Craig Easly

Craig Easly

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Overall 5 star rating out of 15 reviews


"The only mistake I made in hiring Craig was not hiring him first. I originally listed with another broker untill I realized the error of my ways. Craig is reliable, communicative, creative, proactive and an all-round nice guy. Trying to sell my property was not without its adventures, but Craig was up for every task and never lost his sense of humor. I'm not sure which of us needed the cocktail more after closing. Highly recommended!."


"Craig's experience, knowledge, and expertise really showed when he helped us get 4 offers on our unit in just over a month, and at 98% of our asking price. From the beginning, he gave us detailed advice and help in getting our home in selling shape. We followed his guidance to a T, and that really paid dividends when it came time to put our home on the market. Even after the first offer fell through, his ability to keep other offers on the table and effort in continuing to work for us all the way to the finish line made all the difference in the world. His even-keeled personality mixed with his ability to read situations really helped us along the way in this stressful time. Thanks for all of your hard work and guidance along the way, it really paid off!"


"Craig provided very helpful initial advice and ongoing support that resulted in the successful sale of my property. He is knowledgeable, professional, and personable. I enjoyed working with him and highly recommend him."


"Craig has a lot of strengths, but the two that stand out to us are his preparation and ability to close the deal. He had us well prepared, aware of the market, and ready to move when our dream property appeared. Once it did, our solid offer (because, again, this guy knows his stuff), put us ahead of other offers, some of which were significantly higher than ours. I've already recommended Craig to many friends, and they in turn have recommended him to others. Buyers and sellers in Chicago are lucky to have Craig. As a bonus, he's a lot of fun to be around!"


"After our original listing agent moved out of state and the showings at our property became a bit bleak, we began searching for a replacement.Craig Easly came highly recommended and after meeting him in person, we were confident in his approach to selling our Chicago home. At the beginning of our engagement, Craig asked for an extended level of trust to renew our property and make it a top notch listing - He certainly did not disappoint.We couldn't be happier at the level of effort and Craig's overall effectiveness in the sale of our home - certainly a top notch Chicago real estate professional!"



"Craig has been extremely helpful to me in learning how to sell property, and coaching me through the process - to a successful conclusion. He is thoughtful and pays attention to individual needs. I've learned a lot, and appreciate that there are many aspects to this process of staging your property, staying resilient through prospective buyers looking, and then negotiating the sale. Craig is very skilled in all of these areas - and more I'm not thinking of now, I'm sure."


"'Easly Does It' is not just a tagline Craig really knows his craft well. My wife and I were immediately impressed with his professionalism and commitment to helping us find our new home. Exceptional follow-through, great communication, and overall invaluable advice from top to bottom. Craig went the extra mile to help get us a mortgage lender recommendation, connect us with a neighbor to provide temporary living arrangements, offer contractor advice, and minimize the expected delays in real estate buying and selling. We couldn't be more pleased with our decision to partner with Craig and @Properties!"


"The experience was smooth and swift."



"My wife and I met Craig while looking at a property he was showing at an open house. We really liked him from day one and we're really excited when we contacted him to see what we could do. We initially needed some time to get some things in order and told Craig we weren't quite ready yet. He continued to keep in touch with us and when we were ready, he was right there. One of the things that we really appreciated about working with Craig was his honesty with us. Not just about what he thought about the houses we wanted to see but also about where he thought we were in the process. He kept us focused. This is possibly the last house that my wife and I will buy. But if we bought again, there's not doubt that Craig would be the first person we would call. Great agent and an even better human being. Thanks Craig. We will be forever grateful that we stopped by that house and met you."


