When moving to the Chicago suburbs, we had to find a place without even seeing it. We needed a realtor who could grasp what we wanted without ever meeting us and one that would recommend the best options based on our criteria. Alissa did just that. She went above and beyond searching for places and showing us all of our options. She did virtual
tours and gave her input on what she thought we would love. Alissa also thought of every little detail when writing up the contract and made sure that we were getting a fair deal. We mostly looked at new builds, so she made sure that every detail was fine tuned and finished before we committed to buying the home. With Alissa's help, we were able to find
the perfect home for us and we really enjoyed working with her in the process. Beyond that, we could not be there at move-in and she went out of her way to help us when the movers arrived. She also met several trades people at the home when we were getting things on order. Alissa made a stressful time a LOT easier for us and we are very thankful
to have worked with her. We definitely plan to work with her in the future and would recommend her to anyone we know.
Alissa and Lori are an amazing team. We first called Alissa on recommendation from friends who had worked with her, and on just 3-days notice she had made appointments for us - and took us- to tour 15 homes. Throughout the process she was honest with us, thoughtful, and truly wanted to find the house that was right for us and our family. She asked many questions in order to truly hone in on what type of house we were looking for. She was responsive via text, phone, and email, and followed up with us regularly. We appreciated the time Alissa and Lori spent meeting us when we flew in to look at new listings and eventually, when we found our house, the time they spent at inspections. Having both grown up in Lake Forest, they have a deep knowledge of the town, the schools, the neighborhoods, and much more! The negotiation process and sale process were smooth and we felt like we were in very good hands. We can't recommend Alissa and Lori enough. They made an overwhelming move as stress-free as possible, and the house we found is perfect for our family. We are so grateful to them!
Lori Baker and Alissa McNicholas were wonderful to our family. Everything about moving is so very challenging, and the purchase of our new home went smoothly because of them. We had a time timeframe to move and they worked hard to help us achieve our goal. They took us to all the properties we wanted to visit based on our own research, and showed us houses that they thought were within what we were looking for. The duo is very knowledgeable about Lake Forest and know all the ins and outs of the area. The house we bought wasn’t even listed yet, but they managed to get us to visit it before it officially went on the market, and it was the one! Negotiations and closing went straightforward and trouble-free, they are very professional and know well what they are doing. We felt very lucky to have worked with Lori and Alissa!
We found our dream home thanks to Alissa. As first-time homebuyers, and on a very tight closing deadline, Alissa was incredibly knowledgeable and patient with us as we constantly asked her questions. She was proactive about checking in, advised us through every step of the process, had fantastic local recommendations, and was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and home buying process. We trusted Alissa had our best intentions at heart, and it was clear she was passionate about helping us find a home that was right for us. We can't thank Alissa enough for helping us buy our first home - and for bringing us lunch during move in! If you are even thinking about moving to the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff area, I highly recommend you give Alissa a call.
Due to the craziness of 2020, my wife and i jumped head first into buying our first home. We could not have had a better agent guide us through the home buying process. On our first day of looking at houses, I knew we had a person who was in touch with what my spouse and I were thinking, what we liked, what we disliked, & was able to point out things that we would generally miss. When it came to the negotiation - which was brief because of her - she explained each way we could approach giving an offer & explained the pros and cons of each. Knowing the market, she explained what our best course of action was & because of that, I am writing this in my new kitchen! Alissa is your best field guide to home buying. Use her!
Alissa was supportive throughout our journey together. Viewing homes together for two years, she always had excellent listening skills and provided expert feedback to help us find our dream home. Alissa knew everything about our local area - from schools and churches to service people and legal/financial resources. Alissa made the process easy and enjoyable. She is there to listen during the stressful moments and to celebrate when it all comes together in the end. She is available long after the deal is done for any questions and referrals. We highly recommend Alissa and her team - they are top notch and above all, trustworthy in the business.
Knowledge Knowledge Knowledge! We have purchased two homes in 5 years with Lori as our guide. We appreciate her honesty, understanding of the area and precise market research. Buying a home from a seasoned resident is an amazing opportunity. Our children adore her and miss her once we have landed in a new home. It's not uncommon to hear, our 3 girls tell stories of Lori & Alissa months after we have worked together; or when we see them in town to run to hug them. I find their team work and caring approach so comforting. We relocated 1000 miles away and instantly felt we were in the perfect relationship with extraordinary professionals.
What a great, fluid experience we had working with Alissa! She came as a referral from a good friend during our relocation to the area. We put 100% trust in her to listen and find exactly what we were looking for which resulted in her hitting it out of the park. I've thought many times over the course of the last few months being in our new home how grateful we are to have found her and her expertise in the market. She is a great listener, extremely responsive, knowledgeable and aggressive for her client. We'd work with her again in a heartbeat.
We are new to Lake Forest and so happy that we found Alissa and Lori to help us with our home search. They are extremely knowledgeable about all of the schools, neighborhoods, and community events, as well as all the hidden gems that make the area so special! They truly wanted us to be happy in our decision and continue to stay in touch to make sure we are settling in and enjoying our new community.
Alissa McNicholas & Lori Baker are an amazing team! I bought, sold and built many homes in Lake Forest and it was a great relief to know that I could count on their expertise to market and get them sold. They know every inch of Lake Forest/Lake Bluff and whether you are seeking to purchase or sell a home, they are both knowledgeable, diligent, caring and effective as well as fun!
I sold my home through Lori and Alissa. They know the market and who and where the buyers are. They guided me to the right selling price and was always frank and realistic about what it would take to get my home sold in a difficult market for higher-end homes.
As cliché as it sounds, Lori treated us like family. She made the tedious home buying process painless. We 100% trusted her judgement and 100% would use her again.
Outstanding job selling our home. Always prepared. Extremely helpful. Very creative. We had moved to Florida already and they took care of everything.
This dynamic pairing of strengths and talents are put to work for you, increasing your real estate success. Whether you are listing your home or buying a new property, you want an experienced, knowledgeable, savvy, innovative and a trusted North Shore real estate resource.