Real Estate on Chicago's North Shore: Lake Forest... Lake Bluff... Kenilworth... Winnetka

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"A community of raving fans."
I read a wonderful quote by a fellow named Drew Meyers.  

"The only defensible strategy to success in real estate, or any other industry,
is delivering great service day in, day out, and nurturing a community of raving fans."

My mission is to create long term client relationships through exceptional service... i.e., "nurture a community of raving fans." 

Hopefully these testimonials from various clients will provide an indication of how I well I deliver that mission.
What her clients say...
"Ann, Thanks for seeing it thru our eyes and being understanding of our timeline. It all worked out great. Thanks for the care.

We would recommend Ann as an agent, because in our case, she acted in our best interest and was mindful of our long lead time and travel schedule. We would definitely use her again if the opportunity presented itself."
- John and Patricia Tobin

"Ann Jones worked with us to understand both our selling and buying needs. She was extremely professional, dedicated and knowledgeable about the real estate market in our area. She was also very accessible and very accommodating to our particular needs and schedules. We would highly recommend her."
- Chris and Mike Moses

"Ann Jones's expertise and professionalism, coupled with her friendly manner, was a perfect match for us. We were very comfortable accepting her counsel on price setting and the other nuances of the sales process, as Ann was so well prepared. Her marketing plan, including her blog, really impressed us. She always went the extra mile to get things done, and closed! "
- Larry and Kathy Sorensen

"Ann Jones was referred to us by a friend. When meeting Ann, we were instantly impressed with her strong business background, her sense of the local markets, and her strong work ethic. This coupled with her warmth made her a perfect choice.

Ann used her many resources and marketed our property extremely well. Ann suggested a few things that would help the sale and followed through on everything needed. This was very important to us, since we live out of state and could not oversee the sale ourselves. It should have been no surprise when we received two full price offers the day that the property went on the market. Ann expertly dealt with any and all issues that came between the contract signing and the close and made the whole process from start to finish feel seamless.

Ann was instrumental in getting our property sold quickly and for the right price. She made the transaction easy and accommodated our out of town needs beautifully. We are so grateful for Ann's obvious expertise and experience. Her strong business background, her attention to detail, and her abilities with people made this an exceptional and extremely satisfying experience.
-Amy Tutwiler Kelley

"Ann is a consummate professional....her advise regarding market timing, pricing and readying our home was spot on! Ann is extremely thorough and has the unique ability to make you feel as if you were her only client."
-Dianna and Jon Miller

"I have known Ann Jones as a personal friend since fifth grade and had no idea that fifty years later she would be our outstanding real estate agent. It was a complete joy to watch her in action from our first call about downsizing from our family house of twenty years to the last day of our final move-in to a perfect townhouse Ann found for us! Ann was professional, detail-oriented, by our side throughout the entire process.

We sold our house in 24 hours before it was even listed thanks to The Organizing Girls recommended by Ann. Ann also came up with an incredibly creative solution for moving into our townhouse at the exact closing date we wanted. If you are looking for a detail-oriented people person, an out-of-the-box thinker with an extensive business background, call Ann Jones! We can't recommend her highly enough".
- Sallie Stanley

"You have been a fantastic real estate agent for us. You persevered through think and thin and devoted a lot of time and energy to "our cause".... We thank you for your efforts, and you can be sure you are at the top of the list of recommends for anybody searching for a realtor. Not only that, I will tell one and all that they will gain a friend in the process."
- Liz Graham

It was a pleasure to work with Ann and I would highly recommend her services as a real estate agent. She is professional, consultative and knowledgeable. Ann provided us with excellent advice and helped us sell our house in record time in a tough market. She far exceeded our expectations."
- Gail and John Jacobson

"What a wonderfully professional experience. Ann was able to accurately evaluate the market with extremely businesslike and accurate graphs and charts, coordinate everything we needed and move our house in three weeks. She took into consideration our personal attachments to the house and was able to still make us comfortable moving the house for a mutually agreed upon price. We would recommend Ann to anyone."
- Pam and David Waud

"Ann was recommended to me by one of her past clients. Ann completed a house sale for our family. From our first meeting through the closing she was expertly professional. I would recommend contacting Ann Jones when you are interested in selling, buying or just planning your future."
- Kelly Hutchinson

"Ann Jones came highly recommended by local residents and exceeded our highest expectations in helping us relocate from Iowa to Lake Forest. Thorough in her attention to detail, and unstinting in her attention to the client's priorities, Ann proved uniquely capable and efficient."
- Ralph and Mary Keen

"Ann's honesty, intellect and perseverance helped us find the perfect home. We've worked with several agents over the years, but Ann's highly analytic nature and expertise with contracts assured us that she could land us the best deal. Ann's patience and integrity contrast sharply with the strong arm approach practiced by many real estate agents. She demonstrates again and again that she's committed to her clients' best interests and will dedicate the time necessary to deliver top-notch service."
- Allison and Dave Neumeister

