Fred Carmean

Fred Carmean

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Overall 5 star rating out of 66 reviews


""Fred is the definition of professional. His willingness to go above and beyond made our first home purchase a breeze." Michael (Albany Park)"



"In summary, I thought Fred was great. I really enjoyed working with him and feel he handled everything very well and professionally, including the therapy part near the end to help get me to my own decision :)

I'm happy to call Fred a friend and my RE broker and would recommend him to anyone looking in Chicago.

Thank, Fred, for making a very time sensitive experience such a nice one!"



"If I could add in 5 more stars on this rating scale I would - I can't say enough about how helpful Fred was during the entire process of the sale of our home. From the first day we contacted him to discuss the possibility and timing of putting our condo on the market, he offered us helpful information regarding how to prepare our place for selling and the timing for going on the market that he would recommend. Once we were on the market, he made himself available for a number of showings and an open house and got us a buyer in less than a week.

Fred was nothing short of a miracle-worker in helping smooth out a number of issues that cropped up leading up to our closing date, and maintained close contact with us the entire time letting us know the status of every part of the process. Once we got closer to our closing date, Fred took the time to work with setting up a search for a new apartment to move into, scheduled showings and then drove us around to a number of new places until we found our new home.

Working with Fred as our realtor made what would have otherwise been an unbelievably stressful and hectic process into one where we felt relieved and reassured the entire time that we were in the best hands and that everything that could possibly be done to get our place sold was being done, and done right. I honestly doubt that our home would be sold right now if we hadn't worked with Fred, and I can't recommend him enough."



"Fred is very professional. He used his vast experience to set my expectations appropriately regarding how much to price the property, when to list it, things to do in preparation for the listing, etc. He is a very good communicator--I was never left wondering what was happening behind the scenes.

Fred went above and beyond my expectations!. I highly recommend him."



"Fred is an outstanding broker. He is knowledgable, communicative, responsible, patient, and most importantly, committed to getting the job done. I'm delighted to give him my unqualified recommendation as a broker and will refer friends and family to him in the future."



"Fred was of thremendous help for our Relocation From Audtralia. His knowledge of the area combined with his experience and negotiation skills smoothed the whole process despite facing multiple hurdles related to our foreign status.
I would strongly recommend Fred for any relocation as is patience and relentless efforts to make things happen are gold when being remote."



"Great to work with. Fred was responsive at all times and always pleasant to interact with, no matter when I called. I will gladly refer Fred to anyone looking for a home"


"Fred was everything you want in a realtor. He was patient, honest, and always worked with our best interests in mind. His experience and expertise in Chicago neighborhoods was invaluable in our search. We highly recommend Fred and will certainly work with him in the future!"



"Our experience listing our Andersonville condo on the rental market was the easiest, straightforward and stress free process thanks to Fred Carmean with @properties. Prior to listing, Fred evaluated our condo and walked us through the process step-by-step. His directions were clear, communication was always current and proactive and the end result... finding the perfect tenants & signing the lease in 5 business days! I highly recommend Fred for buying (yes, he was our realtor when we purchased our unit in 2013), selling and renting your property. Hands down the most professional, honest and hardworking realtor in Chicago."



"Fred was fantastic! As an out of state client he worked with me to be able to set up listings when I was in town and work with me to see some listings even when I was out of town! He was great to work with!"



"I have known Fred for about 16 years and have done business with him about four times as seller and buyer. There is NO ONE better in the Chicago area, I am convinced! I give Fred highest praise possible!!"



"Fred Carmean worked with us over a many years’ long search for a property to by. We looked at houses, condos, coops in the city and suburbs. He was friendly and knowledgeable and never let us feel that his patience was wearing thin. We appreciate that. Fred gave excellent contacts from a loan office, to movers, to help with the house. Fred has worked with my two daughters in buying and selling properties and now with us. I would certainly recommend him to anyone else."



"Fred is an outstanding realtor, handling all aspects of our transaction with expertise and calm. He is simply the best"



"Our experience listing our Andersonville condo on the rental market was the easiest, straightforward and stress free process thanks to Fred Carmean with @properties. Prior to listing, Fred evaluated our condo and walked us through the process step-by-step. His directions were clear, communication was always current and proactive and the end result... finding the perfect tenants & signing the lease in 5 business days! I highly recommend Fred for buying (yes, he was our realtor when we purchased our unit in 2013), selling and renting your property. Hands down the most professional, honest and hardworking realtor in Chicago."



