As a first generation Italian from the DePaul area in Chicago, Barry's strong work ethic began when he was very young. While growing up, his family constantly struggled to make ends meet. Therefore, he began working at the young age of 10. His first jobs consisted of delivering groceries and flowers- which got him through paying his own grammar and high school tuition payments. After high school, he was lucky enough to land a job at a local printing company. He remained a printer for 11 years- when one d
Not knowing where his future was headed, in 1972 he was offered a real estate sales position by an owner of Ben Friend Realty. With virtually no experience he became the #1 agent in Northwest Chicago in his second year on the job. During his third year in the industry, he met Robert J. McMullen, owner of McMullen Realtors [established in 1945.] Barry partnered with Robert and ran the small 3-agent office and grew it to 7 agents in a few short years- until Mr. McMullen retired in 1980- at which time Barry
And the rest is history. Over the course of 30 years, Barry built up CENTURY 21 McMullen Real Estate, Inc. to what it is today: the #1 Century 21® Office in the state of Illinois- and in the top 25 Century 21®Offices in the county- with billions of dollars in lifetime sales. Today the company has over 150 licensed agents, an experienced Management Team and a full-service support staff that is housed in a beautiful, state-of-the-art, 16,000sq.ft. building that Barry himself developed and rightfully named "
SHEILA KULA brings experience, commitment and personal service to every transaction..She does not wear a lot of jewelry, but every business day - as she's done for 34 years - she loops a gold medallion and chain around her neck to remind her of her roots in the real estate business...which was given to her by Willoughy Real Estae...and she was named sales woman of the year in 1980- a year in which she earned the then lofty sum of $25,000 in commissions..
Willoughby during the period of years as they went by merged in with a firm called Lebovic (Preferred Realty ) Group which is where she remained for over 28 years until the demise of the owner when she than came to reside with Century 21 McMullen Realty ..
Having started her career specializing in investment properties and now works in all areas of the industry servicing foreclosures and residential in the Chicago land and Suburban Communities.
The expertise and 125 percent commitment to each file pervades into her daily work day beliefs....The key to her success is her "bulldog approach"..and belief in perseverance in getting the job done and in providing personal attention and one-on-one service.
Servicing the estate and trust department of a well known bank for over 12 years and many attorneys as well as private clientele has allowed her to maintain a top sales record ..Placing a great value on experience teaches you how to deal with people and to structure transactions and to get the job done.?
Currently working for Banks & Asset Management Companies for over 4 years. Recent certifications obtained at the Dallas FIVE STAR meeting are as follows: REO & BPO Certifications as well as AMP Resnet Certified and Equator Platinum Certified.?
Real estate is a marriage for a short while and a friendship for a long while..."Experience the Difference.
Industry Recognitions: 2013 Master Diamond Award - Century 21 - Top 50 Agents State of Illinois 2013 Chicago Association of Realtors - Top Producer Award (repeat recognition) REO Redbook FORCE Member - Nationwide organization of experienced and "vetted" REO Brokers REO Certified, FiveStar Institute Short Sale Certified, Five Star Institute CDPE-Certified Distressed Property Expert SFR -Short Sal e and Foreclosure Resource Expert
Credentials: Holds a Salesperson and Brokers License
Education: BS in Mathematics Degree- DePaul University
Experience: 25 years
Languages: Italian - some Spanish
As a former High School math teacher, I know the importance of good communication skills. Listening to my client's needs and wants is crucial in finding the right home. These client referrals will vouch for my levels of commitment to good service??.
"This is the second time Marti has helped us buy and sell, and she made the whole experience as comfortable and as convenient for us as possible. Marti's professionalism and work ethic make her a true asset to your company and we will highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in buying or selling a home." (John and Elizabeth Yonan)
"My name is Lauren Trankina and I had the great opportunity to work with Marti Janus in 2012 for the purchase of our home in Glenview.
Marti went out of her way to help us and really took all of our cares and concerns into account. She was loving and patient with our 2 year old son and very flexible with my husband's difficult schedule. She was amazing about accommodating us. She drove from her office to our condo at Lakeshore and Addison when we wrote offers to make life easier.
Marti has excellent connections to a terrific mortgage broker and home inspector. The mortgage broker would write pre-approval letters on a dime for us at short notice and the home inspector found things that saved us a lot of money. Marti was very professional about what we could afford and our decisions.
In the end, we ended up with a house that was the best option in Glenview. We are most pleased after the long journey. Now that all said and done, Marti and our family still have a great personal relationship and I would refer anyone to her." (Lauren Trankina)