John joins @properties after a successful stint in leasing and residential real estate, earning "Agent of the Year" at his former brokerage. His enthusiasm, professionalism, and positive energy has proven useful in enabling him to produce in a results-driven environment. Further, he's became a subject matter expert in all West Town neighborhoods, Lincoln Park, and Lakeview.
From the Michigan originally, John has lived in Chicago for over 11 years, with 8 of those years spent in the Bucktown and Wicker Park. John graduated from the Albion College with a B.S. in Economics and Business, double majoring in Communications. He moved to Chicago in 2003, working as an IT Project Manager at AT&T for over 4 years.
After spending a year in software sales, John left the corporate world to become the founder and creative director of Artist Central Exchange, a multi-use art and event space in Andersonville. John also produced Searching for Venice, an independent film currently in post-production. With these creative and ambitious endeavors, John relied on his organization skills and attention to detail, which continue to influence his approach to real estate.
While the world of real estate is fast-paced and ever changing, John is committed to building loyality and long-lasting relationships with each individual client. His commitment, combined with his tireless work ethic and patience, propels him forward and helps him get the job done.
When he's not working real estate deals, John loves to watch sports and HGTV in his spare time. As a self proclaimed "foodie", John is often checking out the newest restaurant openings and hosting his own food-focused events.
Clients are saying:
"John helped shepherd us through every step of the home buying process. He assisted us to formulate a creative offer that allowed us to win despite a very competitive market / multiple offer environment. During contract negotiations John essentially saved the deal from falling through due to an attorney dispute by connecting directly with the sellers to diffuse the situation and move things forward. We are extremely happy with our property, which is a direct result of John's expertise and professionalism."
"This is the second apartment that John has helped us find and this process was even easier. John sought out multiple options for us to look at and handled everything. He even fought for us to lower the rent. I will continue to recommend and use John for all my real estate needs!"
"John was wonderful to work with. He was extremely positive, professional and helped explain each step to me as this was my first time buying a home. He also made great recommendations for which attorney and mortgage lender to work with, so I had a strong, cooperative team which made the process much more seamless. I would highly recommend John and will absolutely work with him next time I buy or sell."
"I know I can always count on John to hustle and do right by me as his client. He's the type of person you should strive to do business and associate with."
"My husband and I worked with John Burks with @Properties to find our 2 bed / 2 bath condo in Bucktown in April 2016. Over the course of five months we saw about two dozen units and were quite particular -- John exhibited great patience and ensured that the units we saw met our criteria and budget. He educated us about the market as a whole and by neighborhood, and about the types of buildings and units. He asked pointed questions during showings and was sure to point out positives and negatives we had not considered. He made himself very available throughout the process, and above all it was clear that his main objective was to ensure his clients are completely satisfied with the property and do not settle. I would highly recommend John as a knowledgeable and caring professional, always willing to go above and beyond as a realtor and as a friend!"