We had considered selling our house and downsizing and Martha May had helped us in previous years. We ultimately decided we weren’t ready to take that step. Recently, we made the decision to go ahead, and contacted Martha. We began looking, thinking it would take quite a while to find a condo. To our surprise, the 4th condo Martha showed us was the one. She was very good at keeping us in touch and in tune with the process. We closed on it last week and are now getting our house ready for sale with Martha.
The office staff were pleasant and always offered us water and followed through when we brought documents over to the office.
Gloria and Mohammad Amin
Martha May became my agent in the middle of my house sale and jumped in with both feet. After she got the contract on my house she tirelessly searched for a home for me to rent. Bingo she found one. I highly recommend Martha.
Martha was very professional in every aspect of the sale and on the purchase side. She was very patient with us as we decided where to live and very organized with both transactions.
Patrick and Julie Bily
We can’t thank you enough for all that you have done for us over the past year in our search for a new home! Your support, kindness, & sincere advice meant more to us than you’ll ever know.
We also appreciate the generous “house-warming” gifts. We will enjoy the champagne & candle holders soon! We continue to move to our new home steadily, & hope to have you over when we are settled in!
Take care of yourself!
Marge & Nick
I recently sold my home and Martha was my Realtor. I chose her after witnessing what a wonderful job she did assisting my friends with the purchase and the sale of their house. She is very professional and hardworking. Throughout the entire process she listened to my needs. She was always available and helped me navigate what would otherwise be a very stressful process. She is incredibly trustworthy and knowledgeable. If you are looking to buy OR sell a house, I cannot recommend her enough!
Martha May was awesome to work with. Her experience and business acumen was perfect. She led with positivism which sold us from the moment we met her.
Thanks Martha for being patient and understanding and communicating all aspects on the selling of my mom’s home.
Martha May presented the most detailed marketing plan of any agent I spoke with. Her professionalism, experience and attention to detail made my decision to utilize her services easy. I will definitely recommend AND use her services in the future.
I met Martha May years ago when my husband and I needed a market appraisal of our home. I called on her to help me market and sell my parent’s home and she did a fabulous job. Martha not only gave me great advice on selling the house, but she supported me with the emotional side of the sale as well. I called on her to help my son with his home purchase and with the sale of the house I remodeled to sell. I would rely on Martha for any real estate sale or purchase.
Martha was the broker for the previous owners 20+ yrs ago. Liked that she knew the house & neighborhood.
Very professional & fun to work with during this stressful time.
I liked it when she said, “Don’t worry, let’s just take one step at a time.”
I would recommend Martha May.
My fiancee and I had a great experience buying our first home with Martha! From the get-go, she was prepared, knowledgeable, and friendly. We found our attorney and home inspector through her referrals, both of whom were excellent, and throughout the process we never hesitated to reach out when we were unsure about our next steps. She always replied promptly, no matter the time of day, which really helped with our busy schedules. We’re in love with our new home and can’t thank her enough for helping us get it!
Rob & Kait
Martha, we want to thank you for your exceptional, professional guidance in the process of selling our condo. Your kindness, knowledge and being friendly was very important. We would definitely recommend Martha May to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent.
Tom and Margaret Manijak
I would highly recommend Martha to sell my home or any home. She knows real estate, value, areas, and is always there to help you. Her previous art degree shows through when she and her team are staging and photographing your home.
It was our pleasure working with you! I love your straightforward and honest approach, I believe our personalities should shine through in the work we do, and you prove this true; we have been blessed to have found you, especially in this second round! You are always welcome at our home wherever we are, and please come visit us in Florida!
Thank you again,
Gunes and Nazli
Martha May is by far the best Realtor we have had the pleasure of working with. Over a period of years we have sold several residential properties using different brokers. Martha’s attention to detail and follow through are second to none. She is a take charge person who alleviates much of the stress of selling one’s home. Though we vacillated about selling our home over a period of time, Martha never pressured us to make a decision while at the same time staying in touch with us throughout our period of indecision. She is bright, articulate and knows her business and the market. We highly recommend her to anyone contemplating a sale of their home.
Bernie and Peggy
We decided to move to the greater Chicago area from Switzerland for business reasons; Martha worked closely with us to help us find our new dream home. She was always available, resourceful and helpful, from the initial house hunting trip trough the final closing. The entire experience was very enjoyable, as we were able to capitalize on Martha’s knowledge of the business, the area and the holistic real estate purchasing processes. Two months into our new house we are thrilled to have found such a nice home in our preferred location.
Maurico and Lina
Martha, we want to thank you for your exceptional, professional services and guidance in the process of selling our home and assisting us in locating the perfect condo to purchase. We were amazed at all the different sites at which you immediately listed our home to sell. In addition, we were impressed at the weekly reports we received from you indicating viewership of our listing. We never expected our home to sell so quickly. Thank you for finding the condo that fit our budget & needs.