"Ann Jones did a wonderful job selling our house. Her taste is excellent, and she was tireless in helping us for eight months to put our house in its best shape.
She is very experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of the real estate business. But just as important, she is a warm and friendly person who made the transition enjoyable despite 50 showings."
- Barbara and Tom Marshall

"Ann Jones brings welcome business acumen and clear-headed thinking to the quixotic world of buying and selling houses. She knows how to sort through listings and recent market activity and pull together information for a client, and she presents it articulately. She delivers on time. Added to that, comes a friendly spirit, a heart of gold, and sound advice. We knew we were in good hands with Ann."
- Marion and Gene Cartwright

"We turned to Ann when needed to relocate from Illinois to the East Coast. Ann offers an expertise that others unable to provide. She provided us with solid market research including comparable home sales data and analysis which were extremely useful. She also provided good advice in terms of organizing our home for showings. She is active and well-respected in the Lake Forest community and able to draw on numerous resources and connections. In addition to this, she had great ideas of how to market our home using the Internet. Within two weeks, we had three offers which allowed us to maximize our sale price in a really tough market. We wish Ann the best!"
- Susan Marshall

"My husband and I began our house hunt when I was 7 months pregnant and moved when our son was 1 month old. We already had a 2 year old daughter so needless to say we were busy. Ann made, what could have been a very painful process, pleasant. The first time we met she travelled into Chicago to accommodate my schedule and was extremely flexible with her time on very long and full weekend days packed with visits. We cast a wide net, all the way from Evanston to Lake Forest, and Ann patiently took us through each city identifying the various neighborhoods and schools. She has lived on the North Shore her entire life and has extremely deep knowledge and an instinct for value and quality. She is analytical in her approach and had very insightful data to support our search and the negotiations, which she managed honorably and effectively. We settled on Lake Forest, and even before we closed, Ann was opening up her network and treating us like a neighbor and a friend. In short, we love our new home and we loved working with Ann."
- Laurence Hill

"Ann's personal and results-oriented approach kept us on plan when selling/renting my parent's home in Lake Forest. Ann is a great strategist who understands the value of marketing, market research and keeping her clients informed... Because results matter, I highly recommend Ann as a Realtor and advisor."
- Chuck Nustra

"Ann is a very knowledgeable businesswoman and wonderful advisor. She approaches real estate with total professionalism. The selling price exceeded our expectations and we were able to negotiate a closing date that was convenient for us. We can't say enough good things about Ann and highly recommend her."
- Nan and Mark Goebel

"My husband and I appreciated Ann's methodical yet enthusiastic approach to finding our home. Ann has a rare ability to see potential, anticipate needs while negotiating with the skill of a diplomat. She is our only choice when we move again."
- Maureen Costello

"Having moved seven times in the past 20 years we have a good sense of what it means to have a good realtor: excellent negotiation skills, attention to detail, adaptability and that rare quality of helping you make your new house into a home by helping you find anything from painters, to baby-sitters, to touring schools. Ann did more than meet our expectations -- she exceeded them."
- Meg and Steve Barnhart

"I highly recommend Ann Jones. She is capable, practical, professional and wise. She guided us through the sales process and we sold our house in 27 days during a very difficult market. I am very appreciative for her and all of her real estate knowledge and experience."
- Marilyn Henry

"I couldn't have done it without you...I know that you went the extra mile and I cannot thank you enough!"
- Phoebe McMillan

"We first met Ann when we moved back to Lake Forest and were looking for a rental. Clearly there wasn't much to gain from our business at the time, but from our first meeting with Ann we could tell that she was completely sincere in her efforts to serve us and come alongside us in helping us find a home for our family -- in essence "an exceptional breed" of Realtor. We were not having much luck, but Ann retained a positive attitude. We never forgot this and when it came time to buy, we knew who to call.

When we first called Ann, we said we weren't sure we wanted to buy, but wanted to look. Ann jumped in immediately with two feet, worked as hard as she possibly could to put together a portfolio, regardless of our undecided state, even letting us know not to worry and there were no expectations as to whether we were committed or not.

We were very picky, saw over ten homes over a period of multiple weeks, but nothing yet. We had exact requirements that we weren't willing to compromise. Again we got discouraged, but Ann remained positive. Just when we were about to give up, Ann, through her network and contacts, became aware of a new listing (at significant value) and ensured, given her proactive nature, that we were one of the first to get into the home. We decided to buy that day, and Ann through her negotiating skills made sure we got the home.

The best part is yet to come. Between putting the earnest money and closing, there was about a 4-6 weeks in between, and since we wanted to make upgrades to the home the day we closed, we needed to get contractors in. We asked Ann to open the home for us, more than ten times, evenings, weekends, she made sure we got what we needed, she truly cared.

Finally, I want to say, beyond Ann's exhaustive review of the market and homes that fit our requirements, she also has strong expertise in valuation, bidding, and negotiation, and this helped our cause on many fronts.

I can vouch for Ann personally and am happy to discuss her capabilities with anyone, who would like to know more. "
- Cherie and Michael Singh
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