Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
1710 Central St
Evanston, IL 60201-1508
Real Estate knowledge
When consumers understand market dynamics and the buying & selling process, everything else will fall into place. Mike Stern strives to educate his clients in all facets of buying or selling of a home. Timing of the sale, along with marketing the home properly to achieve maximum equity return for sellers; and market analysis to ensure buyers secure the best home for their financial situation and lifestyle. Full disclosure, honesty, humor and excellent follow-up have contributed to Mike’s repeat and referral business.
Clients & Communities
Mike has worked with a broad range of clients over the years: first time buyers and senior/estate clients are a specialty; with right sizing and move-up buyers a close second. Assembling a team of trusted attorneys, lenders, tradesmen and home clearing & organizing professionals help make transitions seamless and (almost) worry free. Mike Stern’s real estate career has centered around Evanston, Skokie (Lorel Park) and the surrounding North Shore and City of Chicago communities. He is ready with a referral to other quality agents in the area(s) of your choice.
Education & Experience
Mike has 20+ years of real estate experience and maintains a managing broker’s license (more rigorous education, additional responsibilities when “supervising” brokers; held to a higher standard). Mike Stern received his BSBA from the University of Denver; working in the hotel industry before becoming a Broker. An Eagle Scout and as well as an Order of the Arrow inductee, Mike has used scholastic and life experiences to enhance his client service and leadership skills.
Mike organized and lead The Rose Warriors Relay for Life team in Evanston, and for 5 years was the top fundraising team in this American Cancer Society sponsored event. The St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen was another endeavor that Mike organized and lead for five years. This work/family/friends group came up with menus, shopped, cooked, and served meals to 80+ people twice a year.
Mike has lived in the mid-west his entire adult life. He and his wife settled down in the Lorel Park area of Skokie where they raised their son and two dogs. Now that the dogs are in doggie heaven and their son has moved out; Mike and his wife moved to a lakefront condo in Edgewater and are enjoying beach and city life.
"Now that things have calmed down a bit, I just want to say thanks again for all your good work on both the purchase and the sale. You did a great job and I’m not sure how I could have done it without you. I knew this would be a difficult experience and you helped reduce the pain and the stress. I’ll certainly be happy to recommend you in the future. And I wish you good luck. Thanks! (Sold a home in Skokie and bought a condominium in Skokie.)"
-David R., Client
"Mike is the most trust-worthy, high-quality partner you could have by your side as you go through the home-buying process. Mike has helped us with rental searches in the past and was a source of important knowledge and helpful guidance as began to look for our first home for purchase. He knows the North Shore like the back of his hand and his experience proves invaluable as you begin to branch out past the actual home search - he helped us find our lender, lawyer, handymen, etc. and the experience with everyone he recommended has been lovely and impressive. Mike was our advocate every step of the way, he listened carefully and invested himself in our search - he made himself available for many home visits and even played with our toddler as we explored basements and attics. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose Mike every time."
-cewalker84, Evanston IL, Client
"We used Mike as our realtor for our first home purchase in Park Ridge, and we could not be happier with our experience. Mike was very knowledgeable about the entire home buying process and had some great recommendations and advice as we began the search process. He was able to walk us through the negotiations and make sure that we were comfortable every step of the way through the buying process. He had a very good feel for the market and helped to ensure that we found the right house for our needs and got a good deal on the purchase. One area in particular that Mike stood out was his responsiveness and attention to detail. Every time we had a question or request along the way, Mike was able to instantly follow up and provide the necessary information/action. He truly went above and beyond to ensure that we were happy and comfortable throughout the entire process."
-tim curry21, Park Ridge IL, Client
"We talked to a few people & chose Mike. He helped my mom sell her house that she'd lived in for about 60 years. He had good, current, relevant info about the neighborhood & the house itself (which was sound, but not updated). Mike kept us informed at every step, provided advice & his opinion of what would make sense, but was willing to let my mom do what she wanted & what she was comfortable with - no pressure. Mike helped figure out what to do with the 60 yr accumulation of 'stuff', and which things should remain, which things should go. Ultimately, he helped get what we thought was a good price in a short time. Here's what you'll get when you call Mike - straight answers, good communication, good knowledge, good ability to deal with prospective buyers. Call him."
-kurt kessler, Skokie IL, Client
"Mike Stern is a professional realtor, who treated us like friends. We could always rely on good information and prompt responses. Mike has lots of energy and yet manages to never be pushy. He helped us with both a sale and a purchase, which could have been stressful. Mike made the process smooth and very positive."
-Zinnhaus, Niles IL, Client
"Mike has been a family friends for some time. He assisted my mother in the sale of our family home. He also assisted my mom in the purchase of up a lovely condo in downtown Evanston. He sold my mothers house on the second day it was listed and he enabled my mom to purchase the condo very soon after it was listed . Mike helped us with several services such as recommending a good attorney and staging the house. He is a consummate professional and have excellent follow through. He genuinely cares about his clients. He had tremendous knowledge knowledge of the market and made some very great recommendations regarding pricing and strategy for negotiation. I would highly recommend Mike to others."
-A Smith, Evanston IL, Client
"When my wife and I were on the market looking for a real estate investment, Mike was recommended very highly to us by our friends. Once we started using his service, we learned why.... Mike is very dedicated to his clients, and he works seemingly non-stop to help find your ideal property. He systematically and professionally processed the available homes, showing us only the properties that best fit our needs. He's a professional in every sense of the word... experienced, dedicated, and actually a nice guy to spend an afteroon with :) I pen these words from the home Mike helped us find."
-user612527, Skokie IL, Client
"I have been working with Mike now for over 7 months and he has been very patient, incredibly resourceful and informative throughout my home buying process. He has helped me understand all of my options and broke down the real estate lexicon so I can understand it in lamens terms and never has pressured me into any properties I have not had any interest in. I am still in my decision making process, and Mike is still the person I rely on to begin, process, and finalize all negotiations."
- user121477, Skokie IL, Client