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Michael Kaufman

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15 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Broker, Law/Illinois (28 years experience)

Specialties:
Buyer's Agent,
Listing Agent,
Relocation,
Consulting

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Saying that Mike knows Chicago is an understatement. Michael "Mike" Kaufman wears many different hats and can be described as the "one stop shop" to contact in residential real estate. With 25 years of experience in residential real estate brokerage, he is an industry veteran with extensive knowledge of market and economic trends and is a licensed attorney with a great understanding of the entire contractual process. Mike has sold and developed over $200,000,000 of residential real estate in his career, yet remains completely committed to personalized, detail-oriented, efficient and honest customer service.

Mike received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1982 and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1985. While attending law school Mike worked in the insurance and property management division of Balcor/American Express. From 1985 to 1987 Mike worked in the marketing and private placement division of Realcorp, a residential real estate investment firm. In September 1987 Mike founded Bear Kaufman Realty, Inc., specializing in residential real estate brokerage in Chicago and the North Shore. Mike has won the Chicago Association of Realtors "Good Neighbor Award" twice for his own new construction developments in Chicago, including the "Skybox on Waveland," a state-of-the art, luxury three story building that offers rooftop and indoor viewing of Chicago Cubs baseball games directly across from Wrigley Field.

Mike wakes up every day happy and simply loves what he does. He has been known to throw fun parties for his clients at the Skybox on Waveland with its spectacular view of Chicago Cubs baseball. Mike has a strong network of reliable mortgage professionals, real estate attorneys, inspectors, movers, interior designers, handymen, plumbers and electricians he has personally vetted over the years. He is a natural connecter who has driven business to his clients and has even played matchmaker by setting them up on dates (one of his fixups led to two of his clients having a twenty year marriage with two children)! His hobbies include spending time with his family, exploring Chicagos restaurants with his wife (family motto is they will eat whatever does not eat them first), Bears games, movies, theater, creative writing and traveling.

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About Michael Kaufman: Saying that Mike knows Chicago is an understatement. Michael "Mike" Kaufman wears many different hats and can be described as the "one stop shop" to contact in residential real estate. With 25 years of experience in residential real estate brokerage, he is an industry veteran with extensive knowledge of market and economic trends and is a licensed attorney with a great understanding of the entire contractual process. Mike has sold and developed over $200,000,000 of residential real estate in his career, yet remains completely committed to personalized, detail-oriented, efficient and honest customer service.<p>Mike received his B.A. from the University of Illinois in 1982 and his J.D. from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1985. While attending law school Mike worked in the insurance and property management division of Balcor/American Express. From 1985 to 1987 Mike worked in the marketing and private placement division of Realcorp, a residential real estate investment firm. In September 1987 Mike founded Bear Kaufman Realty, Inc., specializing in residential real estate brokerage in Chicago and the North Shore. Mike has won the Chicago Association of Realtors "Good Neighbor Award" twice for his own new construction developments in Chicago, including the "Skybox on Waveland," a state-of-the art, luxury three story building that offers rooftop and indoor viewing of Chicago Cubs baseball games directly across from Wrigley Field.</p><p>Mike wakes up every day happy and simply loves what he does. He has been known to throw fun parties for his clients at the Skybox on Waveland with its spectacular view of Chicago Cubs baseball. Mike has a strong network of reliable mortgage professionals, real estate attorneys, inspectors, movers, interior designers, handymen, plumbers and electricians he has personally vetted over the years. He is a natural connecter who has driven business to his clients and has even played matchmaker by setting them up on dates (one of his fixups led to two of his clients having a twenty year marriage with two children)! His hobbies include spending time with his family, exploring Chicagos restaurants with his wife (family motto is they will eat whatever does not eat them first), Bears games, movies, theater, creative writing and traveling.</p>

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Buyer
03/02/2015
$464,000

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03/02/2015 - Buyer - $464,000

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Buyer
02/12/2015
$297,000

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Seller
12/09/2014
$325,000

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Seller
09/05/2014
$300,000

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Buyer
07/16/2014
$647,500

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Ratings & Reviews

Michael Kaufman helped me buy my first home. He is very knowledgable and experienced and was quick to asses my needs. He was very efficient through the house hunting period and never wasted my time. Showed me all the right places and was very informative.<br/><br/>Considering that this was my first time buying a home he was very patient and helpful in making me understand the process and connecting me to the right people. Michael connected me to my lender as well as the attorney for the contract negotiation and closing. Michael was involved in every step of the process and took care of everything from the get go.<br/><br/>Michael’s biggest asset is his immense experience in the real estate market and his connections. He stands by you through the entire process - from house hunting till the point you move. He is highly recommended.

  

02/22/2015 - zuser20140630064302216
Bought a home in 2014 in Lake View, Chicago, IL 60657.

Michael Kaufman helped me buy my first home. He is very knowledgable and experienced and was quick to asses my needs. He was very efficient through the house hunting period and never wasted my time. Showed me all the right places and was very informative.

Considering that this was my first time buying a home he was very patient and helpful in making me understand the process and connecting me to the right people. Michael connected me to my lender as well as the attorney for the contract negotiation and closing. Michael was involved in every step of the process and took care of everything from the get go.

Michael’s biggest asset is his immense experience in the real estate market and his connections. He stands by you through the entire process - from house hunting till the point you move. He is highly recommended.
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12/18/2014 - TomMcChicago
Sold a home in 2014 in Lake View, Chicago, IL 60657.

Michael Kaufman is a highly experienced real estate expert in the Chicago market. He quickly assessed our property and made very specific recommendations of enhancements necessary to achieve the desired purchase price. His negotiation skills in evaluating the buyer resulted in the maximization of value. He is highly recommended. The market is constantly changing and there is no substitution for dealing with a professional with over 25 years of experience in Chicago and a deep understanding of the neighborhoods.  More Less 

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10/23/2014 - sdraluck
Sold a home in 1997 in Bucktown, Chicago, IL 60614.

Michael was a pleasure to work with and I recommend him highly to anyone in the market to buy or sell. I have used him in two home sales and one purchase. He made the process easy and often even fun.

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