Overall 5 star rating out of 107 reviews
"Life changing! I bought and sold before but never had an experience so positive, nor worked with someone as knowledgeable, authentic, and engaging. Alley wants her clients to find homes to fit their lives; she's happy to give them the time they need, offer insights, and literally help however she can. Her whole team blew me away with how communicative, organized, and on top of things they were. Every situation is different, but we bought and sold with her team, and were able to win out on a highly competitive property. In turn, we were able to sell our own over list and had multiple offers. I suppose the biggest thing here is that Alley and her team are trustworthy, provide stellar advice, and we are absolutely grateful to have found them!"
"Alley was amazing, caring, professional, fun, always available, organized, and made the entire process of selling our home in Andersonville a wonderful experience. We laughed a lot and Alley helped us achieve our dream of living in Miami Beach. She knows her stuff people. She guided us through the entire process with such ease it was such a pleasure working with her."
"Alley Ballard was our agent for our recent home purchase. We were first-time home buyers, and Alley was so informative about every step, so reassuring any time we had questions, and so knowledgable about every facet of the process. She was able to quickly help us determine what was most important to us, from size, to style, to neighborhood. Her knowledge of neighborhoods was phenomenal, and she has great insights about the history and trajectory of various areas in the city and suburbs. She was a fierce but respectful negotiator, keeping the process professional and productive. Most of all, Alley was amazingly, incredibly responsive. She answered questions quickly and helped keep us calm! We closed a month ago, and she has continued to be a resource for us. Working with Alley was the best decision we made in this process! Call her!"
"We have bought two properties and sold one with Alley and her team and I cannot say enough great things about them or recommend them enough to anyone looking to buy or sell. Alley is honest, trustworthy, extremely seasoned and knowledgeable and goes the extra mile to make herself available to answer all questions and make the entire process as seamless as possible."
"Alley Ballard, so much to say. I highly recommend her. She has helped me buy and sell homes over many years. I've bought and sold homes all over the country since 1999. Respectfully, she has been the best of all the professionals I have ever worked with. Highly skilled and experienced. Does her research and makes the process incredibly easy for the client. The best word to describe her is integrity!"
"Some close friends recommended Alley Ballard when we looked to begin the process of buying our first home. I cannot say enough positive things about our experience working with Alley and her team. She was available, responsive, knowledgeable about buying in the city and such a joy to be around! As first-time home buyers and not originally Chicagoans, Alley put our minds at ease with the complexities of purchasing a home in a multi-unit building in the city. Additionally, we cast a wide net, and she was able to narrow down our interests/areas quickly and efficiently."
"Alley is INCREDIBLE! There is not another agent I would work with in this city. She has helped us to buy and sell several times now and always knows exactly how to get us what we need and we have fun all along the way. We call on her all the time for information on what to do and who to call for this or that. Always gets back to us within minutes. You feel like you are her only client. I don't know how she juggles it all. She is SUPER WOMAN! 10's 10's 10's across the board!"
"Alley was phenomenal to work with! We couldn't possibly be happier with the way everything went. Alley was incredibly responsive, thorough and easy to work with. She did everything possible to ensure we ended up in the perfect house. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!"
"Alley was amazing to work with. Professional, caring and attention to detail are among her strengths as a broker. It's obvious she loves working with people and property and knows how to use her experience to help her clients. Buying and selling isn't something that happens to most people very often and it can be stressful. Alley is a valuable resource and helped me every step of the way to make buying my condo the joyful experience it should be. Her strategy for selling my building resulted in multiple offers over asking price and it sold for $45k over asking......she knows her stuff!
"Alley has been absolutely fantastic. We could not have asked for a better experience buying a home in Chicago. She has been there for us every step of the way, offering advice, expertise and much assistance. I would recommend her highly to anyone looking for a realtor.
"Handled every detail beautifully and communicated frequently. House sold quickly, and above the asking price. Great selling experience with Alley.
"Alley is a great realtor and even a greater person. She gives total dedication to her clients and sees to it that they have the most pleasant and stress free experience they can have. She also goes out of her way to go above and beyond her Realtor responsibilities.
"I cannot say enough good thing about Alley Ballard and the AMAZING team she has built. Their knowledge and experience made buying my first home smoother than I ever imagined. Alley is extremely well connected in the industry and as her client i reaped those benefits as well. She truly cares about her clients happiness and experience working with her. I have referred her to numerous very close friends and friends of friends...all of which have had nothing short of a great experience with a realtor who puts her clients FIRST! Alley also has a great deal of experience in renovating and decorating...a definite assert to her clients as well! Luckily years later I am still able to call Alley my friend!!
"Wow! Alley provided top-notch service from the first time I saw the property right through to the closing. She walked me through the process and made the whole experience educational, entertaining (you will know what I mean by this when you meet her), and enjoyable. I will definitely use her services again.
-Mary Elaine & Daniel Dollear"
"Amazing. She literally made this as smooth as possible for me and got me over my asking price. Beyond satisfied.
"You couldn’t ask for a better broker than Alley Ballard and her team. I speak from experience, having recently engaged her services in the sale of my condo. Alley gave us excellent advice as an experienced designer, to prepare our home, and listed it for more than we had asked. We sold in just a few days, with multiple offers, closing over list price.
If you are looking for a full-service broker, I definitely recommend Alley Ballard!
