Debra Dobbs

Debra Dobbs

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Overall 5 star rating out of 44 reviews



"Debra's knowledge of the space and her hands-on service model seem to be unparalleled in an industry where agents are often sloppy and don't take the time to make sure you get the best possible deal. Debra knows everyone- agents, lawyers, contractors- which is very helpful throughout all stages of the home buying process. I was a first time homebuyer and ran into a handful of roadblocks, and she took the time to help solve every problem when she undoubtedly had larger clients to assist.

I'd recommend Debra to any size buyer/seller- she doesn't take shortcuts and is a great negotiator- not to mention a fun person to hang out with during the process!"



"A true professional; smart, passionate about her work and her client's interests, intuitive and also a lot of fun to work with!"



"It was a pleasure working with Debra. We worked with a few other agents in the past and interviewed others before deciding to work with Debra. She was the most impressive, the most experienced, and the most engaging during the interview process. And it all proved out in practice as she helped us find our dream house. The search for our place was not easy...and it was not quick. Things happened along the way and Debra helped us get through some difficult situations. I would recommend her to anybody."



"Debra and her team are extremely honest, experienced, flexible, and knowledgeable. She has very quick communication and is very efficient. Selling our condo with her was a very easy process. One of the reasons we selected Debra was her photography, and she delivered. We had significant traffic immediately and signed an offer, within 48 hours of listing on MLS, OVER ASK and much higher than what several other agents said we could get. I would recommend Debra to anyone looking for a realtor in Chicago."



"Debra is a sublime realtor. We suffered through some prior realtors who were not as good, and we're so lucky to have found Debra. She is a true expert - In Chicago, she knows every building, every block. For help and resources, she comes equipped with everything from great contractors to legal to insurance agents. She has great taste in every style and aesthetic, and she's the perfect mix of warmth and bulldog. She represented us very well, and we feel we got a fair price and product. Overall, it was a great experience. We highly, highly recommend her."



"Debra was exceptional to work with when selling our condo. She did a walk through. She was really thoughtful about her suggestions to help us sell it at the price points we wanted. We took her advice. We received top dollar in a very short period of time. She was also mindful of our schedules when showing the condo. Great communication, looking back she gave excellent advice as well. Excellent realtor!"



"We have had the privilege of working with Debra 2 times so far buying and selling our condo and have nothing but good things to say. Debra is extremely professional and thorough. She always responds promptly and her team is top notch. She has been a resource to us multiple times as she has connections with many different professionals throughout the city. We were referred by a coworker and now we tell everyone we know in Chicago that if you want the best and most professional assistance buying or selling in Chicago, then Debra and her team are who you need to call."



"I've had experience over many, many years with a lot of real estate agents, both as a buyer and a seller. I've learned a lot during that time. For instance, most agents are competent and can tour you around, process paperwork, chat and keep you company. Some agents are really good - they know the areas pretty well, are really trying to help you and might have a good sense of the market. An even smaller segment are the great agents, the ones you can trust and with whom you feel in good hands. Then there are the ELITE agents, a rare breed indeed. Hard to find for sure but luckily you have me to direct you to one such ELITE agent - Debra Dobbs. Elite because she is more than a chauffeur, more than a font of knowledge, more than someone committed to your best interests, she takes it personally.

Debra has a market sense that is unmatched. She knows which areas are on the cusp of blossoming, which houses are poised to take advantage of that. Trust me, she is one you want on YOUR side during negotiations. She takes personal care of each of her clients. And you will be more than clients, you'll become friends. Her assistance is unmatched - whether you're a buyer or seller. Even after the sale she provides continued info useful for any homeowner. Her Little Black Book is invaluable!! Has all her secret contacts for everything you might need when you want service providers, best restaurants, night life, etc.. We just used her recommended electrician and he was fabulous!!

Can't recommend her highly enough. Don't sell yourself short. Don't settle for a good agent. Go for the best. Debra Dobbs. You'll thank me."



