Thinking Real Estate? Remember: Easly Does It
In 2018, The Easly Group added Brian Volckmann to the team to help service clients in the Michigan City area of Northwest Indiana. With experience in vacation rental properties and investment properties, the Easly Group brings a full range of experience and local knowledge to our clients looking for the ideal vacation home, rental property or a combination of both. We bring a refreshingly professional approach to the market, with rigorous anlysis of the data, clear guidance on preparing a property for the market, and broad exposure beyond just the local area.Specializing in Listing and Marketing Properties in Chicago and the Lakefront Communities of Northwest Indiana
Craig has been a licensed real estate broker since 2002, and since that time has been consistently recognized as one of Chicago's top producers (top 10% citywide). He is a member of the local and national Realtor® organizations. His prior career in software and technology sales gave him the skills he uses today to focus carefully on a client's needs, and assemble the resources needed to meet those needs. Craig's work as a volunteer docent for the Chicago Architecture Foundation's famous River Tour, and enthusiasm for Chicago's architecture led him to pursue his career in real estate.
As a city resident since 1989, he has seen the dynamic changes in Chicago's north side neighborhoods first-hand. It's this experience and his integrity that have enabled him to complete over $100 million worth of transactions for buyer and seller clients. His practice is referral-based, and driven by satisfied clients and their recommendations to their friends and colleagues.
Raised in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Craig purchased his first condo in 1998, and has since purchased and renovated a multi-unit building in Lincoln Square. As an investor and landlord, he stays tuned to the rewards and demands of owning real estate and rental property. The process of buying or selling real estate is one of the biggest financial decisions in life--it's Craig's goal to have his clients enjoy the process, and feel confident they are getting the best information, representation and advice available. Craig's experience and guidance have helped his clients navigate real estate changes with confidence that they have a trusted adviser on their side.
Clients are saying:
"We hired Craig three years ago to sell our house in Lincoln Square. At the time, there were no comparable sales west of Western Ave for luxury homes over $1,000,000. Other established agents we met with told us to simply adjust our asking price lower - however, we felt the value was there for our asking price. Craig advised us to refinish the floors, paint some of the natural oak trim, and professionally stage the property. We were reluctant to spend the effort and money - but Craig emphasized that taking those steps would remove the objections that buyers would have, and enable us to come close to our asking price.
One day just before going live on the market stands out: painters were finishing up in the morning, stagers were moving furniture in and setting up, and the photographer arrived as the stagers were leaving. When the photographer was leaving, the first of three potential buyers were walking in the door for a preview look.
After eight days on the market, we had four initial offers, and three final offers - and sold for just $5,000 off of our asking price.
Craig knew he was competing for our business against seasoned agents. He had the guts to recommend the right steps to get us to our price. The other agents did not pay attention to that, and simply tried to convince us to ask a lower price. If you are looking for candid advice, in an experienced broker who will stay focused on your priorities, and keep working even after the first offer comes in - hire Craig."
"I found Craig through Angie's List based on his reviews. Craig was easy to get a hold of initially and throughout the entire process. He either picked up the phone or got back to me quickly even when he was on vacation.
After our initial meet and greet, we setup up a few appointments based on my inputs. The showings were well planned and refined each time based on our feedback. Craig asked many inquisitive questions to the seller agent and developers that were insightful and educated us on the buying process. We looked at condos, townhomes and houses and before we knew it, he found us a house that fit what we were looking for. It's a new construction house in Portage Park and we loved it.
During the initial meet and greet, we were just casually looking without any time constraints and before you know it we were going through the closing process. Met him in November, found a place in December, busy with paper work in January, closed in February and completely moved in by March. He helped out through a few obstacles and we are still in contact. The price was perfect since we were buying and we look forward to working with him in the future as both a buyer and seller agent.
Craig has followed up a few times afterwards for any issues and even mailed us some informational material about the area. He is honest, prompt, prepared and goes that extra mile so we would highly recommend Craig."
"Having had a positive experience working with Craig in 2003 in the purchase of my condo, I decided to re-engage his services earlier this year when selling the same condo. He was extremely professional, thoughtful and responsive throughout the process. His counsel and expertise were most appreciated, especially with respect to staging and pricing condo. We truly believe it was because of the Easly touch that our condo went under contract above asking within 3 days of listing with a serious backup offer. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome and thank Craig for everything."
"We thought we knew all that was needed for a quick sale. Then we met Craig. Thankful we took his advice to fully paint, clean and most important stage our condo. That investment paid off. He gave sound counsel on the entire process including what to consider on each offer we received. Thanks Craig!"
"Craig is outstanding! He took on selling our condo in a very difficult situation and never missed a beat. From the beginning of the process to the very end, Craig was involved and available. Craig is extremely knowledgeable and dependable. He is honest and truly an incredible realtor!"