"I cannot possibly offer enough praise for Alley and her team. My wife and I were first time home buyers, and after interviewing several potential realtors we found Alley to be head-and-shoulders above the rest. From our first home visit with her we knew we had found the right realtor. She does not sugar-coat properties, is very candid about the flaws in homes that her trained eye is keen on picking out, and she is just pleasant to go home searching with. After going out every weekend for many weekends and finally finding our dream home, my wife and I were actually somewhat sad that our weekend trips with Alley came to an end (well, at least until we buy our next home). I have full trust and confidence in her ability to guide anyone on their journey to find the ideal home.
"This is our second time working with Alley, the first where we were both selling and buying, and I can honestly say that we couldn't have had a better experience with anyone else. There is no better realtor in Chicago than Alley. Period.
"Alley was amazing from start to finish! She and I sat down to discuss my goals for my condo purchase and she asked detailed questions to get a good sense of what I was looking for in a home. She was very straightforward in discussing the pros and cons of places that I was interested in (both before and after we saw the properties), making sure that I was aware of anything structurally or otherwise that might affect my purchase immediately or later down the line. She was always quick to respond to my many questions, and was even able to quickly address the concerns and questions brought up by my parents. I would highly recommend Alley to anyone looking to purchase property--she makes it her business to ensure that everything goes smoothly and that her clients always feel comfortable throughout the process.
"I've known and worked with Alley going on 11 years now. She and her team have helped me buy and sell properties including a multi-unit investment property and condos as well as advising me on countless queries regarding those properties and my single family home. I call her when I want to know if I ought to spend my money redoing a basement or adding a master bath. She's helped guide me with rentals too. I call her for every real estate question. And she always takes the time to discuss options with me. I refer everyone I can to her and they love her too. She's straight forward, honest, hard working. She has great taste. Deep knowledge of the market, trends, lending (so important) and is even able to help with recommendations to contractors (I've used plumbers and electricians she's recommended who do great work). She exudes confidence and you know you're being well cared for and represented in the process."
"I could not be happier with my real estate agent Ally Ballard. She was great to work with, totally understood what we were looking for, never wasted our time! She knows Chicago neighborhoods inside and out and gave us great advice. We loved her so much we used her twice! Now we are recommending her to all of our friends and associates . Her negotiating skills are totally on point . She helped us to save money with out losing out on either deal. We will be ready to buy another property next year, and of course we'll be calling Ally!"
"We worked with John Park 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 and found a great vintage home for an excellent price in a fantastic neighborhood. We were very pleased with his responsiveness, candor 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."
"Alley made the process of buying and selling a home easier than I ever could've imagined. She is responsive, patient and knowledgeable and continuously goes above and beyond what is expected of a broker. She has built a strong team and has strong connections throughout the industry that add value to the process. She was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend her to anyone I know looking to buy or sell in Chicago."
"Alley Ballard demonstrated her expertise and professionalism from start to finish. I contacted Alley due to her reputation as a top realtor in the Chicago market, but I had no idea just how good she was until I started working with her. In our initial conversation, Alley clearly showed her knowledge of my neighborhood as well as my condo building. She knew what was happening in the local market and suggested very specific strategies to accomplish my goals. When Alley came to view my condo, she respectfully made a number of suggestions on what to fix and what would not be worth fixing. That's when she really did her magic. Without me having to stress at all, she arranged to have a handyman, painter, and window washers in my condo addressing everything within 48 hours. The photo shoot was the following day and we listed the property immediately thereafter. She did a wonderful job marketing the property which resulted in a large number of showings which she grouped to make sure that my life was disrupted as little as possible. Alley's guidance with sorting out the bids and deciding on response strategies resulted in a contract the exceeded my expectations. Alley then walked me through the post-negotiation process and made sure I knew what to expect and was comfortable with every aspect of it. Also, knowing that I was leaving Chicago before my closing, Alley took care of a bunch of logistical issues so that I could focus on my move and my new out-of-state condo, not the one I just sold. She followed up with me and took care of everything that needed to be done up through the closing and also took the time to make sure all was going well with me after the close. On top of all else, Alley's personal touch made a big impact throughout the process. I would recommend Alley to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Alley is clearly the person you want on your team!"
"This is not my first time buying or selling a home and worked with a different agent on each occasion.
This time around we asked Alley to help us sell our home and buy our new dream home. In short, Alley was the best, exceeding my expectations in every way possible.
Her expert design experience was put to work on preparing our home for sale and it payed off in spades!! Not only did she list it for higher than I thought possible, we got a lot more on top of that. Alley and her team (thank you Nichole!!) was there every step of the way, from helping with design decisions, to being present when the place was being painted, or things needed to be fixed. She responded promptly to any questions we had, often times off hours (and late into the night).
On the buy side, we could not ask for a better negotiator. It was a difficult process, and Alley was there to make it so much less stressful for us!! Thanks to Alley and her wonderful team, we closed on our new home in a short time, and before we knew it, Alley was offering design advice!!
Alley really cares about her clients, and never did we feel like we were "just another listing". She treated us as if we were the most important client!
Thank you, Alley!"
"John Park and Alley Ballard are super great people to work with. They will do what they can to get you as much as possible."
"Alley is the hardest working realtor in the industry. I've been impressed with her and her team since day one. She is the most reliable professional I've ever come across and made the home purchasing process an extremely pleasurable experience. I would recommend her to anyone looking to purchase a property in Chicago.
"You rock alley, would never buy anything without you! You take the stress out of buying!
