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Testimonials

"Dear Susan, As we settle into our new home, I want to tell you what a pleasure it was to work with you once again this past summer. Having moved three times in ten years (!), my husband and I have come to rely on your experience with every aspect of real estate transactions, whether it’s evaluating prospective homes, preparing our own home for sale, finding the right attorney, negotiating with buyers and sellers, and even obtaining bridge financing at the last minute. And now we’re even more indebted to you, since you’ve helped us find contractors to put on the finishing touches in our new home. I can’t imagine how we would do without you! Thanks for your thorough professionalism—and your good heart." Sincerely, Leslie Keros and Jacob Osojnak," Sellers of 2306 Central Park, Evanston, August, 2007

"A real estate lawyer referred me to Third Meridian in 1997, and since that time I have been absolutely delighted by the conscientious and energetic services Third Meridian has consistently provided us. In my experience, the firm has an unparalleled knowledge of the North Shore real estate market, and its knowledge has only improved since branching out into real estate development. Third Meridian helped my family by finding our first home in 1997, an Evanston condominium, and then listed it for us in 2002 when we needed more living space. We realized a 60% gain on the sale, which we then applied to our new house, which Third Meridian also helped us buy in March of 2003. The house had some unexpected problems with its title work which threatened to kill the sale. Susan McKenna was wonderful in negotiating various agreements with the listing broker that kept the deal from falling apart. I would recommend Third Meridian to anyone, and will use Third Meridian for our next purchase or sale without a doubt." Quoting John Grady, attorney-at-law, Arnstein & Lehr, Chicago office.

Regarding 731 Seward, Evanston: "Susan, ..."And, a big thank you for your excellent service. We most particularly appreciated: 1) your willingness to do what was necessary, 2) your staging and knowing what was necessary and not, 3) your great communication." Quoting James Marrelli, Vice President - Commercial Real Estate, National Association of Realtors, 430 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL. Sold 731 Seward Street, Evanston

" I heard horror stories about the experiences others have had with their realtor. Stories of lack of engagement, unavailability and non-caring. However, my experience with you (Chris) was nothing like that. You were always available to answer my questions. You let me know what questions I should be asking. You were so involved that at times if someone from the outside looked in (not knowing the situation) they would have thought you were the buyer. You are a wonderful realtor and you made my first home buying experience “less stressful” and for that I thank you a million times. You are truly an asset to Third Meridian and I appreciate you." Quoting Whitney Veal, buyer of 4847 S. Vincennes, Unit #308, South Chicago

"Chris listened thoughtfully and helped us refine our search to obtain the home we were looking for. He is incredibly organized and prepared us for everything in the home buying process—there were no issues on our end. With Chris’ guidance, issues on the seller’s end were handled smoothly, quickly and effectively. Chris was patient and considering—we never felt rushed or pressured to make a decision until it was right for us.

Chris treated us like he had no other clients. His attention to detail, thoroughness and professionalism was unparalleled. Without hesitation, we would recommend Chris Fryson to anyone interested in buying or selling a home. When it comes time to sell our home, we will certainly be asking him to represent us. We will happily serve as references or in any other capacity you need. " Quoting Chris Scott & Pam Jordan, Rogers Park, Chicago. 7264 N. Rogers

"Having Judy Hultzen as my selling agent was a godsend! I could not have been more pleased, both with her performance as well as her empathic, caring personality, and now I can't think of enough superlatives to describe her! I would ABSOLUTELY use Judy and Third Meridian Realty again as my real estate representatives." Quoting Monte Hetland MD, formerly Ravenswood Manor, Chicago. 4455 N. Manor, Chicago

"...Susan, thanks so much for the thorough and timely professional service. Every time we have worked together on the sale and purchase of a new home for me, you have lessened my stress and made me feel supported. It means so much to receive this kind of service. I hope we have the opportunity to work together again in the future, even though I don't want to move again any time soon." Quoting Rebecca Holbrook, Director of Education for Planned Parenthood Chicago Area, April, 2004. 409 Custer, #1N 516 E. 32nd Street, Chicago

"Susan, This is just a small token of my appreciation for all the help from you and your team. Many thanks." Quoting Jennifer Leach on the sale of her condo at 1316 Maple, Evanston. 2003.

