Michael Thomas

14 years of work experience
The Thomas Team
1821 Benson Ave
Evanston, IL, 60201
(847) 322-6968

Ratings & reviews (14)

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Highly likely to recommend
06/20/2015
matt ravenscraft
Helped me buy home
My wife and I worked with Mike over a four month period as we searched for our first home. An Evanston native, Mike's greatest asset is his seemingly limitless knowledge of Chicago's North Shore real estate scene. Mike is a patient listener and worked hard to understand what we wanted in our home. Honest, kind and hard-working, he is nearly always available via phone, text, or email. We truly enjoyed looking at homes with Mike and appreciated his eye for detail (i.e., pointing out various features of homes, based on period or architectural style). He helped us understand the current market and the several stages of the home-buying process. He was a tremendous asset and we would recommend him to anyone who is searching for a home in the area. We are thrilled with the home we purchased in Evanston and hope to live in it for years to come! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/28/2014
user81352
Listed and sold a home
Mike and Lene are a true team. They treated my house like it was their own and made me feel incredibly comfortable and taken care of throughout the process. Lene helped me work within my budget to do the work that needed to be done to get the house up to snuff, recommending (and even meeting!) contractors there to get the work done in a timely fashion and then staging the house herself before bringing in their fabulous photographer to capture my home at its very best. Then Lene got to work creating her "pre-marketing" magic - making sure my house was front and center on every search engine and realtor site around - and talking it up with her colleagues. Mike took over from there, working on the front lines to get realtors in to see my little gem of a house and making sure they knew what a uniquely wonderful place it was. The house was flooded with potential buyers from the moment it went on the market and sold within two weeks. Mike was available for counsel and advice throughout the negotiation process and helped guide the contract through all the way to closing. I am incredibly grateful to both of them and will never tire of singing their praises. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/13/2014
user2664278
Helped me buy home
Mike was extremely helpful finding a house that fit my specific needs. He takes a very measured approach discussing the pros and cons of each opportunity. He is most knowledgeable about the market and was instrumental in getting the deal done. It was a pleasure working with him.
Highly likely to recommend
09/27/2013
user3688163
Listed and sold a home
Mike and Lene couldn't have been better! I was saddled with a home that had been underwater for some time; I had listed it a year earlier with another agent, and got very little interest. I took it off the market, hoping the market would get better. Then life intervened, and circumstances dictated that I sell the house quickly. On the recommendation of several friends, I turned to the Thomas Team. In a calm, professional manner, Mike walked me through a preliminary market assessment that looked promising. Then Lene came in and suggested some staging work (paint, redecorating, rearranging furniture, etc.)...the cost was not insignificant, but she assured me that the work would more than pay for itself. So I told her to go ahead. She had a list of vetted suppliers for all the work, and even supplied a lot of furnishings from her own collection to spruce the place up. After a hectic week, the house was ready to show. On the first day of listing, I had multiple offers, at a price higher than I had expected. A great experience. I highly recommend the Thomas Team! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/01/2013
user4351241
Helped me buy home
Michael Thomas was knowledgeable, available and reasonable. I fully trusted his opinions and believed that he was totally looking out for my best interest. I would use him in the future without hesitation
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013
user31638322
Helped me buy home
Working with Mike Thomas was such a positive experience. He knows Evanston so well and we really felt he cared so much about finding the right house for us. He takes so many extra steps like recommending people he knows in the neighborhood to speak with about the area and his connections are amazing. He finds answers to all your questions. I would not only recommend Mike to anyone looking in Evanston, I would tell them that I would never work with anyone but him.
Highly likely to recommend
10/28/2014
abeserra9
Listed and sold a home
Mike and Lene are a true team. They treated my house like it was their own and made me feel incredibly comfortable and taken care of throughout the process. Lene helped me work within my budget to do the work that needed to be done to get the house up to snuff, recommending (and even meeting!) contractors there to get the work done in a timely fashion and then staging the house herself before bringing in their fabulous photographer to capture my home at its very best. Then Lene got to work creating her "pre-marketing" magic - making sure my house was front and center on every search engine and realtor site around - and talking it up with her colleagues. Mike took over from there, working on the front lines to get realtors in to see my little gem of a house and making sure they knew what a uniquely wonderful place it was. The house was flooded with potential buyers from the moment it went on the market and sold within two weeks. Mike was available for counsel and advice throughout the negotiation process and helped guide the contract through all the way to closing. I am incredibly grateful to both of them and will never tire of singing their praises. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
