Established in 2000, @properties is the largest independent real estate brokerage firm in the state of Illinois and one of the top 12 residential brokers in the U.S. As a locally-owned, independent company, we offer local homebuyers and sellers the highest level of service for their real estate needs through our award-winning sales and marketing programs, industry-leading technology, and experienced, innovative brokers.
At @properties, our goal is to provide you with expert, caring, and candid advice throughout one of the most important transactions you will ever make. That is our commitment to you.
Marina Burman is a dedicated professional who offers her clients a broad range of real estate experience. Marina began her real estate career as an appraiser in 1983 learning all aspects of the business from her step-father, a commercial and residential real estate appraiser. She quickly established herself as an expert in residential property valuations throughout the Chicagoland area and in 1987, Marina started her own successful real estate appraisal firm.
Marina soon realized that her clients were looking to her for guidance with purchasing and selling real estate so in 2000, she became a licensed real estate broker. Since obtaining her sales license, she has consistently been a multi-million dollar producer. Marina’s success comes as a result of her extensive experience in property valuation, construction quality, rehabilitation, investment property, financing and marketing. Marina is committed to working closely with her clients to assure that all aspects of the buying and selling process are handled in a smooth and professional manner. Her positive attitude and calm demeanor have proven to be an asset when negotiating and she is able to bring parties together to successfully close transactions.
A Chicago and North Shore native, Marina and her husband have lived in Glenview for more than 27 years where they have raised their three children. She has been active in her children’s lives and the organizations in which they were involved including soccer, baseball, girl scouts, boy scouts, Titan Poms and lacrosse. She served as a parent representative on the Design Committee providing input for the construction of Attea Middle School in The Glen. On that project, she worked alongside District 34 administrators, the architectural firm and the construction company from pre-ground breaking to the day the school doors were open.
Marina is a member of the North Shore Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, Women’s Council of Realtors, the Winnetka Club and the Sarah Siddons Society. She is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of Chicago with a degree in Fine Art.
Marina is committed to helping her clients achieve their real estate goals and in
building lifelong relationships with those she serves.
PRICE IT RIGHT FROM THE START
Sellers often think they should start the asking price high and then lower it later if the house fails to sell. But that approach can result in a slower sale — sometimes even at a lower price. Typically, your house will attract the most activity within the first 30 days on the market. If the price is too high, many buyers and their agents will stay away, assuming that you’re not serious about selling or you’re unwilling to negotiate. This risks buyers moving on without even bothering to make an offer.
Next to LOCATION, most buyers are looking for SPACE . . . living space, cabinet space, counter space, closet space . . . you get the idea! De-cluttering your kitchen is the best place to start since “kitchens sell homes”. Clean out your kitchen cabinets of items you rarely use and box them up for storage. Keep your counters clean and clear of any unnecessary items. Next, go through your house room-by-room and ask yourself what you can throw out and what can be boxed up and put into storage. If you’re selling during summer months, box up your winter coats and heavyweight clothing and put these items in storage too, maybe at a friend’s place or rent a small storage unit just until your house sells.
CLEAN LIKE CRAZY
Give your home a deep clean from top to bottom, including windows, upholstery and carpet, and the refrigerator and oven (yes, buyers actually open them).
FIX IT UP Unless your buyer is looking for a fixer-upper, no one wants to buy a house and then have to paint or fix leaky faucets or remove flowery wallpaper (even though you love it!). Take care of any large or small repair jobs ahead of putting your home on the market. Once sold, your buyers will insist on having a home inspection done and you’ll likely need to address these items in the end anyway.
A BIT OF PAINT GOES A LONG WAY
Paint is the least expensive way to enhance the appearance of your home. A fresh coat of paint helps give the impression of your home being “move-in ready.” Be sure to use neutral colors.
STAGE FOR SUCCESS Almost every property can benefit from some sort of staging prior to selling a property, and that may simply include things like removing family photos and knickknacks and clearing away excess furniture to show off the spaces in their best light. With higher-end properties, however, it is even more important to hire a professional staging company that can showcase your property without a lot of excess distractions that take the spotlight away from the “bones” of the property. New construction homes really benefit from professional staging by bringing in furniture and accessories that will allow buyers to see how your new home might be decorated and how things “fit” in those empty spaces.
HIDE THE POOCH (OR KITTY) Keep pets out of the home during showings. Also, be sure to conceal food bowls and litter boxes. If pet odors are present, have the home professionally cleaned.
PREP FOR SHOWINGS Prior to showings, be sure to turn on lights, raise blinds, and open curtains . . . make your home as bright as possible. Light gives the impression of space, so it’s important for every room in your home to have ample light at any time of day. Put out some fresh potpourri to give your home a nice scent.
HOLD IT OPEN
Its very important to allow your broker to conduct open houses, especially the first few weeks the home is on the market. Open houses make it convenient for the buyers to come and see the house without an appointment. .
At a broker’s open house, you leave for a few hours while your listing broker shows your home to other local brokers instead of showing it directly to potential buyers. When a broker sees that your home might fit the needs of one of his or her clients, he or she can pass on the information about your listing. For each broker who tours your home, you gain potential exposure to a number of that broker’s clients who might be interested in your home.
FIND A BROKER THAT YOU CAN TRUST
Selecting a broker that you trust is probably the most important thing you can do when buying or selling a property. Start by asking your friends, family and business associates for referrals. Attend a few open houses to size up the brokers holding the homes open. If you interview a broker who has a “team” working for them, remember . . . bigger is not always better. Be sure to ask who you will be dealing with on a daily basis and who will actually be representing you.
Village Green, Winnetka, IL
“Marina was fantastic from start to finish. She was very knowledgeable about the area of Chicago we were looking to purchase in. When we found the home of our dreams she walked us through the process and got us the best deal possible. I would recommend using Marina to anyone and everyone. Thanks Marina!”
“I have worked with Marina for almost 10 years. She has assisted in many property searches for my clients. She gives excellent advice and is very willing to take the time that is necessary in order to give her clients the best advice in real estate choices and decisions. It is a pleasure work with her as she is extremely knowledgeable, with a high standard of ethics.”
“Marina was very patient and knowledgeable as she helped us sell our two flat. She was always available and showed the building over 40 times! She helped us walk through the process of negotiation!”
“Being a first time home buyer, Marina was excellent throughout the entire process. She was courteous, professional and very patient. She is very knowledgeable and helped me at every step in the buying process. Always made herself available to answer any questions I had. I highly recommend her and will definitely use her services again in the future.”
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL
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