Phil Lifshin, Realtor®

Phil Lifshin, Realtor®
Serving Chicago’s Northwest, North & North Shore Suburbs
The North Side of Chicago


Phil Lifshin has been selling residential real estate for over 40 years. He began working in the industry as a Real Estate Broker and has successfully performed at many levels including sales, managing, marketing, and education. Phil has been recognized by the Illinois Association of Realtors as one of the top Realtors in the State of Illinois, by Coldwell Banker as one its top Residential Brokers for over twenty-five years and by numerous relocation companies as a Relocation Specialist.

Homes and families…

. . . are what makes Phil´s job so satisfying and enjoyable. “Having my clients say that they love their home and neighborhood is important to me. I treat every client as family and, after many years of selling real estate in the Chicago area, I still feel honored when I am asked to help with a client´s most important purchase or sale.”

Lifshin Family AlbumPhil loves the Chicago area and its suburbs. He and his family were born and raised here. He finds the people are grounded and have strong values. That was important to him when raising his family, and now that he has grandchildren, that point is reinforced once again. “I love helping other people find a home in an area that makes them feel comfortable. I also feel it is important for my clients to feel secure in knowing that I will treat their transaction with the utmost care and professionalism.

As a former teacher, Phil believes it is important to educate and counsel his clients to help them achieve their real estate dreams. He considers himself an exception in the real estate industry. “I treat my clients the way I want to be treated, like family – – with honesty and respect while giving them the exceptional service they deserve.” That is why many of Phil´s clients think of him as a friend and refer their family and friends to him. Over 95% of his new business comes from past clients.

Ask any one of Phil´s clients to describe his service and they will tell you he is a joy to work with. He works harder, smarter and uses his extensive experience and knowledge to make sure every client´s dream is filled. “When your real estate dream is filled, and you felt like one of the family, you must have had Phil Lifshin as your Realtor.”

When it comes to selling or buying Any House. Anytime. Anywhere.

Call Phil and let him

Phil Your Dreams!

Phil’s priority has always been his clients. He offers his clients honesty, respect, and the highest level of knowledge of the marketplace, while giving them the exceptional service they deserve. From first time home buyers, to some of the Chicago areas finest builders, to corporate executives referred to him by the largest relocation companies in the country, his client base is diverse and settles into communities through out the Chicago area.That is why he has such extensive experience and knowledge in the condo, townhouse, single family home and new construction markets throughout the northern parts of Chicagoland. Phil sells homes as far north as Antioch, as far west as Lake-In-The-Hills and as far south as Lombard, though he specializes in the Northwest Suburbs, the North Shore and the North-side of Chicago. He also assists his clients who are moving out of the area by introducing them to other top agents in other communities.


Phil makes a significant investment in the properties he sells. Before putting a home on the market, he works with his sellers to optimize the presentation of their home, to identify their target market, to develop a strategic marketing plan, and to assess their home´s value in the current marketplace. He also personally prepares all of the marketing materials including property brochures and flyers, copy writing, design and photography. Once listed, he offers a comprehensive mix of high quality print and web based advertising, as well as feedback after each showing. Each month every seller receives a Dynamic Marketing Study reviewing the current market situation as it pertains to their home. The results speak for themselves as 98% of the properties listed by Phil get sold.

Phil’s buyers benefit from the fact that he is a life long Chicagoan and knows the city and suburbs inside and out. He understands his client’s time schedule and is able to strategically target their search. As a former teacher and coach, the advice he gives is based on his desire to establish clients for life who are educated in the process of buying and selling residential properties, and not because he is motivated by the profit generated from a single transaction.

Team Structure

Phil could not accomplish all this alone. He is supported by a team of highly trained professionals who have the vision and ability to understand the same goals as Phil and his clients. With their help, Phil is better able to manage his time and focus his efforts on what he does best — marketing properties for sellers, finding the right home for buyers and negotiating contracts. His team includes appointment assistants, a design team, a web site coordinator and an advertising coordinator. When it comes to the care of his clients, Phil believes in a hands-on-approach and always works directly with every client throughout the entire transaction. His attention to detail ensures a smooth process for every client.


Phil´s love of real estate started when, as a little boy, his father would take him for walks in downtown Chicago and explain who designed which building and the different forms of architecture. This experience was enhanced through his father-in law, who built many of the bungalows and three flat apartment buildings on the south side of Chicago. Phil is carrying on a family tradition of excellence in real estate that was started in the 1920´s. He loves Chicago and he was raised with the understanding that it is important to give back to the community. He has been active in numerous charitable organizations and fund raising events including The American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Toys for Tots, Misericordia and Walk-a-thons for Breast Cancer. He also has coached numerous youth league teams and led both Indian Guide and Indian Princess groups from the YMCA.

Prior to his career in real estate, Phil graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor and a Masters Degree in Education, taught high school and coached football and baseball at numerous high schools including Arlington High School, Holy Cross High School and Roosevelt High School. He loves art, dance, music, travel, sports of all kind and, of course, his friends and family; his wife Lynne, his children Jennifer, Marc and Shaun, and his grandchildren, Peter and Nolan.

Communities Served

North and Northwest Suburbs

Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Barrington, Cary, Elk Grove Village, Gurnee, Grayslake, Hoffman Estates, Hawthorn Woods, Inverness, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove, Libertyville, Mount Prospect, Mundelein, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Wheeling and Surrounding Areas.

North Shore Suburbs

Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, Highland Park, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook and Surrounding Areas.

North-Side of Chicago

Bucktown, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Square, Wrigleyville and Surrounding Areas.