"I cannot heap enough effusive praise on Debra to describe what she does justice. She came recommended by colleagues who have worked with her multiple times in the past. She is not only an excellent realtor but part-life coach and guidance counselor that helped us navigate through our first-time home search and buying process. Debra went above and beyond to walk us through every stage of the way. We will always work with Debra and recommend her to everyone else who is looking to buy/sell a home."



"Very friendly and professional. She goes above and beyond. I highly recommend!"



"Debra is an expert when it comes to Chicago real estate and helped us sell our condo very fast! Her vision and recommendations in marketing our home resulted in 3 offers in the first week! Her help and guidance through the entire process made for an overall positive experience with great results!"



"If you look for an agent that will guide you from beginning till end with always a smile and a solution oriented mindset, stop looking, Debra (and her team) is who you need to hire immediately. Not only Debra brings years of experience but as well an immense network, her "little black book" is a precious add-on to all the great support received by Debra."



"Debra represented me and my husband for both buying and selling. I met Debra 5 years ago at an open house at one of her listings where I went in with my agent, I had to fire my agent and hire her because of her professionalism and knowledge on the market, and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

She found us our first dream home 5 years ago, and recently represented us on both buying and selling. Her 30+ years of knowledge on Chicago and each neighborhood helped us to narrow down the neighborhoods we wanted to focus on looking; she went above and beyond to search for schooling information for us; she listens carefully to all our needs and gave her honest opinions. She never gives us the feel that she just wants to close the deals quickly, she cares as much as we do to find a perfect place that we will love! You feel like you are working with a caring family member but not just an agent when working with her!

All her contacts are absolutely amazing as well, and makes the buying/ selling process so much easier."



"Debra Dobbs and her partner-in-arms Bridget Orsic were consummate professionals. They did everything right in terms of presenting our property in the best possible light and in terms of taking advantage of their considerable knowledge and connections in the marketing of our high-end condominium. Would hire again without a moment's hesitation."



"We worked with Alyssa Ager. She was extremely knowledgable and timely with our search for a place in Chicago. I highly recommend her and Debra Dobbs Realty."



"Debra and Alyssa were great. Debra fought for more money for us instead of just trying to get the deal done. Professional and all the people we worked with loved both Debra and Alyssa, and that made our lives easier as we're out of town. Highly recommended!"



"Debra Dobbs and Alyssa were so spectacular in helping us my boyfriend and I find our first home together! We were looking to move from the suburbs to the city, and Debra had an answer to ALL of our questions in regards to the best place to look for in our budget and what we were looking for in regards to the best bang for our buck. She also helped us connect with a great mortgage broker and attorney who helped make the process very understandable and easy. We relied on Debra the whole time and we felt that she was a wealth of knowledge, but also just so kind. Debra responded to us on a timely manner through calls, emails, and texts. Alyssa was also great and working with and them together was just great. We will be contacting Debra Dobbs when we go to sell our condo and look for a house in the suburbs in years to come. Overall, Debra and her team were amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone who is looking in the city of Chicago. Debra, thanks for everything, we couldn't have found our dream place without you and your team!"



"USE This Agent!!!
Our experience with Debra and her team was excellent and smooth. We worked with ALYSSA AGER, one of Debra's colleagues, and the experience was perfect. we are first time home buyers and even though our budget wasn't half a million, we got the same attention that any of her clients could hope for. Alyssa was a pro on all things home buying and went to bat for us when she saw something that needed to be negotiated."



"Debra’s team (especially Alyssa) were persistent and did an amazing job helping me sell my condo after I moved out of state. They helped me out with little things that had to be taken care of like finding handymen, arranged repairs and really took on a very active role since I was out of town. I would highly recommend them."



"We recently completed our fifth and sixth transactions with Debra as our agent. She's part genius, part magician. She found us the perfect new home after showing us only two candidates, and helped us negotiate a fair and reasonable contract in less than three days. We then put our old home on the market, at a price we thought was ambitious but fair, and she sold it in less than two weeks after only three showings, at 97% of our asking price. We had worked closely with her during renovations of our old home to make sure that the work we did would appeal to a broad market, and her suggestions turned out to be spot-on. A wonderful, brilliant, very hard-working, and fun person!"



