Over fifteen years of experience in Chicago real estate, through good markets and bad, has given Christine a keen understanding of the city market and has honed her abilities in analysis, strategy and negotiation. She brings these tools along with open and honest communication to every transaction still tailoring the process to fit each individual client's needs in order to deliver the highest level of service.
Earning each client's trust and respect has been at the core of Christine's business from the beginning. It is the reason that she's built countless enduring relationships with her clients and the reason she's been successful. She understands that buying and selling real estate can be a stressful and emotional process. She sees her role as an advocate – a knowledgeable and honest partner who is there to help effectively navigate the entire process.
Her commitment to deliver the highest level of service has been rewarded by a thriving business even during the most challenging markets. She has consistently earned industry awards such as "Top Producer" and "President's Circle" but she is most gratified by the fact that 100% of her business comes from repeat clients and referrals from clients and fellow Realtors. She feels there is no higher compliment one can give than that of a referral.
Christine is passionate about the joys of living in Chicago. She enjoys taking advantage of all it has to offer. Whether it's the festivals, parks, independent restaurants and boutiques, the music, dance and theatre, the sporting events and the lakefront, she knows first-hand all the benefits of living, working and raising her family in this amazing city.
Clients are saying:
"Christine is the best! As a first time home buyer back in 2006, she held my hand from start to finish in the process, never tiring of my endless questions and calming my fears when anxiety snuck in. She asked questions of the seller I had no idea I needed to know and was a bull dog in the negotiation when I probably would have caved. She made the process so easy, I didn't hesitate to work with her again when I sold my first place and upgraded in 2016. Buying and selling at the same time can be stressful, but with Christine managing the process I always knew I was in good hands and didn't sweat the small stuff because she just handled it! She has deep relationships in the market and leveraged them on behalf to get the best possible deal on my new place and sold my old place during my very first open house. I cannot recommend her highly enough and look forward to working with her in the future. She's my realtor for life!"
"This was our 3rd time working with Christine, and we've recommended her to several friends over the years, too! She is kind, knowledgeable, thoughtful, responsive, and meticulous -- everything you could want in a realtor and more! Seriously. She's the best realtor I've ever worked with."
"Working with Christine on the sale of our condo in Chicago was truly a 5 star experience!! My wife and I highly recommend Christine Shepardson for your real estate needs! Christine was always readily available and quick to respond via text, call or email when we had questions/needed to reach her. She helped us navigate the challenges that the COVID crisis created for us as we went live on the market 2 weeks prior to the state wide stay at home orders. She was planning ahead preparing for what was to come with the stay at home order and came to our home to create a video walk through tour for people to use as an alternative to onsite touring of the home. She was always willing to go above and beyond and she was an absolute pleasure to work with!!"
"Christine has been an excellent realtor both in helping us sell our condo and buy our new home. She really listened to what we wanted and even reached out to other realtors in the area to find a home before it went on the market. Christine is professional, timely and goes above and beyond to make her customers happy. Thank you Christine for everything you have done!"
"We had a fantastic experience with Christine. 5/5 stars.
My wife and I were first time homebuyers. We met Christine at an open house in the neighborhood where we ultimately wanted to buy (Ravenswood, Chicago) and she impressed us immediately by explaining details about the floor condition and trim in the house she was selling. She was knowledgable but not pushy/salesy, which was such a pleasant contrast to other realtors we'd encountered. She also turned out to be a local expert about the northside of Chicago and was able to talk in detail about various neighborhoods and even particular blocks by memory. We asked if she was taking new clients and she was.
From there, Christine met with us to talk about what we were looking for and to create a detailed plan, helping us to prioritize what features mattered most. She took the time to really explain the home buying process up front, from how we would fill out our offer paperwork to the likelihood of radon gas, given neighborhood soil types. Again, we were so impressed by her detailed knowledge and appreciative that she took the extra time to educate us, since this was our first home purchase. She also was a huge help in terms of understanding the financials of a home buying transaction, specifically preparing us for closing fees and explaining which ones were negotiable with a lender and which ones were not.
Then we got to searching. Christine was patient and, crucially, not pushy about getting us to close. If we didn't like a property, she found a way to politely let us leave, and she didn't try to change our minds. If we liked a property, she was enthusiastic but also made sure to ask the tough questions to the selling agent, pointing out features that might affect resale value and making sure we really understood what we were getting. We felt strongly that Christine wanted us to be happy in our new home and that she wasn't just hustling us along to get her commission. One thing that stuck out to us was that she remembered we had a big desk we wanted in our living room space, and she always scoped out the properties we were looking at with that desk in mind, which meant a lot to us. Her attention to detail and the individual preferences of her clients differentiates Christine from other realtors.
Finally, we found the property we wanted...but someone else had already made an offer. Christine was able to help us create a strategy to bid an amount we were comfortable with but that was able to win us our new home. She then guided us through the inspection process and closing. Again, we were struck by her knowledge of specifics as we discussed water tank capacity and corrosion, converting gas stoves to wood stoves, deck weight capacities, and other details of the property.
Our first day in our new home, Christine dropped off some local goodies so that we could get to know the shops in the neighborhood and would have snacks on hand as we moved in. It made us feel so welcome and it was yet another example of her thoughtful attention to detail and our needs. We enthusiastically and wholeheartedly recommend Christine and will be calling her when we're ready for our next home."