"Fred is knowledgeable, professional and informative. He worked tirelessly to get our home sold. Our house is older and has an unusual lay-out which could have caused concerns for potential buyers. Fred made certain that he was always present to answer questions and provide any explanations to lookers. He also put us at ease and let us know what to expect each step along the way. I highly recommend Fred to anyone buying or selling."



"Fred was of thremendous help for our Relocation From Audtralia. His knowledge of the area combined with his experience and negotiation skills smoothed the whole process despite facing multiple hurdles related to our foreign status.
I would strongly recommend Fred for any relocation as is patience and relentless efforts to make things happen are gold when being remote."



"I was very pleased to work with Fred, who was referred to me by a friend of a friend. We went out at least five times to visit a variety of units throughout the near North Side. He was patient and calm, two excellent qualities during the often stressful process of home buying. In negotiations, I felt that he looked out for my interest. Moreover, he referred me to outstanding inspectors and attorneys who ensured that the entire purchase and transfer went smoothly. I highly recommend Fred."



"Fred was outstanding to work with. He sent us listings to review each week, we let him know the ones we were interested in and then he set up showings during the weekend when we were available and drove us to each listing.
He got to understand what we liked and each week he found more places that suited us. We never felt pressured or rushed to make a decision and when we asked him questions we always felt he had our needs first.
I highly recommend Fred."



"Fred did an outstanding job, walking us through a hellish process and providing excellent insight as to functionality, and future changes we could make.
Extremely flexible and responsive. Fred was a joy to work with."



"I could not have asked for a better person to help me through the process of buying my first home, a condo in Lakeview. Fred really listened to what I was looking for, was conscious of my price range and took the time to answer all of my many questions throughout the process. He found me the perfect place and I would recommend him to anyone, especially if you are looking to buy in Lakeview - he is extremely knowledgeable about the buildings in the area and made sure I purchased not only a great unit, but a great unit in a building with sound financials and a high quality property management company.
Thanks again, Fred!"



"Fred is the perfect balance of professional and friendly. I called him because he had a sign up by the property, but as it turned out, that was because he was selling another unit in the same complex. That didn't stop him though, he called around until he'd found the right person who managed the property I was looking to rent. He then set up a showing, navigated us through the different aspects of the property, and stayed with us along the way helping us figure out security deposits, applications, credit scores, and everything else. He was even there for our walk-through inspection with the property manager.

He went above and beyond for us in finding our place, and was a gentleman along the way. Couldn't possibly recommend him more highly."



"Excellent! Goes above and beyond. I would recommend Fred without reservations. Will definitely go back to Fred and @properties for my next real estate purchase/sale."



"Fred recently assisted me in finding a condo in the Lakeview area. He is very personable and did a fabulous job. I have never lived in the city before and therefore had a lot of questions about the real estate market and general questions about city living. He was both knowledgeable and willing to answer all my questions. When it comes time to sell the condo I will be calling Fred."



"Great to work with. Fred was responsive at all times and always pleasant to interact with, no matter when I called. I will gladly refer Fred to anyone looking for a home"



"Fred made our first time home buying experience enjoyable and most importantly we felt confident every step of the way. He is easy to work with and available-- even for last minute viewings. Due to his knowledge of buildings and the city of Chicago we were able to find a home we were excited about and knew was a smart purchase."



"Fred was reliable and consistent throughout the entire process. He let us know what to expect, and as first-time home buyers he was able to teach us while really inviting us into the process. His knowledge and expertise went beyond finding the right place. He was able to understand our needs/vision. And he always took into account the health of the buildings we viewed. Fred was easy to work with and made a challenging process comfortable! He was always available for an urgent viewing. We had a great time buying our first home with the help of Fred!"


