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Janet Kohl

Janet Kohl is the Principal Broker of Janet Kohl Group at Coldwell Banker Residential. Janet Kohl Group specializes in listing and selling property in Illinois and working with sellers, buyers, investors and developers worldwide. Janet is a Real Estate Consultant and Certified Luxury Property Specialist with a 20-year background in real estate investing and developing, including multiple awards for home restoration. She has extensive knowledge in digital media communications, video and marketing lifestyle brands and products.

Janet offers clients invaluable experience in the high-end market. Her expertise includes restoration, renovation, investing, and living. Janet can identify investment value where others might miss it. These skills and talents are brought to each client and every real estate transaction, whether a straightforward sale, a flip renovation, a total historically accurate restoration or simply a smart investment. Janet values hard work, honesty and integrity and takes great pride in helping others by being available and responsive to clients and friends alike. She views herself as an entrepreneur first and runs her business like a business. Janet puts her experience, background and talents to work for buyers, sellers, investors and developers in the city and the North Shore real estate markets of Chicago and also serves clients across the United States and globally, frequently consulting, guiding and accompanying cross-country or cross-continent luxury buyers, sellers and investors.


Working With Sellers

Selling a home is all about getting the highest net with the best terms in the shortest amount of time, and the least amount of stress. This is accomplished with proper pricing and marketing for the property and superior customer service to the client. Janet has an extensive background in maximizing profits as an investor. She knows how to properly market and show real estate, from appropriate renovations, beautiful design and staging to great photography, video and broad market exposure globally on all platforms.

In her early professional years Janet held positions within the media industry and now hosts a lifestyle show. She brings this marketing and media savvy to each and every listing with her 20-point marketing strategy. Janet brainstorms the unique quality, features and story of your home and markets its most desirable attributes through multiple visual, video, online and print media. She utilizes the vast resources and tools of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury, Coldwell Bankerrsquo;s global luxury division and websites. Janet also ensures that every property is placed on Zillow, Trulia,, Yahoo real estate, msn and other major real estate websites that receive over 70% of the total online real estate traffic worldwide. She knows that her clients appreciate that leads on their homes are delivered directly to her within 15 seconds so she can promptly follow up with a potential buyer. This technology edge, coupled with her real estate experience and knowledge of luxury brands makes Janet uniquely qualified to represent any listing, especially upper bracket homes.


Working with Buyers

Buying is about finding the right house to call home or the right place to escape and the best investment in the right location. Whether a primary residence, vacation home or income property, Janet has personally gone through the buying process many times as both an investor and purchaser, so she knows what you need and expect. She adeptly advises buyers on value, growth potential, lifestyle and, of course, renovations, and can provide an excellent list of trusted contacts for renovating or restoring. She has a streamlined buying system that makes the process easy and enjoyable. She has it down to a science. If buying in a new city or internationally, Janet has amazing connections, as well as knowledge in most luxury markets and can help with that transaction as well. Janet is pleased to be your resource, advisor and skilled negotiator through the entire process of finding your next home or investment.


Janet at Home

Janet lives in Evanston with her two sons and a lot of animals, including a Sulcata Tortoise named Turt Reynolds. She enjoys travel, running, kayaking, yoga, all things home and garden, and has a passion for personal development. Janet wrote a book about how to change your life in 100 days and she hopes she will inspire you to create a home and a life you love. Janet invites you to watch her on-air reel. Click here to watch.



  • Licensed Real Estate Broker
  • BA Mass Communications
  • North Shore Barrington Association of Realtors
  • Chicago Association of Realtors
  • Illinois Association of Realtors
  • National Association of Realtors
  • Women’s Council of Realtors
  • Midwest Real Estate Data Chicagoland MLS


  • Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award
  • City of Evanston Design and Preservation Award
  • Secretary of the Interior Certificate for Restoration


  • Certified Luxury Property Specialist
  • Accredited Buyer Representative
  • e-Pro


  • Consulting Worldwide
  • Listing and Selling in Illinois
  • Chicagorsquo;s North Shore
  • Evanston Lake Shore Historic District
  • International Buyers
  • Luxury
  • New Homes
  • Vacation/2nd Home
  • Development
  • Renovation/Restoration
  • Investments
  • Staging
  • Marketing/Media

Personal Background

Janet as Restorer

Janet has a passion for art, architecture, historic homes and preservation. She has painstakingly researched, salvaged and meticulously restored the details of historic homes in both Evanston and Chicago to award-winning perfection. Janet was initially drawn into real estate by a love of home and garden and the inability to find an affordable house with the architectural details she craved. She bought a decent but nondescript vintage house in an up-and-coming neighborhood in Chicago and decided to renovate it into what she wanted. Janet did some of the work herself and acted as general contractor and project manager for the rest. This speculating and design talent then turned into a business. Soon, Janet took on the decade-long project of restoring, to historical accuracy, a significant National Landmark home, in Evanstonrsquo;s Lake Shore Historic District, designed by famed architect Earnest Mayo. As a result, in 2010, Janet received the Design and Preservation Award from the Mayor of Evanston and the property was nominated as an Evanston Landmark. Then, in 2014, she received the prestigious Chicago Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Award. Janetrsquo;s home has been featured in movies, television and print, and has been a decoratorrsquo;s showcase-house. Read more here.


ldquo;What I thrive on most in life, whether on or off the real estate field, is helping or inspiring people on some level. Frequently when someone is looking for a new home, especially a first home, or is transitioning out of a home, they are hoping to improve their life on some level - they want to live the dream or find happiness in the next phase of life. That process goes deeper than mere real estate and because I believe anything is possible, I also think anyone can create a home and a life they love. I enjoy being part of that process by sharing my expertise, advice, guidance and friendship. Ultimately, I want to see others succeed, be happy, create a soulful home and live their purpose. If I can help do that, then my life is worthwhile.rdquo; ndash; Janet Kohl


Communities Served by Janet Kohl Group


Local Specialty Markets

  • Chicago, IL
  • Deerfield, IL
  • Edgewater, Chicago, IL
  • Evanston, IL
  • Glencoe, IL
  • Glenview, IL
  • Gold Coast, Chicago, IL
  • Highland Park, IL
  • Highwood, IL
  • Kenilworth, IL
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • Lake View, Chicago, IL
  • Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
  • Northbrook, IL
  • Northfield, IL
  • Rogers Park, Chicago, IL
  • Skokie, IL
  • Uptown, Chicago, IL
  • Wilmette, IL
  • Winnetka, IL


National Specialty Markets

  • South Florida
  • Southern California
  • Colorado Ski Destinations
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Hawaiian Islands


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