Overall 5 star rating out of 59 reviews
"I can't speak highly enough of Brooke, she was amazing and we loved her from beginning to end of the process of buying our first home for our growing family. We had never bought property before and came in clueless and probably more laid back than we should have been. Brooke started at square one with us, explaining everything and giving us guidance and advice with the upmost patience and kindness. She never made us feel like we should feel bad for not knowing a darn thing, and never made us feel like we were wasting her time or moving too slowly, even when we probably seemed far from actually buying anything. Brooke got to know us and what we were looking for (and since we didn't really know what we were looking for, she helped us come to identify and articulate it), even when it seemed quirky. Brooke never put an ounce of pressure on us, and in fact kindly talked to us about the cons of a number of houses that we would have settled for but she thought we could do better for less money/within our price range. When she found something for us that she thought checked all of our boxes and also met her standards for us, she got us in there right away, and then talked us through the benefits of the property in her eyes versus the others we had looked at. Her kindness, patience, confidence, and masterful level of knowledge was exactly what we needed. And her knowledge IS masterful-- she knows everything about neighborhoods, housing trends, local politics, and properties- right down to the guts of foundations and pipes and building materials. It is extremely impressive and made us feel like we were in very good hands. She also guided us through the offer and negotiation process and her instincts were right on. We love our home and couldn't be happier in it, and we owe it to Brooke. Finally, rather than disappear when the closing was over, Brooke has stayed in our lives in a totally thoughtful and generous way, even sending a photographer to take family photos of us in our new home, and leaving gifts and treats for the kids for holidays and just because. Brooke is truly a gem and we will without hesitation use her in the future and recommend her to anyone looking for a realtor. Kate | Graceland-West"
"In a word, indispensable. Brooke and her team are everything and more you need from a realtor: smart, knowledgeable, discerning, proactive and not to be forgotten - fun. Brooke’s knowledge of the local market helped us know what cost effective updates needed to be made to the property and then Brooke managed the process of getting the updates. I have, and will continue to, recommend Brooke to friends and family. Birju | River North"
"Brooke was the best. She made the process very easy and I’m very happy with the outcome. She also has a very wide and valuable network of contractors and professionals."
"We felt confident buying our first place because of Brooke's great knowledge and attention to detail. She had great recommendations even beyond house hunting and we would recommend her to anyone!
Jackie | Humboldt Park"
"Brooke GETS IT DONE.
All you really NEED in a realtor is someone who can get the job done.
She checks that box without question. The fact she's also no nonsense, a doll to work with and just a great human being is value add.
Brooke is amazing and deserves all the great things that come to her and thus her clients. Nate | North Center"
"Brooke is simply amazing. She truly goes above and beyond for her clients. We first met Brooke when we moved to Chicago and she helped us find a rental condo. She gave us a fantastic overview of all the different neighborhoods and helped us narrow down our search. A year later when we were ready to buy our first house Brooke’s knowledge of the market and the process was invaluable. She helped us negotiate around some tricky items on the inspection report with some difficult sellers. Brooke’s services don’t stop at closing. She has an army of excellent contractors that she is always willing to share. Before making renovations on our house we would always consult Brooke who would give us feedback on how the renovations would affect the value of our house and also tips for including items that buyers find desirable. Six years later when we were ready to sell our home, Brooke was the only call we made. Her advice on pricing was spot-on. Brooke and her team were involved in every step of the selling process – in addition to giving pricing advice and negotiating offers, they helped declutter our house, brought in staging items, arranged for professional pictures to be taken and gave practical tips to make our house show ready. Brooke and her team made a super stressful process of buying and selling a house very smooth. Beth | Lincoln Park"
"Impeccable service throughout the entire process, outstanding teamwork and fantastic culture within @properties team!
