agent for change
kim is a chicago native and has been a real estate agent since 1997. “my real estate education began while i was a teenager. my mother, an architect, developed a small condominium project in the lincoln park neighborhood of chicago. she acted as architect, developer and construction manager and my sister and i helped with the open houses each weekend. this was in the late 1970's when interest rates were in the high teens. it was a tough market, but we prevailed. it was a great education at such a young age.”
“i enjoy working with a broad range of clients - from first time buyers to sophisticated sellers - and the variety is energizing. each client is unique, just as every property is unique. i believe my talent is in finding the perfect match between buyer and seller.”
kim previously worked in educational administration. she is organized, methodical, and thorough, yet retains a creative edge. “i have a sincere desire to inform and educate my clients about marketplace trends, neighborhoods and specific properties. an educated client makes more informed decisions during what can be a very emotional process. when my husband and i renovated a 4-unit apartment building, i got a great education about costs and issues in rehabbing which i immediately shared with my clients considering a similar investment.”
kim loves what she does and her enthusiasm is obvious. “many of my friends became my clients, and many of my clients have become friends. they know that i have their best interests in mind and they trust me. that's one of the best parts of my job and a great gift.”
kim is committed to being a great agent. in 2005 she received @properties prestigious road to rolex award, and she stays at the top of her game by investing in her professional education. she is among a small number of agents to retain a managing brokers license. she also holds crs (certified residential specialist) and gri (graduate, realtor institute) designations, which are awarded to fewer than 4% of agents nationwide. in 2009 she added the cne (certified negotiation expert) designation and in 2014 she added the abr (accredited buyer representative) designation.
professional, ethical conduct is especially important to kim. she is the former chair of the chicago association of realtors (car) ethics & grievance committee and served on the committee from 2005-2009. in 2009, she joined car’s professional standards committee. at the request of @properties, kim has represented @ at the national level; since 2012, kim has been on the board of directors for the national association of realtors (nar), voting on important issues effecting the greater real estate community. As part of @’s new agent training, kim teaches “kerb” appeal, a lively class where she shares her years of experience and mentors new agents on how best to work with and serve buyer clients.
kim and fellow @properties agent kevin van eck founded the lake effect chicago group as a division of @properties in 2010. lake effect is a boutique team that provides good old-fashioned, concierge-style customer service in a digital age and a modern world.
kim has lived and worked in los angeles and denver and holds licenses in california and colorado. “if someone is considering diversifying their real estate portfolio i can refer them to some great agents.”
kim grew up in lincoln park, and has lived in almost every neighborhood on the north side of chicago “before there was a starbucks on every corner” and currently resides in north center/lincoln square. she is a graduate of chicago's francis w. parker school and is vice-president of its’ alumni association. kim holds a bachelor’s degree in english from the university of illinois-chicago and a master’s degree in film studies from the university of iowa. kim is an avid tennis player whose personal interests include cinema, art, literature, architecture, photography, surrealism, psychoanalysis and road trips.
Clients are saying:
"Kim is the best! I have worked with Kim on multiple transactions and she is amazing to work with. It is not possible to recommend her more highly - she is simply the best."
"Words can not adequately express how grateful we are to all of you for your expert guidance through this process. We feel so lucky to have had you all on our side!"
"Kim is awesome. She knows Chicago and is able to guide first home buyers about pros and cons of different neighborhoods and condos. She follows up and makes sure you are always cared for."
"Kim is MAGIC! I went from sitting on the market for a year with no real offers, and letting my listing expire with a previous broker, to receiving multiple offers over list price in less than a week with Kim. I ultimately sold for 11% above list price. She's amazing. She brought a fresh perspective with some great ideas. I can't thank her enough, and look forward to working with her again in the future. Thanks again. I really appreciate everything you did for me, and what we were able to accomplish. You have no idea. Thank you thank you thank you!"
"Kim Kerbis was exceptional from start to finish; I give her full credit for the successful quick sale of my property. Kim's experience, knowledge, and professionalism pervaded every interaction, and the time and energy she devoted made me feel like I was her one and only listing (though this was not the case). At the onset, Kim presented targeted suggestions specific to my property, and a strategy to sell quickly in the current market. Fortunately, I followed all of her suggestions and as a result received multiple offers within the first week of listing, including the one that closed on the sale. Thank you, Kim, for your patience and proficiency; you were a pleasure to work with."