10/17/2014
Ripley60603
Listed and sold a home
We were very happy in every regard with Mike and Lene Thomas. They provided invaluable advice at each stage in the process, from getting our house ready to put on the market, to staging it, and advising on the price negotiation for the sale. In particular, we really valued their input on what needed to be done to present our house at its best, and their ability to help us quickly execute on the various tasks, whether paint touch-up or providing accents and finishing touches to the house. We had an offer within a few days of putting our house on the market, and the sale closed within two months. The entire process was seamless, efficient and ran smoothly thanks to Mike and Lene! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/02/2013
user1390737
Listed and sold a home
I can't imagine a better representative for me than The Thomas Team. Mike & Lene are just awesome. They helped us sell our condo in a tough market, and were patient enough with us in our goal to find a house.
Highly likely to recommend
06/14/2013
user91720683
Helped me buy home
The Thomas?s are two of the most professional, knowledgeable people we have ever worked with. When purchasing a home with them, we faced huge obstacles with the sale of our home in Los Angeles. Michael patiently and expertly guided us through this process, always putting our interests first. Rarely do you find the combination of kindness, attention to detail and expertise you find with the Thomas team. They turned a very stressful situation into a very positive one. We found the perfect home, for a great price and are very happy. We recommend them as highly as we can. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/21/2013
user518890
Helped me buy home
Mike does a great job in looking out for his client's interest in the negotiation process of getting the property. Mike is exteremely knowledgeable of the area that you are purchasing a property as well as the process of completing the purchase and close. Mike is very responsive and stays on top of the entire process through closing. He also provides assistance in obtaining quality mortagate lenders. I would highly recommend Mike and Lene Thomas for anyone buying or selling a property in Evanston and the Chicago northshore area. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/20/2013
user1595039
Listed and sold a home
I am currently using Michael Thomas for my third move in the past 8 years. Michael has always been remarkably attentive to the needs of my family during each individual move. He is always cautiously guarding my budget on both ends of the deal. He is probably one of the most amicable people I have ever met. He doesn't have that "salesman" thing going. Trust just emanates from him. It is incredibly helpful during negotiations. He always has his customer's on his mind. If he sees a property come on the market that could be right for me he will get through to me right away. Conversely, he follows up with potential buys who have seen my house diligently, seeking feedback and trying to close the deal. Michael has lived in the area his entire life and it shows in his depth of knowledge. He knows Evanston and the outlying suburbs (all of which I am currently considering) in great detail. I would highly recommend calling Michael and having an initial conversation. I truly believe his attributes are immediately apparent. Believe me, if you leave a message he will call you right back. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/20/2013
kegnor
Helped me buy and sell homes
We met Mike a few years ago when we considered selling a condo and he completed a CMA for us and we decided to hold off on our move and he couldn't have been more professional and understanding! So when we were ready to sell the condo and buy a house, we went right back to him and have been so impressed with what a great broker he is! Super knowledgeable in his local market, excellent preparation and presentation in marketing and listing the condo, extremely helpful in the inspection process, outstanding negotiator, also he is very responsive and timely in communication, we so much appreciate the amount of time and respect he has shown us, no wonder he is the No.1 broker in Evanston, any client would be lucky to have an opportunity to work with him! Also, his wife, Lene and other Thomas team members have been outstanding as well, Kathy and Bob Egnor Less ... More
Do not recommend
12/31/2012
windmere
Never responded to my inquiry
Asked about the Kendall property, which has his name on the sign. He tells me he no longer has the listing and refuses to tell me who to turn to for more information on the Kendall property. I've contacted the first ward alderman and she has also asked for the signs to be removed. I would not recommend this agent. An agent should be able to direct someone on a property he used to list. He didn't do this. After researching online and making a couple calls, I was able to contact the owner of this property. I would never use you for an agent because he was not knowledgeable. I wasn't working with a realtor so he miss out on the opportunity to work with a buyer. Less ... More