"If I could give a 10 star review I absolutely would! Alley and her team have been incredible throughout this stressful process of purchasing a home. Alley was always there as a resource to answer any questions we had and she went above and beyond by helping us pick out lighting fixtures, providing various vendor recommendations, acting as the intermediary between us and the seller to get things done, and always giving us the most honest and advice in our best interest. She is a true advocate for her clients, and we could not have gotten through this ordeal without her guidance, invaluable wisdom, and unwavering support. Alley and her team will be helping us in the sale of our current home and in any other real estate matters we may have in the future. She is excellent at her job and has become a a trusted friend in the process.
-Carolyn Eleanor Kang"
"This is about 5 months late but I just had to say thank you so much to Alley for taking such good care of me in my first time buying process. It was an absolute blast but I also felt so comfortable because I knew she wouldn't let me buy anything she didn't think was right for me, considering my budget, lifestyle, and future plans. Thank you times a million!
"Absolutely fantastic experience! Listened to me at all times and gave helpful suggestions; never used high pressured "used car" salesperson type tactics. Bent over backwards and partnered with me to, through and after closing. Did not abandon me once a contract was signed (as was my last experience with an agent from another agency). I will come back to Alley Ballard for all my future real estate sales/purchase needs and recommend her highly to my friends and associates.
"I can't imagine a better experience with our broker. Alley went above and beyond every step of the way!
"Alley is a 5 Star Professional, from the minute the call was made to start the process of selling to the final day of closing. Communication skills were above and beyond to walk through the layers of selling our home.
"Alley made what can be a stressful process of selling a condo a very manageable and dare I say, it enjoyable one. Alley is simply the best-- she knows the market, brings a realistic selling perspective without dashing the hopes of what you thought you might get for your place, and is empathetic to the emotions that come with selling your home. She came highly recommended after two friends were previous clients of her. All I have to say is LISTEN to what Alley suggests in terms of getting your space ready. Six months prior to listing she gave me some tips and things to consider updating in my condo. I listened, made those improvements, which resulted in getting an offer on my condo within 24 hours of listing, just below asking price!! I trusted Alley throughout this process and always felt she had my best interests at the forefront. After my condo was under contract and I began thinking about where I was going to live, even though I planned to rent, Alley offered her team's expertise. I was quickly contacted by her associate, John, who both spoke with me about options and sent me listings in the specific area I was looking to live. Whether selling or buying, if you want an agent who isn't just about making a sale, but puts her clients first, then you should work with Alley Ballard."
"We worked with Alley and her team throughout 2015 and they were amazing, walking us through the ups and downs of home buying, showing us what we asked to see, showing us what they knew we'd want to see and everything in between. Ultimately they helped us find a home that went far beyond our expectations in a neighborhood that is phenomenal for our growing family.
Then when we needed to find new tenant in a pinch for the rental unit in our building they came out the very next day and got the ball rolling. They had the lease singed and delivered in less than 2 weeks and got us more than we had been asking!
I would recommend the Alley Ballard Team to anyone looking to buy, sell, or lease a property. They go above and beyond, their knowledge and experience is extensive and they are a blast with which to work.
"Alley Ballard, Glenn Bryant and team were so amazing to work with. They got me from a very particular search to close and I'm so grateful! A Five star rating on here doesn't really begin to express how thrilled I am with their with work for on my behalf.
-Ira Jeffrey Katzman"
"Alley and her team are wonderful. A friend had recommended her after he had purchased his first home. I was looking to move back into Chicago from the suburbs and she was great at really listening to my needs and wants. She nailed it and here I am back in the city and happier than ever. She teamed me up with an associate of hers to list and sell my property in Oak Park. With their advise of showing and pricing it was sold at first showing. Your team rocks."
"Alley is the best! In fact, just last night I was having a discussion with friends about realtors that I have used in the past and I was telling them how awesome it was to work with Alley! She is hardworking, knowledgable, patient and I truly feel she always had my back during the process of purchasing a new home and was looking out for my best interest. I cannot say enough good things about her!"
"I was lucky enough to meet Alley through a referral. Since that time I've referred Alley to many other friends. I'm completely comfortable recommending Alley to others as I truly found her to be exceptional in the expertise she brought to my experience of purchasing a new home.
It may seem a but much that I marked every category above with the highest of ratings, but I thought of each of them and my experience with Alley, and each five-star rating is justified. She earned it.
At every point of the process I felt that Alley had my best intentions at heart and I was grateful to have her "on my side." And she blew me away with her negotiating!"
"Amazing! Alley is my go-to realtor in Chicago. She has a very honest approach and will tell you what you need to do to sell your home! The first friend I sent her way sold his place in one week at full price. My second referral was a lost cause - a two flat building in a neighborhood that had depreciated since they bought. Alley sold it in two weeks, setting the new bar for property in the neighborhood! Everyone I have ever referred to her has had an amazing experience."
"I recommend Alley unconditionally. She provided complete transparency about the process, strong leadership/guidance throughout, and made every effort to understand and meet my needs. She is extremely professional, while also being authentic -- that combination was very important to me because I was a first-time buyer in this market and needed candid subjective input coupled with objective expertise on the market. A consultant who can do both well is hard to find. Most importantly, Alley was patient and embodied the \"consultative selling\" approach. In other words, she worked to understand what I needed and did whatever possible to try to help find a place that was truly for me.She never pushed an agenda or rushed decisions/outcomes. One thing that really impressed me about Alley was her calm demeanor,! patience in helping me through the process and ongoing communication. I always felt like i knew what was going on and what i needed to do throughout the process. And, I never felt pressure to do something I wasn't comfortable with or that i didn't understand. I think that was probably challenging since i was a first time condo buyer and there were all sorts of factors to consider in buying a condo (and I didn't know jack about this process before meeting Alley). Incredible! Finally -- she was able to hyper-expedite a closing -- in fact moved it up more than a week during the holidays which i consider nothing short of a Holiday Miracle. On a 10 point scale, Alley is a 1000! She's a star! Thanks Alley"
"Alley was a spectacular agent. She had extensive knowledge of the area/pricing/market, and she was a fierce advocate for our buying process. It was a treat to work with her, and we enjoyed every outing throughout our search. She is the reason we were able to find a great new home.
