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Milwaukee Five Star award winner


Jim Schleif

Shorewest Realtors - Northshore
4559 N Oakland Ave
Shorewood, WI 53211
Cell: 414-313-3346

39 years of sales, marketing, new business development and communications, 53+ years counting Anne.
29 years of contemporary leadership, management and real estate investment experience.
Celebrating 17 years working with teammate and Lead Associate Anne Jackson.
75-percent of my business in the Northshore and City of Milwaukee Neighborhoods.
Award winning rehabber. Possess expansive network of contractor resources to assist clients in restoring, remodeling or preparing their homes homes for sale.
I work in all price ranges.
Confident public speaker and robust writer.
Expansive Southeastern Wisconsin network.
Sell 20-25-percent of my own listings myself as I am carrying 6-10 buyers at all times.

Shorewest Achievements:

Closed sales volume of $30 -  $35 million (USD) on average annually
No. 1 Company wide in Volume in 2010 - 2014, 2016
No. 1 Office Leader for Shorewest's Northshore office - 2008 - 2014, 2016 - 2023
No. 3 Broker for City of Milwaukee Sales in 2015
Over $500 million (USD) in career sales
Career high sales of 38.5 million (USD) in 2014 - all-time company record in 70 years
Voted LGBT Community's Top Realtor in 2010 by Wisconsin Gazette Readers
Areas of Specialization: North and South Shores, Bayview, Upper & Lower Eastside, Downtown, Tosa, Western Burbs, luxury properties, condos, and investment properties
Member - President's Club, Million Dollar Club, National Sales Award
Voted Milwaukee Magazine "Best in Customer Satisfaction" yearly since 2007 (top 4% of all Realtors in four county region)
Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLMHS)
CLHMS Guild Member (3+ sales over $1 Million in past 12 Months)
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)
Certified Real Estate Negotiator(CREN)
Certified Shorewest Relocation Specialist (CSRS)
Accredited Buyer's Agent (ABR)


Graduate of UW-Madison 1987 with honors in International Relations and French
Milwaukee Business Journal "Forty Under Forty" Award
Personal Residence featured on HGTV

Current Volunteer Roles:
Greater Milwaukee Foundation Board Director (2024 - present): Philanthropic and Donor Services Committee member, Program Task Force member; The Nature Conservancy-Wisconsin Chapter: Board of Trustees Chair, Cities Work Group Chair, Beyond our Boarders Chair, Legacy Ambassador (Wisconsin), Legacy Ambassador Co-chair (TNC GLobal); Ice Age Trail Alliance Segment Steward; Immanuel Presbyterian Church: Cuba and Africa Mission Team Member, Member of Session, Board of Trustees President (2018), Co-chair Stewardship Committee, (2016-2018); Blue Lotus Center (West Bend) Board Director; Urban Ecology Center "Imagine" Campaign Co-chair, $41 Million building and endowment campaign (2020 - present)

Past Volunteer Roles:
The Nature Conservancy "Wisconsin Paths" Campaign Cabinet Member, $81 Million Campaign (2019-2022); Great Milwaukee Foundation "Greater Together" $700 Million Campaign for building equity, rebuilding Milwaukee and the four county region (2017-2023); Urban Ecology Center Board Director (2007-2019; Board VP 2018 & 2019); Literacy Services of Wisconsin Tutor; Radio 88.9 Milwaukee Building Campaign Cabinet Member; Wisconsin Humane Society Paws for Claws Gala 2017 Co-chair; Member of Cream City Foundation Board of Directors (2003-2012); Alliance Francaise Board; Founding Member Milwaukee LGBT Community Center; Distinguished Alumni Board UW Madison - Office of International Studies; Studied Junior Year Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

Past Work Experience:
Nonprofit Executive Leadership, fundraising, retail sales, marketing and management
Seven Hills Real Estate Enterprises - real estate investment LLC (rehab and multifamily holding company), Managing Partner (sold and retired 2023)

The Nature Conservancy; Historic Water Tower Trust Neighborhood Association; Lake Park Friends; Washington Heights Neighborhood Association; Doctors Without Borders; Historic Milwaukee; National Trust for Historic Preservation; Urban Ecology Center; Immanuel Presbyterian Church-Milwaukee; Master Gardener - UW Extension of SE Wisconsin; Human Rights League; Literacy Services of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Art Museum; Radio 88.9, Best Friends; Wisconsin Humane Society; Zoological Society of Milwaukee; Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics; Ice Age Trail Alliance Aavaz Global; The Thin Green Line Foundation

Hobbies and Interests:
Camping; global adventure travel; volunteering; mission service; kayaking; sailing; hiking; mountain trekking; reading; writing; cooking; gardening; cycling; entertaining; skiing; horticultural therapy.


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