"We found Craig via Angie's List. Our first meeting was at a nearby @properties office. He was professional, personable and knowledgeable. He asked probing questions to gauge our interests, experiences and expectations. We appreciated this "grilling" as it helped us clarify what we did and did not want.After the initial meeting, we starting looking at listings and sent Craig listings to consider. We had very specific desires for location, price and features. There were very few listings that met what we wanted. Craig would encourage us to expand our expectations, to consider compromising on one tn or another. This was always presented in a reasonable, supportive way and helped us further clarify what was truly important to us and what trade offs we could live with.When we visited properties, he was a font of useful knowledge, pointing out issues to consider, explaining the +'s and -'s.Eventually we found a property that seemed to be a strong fit: a condo in River North. Craig was our advocate and negotiator during the buying process, ensuring our expectations were met by the seller. We are pleased with how it all worked out and would use Craig in the future for our next property."


"I met Craig first in March of 2013. After taking Craig's advice on what to do with our condo to get the best price possible (new counter tops, de-cluttering, new paint, the philosophy of only adding furnishings that we could take with us, and really giving the condo a "hip, sexy, west loop" feel), I contacted him a year later in March of 2014. He was very excited about what we'd done to the place, and very happy we took his advice......and so were we. The condo went on the market on Tuesday, we were under contract by the weekend. No other condo has gone for a higher price. We set a record for the building.That was just our sale, though. During the very stressful purchase process Craig was very patient and understanding (we weren't sometimes). He was able to make the process as fun as it could be. Very positive. In addition, Craig was great with our kids, and was very cognizant of my wife's effort to take care of the kids,and look for a new home.We ended up purchasing a lovely gut rehab, bungalow, and Craig is still with us. Making sure the developer completes any unfinished items. He goes the extra mile.I would, and already have recommend Craig to anyone thinking of buying, and/or selling a home.It was very educational. The advice was very much appreciated. I now understand what needs to be done to ensure an optimal sale price. Craig also made himself available if there were any questions."


"Craig provided excellent guidance, advice, humor and friendship in a long and very fruitful house hunt. We met Craig completely randomly while searching properties on the internet. We met in person, liked Craig immediately and began our search together. The results of Craig's efforts are we found the perfect home at a fantastic price. We have been moved in for several months now and cant even believe we bought our home for the price we paid. Craig was very patient and focused on our needs. He never pushed us toward a sale. He continually questioned what we liked and didn't like on each of the dozens of properties shown until we collectively found the perfect home at the perfect price. I am convinced no one else could not have come close to achieving our level of satisfaction that we now have. Thanks Craig!"


"Contacted Craig from his Angie's List ratings and selected him after a phone conversation about the area and his expertise. He worked with me over several weeks to find and purchase a condo in Lincoln Square. Responsive and friendly throughout even at a time that the real estate market was heating up and most everyone in it was overwhelmed and unable to keep up. Suggested and brought with him a team of providers (mortgage, legal) he recommended who took me through the buying process smoothly other than a few hiccups here and there."


"We were selling our condo unit at the same time as two building neighbors (of our eight unit building) were also on the market. After interviewing several realtors, we selected Craig because he presented fresh staging ideas and we were attracted to his personality (earnest - yet energetic + someone we wanted to spend time with over the next month). Craig walked through every room in our home offering staging ideas and suggestions. When we finished making these small changes, our home looked better than it had ever looked before. Six weeks later, we accepted an offer that was $10k more than both of the other two units sold for! The staging Craig suggested and his connections throughout the neighborhood/real estate industry made all the difference. We would highly recommend Craig to anyone in on the North Side of Chicago."


