For over 33 years, I have dedicated my career to providing my clients with unparalleled service. Using my unique and artistic approach, I am proven track record of success and will go above and beyond to get you more. When you work with me to buy or sell your home, you can trust I am:
• Acting with integrity and honesty
• Listening to your needs and acting accordingly
• Treating you as I would like to be treated
• Counseling you with the best of my knowledge and my understanding of the real estate industry
• Selling your home for the most amount of money in the least amount of time, as the market dictates
• Communicating with all parties at the highest level
My success story started in 1986, and I still love what I do! I am in the top 2-3% of my office year after year, for decades finishing in the #1 spot! I am proud to say I am a member of the esteemed BHHS Chicago Hall of Fame, the National Gold Chairman’s Circle, and President’s Circle! My record speaks for itself, and I get results! One of the reasons I am among the most successful Realtors in the North Shore area is that I take my business and my clients to heart. I pride myself in being a “what you see is what you get” person. Because of that, I believe you deserve not only my best effort but also an up-front opinion of your transaction. Homeowners appreciate it when I stay in touch. It is about being personable and professional. I know that selling a home is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. It is much more than just another deal. It is a life-altering decision. I will give you 200% in doing everything I can to make your move, and all that entails, as effortless as possible!
These are the numbers according to surveys sent to past clients. For both buyers and sellers, I have built my reputation on going above and beyond to exceed my clients’ expectations. With over 30 years of experience selling homes in Glenview and the North Shore, let me be your guide!
- Started with Merrill Lynch Realty in Glenview in 1986
- Joined Koenig & Strey, Glenview in 1992, which become part Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in 2014
- #1 Individual Agent with BHHS Chicago, Glenview for over 20 years!
- Top 2-3% BHHS Chicago Sales Partners
- National Gold Chairman’s Circle Award
- Inducted into the BHHS Hall of Fame 2015
Real Estate Education:
- Holds Managing Broker License
- Graduate, Realtors Institute (GRI)
- Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)
- Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource (SFR)
- Accredited Staging Professional (ASP)
- Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR)
Personal Information & Education:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from University of Iowa
- Studied at the Art Institute of Chicago
- Pi Beta Phi Aluumi Club
- University of Iowa Alumni Club
With the backing of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, I bring the local expertise along with the global resources of one of the world’s most respected brands. Consider me your resource for luxury on the North Shore.
After considering a number of real estate agents, Joanne and Fernando were referred to Martha via an acquaintance to help purchase a home. With her personalized plan of action, Martha brought the couple to a number of properties, guided them through the finance process, and was able to deliver results that exceeded their expectations when it came time to negotiate. Their perfect scores for Martha reflect the level of support she brings to all her clients.
Did excellent job of preparing house for sale and setting clear expectations on the sale. Did an excellent job of marketing house and getting offers.
Your help in making my move to my new home was truly appreciated. Of course the “magic” of our speedy sale & closing helped make the whole process a joy. I love the Waterford candle holders and will enjoy using them when I have company for dinner. Many thanks for all your help
When we first started looking for a home in the Chicago area we were almost clueless, but then we got in touch with you and that changed everything!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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! 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!
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.
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!
Martha May is by far the best Realtor we have had the pleasure of working with. She is bright, articulate and knows her business and the market. We highly recommend her to anyone contemplating a sale of their 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.
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 never expected our home to sell so quickly. Thank you for finding the condo that fit our budget & needs.
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.
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!!
You are equal parts wonderful human being plus fantastic Realtor!
Martha was wonderful to work with in our search for our home on North Shore! Her experience throughout the transaction shined through. We would definitely recommend her to anyone buying or selling. She is a real professional!
It has been a true pleasure working with Martha and we would highly recommend her as an agent.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
It was a pleasure working with you. You have our highest recommendation. We look forward to working with you again in the future.
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.
I highly recommend Martha because of her professionalism, calm sales approach and the ability to work with someone many many miles away.
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.
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.
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!
We have the utmost of respect for Martha and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a seasoned, top notch Realtor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thank you also for your assistance in my purchase. You were most helpful. Your exemplary professionalism was recognized and greatly appreciated.
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.
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!
Martha was a pleasure to work with on both the sale of my home and the purchase of a new home.
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.
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.
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 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 commercial endeavor for which her involvement was critical to getting it done.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martha was excellent. She was helpful professional and knowledgeable.
