For me, real estate isn't just a job it's a delight. I love nothing more than helping people find the homes to house their dreams and get quick, lucrative offers for selling properties. I strive to offer the personalized, results-oriented attention you'll be hard-pressed to get from bigger, commercialized agents.
Insider Experience: A full-time Realtor since 2003, I'm a resident of Lincoln Square with an intimate knowledge of the local neighborhoods and market trends.
Education: To stay abreast of the ever-changing industry trends and technologies, I invest in continuing self-education and training, and also keep up with the latest trade publications and market reports.
Credentials: I'm proud to have earned the status of Accredited Buyer Representative(ABR). Awarded by the National Association of Realtors, this designation is the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation. I'm also a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), a prestigious ranking given to only 5% of the most rigorously trained, highly ethical, and top-performing Realtors in the United States. In addition, I'm an Accredited Staging Professional(ASP), making me uniquely qualified to get your home aesthetically primed to sell.
"Chris and I knew at the time we put the condo up for sale that it was going to be a hard sell owing to market conditions. I have to say, it was purely your determination, hard work and knowledge of the market and key drivers that sold the condo within the right timeframe for us to buy our target home. Your advice regarding the staging of our condo was extremely effective and we were not short of compliments regarding the show home condition. Thanks for everything - we look forward to using you again in the future!" -Julie and Chris, Lincoln Park
"Kelli did an amazing job in the staging, marketing and selling efforts of our condo. Her efforts and energy are a main reason we got our asking price in a very saturated market!"
-Jeff and Penny, Lakeview
"Thank you for selling our house in just five days! We are very grateful for your dedication to selling our house and helping us find our new home. Your professionalism, attention to detail, and endless energy proved to be the real success of both transactions. You were a true pleasure to work with - Thank you!"
Kathleen and Steve, North Center
"Kelli was great. She sold my condo in two months andgot an excellent price. She gave me many simple suggestions that made my condo show better. She alsodid an excellent job of explaining every step of the process. Communication was excellent. She gave me manyupdates and useful feedback after each showing. She also was really considerate of my schedule, which is difficult, and did a great job of scheduling showings at times that were convenient for me. Overall, it was a great experience and I look forward to working with her again!"
"My wife Bridget and I highly recommend Kelli as a Realtor in the city of Chicago. Bridget and I were lucky to have found Kelli at an Open House in February of 2005. We had been walking through Open Houses as we prepared to buy our first condo in the city when we met Kelli. Immediately, Kelli was friendly, professional and really went the "extra mile" to gain our trust and confidence. This ultimately "won" our business in finding our first condo.
Kelli worked diligently with us as we made our way through the buying process really consulting with us every step of the way. Kelli was above all else honest. She knew as soon as we walked into a condo whether or not it was "the one" for us. Once we had found our condo Kelli's dedication didnt end. She worked with us right up through the close making sure she answered any and all of our questions. Her follow up was truly stellar!
For all of the reasons above, we called Kelli immediately when we knew we would be relocating out of the state and had to sell our condo 2 years later in May of 2007. Once again, Kelli's professionalism came shining through. She had a detailed and comprehensive plan on selling our condo. Kellis attention to detail and recommendations on staging our condo for sale were really invaluable. So invaluable, that Im happy to say we sold our condo in 14 days! We give 100% of the credit to this quick sale to Kellis focus, fast pace, and understanding of the real estate market.
In summary, we highly recommend Kelli Johannesen as a realtor in the city of Chicago. Her professionalism, honesty, market knowledge, and overall great attitude will really make the home buying or selling process a great experience!"
-Matt & Bridget, Lakeview
Kelli was a joy to work with and very motivated to not only fine me a home but to make sure it fit the criteria that I was looking for. She was also very helpful throughout the process. This was my first home so every step of the way was new to me. She provided information, suggestions and advice every step of the way. Kelli was very patient with me and understood that being my first home I wanted to be 100% comfortable with my purchase. I've already passed Kelli's information to friends that may be looking soon. She's great.
Jeff H, Andersonville
We dealt with a number of realtors in our home buying process, and Kelli really stood out in how hard she worked for us. She did a great job selling our place (suggesting ways to get our place ready to show, lots of open houses and following up with people who came by, answering all of questions). Give her a call!
Kim and Aaron, South Loop
Kelli did a great job making me feel comfortable with the whole first time home buying experience. I was doing this process on my own and she gave me a lot of support!
Kelli was absolutely fantastic! We were first time buyers and she could not have made the process any easier for us.
Jed and Angela, Lakeview
Kelli was incredibly helpful in both selling our loft and helping with the purchase of our new house. She was very considerate of our situation in dealing with our six month old son. She always showed up a bit early to make sure there were no dishes out and toys were put away. She also called immediately to let us know when the appointment was done and we were free to return home.
We were living in the West Loop and didn’t know a lot about the north side. Kelli drove us through every neighborhood. She showed us schools, parks, grocery stores, etc. Her knowledge made us much more comfortable in such a big move. We eventually found a wonderful house in a neighborhood we love.
We have told many friends about Kelli, I highly recommend working with her.
Todd and Sara, Lincoln Square
Clients are saying:
"As a first-time home buyer, I had no idea how much I did not know about real estate. Kelli walked me through every step of the process and made the entire journey comfortable. She listened to my wants and desires from the first day and provided helpful and honest feedback throughout the search. Her negotiation with the difficult seller/seller’s agent proved to be an invaluable asset saving me time, money, and headache. Kelli was fundamental in her leadership of the closing process, not just of my team but also in aiding the sellers. Highest recommendation that Kelli is the real estate professional to get you the greatest results."
"I have worked with Kelli on both the buying end and the selling end of my home in Chicago. On the buying end she is attentive to your wants and needs and is also very honest and straight forward about the current market and the budget. She is very knowledgeable about the neighborhoods and current trends. On the selling end the above also applies, she is aggressive with marketing to her network and we saw immediate results. We were able to market and sell the house in less than a week, it was not because we gave it away. It was due to the large amount or preparation and planning Kelli put in. She's a pro, responsive, honest and effective."
"Kelli is intelligent, direct, and honest. I walked away with a beautiful condo and a wise investment. I particularly enjoyed her sense of humor as well as her natural and fierce negotiating skills."
"Kelli helped me through both buying and selling of my condo. She’s knows the market and improvises selling strategies around unforeseen events like covid. She’s a pleasure to work with, and I highly recommend her!"
"Kelli is an amazing agent to work with. Extremely dedicated and hard working, and gave us excellent guidance and advice throughout our process! Our home was on the market for 6 months and I would estimate we had about 50 showings during that time. Kelli attended each and every one herself with the exception of only two. She is the best, and I would recommend her to anyone!"