Dione Balingit is a residential real estate broker and specializes in both buyers and sellers services. As a former bank manager, Dione uses her deep familiarity with the lending process and background in coaching and development to guide her clients through their real estate search. In this way, she is able to help her clients better identify value in property in order to build wealth through real estate.
Dione's successes as a broker are highlighted by her client's growing referrals. Over the years, many of Dione's best clients have become close friends. She believes in growing a deep relationship with all of her clients and values their trust in her experience.
Dione was born in the Philippines but raised in Chicago's northwest side and graduated with a Bachelor degree from DePaul University. Dione knows the ins and outs of our various neighborhoods. She has lived in many of them herself and currently resides in the Irving Park neighborhood with her fiancé Chris and dog Lady Lila. She is an active member of the Chicago Association of Realtors. and she spends time giving back to her community at Habitat for Humanity, Soul City Church and Love Works.
In addition, with a passion for design and photography, Dione has a strong interest in both design and art. She loves to travel all over the world and capture the beauty of the various places she visits . When she's not traveling or selling real estate you can find her around the city visiting various galleries or trying out a new restaurant.
Clients are saying:
"Dione found us the house of our dreams in 4 months & made the entire house hunting/house closing process as stress-free as can be. She was always quick to respond to our texts, emails & calls. She was very knowledgeable about the industry & helpful with any questions we had (& there were many). She was always readily available whenever we wanted to attend a showing or open house on the fly. She's super easy to work, I can't recommend her enough. Thank you again, Dione!"
"Dione has been an absolute pleasure to work with, from start to finish. Right away I felt comfortable, valued, and respected. As a first time home buyer, I had a ton of questions and Dione was always available, knowledgeable, and approachable. I was nervous about working with anyone that I couldn't be myself with, and Dione let me know right away she valued transparency. As I type this from my new home, I'm grateful that I never had to wonder if anything was falling through the cracks or be afraid that my best interest wasn't the primary concern at any point in the process."
"Amidst the pandemic & riots, living in the deep in the middle of Chicago in a high-rise, we sought for a more peaceful place to live (suburbs). Even with all these challenges during these strange times, Dione helped make our goal possible in a matter of one month. We viewed 10+ homes in which every single showing, Dione managed to always be available to show the homes at even the oddest hours of the day which is very rare. She was also very patient with how picky I was. One random day, we even wanted to see a home and she wasn't available - but she set us up with her colleague to see the home the same day. Talk about professionalism.
Seeing homes is the fun & easy part. When we found a home we loved, she dropped all her plans and got us in the next day to see it. We put an offer up and helped with bidding strategy (competition was fierce for this home). Our offer got barely accepted, but we slightly won due to the bidding strategy she implemented.
Gathering up a team to close on the home (attorney, lender, inspector, appraiser, title company) was overwhelming for about 30 seconds. Dione had a team ready for us to get the deal through instantly. Her team was very professional, great communicators, and made sure the closing process went along smoothly (and quickly!). Mind you, I am a busy self-employed business owner and during Covid-19 the lenders had strict policies on lending to business owners. Her lender made it happen for us!
Dione is like that life-time friend that holds your hand through the whole crazy process, and comforts all your feelings of being overwhelmed. She explains things in a simple manner, tells you before hand what's needed to get things going, constant communication and availability. She has a strong detailed and organized system/process which is needed to close a large transaction like a home. She'll also be honest and let you know if a home is not built well and not to waste your time justifying why to buy a shoddy built home.
All in all, the experience was smooth as it could be during Covid-19. The day we closed and received our keys, she was the first person we wanted to end our home buying experience with. It was a milestone day for me & my wife and there was not another single person we wanted to be with us that day.
"Dione’s experience in the Chicago real estate market and her understanding of my personal requirements helped me find my dream home!! Dione answered all of my questions as a first time home buyer and toured several properties with me, often multiple times. She was incredibly patient, knowledgeable, and supportive throughout the whole process."
"Dione's response and attentiveness during the entire process was excellent. I met with Dione to discuss my needs, she took ample notes. She identified items I had not realized would be of value in my new home. Dione demonstrated a wealth of knowledge of the neighborhood I was looking in. Her research and expertise assisted in determining the appropriate price within the market. She established a great level of communication and availability with all my questions. I will use Dione's expertise in the future and would highly recommend her"