"Alley Ballard is the very best. She is professional, always honest and a joy to work with. She helped us to understand the process of both buying and selling, and shared her wonderful sense of humor in the process. She also helped us to get more for our condo than we thought was possible, and in only four days! We love her and will continue to refer her to anyone and everyone.
-Erin Purdy & Bill Cataldo"
"Alisha Ballard is a stellar businesswoman who has excellent people skills, communication and negotiation skills and knows real-estate like the back of her hand. I would work with her every single time I ever were to think about about buying or selling in the future!"
"Alley and her team have been extraordinary throughout the process of selling my old condo and purchasing our new town home. From helping the remodeling process of the old condo, when to list it, and navigating the tempermental and challenging market this spring, her team was more than we could ask for. She and her team were invaluable in locating properties that fit our needs and tastes and eventually getting us to the table on the new construction property. With her vast experience she was also able to help locate vendors for other needs for the new property. Even 6 months after we have closed, she is still helping out to make sure our new purchase is working out.
I have and will continue to recommend Alley to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent."
"Alley was instrumental in helping us get our dream home. What started out as a long shot turned into a series of amazing feats on the part of Alley (from helping us get the price we needed to sell our old house to negotiating with the seller of our new place, etc). She even came by the day we were moving to see how it was going, which was totally beyond the call of duty.
It has been 3 years since the sale of the home and we still talk about how Alley helped us make it all happen. We've recommended her to friends, family and neighbors, who have all raved about Alley as well. Alley is amazing. And funny."
"Alley Ballard and her team are very knowledgeable Chicago Brokers with a side of humor!!! Takes the stress from buying a home. They know the neighborhoods inside and out and show you properties that match your criteria."
"Alley Ballard, what can I say about her and her team other than they are AWESOME. Alley sold our single-family home in Chicago above the list price with multiple offers within the first 3 days on the market. We received the best price and had the best buyers any seller could even hope for. And I know this was not only because of Alley's real estate acumen but also because of her stellar reputation in the industry. She is knowledgeable, experienced, honest and INTENSE when it comes to her job. And every client of hers is well-served. I have since referred friends and clients to her because I now that Alley and her team will take care of them just as she took care of me and my family. So, don't wait; contact Alley Ballard TODAY!"
"I've recommended Alley to numerous friends and everyone has loved her. She has extensive knowledge of neighborhoods, market conditions, and listings before they become available on the MLS."
"I've worked with Alley as my realtor for over 8 years now - she helped me purchase two properties and I can't imagine working with someone else! She is everything you would want in a realtor - she asks lots of questions to get a true gauge of what your needs are; she thinks outside of the box and shows you properties that not only fit your criteria, but ones you may not have initially thought of; she is extremely responsive; and most importantly - she's honest and is not a "salesperson." She really acts as your quarterback through the whole process which is invaluable. I've referred her to many of my friends/colleagues who would also share the same sentiment. She's truly the best!"
"Alley Ballard and her team are the absolute best. Alley is professional, yet keeps a sense of humor about the whole process and helps make it fun. Because when you're looking at houses, you have to spend a lot of time with your realtor...usually on the weekends. So why not spend it with someone awesome?
She helped us with every step of the way when we bought our condo, and when we sold it. She knows all the best contacts for anything related to home buying and selling...contractors, lawyers, insurance agents, the list goes on and on. She got us the best deal on our condo and helped us get the most profit when we sold it. She is fabulous. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone, and have referred everyone I know who's buying or selling in Chicago to her."
"I have used Alley for multiple sales and purchases. Top notch service throughout the entire process. Alley guides you through each step. She's honest and is always looking out for you, the client. She's not just trying to make a sale. She made my first time buying experience much less intimidating. I have and continue to recommend Alley!"
"Alley and her team have been amazing to work with n selling our home. Text messages and emails are returned almost immediately. All conversations have been honest and the team is very knowledgeable regarding the Chicago market. I have worked with many realtors in the past and this team just blows me away. I would recommend them to anyone selling or buying real estate in the Chicago area."
"Alley, Ballard is clearly the best realtor I have ever worked with . I have been an active participant in the Chicago land real estate market for 40 years. Plain and simple she promises and delivers each and every time. Her attitude is always positive and straight forward. In addition she is the most honest real estate professional I have ever met. I will continue to reccomend her to evryone that I meet who is in need of a realtor."
"Alley is so knowledgeable about the market, both in terms of trends and what is out there. She is able to achieve clarity and develop a short hand about what I am looking for with very little effort.
I love looking at houses with her, she truly has a vision for what a home can be, what a neighborhood can grow to and what a community has to offer. She is truly great at her job, and she seems to love what she does.
I can't imagine going through this process with anyone else."
"Alley was extremely patient as we took 9 months to finally find our house. She showed us a nice variety and always had our happiness and comfort as her first priority. As a result we have been over joyed with our home and neighborhood. We still continue to contact her for advice regarding the future sell of a rental we have. Alley continues to keep our best interest in check. She is very knowledgeable and will guide you along every step of the process."