"Debra Dobbs is a stellar realtor and helped us immensely in finding our perfect place. She's an expert on all Chicago neighborhoods, but was particularly helpful for our Lincoln Park search. She steered us clear of bad buys and got us the right price for our home. Not only does she go above and beyond in her role, but she was a fount of knowledge in recommending contractors, painters, legal advisers, etc. With Debra, you get your entire home buying crew in tow. It was a perfect experience for us."



"Debra assisted us with selling our townhouse in Chicago when the economy wasn't great. She had wonderful ideas as to how to market our place so it would sell even in such an economy. She was patient, proactive, motivated, dedicated, responsive and looked out for our best interest. She also demonstrated immense knowledge / expertise related to listing a property and the current status of the market. Debra is a strong negotiator who will help you during the entire negotiation process. She will devise a plan of where her clients what to end up and how to achieve such a plan.

We also used Debra to purchase our new house. She assisted with finding our current house which we love. Overall, Debra is a very friendly person who is easy to collaborate with on such an important experience. She is a determined, dedicated worker who any person would be lucky to work with. My husband and I would highly recommend Debra to anyone who is interested in buying or selling a property! You will be impressesed with her so just contact her! We were extremely happy with having Debra to help us sell our house and buy a new house."



"If I had to buy another place I would go to Debra without hesitation. She made our experience unique and fun and as smooth as possible. Couldn't have been better.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH
we are vey happy! and Debra is responsible for it!"



"Debra Dobbs is a true professional who works tirelessly and passionately on behalf her clients. She is intuitive and helped my husband and me make absolutely the perfect choice for us in a city home. Debra is also an energetic person who is simply a pleasure to work with! I recommend her without reservation."



"Great job under somewhat difficult circumstances. She’s a real pro!"



"I'd give her all the stars in the galaxy if I could! Amazing realtor and wonderful person."



"We have worked with Debra on three different properties in the Chicago area. She is hands down the best agent we have ever worked with. She knows Chicago, the real estate market and how to market your property for the best return regardless of the economy."



"Debra is absolutely amazing! My husband and I are definitely picky so looked at a ton of places. Debra was patient and kind and not to mention super fun to see places with throughout the process. I would recommend her to anyone/everyone. My highest praise!"



"Debra and her team worked tirelessly to help us find our first rental property. She attentatively listened to what we valued in a rental property and took us to numerous prospective properties until we found the perfect investment. Debra doesn't hesitate to provide input as to the pros and cons of each property, we never felt rushed to make a decision as Debra would routinely say "I want you to get the property that's right for you, and I'll show you as many properties as it takes until you do". While this was the first investment property we've bought with Debra, we used her a year ago to buy our primary home. We consider Debra much more than our broker, we consider her our business partner!"



"I've worked with Debra to sell two homes and buy three. She has done a great job of both pricing the homes I sold and then negotiating the price of the homes purchased. It's almost uncanny how close she's been to both the selling and buying prices for me. She also has a great sense of what a property could be -- especially helpful if you're looking at something to renovate or if you see something that is decorated badly. What I truly appreciate is Debra's in-depth neighborhood knowledge. I grew up in Chicago yet Debra's knowledge always greatly surpasses mine -- for me, it's always a pleasant surprise but if I had been a buyer from out of town I would think it would be a differentiator."



"I have worked with Debra on 5 deals in the past two three years. Hands down the best agent and marketer in Chicago I have ever met. With each property I have purchased, Debra has been able to negotiate and secure a perfect price. On the sell-side, her network of investors and interested buyers is insane. Odds are, she will have offers on your place before it hits the MLS."



