1875 N. Damen Chicago, IL 60647
As a founding member of @properties, Craig embraces the energy and enthusiasm that embodies the @properties brand. His prior work experience as a broker at Merrill Lynch has prepared him well for his past 8 years as a Realtor. Whether helping a buyer navigate through the financing and mortgage process, educating a buyer on the technical aspects of a home inspection, instructing a seller on staging techniques or just bringing a higher level of professionalism to the real estate industry, Craig incorporates effectiveness and passion with each client. He takes great honor and pride in his role of assisting buyers and sellers in what will probably be the largest monetary transaction they will ever make. His patience with each client underscores his desire to ensure complete satisfaction with every transaction. He understands his role is not just unlocking a door or driving a client around a given neighborhood. Rather, it sometimes involves being a problem solver, a negotiator, an interior decorator, a housekeeper, a concierge, a landscaper, an analyst, and most importantly, an accomplished real estate professional and friend. He understands that his role in real estate is not that of a "salesman" but that of a "consultant." He further recognizes that in the commoditized field of real estate, consistency, sincerity, integrity, patience and dedication to each client are what matters. No matter the size of the contract, each client is treated with the same degree of reverence. Craig is not in the business of transactional sales, but rather, he takes pride in building relationships with each client. Over 95% of his business is referral-based. Craig not only represents you as your Realtor. Ultimately, he typically becomes a good friend.
Despite the recent decline in the real estate market, Craig has been able to navigate through the changing real estate landscape by representing & closing over $32 million in real estate sales over the past 4 years. In 2009-2010, Craig closed almost $14 million in sales volume placing him well within the top 5% of all Chicago agents. He does all of this on his own with no team or in-experienced staff beneath him. This individual approach ensures you will always deal directly with Craig and will not be passed off to someone else. While the company name behind the agent is a vital consideration, the ultimate question a real estate consumer must ask is "Am I comfortable with and do I trust my agent?" This idea is underscored by his past clients' testimonials (a few of which are included below).
With that said, by working under the @properties umbrella, the fastest growing and now largest real estate company in Chicago, potential seller's can be assured of not only the most effective, but also the most innovative marketing in the industry. This cutting edge approach is what attracted Craig to @properties and is what will keep him with the company.
Craig has lived in Chicago for over 13 years in the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods and now resides in Bucktown. He takes great pride in his home and his garden, which is featured in the annual Bucktown Garden Walk. He graduated from University of Illinois on a Chick Evans caddy scholarship and was a member of the Varsity Golf Team. His degree in Finance and Economics aid in his analysis of data and his appreciation and understanding of building and interior design are valuable assets to clients as they select or sell their property. Having completed 12 consecutive Chicago marathons, his training runs have brought him a distinct knowledge of many of Chicago's neighborhoods. As an avid traveler, he has visited all fifty states. It is through this travel that Craig has reinforced his belief that Chicago is the best city in the country. He is eager to utilize his knowledge and affinity for Chicago in helping you with all of your real estate needs.
"Craig is truly exceptional. We were referred by a friend and were already recommending Craig to others before the ink on our deal was dry. There were many odd and complicated aspects of our deal, and Craig was there to help us understand and navigate every step. We trust him, he's insanely knowledgeable, and has now continued to be a great help by recommending some excellent contractors for projects around the new place! On top of it all, he is just friendly and fun and easy to be around. I have heard (and had) endless nightmare stories about various realtors and it was truly a relief to have found Craig. You cannot go wrong with him. THANK YOU for everything!"
- Anna S.
"Craig was an excellent agent and I would, and have, recommend him to anyone searching for a new home. He was extremely professional and knowledgeable about every step of the process. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase and cannot thank Craig enough for his assistance."
- Christy P.
"Very personable, easy to contact, always responded in a timely manner."
- Nick G.
"I could not be more pleased with Craig's assistances in selling my condo. It was just two and a half years before that he helped me buy the very same condo. I trusted him to buy it sight unseen. When I accepted a new job and learned that I would be relocating out of Chicago, Craig was the first call I made. Not only to share the good news, but to once again ask for his assistance. After he walked me through the process and we got all the paperwork completed, I went on vacation in the remote area of Northern Namibia, Africa. With no access to the outside world, I was completely confident that Craig would take care of everything. When I returned 16 days later, my condo was sold. It could not have gone more flawless. Within days of my return to the States, I was off to my new job and could not be in Chicago for the closing or to meet the movers, once again Craig stepped in and handled everything. I could not be happier with the great job he did."
- Darren P.
"I would definitely recommend @properties and specifically Craig Isacson as an agent for anyone looking to sell or buy in the future. Throughout the entire process Craig had a great attention to detail, communication, and was very professional. Thank you!"
- Janeen K.
"Top notch. Understands the market, pricing, negotiations and follows up."
- P. M.
"Craig did an outstanding job during the entire process. His team clearly explained @properties philosophy at our initial meeting. He then followed up with a comprehensive market analysis on our condo to help establish a price point. Prior to listing, a wonderful portfolio on our condo was presented for review.The condo listed and we had numerous showings within the first 2 weeks. One of those resulted in an offer, which Craig helped us through the negotiation and ultimately, a contract. He then followed through prior to the close, working with the buyers agent, my attorney and us to consummate a smooth closing.He did a great job and would highly recommend Craig and @properties for any property sale or purchase."
- J. S.
"Craig was a great agent! He was super patient and knowledgeable and made the home buying process very smooth. I'm impressed with his professionalism and reputation in the field. We went to a few open houses without him and all of the agents had nothing but great things to say about Craig. I would use Craig again in the future and plan on recommending him to all of my friends and family."
- C. S.
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