"The Alley Ballard team is outstanding - highly professional with real-world, realistic knowledge of the Chicago market. My listing sold in 7 days with the Ballard organization. Highly recommend!"
"My family and I have done 4 real estate transactions with Alley and she consistently provides a total solution the the real estate process. From day one, you know you're in the best hands, and it's stays that way until well after the closing date. I recommend her and her team to any and everyone looking to buy or sell a new home in Chicago. Thanks Alley!"
"It has been a joy working with Alley. I've always been one to take control of my own affairs, but due to moving out state and some health issues I have had to let go of so much of that. Alley has taken care of so much to get my place market ready and has done it seamlessly. Strongly recommend her"
"Alley and team helped us decide on renting vs leasing our condo two years ago. With their expert assistance we decided to rent and they found two exceptional tenants for us.
They are now handling the sale of the same unit for us."
"I used alley to sell my condo when I moved out of state and she was (an is) a rock star!! She sold my condo super fast for the asking price and stayed on top of things through the entire process!!!"
"Alley helped me to sell and buy a new condo. Her knowledge, expertise, commitment, responsiveness and support was priceless when I was going through what is typically a stressful process.
Alley went above and beyond, even giving me a lot of great advice and suggestions for remodeling my new home.
I have since recommended Alley to other friends looking to sell, buy or both and all have given glowing accounts of their experience.
I am in love with my current home but if the time comes that I want to move, Alley will be my first call!"
"FEBRUARY 2018-NICOLE WALKER: I am so lucky that I stumbled upon Alley and her team. I trusted that I was in good hands from the start. I 1000% recommend to a friend."
"Alley Ballard knows her stuff - from identifying and evaluating properties, through negotiation of "the deal." Plus, she is savvy enough to refer you to one of her colleagues in the event your search broadens to an area with which she's not familiar, in order to best serve her clients."
"Alley Ballard and Glenn Bryant provided exceptional service throughout the entire process. I was in an unfortunate situation of being forced to move out of my condo when I didn't want to move. They helped me each step of the way, from negotiating a price with the seller, finding a new condo, negotiating a good price, walking me through the inspection, and helping me find movers, painters and contractors. They turned a traumatic situation into one I can now get excited about.
-Lee Aaron Wichman"
"We live overseas and needed an involved broker. She took the bull by the horns and sold our vintage Lincoln Park condo at higher than list. Great agent.
-Derek Mason Mills"
"Wow! Alley provided top-notch service from the first time I saw the property right through to the closing. She walked me through the process and made the whole experience educational, entertaining (you will know what I mean by this when you meet her), and enjoyable. I will definitely use her services again.
-Elaine & Daniel Dollear"
"Alley is a dynamo. After failing to sell two years ago with another broker, Alley told us what to update, who best to use, and we relisted it well over the prior price. In less than a week we received an offer for even more than list price and the entire deal closed in about 3 weeks. She is your "go-to" girl (woman) for selling your property!"
"This is the second time we have worked with Alley and our first buying and selling. This process was so much less stressful than expected because of her guidance and support. Dare I say, it was actually FUN!? Alley is truly the best broker you will find in Chicago.
-Myriah & Arnaldo"
"Best ever!!! Thank you Alley for your patience and conscientiousness throughout the process. Looking forward to keeping in touch generally, and getting your support with all future real estate needs. You rock!
"John Park and Alley Ballard are super great people to work with. They will do what they can to get you as much as possible.
"Alley was incredible and we would highly recommend! She was extremely knowledgeable, transparent, responsive and bent over backwards to make both selling our home and buying a new home a positive experience.
-Emily & Brad Rafferty"
"Terrific broker. Extremely professional, knowledgeable, helpful and wonderful to work with. Highly recommend.
"Working with Alley has been such a treat. From start to finish she was Alley was there to for us. She really listens. She has an innate ability to understand what we were looking for and found us a wonderful home that more than meets our needs.
"Alley and her team are simply amazing. From the minute we met I was treated like I was part of the family and my problems were theirs. In addition to knowing the business and trends, Alley is equally adept at understanding repair and renovation costs. Alley and Nichole guided me through the entire process from start to finish with professionalism, terrific guidance and a whole hell of a lot of good humor. At no point was any question too small to ask or any avenue not explored. I could not possibly give a higher recommendation.
"Alley and her team made the sale of my house completely flawless. The buyers had some changes in their financing which delayed the closing--but Alley stayed on top of it and I felt informed and supported every step of the way. Best. Broker. In. Chicagoland. Hands. Down.
"Alley made the process of buying and selling a home easier than I had ever imagined it could be! She is patient, responsive and helpful with every aspect of the transaction and continuously goes above and beyond what is expected of a broker. I will highly recommend Alley to anyone I know looking to buy or sell a home in Chicago.
-Jennifer Karrson & Gilbert Grimes"
"Alley Ballard was wonderful to work with while buying our first house. Her knowledge of the market is truly amazing! She repeatedly went above and beyond our expectations and made what I had expected to be a very stressful process thoroughly enjoyable.
-Justin & Britney West"
"Alley was fantastic. She has a business knowledge of the market and real estate trends that is complemented by her personal experience and familiarity with the area. The result for us was a sales strategy that generated multiple offers in a short period of time- the lowest of which was for full asking price!At every turn we felt there was a collaboration- she understood our objectives and worked with us to ensure we were comfortable with the plan.Finally, she managed the process from listing, showing, negotiations, and final close-- taking the pressure off of us.The result was clear- great buyers and a seamless closing.She is the absolute best at what she does.
