My specialty is helping people buy and sell condos, single family homes and multi-unit investment properties.
The City of Chicago is my focus. In addition to my Bucktown neighborhood, I'm active in Andersonville, Edgewater, Gold Coast, River North, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, the Loop including the South and West Loop, North Center, Uptown, West Town, Wicker Park. I also work in other neighborhoods including adjacent suburbs and the North Shore.
My real estate career began in 1996 after homebuilding and a sales management and marketing career with well-known residential building material manufacturers. Chicago's dynamic and innovative @properties has been my real estate home since 2007. My career sales exceed $150,000,000.
Nearly 100% of my business is by referral. My mission is to facilitate a sucessful purchase or sale in the most professional, smooth and enjoyable way possible. Clients' interests are always my primary concern--both during the transaction and well as after everyone leaves the closing table. My philosphy has always been "clients are for life, not a transaction" and, as a result, clients often engage my services multiple times as well as refer their friends.
Moving can be stressful, but my preferred team of professionals and service providers help make buying or selling go smoothly. Clients often tap into my team of attorneys, lenders, contractors, handymen, painters, landscapers, plumbers, HVAC contractors etc. even long after their transactions are complete. I personally know like-minded Realtors across the US and Canada, so clients have access to stellar real estate services outside the Chicago area.
Northwestern Ohio is where I grew up and I and graduated from Miami University (Ohio) with a BS in Business Administration. Chicago has been home since 1987. When not selling real estate, my hobbies include extensive travel, the outdoors, sailing, music and architecture. Bucktown is home for me and my rescued Lab, Riley.
Clients are saying:
"This is now the second home that Fred has helped us buy in the past 6 years. He is friendly and a pleasure to work with. He took the time to educate us on the entire process and was incredibly patient in helping us review countless properties. He didn't hesitate to steer us away from properties he knew wouldn't be consistent with our long-term needs and helped suggest neighborhoods/properties that he knew we'd come to value as our needs evolved down the road. His deep knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods, building codes, foundational and structural considerations really set him apart and make him an invaluable resource. Whether it's an initial showing, obtaining more information on a property, or placing an offer Fred's responsiveness is unparalleled. We are confident his negotiation skills on both the purchase and sale of our current home helped facilitate a better outcome than we would have achieved on his own. Finally, the depth and quality of his network of trusted paid off in all aspects of the process. Following the sale, Fred remains a wonderful resource for all things related to home ownership. If he doesn't know the answer, he knows someone that does. We always feel we can rest assured when working with Fred and recommend his services to anyone we know in the market!"
"Fred is AWESOME to work with. Very knowledgeable, organically discovers and understands your needs and priorities, and is just generally fun to be around! I would highly recommend him, whether you're buying, selling, or renting. You'll end up getting what you want AND making a new friend in the process."
"I recommend Fred Carmean as a real estate agent. He is honest. You can trust him. His recommendations are supported by experience, knowledge and research. He knows how to price property and market it. He won’t bullshit you; he tells it like it is. He held my hand every step of the way. He went out of his way to help me get things done. He made selling my condo painless and he found me a good buyer and it was sold and closed within six weeks. He staged it virtually and had pamphlets printed- all very professionally. He is a consummate professional. He is very responsive. No phone tag. He either picks up immediately or gets right back to you. He gives you feedback every step of the way. He explains everything. You’ll have to look far and wide for anyone better."
"Fred has been amazing to work with! He has helped us through 2 home sales, 1 home purchase, and most recently, finding a rental. He is friendly, professional, and incredibly responsive in all of our communication. I can't imagine going through any of these transactions without him!"
"Our experience listing our Andersonville condo on the rental market was the easiest, straightforward and stress free process thanks to Fred Carmean with @properties. Prior to listing, Fred evaluated our condo and walked us through the process step-by-step. His directions were clear, communication was always current and proactive and the end result... finding the perfect tenants & signing the lease in 5 business days! I highly recommend Fred for buying (yes, he was our realtor when we purchased our unit in 2013), selling and renting your property. Hands down the most professional, honest and hardworking realtor in Chicago."