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Michael Placko

Broker Associate

I began my real estate career as a marketing coordinator for the Pickens and Placko team in 2011 after graduating from Marquette University with a degree in advertising. In this role I learned how to properly market a home to get it sold quickly and for top dollar. I also developed the knowledge needed to help buyers reach their home ownership goals.

I then worked directly with clients at a direct response marketing agency, consulting with multimillion-dollar organizations on the full range of their marketing efforts including: website, email, direct mail, social media, and more.

Now as a Broker Associate with Baird & Warner, and member of the Pickens & Placko Team, I apply these skills to help my clients, whether they’re looking to sell their current home, purchase a new one or find an investment property.  

My mission isn’t to just sell you a home, but to understand your goals to help you make the right home choice for your family.

The Pickens and Placko Team has been ranked one of Baird & Warner's top teams from 2011-2016.

As a team, our ability to work together insures that we are always accessible to our buyers and sellers because our client’s needs are our highest priority.

Our proven marketing strategy gives our clients the best internet presence you will find and will get a home sold even in a challenging market, while our strengths as staging professionals enable us to work with our sellers in preparing their homes for the market in order to get the best price with less market time.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and integrity and our hundreds of previous satisfied clients have helped create a reputation that has become our most valuable asset. We look forward to helping you sell your current home and find your next one!

Born and raised in Naperville, IL, I developed a deep love and appreciation for living in Chicago’s suburbs. While I grew up in the west suburbs, I acquired an understanding of the entire Chicagoland area as I traveled to different cities each weekend as a youth hockey player.

After marrying my wife, Kassie, I moved to Chicago’s north side, and have gained a deeper appreciation of all the different neighborhoods this great city has to offer.

National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)
Illinois Association of REALTORS® (IAR)
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® (MORe)
Midwest Real Estate Database (MRED)