About Lothamer Group
Lothamer Group is a team of highly qualified agents who deliver exceptional service to buyers and sellers in the Chicago area. They specialize in providing a high level, customized approach to each individual client, tailoring their service to address specific needs. They have extensive experience in representing a multitude of clients from first time home buyers to mid size residential developers.
With over 30 years of combined experience, Lothamer Group has been involved in negotiating hundreds of transactions in varying market conditions, making them experts in their field. They take a collaborative approach to each deal, allowing them to successfully broker each transaction with desired results. They treat all clients with the highest level of integrity and value their reputation in the community.
Lothamer Group is consistently recognized as a top producing team with the Chicago Association of Realtors. They are committed to maintaining their status by providing catered real estate solutions to all of their clients.
From a young age, Elizabeth Lothamer has known the value of hard work. Growing up in Michigan, she started working odd jobs at her dad’s office at the age of 12 and continued to work throughout high school and in college.
Knowing she wanted to work in the business world from an early age, in part from having been inspired by her dad, she earned her degree in marketing from Eastern Michigan University and then quickly moved to Chicago to find a career.
Encouraged by a love of real estate, between her bartending job, she took the course and passed the real estate exam. After working independently for a while, she found a team that helped her hone her skills as a broker. When she worked for a developer, the pieces really began to fall into place. In 2007 she began rehabbing condos and by 2012 her business was stronger than ever and needed to bring on more people. What started with one assistant has now grown to 2 full-time staff members and 4 full-time agents. She has flipped over 50 homes and has helped hundreds of buyers and sellers.
As an agent, Elizabeth’s mission is to provide exceptional service in all real estate transactions by representing her clients with the highest level of integrity, honesty, and professionalism. Her extensive educational and professional background in sales and marketing enables her to serve her clients with knowledge and expertise. With the skill set she has developed she is able to differentiate her services by analyzing the needs and wants of each individual client.
Her exceptional communication and negotiation skills allow her clients to get the results they deserve.
With the skill set she has developed, she is able to differentiate her services by analyzing the needs and wants of each individual client.
Her ultimate goal is to make your real estate experience fun, rewarding and stress-free.
Elizabeth has lived in Chicago for 16 years, and for the last 7, she considers herself fortunate to consider Ravenswood Manor her home. It’s where she raises her two children, where she walks her dog Babs, and where she works as one of the neighborhood’s top real estate agents.
Elizabeth was amazing though our entire home buying experience. After lots of guidance, persistence, hard work and true kindness we were able to find the house of our dreams and we definitely owe Elizabeth for that!
Marta Romeo- Waliszewska
Marta Romeo moved to Chicago from Poland when she was 12 years old and has been enjoying the unique features of its diverse neighborhoods ever since. Before becoming an agent, she spent several years managing a restaurant on the famous “restaurant row” in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. Since joining @properties in 2013 as a Broker Associate she has worked extensively with developers, learning about rehabbing and new construction. As a fluent Polish speaker, she is also uniquely suited to assist Polish clientele.
Marta is a Certified Negotiation Expert, a Licensed Real Estate Broker in Illinois, and a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors. She utilizes her knowledge of the unique market in her clients’ neighborhoods to create a targeted approach to marketing the most appealing features of their homes to potential buyers.
She stays up to date on the current market conditions and closed sales, allowing her to maximize the seller’s profit while minimizing the list time. In any market, it’s critical to set your property apart from the rest so you’ll want an agent with creative ideas and distinctive marketing materials. With a background in interior design, she can give tips on staging your home to sell. Her careful listening skills and ability to multi-task will make you, your family, and potential buyers feel at ease during the emotional process of selling a home. Her intuitive and supportive nature has helped her to develop long-lasting relationships with clients who are happy to talk about their experiences.
Marta worked extremely hard to sell my place and she did. She hired a painter and when he came in over his initial quote she stepped in and helped out to get it done on time for photos to save me money.
Sarah Dermody is a Chicagoland native from the Northwest suburbs and has lived in various parts of the city, ranging from the Northside Rogers Park to the Southside Bronzeville neighborhood. She currently resides in the Avondale neighborhood and has a vast knowledge of the diverse Chicagoland neighborhoods.