"WOW SUSAN!!! You did a great job posting the pictures {of the home we bought in Evanston, so that our friends & relatives back home could see them}...and your commentary really tops it off. You have quite a marketing ability and creative thinking even for such a simple task. You went above and beyond - THANK YOU!!" Quoting Jenifer Chase whose husband was transferred here for Abbott Labs. Northwest Evanston Home

" Thank you so much for the thoughtful & beautiful gift for our new house. You have been a sure joy to work with and have made this a wonderfully special event for us. We appreciate all your help." Quoting Mark & Phyllis O. who relocated from Chicago to Northwest Evanston. Northwest Evanston Home

"Susan is a terrific Realtor. Recently, I contracted with her to help me buy a home in Evanston. She was a tremendous help, listening carefully to my needs and combining that with her comprehensive knowledge of housing availability in the area, she put together a plan for me to visit properties which would meet my criteria. She never wasted my time showing me homes that wouldn't meet my needs, which I very much appreciated.

Susan is willing to go that extra mile; she was able to recommend a good real estate attorney, and had good suggestions for obtaining mortgage financing. She always returned my calls in a timely manner, addressed my questions and concerns, and seemed genuinely interested in helping me to find the right home.

I would definitely recommend Susan to anyone who needs to sell or buy a home, she has been absolutely professional and extremely helpful in all my dealings with her." Quoting Bob Cook. 1415 Sherman, Evanston

"Susan - Thanks so much for your cooperation. This was not an easy one and I appreciate all the time and effort you put into it. It was very nice working with you." Quoting, Ruth Thiel, Realtor, Koenig & Strey, Evanston; I represented the developer of this property who demolished an old two-flat to construct 8 new condominiums. 141 Asbury, Evanston - 8 New Condos

"Susan and Bill, Relax and enjoy the Christmas season. Thanks for all your help with the house [623 Oakton, new construction]. You sure built a beauty. The housewarming party is coming up, maybe January. Holiday Cheers," Quoting Barb & Mark Carlson, buyers of one of our homes.

"Thank you Susan. Wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your help with the car, and the porch, and the entire sale." Quoting Andy Mallinger, 1032 Hull Terrace, in a note to me sent with flowers, referring to events which occurred after he relocated to Portland, OR...the movers were going to arrive & take his SUV, however it would not start, so I hooked up our battery charger the night before they were coming; the porch reference was about the fact that the contractor who had re-built his back porches & stairs did not build them according to acceptable structural standards, and did so without a permit. An unfriendly neighbor turned him in to the City two days after the property went under contract to buyers who were going to remove the rear porches and stairs & build larger decks. I appealed to the City & was able to forestall fines & re-construction of the stairs/porches to the advantage of my seller. Buyers were given a small credit toward their new work & all parties were happy. We were able to get top dollar for the property, far more than what the seller expected. 1032 Hull Terrace, Evanston

"I just wanted to thank you again for all the luxurious bath items you gave me. That was so thoughtful of you. I know I'll be putting them to good use and enjoy some "non-Mom" time in my very own bathroom. Wow! Thank you for all your help in finding our new home - complete with trees and a back yard, we love it! Take Care." Quoting Katherine New, Evanston SFH buyer. 1514 Mulford, Evanston

" I would love to have you over to see the progress. I still have a few projects left before I'm truly finished...I'm still please with my purchase as big things are planned for the neighborhood." Quoting Kevin Doetzl, structural engineer, in his "Happy New Year" card, Chicago buyer of gut-rehab condo.

" I hope this note finds you well. I'm doing "OK," and continue to adjust to life without {omitted]. Having a home helps, and I thank you for helping me find it. My folks are also enjoying their home, although this has been a rough year for them healthwise." Quoting Confidential person who sold & bought in Evanston after the loss of a spouse; the parents also bought a scale-down condo.

"Thank you so much for the gift certificate for Don's Fishmarket. What a generous gift! Thanks for helping us find our dream condo. We'll let you know when we're ready for a house." Quoting Beth & Josh G., 1st time buyers, Evanston. 419 Custer, Evanston

"Buying a home is more than a business transaction, and Susan McKenna instinctively recognizes this deeper dimension. Her cheerful sympathy, her ability to take care of all the details without losing sight of the overall objective, her combination of a deep patience and a determination not to overlook any opportunity, made her the ideal broker for me." Quoting John Johnson, 1316 Maple, Evanston condo buyer. 1316 Maple, Evanston

"Thanks for all your hard work & understanding! Thanks for selling the place! It has been a pleasure working with you." Quoting John & Ginger Vessey, sellers of 601 Linden Place, Loft/condos, Evanston.

