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Desiree Mertz

The Crowe Real Estate Team

Lincoln Park

We are a mother daughter duo team serving the City of Chicago, North Shore & Western Suburbs. We are experienced with first time buyers, move up buyers, foreclosure/short sale properties, estate sales, older homes, horse properties, luxury properties, condos, town homes, buyers & sellers. With 20+ years of real estate expertise and having sold over 800 homes, we passionately believe that people want to be served-not sold. Our backgrounds have taught us to be patient in explaining things…in listening…and in doing a great deal of preparation. Our business has the heart of a teacher not a salesman.

Buying or selling a home doesn't come with a manual, our job is to guide you. Our success is due to a keen ability to coordinate the details of today’s sophisticated-sometimes complicated transactions. We specialize in strong negotiation skills, pricing strategy, client advocacy, communication, and extremely high levels of availability and responsiveness. Our experience and drive are continuously validated by being ranked in the top 1% of our company’s agents for both volume and units and our testimonials from past clients.

We have an extensive network of real estate professionals and vendors in every field to make sure you have the absolute best resources supporting you from beginning to end. This brings a unique competitive edge to every real estate transaction for our clients. We are laser focused on creating an outstanding, seamless, hassle free, and successful experience for all our clients. We go the extra mile for your satisfaction and would be happy to listen to you and make a plan to answer your real estate needs.

About Us:

My journey started when I was a child, helping my mom Kelly build her real estate career in the early days. I would create flyers, stuff mailboxes, basically slave labor hehe. I graduated from Northern Illinois University with a business degree and launched into technology sales for 10 years before transitioning full time to real estate. I grew up in the western suburbs and have lived in Chicago for over 8 years in various neighborhoods. In between, I had a few years living in Atlanta and Dallas. It is an exciting ride coming from my background in sales and being able to work side by side with my mom.

Kelly grew up in Geneseo, IL on a farm. She was a substitute teacher in and around Naperville schools at the junior high and high school level, co-taught Kindergarten at Montessori, taught preschool at Kensington School in St. Charles, and was a stay-at-home mom for 10 years raising 3 daughters. Kelly has been a full-time professional Realtor since 1999 and in the many testimonials her clients have provided, they used the following adjectives: honest, compassionate, knowledgeable, available, and tough negotiator. Her professional reputation is built on successful relationships with clients who utilized her extensive market knowledge, transaction skills, marketing expertise, high tech skills, communication, and client confidentiality.

Neighborhoods and Communities We Serve:

Western Suburbs: Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and DeKalb county with emphasis in Algonquin, Aurora, Bartlett, Batavia, DeKalb, Elburn, Elgin, Geneva, Naperville, Downers Grove, North Aurora, South Elgin, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, Sycamore, Wayne, West Chicago, Wheaton, Yorkville, Oak Park.

City of Chicago & North Shore Suburbs (Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka)

My Hobbies:

Horseback riding, exercising-Pilates/Yoga/P.volve/Barre, traveling, cooking, podcasts, all things beauty/style & healthy living, true crime, Sofar Sounds, interior design, reading

My Residences and Work:

Hometown: St. Charles, IL

Technology sales for 10 years

I have lived in Atlanta, Dallas, and many neighborhoods of Chicago including: Lincoln Park, River North, South Loop, and Logan Square

Licensed Realtor from 2019 to present

Fun fact: my passion is horses