Martha May is the best when she has a mission. She is like a pit-bull seeking what the client wants. She sold our house in a matter of days and found us a wonderful condo a few days after that. She works tirelessly for her clients whether night or day. She is a winner and great to have her in your corner. Martha May is hard driving, very communicative and patient. Martha made herself available to us every day through the whole process. I would recommend her to anyone. Very friendly and professional.
Martha listened to my concerns and responded appropriately. I needed and asked for advice at each step of the process and she was there to share her expertise. Plus, I appreciated her sense of humor. She was always easy to get in touch with when needed.
Martha May is terrific. She guided us through a number of offers and reached a respectable goal for us. We are delighted with the young family which purchased our home of 52+ years. They are happy. We are happy. Thank you, Martha…and your assistant. And thanks to God.
Martha May is knowledgeable about the house and property and she has critical eyes regarding property and house. She is knowledgeable about the neighborhood and resources. She did well, she sold the house in 2 days after putting up the sale sign. She is conscientious and professional about her work.
Thank you, Martha. We know that the successful conclusion of our sale was based upon your expertise.
Martha: I would like to extend a sincere thank you for assisting me with the sale of our property. From my first interaction with you, I felt the great pride and honesty you take in conducting your business. Appreciate your assistance.
Martha was great. We’ve used her to buy and sell multiple times. Whole process went smoothly
Martha May is so knowledgeable regarding the Glenview / North Shore area and was especially knowledgeable regarding my particular townhouse complex. She was very professional from knowing how to price my home, to the photos, to the advertising, to the sale price negotiations. My home sold in less than 2 weeks! Martha was always in contact with me….every step of the way. I would never hesitate to recommend her.
Working with Martha was a real pleasure. Her patience and professionalism were top notch as well as her work ethic. I even used Martha to find my new home. She is highly recommended by me.
Martha’s enthusiasm was very important to me and her overall knowledge of the market and the area in which my home was located. Martha was always respectful of my schedule and gave me at least 24 hours notice of any showing. She was knowledgeable about all aspects of selling my home. What more could I say about Martha May – She is awesome!
Martha was great to work with . . . priced home fairly and sold it quickly.
Martha May was excellent to work with while we looked to purchase a home. She was always quick to respond and willing to show us any listing that we had interest in. Martha is always available and easy to get ahold of. I would definitely recommend Martha May for anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home especially in the Glenview area!
This was our 2nd time working with Martha and we wouldn’t have had it any other way. This time, she sold our place we bought 8 years ago. Martha was always available, answered all our questions in a timely manner and always had an upbeat positive attitude. Her years of experience and dedication shine through. Martha is a true professional and gave us excellent advice throughout the process. I highly recommend Martha for your real estate needs.
This is the second time I have used Martha May as my real estate agent. Martha was very professional and a pleasure to work with. The first weekend the house was on the market we had three offers. In spite of Covid-19 the house sold right away thanks to Martha May. She helped close the deal even though we had moved out of state. I highly recommend using Martha as your realtor.
Our experience with Martha was flawless from beginning to end! She is experienced, knowledgeable, responsive and a great person with whom to partner for such an important event as selling your home!! We loved working with Martha and would highly recommend her to others.
Great to deal with, will use Martha’s services again.
Martha May is a consummate professional. I wouldn’t think of using another agent.
Things went very smoothly. Thanks.
Martha is a consummate professional. She is well seasoned and knows exactly what she is doing. Martha is very obtainable. Every time we called, she picked up the phone. She must have the phone glued to her ear. We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed working with Martha. Our sale was not an easy one because of a unique situation with our house. Despite that, Martha put up with all of the difficulties and always remained professional. She was always available and came to every house showing. We were so delighted to work with her and would highly recommend anybody use her for the sale of their house. We truly feel that you will not find a better, harder working agent than Martha May.
We purchased and sold our Lincoln Park condo with Martha. She is a pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend her! Thanks ever so much! It was so fun working with you and I will miss you!
Martha repeatedly and enthusiastically drove to the city from her home in Lake Forest to help us find a home in a difficult market on a short deadline. She was as comfortable traipsing through chest-high weeds at down-to-the-studs renovation projects as she was in fully remodeled properties helping us critique fixtures and finishes. She was available to us night and day, and we couldn’t have become first-time homeowners without her expertise and experience. We’re thrilled with our new home and so thankful to have had Martha with us every step of the way!
I have the experience, local expertise, and global resources to help make your real estate goals a reality! From Glenview and Deerfield to Evanston and Lake Forest, I have helped clients all across the North Shore when buying or selling a home!