""Fred was an absolute pleasure to work with! This was our first home purchase and he helped us every step of the way -he was quick to assist us with any questions we had and I truly felt like he had our best interests in mind. Fred helped us find our dream place and I would I would not hesitate to reach out to him again in the future!" Mariann G. (Lakeview)"


""A friend of mine who had also used Fred to purchase her first home recommended him to me, and I was so glad she did. Fred was very thorough and knowledgeable about all of the various properties we visited. Ultimately, the reason I got my home was all thanks to Fred and his experience and strong professional relationships with others in the real estate industry within Chicago. This was my first experience purchasing a home and Fred helped me every step of the way. Can't say enough how thankful I am for his guidance and professionalism throughout this entire process." Lauren P. (Lakeview)"


""Working with Fred was a true pleasure.. He was very deliberate in explaining all aspects of the transaction, and went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything went smoothly with the sale of my condo." David (Buena Park)"


""Fred was so easy to work with. I greatly appreciated his knowledge, experience and the personal element he brought to the property sale process. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone." Joe (Andersonville)"


""Fred was everything you want in a realtor. He was patient, honest, and always worked with our best interests in mind. His experience and expertise in Chicago neighborhoods was invaluable in our search. We highly recommend Fred and will certainly work with him in the future!" Dan (North Center)"


""Fred is phenomenal! I am a commercial real estate attorney and he is one of the most knowledgeable, professional, helpful, and courteous brokers I have met in my 20 year career. He helped arrange work to update our unit and stage it with furnishings to get the highest offer possible. He kept me calm through the entire process, was incredibly responsive at all times and made our sale as smooth and stress free as possible. Thanks Fred!!!" Jason (Sheridan Park)"


"This is the 3d time Fred is helping us finding our dream-house. We are serial movers and Fred's support is invaluable. Fred is trustworthy and very personable, he makes things happen in a smooth way which is always appreciable when moving as often as we do :-) L. Sammut (River North)"


"Fred is professional, attentive, and informative. He let us know in advance what to expect (open houses, showings, staging). He worked tirelessly to get our home sold. Our house is an older one with a very unusual lay-out that could cause concerns to potential buyers. Fred made certain that he was always present to answer questions and present the house in the best possible light. J. Phillippe (North Center)"


"Fred is an excellent broker! He is professional, accommodating, resourceful and incredibly knowledgeable. As first-time home buyers and new to Chicago, we were clueless on many components of buying a home. Fred was patient, flexible, and understanding. He always asked the questions we never thought to ask. Due to his honesty and integrity, we knew Fred always had our best interests at heart. His experience and excellent reputation in Chicago is apparent and exemplary. We are incredibly grateful for his time, blood, sweat, and tears. Devon D. (Lakeview)"


"This is my third time working with Fred, and I can't even express how crucial he was to the great experience of finding our new home. Fred easily gained an excellent understanding of exactly the type of place we were looking for, and showed us a really nice selection of homes that met our requirements. He's candid. Fred tells you exactly what he thinks, so you feel confident and knowledgeable throughout the process. He gives excellent advice. He keeps you on track and makes managing the many moving pieces of a purchase simple and relatively stress-free. I can't recommend Fred highly enough. Tom H (Albany Park)"


"Fred was outstanding throughout the entire process. He provided advice that helped me prepare my unit for sale to maximize value, and once it was ready to be listed, Fred determined that right price point to list my property. As a result, the property sold for $5,000 over the asking price in one day. Fred was great! Michael B. (East Lakeview)"


"I loved working with Fred! As a first time homebuyer, he made the process a lot less daunting. He was there to answer any questions I had and was a great ally to have in my court. I would definitely recommend him. Anna H (West Lincoln Park)"



"Fred was of thremendous help for our Relocation From Audtralia. His knowledge of the area combined with his experience and negotiation skills smoothed the whole process despite facing multiple hurdles related to our foreign status.I would strongly recommend Fred for any relocation as is patience and relentless efforts to make things happen are gold when being remote. Laurent and Sebastien (River North)"



"I was in a rush to find a one bedroom in Chicago and Fred dropped everything to help me. His help was pivotal In finding my new home. This is the second time I've used his services and I would definitely use him again. George W. (East Lakeview)"


"Fred is an amazing real estate agent! He is updated, knowledgable', helpful, and friendly, His attention to every detail assured us that we were in good hands. His years of experience and awareness to the Chicagoland neighborhoods enhance his high levels of success. Fred understands the needs of his clients and knows how to close a deal! This is the main reason we are repeat clients. Fred is the #1 agent to call. Roberta S. (Evanston)"


"Fred is just the BEST! Have worked with him on several sales and he always does a superb job. Can't say enough good about Fred."