Lou | Lakeview"
"In a word, indispensable. Brooke is everything and more you need from a realtor: smart, knowledgeable, discerning, proactive and not to be forgotten - fun. In a pool full of plenty of phonies, she is a consummate professional and it’s why we’ve hired her and her team for all of our real estate transactions in Chicago. Brooke not only knows the market well, but she has an unparalleled level of knowledge about home construction. She is doggedly thorough with inspections and she’s always, “got a guy,” to meet any needs. Even after our purchase we frequently reach out for suggestions and recommendations for vendors. For anyone looking to buy or sell their home I cannot make a more stronger recommendation. This woman works hard for the money!! Leslie | Lincoln Park"
"Brooke was a phenomenal realtor to work with as I bought my very first home! She very quickly helped calm my nerves by being so knowledgeable about the Chicago real estate market and approachable & responsive. I absolutely trusted her advice and pros/cons of different units we saw, and I felt comfortable asking her millions of questions, even after the sale had closed. She's really well-regarded in the industry, too - when I contacted an AC maintenance guy she referred for an emergency repair, his response was "Oh you know Brooke? I'll be there right away!" :) Annie | Wicker Park"
"Brooke and her team are absolutely amazing. We sold a Chicago property while living in Colorado. Brooke and Rachel managed the process of getting the property ready for sale and then got us a full price cash offer before the property was actually on the market. Her communication with us was timely and complete, we never waited long for a full answer to any question we had. And we were kept up to date at all times. Brooke’s knowledge of the local market helped us know what cost effective updates needed to be made to the property and then Brooke managed the process of getting the updates completed and staging done. Most importantly to us Brooke was incredibly kind. We needed to sell our property because of a sudden death in our family and Brooke was very compassionate, she made a tough situation easier. We wish we could clone her so if we needed a realtor in Colorado we could use Brooke, Rachel and the whole team. Tammi | Andersonville"
"I honestly can't say enough good things about our home-buying journey with Brooke. I NEVER write reviews, but I had to write this because I feel she is an exceptionally great real estate professional and overall human being. She made what can seem like an overwhelming and complicated experience feel smooth and enjoyable...even dealing with what was, at times, a difficult seller. My husband and I felt CRAZY lucky that we happened to stumble upon Brooke at an open house and that she became our agent and friend that helped us find our dream condo! You literally will not find a better person to help you buy or sell your home! Mara | Hyde Park"
"Brooke was amazing to work with. We had some up and down experiences with other agents when selling our place and Brooke provided excellent guidance and expectations given our situation. Anyone selling in the Chicago condo market would benefit from her knowledge of the market and expertise. Jeff | Old Town"
"As first time home buyers on a budget buying in an area of Chicago we weren't as familiar with, Brooke was very knowledgeable and made the whole process actually enjoyable. Everything from what to look for in online listings, types of loans that might work for us, recommendations for inspectors, plumbers, contractors, etc. she was amazing. We now have our dream home with our dream yard and just adopted our dream dog! We recommend Brooke and her team to everyone. Jon & Jamie | Portage Park"
"Brooke is, hands down, the BEST in the business. She brings incredible passion to the job and works diligently to find clients exactly what they want. As a first-time homebuyer, she served as an invaluable resource to help me understand every step in the process, what questions to ask, and what was most important to focus on. She has been just as helpful after closing, recommending designers and contractors and handymen, as I've needed them. I cannot wait to recommend her to EVERYONE I know! Janet | River North"
"We worked with Brooke Vanderbok while purchasing our single family home in Lincoln Square, and the experience was great from start to finish. Brooke was always responsive to my emails and phone calls. She asked tough questions during showings and tried to point out potential problems with the homes we saw. She held our hand during the closing process and has recommended contractors to work with now that we're doing some renovations on our home. I highly recommend working with Brooke, you will not be disappointed! Katherine | Lincoln Square"
