Testimonials

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Robinson Sarah Jane

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Mike. We first met with him approximately six months before we actually placed an offer on a home, and alerted him to the types of properties we would be interested in (new construction projects within our price range). Over the ensuing months, only two projects surfaced that met our requirements, and Mike scheduled times for us to meet with the listing agents to discuss the projects and attended the meetings with us. Since we were first-time homebuyers, he helped us identify the proper questions to ask and spot potential concerns and issues, and also helped us navigate the process. We weren't ready to take the plunge with the first home, and we almost passed up the second home as well, but Mike recognized that it was exactly what we were looking for and encouraged us to think further and consider our financing options, and now we live in that home! We put in an offer over the holidays. Despite the poor timing, Mike made himself available to help us negotiate the terms of our offer. We also spent considerable time on the phone while he patiently explained to us the pros and cons of our options. When we asked for his advice he gave it, but mostly he helped guide us in our own decision-making. Since it was a new-construction project, our ability to negotiate the terms of our deal was somewhat limited but Mike was not dissuaded - he pushed really hard for us and got us a great price on our new home, with upgrades and add-ons included. We had a long attorney review period with some difficult back-and-forth with the listing agent and the developer. Mike stayed on top of all parties and kept us informed of all developments. There were approximately four months between when our contract was signed and when we closed (while the home was under construction) and Mike was our number-one guy the entire time. Throughout this period we had several questions and issues that needed to be addressed by the seller, which proved to be an incredibly difficult process. Mike was relentless in his pursuit - he sent email after email and made countless phone calls until we had the information we needed. He also shielded us from much of the unpleasantness involved with this process, for which we were so grateful. Buying a home - particularly one under construction - can be very stressful, and Mike truly did everything he could to facilitate the process. When the time came to do walk-throughs and inspections, Mike was available and present at every appointment. We always appreciated and enjoyed his presence - he had great insights and is a pleasure to be around (funny, kind, level-headed, but knows when he needs to advocate for us and isn't afraid to do so). Mike also referred us to our real estate attorney, mortgage broker, and home inspector, all of whom were awesome throughout the process. He assembled a team of people who advocated for us at every step. Our situation was unique in that we didn't tour several homes on the market before buying, but I am confident that Mike would have been a great person to navigate this process. He is very responsive and easy to work with. He is knowledgeable about the real estate market in many of Chicago's neighborhoods. He finds the balance between acting as a voice of reason and a calming presence, but also will tell you when you're asking for too little, and will fight on your behalf. I have zero reservations about referring Mike - I hope to never move again (or at least not for a long time), but if/when we do, Mike's our guy.

Ferian Nickelson

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I worked with Mike to purchase my first home. He came by way of referral from a friend who had recently purchased his home with Mike. My immediate comment is, you'd be missing the opportunity to work with someone kind, professional, darn good at what he does, fully transparent, and extremely service oriented if you don't work with Mike. This is not an overstatement. Mike and his team were all of these and more. As a new home buyer, I didn't know the process, approach, and all of the moving parts of purchasing a home. This is where Mike came in and took the necessary time to educate me as well as introduce me to all of the team members (mortgage, legal, etc.) that needed to help us in this home purchase. These introductions were highly tailored to me. He put me in touch with those that had the wiring and chemistry to work with my personality (i.e. someone who needed an educational approach to understand the why behind what we did). His emotional intelligence to read me, what I needed, and the type of vendors/partners that suited my needs was very high. We worked as a team. Mike provided me with homes that fit my targets, and I too researched properties. Together, we narrowed in on the right fit for me. I think it is also important to note that Mike was fair in telling me when properties were over-priced, under-priced, required more work than what I was looking to do and so much more. He did not rush me, and instead, made me feel really comfortable about the purchase I made. I love my home! Mike also managed the process of closing like a true professional. We were on time, and he kept me out of the struggles of working with seller attorneys which in our case became unnecessarily difficult at the end of the process. In the end, I don't lend out my trust easily, and Mike has certainly earned it. As long as I am in this area, I will only work with Mike. I have referred Mike out to many others as well.I hope you have the opportunity I did to build a friendship with Mike and his team, as well as find your dream home.