"Fred was amazing - helpful, patient and found us exactly what we needed. Our tight budget in an expensive neighborhood wasn't easy to deal with, but we couldn't be happier with our new home. Jennifer S. (Lincoln Park)"


"Fred was fantastic! He made buying and selling a house easy, fun, and fast. Don S. (Lincoln Park)"


"Fred is an outstanding broker. He is knowledgable, communicative, responsible, patient, and most importantly, committed to getting the job done. I'm delighted to give him my unqualified recommendation as a broker and will refer friends and family to him in the future. Ronak K (Albany Park)"



"Fred is very professional. He used his vast experience to set my expectations appropriately regarding how much to price the property, when to list it, things to do in preparation for the listing, etc. He is a very good communicator--I was never left wondering what was happening behind the scenes. Fred went above and beyond my expectations!. I highly recommend him."



"Fred was recommended to us from friends who had used his services in finding home with them and certainly want to thank him in helping us find our new home. He has been there from the beginning of our search to the closing meeting of our house. He has provided invaluable advice and his honesty and support when we were uncertain about our decisions. Very responsive during our communications with him. An excellent agent to work with and highly recommend to prospective clients."



"I couldn't ask for a better realtor!Fred started working with us two months before we actually started looking. He listened very carefully to our "wish list", and helped us prioritize. It was refreshing to get honest feedback, rather than just trying to make a sale. He helped us stay within our budget, and was incredibly responsive to any questions we had, regardless of how insignificant they may have been. With his help (and a bit of luck), we were able to find our dream home on our first day of looking!"



"If I could add in 5 more stars on this rating scale I would - I can't say enough about how helpful Fred was during the entire process of the sale of our home. From the first day we contacted him to discuss the possibility and timing of putting our condo on the market, he offered us helpful information regarding how to prepare our place for selling and the timing for going on the market that he would recommend. Once we were on the market, he made himself available for a number of showings and an open house and got us a buyer in less than a week.Fred was nothing short of a miracle-worker in helping smooth out a number of issues that cropped up leading up to our closing date, and maintained close contact with us the entire time letting us know the status of every part of the process. Once we got closer to our closing date, Fred took the time to work with setting up a search for a new apartment to move into, scheduled showings and then drove us around to a number of new places until we found our new home. Working with Fred as our realtor made what would have otherwise been an unbelievably stressful and hectic process into one where we felt relieved and reassured the entire time that we were in the best hands and that everything that could possibly be done to get our place sold was being done, and done right. I honestly doubt that our home would be sold right now if we hadn't worked with Fred, and I can't recommend him enough."


"Fred is the perfect mix of professionalism and likability. His years of experience and patience were appreciated. This was the smoothest home purchase we have experienced and it was due to Fred's attention to details and communication with all parties involved in purchase. Thank you Fred. Jim and Michaelene S (West Loop)"


"Fred was a wonderful agent. He was patient, knowledgeable, and communicative. He gave me good referrals to an inspector, an attorney, and a lender. I believe he worked hard for my best interest. I love my new home, and I'm grateful to Fred for guiding me through this process. Mary T. (Andersonville)"


"Fred provides the comfort, professionalism and experience that will meet anyone's needs. He is very reliable and keeps the lines of communication open and constant. His go-getting attitude gets us in the direction that was necessary. Fred is #1. Jason and Julie S. (North Center)"


"Fred was incredibly great to work with. As a first time buyer, I had a lot of questions, and he was helpful, responsive and patient throughout the entire process. He really listened to what I was looking for and worked hard to find the right place at the right price. I ended up purchasing a great condo and I know it would not have been possible without Fred. Katherine"


"The professionalism was outstanding from first contact all the way through the process. We were most appreciative of the honesty and integrity in all of our correspondence. Every detail was explained in a manner that was understandable and straightforward. We were so impressed with the Respect shown for not only our interest but all others involved as well. Without a doubt, we were treated fairly and confidently. We would not hesitate to use this broker if and when the opportunity should arise."