"We are so delighted to have found the best realtor in Chicago and a best friend. Brooke’s intelligence combined with a determination to get the very best for her clients is second to none. I cant’t recommend Brooke’s services enough. Thank you for helping us get into our dream home! Kelly | Lincoln Park"
"From the beginning, Brooke became a trusted advisor for my wife and I during our home sale and purchase process. Her DILIGENCE, COMMITMENT AND FOLLOW UP were second to none. Not only that but she also made what can be an extremely stressful process fun and enjoyable. At every moment, she was our advocate and worked tirelessly to make sure we were happy. We could not be more grateful for having worked with Brooke. Jack | Lincoln Park"
"I can recommend Brooke to anyone who wants laser-focused, extremely efficient and professional service, both on buying as well as on selling side of transaction. Dominik | Old Irving Park"
"Truly had an awesome experience working with Brooke. My wife and I were nervous at first because it was our first time buying property. But working with Brooke was a breeze. During the entire process, we felt very calm. All of the recommendations she gave us were very useful and helpful towards buying our first property. I would definitely recommend her to anyone I know looking to buy property. Abdul | Jefferson Park"
"We could not have had a more positive experience. Brooke is extremely knowledgeable, EFFECTIVE, and has the best "street smarts" of any agent we have ever worked with. Mark | West Town"
"Brooke was exceptional start-to-finish. She is ENDLESSLY KNOWLEDGEABLE about the market, home repairs, contractors, and was a great go-between when talking to lawyers, our condo association, and other third parties. Brooke patiently answered every question I had as a first-time seller, and TOOK ON SO MANY RESPONSIBILITIES on my behalf to make the process less overwhelming. She’s generous, efficient, and has a wonderful eye for design. Thank you for a truly above-and-beyond experience! Lillie | Lakeview"
"Brooke was great, helped us every step of the way. She is VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE of the market and we look forward to using Brooke again in the near future. Mark | Lakeview"
"Brooke is an all-star. SHE HEARD OUR NEEDS AND DELIVERED. We were on an very tight deadline and she made it happen, all while being extremely knowledgeable about the Chicago area. She made the experience fun and enjoyable. 100% would recommend to anyone! Marsha | Gold Coast"
"From start to finish, Brooke made home buying feel approachable, and even in the worst of times, "FUN". She's incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and always on. From neighborhood research, to plumbing fixtures, she knows something about everything, and more often than not, knows everything about everything. Brooke goes ABOVE AND BEYOND to ensure your comfort, answer your questions, and most of all, quiet the fears. We couldn't imagine having a better ADVOCATE in our corner for our first home buying experience. Dana | Portage Park"
"Brooke was a great real estate agent and WORKED VERY HARD to get me into properties right when they were listed. She also helped explain everything to me as I was a new home buyer. Chris | Norwood Park"
"Brooke helped us buy our very first condo two years ago and we couldn't have been happier with her work. When we decided we wanted to upgrade to a 2 bedroom she was the first call we made. We were concerned about getting a great deal on the our buy as well as getting the best price for our old place. We put our FULL TRUST AND CONFIDENCE in her and once again she crushed it. Not only did she get us our new place for an amazing price but because of her hard work and skill we got a full price offer on our old place AFTER THE FIRST SHOWING!
We have and will continue to recommend Brooke to all of our friends that are looking for an agent that truly knows the Chicago market and will work tirelessly to get you the best deal. Kevin | River North"
"Brooke went ABOVE AND BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS in helping us navigate a frenetic market and a complicated closing on a 120 year old home. Her network of inspectors and contractors was invaluable and her advice was spot on. Thanks, Brooke! Mike | Logan Square"
"I highly recommend Brooke Vanderbok to anyone looking for a PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE real estate broker. She presents herself in a very welcoming manner on the first meeting and REALLY LISTENS to your thoughts and concerns about listing your property. What I found to be extremely helpful, is the information she provides to you after the initial meeting which supports the price point your home should be listed to sell. The appointments for the showings were handled well and the feedback following each showing was excellent. She GUIDED US well with the offer, inspection report, closing, and finding us an apartment. I can't say enough positive things about Brooke.
