Arla Unwin Real Estate Team
Arla Unwin - Baird & Warner Real Estate Agent

Arla Unwin

Broker Associate

Arla (Lerman) Unwin has been a licensed residential real estate professional since 2001 and makes real estate her full-time career. Raised in Skokie, Arla spent a lifetime on the North Shore and the North Side. She brings years of corporate experience in sales and marketing, project management and business consulting to every deal, and is dedicated to providing professional, unsurpassed client service.

Because of her commitment to superior service, Arla has been a consistent top producer, with a practice based primarily on past client referrals. Her clients know her to be a trusted advisor who always has their best interests at heart.


As a seller’s agent, Arla is a creative marketer and aggressive negotiator. To each listing, she brings unique pricing and marketing strategies including in-depth analysis of the current market and engaging and well-placed collateral, as well as her expertise and experience from prior listing successes. Arla earned her Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) designation, a credential held by few of her colleagues.


As a buyer’s agent, Arla listens carefully to her clients’ wants and needs. She blends strong market knowledge with her special gift for matching clients with their ideal home. Arla holds an Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) certification and loves to educate and work with first-time homebuyers.


The key to Arla’s success is communication. Whether you are in the market to sell or buy a home (or both!), Arla is in touch with you all the way home.

Arla’s Commitment to You:

  • Treat you, your home and/or your real estate dreams with the utmost respect
  • Assist you in all the aspects of buying and selling, and expertly manage your transaction from start to finish
  • Stay in touch with you whether delivering good news or not-so-good
  • Formulate a strong negotiation strategy to get you the value you deserve
  • Bring my “real estate concierge” concept to your transaction – maintain a team of proven experts to serve your needs, including real estate attorneys, mortgage brokers, title services, home inspectors, home stagers, clutter-busters/professional organizers, estate sale managers and more
  • Continue to educate myself on our local market, current real estate laws and regulations, national trends and news
  • Pursue new certifications and qualifications that will provide me with the most up-to-date knowledge to best assist you

Some of Arla’s clients say:

"I interviewed 3 agents in the area, and I found Arla to be the most responsive and helpful."


"(Arla) gives you space when you need it, and she was there when we needed her. My whole family

knows her now, so she'll definitely get more business from us."


"Ms. Lerman (Unwin) is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She was with us every step of the way –

going above and beyond."


References Eagerly Provided Upon Request


  • B&W President's Club
  • BA
  • CNE - Certified Negotiation Expert
  • e-Pro
  • eTeam Agent - Evanston


  • English

Reviews on Zillow

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"Arla Unwin's failure to communicate all the details of a counteroffer resulted in killing a real estate deal. She negotiates via text message rather than taking the time to place a call or send an email to the other party's broker. And then she does not carefully read the text messages, resulting in missed information. When making one of the biggest purchases of your life, a home or condo purchase, you expect the broker representing you to be a lot more careful and diligent. Arla is sloppy about the details, and the details mean everything!"


by Louise

"Arla is a gem! She patiently listened to our needs and wants as we shopped in a very specific area in a very tight Evanston market and then expertly guided us through our purchase once we found the perfect fit. Arla has excellent contacts with some of the best mortgage brokers, attorneys and inspectors, making the process smooth and easy. We highly recommend Arla Unwin."


by Rebecca Weston

"Arla was wonderful to work with. She is knowledgeable in all areas of the buying/selling process and is very patient and positive while being a strong negotiator. Working with her was a great experience and she has excellent contacts with mortgage brokers, attorneys and inspectors. Every detail was handled with care. I highly recommend Arla Unwin."


by clmiller5

"Very prompt and communicative, Arla was very helpful as my husband and I purchased our first home. She listened closely to our wants and must haves and found us a condos that had everything on our list."


by zuser20140228071303964

"Arla was very responsive and patient with our needs. We appreciated many things, but honesty was critical on what to fix in our house prior to listing, looking at comparables and what to expect throughout the process. We would recommend to buyers or sellers and will be enlisting her help when we look to buy again! You will not be disappointed and will appreciate her expertise!"


by stacey davenitka