Mimi & Art Moses
Martha May is an exceptional realtor. When we made the decision to move to Chicago in August we knew nothing about the area. Over the next couple of months Martha patiently and tirelessly guided us to focus on the Lake Forest / Lake Bluff market and to the beautiful home we just closed on in early December. Her knowledge of and experience in the North Shore market was invaluable. Most importantly, Martha worked with us to help us determine what was best for us. She was always very responsive and never rushed us to make a decision. Martha takes a lot of pride in helping people find the right home for them, and she should. Her results are impressive. We would highly recommend Martha to anyone moving to the area.
Jim and Michele
We recently relocated from Texas to the area. This was a very big move for our family and we were very nervous about it. Martha was chosen by the relocation company as our Realtor. We immediately loved her. She was very kind and always available to help us. She helped us negotiate our way through two different home contracts. One of which was a very tricky situation,where unfortunately the house had many issues that arose during inspection causing us to cancel the contract. Martha guided us through this with the greatest of ease. We ultimately decided on an amazing home in a wonderful community. Martha negotiated us the price we wanted and was able to get every repair we asked for completed as well.This process was very high pressured as we were under a tight deadline to relocate. We would have never been able to do it without Martha! She was the best Realtor we have ever worked with. She is totally dedicated and has her clients best interests at heart. I would recommend her to ANYONE that needs a Realtor!!
Susan and Ryan
You are equal parts wonderful human being plus fantastic Realtor!
Debra and Mark
Martha was wonderful to work with in our search for our home on North Shore! We were new to the area, and Martha’s knowledge of the real estate market and the North Shore area was exceptional. After many showings and much deliberation we found a home in Lake Forest that we loved. We were involved in a multiple offer situation, and her expertise and negotiating skills landed us the house! Her experience throughout the transaction shined through. We would definitely recommend her to anyone buying or selling. She is a real professional!
Lisa and Victor S.
March 17, 2014
After interviewing a number of recommended realtors from across the primary agencies, we met with Martha May from Koenig & Strey. She was ‘self-referred’ to us, as we had been intrigued by the quarterly mailers we had received from her and just had a feeling that she might be the right person for the job. Of course, after meeting with Martha it was obvious that she stood head and shoulders above the other agents with whom we had met.
We were very impressed by her experience, knowledge and people skills. Martha is a great listener, very down to earth and extremely responsive to clients’ needs and expectations. She is organized and efficient – completely on top of the home search. Working very collaboratively, Martha is a great partner, creative in her approach to strategic purchase decisions and an excellent negotiator. What also uniquely distinguishes her is the high level of integrity and trustworthiness she brings to the relationship.
As expats, we were unfamiliar with the U.S. home buying process and Martha coached us through every aspect of our home purchase. Once we had found the perfect home, Martha also connected us to other solid professionals to complete our home inspection and other matters. It has been a true pleasure working with Martha and we would highly recommend her as an agent.
Tina and Serge Messerlian
February 17, 2014
Martha May worked tirelessly with me to get my dad’s condo ready to be placed on the market. She recommended several things that should be done to make it more marketable. When I was out of town she went to the condo to let the workers in and to make sure everything was done correctly. Martha was with me every step of the way. She was always just a phone call away. The condo was sold very quickly because of her hard work. I would definitely recommend Martha to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent. I know I will use her when I put my house on the market.
Thank you so much for letting us lean on you during our move. It was wonderful to have you by our side. Though the market was not so generous to homebuyers like us, you were able to take us to many different locales. Your knowledge of certain areas helped us narrow our search. Yes, in the end we almost thought we had to settle but you were very patient with our indecisiveness and very calm about the whole process. In the end, we found a house we can call home. Thank you for leading us through this difficult life-changing journey.
Neena and John
P.S. Thank you so much for the champagne and champagne coaster. Love it.
September 2, 2013
Anyway, thank you again. Best to you, Martha.
April 22, 2013
Thank you so much for your help selling my mother’s house! Your guidance helped me to get the house ready to sell and looking so awesome that it sold in two days! My advice to anyone serious about selling and willing to listen to an experienced and successful Realtor – call Martha May first!
Kim Nystrom Leszczynski
March 30, 2013
Just a note of appreciation for your experience and instinct and the way you meld them together to do what you do so well. We successfully made it full circle from planning to selling to planning to buying, and I am finally where I belong. We even had a few laughs along the way! Thank you for a job well done.
