Buyers and Sellers Agent (13 years experience)

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

Team reviews

We used Sam as our agent for the recent sale of our Bucktown home. We interviewed a number of agents before deciding to go with Sam. Sam blew us away with his professional manner, his responsiveness and flexibility, and his deep knowledge of the real estate market. When we had our initial meeting with him, he showed an immediate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our home in terms of marketability. When we discussed our initial market price with him, he gave us his realistic assessment of where we should start out but without being aggressive or pushy about keeping the price low. He was willing to go into the market at the higher price that we wanted to. He also gave us great ideas for what updates we should make before marketing the house and what things we should leave as is. Sam was in constant contact with us throughout the sale process. He would answer all texts, calls and emails promptly. We had to sell at a time when the market is typically less active (winter time) due to our relocation from Chicago for a new job. We were apprehensive about this, but Sam made the entire process so much less stressful. His marketing of the house was excellent and he generated a great deal of buzz for the house before we put it on the market, ensuring that we had tons of showings very quickly. He always provided us with prompt feedback on each potential buyer who came through - what they thought of the place, what their situation was, how interested they were, etc. He even went the extra mile on multiple occasions. For example, we had an old elliptical that we were unable to move to our alley before our first showing. We warned Sam about it and he somehow picked it up and moved it there himself! After we relocated, Chicago was hit by a huge snowstorm. We asked Sam if he knew anyone that we could hire to shovel our front walk and the stairs to our front door. He cheerfully went over and did it himself that same day. In the end, our house went contingent after only 3 and a half weeks on the market and at a price we were very happy with. Sam was an excellent negotiator and advisor at this stage of the process as well, and the lead-up to closing could not have gone smoother. If you want a real estate agent that is super responsive, extremely knowledgeable and a canny negotiator, with excellent connections for service people, attorneys, etc., Sam is your guy. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He was fantastic.

  

04/05/2015 - MikeP278
Sold a Single Family home in 2015 for approximately $750K in Bucktown, Chicago, IL.

We used Sam as our agent for the recent sale of our Bucktown home. We interviewed a number of agents before deciding to go with Sam. Sam blew us away with his professional manner, his responsiveness and flexibility, and his deep knowledge of the real estate market. When we had our initial meeting with him, he showed an immediate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our home in terms of marketability. When we discussed our initial market price with him, he gave us his realistic assessment of where we should start out but without being aggressive or pushy about keeping the price low. He was willing to go into the market at the higher price that we wanted to. He also gave us great ideas for what updates we should make before marketing the house and what things we should leave as is. Sam was in constant contact with us throughout the sale process. He would answer all texts, calls and emails promptly. We had to sell at a time when the market is typically less active (winter time) due to our relocation from Chicago for a new job. We were apprehensive about this, but Sam made the entire process so much less stressful. His marketing of the house was excellent and he generated a great deal of buzz for the house before we put it on the market, ensuring that we had tons of showings very quickly. He always provided us with prompt feedback on each potential buyer who came through - what they thought of the place, what their situation was, how interested they were, etc. He even went the extra mile on multiple occasions. For example, we had an old elliptical that we were unable to move to our alley before our first showing. We warned Sam about it and he somehow picked it up and moved it there himself! After we relocated, Chicago was hit by a huge snowstorm. We asked Sam if he knew anyone that we could hire to shovel our front walk and the stairs to our front door. He cheerfully went over and did it himself that same day. In the end, our house went contingent after only 3 and a half weeks on the market and at a price we were very happy with. Sam was an excellent negotiator and advisor at this stage of the process as well, and the lead-up to closing could not have gone smoother. If you want a real estate agent that is super responsive, extremely knowledgeable and a canny negotiator, with excellent connections for service people, attorneys, etc., Sam is your guy. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He was fantastic.

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Response from Sam on 04/08/2015

Hi Mike and Sarah- I know you both had a lot on your plate and it was my absolute pleasure to make sure that you didn't have to worry about getting your house sold. Thanks for taking my advice on the staging and allowing me to run consistent open houses until we found the perfect buyer. All the best to you and your beautiful family. Best, Sam

 

  

03/23/2015 - lisaonlake
Bought a Condo home in 2015 in Palmer Square, Chicago, IL.

Sam was a real partner in our search and purchase process. He clearly understands the character and amenities of Chicago's neighborhoods. We found his style a great match for us, as he seems to know the right balance between listening and advising. Sam is well networked, and ultimately a great guy to work with.

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01/28/2015 - user73339301
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Sheffield Neighbors, Chicago, IL.

Sam is great! We couldn't ask for more from an agent in looking for a new home. He impressed us with his quick follow-through and his knowledge of the market. He has referred us knowledgeable and responsive service providers in all the areas we needed, from a contractor to help us redesign the new kitchen to closet organizers to audio specialists; he seems to have a connection for everything. He has made the process seamless and as painless as possible. We are very pleased with the service Sam has provided us.

