Craig Easly

Craig Easly

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Testimonials

Overall 5 star rating out of 53 reviews



"We hired Craig three years ago to sell our house in Lincoln Square.  At the time, there were no comparable sales west of Western Ave for luxury homes over $1,000,000. Other established agents we met with told us to simply adjust our asking price lower - however, we felt the value was there for our asking price.  Craig advised us to refinish the floors, paint some of the natural oak trim, and professionally stage the property.  We were reluctant to spend the effort and money - but Craig emphasized that taking those steps would remove the objections that buyers would have, and enable us to come close to our asking price.  

One day just before going live on the market stands out: painters were finishing up in the morning, stagers were moving furniture in and setting up, and the photographer arrived as the stagers were leaving.  When the photographer was leaving, the first of three potential buyers were walking in the door for a preview look.

After eight days on the market, we had four initial offers, and three final offers - and sold for just $5,000 off of our asking price.

Craig knew he was competing for our business against seasoned agents.  He had the guts to recommend the right steps to get us to our price. The other agents did not pay attention to that, and simply tried to convince us to ask a lower price.  If you are looking for candid advice, in an experienced broker who will stay focused on your priorities, and keep working even after the first offer comes in - hire Craig."



"I found Craig through Angie's List based on his reviews. Craig was easy to get a hold of initially and throughout the entire process. He either picked up the phone or got back to me quickly even when he was on vacation.

After our initial meet and greet, we setup up a few appointments based on my inputs. The showings were well planned and refined each time based on our feedback. Craig asked many inquisitive questions to the seller agent and developers that were insightful and educated us on the buying process. We looked at condos, townhomes and houses and before we knew it, he found us a house that fit what we were looking for. It's a new construction house in Portage Park and we loved it.

During the initial meet and greet, we were just casually looking without any time constraints and before you know it we were going through the closing process. Met him in November, found a place in December, busy with paper work in January, closed in February and completely moved in by March. He helped out through a few obstacles and we are still in contact. The price was perfect since we were buying and we look forward to working with him in the future as both a buyer and seller agent.

Craig has followed up a few times afterwards for any issues and even mailed us some informational material about the area. He is honest, prompt, prepared and goes that extra mile so we would highly recommend Craig."



"Having had a positive experience working with Craig in 2003 in the purchase of my condo, I decided to re-engage his services earlier this year when selling the same condo. He was extremely professional, thoughtful and responsive throughout the process. His counsel and expertise were most appreciated, especially with respect to staging and pricing condo. We truly believe it was because of the Easly touch that our condo went under contract above asking within 3 days of listing with a serious backup offer. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome and thank Craig for everything."



"We thought we knew all that was needed for a quick sale. Then we met Craig. Thankful we took his advice to fully paint, clean and most important stage our condo. That investment paid off. He gave sound counsel on the entire process including what to consider on each offer we received. Thanks Craig!"



"Craig is outstanding! He took on selling our condo in a very difficult situation and never missed a beat. From the beginning of the process to the very end, Craig was involved and available. Craig is extremely knowledgeable and dependable. He is honest and truly an incredible realtor!"



"We made our initial contact with Craig 3 years ago in 2014. We were thinking about moving, contemplating some exterior updates, and were interested in his thoughts. In the early Fall 2016 we were finally ready to take the plunge and list the house. After evaluating seasonal selling trends, we decided to take outdoor photos, with perfect greenery and light, but list after the new year. The listing drew a lot of traffic at open houses and private showings. After an extended period of negotiations, we had 2 serious offers to consider. We accepted the stronger offer, however the back-up offer kept the inspection and appraisal processes moving forward to an on-time close. We truly appreciated Craig's experience and confidence at every step through the process."



"I cannot speak more highly of Craig Easly of @properties as our broker for the sale of our home in Chicago. From his initial consultation helping us to stage our home so that it looked its best, to the professional brochure that he created to market our home, through the showings and eventual negotiations with some very difficult buyers. He remained a voice of reason and a voice of calm and he helped us navigate what were very turbulent waters. He gave us great advice and helped us to get the best price for our home. If we were to sell a property again, we would definitively seek out Craig if he is available."