February 10, 2013
Martha May helped us buy our dream home. We listed our old house with Martha after seeing her sell many homes in our Glenview neighborhood during the past 10 years. Because of that, it was a no-brainer when we decided to sell. Martha May was on the tip of the tongue when we spoke with our neighbors about real estate agents. We liked both her artistic approach to staging and the advice she shared. At first we intended to build a home in the northwest suburbs. Then we drove by my husband’s old family home, a classic Chicago bungalow that his grandfather built in Wilmette in 1927 and later sold to his parents. The bungalow, which his parents sold in 1986, had a newly-planted sign that read “Coming Soon.” This changed everything. We had to sell our house fast and buy a house that wasn’t even on the market yet before anyone else could get their hands on it! We called Martha and told her we needed her to get us this house. We found out that another couple also had put in an immediate bid, but Martha once again used her real estate smarts so that we could mount a winning bid. She did it! We are grateful to Martha for helping us navigate a stressful real estate market, as a seller and as a buyer. Most of all we are thankful for her experience and professionalism because that is how she secured our dream home! We are in the neighborhood and in the house we longingly drove by for 13 years, talking about what it would be like. Finally, we’re “back home again,” thanks to Martha!
Jackie and Bob Rodenkirk
December 20, 2012
We want to express our gratitude for all that you did to “make this sale happen.” We are singing your praises to everyone we know. Your expertise
helped us stay calm and hopeful when everything seemed to be falling apart. We feel blessed that we were “led” to you and your services.
Paul & Rochelle Angelus
December 14, 2012
It has been a while since our closing. We now have the opportunity to express our gratitude for your professional service since July.
As you know, we had less than two months to find a home given our travel plans. We had to act quickly, but we obviously did not want to commit to a home that would disappoint us. You carefully listened to our priorities as a young couple with two small kids and guided us accordingly. Your calm, versatile and meticulous style gained our confidence. You were always available to address our questions and concerns with utmost care. Ultimately, we found what we were looking for and bought our first home in the US. We also highly benefited from your valuable connections that made the whole process much feasible and efficient for us. It was a pleasure working with you. You have our highest recommendation. We look forward to working with you again in the future.
With our best wishes,
Nazli & Gunes Tezcur
August 6, 2012
She was always on time and very patient with the ever changing decisions of my wife and I. It was very frustrating for us to find the house that we wanted as the market is currently poor but having Martha on our side surely helped. She was always very helpful, easy to reach and organized. I would strongly recommend her.
Thank you, Martha.
June 27, 2012
My husband and I were challenged with finding a home in the Chicagoland area from miles away. Our re-location company assigned us Martha to help us with this challenge.
We met with Martha over the phone so she could understand our requirements. From there she found us a handful of homes to view online.
After several showings, including showing during a snow storm, we found our perfect home.
I highly recommend Martha because of her professionalism, calm sales approach and the ability to work with someone many many miles away. Lastly, I truly appreciated Martha’s quick responses to an email, phone call or a text.
April 23, 2012
As you know my husband and I were very anxious to sell our condo in Deerfield so that we could retire to Indiana.
We felt so confident when discussing our time frame with you – that you were on top of pricing that would get us a sale in a reasonable time.
Needless to say, when we listed and closed the sale in less than 2 months we knew we had chosen the best person to list with.
We appreciated your input, your professional work and the follow up on every showing.
Thanks so much for everything you did!
Joyce and Vic
March 5, 2012
Congratulations on your success in 2011. It certainly was an extraordinary year. You are to be applauded for rising to the challenge with skill, knowledge and finesse, and delivering a high level of service to clients.
Along with the entire Koenig & Strey Leadership Team, I am very pleased to celebrate your Platinum status, and to count you among the top five percent of our company
It is an honor to recognize your achievement, and the contribution you make to our company, and I wish you continued success in 2012 and always.
September 14, 2011
I can’t even begin to thank you for all you have done for Joe and I. Having a place of our own means the world to us and you took the extra time to care for us and really listened to what we were looking for! You found us just what we wanted!
Kaitlin and Joe Kirchberg
September 6, 2011
We worked with Martha from January 2010 until August 2011 on selling our townhome and buying a new home. Martha met us during the worst time in real estate in the past 50 years, and our success is a testament to her professionalism and dedication. She put a tremendous amount of effort into both preparing our property for sale and marketing it. She followed up meticulously with all prospective buyers and their agents, and was equally as detail oriented when representing us in the search for our new home.
Martha has that rare combination of qualities in that she is both assertive and respectful. In all of the negotiations that we had with her, she was always ethical and professional, even in the face of others who were not. In this frustrating market she was able to lend (much needed!) support while being direct with us about the realities of the market and helping us to strategize. And she is both tenacious and creative, another combination of qualities which, we feel, sets her apart from others in her field. Throughout the year and a half that we worked with her, Martha’s confidence, energy, and personal understanding of our needs ultimately enabled us to move forward with our goals.
We have the utmost of respect for Martha and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a seasoned, top notch Realtor.
Judith Franklin & John Owens
July 18, 2011
Martha May is the only Real Estate person I have used in the last twenty years. Before that I was disappointed with other agents numerous times.
Martha is a never say die person who presents herself as a friendly, classy person. She works hard and will never offend anyone.
Martha is the ultimate professional!
July 7, 2011
Thank you very much for all your help and the diligence that you went through in finding a buyer for me and the extra work you did in readying the house for sale. Both Carla and I really appreciate it – very much. Once again, thanks for all your help and let me know if I can serve as a reference for you – anytime.
