Working with the best in the business is the only choice in real estate today. I have aligned with @properties in 2011, the #1 independent brokerage in Illinois and #1 real estate firm in Chicago.
Having owned and renovated properties since my early 20's I bring client's a level of expertise and experience when purchasing properties. My eye is trained to find a good value for my clients. I have been fortunate to successfully flip properties even in the down turn of our market. My back ground is business and art which allows a unique blend of artistic eye and wise investor to the table.
Clients have been very pleased with my paternal nature. I enjoy spending time learning my clients wants and needs. Being a good listener allows me to figure out what my clients want quickly. I enjoy marrying the right properties to the right people!
The North Shore suburbs are where I spent my early years. I have a wealth of knowledge of the area, schools and inventory there. I have been fortunate to help client's find and sell their homes in the Northern Suburbs. I now reside in Lincoln Park! I am well versed on particular Chicago neighborhoods and buildings. Mid Century architecture is my healthy obsession. I am an early member of Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond and my own home was published in Julius Shulman - Chicago Mid Century Modernism
It's always hard writing about myself so meet me and find out why I have some really happy clients!
Clients are saying:
"I had a great experience with John. Under a bit of a time crunch John scheduled a day full of showings, coached me through the pros and cons of each listing, and then quickly negotiated my lease once we found the right place for me and my daughter. John is friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgable about the market. I highly recommend him for anyone that needs a broker."
"SEPTEMBER 2016 - AimÃ©e Starck: We worked with John to find our home and he made it fun! Although we had some bumps along the way (Sellers backing out - totally out of his control) we pushed forward; he was fantastic about booking multiple appointments in a row to make the most of our time and ultimately, we found a great vintage home for an excellent price in a neighborhood we love. We were very pleased with his responsiveness, honesty, and knowledge of the Chicago market. We would absolutely recommend John or anyone on the Alley Ballard team to work with for your real estate needs."
"John did an awesome job helping me find the home of my dreams!"
"JANUARY 2014-DON COWAN: John is the most knowledgeable, patient and nice broker you could ever ask for. He was always spot on with his advice, evaluations, and was instrumental in directing us to an awesome and thorough home inspector. We could not have asked for a better negotiator, guide and friend throughout our lengthy home/condo search and would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a home/condo in Chicago - especially first-time home buyers like ourselves. We were extremely fortunate to randomly meet John at an open house, and we are lucky, and grateful, that our instincts re: John's knowledge, patience and work-ethic (which never wavered) were correct. After a search which lasted over a year, we found the best place and love it more every day! Thank John, your awesome!"
"John was very helpful, even whilst we were looking online from out of the country and helped us set-up viewings for the day after we flew back. He was very friendly, especially with my daughter along for the ride. The places we saw fit our range of prices and styles. Once we had chosen a property he made the application process flow smoothly and always answered questions promptly."