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A lifelong resident of the Chicagoland area, BJ got involved in real estate when he went to work for a small, family run real estate company after graduating from Illinois State University (Go Redbirds!). During his time BJ learned everything from carpentry to plumbing to negotiating and analyzing current market value in detail. He initially received his appraisal license before becoming a real estate broker. He then worked for a large bank as a staff appraiser. After appraising a thousand or so properties in 3 years, he felt he needed more personal (people-oriented!) satisfaction from his career. So, BJ studied and obtained his Real Estate Salesperson license so he could help his clients achieve their dreams. Because of BJ's background as an appraiser with remodeling skills, he knows he can separate the good deals from the not-so-good deals.

As a lifelong resident of the area, BJ is familiar with most of the Chicagoland, but feels especially comfortable on the Northside of the city and in the near North and Northwest suburbs.

BJ's other interests include being a father ("love you, Elyse!"), improvised comedy, voiceover, cooking, meeting new people and going to concerts. BJ performed with the Playground Theater's member team "Cowlick" for over 6 years. Cowlick not only performed at the Playground but also at various theaters in the city, including, Second City and IO (formerly Improv Olympic) and comedy festivals as far away as North Carolina. BJ developed and honed his listening skills while onstage. Those listening skills are what he brings to every conversation he has with every client. Ultimately his strategy as a real estate professional is simple yet effective: "Listen carefully to your clients, adopt their needs and goals as your own and develop a plan to meet those needs and goals."
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$189,900
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$419,900
3 Bed / 3.0 Bath
$649,900
    Past Sales (49 all-time)
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    01/09/2014
    $205,000
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    01/08/2014
    $98,000
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    12/29/2013
    $270,000
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    12/29/2013
    $699,000
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    12/11/2013
    $169,900
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      Ratings & Reviews
      - Highly likely to recommend
      03/14/2014 - yojyo333
      Bought a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $350K in Albany Park, Chicago, IL.
      We found BJ because we were having the worst time with our first real estate agent, a guy who came highly recommended by a close friend. The agent didn't do a good job of letting us know what to expect, he was hard to get on the phone and was late to our first day of showings. We justified all these things by telling ourselves to take it easy and that this was probably just the way these things go. As these things continued I would find myself google searching things like "Am I calling my real estate agent to much" and "Am I annoying my real estate agent."

      During these searches I found BJ. I knew BJ from doing improv with him a few years prior. At the time I think he was working for a place that owned condos and he would fix any issues that would come up. I figured that would be extremely valuable when looking at properties.

      I decided to give BJ a call just to ask him some questions. We talked for about 15 mins and at no point did he try and influence me to switch agents. He just answered any silly questions I had and asked me how my life was going. By the end of that call I knew he was my guy. He gave me more information in that 15 mins than I had received in all the months prior.

      I called him back a day later and asked if he would help my fiancee and I find our new home.

      From day one he was everything we could ask for. He told us exactly what to expect and was there for us every step of the way. He made us so comfortable and was always available for us on the phone or through texts. We visited somewhere around 30-40 condos, multi-flats and single family homes during that time. During the visits if he saw something that he thought was a problem he would point it out, conversely if there was a property that was a good value he would let us know. He would never try and influence us into a property we weren't into and was patient with us until we found a place that we felt was perfect. When we did find our perfect home it wasn't easy to get. It was a foreclosure that was way out of our price range. Instead of trying to get us to buy it and go above our budget or just give up on this house, we decided to see if we could haggle and get the house for way under the asking price. I cannot believe it but it WORKED! We got our dream home within our budget with the help of the best real estate agent/friend in Chicago. He also set us up with amazing team of lawyers and mortgage lenders that made this scary process fun and easy to understand.

      We feel very lucky to have found BJ and hope others find him so they can make this important journey a wonderful and safe experience.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      12/21/2012 - leylafibi
      Bought a home in 2012.
      BJ is an honest person... He helped us purchase the house we were looking for many years. He always answer our emails very fast in the next five ten minutes. Very professional, knows the area and can get you the best deal out there.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      11/11/2012 - user083690
      Bought a Condo home in 2012 for approximately $225K in Uptown, Chicago, IL.
      BJ helped us purchase our first home, and we couldn't have asked for a better agent. We were impressed by his in-depth knowledge of the local market, responsiveness and friendliness. His insights were valuable while we weighing our different buying options. Overall, BJ made the purchase of our first home a great experience, and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home.  MoreLess
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      Organic Realty
      3659 N Kedzie
      Chicago, IL  60618
      Office:
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      02/27/2006
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