May 31, 2011
I want to thank you for working so diligently to sell my condo during this downturn of the housing market. You could have used the time and energy you spent marketing my condo to sell a home, which would have been more lucrative to you.
You are an exceptional Agent, and such a pleasure to work with, always organized, so courteous, energetic, and thoughtful.
Working with you was such a wonderful experience, and it would be my pleasure to refer anyone to you who might be looking for a very talented Agent.
May 6, 2011
Thank you for the lovely flowers and note. Kathy and I are very excited to have finally reached this point in our lives together. Your guidance and expertise helped to move this along. I truly appreciate your help.
Bill and Kathy
May 6, 2011
Thank you for the lovely vase. I will enjoying having flowers in it in my new home. With the nice sunny patio area, I might even have some blooming flowers to pick!
Thank you also for your assistance in my purchase. You were most helpful. Your exemplary professionalism was recognized and greatly appreciated. You can count on referrals to any of my friends who might be in the market to buy or sell a house. I will also be in touch should I need additional Realtor help.
Best wishes for an enjoyable and profitable summer.
April 18, 2011
Just wanted to thank you for all your hard work in selling our Glenview home. You really made the selling process process so easy for our family.
Stacy and Brian Ollmert
November 22, 2010
My wife and I recently relocated from Colorado to Illinois and immediately hired a Realtor in hopes of finding a house in Glenview or the surrounding areas. After several frustrating weeks of not being able to get the help we needed from our realtor, we made the decision to part ways and requested to work with Koenig and Strey’s top sales professional. Martha May was recommended to us because of her area knowledge and ability to provide the necessary tools to find a house quickly and in the price range we could afford. From the minute we met Martha, she sat us down, asked the appropriate questions and immediately started us off on the right track to finding a house. After only a few weeks, Martha found us a wonderful house in Lake Forest, IL. She made us feel important and treated us like we were her only client, when we knew very well that she was extremely busy with many other clients. I would highly recommend Martha May because of her professionalism, calming sales approach, ability to identify her clients needs and her strong communication skills that continually kept us informed of any possible home opportunities. Great work Martha!
Director of Sales
North American Corporation
November 8, 2010
Martha was a pleasure to work with on both the sale of my home and the purchase of a new home. In these turbulent economic times, Martha was a trusted advisor who set realistic expectations on both the sale of my home in Glenview and my ultimate purchase of a property in Libertyville. Buyers can be very demanding and Martha served as a voice of reason throughout the marketing process and the negotiations with my buyer. She also was very helpful in the negotiations of my purchase and brought this transaction to a successful closing with the sellers walking away pleased with the outcome. I would recommend Martha to my friends and family as she has the experience and knowledge of the North Shore market that is critical in today’s challenging times. As we all know any Realtor can sell a house in a strong housing market. The real test is being able to deliver in a challenged market.
July 8, 2010
Thank you very much for all of your help/expertise on the sale and purchase of our homes in Park Ridge & Glenview. We are in the toughest economic and real estate market in years and your tireless efforts, excellent communication, and positive personality will not be forgotten. We would highly recommend you to anyone looking to undertake a real estate transaction.
Nick & Kellie
Thank you so much for all your time and effort on our condo purchase! Buying a home without ever being in it was a bit nerve-wracking, but I knew I was in good hands. Thank you also for the beautiful votive holder. It will hold a prominent place on the shelf!
Martha was reliable, honest, articulate and professional. She has the accreditations and awards to back her experience.
The goal was to sell our home: price it properly, create interest, obtain an offer/contract, and do it in a timely fashion.
If you want to sell your home, look no further. Martha May is a given.
We have found the home of our dreams with the help of our wonderful real estate agent Martha May. Martha was great to work with and very patient with us. We put offers in on 3 different houses and Martha never got frustrated with us for our crazy ways of thinking. Martha never pressured us or made us feel like we were wasting her time. She was always willing to show us properties and was extremely flexible with her time. When we finally found our house, she also was always available to help us get answers to questions and got back to us very promptly. We had a lot of fun working with Martha and our kids, 3 and 5, loved her too! My daughter who is 3 would tell us that we couldn’t go into houses without Martha’s help. It was very sweet. We would recommend using Martha’s expertise in helping anyone find the home of their dreams.
Rob and Lauren Matles
Thank you very much for the beautiful bouquet of flowers you sent. What a lovely surprise. We are having a party this weekend, so the timing is perfect.
Thank you for all your efforts to sell my mother’s condo. I am so relieved to have that off my long list of things to do!
I hope the market picks up for you and that you will have a very profitable fourth quarter!
Thank you so very much for all the time and expertise you shared with me regarding my mother’s condo at 2000 Chestnut. We’re going to implement all your suggestions. I’m not quite sure how long it will take to complete the decorating, etc., but hopefully those changes will help it sell.
