ABR, GREEN, SRS - Broker
A lot of years in Chicago, executive technology, real estate sales and real estate development... Brought up in a household of art, design, and architecture and in a business of construction, materials, and craftsmanship, I am fortunate to have both corporate executive sales experience and working experiences in the building trades. My exposures include ecofriendly building, alternative residential energy, smart home wiring, security systems, better materials design and smarter construction approaches. Most of all, I am fascinated by the evolving shape and fabric of so many Chicago neighborhoods and communities.
If you plan on buying, selling or renting real estate today you will have lots of data to decipher and a myriad of processes and tasks in order to complete the transaction. I know where the data is and how to get, organize and use it. I understand the processes and will clearly and simply walk you through them.
If you are buying property, I can help you determine which properties are financially sound purchases and how to obtain them. Knowing what neighborhoods, schools, transportation routes, shopping alternatives, available housing stock, similar recently sold property, financing options and more may be key in your transaction. I save my clients a lot of time and money by working with the lender and exposing you to the highest quality inventory available in the area of your choosing at the price range you are comfortable with. I can assist in virtually any facet whether it is obtaining an attorney, inspector, locksmith, roofer or other srevice provider and perhaps most importantly we will make certain you get a fair and reasonable deal in as smooth and unencumbered manner as possible.
If you are selling you will be given a clear plan for staging, opens, showings, marketing and selling strategies. You will want to expose your home to as many potential, qualified buyers as quickly as possible. We go beyond the photos and staging, beyond putting the sign out front, and holding open houses. In addition to a stealthy internet presence, I take a proactive approach to identifying the buyer profiles, marketing in your buyer spheres and venues for attracting those buyers to come see your home. The key to easily selling your home at the best and highest price is to insure a healthy stream of qualified buyers see your home as soon as possible.
To me the phrase 'I'm passionate about real estate' has become cliche for me when it's really more of an obsession. It's what I love and I'm fortunate to do as my full-time occupation. It's an enormous privilege and joy to work with clients to help them find or sell a home. Homes are where we live, create memories and possibly other lives too. They are a refuge, a sanctuary, a place to hang, gather, host and entertain. Homes stand among other homes and give us community and our social awareness. They represent the historical, social, political and economic developments of our time and evolution. They are a reflection and an expression of our character and behavior. They are usually long standing well after we are gone and they are deeply embedded in our collective memory and individual rememberances.
It is an honor and privilege to serve. Sincerely yours, Stephen Chertok
Clients are saying:
"Stephen’s local market knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness and negotiation skills were instrumental in finding and securing my dream home in the City. I had worked with two other brokers over the preceding 18 months to no avail. Stephen got the job done in less than 30 days and was a true joy to work with."
"I am very grateful for the work Stephen Chertok did on getting my Moms property sold. He went above and beyond what I expected. Stephen is very personable and caring taking the time to explain everything so that you can understand. He has great knowledge of the Chicago area, the market, and keeps things moving. In this case my Mom needed extra helping in getting her building ready for sale and he was a tremendous help in doing that also. He also went the extra mile in helping her to find a new place to live and that transition. I highly recommend Stephen Chertok to anyone looking to buy or sell - he really listens to your needs and then does his work !"
"We worked closely with Steve off and on over the course of a couple of years. He was instrumental in helping us find our new home after a pretty extensive search of many different types of properties to fit our budget. He was extremely persistent in exploring options, and then throughout the negotiating process with the seller of our new property. He will bring a very analytic, even-keeled eye toward any buying/selling decision."
"Steve is *THE* real estate agent you want to have by your side. We owe him our seamless relocation to Chicago, and so much more. With decades of real estate experience in the Chicago area, he was able to help us find the house of our dreams and close on it. Having previously developed houses, he will help you conduct a meticulous due diligence on the house, from top to bottom - including materials, structure, finishes, appliances, and so on. His expertise handling real estate processes was also invaluable to help us navigate a laborious sale process with complicated, unresponsive and chaotic sellers. There is no match to his patience and professionalism - which was well tested, as we went house-hunting with our 9-mo old twins. Steve - thank you so much again for your help!"
"Stephen has the rare advantage of having several years as a successful professional in corporate America while buying and rehabbing homes prior to entering the real estate industry full time. His knowledge and professionalism stands out in an industry that is fraught with inconsistent service and expertise."