Sarah’s passion for real estate began at a young age as a part of her family’s construction company. With her background in the construction industry, Sarah has turned her knowledge into a real estate career. She is dedicated to guiding her clients through all phases of the real estate process, whether it’s finding a new home, parting with one, or seeking out investment properties.
Sarah genuinely cares about the people she works with and takes the time to listen to their needs, educate them on the process, and ease any concerns. One of the many skill sets that sets Sarah apart is her keen eye on helping her clients prepare their homes for sale. She specializes in everything from paint colors and minor updates to staging. Sarah knows exactly what buyers are looking for and how to get your home sold for the maximum return possible.
Sarah lives in Avondale with her husband, dog, and baby girl. She is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and knows this city and its surrounding area like the back of her hand. She looks forward to helping people with their real estate needs for many years to come.
Sarah will be my first choice if I need a realtor in the future. She is knowledgeable, does everything asked of her in a timely manner, and seems genuinely interested in customer satisfaction. Dealing with Sarah was like dealing with a friend. She was NOT aggressive or pushy and was, like a good friend, always patient and pleasant.
For some people, taking care of others is more than a job, it’s a way of life— a calling. For Evelyn Clifford, who has lived in Chicago for 20 years, making sure her clients have everything they need is what truly sets her apart.
Instrumental in the origination of our concierge services, Evelyn goes above and beyond, thanks in large part to her experience buying, rehabbing and flipping investment properties.
A consecutive recipient of @properties’ Outstanding Achievement Award, she is ready to help her clients with an aggressive marketing strategy and eager to provide informative buying power.
“My clients have had tremendous results because of my focus. Working with the best in the business is the only choice in real estate today,” Clifford outlines.
@properties shares her commitment to offering comprehensive and professional marketing, sophisticated technology, and expert market knowledge, supporting the highest standards of service and representation you expect and deserve.
“I love being an agent because I get to help people connect not just with their home but build a life in a new community. Having the right tools, and the right team, makes all the difference,” Evelyn confirms.
Whether it’s navigating the first-time homebuyer’s experience, scoring that perfect distressed property or helping in the luxury market, our team of professional and trained experts will help clients get what they want.
Evelyn was a pleasure to work with through the home buying process. She was very responsive to our questions and attentive to our home buying needs. Evelyn displayed a very professional and positive attitude that made the home buying process less stressful. She was also great in connecting us with housing resources. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a home or in need of selling it.
A Chicago real estate agent with a background in interior design, Megaan Pelaar brings an insightful perspective to every transaction. Her passion for design and the way people function in a space is how she offers her clients a unique viewpoint when helping them sell or purchase real estate.
Meg understands not just the current value of a home, but also its potential. Her commitment is to remain patient, determined and communicative and offer creative problem solving along the way.
Because of this consistency, most of her business comes from referrals from happy clients. She joined Lothamer Group in the fall of 2018 and had previously worked on a top-producing real estate team for eight years.
After graduating from Baylor University with a BS in Interior Design, she moved to Chicago and took a job as a Project Manager for a luxury design firm. This knowledge has been invaluable to her career in real estate. Because of these experiences and working in the industry through a shifting market, she has been forced to become extremely adaptable to change.
Meg is ready for whatever this ever-changing landscape of Chicago real estate brings her way. Her husband and two dogs in Rogers Park and she has lived in Chicago since 2007 and considers this city her home.
She is an active member of her community as a board member of Northside Community Development Corporation, an interpreter for the Frank Loyd Wright Home and Studio and founded two networking groups.
Meg enjoys spending time on the lakefront with her dogs, yoga, reading and exploring the incredible art and architecture of Chicago. She and her husband love trying new food in the many neighborhoods of Chicago and embrace all the activities the city sends her way.
Megaan is the best! She is incredibly passionate about her work in real estate and design and treated us like her only clients. We were first time homebuyers and she made the process so easy and delivered on everything we asked. She also made all the connections to everyone else involved in the process and they were also all amazing to work with. She definitely goes above and beyond expectations!
Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, I’ve called Chicago home for close to 20 years. I love its beauty, diversity, neighborhoods, and most importantly, it’s people!
After graduating from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in fine arts and art history, I began my career in fundraising and marketing for several Chicago-based non-profit organizations. It’s this experience as a superb listener and communicator, along with my understanding and knowledge of market trends, which helps me create new opportunities for my clients in an ever-changing real estate market.
