Darby Zwagerman

Darby Zwagerman


212 E. Ohio Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60611

Driving a team with sales north of $100 Million and over 17 years of real estate experience I bring unparalleled expertise to residential buying and selling. My team has an unmatched depth of knowledge of Chicago's luxury residential market that covers all facets of deals including high value transactions, financing, relocation, project management, and design.

I am respected by other brokers throughout the Chicago Luxury Real Estate market. They know that when working with me, transactions will be professional, smooth and efficient.  As a master of negotiation and logistics, I am results driven while keeping my clients' priorities top of mind.  My goal is to provide a holistic service across the entire experience, anticipating and problem solving issues before they arise and working with clients from pre-sale until well after the closing often earning me the title of go-to-gal.

From first-time home buyers to CEOs, my client base is as diverse as the properties I represent.  I focus on selling new and resale properties in downtown Chicago high-rise condominiums, vintage buildings, townhomes, lofts, single-family homes, investment properties and luxury real estate.  I have sold homes as far north as the North Shore and as far west as Wheaton, I specialize in the city's vast neighborhoods that I am proud to call home. I know the Chicago neighborhoods like the back of my hand -- from Hyde Park to Rogers Park / Gold Coast to Bucktown and everything in between.

Professional Designations:

  • Luxury Home Marketing Member
  • ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative)
  • QSC (Quality Service Certified)
  • CNE (Certified Negotiation Expert)
  • Member of CAR (Chicago Association of Realtors)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Interior Architecture - Iowa State University 

Call me when high quality service and experience matter to you!

Experience and results that matter:

  • Average sales price to original list price ratio is 96.4%
  • Through trust and satisfaction 95% of my business is referral based

Clients are saying:

"Darby was recommended to us by friends, and it was the perfect fit! We had the best experience working with Darby. We are from out of state, and she helped us find the perfect condo. We would 100% recommend her as a broker to anyone looking for a home or condo in Chicago."

"As a first time home buyer, I had many questions, concerns, fears, doubts, misconceptions etc. I met with a couple realtors to see what my options were. Darby was referred by a trusted friend, and despite this- my guard was way up. My first meeting with Darby ended up laying the ground work for the rest of my experience with her. In that meeting, I saw someone focused, knowledgeable, straight forward, kind, and meticulous; no one held a candle to her.Darby weathered my many questions and concerns, steered me in the right direction when time was of the essence and helped me navigate the crazy waters that are Chicago real estate. A frequent refrain Darby had with me was we will find the right place for you. And that is all I could ask for. In that statement, Darbys attributes are exposed. She worked with me. She guided me endlessly through various mazes of red tape and process. She pushed me when I needed to be pushed, she let me pursue my own desires and take the reigns when i was ready. Undoubtedly Darby has found homes far more expensive than the one I live in, but what was important to her were the desires and hopes I had in a home. When we were looking at properties, I knew I was her focus. Everyone needs something different. I highly suggest meeting with Darby and Nina. Their work ethic and character will be blatantly evident. Highly recommended."

"When I moved to Buena Park 17 years ago, Darby was the sellers agent for my condo. Although nervous about moving from my long-term neighborhood, Lakeview, Darby made my new dwelling feel like home, sharing extensive knowledge about the building and the areas amenities. Since that time, I have wholeheartedly recommended Darby to both family and friends when they in the market. More important, as a Human Resources professional, I have recommended her services to facilitate home-buying for employees relocating to Chicago market, confident that she will take the time to understand their unique needs and help them choose appropriately. In every situation, she has exceeded expectations"

"Darby is the best realtor I have worked with, by far! She helped my husband and I both buy and sell a home, and she got results. We sold our old home in 5 days for above asking price, and we bought the perfect home for our family. Throughout this experience, I found that she takes the time to collect data that is key for decision-making, but also has the judgement and experience to help guide you through the process. She is friendly, courteous, helpful and attentive to your needs. Even after you have finished your transaction, she keeps in touch and helps in whatever way she can. She is amazing!"

"I had a very complex move from Indianapolis up to Chicago. Living in Indianapolis at the time, she dropped everything when I had chances to come up to see properties. She even made my dad's true Chicago experience a great one! Darby went far above and beyond what was necessary to make sure my move to Chicago was stress-free and easy. When I lost my first bid on a property, Darby was actually more upset that I didn't get the condo that I wanted than I was.It was nice knowing that you had a real ally in navigating the overly complex world of Chicago real estate. In the end, her persistence in getting ahold of a Seller's Realtor ended up getting me a MUCH better condo than the first one in a nicer area.Thanks for everything Darby... I would strongly recommend you to anyone!"

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