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01/27/2015 - brenton kraemer
Bought a Single Family home in 2015 in Logan Square, Chicago, IL.

Sam is the best. Hands down. We are still blown away by his his level of expertise, professionalism and knowledge about the Chicago area, and the overall home buying process. We were referred to Sam through a mutual friend and were instantly impressed by his quick responsiveness and desire for us to find the perfect property. He adapted to our specific needs very easily, and paid attention to what we desired to have in a home. He is very easy to contact both day and night, and will respond to your questions quickly. Sam knows what to look for during a property walk through, and what questions to ask to make sure that all of the important information is gathered so that there are no surprises. His explanation of the offering and closing processes were extremely helpful for first time home-buyers like us, and helped put our minds at ease. We will never use another agent, and would recommend Sam to everybody in the area.

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01/12/2015 - her1766
Sold a Apartment home in 2014 for approximately $425K in East Ukrainian Village, Chicago, IL.

Sam helped me with both the sale of my existing condo and the purchase of a new home. My existing condo, though in a great neighborhood, was a bit outdated. I didn't want to spend a lot of money changing things, so Sam helped me determine what I needed to do and worked very diligently on getting the property sold for a good price. He found me the perfect new place and really had my back while we were negotiating with a very difficult seller and realtor. I trust Sam implicitly, and I would recommend him to anyone who is buying or selling. He's also a nice guy and lot of fun to work with!

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Response from Sam on 01/14/2015

OMG, you were so amazing to work with. Thank you for being such a great sport with all of my staging suggestions. Also, we definitely got an amazing deal on your new home. The location and lay-out is just perfect and I couldn't be happier for you. Best, Sam

 

  

12/29/2014 - drew rosenkrantz
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $900K in Sheffield Neighbors, Chicago, IL.

Sam was great, took care of everything. Had the house looking great. We had multiple showings and offers. Beautiful pictures, listed, showings Sold!!! Thanks Sam

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Response from Sam on 01/14/2015

A few roller coasters on this deal with the first buyer backing out. However, we got it sold for more money the second time around which I couldn't be more thrilled with. Thanks for your trust and support!

 

  

12/02/2014 - AlissaLipsonJubelirer
Sold a Single Family home in 2014 for approximately $750K in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL.

Sam was awesome! He put together a great listing for us, with awesome pictures and sent it out to his network. We literally had one couple come through based on his connections, and they bought the house, without us ever having to list it on MLS. It could not have been an easier or more stress-free process for us, which was particularly important because showing a house when you have kids is always hard. We got a great price, and were able to get the flexibility we needed from the buyers for our move to a new house. We would not hesitate to recommend Sam to others!

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Response from Sam on 01/14/2015

I wish all deals could go this smoothly :-). It was great to be able to tap into my network of other top agents and share off market deals (aka pocket listings). Not only did we get your house sold for a great price, I didn't have to disrupt your home environment, especially with the new addition to the family. Thanks for being so amazing guys!

 

  

12/01/2014 - jubelirer
Sold a home in 2014 in Humboldt Park, Chicago, IL 60622.

Sam was great. He is clearly well connected as he got us into a house that wasn't even on the market yet and sold our house before it went live on the MLS. We got both deals done quickly and at the prices we wanted. He helped us walk through our decision-making and the overall process. Sam was available at all times and very responsive. I would work with him again in a heartbeat.

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Response from Sam on 01/21/2015

I can't wait to see how the renovation turned out. I hear it's absolutely amazing. You scored one of the best locations in all of Lincoln Park and an unbeatable price. So happy for you and your family

 

  

11/07/2014 - anupsrivastava
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $150K in West Rogers Park, Chicago, IL.

Sam and Ben are a great team. Sam brings a ton of experience and shrewdness in negotiations. Ben brings his charm and enthusiasm. Both treated me as if I was their only client. They arranged everything (building managers' permissions, stager, lawyer) because I could not come back to Chicago once I left the city. The deal fell through once but they redoubled their efforts and got me an even better price. Highly recommended..

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10/29/2014 - zuser20140917135513903
Sold a home in 2014 for approximately $450K.

Sam was an ABSOLUTE pleasure to work with and is extremely knowledgeable and competent. Because of Sam's expertise, my town home was under contract two days after being listed on the MLS. Sam also assisted me in finding a place to rent in the interim, and that included streamlining a credit check for a lease application. As stressful as selling and moving can be, Sam was able to keep the stress levels to the "bare minimum." I have bought and sold real estate three times, and this experience was by far the easiest. I am looking forward to working with Sam on the purchase of next home in 2015, and I highly recommend him. Thanks so much, Sam!

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