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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.
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.
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.
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 My existing condo, though in a great neighborhood, was a bit outdated.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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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..
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!
Sold a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $325K in The Loop, Chicago, IL.
We went to Sam to sell our unique downtown condo after we had already moved out of it. I didn't know anything about what needed to happen in this market. I was up front with him that we would need a certain amount of "hand-holding," since we wouldn't be in Chicago. He was up for the challenge, and I'm so glad. He recommended a stager, who did a magnificent job, and we had an offer in a week. He made sure that the details of closing were smoothed out, so we didn't have to do anything. He just handled it for us. I'm very grateful for his knowledge and expertise, and for his willingness and good humor. Thanks, Sam!