"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!"



"He was always puctual and returned our calls promptly if he didn't answer immediately. He prepared a very comprehensive appraisal of what homes were going for in our area. He posted the listing promptly and then helped us go through a few offers. He steered us to real estate attorney who handled things up to the closing. You couldn't look for a better real estate agent."



"Craig was instrumental in helping us sell our property. From day one, he prepared us for the selling process and gave us guidance to ensure our home looked ideal prior to showings. He worked around our hectic schedules with 2 young children, was always available to us whenever we needed to touch base, and was patient with any and all of our constant concerns. He was able to secure 3 offers on our property and did a phenomenal job of helping us to juggle the offers, make the right decision of which offer to accept, and he ensured we had a "back up plan" if the accepted offer fell through. He is reliable, diligent, honest, trust worthy, and incredibly patient. Anyone would be lucky to have him as their agent! Thanks Craig!!"



"as a builder in chicago the the past 20 years i have worked with a number of real estate brokers. i hired craig to sell a 3 building is 16 years old, and has been a successful rental building, but the finishes were original when i built it in 1999,. craig bought 3 offers, one of which was in the right ballpark, and after some back and forth , i accepted one.

what i liked about craig is that he didn,t stop working at that point.
with the one offer in hand, he continued his efforts to bring another offer, which he did within a day or 2 of the one i accepted. this made me feel much more comfortable in my negotiations over inspection issues,and allowed us to have some leverage in my negotiating over inspection issues,and allowed us to have some leverage through the key inspection and attorney review stage.

in the end , we closed successfully on the first contract for $835,000.
craigs efforts helped me get condo level pricing for the building,without making significant improvements to the property. i liked how he kept working to bring in a backup offer. most real estate brokers would have stopped after the first offer was accepted.

i would highly recommend craig to anyone who is looking for a hardworking , scrupulous, real estate broker in chicago."



"Craig is the ultimate professional. My fiance and I worked with him in selling her condo in Chicago. It was not an easy process. If there was any pitfall with management, buyers, realtors, the city of Chicago, and just bad luck, we ran into it. Through it all, Craig was a calming force throughout the process. Nothing seemed to phase him. He provided sound, true, and honest guidance. We followed his lead and we were able to sell. I know that no other broker would have been able to rise above the problems with us through that process and we are very grateful. When you work with Craig you are working with a passionate professional."



"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!"



"'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!"



"I am very glad to have worked with Craig. I was selling a condo in Chicago. Craig was particularly helpful in identifying where I needed to make improvements to make the home more attractive to potential home buyers, and his recommendations on tradesmen to perform work. He also did a good job of guiding me through the process and letting me know what to expect at each step. Finally, I think he did an excellent job of positioning the home vs. others in the market to generate as much interest as possible – resulting in getting good offers relatively quickly. I would highly recommend Craig to anyone that is planning to sell their home."



"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."



"We recently worked with Craig to find a new home in Ravenswood Manor. We were moving from a condo to a house and looking for the right place that was move in ready, but had some reno opportunities to make it our own. Craig patiently showed us a variety of options from converting 2 flats to single family homes. We saw a lot of different places over the course of 7 months and finally found the right place at the end of last year and moved in this year. Throughout the whole process, Craig gave great advice, was responsive, and was just a fun person to work with. He even went to open houses on our behalf when we couldn't go. It was great working with Craig!"



"This is our second time working with Craig and again we had a great experience. Craig provided excellent advice on getting our house ready for showings. Once our house was ready he did a lot of marketing within his extensive real estate network. Craig held an open house and was able to drive significant traffic through the house resulting in multiple offers. We were only on the market for one-week.

Craig also assisted us with the purchase of our new home in Wicker Park. There were multiple offers on the property and Craig skillfully helped us create a compelling offer that was accepted. Thank you Craig!"



"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.

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 3 bedroom 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.

Thanks Craig!"