"I contacted Craig based on a friend's recommendation, though she had used him to buy a home rather than sell one. Immediately, I was impressed by his enthusiasm and passion for his profession, plus his friendly and charming personality. He was knowledgeable from the get-go with regard to the neighborhood market, and I appreciated his honesty when evaluating my condo's value and what he believed was necessary to create an ideal first impression. Not much needed to be done because I had basically completely remodeled and updated my condo upon buying it, and I kept it very clean. But I have to say that his minor recommendations, which involved, for my condo, mainly rearranging furniture and adding lights and color, greatly improved the flow and look of my home. I regret that I hadn't applied his changes years before. In short, listen to what he says, because he knows what he's talking about when it comes to interior design. One thing though - he strongly suggested that I purchase lighting from the higher-end local stores, and while I'm sure these lamps would've looked great in my place, I was able to find cheaper options that significantly improved the look probably just as well.I always felt in control during the entire home-selling process, particularly when it came to the list price. I'l admit that I was a bit ambitious with what I thought I could get for my condo, but he agreed to list it higher than what he suggested, without hesitation (granted, we weren't that, far apart). And, he was never pushy or eager to just make a quick sale and move on; he put my wishes first. He treated me like a person, not just a potential sale.I had a steady flow of traffic through my home, and while I wish there was more, I blame the market and neighborhood, not Craig's efforts; my place was listed everywhere, and he constantly pushed it upon potential buyers. I eventually agreed to a sales price a bit lower than what I was hoping for (but still higher than I bought it for, which most people nowadays would be happy with). While I was disappointed at the time, looking back, I'm happy I got out when I did; the market over there doesn't seem to have improved all that much, and now I'm sure I most likely couldn't have gotten a better price if I hired someone other than Craig.It's one thing to recommended his services to you strangers reading this, but just so you know, I had recommended him to a friend of mine as well. She even proceeded to continue use him to buy a new home after she had used him to sell hers."


"Craig Easly represented us as Sellers broker on the sale of our home in Lincoln Park. We moved from Chicago to Florida and needed to sell our home after we had completed the move. I found Craig via Angies list where he had received great reviews. We had a few discussions about strategy for marketing our home and preparing it for sale. He managed all the details on our behalf while we stayed in Florida right through to the closing.The preparation, marketing and closing went very well. Craig provided very good service throughout by representing our interests and coordinating with the other parties. I would highly recommend Craig."


"Craig went above and beyond for us as clients, not only offering his expertise and consultation, but taking care of things we didn't have time to deal with while our condo was on the market. He made the entire selling process very easy and we were happy with the end result. We chose Craig because he worked with us in the past and we were happy to have used him again to sell our condo in the city. During our initial consultation, Craig was extremely prepared with area comps and his thoughts on where we might price our condo. We had been renting it out for 7 years and still had renters living in the condo when we put in on the market. Craig gave us good recommendations on how to stage with renters in the condo and was great about communicating directly with them when it came time for showings. With both of us working full time, juggling kid's school/activities, and not living close to the condo we were trying to sell, Craig really helped take care of things we didn't have time to deal with. Once our renters moved out, he recommended a cleaning service and took care of arranging the details, including meeting them there. He also recommended an excellent staging company to help with the sales process, once our tenants moved out. Again, he took care of all the details and arrangements and oversaw the move-in of staging furniture. Once we used the staging company, we had an offer in just a few weeks. He prepared excellent marketing materials with amazing photography, which is an important tool Additionally, he shared detailed notes on all the showings. During the offer negotiation process, he was able to get us to where we wanted to be. Craig was extremely responsive throughout the selling process, from the very beginning to the final phases. I would not hesitate to recommend Craig as a realtor and would use him again."


"We found Craig via Angie's List. Our first meeting was at a nearby @properties office. He was professional, personable and knowledgeable. He asked probing questions to gauge our interests, experiences and expectations. We were first time buyers and wanted a multi-unit building, rather than a condo or single family home. Craig cautioned us on what we were taking on, given that we were "first timers". He ran thru various scenarios and options to make sure we had thought it through. We appreciated this "grilling" as it helped us clarify what we did and did not want.After the initial meeting, we starting looking at listings and sent Craig listings to consider. We had very specific desires for location, price and features. There were very few listings that met what we wanted. Craig would encourage us to expand our expectations, to consider compromising on one tn or another. This was always presented in a reasonable, supportive way and helped us further clarify what was truly important to us and what trade offs we could live with.When we visited properties, he was a font of useful knowledge, pointing out issues to consider, explaining the +'s and -'s.Eventually we found a property that seemed to be a strong fit: an old brick two-flat in Uptown/Andersonville that needed some TLC but was in solid shape. Craig was our advocate and negotiator during the buying process, ensuring our expectations were met by the seller. We are pleased with how it all worked out and would use Craig in the future for our next property."