Buying or selling a home is one of the most exciting, exhilarating, stressful and important things you will ever do. You can trust that I will listen to your wants and needs, work continually as we find the perfect property, help you navigate a complicated process, and advocate for you every step of the way. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer, expanding your family, or considering downsizing, I look forward to bringing my knowledge enthusiasm and expertise to help you reach your goals. Whatever your real estate need, I’m ready to assist you through every step of the real estate process – from negotiation final prices to handling legal issues and paperwork.
I live in the North Mayfair neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago with my husband, three children and two pitties. In my spare time I am busy serving as President of my neighborhood school PTO, running (completed my first marathon in Oct 2018!), yoga, cooking, spending time with family and friends, and taking in all Chicago has to offer!
We’re so glad we worked with Alex to find our first house. She was patient and easygoing, and took the time to learn about what was important to us so we could find the right fit. We never felt like she was “selling” us, and in fact she offered her honest opinion about some of the less than stellar properties we saw. She was also incredibly helpful and thorough walking us through the process from offer to closing. We would definitely recommend Alex for anyone, especially first-time home buyers in need of guidance.
Karen has been with @properties for the past 3 years, successfully closing $18 million in sales during this time. Karen’s love of home began while working for HGTV for 20 years. She got to see firsthand how homes transform people’s lives. Through her sales career with HGTV, she has become a masterful marketer and a fierce negotiator, skills that will surely benefit all of her clients.
She is a neighborhood expert, passionate about knowing what makes each neighborhood tick. Karen can be your “Hood” in the ‘hood and find the best fit for you!
Her love of Chicago comes from growing up a Chicagoland native, living in the city for the past 25 years with her kids and dog Payton. In her spare time, you can find her exploring the city, from hiking through the Montrose Bird Sanctuary, running in neighborhood races or attending concerts in Millennium Park.
Karen was amazing to work with! She was so accommodating, knowledgeable and pro-active throughout the entire process. Our condo was in a great location, but a little outdated. She made useful suggestions about staging and brought in more modern furniture that appealed to current buyers …
Laurel Niedospial, Marketing Director and Broker Associate
Laurel joined Lothamer Group early in 2019 as the Marketing Director. With an extensive background in digital marketing, journalism, and education, her specific skill-set supports the team’s growing business and commitment to their clients. A native of California, while in college she studied English and journalism, going on to work as an editor of her college newspaper.
After moving to Chicago in 2013, Laurel transitioned from education to journalism, writing as a frequent contributor for POPSUGAR. There, she worked at supporting their digital branding and online presence through contributing to their diverse bank of writers and editors. Working with Lothamer Group, Laurel seeks to expand both the team’s profile, as well as the individual agents and marketing clients’ homes. Through creative problem solving, articulating a strategic marketing plan, and collaborating with teammates and clients, Laurel helps the team see exponential growth and business development.
In September of 2019, Laurel became the newest member of Lothamer Group to have her real estate license. A lover of vintage buildings with connections to contractors, architects, and developers, she hopes to connect buyers with some of Chicago’s hidden gems. Her skills as a marketing director help her write superb listing MLS copy and engaging social media posts that get properties noticed. As a transplant to Chicago, she has taken time to get to know the city and prides herself on finding on learning as much as she can about the area. When not working, Laurel is a proud wife and mother who spends her free time running and eating good food.
Liz Kaczmarski, Operations Manager
Liz Kaczmarski is the multi-talented Operations Manager for Lothamer Group, ensuring that each transaction runs smoothly. She makes sure the process from pre-listing to closing runs as efficiently as possible.
Her attention to detail, problem-solving attitude, and organizational skills are assets to the team. As an integral member of each transaction, Kaczmarski handles everything. From introduction emails to clients, surveys, filing contracts, and keeping everyone organized, who we are as a team is greatly indebted to her considerable talents
She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Planning. Liz lives in the Gold Coast with her two beagles, Leonard and Baxter.
Liz first became interested in real estate after graduating from college and looking for her first apartment in the city. She enjoyed the process of searching and being able to explore all of the city’s diverse neighborhoods as well as the intricacies of negotiating the deal and getting to the closing table.
In addition to her full-time job, Liz also manages rental properties for a private investor and is planning on taking her real estate brokerage exam early in 2020. In that role, her keen eye and sharp attention to detail will help her excel as an agent