BTW, I don't even know what "connected" means or why it matters. Everyone has access to the same information today and the real question is how do they use it.
You might also want to find out if they share their commission with you. For instance, depending upon your price point that could be worth thousands of dollars to you at closing. Also, find out how busy they are because if they're too busy it doesn't matter how good they are.
If you would like to discuss you can call me at 312-738-0232.
Manuel L. Brown, Broker
1225 W Morse Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60626
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Not sure I would put much faith in various ratings/reviews/testimonials etc as you never really know the source. I never have asked past clients to make a 'review' etc. I have always thought it to be rather rude and unprofessional to ask such things.
Since you have bought/sold before I assume you did not think much of the agents you used. Perhaps ask family/friends/coworkers for references.
It just so happens I believe I'm the Realtor you're looking for! Didn't mean to make that sound cheesy but I live in the Near West side (West Loop/Fulton River District) and have lived here and become an expert in the neighborhood (and do to proximity the Near North neighborhoods) for the past five years. Outside of real estate my hobby is scouring the news and real estate blogs to learn anything and everything that is going on regarding new construction, proposed construction and even newly sold listings and new restaurants. I want to tell you if you like a condo across the street from a parking lot that there are X plans for that lot and how it can impact you for the good or bad. When I work with buyers I'm extremely picky with what I send to you as options - I'm not one of those Realtors who sends you 100 options for the sake of having options...that doesn't work for me. When I set up your custom search on the MLS I only send you listings that I feel would work for your lifestyle NOW but also in the future when it comes time to re-sell or rent out your home. After all, I want you to be happy with the work that I've done so you come back to me to re-sell or rent out your home and I don't want a dud of a place to work with. It's a bit harsh sounding but when you think about it it makes sense.
The first step that I take is for us to meet at my office for a sit down meeting. At this meeting I want to go over your expectations, what you've experienced in the past and what you're really looking for in this new search. I also want to pick your brain about things that you really like or gravitate towards in a home and even what you don't like. Once that's started I would require a pre-approval in order to go out and view your favorite listings! Pretty simple.
Feel free to call or email me today and I would be happy to chat.
618 W. Fulton | Chicago, IL 60661
309-269-3499 CELL | 773-305-0480 FAX
It sounds like you need a team that can handle all the steps and make sure you get the best deal. I suggest you give Scott Newman a call, he is my managing Broker and we work as a team. You can reach me at 773-627-7608 or Scott at 847-894-5773. You can also visit our website so you can see that we don't only know about real estate but Chicago in general. http://www.newmanknowschicago.com
The best listing agents are not typically the best buyer's agents. So keep that in mind as you are interviewing agents. FYI, My niche is dog friendly condos and townhomes in east Lincoln Park.
But don't discount the agents who may not do the huge multi-million numbers every year. There are some outstanding agents at all levels of production.