"As a first time home buyer - Fred was extremely helpful and knowledgable throughout the entire process. He was patient and understanding of my lack of knowledge and helped me through every step of the process from setting realistic expectations to negotiating the deal and ultimately closing on my dream property. Fred also helped with recommendations for insurance, mortgage broker, contractors, etc. It was extremely helpful to have someone to turn to with years of experience and understanding. David L. (River North)"



"Fred is a true professional. During the selling process he provided excellent assistance, information, and advice. Hes passionate about his profession and was a pleasure to work with. Greg K (West Loop)"


"Fred was everything you could ask for in an agent, and more! He helped us conduct an apartment rental search from a thousand miles away. On our visit to the city he had a full day of viewings set up and as we drove from one place to the next he offered wonderful insights and advice that will surely come in handy when we arrive. Fred even made himself available later that night and the next morning (a Sunday!) to fill out paperwork and sign our lease. We would gladly recommend Fred to anyone looking to rent or buy a place in Chicago. Cameron and Meredith (East Lakeview)"


"Fred is a hard working, seasoned professional. He is highly ethical and fair to all parties involved. Fred sold our place in 40 days! My wife and I are very favorably impressed with the results provided by Fred and @properties. Kieth and Debbie S (North Center)"


"Fred did an outstanding job of working with us to identify what we wanted (vs what we thought we wanted), and was very patient while providing insight into potential issues, and feasibility for us to do many of the things we plan on changing down the road. I wish we had known about Fred when we first began our house hunt, as working with an inferior agent caused us to lose out on our first opportunity.His enthusiasm & openness made the search a breeze! Michael (Clarendon Hills)"


"As first time home buyers, Fred was extremely helpful. He was patient with us and explained every aspect of the process very clearly. His background in construction was also incredibly useful, as many of the homes we looked at were older. He was able to tell us the feasibility of renovations and estimate expenses on the spot. Fred is trustworthy and response. I would give him my highest recommendation for anyone looking for a home. Sarah H. (Clarendon Hills)"


"I feel like Fred was genuinely invested in finding a condo that suited me. When we found one that I liked, he helped to negotiate a price that all I was comfortable with. Hehad my back throughout the whole short sale process, and when I got nervous, anxious, excited, or had a freak-out, he helped me keep my cool. Most importantly, he took the intimidation out of my first time home purchase. I would work with Fred again, and have already recommended him to my friends. Mary K. (Rogers Park)"


"Fred's knowledge and expertise helped us navigate the unusually fast-paced competitive marketplace Chicago has recently be experiencing. His professionalism and willingness to always be there when we needed him kept our search and purchase process calm and exciting. Erin (West Village)"


"Fred is the best. Patrick (Andersonville)"


"Fred was great to work with when buying my condo. He listened closely to the few criteria I had set beforehand, and helped me to establish some other criteria on the first day we met up to create a home search. Fred was always very responsive and quickly answered my thousands of random first-time homebuyer questions. He joined me during several condo walk-throughs, my home inspection, and the closing, explaining what was happening each step of the way - I'd definitely recommend him to anyone. Ben H. (Logan Square)"


"Fred was with us every step of the way. He was helpful right up until closing and beyond, helping answer questions even after we had moved in. If we sell or purchase another property again, we will definitely be using Fred. Erin (Elmhurst)"


"Fred was wonderful to work with! He was professional, but personal. He always got back to us quickly and we really felt that he was on our side! Thanks, Fred! Erin (Elmhurst)"


"From the first time we spoke I was impressed with Fred's friendliness, professionalism and knowledge. Fred gave us his honest opinion on price points, neighborhoods, what to watch for (both good and bad). When we ventured into short sale territory, Fred warned us to expect long waits, unexpected twists, and basically expect what you wouldnt expect in a normnal sale. Fred was not joking, but 8 months & a few extra grey hairs, we closed on our condo.During the final weeks of the short sale, I was so happy to have a broker we could depend on. His constant communication kept us informed and up to date on what was happening. This was our first home purchase and without having a broker who has industry knowledge, a great working relationship with the sellers broker and our mortgage company, we probobly wouldnt be in our place today. I highly recommend Fred Carmean. You will not be dissapointed. Vickie and Darren S. (Andersonville)"


"Fred was incredibly professional and helpful throughout the process of selling our home. Hayley and Ryan N. (Sheridan Park)"


"Fred understood our needs and helped guide us through the process of purchasing our first home. He gave us honest advise and took the time to get to know us and our needs in a home. We will use Fred again for our next property purchase. Bethany and Chris (Buena Park)"