About Jim Schleif



  • 35 years of sales, marketing, new business development and communications, 50+ years counting Anne.
  • 26 years of contemporary leadership, management and real estate investment experience.
  • Celebrating 14 years working with teammate and Lead Associate Anne Jackson.
  • 75-percent of my business in the Northshore and City of Milwaukee Neighborhoods.
  • Award winning re-habber - 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 25-30-percent of my own listings myself as I am carrying 6-10 buyers at all times.

Shorewest Achievements:

  • 2019 sales to date 22.3 million (USD)
  • No. 1 Company wide in Volume in 2010 - 2014, 2016
  • No. 1 Office Leader for Shorewest's Northshore office - 2008 - 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • No. 3 Broker for City of Milwaukee Sales in 2015
  • Over 370 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
  • 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 "Greater Together" Campaign Cabinet Member, The Nature Conservancy-Wisconsin Chapter Board Trustee, The Nature Conservancy "Wisconsin Paths" Campaign Cabinet Member; Immanuel Presbyterian Church: Mission Committee Member, Cuba Mission Team Member, Member of Session, Board of Trustees President (2018), Co-chair Stewardship Committee, (2016-2018); Literacy Services of Wisconsin Tutor; Co-chair Franciscan Villa Cultural & Therapy Gardens (nursing/memory care residence in South Milwaukee)

Past Volunteer Roles:
Urban Ecology Center Board Director (2007-2019; Board VP 2018 & 2019); 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
Own Seven Hills Real Estate Enterprises - real estate investment LLC (rehab and multifamily holding company)

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 President's Circle; Radio 88.9

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




"Jim and his team were delightful to work with on this deal and I appreciate the high level of communication that was provided."
--Bonnie Lewis-Tschannen, Stapleton Realty

"Jim, Bev and Anne went above and beyond expectations to get our sale closed. Wow!"
--Peter and Lori Kazaks

"Jim Schleif is wonderful, as is his entire team...Bev, Anne, etc."
--Bonnie North

"I just want to say that I have been very impressed with everyone at Shorewest, both during the purchase of my property and with my (sometimes incessant) questions afterward.  Jim Schleif, in particular, has been extremely responsive, professional, and forthright since the day we met him and he is an incredible ambassador for your brand.   Everyone there has been great to work with and I just want you to know how much my wife and I appreciate it."
--Brandon and Jennifer Krajewski

"In the world of real estate brokers you're unforgettable, Jim. A real star!"
--John and Jean Byrnes - Wauwatosa

"Jim was terrific.  He was very accessible and helpful."

"Jim is the best Realtor we have ever met.  He knows Milwaukee!! He Listens. He's professional, kind and amiable.  Shorewest is lucky to have him on their team!"
--Di and Jim Kerpan - Johnson Controls relocation 

"There is no way just any real estate team could've pulled this transaction off. I think most people would've given up due to the stress of the situation but not Jim Schleif and his team. It was all of your dedication, patience and persistence that pushed things through. Thank you!"
--Cynthia Caruso

"Jim Schleif was amazing and he made my home purchase and transition to Milwaukee a breeze!"
--Bridget Paskey

"We loved Jim. Wonderful and funny man."
--Jon Krueger

"Jim provided excellent advice. I didn't always follow it, but in retrospect I see that he was right."
--Heidi Cooper

"Jim is the best!"
--Elizabeth Brubaker

"Jim was great. He sold the house before it even went on the markt. What a professional!"
--Tomer Begaz and Michelle Caswell

"Jim and Anne went the extra mile to make sure the property sold!"
--Greg Plowe

"Jim and Anne were very helpful in talking through the process."
--Brian Hinshaw and Kirsten Lathrop

"Jim Schleif was great!"
--Joan Evans

"This is our second home we purchased with Jim. He's great!"
--Mike and Katie Janusz

"Jim is a skilled professional who taught me the importance of maintaining good humour and staying calm through adversity."
--Bobbi Peckarski

"Jim and Anne were both amazing and patient throughout our journey!"
--Chris and Jeanine Meyer

"Jim is very friendly and willing to help!"
--Michael Draeger and Laura Miller

"Jim and Anne were very helpful and comforting in this uncomfortable period in my life which made the sell less painful!"
--A happy client!

"Jim Schleif provided excellent service throughout the process."
--Randall and Lisa Chapin

"Jim Schleif and Anne Jorndt were awesome!"
--Pat and Jim Fetherston

"Jim and Anne and team went above and beyond to make the closing on the correct date happen. Saved me from a real nightmare! They kept me up to date with everything throughout the process. Exceptional service."
--Tim Schalm

"Jim and Anne were great! They had a ton of knowledge of the area and made the house hunt fun!"
--Mac and Paru

"Jim sold my home in under 2 weeks! In this economy, I was worried about selling it and he did an amazing job getting it ready for listing and then marketing it right. He's professional, honest, high energy and fun to work with. I'm so grateful for how he handled the sale to make it go smoothly to closing."
--Faith Mondry