"Debra has helped my family with several real estate deals spanning over a decade. She is bright, driven, ambitious, and incredibly helpful. As anyone who has worked with her can attest to, "real estate agent" is insufficient to describe Debra's role throughout the process of buying or selling a home or apartment. To her clients, she is a friend, a trusted adviser, and a fierce ally.

Her loyalty to her clients is tangible and unflagging, and she will work relentlessly on their behalf. I cannot recommend Debra highly enough."



"Debra is a consummate professional who represents her clients as if they were her own family. She is a tireless worker who will track down every lead and act as your agent with style, panache and grace. She is intelligent, sensitive, and a highly effective negotiator. I plan to call on Debra again for my real estate needs, and highly recommend her to my friends, family, and anyone else looking for an efficiency and excellent result in a real estate transaction, whether it's finding a new home or saying goodbye to an old one."



"Debra Dobbs is a stellar realtor and helped us immensely in finding our perfect place. She's an expert on all Chicago neighborhoods, but was particularly helpful for our Lincoln Park search. She steered us clear of bad buys and got us the right price for our home. Not only does she go above and beyond in her role, but she was a fount of knowledge in recommending contractors, painters, legal advisers, etc. With Debra, you get your entire home buying crew in tow. It was a perfect experience for us."



"The first thing to say about Debra is that, when we finally made an offer on our house, the sellers did *exactly* what Debra predicted they would do. Before we put in our bid, Debra laid out a multistep plan, plotting out what she thought the sellers would do at each juncture in the negotiating process, and how we should respond. Then we put in our bid, and the process unfolded precisely as Debra had predicted. She's been in the business for long enough, and understands people and the market well enough, that there were simply no surprises. It was amazing.

We had very specific criteria for our new house, and Debra was endlessly patient as we searched with her. She was very good about directing us away from places that she knew would not be a good fit. Even more important, she knew what we would like better than we did: Debra gently but consistently urged us to consider the house we finally bought, even though we had initially rejected it based on matters that, as it turned out, could be easily changed.

It goes without saying that Debra is a pro, in the best sense of the term: responsive, savvy, and smart. But she's not remotely "slick," either with us or with the sellers' agents we met; she's a real person, down to earth, funny, and warm.

I cannot recommend Debra more highly, and cannot imagine entering the real estate market again without her by our side."



"I have worked with Debra both selling and buying my last two homes. She is an extraordinarily talented and insightful professional, as well as fun to work wtih. I don't plan to move again for a while, but would use Debra for sure."



"We have bought three homes with Debra (and sold also two of those homes with Debra, and rented out one of them while we lived somewhere else).

She's utterly fabulous. She's amazing. She's patient and very good at both understanding your unique situation and making you feel like you are the only person in the world. She knows Chicago; she knows the market; she knows all the other brokers.

I cannot recommend Debra enough or highly enough if you are looking to buy a home or sell a home, or do anything else related to real estate in Chicago."



"Debra Dobbs helped my roommates and I find a 4 bedroom rental in Lincoln Park last summer. Not only was she incredibly professional and impressively knowledgeable, she is hot! I will certainly ask Debra to help me find my next apartment/home. I literally could not have asked for a better experience and recommend her fully to all of my friends and family. No one else makes finding a house easier, or more fun.

Peter Maros"



"We had to leave town before our place sold. Debra went over and above the typical agent duties cheerfully. She absolutely knew the market and found a qualified buyer for us. I recommend her in the highest terms."



"Dear Sir and Madame,

I am writing a letter of recommendation on behalf of Debra Dobbs. I first met Debra twelve years ago, when I was looking to buy a condominium in Lincoln Park. I interviewed six realtors and I was most impressed with Debra. Since then, I have purchased or sold three residential properties with Debra as my real estate agent and advocate. I have always found Debra to be professional, fair and sensitive to the needs of her clients. She puts her clients? interests and needs first and foremost.