You were so kind to spend so much time in your busy day with me and I want you to know how much my sisters, my “wallpaper man” and I appreciate it!
I have known Martha well over a decade now and have had the pleasure of working with her on several occassions. She has always reflected complete professionalism, knowledge in her field, dedication and responsiveness to get the job done. I feel Martha is one of the best in her field and a valuable business partner to team with.
Martha is a client focused broker. Martha has always been available over the years whether it be to field a question or pursue a venture. We recently worked together on a multi-year commerical endeavor for which her involvement was critical to getting it done.
The Paint Jar
Martha has been selling real estate on Chicago’s North Shore for more than 20 years and is considered by her peers as one of the top Realtors in Chicago. Her records speaks for her but what I found out about her was her willingness to share her wealth of knowledge. I learned a great deal from her and I will never be able to pay her back. Her never quit attitude to get the job done, true business approach to her profession and her ability to get her point across with clarity has always impressed me. I have been fortunate to work along side of her, across the table from her and best of all, to be able to call her a friend.
Vern Benjamin, Realtor
Buy Sell Rent Colorado
I want to reiterate all my words of thanks for the splendid service you provided in preparing the most professional, talented and competent marketing plan for my home in the Village of Golf. When I was still active as a real estate broker, I naturally handled the sale of my own homes and was reasonably happy with the results. But, when I compare my results with what you just accomplished in this most dreadful market, I blush with shame.
We first met years ago when you came into our office as an eager novice and in a short time, it was evident that you were on the road to success. At the time of my retirement, I believe you had become the office’s leading producer, and, secretly, I was hopeful that my encouragement along the way might have been some help. In reality, it was your effort, hard work and planning that made you the wonderful success you have become.
When it became time to sell my home, I wanted the best, and you did it! A thorough market analysis, your suggested listing price, suggestions, marketing recommendations, your beautiful, gleaming, professional sales brochures – the total marketing package was outstanding! And did it ever pay off!
The first offer was in my hands four days after the home was put on the market. A few days later, the actual selling had been negotiated, and after the customary 30 days mortgage processing, the sale was closed.
It would have been an outstanding result in a normal market, but I consider it miraculous in this depressed market!
Thanks so much for your wonderful work on my behalf.
We just received the Glenview Announcements and I see the whole back page is your name and your beautiful face saying that you’re the #1 Koenig & Strey GMAC Individual Agent in Glenview for 2008! What a terrific achievement, and I just wanted to say I was pleased to see you’re still at the top of the list! That is just great for the company and for you. I have so many fond memories of the business and Glenview and of you in the Glenview office. I just wanted to tell you we appreciate all the many years you gave to the company and continue to do so. Congratulations!
Former Chairman of the Board
Koenig & Strey Real Estate
Just calling to thank you for the beautiful flowers. Such a really nice treat. It was very representative of how wonderful you have been through the whole process and I appreciate everything. Thank you again for the flowers and everything you did to make our house finally sell!
San Bernardino, CA
After my mother, Mary Ann, a long-time resident of Glenview, died in January 2008, we were in a tough downward-headed real estate market. We needed to sell Mom’s condo at Ammer Ridge but were dealing with issues over Mom’s death as well the mortgage crunch. In other words, we were a mess! But Martha was with us every step of the way. She exhibited patience and understanding as well as a steady (albeit gentle) steering hand pushing us in the direction we needed to go. She worked tirelessly, efficiently, and with a deep market knowledge. Martha brings her artist’s eye to her real estate work; each property becomes her canvas with no detail too small, yet always with the final goal in mind – to make her client happy. It was a pleasure dealing with Martha and I highly recommend her.
Thank you so much for your excellent Realtor skills. We have the house of our dreams and you did so much to make it happen. The crystal candle holders are absolutely lovely. They add a beautiful touch to our mantle. Thank you, Martha! Thanks for all your help!
Kathy and Bob
Thanks so much for helping us find our new house. We appreciated how you were able to quickly get a sense for what we were looking for and give recommendations based on that. We also liked that you were able to give us good advice regarding resale values, neighborhoods, etc., but we never felt pressured by your opinions. We had a quick time-frame, and you were able to get us the closing date we needed and help us maneuver through the rest of the steps required to get the deal done.
Jennifer and Joel Boyd
A belated but sincere THANK YOU for the beautiful Waterford crystal candleholders. That was such a thoughtful gesture and a generous one. We are excited to use them in our first home! Thank you for all of your hard work throughout this process. Thanks again for you!
Cindy, Tom & Sophia
Susie and I want to thank you for the outstanding service you provided with both the sale of our previous home and the search and purchase of our new home. From your keen knowledge of the marketplace and diligent follow-through, enabling us to sell our house at almost full asking price in less than a month, to your tirelessly responsive and straight-forward approach, which helped us find and acquire the house of our dreams, you really came through for us! If we ever need the services of a residential real-estate broker again, we wouldn’t think of using anyone, but you!