Meghan

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My husband and I worked with Mike in the spring of 2013 when we decided to sell our condo in Chicago and move to Michigan on a relatively short time frame. Up until this point, all my experiences with real estate agents had been somewhere between horrible and mediocre, so I was dreading trying to find a new agent to help with the sale. A friend put us in touch with Mike and we were so happy to find that he not only seemed extremely knowledgeable and professional, he was also a really likeable person - very genuine and easy to deal with. I really appreciated the way that he advised us on his opinions and provided guidance but also was not too pushy and was open to letting us determine the route we wanted to take in terms of pricing our condo.Throughout the sale process, Mike went above and beyond for us. He made himself very available, even though it was a busy time for him, and always tried to be as flexible as possible when scheduling showings (working around our daughter's nap times, etc.). He's very trustworthy and was always considerate enough to let us know in advance if he would be out of town and to coordinate with us regarding which co-worker of his would cover showings in his absence. With all the real estate agents in Chicago, I felt so lucky that we connected with Mike and finally had our first good real estate experience. I highly recommend him! (Also, the photographer he worked with did an amazing job - I couldn't believe how great our place looked in the photos and online virtual tour!).

Buyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I recently had the pleasure of working with Mike Kelly to purchase my first home. He was referred by friends, and immediately got in touch with me to introduce himself and educate me in depth on the home buying process. He took time to explain each step of the process without being overbearing. Within the week I was already in touch with a mortgage company and looking at condos with Mike. We reviewed each property and he provided helpful and factual input without attempting to over influence my decision. When we discussed making an offer, I was confident it was the right decision. He guided me through appropriate counter offer and acceptance. In addition, Mike introduced me to his fantastic team who assisted me with getting approved for a mortgage loan and handled the legal side of things. Throughout the process Mike and his team were constantly updating me via text, call and email and we were able to close on our initially selected date. I could not be happier having worked with Mike and highly recommend him to my friends and to anyone looking to buy a home.

Ken Kravenas

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My wife and I decided to move to the suburbs of Chicago after having our first. We decided on a few towns and Mike did the rest. Mike was extremely professional and knowledgeable. He also spent a lot of time figuring out what we wanted. In fact we met with him in person to discuss what we were looking for before he ever started sending us listings. Mike also made us feel like we were his top priority. There were a few weekends in a row where Mike set up and accompanied us to showings. That meant a lot to us. Once we found a house that we liked, Mike was instrumental in the price negotiation and more. We were able to get the home for around 95% of list and well within our budget. We actual selected a home that we wanted to add another bedroom on. Before submitting an offer, Mike recommended a contractor to help us create a budget. We liked the contractor so much that we hired him to do the work! We would never have been able to get this house and make it our own without Mike's help. I have already recommended him to a number of friends!

Seller

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My experience with Mike was exceptional! From the very first phone call (which he answered on a Sunday, while on vacation!) to the marketing and every day dedication he put into my listing... My listing had multiple offers within a week of listing and I know this had everything to do with his efforts. Mike went above and beyond his call of duty even after the listing went under contract. He made sure to help me when needed since I was moving out of state and not around during a lot of the transition. He was there for me until the final moments of closing. I would recommend Mike in a heartbeat. I only wish I was still in Chicago so I could use him for my next purchase! THANK YOU MIKE!

Buyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mike helped me buy my first condo in Bucktown. It was a short sale which is never an easy process and in addition working with first time home buyers needed a lot of patience. He had his work cut out for him and of course we were buying right in the middle of a Chicago Winter. Mike made it easy, was always quick to respond with questions and would setup showings promptly. He also gave us good advice on what upgrades we should add on to ensure we sold our condo. When that time came around we had no problem selling the condo for decent return on our investment. Really enjoyed working with Mike and would highly recommend him.

Buyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ever work with someone and say to yourself I have no idea how they did it? I was not easy. A first time homebuyer, who looked at over 70 different homes, took 5 months before making a single offer, asked hundreds of questions and even had issues arise during the closing. Through it all - the patience, knowledge and professionalism Mike showed was exceptional. Mike genuinely cared about our search and wanted to help find us a home we would love. I am very grateful to have worked with Mike to have him on my team. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for a new home in Chicago.

Buyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My wife and I met Mike during a seminar Mike was hosting for first-time homebuyers. He was very knowledgeable and patient with everyone's questions. We liked him immediately and asked him to help us find our first home. We went through at least 15 homes and Mike always took notes on what we liked, didn't like, and continually honed our search until we found our current residence. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone who is new to the process of homebuying. We had a fantastic experience with Mike and look forward to working with him again when it's time to buy a new home.

Buyer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Mike is a terrific agent! His level of integrity and professionalism is incredible. Mike is a great agent because he is patient, kind and willing to explain any questions regarding the home buying process. It was a pleasure working with Nick. He made the home buying process enjoyable and painless. Mike was always prompt for showings and quick in returning calls and emails. I am so thankful to have had Mike to guide me through this process. I will definitely use Mike's services again in the future as well as refer him to others for services. Thank you Mike.

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