Beth | Old Irving Park"
"Brooke is an outstanding realtor! She is thorough, prepared, experienced and extremely hard working! Through her dedication and expertise, she ANTICIPATED OUR NEEDS and the needs of potential buyers resulting in an efficient, pleasant and lucrative sale and closing on our condo. Brooke is caring, encouraging, patient and manages to SUCCESSFULLY JUGGLE NUMEROUS DEMANDS with a sense of humor and a twinkle in her eye. She is a gem and we are grateful to have met her! Ray | Roscoe Village"
"Brooke REALLY KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN CHICAGO. She spent a lot of time making us comfortable with such a large purchase and ensuring that our somewhat complicated transaction went as smoothly as possible. Caroline | Roscoe Village"
"Brooke was great to work with and did a tremendous job. She went above and beyond to step in and assist throughout the process. Kevin | West Town"
"Cannot even put into words how amazing Brooke is! We have been working with her for 6 years! She was our agent when we bought and now our agent as we sold. Could not have done it without her. Her KNOWLEDGE AND WILLINGNESS TO DO WHAT IT TAKES to get the job done is above and beyond. Would recommend Brooke to anyone. She is simply the BEST! Holly | West Town"
"I would highly recommend Brooke. She is professional, efficient and is an EXPERT in the real estate business with a GREAT PERSONALITY. KC | Gold Coast"
"Brooke was fantastic to work with. As a first time home-buyer, I was unsure exactly where and what I was looking for as I began the process. Brooke was able to HELP EDUCATE AND ADD CLARITY as the search for our home went along. Brooke's knowledge of the city, market, and connections throughout made me very comfortable with the final decision. And even after the closing has been EXTREMELY GRACIOUS WITH HER TIME in connecting us with vendors for various home projects we wanted to complete before moving. The process from beginning-to-end has been better than I had imagined. I would highly endorse Brooke to whomever may be looking to purchase in the Chicagoland Area. Thank you! Garret | North Center"
"There is no one better in the business than Brooke. She MAKES THINGS HAPPEN AND KEEPS IT REAL. Repeat client with Brooke and when we move again (hopefully not for a while) we are calling her! Matthew | Lincoln Square"
"Brooke is wonderful to work with - we have USED HER HELP MULTIPLE TIMES NOW :) Ramandeep | Lakeview"
"I had a great experience working with Brooke on purchasing my first home. She EXPERTLY GUIDED ME THROUGH THE PROCESS, and did everything in her power to help me get an accepted offer on the perfect place. Thank you Brooke! Nina | Lakeview/Graceland West"
"Extremely knowledgeable and PROVIDED VALUABLE INSIGHT throughout the entire process. Zero hesitation to recommended to friends in Chicago and/or rely on Brooke for future real estate opportunities. Joe | Lincoln Park"
"She got my new construction condo hardwood floors on the first level when no other condo in the building got hardwood on the first floor. The developer repeatedly stated this was due to her superior knowledge of new construction process that she effectively used when negotiating.
There were many other examples of her superior quality of service. (1) She picked the first few places we saw so as to get a sense of my "taste", but had enough flexibility to get us into particular listings I wanted to see. I highly valued these "diagnostic" initial visits as I had no clue what my preferences were. (2) She easily changed from River North to Wicker Park/Logan Square when my initial preference for River North proved a poor fit. (3) She was willing to show me a few other neighborhoods to humor my curiosity. (4) She coached me on what features a condo needs in order to have good resale value, even if I myself didn't care about those features. (5) She did the initial mark-up of the purchase contract (apparently extremely rare for a realtor to do so.
Based on Brooke I ended up in a great condo in a neighborhood I didn't expect that checks all my boxes and should be easy to resell, should I so choose. Painless process. Highly recommended. James | Logan Square"
"I was privileged to work with Brooke on the sale of my condo and I cannot thank her enough! Her EXPERTISE AND GUIDANCE led to the quick sale of my home. As a first time seller, Brooke made the entire process smooth and sold my condo very quickly – there was even a bidding war! She is extremely knowledgeable of the Chicago real estate market and was very insightful as to how best to show the unit. She is a great realtor who goes above and beyond! If you are looking to buy or sell a home in the Chicago area, I highly recommend Brooke and her outstanding team! Colleen | Ravenswood Manor"
"Brooke made our selling experience better than I ever could have envisioned. She's thorough, thoughtful and WELL-VERSED IN HER PRACTICE. She made a complicated process easy to understand and WE TRUST HER EXPLICITLY.