"Dear Susan: Just a note to say thank you for all you did in behalf of the Popko apartment. I know you went the extra mile for very little reward. Hope you will be able to sell the ...other apartment now that we have Northern Trust to fall back on for our loans. With gratitude," Quoting Virginia Miller, President of the Co-op at 400 Laurel, Wilmette.

"Dear Susan: Once again, my wife and I wish to express our gratitude and thanks for all your help in connection with the sale of the 400 Laurel, Co-op unit [in Wilmette]. Should the occasion arise we would not hesitate to recommend your services to North Shore buyers and sellers." Quoting Jerome Popko, attorney-at-law...as background I was the change agent to effect a new policy of 30% down payment instead of all cash at the co-operative association, in order to sell units there more expeditiously. 400-404 Laurel, Wilmette Co-ops

"Dear Susan, Better late than never, I hope. Thank you for the professional way you handled the sale of my mother's co-operative apartment. I don't remember any business dealing that went smoother. Once I gave you the listing I sat back and relaxed absolutely assured it would be done properly. The building committee tried its best to spoil it. I still have a wonderful feeling of relief to know it is all done. Thank you again. Yours truly," Quoting Joan Hedley, seller, 402 Laurel, Wilmette.

"Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know that we have settled well into our new home. We love Evanston, our location is perfect for recreation and transportation, and we love the fact that we're not paying rent anymore! Thanks for all of your help. You did a great job!" Quoting John & Jenny Grady, Evanston condo buyers in 1997. 1500 Oak, Evanston

"Susan - A belated THANK YOU from all of the residents of the GlenCairn [new construction condo] for assisting us with the electricity problem over the Labor Day weekend. We appreciate your efforts and quick reaction to helping us." Quoting the Residents of the GlenCairn Condo Association (605 Oakton, Evanston) after a tree fell & severed their power line.

"...We can't thank you enough for first finding us our new home at 2404 Noyes and secondly selling our condo...Thanks again for everything. Please stop by." Quoting Bob & Kathy Braasch, Evanston sellers/buyers.

"...Susan McKenna developed a marketing plan, provided excellent communication, make and implemented many suggestions which enhanced the property's sale-ability.

Susan's professionalism, experience and negotiation skills resulted in a selling price better than I anticipated in what I perceived to be a buyer's market. Rest assured that I will continue to refer business to Susan..." Quoting Dave Szold, seller, in January, 1996. 202 Golf Terrrace, Wilmette - 2flat sold for SFH

"As the closing of my home (135 Millbrook Lane, Wilmette) is nearing, I want to take a moment of your time to comment on the service rendered by Cyrus staff, and my broker, Susan McKenna. She must be one of your star brokers. From the moment I met with her and through the tedious transactions she was a professional. Her factual research, honesty, positive attitude, support, sound advice and perserverance sold my home.

My home was on the market for 10 months, poor location, no garage, 2 prior real estate offices with no offers of any substance. Enter Susan in October! Respectful of the present listing price, a quality I immediately admired, plus the fact during our business relationship, I rarely was reminded of the downside of my home, but of the good qualities of space and condition. I was confident that I was developing a rapport with a house-selling-good luck charm! Thank you," Quoting Mrs. Ina Gene Grodzin in her letter to George Cyrus, my broker in 1995.

"Susan was recommended to me by a friend. My condo had been on the market for six months with another Realtor without one offer. Susan raised the price, then sold my place within a month. I found her to be highly motivated, organized, and she gave useful suggestions to make an already appealing condo even better. Susan was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to using her services in the future." Quoting Lisa Kozel in 1994.

"Wolfgang & I just wanted to write & let you know how excited we are about our recent purchase of our Evanston Eagle Building co-operative...& how delightful it was to work with our Buyer's Broker, Susan McKenna. As 1st time homebuyers, Wolf & I were a little apprehensive about the whole process, but Susan quickly put us at ease. Her energy & eagerness to provide us with all the information possible, and her patience in explaining every last detail to us about making a purchase was very comforting. She instantly had our trust. We really feel fortunate to have worked with Susan." Quoting from Leila & Wolfgang Stroetmann's letter to the office; Evanston buyers, now living in Germany.