Any Realtors in Chicago burbs that have a significant amount of experience working with 1st time home buyers?

Asked by Kazz, 60068 Thu Jan 29, 2009

My wife and I got married in September 2008 and we currently rent a 2BR 1BA home in Park Ridge. Our lease is up in May 2009, and we can't wait to get the heck out of this rental house due to the negative experience with our current landlord. We are young professionals in our 20's with good credit, some money for a down payment, and are looking to buy our first home this spring.

We've been watching a lot of HGTV, and we came across Sandra Rinomato's Property Virgins. I almost purchased a nice condo in 2007, but was using an agent (friend of a friend) who left much to be desired. It was far from a positive experience, so we're looking for an agent like Sandra. We're looking to find an agent in the Chicago area who either specializes in, or has a significant amount of experience working with 1st time buyers. Knowledge of the cities of Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Wheeling, Glenview, Skokie, Niles, & Morton Grove would be very desirable. Thanks in advance!

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John Meyers, Agent, Park Ridge, IL
Tue Oct 6, 2015
Hello Kazz. I have helped many first time home buyers with the IL Smart Move 1% Down mortgage program. -- Although that program was phased out, there are various new IL programs just like it that my Wintrust broker knows inside and out. -- Most homes that you would qualify for are homes that are under $300,000 and have taxes that are under $6,000/year so you are looking in the right suburbs. --To learn more, just call me at 847-533-7115 or email Thanks, John
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Eric Egeland, Agent, Buffalo Grove, IL
Mon Jul 13, 2009
I'm a full time agent who works out of the Wheeling office.

I'm experienced in all the areas you are interested in & can definitely walk you through the process as a 1st time home buyer.

I'm probably a little late in answering this as you first posted the question in January...anyway, if you are still looking for an agent please contact me.

Eric P. Egeland
Broker Associate
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Michael Stan…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Tue Mar 17, 2009
I am a full time agent in Park Ridge who an help with your needs. I have a team of 3 people who can help in your search. Please contact me at your convenience to go over what you need and to start your search.
Thank you, Michael Stangel Keller Williams Realty Partners (773) 203 1559
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Brian Nygard, Agent, Des Plaines, IL
Tue Mar 17, 2009
Hi Kazz, Look no further if you are looking for a tech savvy hybrid Realtor. If you'd like to tell me a little more about what you are looking for (price range, areas, beds, etc) I'd be happy to email you the matching properties for the ones listed on the MLS. Simply let me know. Email anytime.

Feel free to start searching manually at one of the top websites for the area,


Brian Nygard
Chicagoland Residential + Commercial Real Estate Services

Cell/Text: (312) 217-8002
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Pam Daidone, Home Seller, Park Ridge, IL
Tue Mar 17, 2009
I have a 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath townhouse for sale in Park Ridge (Cumberland & Peterson) and would give you a great deal. Visit the website listed and give me a call if you are interested.
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Fri Jan 30, 2009
Are you ready to look at a few properties at least in your e-mail to get a feeling for what is out there?
I also have a really nice long right up for home buyers, that explains a lot of different issues and details you will come across the home search and it may answer many of your questions and concerns. I usually give it to my buyers when we first meet, they can read it at their leisure and ask me for clarification if they have additional questions. I have been told by my client buyers how helpful these are...
So let me know if you would want me to start e-mailing you properties at this time.
Once we meet you will get the nice right up that will include a lot of issues, disclosures, radon, mold, inspections etc.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Edith YourRealtor4Life! Century 21 SGR or
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Art Berkwitt, Agent, Park Ridge, IL
Fri Jan 30, 2009
Hi, I live in Des Plaines and my real estate office is on Busse Highway in Park Ridge. If you are still looking for a real estate professional I'd love to assist you. I do understand the whole experience of trying to find the right home at the right price can be a trying experience for anyone, but is even harder on 1st time buyers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you. If you let me know some basic information on what your requirements and wishes are I could at least set you guys up with an auto search from the mls on what's available. After that (If you see a few properies that you have an interest in), and want to proceed I'd be happy to work with you as a buyers agent.
Art Berkwitt
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Edith Karoli…, Agent, Winnetka, IL
Thu Jan 29, 2009
Hi you two!
I love to work with first time homebuyers.... because I like to introduce all the pro and cons to them, let them see at least on paper all that is available in their price range, decide together which ones to look at.....
I am very honest and straightforward giving you my input and my advice, at the end I want YOU the buyer to be the most informed and well educated buyer so that when you make the decision to make an offer on a property that you know why you like that one most....
I am very detail oriented and I listen to my clients' needs very carefully.

I have worked for over 10 years out of offices in Glenview and I cover all of the N and Northwest suburbs
which includes all of the suburbs you are mentioning in your question.... Depending on what type of property you intend to purchase, how large and what you preferred price range is, you will have better "picking" in certain suburbs than in others.... When buying a property and especially when buying your first property, you also want to think about resale in the future, so all the different thoughts and considerations I will present to you in the process of looking for the right properties for you.... We will start by YOU telling me what you are looking for, price range size and locations and type of home, I will e-mail you daily all available properties and we will discuss them, I can get you details on the ones you like and then we go from there....

I am a 30 + yrs resident of the Northshore and I know it truly well from Evanston to Park Ridge via Skokie Morton Grove to Glenview Northbrook, Winnetka, Wilmette, Highland Park, Mt. Prospect, Buffalo Grove,
Wheeling, Mundelein, lake Forest, Deerfield and everything inbetween.
And I am an 11 year veteran of the real estate industry --- hope to hear from you soon

Feel free to e-mail me directly either to or to
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Michael Stan…, Agent, Chicago, IL
Thu Jan 29, 2009
YES! YES ! YES! We can help you in your search. I manage a team of agents and we can help with your needs. Our office is in Park Ridge, and we serve the communities you mentioned. You can contact me at (773) 203 1559 or by email at to go over a game plan for you.
Thank you,
Mike Stangel
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Scott Epstein, , Crystal Lake, IL
Thu Jan 29, 2009
Hi Kazz,

We specialize in representing first-time home buyers. At least half of our client's are first-time home buyers and my partner/co-owner does a lot of business in Park Ridge and lives in the area as well. Feel free to contact him at or 312-217-8002. Also, feel free to visit our website which has some great information for first-time home buyers.

Scott Epstein
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Linda, , Cook County, IL
Thu Jan 29, 2009
Congratulations on you marriage! You most definitely want your first buying experience to be joyful and to go smoothly - I do have colleagues within Koenig & Strey who know those areas inside and out and who specialize in working with first time buyers. Please feel free to contact me via email or cell and I'll forward their names to you.
Linda Zielinski
847-456-3105 cell
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