Jen | Lincoln Park"
"Brooke is a ROCKSTAR. First and foremost, as a broker, she was DILIGENT, EFFECTIVE AND RELIABLE. Her knowledge, across the board, far surpassed any other broker we've worked with. In addition, the overall character and empathy with which Brooke operates - especially during stressful situations - was outstanding. She's top notch. If we ever sell or buy again, Brooke will be who we call. Stephen | Logan Square"
"Brooke is a TIRELESS PROBLEM SOLVER. Absolutely could not have made it through this process without her. She helped us quickly find the right house, helped us win a competitive bidding situation, and fought to get our closing done on time. Now that we're in the house, she continues to be a great resource for us, by among other things, connecting us with her trusted network to get some additional work done. I have, and will continue to, recommend Brooke to friends and family.
Joseph | West Town"
"Brooke was fantastic to work with. She really understood what I was looking for and catered our search to that. She pointed out things in places we looked at that she knew were important to me or might make a property not the best for me. I felt she was very honest, patient, and LOOKED OUT FOR MY BEST INTEREST. Stavroula | Southport Corridor"
"Brooke was awesome! Before we even began looking at condos, Brooke referred us to a mortgage broker and explained the entire process and HELPED US FEEL AT EASE DURING A STRESSFUL TIME. After only two afternoons of looking Brooke found a listing that was just put on the market and we we're one of the first people to see it. We loved it and put in an offer immediately. There were multiple offers but Brooke helped us determine the optimal bid that just beat out the other offers while still paying under list price. However, she didn't stop at that. Throughout the remainder of the process Brooke was by our side answering questions and present at our inspection, walk through, and closing. She also took charge in scheduling our inspection and putting us in contact with an attorney to help with the closing. She went ABOVE AND BEYOND and we will be sure to use her expertise down the road when we buy again. We would happily refer her to all our friends and family. Kevin | River North"
"Brooke is a superb, highly competent broker who puts her customers first and has a STRONG GRASP OF THE CHICAGO REAL ESTATE MARKET. She was able to sell my unit at 99% of list in two days. Moreover, Brooke is someone with whom you can have an adult discussion, where seller and agent may disagree. I appreciated that openness and candor. Thanks again for such a smooth transaction. Todd | Lincoln Park"
"We bought our condo in fall 2012 and sold it in summer 2015, working with Brooke Vanderbok on both transactions. She was ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC TO WORK WITH, extremely professional, very knowledgeable, and she went the extra mile to ensure our many questions were answered and we were comfortable with the entire process. If you are looking for a Chicago realtor who HAS YOUR INTERESTS IN MIND and who will go above and beyond to ensure you're not just pleased but totally satisfied, look no further than Brooke Vanderbok! Tom | Lincoln Park"
"As a first-time buyer, everything about the process is daunting. Brooke made the process a breeze and was very EFFICIENT AND PROFESSIONAL WITH NEGOTIATIONS. I'd recommend Brooke's service to everybody. Her expertise and attention to detail are beyond what I could have ever hope for. Thank you!!! Emily | Roscoe Village"
"Brooke Vanderbok is SIMPLY THE BEST. Easily the best broker I have ever used. I work in a service business with Wall Street and Brooke is as good at service as anyone I know. A total star and she should be rewarded for a tremendous job! I will continue to use Brooke and only Brooke for all real estate needs in the future. Alex | River North"
"Brooke is very KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE INDUSTRY and very easy to work with. Painless process overall. Anesti | Lakeview"
"Brooke is very knowledgable about the areas in which we were looking, and is honest about the value of properties. As first time home buyers, Brooke also helped us navigate through all the unfamiliar steps of buying a home with ease."
"Brooke was absolutely fantastic. She really went out of her way to arrange showings and meet us early or late, sometimes twice in the same day. Brooke was always quick to respond and really moved things forward leading up to the closing. She got us into a great house in a competitive market just in time for us to welcome our first baby."
"As always and for the past 3 years, Brooke delivered in a timely manner in finding the right tenant!"
"I have never had a real estate agent here work as hard as you do!!!!! Wow - we are really lucky to have you!"
"Brooke is wonderful! She made our move from New York to Chicago so easy. We had to find a place to rent quickly and she took us to 20 different places in two days which could have been a stressful experience but she made it fun and she always had a smile on her face. Throughout the two days she drove us all over Chicago and described the different neighborhoods we went through. If we ever have to look for another place we would definitely use Brooke as our real estate agent."