"We were looking for a real estate agent we both could agree on to sell our house. We interviewed Craig Easly to discuss a price point, his process for marketing our property and entertain any suggestions he might have to prepare our property for sale. After talking with Craig, seeing his track record and hearing the various mechanisms he would use to market our property. We both agreed Craig would represent our interests well.We came to a mutually agreeable price point that we thought the property was worth and that was aligned with the market. The aspect of this process that impressed me the most is that Craig didn't try to talk us down from the value we placed on our house and was willing to work hard to tap into every channel available to sell our house. In addition he made fabulous recommendations to present our house in the best possible fashion and condition to appeal to the majority. The pictures and brochures were professionally done and represented our home in the best possible light. I believe we sold our house within two weeks of listing. We had multiple competitive offers. The negotiations were professionally done and the transition was smooth and fast. I would highly recommend Craig as a real estate agent."


"I was referred to Craig Easly by a good friend of mine. I had been thinking about buying a place for the past couple of years, but being that it felt like a huge commitment and I can be slightly lazy, I hadn't made any real efforts to do so at that point. As soon as my friend put me in touch with Craig, my search took off immediately with no effort from me (a dream come true). The first time I met Craig, we talked for about an hour and went over all the details of the home buying process, including the exact qualities I was looking for, such as price range and location. This was a Thursday. We began our search that Saturday. Craig was able to pick up very quickly on the type of places I did and did not like. At one point, we walked into a condo that I knew was not what I wanted, and without even needing to ask for my opinion, Craig rushed us through the tour and stated that while it was a great place, it would not be a good fit for me. Mind reading is an excellent quality in a Realtor. It only took us a couple of outings for me to hone in on the perfect place (well, once you looked past how the current unit's renters had "decorated," that is). Craig was able to leverage the state of the condo and negotiate an excellent deal. I was very impressed.Not only did Craig help find the perfect home for me, but he reminded me of all the documents I needed to put together and made sure I was always ready for the next steps. The entire process went smoothly and very quickly, only a couple of months start to finish. If I knew it would be this easy, I would have gone to Craig years earlier. Craig has a great sense of humor and is extremely professional. And if you're the type of person that gets cranky easily after a long day of home viewing (yes I have my flaws), no worries, Craig is stocked with water bottles and snacks at all times to take your hanger (hungry anger) away! I recommend Craig to anyone and everyone, you will not be disappointed!"


"Craig expertly guided us through the process of selling our condo. He was enthusiastic, professional, and knowledgeable throughout. Craig gave us a specific and manageable list of ways we could improve our property to best showcase our home and helped us set realistic goals based on a thorough analysis of comparable properties. We were able to accept an offer quickly, and Craig navigated us through a challenging attorney review period with endless patience and a positive focus. We are so pleased with our experience and would highly recommend Craig to friends and family."


"Craig wanted to understand the key things I was looking for in my first home purchase. He then carefully scheduled a day of showings relevant to my needs and asks. Once I found the place that fit my criteria, he walked me through the negotiation and closing processes step by step. I closed on my condo purchase within 3 weeks of finding the property meaning the team he recommended I work with for legal counsel and mortgage lender were efficient and responsive as well as open to working really quickly."


"Craig Easly and @properties made selling my condo simple and successful. It sold after 2 days on the market, with several bids in hand, above the fair listing price. I couldn't be happier""


"Craig did a great job representing my from the start. He gave great advice on how to stage my condo, he marketed the property, and he was always available for showings, and did a great job communicating with me. I highly recommend Craig."


"Craig takes the time to understand what his clients needs and wants are, so he can execute the tranactions in a efficeint and timely manner. He is very knowledgeable regarding the market and is precise and timely communicating."