We found Vik through our research of the agents in the area and he met and exceeded our expectations (which were set high to begin with). He is a master of this trade and a great judge of character. Couple that with his enthusiasm and committment - you have an agent who secures an awsome deal for you, while you are 1000 miles away, provides the inspectors, the lawyers, the title company, and negotiates on your behalf.
My wife wanted to see every house in Chicagoland, while I had just a few criteria and no time to spare. Vik spent numerous hours with my wife and my family, doing the research, showing the houses, trying to understand exactly what we wanted. When he met with me, he showed me several select homes, got my feedback, and knew exactly what I was looking for, going forward.
Vik was on top of his game at all times. He was on top of the extensive research that my spouse conducted on each property including every MLS detail and public record available - no doubt we were the most painful customers to have. Unlike most agents, Vik wasn't doing this solely for commission - with his advice we ended up purchasing a more modest home, which is clearly a better strategy for us. Vik is not just a reliable, honest, and extremely competent agent, he became a friend.
I have dealt with a dozen real-estate agents in my life, and I would strongly recommend Vik over anyone else, hands down.