directly, and I will find it for you.

Happy to express my Purple Pride! KGSM
Northwestern-Kellogg alum program

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What Marla's Clients Say...

Marla was fantastic to work with. We worked with her this summer to buy our first home and she helped make the process so easy. She found great homes to show us, listened to what we were looking for, and stayed within our budget. She also offered us great advice and insight from her years of  experience in the business. We ended up with the perfect home for us at a great price. I can't recommend her highly enough!

~ First Time Buyer

Due to health reasons, my mother needed to move and we needed to sell her condo. Marla Forbes recommended various improvements we should make to the condo, in advance of putting it on the market, to both improve the value and help insure a relatively quick sale. We made the improvements and  Mother's condo sold within 60 days of putting it on the market. Marla was very responsive and negotiated a great price relative to recent sales in Mother's building.

~ Condo Seller

After my divorce I was searching for a new home in Chicago. Because I had lived in the same area for many, many years I became a fairly difficult shopper, searching for far too long to find the right place in the right neighborhood. Marla was entirely patient, showing me as many properties as I  requested and doing so with a smile on her face at all times. Frankly, I'm not sure anyone else would have put up with me but it paid off for everyone. I found a home, where I am still residing. I would highly recommend her to help you with all of your real estate needs.

~ Satisfied Buyer

We were moving from Chicago up the North Shore and were referred by another agent to Marla as someone who really knew thearea. Marla showed us the exact types of houses we were looking for, really listening to what we wanted and needed. Ultimately she alerted us to a house that would be coming on the market in a few months, so we were able to bid on it before it even went to market. Given how quickly homes were moving at the time, we might not have been able to get this house if not for Marla's contacts. We were diligent Zillow/Redfin people, but there is no substitute for a well connected agent that knows the area. Marla was great and continues to be available to us after closing for tips on the area. She made our first home purchase an enjoyable experience and we couldn't be happier with the result. Thanks Marla!

~ Satisfied Buyer

Experienced and Involved

Member of@Properties Relocation Team: She can help you with referrals if you are leaving the Chicago area and will work with you and your relocation company here to make sure you find the best property in the neighborhood that suits yours and your family's needs.

Board of Directors of Lake Forest Bank and TrustExecutive Advisory Board of Wintrust Mortgage which keeps her up to date on mortgage and financing trends.

Former 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.

Former Commercial Real Estate Broker with Sperry Van Ness, helping small business owners lease, sell and purchase real estate in the Chicagoland area.

Board of Directors of A Red Orchid Theatre company, a Jeff nominated and awarded company, located in Old Town.

Member of SOAR - Streeterville Organization of Active Residents

Member of GNC - Gold Coast Neighbors Association

Accomplished pianist and enjoys, classical, jazz and opera.

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