We have an architectural firm with offices in Chicago and Los Angeles. We are a residential firm with a great deal of experience in those respective markets and Debra has our respect and confidence. My first impression of Debra was that she was honest, forthright and filled with integrity. Twelve years later I still feel the same and consider her one of the best realtors in Chicago. I am honored to refer my friends and clients to Debra.

Elissa Scrafano"



"We had a fantastic experience using Debra Dobbs to find our perfect home in Lincoln Park. She has an outstanding knowledge of the market. She is patient but also dedicated and assertive. Debra was thoroughly committed to help navigate any hiccups along the way, even after closing. Her assistant Emily was always responsive and helpful. Highly recommend!!"



"We were looking for a "downsize" city condo. Debra did an excellent job listening to our needs and wants, and found us the perfect home at a comfortable price point for us. She has vast knowledge of the current condo market and expertise in renovation. Debra's input helped us visualize what our new home can be! The transaction went very smoothly, and Debra was always available to answer questions and offer advice."



"Nick was more than helpful in finding us a new place for rent, he went out of his way to accommodate my schedule and was able to schedule as many viewings in a very limited time frame. I would recommend Nick to all of my friends in the future!"



"Debra was the perfect agent for us to partner with in our real estate transaction. She had great working relationships with those involved on our deal team, and she was able to provide helpful advice and counsel to us as first time buyers. We would definitely recommend Debra as an experienced agent who goes above and beyond!"



"Debra was an amazing agent! We could not have asked for someone more knowledgable, trustworthy, committed, interested in our goals, dedicated, congenial, thorough, and just plain fun to be around. She made the whole process, which can be frustrating, very enjoyable. And that's not easy! We could not recommend any one more highly. All agents are not created equally. Most are competent, a few are excellent, and a rarified handful are outstanding. Debra leads that pack. Amazing."



"Debra was professional, knowledgeable and fought to get the deal closed when issues arose. Great job, Debra!"



"Five stars! Debra is highly professional, knowledgable and skillful. Debra helped us find our dream house in Lincoln Park and the transaction went through smoothly. We are lucky to have Debra as our realtor and would love to work with her in the future."



"Debra was everything we hoped for, and more! She was our steadfast advocate and friend throughout the process, and the daunting process of finding our first home would have been significantly more stesssful and less fun without her! She was patient and honest during the entire process, ensuring we found the home of our dreams, and was immeasurably helpful even after we found our home! She also has insights into the properties that only a seasoned agent can appreciate. Everyone absolutely needs their own Debra for this process!"



"Debra was the perfect agent for us to partner with in our real estate transaction. She had great working relationships with those involved on our deal team, and she was able to provide helpful advice and counsel to us as first time buyers. We would definitely recommend Debra as an experienced agent who goes above and beyond!"



"Debra is the most knowledgeable and thorough broker! She understood our needs and worked tirelessly to find us the perfect home."



"I have friends who both own and rent homes and I had previously used relators to help me find rentals within Chicago. Until working with Debra Dobbs and Carly Fisher, I never understood why some people were loyal to their relators. Now I understand wholeheartedly why they do. Carly took the time to understand what I was looking for within some unique circumstances. Every time we went to look, she came with a renewed excitement and even when I was a little bit discouraged, she always had the attitude of "We'll find something perfect, its just not here yet", and low and behold, she was right. Debra oversaw the entire process and was there with guidance about the location and various tips. I couldn't have asked for a better experience and I look forward to working with Debra and her team again whether its buying or renting! Thank you for a wonderful experience!"



"Debra and her team were a pleasure to work with. She was knowledgeable, professional and personable. At no time did she pressure us to accelerate our deliberations after we had a couple of self-imposed starts and stops. She gave us valuable market knowledge and building insights and comps that helps us reach the decision we wanted to make on the time frame we were comfortable with.

Highly recommended and would use her again."



"I found Debra online through much research of my own. I am a repeat client and always found her to be very knowledgable and a pleasure to work with before, during and even after he transaction has closed."