Mitch and Susie Garman
Martha May has successfully handled all of our real estate transactions for the last 13 years. We wouldn’t dream of using anyone else! She is professional, knowledgeable and personable, and best of all, she is a closer. She is able to fix any problems with the transaction and is great at coordinating communication between the buyer and seller which helps tremendously in closing deals. She’s a fixer and does a great job of helping to navigate around the obstacles to selling your home, even in this market. She’s the person you want on your side when things get difficult.
Claudia and Michael Carr
Anyone who prefers to work with a consummate professional should call Martha May. As a first-time seller and a long-time homeowner, I called Martha after an extensive comparsion of direct mail I received from various agents through the years and reviewed listings in the local press and found Martha to be the best at both venues. Her presentation when we met was honest and forthright and I knew that I had found the individual with whom a bond of trust would be established. Martha is a great communicator, fair negotiator, and a dedicated partner who listens and works very hard to eliminate any stressful situations. My goal was to sell my property quickly and Martha met my needs even as the market was taking a dramatic downturn. I appreciate the opportunity to say thank you Martha May and Koenig & Strey!
It is generally accepted that buying or selling a home is one of life’s most stressful events…but it doesn’t have to be unpleasant! Working with Martha May recently to successfully sell my condominium was a positive experience in every way. She kept me informed of the activities of all the open houses, sent copies of published marketing pieces, and followed up with prospective buyers whenever there was a change in the status of the condo. She regularly called me with updates, and was always prompt, pleasant and professional. It was a pleasure working with Martha, and as near a stress-free experience as I can imagine!
Dear Mrs. May:
Just a note to thank you for the attractive calendar depicting scenes from Glenview’s past. It was artistically done and I know many will appreciate receiving it. It is easy to see why you are one of the firm’s leading sales persons. Thanks again.
Donald B. O’Brien
I wrote this card yesterday and was setting out to mail it this afternoon when up drove the Florist’s car with a lovely surprise bouquet for me! And I was priding myself on my energy in writing to you so promptly, too! You eclipsed me totally.
The flowers are very pretty and look just perfect on the glass coffee table in the living room. Just yesterday at the Jewel I had a bunch of blooms in hand, and decided at the last minute not to burden myself further. How lucky…because I like yours much better! They remind me of a very thoughtful (and competent) lady.
What a lovely surprise! The flowers are beautiful – and a bonus – they arrived just in time for our anniversary!
We do not plan to move again but will certainly recommend your professional service. From the presentation to the closing everything was so well done. We love our new place. Thank you so much.
Edith and Midio Z
A quick note – while I am still thinking of it – to THANK YOU for your unfailing courtesy during the past six months.
I am sorry it all too such a long time – both for you and for me. But you got it done, and I am grateful.
Part of my heart will always be at Ammer Ridge – such good neighbors and friends, and such a lovely place to “wake up to”! It made me feel good to know you appreciate its hidden gifts, also.
I am happy now too – because of my children, etc. Please believe that I think of you with a special affection.
You have a lovely smile. I wish you success in the future – and happiness, in whatever doses you choose!
A very belated but very grateful *thank you* for all that you’ve done in helping sell my house and making the purchase of my new home a wonderful and very pleasant experience.
Just wanted to tell you what a pleasure and joy it’s been working with you!
Kris and I are really enjoying our new home. Thank you again for the beautiful Waterford candlestick holders. They’re exquisite! Just like you!
We’d like to thank you again for all your hard work on our market analysis of our home. You gave us a lot of insight and we are very appreciative for it. Tim also enjoyed sitting down with you, and we will keep in touch with you should we decide to sell our home. Also, if we have any friends that are in need of a real estate broker in the area, we will be sure to recommend you to them. Thanks again.
Diane and Tim Brady
I just wanted to thank you for all you did on my behalf and let you know that all three of us are thrilled with our townhouse and our new neighborhood – it truly was the perfect place for us to be.
Thank you also for the gorgeous candle holders. They are perfect for our home and in lovely, lovely taste.
You are very special and I won’t hesitate to highly recommend you to all our friends.
Thank you again.
I wanted to express our appreciation for all of your hard work during the past 7 months. Despite the market taking a turn for the worse, Ryan and I never lost any confidence in the work that you were doing. We truly appreciate your positive attitude during the entire process and could not have imagined working with anyone more patient and understanding than you. Thank you for answering all our phone calls, questions and concerns during this stressful time. We were very grateful that despite being in Iowa for the past 4 months, we had someone we could trust working for us in Illinois. Thanks again for everything and we’ll be sure to let others in the area know about you.
Ryan & Chassity
Last night was the first time for our family to sleep over at our new home. It’s glad to be over with the move before the July 4th!
After we have lived at our former house in Glenview for 12 years, we chose you because you have been proven to be one of the best brokers representing houses at the street. After we went through more than 50 showings there (yes FIFTY), we were so exhausted but you had never given up until we found the right buyer. At the same time, we did find our dream house in Wilmette.
