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Since 1980, Elizabeth Ballis has brought passion and energy to helping people find a place that will truly be home. Her success has made her one of the top ten Coldwell Banker agents (out of 3,500) in Chicago. Elizabeth understands the difference between a house and a home, and remembers that each client’s interests are unique. Elizabeth provides uncompromising level of service and builds long term relationships with her clients.

Focusing on the North side of Chicago, Elizabeth Ballis is an expert on current market conditions, Chicago’s housing values, and the local business climate. Her dedication and market knowledge are unmatched, and she is also recognized as an expert negotiator. Elizabeth has represented her clients in over 1,200 transactions, maintaining communication at every step and ensuring that her client’s needs are met. Even beyond the closing, Elizabeth remains a remarkable resource for countless clients.

In addition to Elizabeth’s professional expertise, she believes strongly in giving back to the community. She is a founder of the Coldwell Banker Charitable Foundation and contributes a portion of each of her transactions to help fund housing-related endeavors for those in need. She has also shown strong community involvement with the neighborhood associations as Past President of the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce and public schools.

A resident of Lincoln Park for over 30 years, Elizabeth now calls the Near North Side of Chicago home. Married for over 45 years, Elizabeth has raised two daughters while maintaining her successful real estate career.

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Deborah brings a unique perspective to ballisgroup. With over 16 years in the real estate industry and years in city government, she shares Elizabeth’s focus on providing luxury service to clients on every type of transaction.

As a partner of ballisgroup, Deborah shares her in-depth knowledge of residential construction, contract management and her general understanding of Chicago with every client. Her background includes working for Chicago Public Schools, the Public Building Commission, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and is co-owner of Milestone LLC, a residential & commercial development company in Chicago.

Born and raised in Chicago’s North side, Deborah attended both public and private schools. Having lived in Old Town, Gold Coast and Ukrainian Village, Deborah now resides in Lincoln Park with her husband and 3 stepkids. She is a die-hard Chicago sports fan, especially for the Chicago Bears as reflected in her Yellow Lab's Name, Payton.

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Marketing & Administration

Marilyn joined Coldwell Banker in 1997, bringing with her many years of marketing and management experience from the Performing Arts field. She has worked with Elizabeth Ballis exclusively since 2006, and now continues in the same capacity with ballisgroup. Marilyn provides clients with specialized market research and advertising. This includes both digital and print advertising, brochure design and production. She also organizes and executes administrative duties for all transactions, ensuring a seamless experience for ballisgroup’s clientele.

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ballisgroup is one of Chicago’s Top Producing Real Estate Teams serving Chicago’s North Side: Lincoln Park, DePaul, Lakeview, Roscoe Village, Old Town, Gold Coast, River North, Streeterville, Bucktown, Wicker Park, West Loop, and more.

In 2013 ballisgroup was awarded Chicago Association of Realtors Residential Team Sales Award as one of the Top Producing Teams in Chicago.

Headed by Elizabeth Ballis and Deborah Ballis Hirt, ballisgroup combines 50+ years of experience with remarkable accessibility. Our expertise, energy, attention to detail, communication and negotiation skills are paramount to our team’s success. Respected for honesty and professionalism, ballisgroup has the experience to anticipate and eliminate obstacles to successfully complete transactions.

Buyers know that ballisgroup listens carefully and skillfully and, at every point, buyers receive top quality advocacy. For Sellers, ballisgroup works closely with our clients from pre-listing preparations through negotiations of contracts. We strategically market each home with customized brochures and floor plans, professional photography, print and digital advertising materials. Along with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, ballisgroup has a large network of agents and internet websites allowing for the utmost exposure in the market. We work diligently to provide comprehensive contract management; Sellers can be confident that ballisgroup remains focused and committed to the best possible outcome.

Yourlife, yourstyle, yourhome. ballisgroup remains true to our motto, keeping the focus on you, the client and delivering the highest level of service to meet your market needs. Clients return time after time – the best testimony possible for the exceptional way ballisgroup takes care of our clients.

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