SWK Group

SWK Group

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Patti Sprafka Wagner and Zak Knebel have worked at parallel careers in real estate for over 8 years.  Now they have combined their experience and 24/7 work ethic by joining with @properties as the SWK Group, a real estate team distinguished as the #1 Team of the Chicago suburbs of Oak Park—River Forest.


Patti has 30 years in the real estate business.  She has watched the industry expand from a primarily hands on customer service profession to one combining advanced technology in marketing and financial analysis.  And as she appreciates the ability to use these cutting edge tools to advance her clients needs she understands nothing replaces a professional reputation, hard work, and a thorough understanding of the inventory at her disposal.  Patti has guided clients through the real estate environments of high and low interest rates, and all the vagaries of buyers' and sellers' markets.  Patti's knowledge of buyer expectations, and her long held Accredited Staging Professional designation, makes her the ultimate home sellers' partner.  Her clients, both buyers and sellers, know she is on their side.


Zak knows that the pressures involved in real estate transactions can create a great deal of stress on his clients.  He gets to know his customers so he can best represent their interests, and has established his credibility among his clients as a super advocate.  Working closely with Patti he feels that their complementary strengths create the ideal climate for the new SWK Group.


Specializing in Oak Park and River Forest is a natural, as they both have strong familial roots there.  They also service the immediate areas of Forest Park, Elmwood, Galewood and Berwyn.  Both Patti Sprafka Wagner and Zak Knebel as the SWK Group, work with buyers and sellers, in these distinctive areas they know and love, between urban, and suburban living.

Clients are saying:

"Patti is just the best. I can't recommend her enough. She knows the area and knows what her clients want. She is thoughtful, communicative, smart, and honest. I was so nervous with the idea of buying a house, but with Patti's help, we were able to find the right place at the right price. We're loving our home and wouldn't be in it without Patti. We are truly thankful and grateful for Patti's help. I have already recommended her to multiple friends who are considering buying a house. She gave us the time, attention, and knowledge that we needed to find our home that we could build our family in."