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The Oertel Group sets a new standard for creativity and excellence in the Chicago real estate landscape. Led by dynamic husband and wife team John and Nicole Oertel, this powerhouse collective goes above and beyond to exceed every client's unique goals.

Known for their thorough neighborhood knowledge and seemingly endless patience, John and Nicole are also tenacious negotiators and tireless advocates. They listen carefully, provide honest feedback and empower buyers and sellers to make confident, well-informed choices throughout the process and beyond. "Our clients know we are there for them 100 percent," explains Nicole. "They know they can trust us to guide them and help them make the best decision when it comes to buying, selling or investing."

That hands-on guidance is enhanced by the couple's personal experience in renovating and flipping homes. And their creative marketing and promotions — including open house food trucks and customer appreciation parties — are legendary in Chicago real estate circles.


Nicole has more than two decades of real estate experience throughout Michigan, South Florida and Chicago. John was Chicago Association of Realtor’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2011. He started real estate with Nicole after honing his business skills in the mortgage, marketing and PR industries. The duo first joined forces with their own company, Home Solutions, which helped nearly a thousand homeowners successfully sell their property and avoid foreclosure in the wake of the 2008 global financial crisis.

In addition to their real estate work, John and Nicole are committed to supporting the Chicago & North Shore communities. They are both deeply involved in working with the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Rec Foundation. In addition to working with the Stepping Stones Network, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking. 

Consistently recognized as top producers by the Chicago Association of Realtors, The Oertel Group leverages Compass’ best-in-class technology and nationwide reach to make the process of buying, selling, and investing a seamless and successful journey.


Known for his hard work, compassion and creativity, North Shore native John Oertel is heralded as one of the most innovative Realtors in the Chicagoland area. "No matter the situation, whether I'm representing a buyer or seller, I always find a way to get my clients what they want," he says.

With a reputation for tenacity and determination, John also earns avid praise for his patient and calm guidance. Clients repeatedly commend his willingness to take the time necessary to find the perfect property as well as his thorough attention to detail that results in smooth and successful transactions.

Before real estate, John worked in the mortgage industry for seven years and in marketing and PR before that. However, it's real estate that has proven to be his true calling: He earned Rookie of the Year accolades his first year and has been a top performer ever since.

John and his wife Nicole lead The Oertel Group at Compass. They first began working together in 2009 when they co-founded Home Solutions which helped hundreds of homeowners avoid foreclosure after the global financial crisis. Today, The Oertel Group serves local, luxury and international buyers and sellers, as well as investors and developers throughout the city and suburbs.

First time buyers and those looking to make a move between Chicago and the North Shore is something they find themselves doing often and truly enjoy as it’s a move they have done themselves along with help several clients every year do as well.


With nearly two decades of real estate experience, Nicole Oertel is a force in the Chicago North Shore real estate scene. A devoted advocate, she truly believes that everyone should have a skilled and caring professional at their side when making a home purchase or sale, one of their most significant financial decisions. It's no surprise that she made a name for herself when others were fleeing the profession. Between 2009 and 2014, Nicole helped distressed homeowners successfully avoid foreclosure by opening a short sale company due to the financial crisis. Prior to that, Nicole specialized in new construction projects and luxury sales in South Florida.

Today, Nicole along side her husband John, lead The Oertel Group at Compass, serving buyers, sellers and investors throughout the city and suburbs. Clients rave about the top-producing team's in-depth market knowledge and attentive personal service. This hands-on approach is bolstered by the couple's personal experience renovating and flipping homes.

Deeply committed to giving back, Nicole is an avid supporter of the Stepping Stones Network, a nonprofit dedicated to helping victims of human trafficking. Her and John and love their community and support it by being members of the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation. Nicole enjoys yoga, cooking, traveling and spending time with her husband and their daughter. 

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