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Get to know Margaret Goss
Winnetka Real Estate Broker Margaret Goss enjoys a reputation for service and trustworthiness that provides her with what every long-term REALTOR® wants – a career largely built on referrals and repeat business from satisfied clients.
At the root of her success is her commitment to listening well, taking the time to understand her client's needs and wishes, and then keeping them fully informed. Clients often remark on her patience and the fact that she never pushes them to take action before they're ready.
While many cite a love of homes for their entry into real estate, Margaret cites her love of people. She enjoys meeting new people, hearing their stories, and working with them to attain their goals. She loves answering clients' questions and teaching them about the process of buying or selling a home. She also enjoys teaching relocating clients about Winnetka and the Chicago North Shore Suburbs. Picking people up at the airport and giving them the grand tour is just a natural part of the service for her.
Because Margaret has been assisting clients in the North Shore Suburbs since 1998, many of her listing clients are former buyer clients who are now ready to downsize. To help them, and others, tackle the process without becoming overwhelmed, she shares a brochure she wrote entitled "Downsizing the Family Home."
At the early age of just 25, Margaret was promoted from assistant to production manager/buyer for all the processes involved in printing books for a children's educational book publisher. Her degree in English was helpful, but didn't prepare her for the scientific and technical side of the position, so she set about learning the business inside out.
That attitude toward learning has followed her throughout life. After becoming a REALTOR®, she earned the GRI (Graduate Realtor Institute), ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative), and CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) designations. The CRS designation is based on both classwork and achievement, and is held by only 5% of all REALTORS®.
Because she serves on the board of the Professional Standards Committee, she also attends an all-day ethics training seminar each year.
Tech-savvy, Margaret uses the latest digital equipment and on-line resources to make communication and processes simpler for her clients, as well as to market her listings to the world via the Internet.
A resident of the North Shore area since 1986, Margaret not only stays current with market conditions and current inventory in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Northfield, and Glencoe, she is also familiar with the social aspects and amenities of these communities.
She was involved with school activities when her children were young and she has served on the board of the Howard Area Community Center. Now she is involved with local activities such as Friends of the Green Bay Trail and the Puppy Mill Project. A pet lover who actively supports animal rescue groups, her household includes a rescued Border Collie mix and a rescued Chihuahua. She and her husband enjoy taking the dogs for long walks each evening after dinner.
Margaret enjoys reading, gardening, and anything animal related. She has also taken up both yoga and bridge, and regularly works out at the gym.
When you're looking for a knowledgeable, experienced Chicago North Shore REALTOR® who will be your guide, your adviser, and your champion; turn to Margaret Goss. You'll soon know why her past clients are such loyal fans.
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Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)
Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)
Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) (earned by only 5% of agents nationally)
Professional Standards Committee of the North Shore Board of Realtors
Winnetka IL, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe, Highland Park and Evanston make Chicago's North Shore suburbs. Conveniently located near the commuter train and expressway, these beautiful villages offer the best living available in the Chicago area. Tree-lined streets, excellent schools, shopping, restaurants, forest preserves and a host of activities for all ages to enjoy. And best of all is Lake Michigan and its many beautiful beaches and parks.
My area of expertise is residential real estate including luxury, condos, townhouses, relocation, new construction and land. I have extensive knowledge of the local neighborhoods, schools, and a list of referrals for all your needs.
Testimonials for Margaret Goss
Margaret was the easiest Realtor I have ever worked with, knew my exact needs and didn’t push to show me everything that was on the market. She LISTENED. I wanted to see a ranch style home, single floor only, and apartments that had indoor garage and elevator. The fifth property she showed me was a three story Townhouse, something NOT on my list, but it has its own private elevator with an attached garage. These are the things she knew were most important to me. We looked no further, struck a deal and I am now HAPPILY living in my “new” townhome. This is something I would have never considered without Margaret’s thoughtful guidance and attention to my needs. Can you even imagine, seeing only five properties and closing a deal?!?! That’s the kind of Realtor Margaret is, absolutely NO nonsense and totally responsive to her clients needs.
JoEllen and Jim K.07/30/2010
"We like how you were always available to answer our questions and sent us listings that hit the mark . . .our trust in you enabled us to list our house with you and see you sell it in four days"
"Margaret Goss was instrumental in helping with our relocation from Los Angeles to Winnetka. Prior to our house search, she provided us with useful and pertinent information on all aspects of North Shore life--from housing, schools, recreational opportunities, etc. She did an excellent job vetting a home for our family and was aggressive in getting us exposure to as many properties as possible. In the end, Margaret was instrumental in finding us a beautiful home, assisting us in the negotiation and close of the transaction and helping us with our cross-country move. Margaret's hard work, integrity and honest advice helped make the transition to our new home seamless!"
Peter G., Winnetka05/01/2010
"Margaret Goss worked with me on a complicated and time sensitive real estate transaction, and proved to be an incredibly valuable advisor. Not only was she insightful in the search process (helping us to quickly winnow down the targets we were looking at), but she also was very thoughtful and effective in managing the ultimate negotiation and execution of the transaction.
I would use Margaret for any and all future real estate transactions"
Martha W., Kenilworth03/17/2009
"After having our house was on the market for close to a year, Margaret was able to sell it within a month. She is honest, pragmatic and focused.
A delight to work with. "
Cindy R., Winnetka03/09/2009
"Margaret is fantastic to work with, she was patient with us in finding a house and always kept us updated on the market. She was always honest and informative and helped us through the entire process."