Seeking Trustworthy Mortgage Company & Real Estate Agent

Updated on July 20, 2010
E.S. asks from Wheeling, IL
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Hi moms,

We live in Skokie and are planning to purchase our first home. Can you recommend a trustworthy & reliable real estate agent & mortgage company?

Thanks so much:)

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E.S.

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I can help you with the mortgage portion. I am a senior loan officer and have been successfully helping many first time homebuyers obtain a mortgage for well over 10 years. All of my business comes from referrals, I have many happy customers! I can also give you a referral to some great realtors that I work with. Feel free to call me at ###-###-#### or PM me.
Thanks!

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D.L.

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I have a great agent that I have worked with in the past; her name is Jill Halprin and her # is ###-###-####. She was born & raised in Skokie, so she is extremely knowledgeable about the area. I also have a wonderful mortgage broker that I have been using for over 15 years; her name is Lisa Lewis & her # is ###-###-####. Tell them D. Lehrer referred you.

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J.P.

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Hi E.,

My husband is a realtor and lived in Skokie for twenty years. He knows the neighborhood very well. We now live in Arlington Hts. I know he would be very helpful, trustworthy, and friendly. He has a couple of guys he recommends for a mortgage loan officer. You could ask him about it. I am not sure if you want to stay in the Skokie area or travel elsewhere. Either way, he would be able to help you out.

His name is Dino. He works for Coldwell Banker. His cell phone number is ###-###-####. I suggest that you give him a call and just chat for awhile. Then decide for yourself if you want to set up an appointment with Dino.

Good Luck!
J. P.

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S.F.

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Hi, E.,

I can enthusiastically recomend a Realtor: Sally Weiland of the Coldwell Banker office on Central St. in Evanston, ###-###-####. I worked with Sally last summer in selling my house in far northwest Evanston, and even though real estate was already waaaay stressed, Sally really delivered. I found her to be honest, reasonable, reliable (solid!!!) and a pleasure to work with. She has three sons so is very knowledgeable about family needs, and has lived in Evanston forever so she knows the territory. If you want to mention my name, it's S. and my last name is pronounced fee-lee-oh. Sally will remember my house on Princeton Avenue.
Good luck on your house hunt! It is really fun if you allow it to be!
Mama S.
formerly of E-town, now in Portland, Oregon!

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M.M.

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I would recommend Barb Hibnick with ReMax Showcase - her number is ###-###-####. I also recommend Tammy Maranto with MTeam Mortgage Grup. Her humber is ###-###-#### or ###-###-####. Both of these women are in a networking group that I belong to in Arlington Heights. Barb has been a realtor for 25 years and is very knowledgable, trustworthy and reliable. She is very experienced in this market. Tammy is a Sr. Loan officer with over 20 years experience.
Her web site is www.barbshomesonline.com
Tammy's email is [email protected]____.com
Hope this helps.
M. H. - Your PC kitchen tool consultant

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J.L.

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We bought a house about 6 months ago and LOVED our agent, Suzannah Martin from Koenig and Strey in Evanston. LOVED her. She was friendly, easy going, direct, honest, and extremely knowledgeable. We had a hard time finding a house we wanted, and she very patiently showed us about 35 places in Evanston and Skokie! And when we finally did find a place, the negotiations ran into all kinds of problems. Suzannah was an awesome negotiator, and what really endeared her to me was that when it looked like the seller wasn't going to budge she advised walking away rather than paying more than she thought the house was worth. Anyone willing to give up her commission (and the many hours she had already invested) to be honest is great in my book! Just google her name and company and I think you'll find her website. I highly recommend her!

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P.M.

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Hi! Try contacting Helen Oliveri of Keller Williams. She has her own office in Morton Grove on Waukeengan Rd. near Golf. She is wonderful...smart, energtic, honest and a from the area so knows her stuff around here. To learn more, go on her website helenoliveri.com or stop in her office for a visit. Once you meet her, you'll know she's the realtor for you. Good luck in your serach!

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H.B.

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You can e-mail Kristine, she's super sweet no pressure type of girl.

[email protected]____.com

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M.T.

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I am a real estate agent who is young, energetic, friendly, honest and who loves working with people and would love to help you find a place if you'd let me. If you'd like to know a little about me, just visit my companies website and you can find me under the agents link. My name is M. Talaga and the website is ConlonRealEstate.com. Thanks!

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E.M.

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You could try a credit union. They are smaller than banks, and, in our experience, more personalized. We used New Trier Credit Union and had a very good experience.

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N.S.

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I have a wonderful agent his name is Lester, he works out of Re/Max and his email address is [email protected]____.com,ofc number is ###-###-#### or cell is ###-###-####. He is very reliable, trustworthy, and will go out of his way to help you. He alsoworks with an excellent mortgage broker. Her name is Jerilynn Fox and her e-mail address is [email protected]____.com her phone number is ###-###-#### she is the president of the IAMP- Illinois Association of Mortgage Professionals.
Good Luck
N. S.

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L.R.

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Bill Blohm (my father) is an agent with Baird and Warner in Evanston. The office is located on Central Street, close to Skokie. He has lived in Glenview since 1967, so he knows the area well. He is a retired insurance executive, who went into real estate because he wanted to do something that he really enjoys doing. You can reach him at [email protected]____.com or call the Evanston office at ###-###-#### and ask for Bill Blohm. Also, Dan Gjeldum at National City Mortgage is fantastic. He is the Manager of Niles, Glenview, Northbrook and Evanston branches: [email protected]____.com can tell both L. Rappel sent you.

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Z.D.

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I've gone through two real estate agents before I found one that really I feel like she is there for my best intrest. B/c I was so happy with her work I just used the people she deals work with and everything went great. Your best bet is wourd of mouth. Turns out if I would've just asked friends and family they would have referred me to her anyways. After going to one of my friends house warming party I realized my agent was my friend agent as well. Well her is her info:

Carmen Chucrala ###-###-####
Charlie Welch (mortgage broker) ###-###-####

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G.H.

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Forget real estate cos or brokers. go through Buy by owner if possible to save the muxh extra cash. Go thru your bank or a bank that's known you for many years.

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S.A.

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Hi!
We just bought our first home last Spring and we had the best real estate agent in the world! In fact, he still calls me to make sure everything is going well! Trust me, as a first time home buyer, with all the stress and emotions that go along with that, you will need someone that will listen to you or take it when you need to yell at someone :)

Anyway, his name is Mike Checuga, he is based on the Northside of Chicago. His number is ###-###-####. His website is: http://www.mchecuga.illinoisproperty.com/

I would highly recommend him. I am sure he can recommend a good mortgage broker too. Good luck!

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C.M.

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You can't go wrong with Michelle Bobart - www.mobiumgroup.com. She's awesome!!!

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M.B.

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My husband and I used Clayton Waite of Prudential Starck Realtors. He is very trustworthy and reliable. His contact info is here: http://www.starckrealtors.com/offices/agent_detail.cfm?ag.... For our mortgage, we use Rich Postlethwait from Pillar Financial. Here is his contact info:
Rich Postlethwait
Vice President
Pillar Financial, LLC
Office: ###-###-#### x 110
Direct: ###-###-####
Fax: ###-###-####
[email protected]____.com

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