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Alley Ballard
Realtor (12 years experience)
10 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting

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Top 5% Agents in Chicago :: Top 10% of Agents Nationwide

Exceptional service to both buyers & sellers :: Extensive knowledge of staging & design

Chicago native :: Single family homes, condos & investment property

Short Sales and Foreclosures :: Chicago & The North Shore

 

I was born in Chicago and raised in Evanston - I am a native. I graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with honors. Following college I started a successful run in film and television as a Set Decorator. Then, 10 years ago I branched out and started my own design company, focusing on the renovation of homes, from there I started my career in Real Estate.  Both earlier careers prepped me to excel when it comes to client expectations and service. I take this work ethic very seriously.

Since becoming a licensed agent, I have consistently been recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors as being in the top 5% of all Realtors in the City of Chicago.

As one of Chicago's top producing agents I understand market conditions and trends that can directly affect the sale or purchase of your home. 

As a buyer, you expect the best value when you purchase and as a seller you want the best price for your home. My approach is simple - I am knowledgeable, diligent and focused. I work until the job is done, understanding that complete client satisfaction is my goal. Because of this, I have built a 100% referral based business. My clients notice and appreciate my enthusiasm and diligence, and refer their friends and family.

When it comes to buying my clients want two things - a great value and a smooth transaction. I like to give my buyers a complete market overview while listening to what they want. I work tirelessly with buyers finding the right home. Not only a home they love, but a home that will be a solid investment in the years to come. As a top producer, I am privy to certain properties before they hit the market, giving my clients a better opportunity to find something great. I keep in touch after the closing with pertinent information like how to keep your taxes lower and home repair. Home buying can be scary whether it is your first home or your fifth, I like to make it as easy on my clients as possible. Since beginning my Real Estate career I have had multiple buyer's return to me to sell and buy again.

As a seller's agent I stand with you during what can be a very emotional process. I'm a seasoned agent with a history of positive results and a long list of satisfied clients who are happy to talk about their experience. I price my seller's property so it competes in today's market. In order to do this I stay active knowing current market conditions and sales.  This maximizes your profit while minimizing your sale time.  In any market it is important to set your property apart from the rest. In order to accomplish this, you'll want an agent with creative ideas and distinctive marketing materials. With a background in photography and interior design, I can help arrange and stage your home to sell. The process will be painless and profitable, that's my goal.

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    06/13/2014
    $510,000
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    Seller
    05/21/2014
    $245,000
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    05/14/2014
    $435,000
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    05/06/2014
    $151,500
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    05/06/2014
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      Ratings & Reviews
      - Highly likely to recommend
      05/14/2012 - user80912027
      Bought a home in 2011.
      I recommend Alley unconditionally. She provided complete transparency about the process, strong leadership/guidance throughout, and made every effort to understand and meet my needs. She is extremely professional, while also being authentic -- that combination was very important to me because I was a first-time buyer in this market and needed candid subjective input coupled with objective expertise on the market. A consultant who can do both well is hard to find. Most importantly, Alley was patient and embodied the \"consultative selling\" approach. In other words, she worked to understand what I needed and did whatever possible to try to help find a place that was truly for me.She never pushed an agenda or rushed decisions/outcomes. One thing that really impressed me about Alley was her calm demeanor,! patience in helping me through the process and ongoing communication. I always felt like i knew what was going on and what i needed to do throughout the process. And, I never felt pressure to do something I wasn't comfortable with or that i didn't understand. I think that was probably challenging since i was a first time condo buyer and there were all sorts of factors to consider in buying a condo (and I didn't know jack about this process before meeting Alley). Incredible! Finally -- she was able to hyper-expedite a closing -- in fact moved it up more than a week during the holidays which i consider nothing short of a Holiday Miracle. On a 10 point scale, Alley is a 1000! She's a star! Thanks Alley  MoreLess
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      05/13/2012 - user8416921
      Sold a home in 2011.
      Amazing! Alley is my go-to realtor in Chicago. She has a very honest approach and will tell you what you need to do to sell your home! The first friend I sent her way sold his place in one week at full price. My second referral was a lost cause - a two flat building in a neighborhood that had depreciated since they bought. Alley sold it in two weeks, setting the new bar for property in the neighborhood! Everyone I have ever referred to her has had an amazing experience.  MoreLess
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      05/13/2012 - user4586974
      Bought a Other home in 2009 in Edgewater Beach, Chicago, IL.
      I was lucky enough to meet Alley through a referral. Since that time I've referred Alley to many other friends. I'm completely comfortable recommending Alley to others as I truly found her to be exceptional in the expertise she brought to my experience of purchasing a new home.

      It may seem a but much that I marked every category above with the highest of ratings, but I thought of each of them and my experience with Alley, and each five-star rating is justified. She earned it.

      At every point of the process I felt that Alley had my best intentions at heart and I was grateful to have her "on my side." And she blew me away with her negotiating!
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      3101 N. Greenview
      Chicago, IL  60640
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