-Victor & Barb Bohnert"
"Alley has been great finding the perfect house for us through learning about who we are as people and what we are looking for. Throughout our selling, and buying, process, Alley was always available and resolve any/all the concerns/questions we had. We would strongly recommend Alley!
-Vanessa & Hue Doan"
"MAY 2016 - CORRI CHRISTENSEN: You rock alley, would never buy anything without you!ðŸ˜Š You take the stress out of buying!"
"MARCH 2016-ALEX GRONBERGER & MARTIJN KIST: Alley managed this brilliantly. Deeply involved, very responsive, great advice on timing, pricing, marketing, showing. We closed in less than a week! This was a relief for us, especially since we live abroad. Thank you!"
"MAY 2016-ALBERT THOMAS WANG: Alley was a pleasure to work with, going above and beyond in order to get out property sold."
"MARCH 2016-STEPHEN FEULNER: Alley definitely went above and beyond her job. 5 stars really isnt enough to give to her. Alley genuinely cares about her job and isn't chasing a check. Timely communication, transparency, and expertise is what she'll give you. We had a potential buyer back out last minute. That was very hectic, but Alley swooped in right away and turned the stressful situation into a positive one and we sold the property about 2 weeks later. Alley , thank you very much. We greatly appreciate everything you did for us. We highly recommend Alley! Much love."
"DECEMBER 2015-CAROLYN ELEANOR KANG & ALBERT THOMAS WANG: If I could give a 10 star review I absolutely would! Alley and her team have been incredible throughout this stressful process of purchasing a home. Alley was always there as a resource to answer any questions we had and she went above and beyond by helping us pick out lighting fixtures, providing various vendor recommendations, acting as the intermediary between us and the seller to get things done, and always giving us the most honest and advice in our best interest. She is a true advocate for her clients, and we could not have gotten through this ordeal without her guidance, invaluable wisdom, and unwavering support. Alley and her team will be helping us in the sale of our current home and in any other real estate matters we may have in the future. She is excellent at her job and has become a a trusted friend in the process."
"OCTOBER 2015-PETER PRESPERIN: Alley did a great job! She helped us buy a second home in Chicago. She's a real advocate for her clients."
"SEPTEMBER 2015-WILLIAM EVELAND, ESQ.: My property was under contract within 3 days of listing. Alley was great! Took initiative in getting things done, and was incredibly responsive. In short, I couldn't have asked for a better realtor to represent me!"
"JUNE 2015-WEN KAI TSAI: Alley was godsent! Having worked with a few agents prior to finding her, the experience was night and day. She provided a customized and extremely thoughtful experience. She goes through a process to not just setup MLS searches, but to truly understand your interests, taste, and style, then goes the extra mile to bring you properties that might not come up on a search engine. She gives you fantastic insight and rational thinking that only comes with years of experience. She's not about just closing a deal, you will know that she wants you to find a special home you'll love and the number of trips out and searches don't matter. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone I know and have already done so. We closed on our place and we know we wouldn't have found it without her help. While we won't get to spend time with her house hunting anymore, we hope to see her soon to enjoy our new home as someone that is always welcome. Thank you Alley."
"AUGUST 2015-SHIMON BRAUN: As I told alley, words can not express the thanks that I owe her for her exemplary job on selling my home. She took care of me with kid gloves going above and beyond what most agents would consider their responsibility. I live out of town and she made appointments and followed through on going to my home to monitor the work numerous times since I couldn't be there. She negotiated strongly and got me a higher sales price than I thought possible. Thanks Alley for all your guidance and dedication."
"AUGUST 2015-CELESTE HEWLETT: Absolutely fantastic experience! Listened to me at all times and gave helpful suggestions; never used high pressured "used car" salesperson type tactics. Bent over backwards and partnered with me to, through and after closing. Did not abandon me once a contract was signed (as was my last experience with an agent from another agency). I will come back to Alley Ballard for all my future real estate sales/purchase needs and recommend her highly to my friends and associates."
"JULY 2015-JOHN KOOPMAN: I can't imagine a better experience with our broker. Alley went above and beyond every step of the way!"
"JUNE 2015-MEGAN BALLARD: Alley took such good care of me! Being a first time buyer can be nerve racking. The buying process with Alley and John was an absolute blast! I felt so comfortable because I knew they wouldn't let me buy anything they didn't think was right for me, considering my budget, lifestyle, and future plans. Thank you a million!"
"FEBRUARY 2015-BENJAMIN & KATIE ALBRECHT: "Alley approaches real estate like a true professional. Not only is she knowledgeable about the Chicago market and helped us find a great home, but she made the whole process seamless by being proactive, keeping us informed, and communicating daily with our mortgage officer, our attorney, the inspector, and the seller to ensure we stayed on track for our closing date. I would highly recommend Alley if you are considering buying or selling a home!""
"OCTOBER 2014-SALLY WEINER: Alishja Ballard is a stellar businesswoman who has excellent people skills, communication and negotiation skills and knows real-estate like the back of her hand. I would work with her every single time I ever were to think about about buying or selling in the future!"
"OCTOBER 2014-CHRISTY TOY: Alley was a tremendous asset in my condo buying process. Her thorough understanding of the Chicago market coupled with her extensive real estate experience made me feel confident that I would find something I loved . She took the time to get to know me and was very patient with my "never-ending" questions:) Alley is smart, funny and easily accessible. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is considering a new purchase."