"Jim sold our house in 2 months when every other house in our neighborhood sat on the market. We will never buy or sell a house without Jim Schleif."
--Carl and Eileen Cahill

"Jim and Anne were great to work with. it is normal to have issues but the manner in which the problems were handled were fast and professional. It's always a pleasure to work with Jim."
Rose LeMoine, Bauman Realty

"From the moment Jim returned my call, I have been nothing but pleased with him, Anne Jorndt and Shorewest. Jim followed through on every detail. He was honest, open and calmed me when I worried! Jim and Shorewest made this emotional process so carefree!"
--Laura Klug

I was very satisfied with Jim at all phases of selling my home. He not only counseled me but was very informative and always there for me. Anne was great too!
Jayne Ratkovitch

Jim, We just can't express how thankful we are for all your help and friendship. You have been tremendously helpful in the search and closing of our new home.
Mary and John Schindler - Brookfield

It was a true pleasure working with Jim and Anne. Great examples of professionalism in every respect.
--Pat Mullikin, Broker, Keller Williams Realty

Jim Schleif and Anne were always available and easy to work with. They are very helpful and a real asset to your company!
--Cele Stepke, Broker, Coldwell Banker

I just knew the day Jim called me back he was the one I wanted to work with! I can't thank him enough. I will miss him!
--Laura Klug

Jim did an excellent job! He and his assistant Anne were extremely helpful in getting the property ready for sale and keeping me informed.
---Tricia Knight on behalf of the Estate of Leonard Levine

Jim Schleif was responsive, well informed...top notch. Without the help of Jim Schleif, this transaction would not have closed!
--Bruce Nemovitz, Broker, Realty Executives Integrity

This was the most difficult sale of the five I've been through in my life but Jim managed to navigate us through it with professionalism and grace.
--Herb Heneman

Jim is amazing! I so enjoyed working with him. He is the most fun and professional agent I have worked with.
--Faith Mondry

It was an absolute pleasure to work with Jim.
--Lauren and Jim Sheriff

I greatly appreciated all that Jim and his assistant Anne did to get us through closing.
--Tom and Anne Bizzaro

Jim and Anne made the home buying process low stress.
--Matt Copps

Jim Schleif and Anne Jorndt are very fine professionals. It was a great experience to buy my house with them.
--Greg Hege

Jim was great, he walked us through every step of the way.
--Cheryl Lehman and Melissa Macias

Jim is so organized, such an agreeable personality. It was a pleasure to work with him.
--Alice Bush, Realty Executives

Jim rocks. This is the second home we have bought and sold with him.
--Jenny and Justin Swenson

We really enjoyed working with Jim and were very satisfied with the way everything was handled. I was nervous about buying a house and thought it was going to be a very complicated process, he made it a lot of fun and much more simple than I thought. I will recommend him to anyone buying a house in Milwaukee.
--Jake Heiligenthal

Service was outstanding! Jim was well organized and always available to answer questions.
--Robert Little

Jim was helpful, honest and patient and helped work through many challenges. I always knew as much as Jim because he did a great job communicating. It was a difficult closing but he was again helpful and patient and we got through it.
----Susan McBeth

Jim's knowledge, time and sense of humour have made the process so enjoyable. We are so grateful for all he has done!
---- Clients Chris and Laura

Jim made me feel very comfortable in making a huge decision. I never felt like I was in this alone and appreciate all his work and patience along this bumpy road! I would recommend Jim to any of my friends and would be happy to work with him again on my next move...hopefully not for a while though!
---Client Susan McBeth

Jim Schleif rocks! So does Anne!
---Jennifer Bolger

I loved working with Jim and Anne. He was very responsive to my needs and (as a buyer's agent)I felt he was on top of putting my best interests in front of the sellers' at all times. As a first time homebuyer, Jim took a lot of time to discuss each and every point and put me in touch with qualified and professional contacts to assist in the many phases of buying a home.
---Diane Edwards

Jim was very helpful, pleasant and efficient. He was always available for questions or concerns.
---Client, Jennifer Campbell

Jim and his assistant Anne were always there to answer any concerns or questions that arose. Jim did above and beyond what is expected and did an outstanding job getting this deal done.
--Paul Bastian, First Realt GMAC

We were extremely happy with Jim. We had a lot of fun buying our home!
--Wade and Kate Koehler

Jim went above and beyond the call of duty.
--Andy Wiegman

Jim Schleif and his associate Anne Jorndt were an absolute pleasure to work with. I would thoroughly enjoy working with them again. - Wendy Wagner, First Weber Group

Jim was extremely knowledgeable and helpful, Anne, Jim's partner was also helpful. Both were very professional, I will recommend them to others.
-Lindsay Cano

Jim Schleif and Anne Jorndt were terrific to work with! They went above and beyond to find us the right home!
-Keith Brown and Larry Lakin

"Jim was so helpful and made the home buying process a lot easier. He was always following up and easy to get a hold of. He was also so knowledgable about the market!"
-Anthony Buss and Heather Baker