"Craig's thoroughness & attention to detail provided me with the insight & proper expectation's to be able make a great offer & close on a great place. He provided market analysis, neighborhood analysis, tax considerations & great negotiation skills to close the deal. So now I'm in a cool new neighborhood that i would have never considered, in a great building, at a great value, and shortened my commute to work every day."



"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."



"The only mistake I made in hiring Craig was not hiring him first. I originally listed with another broker until I realized the error of my ways. Craig is reliable, communicative, creative, proactive and an all-round nice guy. I owned a townhouse in a very old building that was not quite market-ready. Craig went beyond the call of duty by identifying the problems that could interfere with a sale, hiring the handyperson to fix them and being there to explain and oversee the work. I just had to write the checks. “Appreciative” does not begin to describe my feelings towards Craig. Most importantly, 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!"



"My wife and I have used Craig twice in the last five years. The first time to buy our condo in 2008 and then to sell it in 2015, after we had two kids and moved to the suburbs. We could not have been happier nor more impressed with our experiences with Craig. He was all of the things that you want in a realtor: responsive, hard working, knowledgeable and honest. He patiently helped us find our condo in East Lakeview in 2008 (I think that we looked at about 25 places) and then was awesome at helping us get our place ready to sell. We ended up getting almost asking price and a great buyer. We could not recommend Craig more highly. Also, he is a nice guy; but a strong and competent negotiator."



"We hired Craig to help sell our vintage East Lakeview condo. We were relocating out of state for a new job, and had already entered into a contract on a house in our new location. Selling our unit in a timely manner was of the utmost importance! Craig was aware of the time crunch and had a plan in place to price and market our condo aggressively. He was always available to answer questions and keep us up to date with the listing. We had an atttactive offer, but ran into an issue with an unwarranted low appraisal. Craig worked diligently with the buyer's attorney and agent to back up our price with relevant comps. After an anxious period, in which Craig kept his cool and gave us assurances, the buyer was able to secure financing and we were able to close the sale. While the process was sometimes rocky, Craig did an excellent job of always staying in touch and making us feel like we were his number one priority. I would highly recommend Craig in the future. He has the experience, drive, and personality to get a unit sold!"



"Craig helped us from prepping our unit through all aspects of the sale. He recommended, scheduled and coordinated with the painter, carpet installer, stager, photographer, and cleaner - allowing me to focus on my work and family. Craig went way beyond just listing our unit."



"We interviewed 3 highly qualified agents before deciding on Craig. We choose Craig because he seemed easy to work with and very knowledgeable which was important as this was our first time selling a home. He came with a recommendation from a neighbor just having sold her condo in which he generated 4 bids. Our experience with Craig was outstanding. While all the while being very professional, goal oriented and driven to meet our personal desires and expectations, he also managed to get us to relax and not feel rushed.

Our situation was that we were moving out of state though not in a hurry to sell and at the time our son was 13 months old. Our highest priority was to get good value for the place but equally important was to stage the place the best we could so that we could hopefully reduce showings (hard to do with a 13 month old who naps twice a day) by hopefully getting someone to fall in love with the place quickly.

Done and done. Craig gave us exactly what we wanted. While the process was time consuming and difficult to make our place look attractive to people who potentially didn't have kids, Craig made a very stressful event into something more calm and fun at times. He gave us great staging suggestions and was very straight forward about what he thought needed to be done but at no time pressured us to do them. He sold the condo on our schedule. Craig ended up selling our home to the first showing and at just barely under asking price which we offered as a counter. After it was all said and done it felt like we were all a team on the sale. I realized that if you don't give 100% on your sale it is hard for your realtor to give 100%. We fed off his energy and I hope he did ours.

Above and beyond. Even after we had signed the contract and were in the process leading up to the closing Craig would call for no other reason than to check in and see how we were doing. He even found us a great agent in our new city who turned out to be an excellent agent as well. It will be a moment in time during our lives but we will always look back on it with great memories thanks to Craig. We call him a friend now and would (will) recommend him to anyone.

Brian and Sue"


"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!"