You are so responsive, persistent, patient, honest and sincere all the way during the selling and buying processes. Most notably, you honor and stand out for “our” own key decisions along the way.
p.s. Thanks for playing with my second-year old daughter Hana from time to time. She likes you so much.
Dick and I wanted to thank you for the lovely floral arrangement. It is most appreciated. Again, it was a pleasure working with you. I will be pleased to refer you to anyone who will be needing a Realtor. Take care, and maybe our paths will cross again in the future.
Dick and Cathy Moran
We are writing to express our appreciation for all of your help in selling our old house and buying our new one. We would have liked to have done so sooner but between the move, the two little ones and this having been a particularly busy month at work for me, things have been quite hectic around here.
In a nutshell, it was a complete and total pleasure to have worked with you and we can’t imagine having been as satisfied with another Realtor. Your professionalism and dedication and that of your support staff is truly impressive. Every step of the way, market analysis and advice regarding pricing our home and getting it in shape for showing, marketing, showing of our old house and following up with the people who expressed any interest in our house, setting up web pages for us to get an initial sense of houses we might be interested, meeting us to look at houses and giving us your advice and opinions about the houses we had seen, you were thoroughly prepared, straightforward, honest, flexible and incredibly hard working. When our first buyer backed out of our deal, you maintained your poise, helped us to remain calm and somehow lined up a new buyer within 24 hours who made us a better offer!
As impressed as we were with your professionalism, dedication and work ethic (I can’t imagine putting in the kind of hours that you do and I put in quite a few myself), what we appreciated even more was how evident it was to us that you truly cared about us and our transactions working out well for us. And I am not talking merely about the present you gave us upon completion of both closings (which was lovely and will be proudly displayed in our house for years to come). From your sense of humor and warmth (helping us to laugh even at stressful times in the process) to the disappointment you felt (not for yourself but for us) when our first buyer backed out, and attending our closing and caring (at least as much as we did) about whether the sellers were making good on their commitment to take care of issues raised in the inspection, you exuded caring and integrity.
In summary, we are very happy with the sale price of our old home, are loving our new home and couldn’t have done this without your help. Though we anticipate being in our new house for a long time to come, we will certainly want to work with you again if we should have a need for a Realtor in the future and will recommend you enthusiastically to everyone who we know who needs a realtor. Please feel free to pass this letter along to your manager and/or to include it in your marketing materials. We wish you all the best and hope you get to take some time off sometime soon to enjoy some well-earned rest and relaxation!
Rick Zinbarg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Good morning, Martha!
Delighted to officially meet you…when I dropped by your office.
This is just a notice to compliment you on the “Life is Art” announcement. It’s very appropriately done, very attractive and very, very well skewed to the quality of your services, the quality of your lifestyle and, most of all, your concentration on taking care of the needs, the planning, and the work necessary to satisfy your clients.
I hope our paths cross again. I would certainly like to see you from time to time…
James J. Moore
Dear Martha May,
I wanted to take a moment to express my appreciation for all your efforts in the sale of our house at 912 Indian Rd., Glenview, Ill. From the beginning, your enthusiasm and knowledge of the real estate market proved to us that you go the extra mile. We spoke to many brokers in our area and they said you are the broker’s broker.
You helped us every step of the way, always returned our calls promptly and helped give us important updates on a regular basis. Of course, results happen from hard work, and you showed us that you work hard and produce results.
Over the years I have bought and sold four homes. I know that the best professional real estate agent will always produce the finest results. You rate #1 with us.
I highly recommend you as the best real estate agent I have worked with.
Dear Martha May,
I am writing this letter to express our appreciation in the manner in which you helped sell our home in Glenview.
We know how much you did to help the sale go so smooth. We cannot give you enough praise in your very special endeavors.
Should we ever need your special attention in selling another home, we would definitely use your expert decision in all aspects. Thanks again.
Paul Jr. and Rosemary
Wow! Thank you so much for the breathtaking candlesticks. What a nice gesture on your part to give us something so beautiful for our new home.
We want to thank you for your dedication and hard work in selling our home. Everyone in your office must be glad that Harrison has finally sold and it is wonderful that it was sold to people who will appreciate it so much.
Always knew you were a great Realtor, so it is so nice to have others appreciate your hard work, expertise, and dedication. I was told the Corrigan’s interviewed three Realtors and chose you because of your enthusiasm!!
It is absolutely incredible that you already have two offers on 2626. Let it be known that you are now an expert at selling those darn raised ranches!!
I am still very close with my neighbors…and will certainly let them know, again, about listing with you. My pleasure.
We would be honored to work with you and your great staff in the future although, I do not plan another move, it took me 20 years to get here! Thanks to all.
Sharyn and Howard
Martha – thanks again for all your help in selling my parents’ house in Morton Grove. It’s so wonderful to work with a pro like you.