"SEPTEMBER 2014-BETH & NICK HATCHER : Alley was a spectacular agent. She had extensive knowledge of the area/pricing/market, and she was a fierce advocate for our buying process. It was a treat to work with her, and we enjoyed every outing throughout our search. She is the reason we were able to find a great new home."
"SEPTEMBER 2014-ERIN PURDY & WILLIAM CATALDO: Alley Ballard is the very best. She is professional, always honest and a joy to work with. She helped us to understand the process of both buying and selling, and shared her wonderful sense of humor in the process. She also helped us to get more for our condo than we thought was possible, and in only four days! We love her and will continue to refer her to anyone and everyone."
"JULY 2014-MICHAEL & JULIE SHEFF : We lived out of state and John's flexibility of schedule for viewing the various properties we were interested in (as well as taking care of many other needs we had!) was admirable. John knew exactly what we wanted and provided timely updates of pertinent inventory to us that made the process of selection very easy. He was always punctual when we had appointments and responded to communications in a timely way. He's a gem!"
"JULY 2014-DANIEL BALYS & RUSSELL UREKAR: What can I say other than Alley exceeded my expectations -- and that isn't very easy to do being that I am not easy to please. I worked with Alley when I was selling real estate from 2006 - 2010, and I have referred to her many clients because I trust her. When it came to listing my own house, she was top on my list. What I didn't know was how amazing the whole experience would be. From the first showing, through 8 offers on my house from the first day of showings, to choosing the right offer and all the way up to closing, Alley made herself available to me and she advised me in a manner that I knew I could be comfortable in making a decision. I know a lot of people who have great things to say about their agent(s), but I want to be that person who says, "Alley doesn't need a lot a praising and testimonials, her confidence and success speak for volumes of how good she really is." But don't taken word for it, work with her and you will be all the better off for it."
"JULY 2014-SARA WORRELL BERG: Alley represented us when we bought our first home in 2007, and we were happy to work with her again on the sale of our home in 2014. We live out of state, and Alley handled a ton of details for us. She's professional, fun, and very responsive. Alley is the best!"
"JANUARY 2014-ANDREA MYSEN & RENE BRANDT: John Park was an excellent realtor for us. He was patient as we explored different location and property possibilities, offered his opinions and recommendations in a professional and helpful manner, and was very accessible through the entire process. We will highly recommend him and @properties to anyone we know who is seeking a realtor or real estate company. We can't wait to move into our new home!"
"MAY 2014-SALLY WEINER: I had such a stellar experience with this agent!!! Her understanding of the market, her ability to negotiate with the seller all the while keeping my interests primary, her contacts with trades people after I purchased the property, her down right business savvy in the financial negotiations, and so much more. I have already started recommending her to my friends and will run not walk to her the next time I am going to purchase a property. She so knows her stuff."
"MAY 2014-JOHN & CASSIE MCNULTY: Alley was absolutely outstanding through out the process. From day one she was in constant communication and very upfront about the process. She made sure to listen and understand exactly what we were looking for and made sure that everything she did was in our best interest and needs. I would highly recommend Alley to anyone else I know because I know she will provide outstanding service and help them to find a home they want."
"MAY 2014-DICK EBERLE: Everything was flawless and fast. Couldn't be happier."
"APRIL 2014-MARK AND CHRIS: We have used Alley many times. Anyone in Chicago looking for a broker they need not look any further. She has always given us the best advice on listing our homes and they have sold in a very short time. We have gotten the money we wanted for our properties and it is due to her expertise and drive to get the best for her clients. She is the best!!"
"APRIL 2014-ALICE HAPPEL: Alley was amazing! My spouse and I are first time home buyers and she was there for us every step of the way. She had recommendations for other services i.e. the lawyer and mortgage lender, both of which turned out to be just as knowledgeable and amazing as she was. At no point was I any less than 110% satisfied with the process. Thanks so much for your hard work. We love our new home."
"APRIL 2014-PATRICIA BARBER: Alley is the best broker I have ever worked with. She is like a scientist of real estate. She will be completely honest with you from the beginning thereby saving time and heartache for everybody. She will tell you what to do to optimize your property and WILL sell that house at the best price possible if you do as she asks. I would never want another broker now! highly recommended."
"MARCH 2014-DENIS & JONNA HORGAN: Working with Alley and @properties was an absolute delight. We felt completely taken care of through the entire process. Alley listened to our needs and was honest with us through the search process. It was great to know that we were working with someone who took the time to get to know us and our style and helped us choose the perfect place while staying in our requested price range. We couldn't recommend Alley and @properties more."
"FEBRUARY 2014-DAVE AND PAUL: Alley took her time with us and we never felt pressured. She was very knowledgeable and helped us not only with the home buying but also in suggesting key people to partner with along the way (home inspectors, lenders, lawyers, contractors and home remodeling professionals). Working with Alley makes the home buying experience fun. She truly cares about her clients and it shows in everything she does."
"MARCH 2013-STAVEN AND SHANE: Alley is a realtor that goes above and beyond for her clients. We were impressed with Alleys great communication skills her ability to successfully navigate difficult negotiations, and the overall care we experienced working with Alley. I would highly recommend Alley without reservations."
