Navigating the market during the COVID-19 pandemic challenged Julie Fleetwood and Lisa Miceli to devise new techniques to meet buyer, seller and investor needs on the North Shore. Rising to the challenge has proved to be their biggest accomplishment as a team.
“I currently have clients from out of town who are just about to close on a home they have never seen,” says Miceli. “Thanks to technology and ingenuity, I was able to offer them the feeling of experiencing the house, the neighborhood and the community via FaceTime and the Marco Polo app.” Despite the coronavirus outbreak, the team is on track to have its best year.
The partners work in complete collaboration; clients have either one or both of them available at any time during the process. “We truly respect and listen to the needs of our clients,” Fleetwood says. “We work tirelessly to either help them find the home of their dreams or sell their home in as stress-free a way as possible.”
A former television producer, Fleetwood was hooked on real estate after her first sale — her own Evanston home. With a background in sales, Miceli actually grew up in the industry; her father was a real estate developer. She worked for Leo Burnett as a media planner and buyer and at First Chicago Bank in sales and as a branch manager before taking time off to raise a family. When she returned to the workplace, it was as an agent with a top-producing North Shore team.
Fleetwood and Miceli have been top-producing agents independently and together for five years. They have consistently been ranked by Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty as top producers since 2015, were named a top 10 team in 2018 and 2019, and were Huzenis Award recipients in 2019. Active in community and business organizations, during the pandemic, the duo tried to do its part to support local businesses and restaurants by highlighting them in live interviews on Instagram. Once things slow down, they plan to continue these features.