Michael Murphy has been a licensed real estate broker since 2005 and is the Lead Broker of The Burnham Group, an experienced team of brokers with a concentration on the South Loop. He and his group believe in maintaining strong ties to the neighborhood they serve, including a long-term sponsorship commitment to Old St. Mary’s Parish and School, as well as a continued effort to improve the public education opportunities within their great neighborhood. The South Loop is not only where Michael has focused his career but it is also where he proudly calls home. He has been a homeowner in the neighborhood for more than a decade, allowing him to offer clients an unmatched level of market knowledge, service and integrity. In 2014, his group sold a record volume and had an unprecedented 100.4% list-to-sell ratio, meaning the sale price exceeded the list price, putting more money into his sellers’ pockets. Michael also has an average market time far less than his peers at only 20 days, versus the median market time of 86 days. Selling your home in less time means more time to focus on your next move. Michael makes a significant investment in the properties he sells. Prior to placing a home on the market, he works with sellers to optimize the presentation of their home, identify their target market, develop a strategic plan, analytically assess the market value, and prepare customized marketing materials including professional photography, brochures, floor plans and email outreach. Once listed, Michael offers a comprehensive mix of high-quality print and web-based advertising venues as well as email feedback after each showing. The use of social media has become a valuable tool in the market; maximum exposure and getting in front of prospective buyers is The Burnham Group’s focus. As a result of utilizing these opportunities to promote clients’ listings, they are the proven leaders in the neighborhood. Prior to his career in real estate, Michael earned his degree in Economics and worked as a marketing executive in both the music and motorcycle racing industries. He has studied interior design and has applied that knowledge to clients’ homes at their request. Michael has served on the Auxiliary Board for the Shedd Aquarium and is a fundraiser for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. Michael enjoys playing tennis, sailing, scuba diving and traveling. He is currently building a second home in Domincal, Costa Rica.