"Debra and her team worked tirelessly to help us find our first rental property. She attentatively listened to what we valued in a rental property and took us to numerous prospective properties until we found the perfect investment. Debra doesn't hesitate to provide input as to the pros and cons of each property, we never felt rushed to make a decision as Debra would routinely say "I want you to get the property that's right for you, and I'll show you as many properties as it takes until you do". While this was the first investment property we've bought with Debra, we used her a year ago to buy our primary home. We consider Debra much more than our broker, we consider her business partner.!"



"Debra is terrific - diligent, patient and professional with great market knowledge, taste and style."



"Nick was more than helpful in finding us a new place for rent, he went out of his way to accommodate my schedule and was able to schedule as many viewings in a very limited time frame. I would recommend Nick to all of my friends in the future!"



"Debra is the ultimate professional! We were thrilled to work with Debra and her assistant Carly! They were dedicated to finding just the perfect home for us! Thank you!"



"We were looking for a "downsize" city condo. Debra did an excellent job listening to our needs and wants, and found us the perfect home at a comfortable price point for us. She has vast knowledge of the current condo market and expertise in renovation. Debra's input helped us visualize what our new home can be! The transaction went very smoothly, and Debra was always available to answer questions and offer advice."



"We had a fantastic experience using Debra Dobbs to find our perfect home in Lincoln Park. She has an outstanding knowledge of the market. She is patient but also dedicated and assertive. Debra was thoroughly committed to help navigate any hiccups along the way, even after closing. Her assistant Emily was always responsive and helpful. Highly recommend!!"



"Fantastic agent, full of resources, great asset! Will use again."



"Debra is the best! She knows the market, listens to what you want and quickly figures out your taste. I will never use anyone else."



"Debra was a great broker for my wife and I. She was very patient, taking us to large numbers of viewings, always giving honest and good appraisals of the condos. She was always available when needed and certainly an expert in the Downtown condo market."



"Debra has been fantastic, a real professional. We came to chicago last year with little to no understanding of the market. Debra gave us a great overview of the area, found us a rental property and then helped us close on the purchase of a townhouse. Most importantly, she has been very patient and a great resource throughout the process. Today, she's become very close friend."



"Large or small (homes), Debra gives you 100% of her attention and experience. She has been doing this for many years and knows all of the ins and outs."



"Debra has extensive knowledge of neighborhoods, community information, and other intangibles which you cant get from any websitethru the entire process we felt we were her only clientswe would endorse Debra without reservation."



"My husband and I have worked with Debra on both buyer and seller side transactions over the past ten years. We have always found her to be extremely knowledgeable about the Chicago market honest ethical and a pleasure to work with."



"Debra is an absolute joy to work with; she makes a process that can be overwhelming and frustrating relatively painlesswhen it came time for us to negotiate it was clear that Debra was our advocate. Debra has a strong intuition and is a great reader of people."



"Though Debra is formally called an agent, we view her as a trusted advisor and friend. We have seen her informally take on the roles of designer, reviewer, negotiator, diplomat, and yes, even psychologist."



"I have always found Debra to be professional, fair and sensitive to the needs of her clients. She puts her clients interests and needs first and foremost."



"I cant recommend Debra Pallotto Dobbs enough for a buyer who needs a trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. She is more than an agent shes a well-respected consultant in her field and one of the best I have ever worked with"



"Debra made the purchase of my Chicago condo effortless. Not only did she provide outstanding advice and service during the sale process, she was also extremely helpful following closing to ensure that the transition into my new home went smoothly. Debra is not looking to make a quick sale, but is dedicated to forgoing lasting relationships with her clients and providing top-noch service."



"We are still thankful every day for the fantastic work you did on our behalf. Thanks to your hard work, diligent efforts, conscientious follow up and talented marketing techniques, you sold our condominium and we were able to move closer to our daughter and her new family. In addition to the timely results you were able to accomplish, we truly appreciated and enjoyed working with you. . We have the luxury of being able to compare your company with other agents in our recent past and, frankly, there is no comparison. Thank you again for helping us to move on to our new life and home."