Donna has revolutionized real estate on the South Side during her thirty plus years in the business. For 19 years she managed one of the largest grossing sales forces in the area, and then she founded MetroPro and helped it grow in to the leading independent brokerage on the South Side. Donna was the first broker to do a breakthrough condominium conversion in the emerging neighborhood in Woodlawn. She continues to put her own special mark on real estate through her extraordinary design expertise. She can transform any space in to a showcase. Donna has won many national awards for her interior design, and recently was featured in House &Home Magazine (July 2009). Please come and see our listings to see her work.
Donna is the managing broker of MetroPro.
She is the mother of three and the grandmother of three. She is an avid art collector and she delights in color and design. Her background is in theatre and stage design as well as politics and fund development. She continues to be involved in community development and enrichment for South Side neighborhoods.
We were fortunate to find Donna Marie Schwan to be our real estate agent when we sold our condo in Hyde Park in 2009. We had lived in Hyde Park for twelve years and had many friends with experience buying or selling homes. We were able to do some extensive research before we decided to go with Donna. We did that because we had heard (and later confirmed for ourselves) that Donna was “a force of nature.” With the real estate market starting to go south, we needed something like that. We have had good real estate agents before and after, but Donna operates on a whole different level. When she is trying to sell a home, she is on a mission to which she brings incredible energy, ambitious ideas and unrelenting focus. She can even bring physical strength! She wanted to hang a large painting behind our grand piano. In moving the piano, a leg gave way, and Donna had to hold it up by herself, until help arrived! Donna also has an artist/designer eye. You don’t have to hire someone to “stage” your place for sale. Donna will do it. Donna, to put it simply, is the whole package!
Michael and Lee Behnke