"Brooke was efficient, punctual, well-prepared and personable; she picked properties that matched my intentions well, didn't try to up-sell and provided useful information and keen criticism of the places she showed me."
"Brooke was an extremely valuable resource during my home search. She helped me find a wonderful home and she expertly negotiated a price that I didn't think was possible. Brooke gave sound advice which enabled me to make the key decisions in my home search. She is a true asset, and it was a pleasure working with her. I highly recommend her, and will pass that recommendation on to any friends and associates that are searching for a home."
"Brooke did a fantastic job selling our condo. In a difficult market, she worked strategically, made the right moves and worked diligently to make a sale. Her savvy, professionalism, and hard work paid off in a fairly short period of time. I highly recommend her to anyone looking to sell their home in the Chicago market."
"We were first time home buyers to the City of Chicago as well as the state of Illinois. Brooke took the time to tour several homes and neighborhoods with us to learn our likes and dislikes and then exemplified great patience in explaining to us the process involved to buying a home in Illinois. When it was time to make an offer she was prepared with graphs and charts. Her insight and recommendations were given tremendous weight in our decision making process. We are now happy home owners."
"I was a first-time home buyer and Brooke did a wonderful job walking me through the process and explaining things. I have a demanding job and she helped make things easier for me. Although she and I have different tastes in real estate, she listened to what was important to me and helped me find a place that fit my wishes--while gently guiding me away from decisions I might regret later. She also suggested a fine attorney and inspector. I was very pleased with her work and support."
"I have worked with Brooke for several years, now, and I can say with 100% confidence, she is the best real estate broker out there. She has been able to find me renters in under 3 days. I highly recommend Brooke to anyone that has real estate needs."
"Brooke could not have been more wonderful. As a first time buyer, she walked me through every step of the process. She understood what I was looking for and took me to the places I would love, and I found my condo in the first week! She is incredibly hard working. Thanks for everything Brooke!"
"Working with Brooke was a complete pleasure. She knows her stuff and we felt very comfortable following her advice. Brooke was always VERY RESPONSIVE TO OUR QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS. She also took the time to help us find our new home. We will, for sure, call on Brooke again and feel very comfortable referring friends to her.Thanks Brooke!!!!
Randy | Lincoln Park"
"I personally sincerely endorse Brooke at "ATPROPERTIES"- for all your real estate needs. She was persistent in marketing and negotiating and we Closed--- Not an easy to handle marketing property as it had complexities to be waded through. I have been a very successful realtor for 35 years here in MI - with credentials - "Top 2% - Chairman's Circle"- for well known " Prudential" in the business world. Take my word."
"Brooke was great throughout our first home buying process. We couldn't have asked for anything more. She helped to not only educate us in the process but make us feel comfortable and informed throughout. We would recommend her 100% and would gladly seek out her services again. Thanks Brooke!"
"Brooke was awesome - and the whole process was made very easy by her. I loved that she had an opinion that she wasn't reluctant to share, and encouraged us with the right properties."
"Brooke is a star, totally gets the process from start to finish. Highly recommend her. Great communicator, great resource for all needs, made the process easy. Im glad we got to work with her and we will use her again in the future"
"Hands down, Brooke Vanderbok is one of the most knowledgeable & best brokers I have worked with. From Point A to Z, she was on top of the game and helped insure a seamless transaction. She gave sound feedback which enabled me to make the key decision in my investment property purchase. She is definitely an asset and is a pleasure working with her. I look forward to many more business ventures with her!"
"I first contacted Brooke in July 2011 after seeing a listing for a condo we liked. We toured it but it wasn't the right one, and after seeing many other places, and many starts and stops in the buying process, we finally closed on a condo in September 2012. All the while, Brooke was exceptionally helpful, supportive, and thorough in her communication with us, the seller's agent, the banks (we purchased a short sale), and more. Not only did she execute for us extremely well (which was helpful given this was my first condo purchase), she also recommended terrific contractors who have made our condo into exactly what we want!"