From Another Real Estate Agent:
Martha, you are an inspiration in this crazy business. A hard working and ethical person in this industry is hard to find; until one finds you. May your continued success come easier every day. As always, it has been a pleasure working with you.
Martha – Congratulations on an extraordinary year! Your consistent hard work and outstanding professionalism are much appreciated.
Sent to Michael Mazzei, Manager of the Glenview office:
My firm wants to let you know that after the closing of my son’s [new home] thru your listing agent, Martha May, that I was never more proud to be a Broker in a Cooperating Transaction than last week with Mrs. May of your firm.
We all were aware of the problems that your seller… experienced with personal…and banking problems, but the SINCERE FEELINGS THAT Martha showed at the closing was a great professional caring manner and will not be forgotten by the Tutera family.
Again, may your firm have and experience the utmost success and thank you from all of us.
Peter S. Tutera, Sr.
Managing Broker, C.O.O.
I just wanted to write to you to thank you for all of your help. You did a fantastic job selling our beloved home, and have been nothing short of a saint with respect to finding a new home for us. … One hundred thanks. You did a great job.
Your knowledge of the market is that of an expert, and your dedication to accomplishing our common goals is inexhaustible. In addition, you have the patience of a saint.
We thank you for your help in makng our goals a reality.
The purpose for my letter is to tell you that the staff at Chameleon Printing is thoroughly impressed with the efficiency and professionalism of your personal assistant, Anne Gazzolo. As I’m sure you’re aware, we deal with several other Realtors in the Koenig & Strey offices and when it comes to ordering and following up on printing requests, none compare to Anne’s ability to get the job done. She is always prompt with replies, answering questions and returning phone calls. I wish all of the other individuals in your office had assistants like Anne.
As a manager and individual responsible for the performance and appraisal of subordinates I always welcome comments about my staff and I thought you would appreciate hearing about the work done by someone who provides support to your own business.
Looking forward to continuing our successful business relationship I remain,
Very truly yours,
What a Christmas present for us this year – a new home. We can’t tell you how much we love it. …
Thank you so much for all that you’ve done. You made house hunting a great deal of fun for us (that’s very refreshing). You even went a step further with the housewarming gift. …
We wish you continued success in all that you do. Thank you again, Martha!
Rocci and Andrea
This letter is to thank you for the terrific service you provided Ann and I in the marketing of our home. In the 25 years that I’ve been involved with personal real estate transactions, you have shown the highest degree of professionalism, experience and integrity among the many brokers that I’ve been associated. Your communications were always positive, pleasant, courteous and honest.
Your marketing skills and work ethic provided Ann and I with a value added service not capable of being matched by any other real estate associates in this area. This is certainly the reason why you are one of the top producers in this market.
We would recommend you to any person who is considering selling or buying a home in the area.
Good luck to you in the future and I hope we can keep in contact as friends and fellow Glenview community residents.
Les and Ann Preuss
Sent to Connie Conway, former Manager of the Glenview office:
We recently bought a house and sold our house “by owner”. Though this is doubly bad news for a real estate company, surprisingly Koenig & Strey came out looking like a shining star. Maybe not in revenue generated, but certainly in the reputation earned, confidence gained and the relationship we built with Martha May.
We had been working with Martha for over a year and she has always been so professional and easy to talk with. She called us immediately when a listing suited our needs and always returned our calls quickly.
Most impressively, when we decided to try to sell our house ourselves, Martha was wonderful with offering names of inspectors, mortgage companies and information on comparable homes.
We went “by owner” despite Martha’s tremendous efforts, but I know that Martha May is a huge asset to Koenig & Strey and when we want to buy or sell again, she will be the first and only Realtor we will call. Also we will certainly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Mrs. Comerford and I want to express our sincere appreciation to you for all your help with our recent property transactions.
At the time you handled the purchase of our son Brien’s condo, we were greatly impressed by your efforts, and when we sought your help in the purchase of a townhouse, it was definitely confirmed that our confidence was not misplaced. Your professionalism and personal interest could never be forgotten.
Once again, thank you for all your efforts on behalf of our family, and we look forward to a continuation of our friendship.
Harry G. Comerford
I could never hope to come to know, or have the great privilege, to meet such a wonderful person as yourself. You…have helped me beyond words. These past few months have been trailsome, but because of your help and support, I can truly say my road was made tolerable. I will always consider you a genuine, sincere, honest, and loving person. I hope I can continue to correspond with you. Thank you once again for all your help and hearing ear.
Congratulations for your remarkable and unique 1997 sales volume record. You certainly are following your family (the late author Robert May) who inspired your sense of committment and confidence to reach primary goals. Good luck.
Joe and Hedy Campagnolo
It is with great pleasure that Baird & Warner and our associate Else Berge were able to cooperate with you on the sale of our listing at 227 Nora in Glenview.
Sometimes in the busy pace of the real estate business we neglect to realize just how important cooperation is between companies and associates. That is why I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your professionalism in this transaction.