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 12 years as a Realtor. Whether helping a buyer navigate through the financing and mortgage process, educating a buyer through 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 “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 is treated with the same degree of reverence. Craig is not in the business of transactional sales, rather, he takes pride in building relationships with each client. Over 95% of his business is referral-based. Ultimately, Craig not only represents you as your Realtor, 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 and represent & close over $27 million of real estate sales in the past 3 years. In 2009, Craig represented almost $9 million of 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 attached below)
However 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 the most innovative marketing in the industry. This cutting edge approach is what attracted Craig to @properties and is what will continually keep him with the company.
Craig has lived in Chicago for over 16 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 included in the annual Bucktown Garden Walk. He graduated from University of Illinois on a Chick Evans caddy scholarship where he also 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 15 consecutive Chicago marathons, his training runs have brought him a distinct knowledge of many of Chicago’s neighborhoods. 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 your real estate needs.
Clients are saying:
"Craig was amazing to work with through all stages of our journey to buying our first home. Craig is unique because he has a strong economics/finance background, a great reputation with other realtors in and out of @, and he's genuinely just fun to work with. Craig was a consultant and educator throughout our entire process, and we really felt like he was invested in us finding a condo in our budget that we would be proud to call home. Without hesitation, we share our highest recommendation of Craig Isacson!"
"Craig is amazing as a broker. He has so much knowledge about the market. It is more than just the selling, he is a one stop shop and can assist with everything you need from inspection to lawyers. He is patient and efficient, and I didn't question his work ethic once. He is without question one of the best people I have worked with, and his knowledge and passion for what he does is why I would recommend him to anyone!"
"Craig went above and beyond not once but twice for Dan and I to find a place to call home in Chicago. We are so grateful for this relationship and look forward to working together again in the future."
"Craig was an integral part of closing a very difficult deal. His professionalism and dedication enabled us to complete the sale of my home. He was extremely responsive and made himself available for our needs as a seller. Further, Craig went out of the normal broker duties to move the deal along in a most expeditious manner. To say the least, my expectations were definitely exceeded. Thank you, Craig!"
"Craig was very easy to work with and gave us excellent advice to move our condo quickly. Five days on the market and we were under contract. Very successful open house as well and i attribute this to the quality of the listing materials prepared by Craig and his team. We trusted Craig's expertise,especially with regards to listing price- price it fairly, price it to sell. Again, all worked in our favor. Once we were under contract, all subsequent steps went smoothly as well. I would definitely recommend Craig to any of my friends and family"