"Jim was great, he took the time to explain everything and stopped if we had any questions. We wish all the realtors were as thorough."
- Clarence and Theresa Zelinski

"Jim was the BEST realtor! He absolutely knew the city and really took my needs and desires into account. I am recommending that my company's relocation department use him for future transactions."
- Charese Woods, Kohl's Department Stores

"Jim was outstanding. I was out of state when my offer was being put together and he had to walk me through unfamiliar territory, long distance."
-Diane Bacha

"Jim made us feel like we were his only clients. He made time when we needed it and he made the process FUN! He was very patient with walking us through the buying process and answering all of our questions."
-Diane Eisold and Gary Philippi

"My house sold in ONE DAY! The preparation done in advance of the open house helped sell it fast."
-Kay Gebhart

"Absolutely, I would recommend Jim Schleif to anyone and have already sent him referrals. Jim's greatest strength is his efficient, awesome customer service!"
- Diane Eisold

"I had complete confidence in Jim's organizational and marketing skills to make sure my home sale would go through on the best terms. But it was Jim's common sense and people skills that were most valuable to keep the sale on track when the inevitable complications arose. Thanks Jim!"
Patrick Walsh, Bayside.

"The Milwaukee Women's Center had the pleasure of working with Jim on the sale of a commercial real estate property. His professionalism, knowledge, and personal attention contributed to the success of this sale. Thank you, Jim, for a job well done!"
Carey Tradewell, Milw. Women's Center, President & CEO

"Excellent attention to detail. Really easy to work with. He always had our best interests at heart. He sold our house for $40,000 over asking in one day! We had an excellent experience."
- Susan Fay

"Very good communication and fun to work with!"
- Teresa Coughlin

"Jim Schleif was very efficient, polite, friendly, and helpful. I would recommend him highly."
- Brenna McGee

"Jim Schleif has been the greatest Realtor® we have had the privilege to work with. He is and will be our agent for life."
- Farhad Farzinnia & Parvin Ataee.

"Very professional and knowledgeable. Always promptly returned calls and kept me advised of our progress."
-Andrei Junge.

"Jim has a wealth of knowledge. He made us feel at ease about buying our first home."
- Patrick & Val Peterson

"Jim was outstanding, very patient, and helpful."
- Tim Crockett & Karen Godfredsen

"Jim really does his research. He finds out what his clients needs are so he utilizes his customers time well. He asks the right questions and gets to know his clients. He's dedicated & hardworking. Pretty amazing!"
-Mary Bowers

"Jim really knows the Milwaukee market. He's a great advocate for his clients and lots of fun to work with."
- Melissa & Erick Ugland.

"I could not imagine being more satisfied. Jim made it very easy on me, - a first time home buyer, and I was amazed at how smoothly it went".
- Michelle Friebel

"I especially appreciated Jim taking care of my lawn and leaves before the open house and again before closing when I was overwhelmed with other tasks."
- Carol Nikolaus

"Jim was competent and professional and always found answers to my questions, and kept very close communication. As the 23 year owner of a home I still loved, selling was often an emotional ride. Jim was the perfect navigator, leading me through this journey - to a happy ending. Well done Jim!"

"Jim was very creative, enthusiastic, and thourough. Jim followed up on every open house and showings. I have already referred a few potential buyers to Jim."
- Kevin Baldwin & Jerold Fox

"The level of service I received from Jim was unparallel. Having to purchase a home while stil living in New York went incredibly smooth due to Jim's attention and assistance. Jim is the most attentive, friendly, and courteous person I have dealt with in a while. His friendliness and enthusiasm helped me in making my decision to move to Milwaukee. I figured if there were more people like him there, this would be a great place to be."
-Jenny Kim

"Jim's services were exemplary; I can't imagine what he could have done to make this transaction smoother. The services were uniformly excellent."
-Kelly C. and Cynthia G. Shaw

"Jim provided excellent service during this transaction. We were also very impressed with his efforts on the marketing materials. He was a pleasure to work with."
-Jenny and Dan Basile

"I LOVE Jim and would work with him anytime!"
-Ami Bedi - Owner of Dancing Ganesha Restaurant

"Jim knew exactly what to do to make someone fall in love with our house. We didn't know on our own and couldn't figure it out. We usually don't do "business" with good friends (Jim is our good friend) but there is no doubt will VERY HIGHLY recommend him to family and friends. He's THE BEST!"
-Ruthie Lombardo Haase and Glen Haase

"Jim was thorough, fair, knowledgeable, realistic (and FUN!). We would highly recommend him again. Jim handled a very challenging buyer with diplomacy and grace. He really went the extra mile to get little details handled."
-Juli and Mike Kaufmann

"Mike and I appreciate your generosity for the beautiful serving tray and for the excellent work you did in helping us with the sale of our home! Warm regards - "
Lynn Sprangers and Mike Gousha

"A very special thank you to Jim Schleif and Mary Weissler for all their help. The service was very good."
Lonija Staks

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