"Craig was very knowledgable and responsive throughout the selling process. We put our condo on the market after renting it for 7 years. Craig shared great ideas on how to show with renters and arranged all the showings directly with them. Working full time, juggling kid's school/activities, and not living nearby made it difficult for us to devote much attention to the selling process. Craig made it seamless and painless, by not only recommending a cleaning service and staging company, but also meeting with them and overseeing the projects. Once we used the staging company he recommended, we had an offer in weeks. He also negotiated expertly on our behalf once we were in the offer stage. He also recommended an excellent real estate attorney. Craig kept us in the loop throughout the process, sharing detailed notes on showings and responses. I would highly recommend Craig and would use him again."



"Just sold our property in Chicago with Craig's help, he was a pleasure to work with, kept things simple and efficient, was realistic, and didnt make any false promises. Good with communication and followed up in a very timely manner on all issues. Highly recommend him."



"We are out of state and needed to sell our rental in Chicago so finding the right realtor that could help us without us physically being there was very important. I met Craig back in 2006 when he helped me purchase my first property as a single professional. He was extremely helpful in educating me on the market and process so when I was ready to sell my condo 12 years later I immediately reached back out to Craig for his help.
Craig is one of the best and most experienced realtors in the Chicago land area. Craig has the market knowledge and many resources to get the job done. Craig helped us with the entire process from hiring and scheduling contractors for the remodeling to picking out paint colors and light fixtures. We counted on Craig every step of the way and he delivered! He is truly an expert in his field and an absolute pleasure to work with!"



"I cannot speak more highly of Craig Easly of @properties as our broker for the sale of our home in Chicago. From his initial consultation helping us to stage our home so that it looked its best, to the professional brochure that he created to market our home, through the showings and eventual negotiations with some very difficult buyers. He remained a voice of reason and a voice of calm and he helped us navigate what were very turbulent waters. He gave us great advice and helped us to get the best price for our home. If we were to sell a property again, we would definitively seek out Craig if he is available."



"The experience was smooth and swift."


"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!"


"The experience was smooth and swift."


"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!."



"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."


"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!"


"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."



"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."



"I cannot speak more highly of Craig Easly of @properties as our broker for the sale of our home in Chicago. From his initial consultation helping us to stage our home so that it looked its best, to the professional brochure that he created to market our home, through the showings and eventual negotiations with some very difficult buyers. He remained a voice of reason and a voice of calm and he helped us navigate what were very turbulent waters. He gave us great advice and helped us to get the best price for our home. If we were to sell a property again, we would definitively seek out Craig if he is available."



"I could not have found a better realtor! I appreciated his honest feedback about what needed to be done to prepare our house. He was responsive and efficient, very professional, and an eady person to talk to. He has set a high standard, i will always gI've him our business!"



"Craig is outstanding! He took on selling our condo in a very difficult situation and never missed a beat. From the beginning of the process to the very end, Craig was involved and available. Craig is extremely knowledgeable and dependable. He is honest and truly an incredible realtor!"



"Craig is the consummate professional. From day 1 he gave us the confidence to successfully manage this process and get us the best offer with the best terms to close quickly. We appreciate his solid counsel for what we needed to do on the front end to gain the most value from our property. Glad we listened! Thank you Craig!"


"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."



"Craig was so easy to work with and really made the process as painless as possible. He has so many resources and contacts that were a big help. When we received several offers less than a week after being on the market, we knew we made a great decision using Craig and his team."



"We made our initial contact with Craig 3 years ago in 2014. We were thinking about moving, contemplating some exterior updates, and were interested in his thoughts. In the early Fall 2016 we were finally ready to take the plunge and list the house. After evaluating seasonal selling trends, we decided to take outdoor photos, with perfect greenery and light, but list after the new year. The listing drew a lot of traffic at open houses and private showings. After an extended period of negotiations, we had 2 serious offers to consider. We accepted the stronger offer, however the back-up offer kept the inspection and appraisal processes moving forward to an on-time close. We truly appreciated Craig's experience and confidence at every step through the process."


"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."