"JUNE 2013-TIM & JULIE: Alley helped sell our 2-flat in North Center. She has many strengths but I most appreciated her sense of urgency, timely communication and negotiation skills. She has a good handle on the local market. Our house was an older home and pretty unique. She had a very good eye for how to best present it. I don't say this about many real estate agents but she definitely earned her commission. I would recommend her services for anyone trying to sell a property in Chicago."
"APRIL 2013-MICHELE FRANCISCO: Alley is a truly knowledgeable and genuine broker. She is patient and works hard to understand your needs and wants to make sure you're looking at properties that are the best fits. Shes great at making you feel comfortable and is not pushy at all. Shes extremely responsive and communicative during the search process and especially during the time leading up to the closing where communication is so important. I cant think of a better agent to work with!"
"APRIL 2013-DAN AND LARISSA: Alley is both professional and personable. She quickly gained our trust during the selling process and maintained it through closing. We have since moved out of Illinois, but would clone her for our next buying/selling experience if we could!"
"AUGUST 2013-Stacy Gingrich: Alley is extremely knowledgeable and helpful especially as I was a first time home buyer. She walked me through the process step by step and helped me through a multiple offer situation. All her input helped take away any stress or concerns I had for my first home purchase. I highly recommend her."
"APRIL 2013-ELIZABETH & JOHN : It was a pleasure working with Alley on the sale of our condo. She is incredibly knowledgeable and offered sound advice on staging and price setting/adjustments but was never pushy. She also communicated feedback from potential buyers and agents quickly and clearly no sugar-coating yet she always stayed positive. Alley was just very kind thoughtful and personable and we got the sense that she would fight hard for us if needed."
"JUNE 2013-ANDREW & DEBBIE SOWLE: Buying real estate in Chicago is a daunting and complicated task. I'm not sure how my wife and I got so lucky as to find John Park who is on Alley Ballard's team. Simply put he is an expert in his work and treated us like family though I had never met him before our first showing. Ive purchased several properties over the course of my life. Chicago set the bar for most complicated place to buy real estate. John set the bar for Best agent I've ever worked with. Well done."
"FEBRUARY 2013-NICOLE PRESPERIN & DANA LITOFF: We feel so lucky that we were referred to Alley. She always goes above and beyond to ensure her clients are happy. She not only found our dream house, she got a multiple offer for our condo and sold it in less than a month. We will never use another realtor."
"FEBRUARY 2013-VALERIE SHUMAN & NOAH JURGIN: Alley Ballard's teammate John Park was a wonderful real estate agent to work with. We were wary of trusting anyone too much, but he really listened to what we wanted and stuck with us in our search to ensure that we found what we were looking for within our price range. He held our hands and answered our questions throughout this first home purchase, and helped us find the other resources that we needed to complete the process. We would highly recommend John Park to anyone who wants an honest, down to earth and knowledgeable broker"
"JANUARY 2013-DANIEL & JAMES: Alley took two first time, completely clueless home buyers, and walked us through every step, from start to finish with a thorough, knowledgeable explanation for everything. She went above and beyond our expectations, and cannot thank her enough for all of her help!"
"JANUARY 2013-LORI DAANE: Alley was fantastic. She met with me first so she could understand what I was looking for as well as how best to work with me. Good communication is key for me and Alley went above and beyond! She is extremely knowledgeable, and did a great job negotiating my condo. After the sale she also provided incredible design tips. I highly recommend her."
"APRIL 2013-JIM PROTHE: Alley is incredibly knowledgeable about the buildings and neighborhoods in Chicago. I cannot recommend her enough"
"SEPTEMBER 2012-HOPE ALEXANDER: I had to turn the entire transaction over to Alley as I was moving cross country, starting a new job and traveling constantly. She handled things from start to finish. The sale was flawless and I am grateful for her efforts."
"JULY 2012-CARRIE NOTARI: Alley is an outstanding agent. She is very knowledgeable, resourceful, conscientious and communicative. From her initial presentation to the closing, Alley demonstrated her excellent sales ability and interpersonal skills. Alley has talent, drive and smarts - I would recommend her to anyone who is listing their home or looking to purchase a home."
"JANUARY 2012- COURTNEY SCHUELER: I was so impressed with Alley Ballard and have nothing but great things to say about her. I feel as if she had my best interest at heart throughout the entire process and put me at ease. She is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and patient and is great at what she does. I could go on and on! I will be referring her to everyone I know."
"DECEMBER 2012- ELIZABETH DOUGLASS: I would recommend Alley unconditionally to anyone (I actually have, already). She provided complete transparency about the process, strong leadership/guidance throughout, and made every effort to understand and meet my needs. She is extremely professional, while being authentic -- that combination was very important to me because I was a first-time buyer in this market and needed candid subjective input coupled with objective expertise on the market. A consultant who can do both well is hard to find. Most importantly, Alley was patient and embodied the "consultative selling" approach. In other words, she worked to understand what I needed and did whatever possible to try to help find a place that was truly "for me." She never pushed an agenda or rushed decisions/outcomes. One thing that really impressed me about Alley was her calm demeanor, patience in helping me through the process and ongoing communication. I always felt like i knew what was going on and what i needed to do throughout the process. And, I never felt pressure to do something i wasn't comfortable with or that i didn't understand. I think that was probably challenging since i'm a first time condo buyer and there are all sorts of factors to consider in buying a condo (and i didn't know jack about this process before meeting Alley). Incredible! Finally -- she was able to hyper-expedite a closing -- in fact moved it up more than a week during the holidays which i consider nothing short of a Holiday Miracle. On a 10 point scale, Alley is a 1000! She's a star! Thanks to Alley and @properties for a great experience."