“Never say no to yourself—ask for what you want and we’ll figure out how to make it happen.” That motto has earned Lyle Harlow the reputation among his clients and colleagues for being able to negotiate extraordinary deals for both sellers and buyers alike. It has enabled him to build a loyal enthusiastic client base over the past 12 years.
A graduate of the College of William & Mary in Virginia and the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Business, he came to Chicago in 1998 to work for Ford Motor Company in marketing, sales and franchising. Lyle joined Koenig & Strey GMAC in 2003 and has remained with the company all the way through to its current incarnation as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KRG.
As an MBA-educated, seven-year veteran of the corporate world and a certified Corporate Mobility Specialist, Lyle's areas of expertise include guiding first-time buyers through their first purchase, helping corporate clients relocating to Chicago, assisting families who want to raise their children in the city to find the perfect home in the elementary school drawing area of their choice--and everything in-between. His extensive neighborhood knowledge extends all the way across the city and near suburbs; north to Evanston, west to Oak Park and south past Hyde Park. “The only way to do a really top-notch job for my clients, particularly those who are buying their first home in Chicago, is to know the city neighborhood by neighborhood, inside and out,” he comments.
A transplant from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia who has lived in Williamsburg, Virginia; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Ferndale, Michigan; and Toronto, Ontario, Lyle is a long-time resident of the Wicker Park neighborhood. He can often be found gardening, cooking and entertaining at his cottage in Wicker Park’s historic district. In addition to his enthusiasm for real estate, he is a professional musician who plays the pipe organ, piano and sings. He also manages to find time for a long list of interests including mountain biking, golf, tennis and volleyball, as well as serving on the board for the Blind Service Association of Chicago, the Professional Standards Committee and Forms & Contracts Committee of the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) and as a trained mediator and ombudsman for CAR.