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Overall 5 star rating out of 5 reviews



"My wife and I recently purchased a home and we were so fortunate to have Zak help us through the process. He was super responsive, quick to set up tours, willing to meet with us on a moment's notice, and advocated for us through the whole process. He went above and beyond for us, particularly, when some appraisal items came up while we were welcoming a newborn into the family. Zak kept the process moving while also giving us space while we were at the hospital."



"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."



"Working with Zak on the sale of our home was an excellent experience in every way. Zak went above and beyond to make the process understandable and smooth as possible. He walked us through each step, was incredibly responsive, punctual, and thoughtful. He was accessible for any questions, offered his expertise in a helpful manner, and made suggestions throughout the process to ensure it resulted in the successful sale of our home! We're so grateful for all of Zak's hard work and dedication in selling our home and getting our family into a new home successfully. Thank you Zak!"



"Patti Sprafka Wagner is a remarkable real estate agent. If you are looking for someone who uses her years of experience to actively walk you through the often difficult and frustrating process of buying or selling a home, you can't do better. If you want someone who will offer both informed opinions and the advice you need to make a decision, Patti is the consummate pro. Patti worked with our daughter and son-in-law as they searched for a home in Oak Park. During the search they looked at dozens of homes from beautifully redone to "what were they thinking?" Patti pointed out the strengths, weaknesses and potential of each candidate. When the right house finally emerged, our kids were in a position to recognize it and move quickly because of the time spent listening to Patti discuss the specifics of the others they had seen. When they made an offer, Patti was invaluable in handling the negotiation process. At each turn, in a somewhat difficult negotiation, Patti counseled patience and good sense. When a competing offer emerged apparently form nowhere, Patti devised a strategy which won the day without our kids having to get involved in a bidding war. While we are thankful due to Patti's efforts, our daughter and son-in-law, are now our neighbors, we are especially grateful that she worked so hard to get our one-year-old grandson only blocks away"



"Patti was extremely easy and fun to work with. As first time home buyers, we knew very little about what to expect. Patti made the process very transparent and really gave us an education about each house we saw. We learned so much from working with her. She is an outstanding Realtor who is genuinely concerned about helping her clients make a good, informed choice. We would definitely work with her again and recommend her highly to others."



"Highly recommend working with Zak! He always answered phone calls and emails promptly and was flexible with his schedule. He even connected us with an investor on our rehab! He is always available to help us and give honest advice. Can't recommend him enough! Great Guy!""



"Patti helped us to purchase our home and I can't imagine buying a house in Oak Park without her help. She knows the area and always looked out for our best interests. We're very grateful for her help."



"If you are planning on selling your home and are looking for an excellent real estate agent, we highly recommend Patti Sprafka Wagner. We recently hired Patti to sell our home. As a long-time area Realtor, Patti has terrific intuitive knowledge of the local market. She expertly guided us through the sale of our house in 7 days, right at her suggested list price. Patti is thorough and honest. She sets realistic expectations and takers care of the myriad of details involved in selling a house. Most importantly, Patti's advice was invaluable with regard to the "right" projects to prepare our house for sale and which ones to skip. She's an expert negotiator and provided sage advice on how to respond to offers and inspection findings. It was a difficult decision to sell our house but Patti's guidance made the process smoother than we ever expected."



"As first time home buyers, my wife and I were a a bit intimidated with the whole process. Zak definitely helped put us st ease and provided us with the appropriate guidance while house hunting.

Once we found the home that we fell in love with, Zak made sure that our offer was one that would be accepted. We couldn"



"Patti sold me my Oak Park home in 1993, and was so impressive that she was my only choice to sell in 2014 and purchase in Homewood.

As a homeowner and attorney, I rate Patti as one of the most outstanding professionals - across all fields - with whom I have worked. Her market knowledge is unerring; she negotiates contracts more strategically than most lawyers; she actively cultivates her own cadre of the best support providers (closing attorneys, home inspectors, contractors). Her integrity is beyond question, which - when combined with her experience - gives her the authority to deal effectively with other brokers.

On the sales side, she is brilliant at establishing price and in marketing the house. I thought that she was unduly optimistic on target sales price, and persnickety on repairs. Ha! Her presentation of the house (including fabulous web photographs) triggered a flood of immediate interest, and an offer from the eventual buyers within one week. Her negotiating skills achieved her target sales price, to the penny.

On the purchase side, Patti might as well be an inspector herself. No one can read the strengths and weaknesses of a house like she can. Patti of course can tell you the sales history and kitchen tile color for every house in Oak Park and River Forest. But it was great fun to watch her in action in Homewood, particularly as brokers tried to tap-dance on flooding and repair issues. I don't think that they have yet recovered from her blunt, and accurate assessments.

Patti takes responsibility for landing you in a house that fits. She kept me focused on what I really wanted, with useful questions like "do you really want that much yard?" She is a wonderful and trusted ally. Finding a new home can feel like a battle, and Patti always has your back.

Patti redefines what you expect from a broker, including drafting post-inspection letters for the closing lawyer to sign. She is still excited about the business, and adding to her skills."



"When we first toured the home we ended up buying, we were just casually looking and so hadn't yet selected a real estate agent. And so when we arrived at the showing, the seller's agent introduced us to Zak and said he'd be happy to represent us. Initially, we were skeptical as we hadn't done any of our own independent research on Zak or any other agents. But, we decided to see how things went as we took the first few steps in the buying process and would re-evaluate as we went.

Well, I'm happy to say that I never once doubted our decision to go with Zak. We had an accelerated process and he worked hard to move quickly without ever rushing us. He responded to my barrage of emails and text questions quickly and thoughtfully. He provided wisdom not only about the buying process but also the home owning process which as a first time home buyer, I greatly appreciated. And on top of all that, Zak was just an all-around nice, helpful person.

I would not hesitate to recommend Zak"



"Ten years ago, my mother downsized and bought a townhome in River Forest. Patti handled both aspects with integrity, efficiency and friendliness. This year my mother passed away and I contacted Patti to handle the sale. She provided excellent analysis, suggested a selling price and provided tips on preparing the townhome for a good showing. We were leaving for an extended vacation after the initial listing. Patti suggested we sign a power of attorney naming our daughter as our agent "just in case." Given the market, we thought this was probably an extra detail, but we respected Patti's advice. Much to my joy and six days into my vacation, I received an e-mail that a bid had been offered. By the time we returned from our vacation, the closing was only a few weeks in the future. Patti did a very good job and I highly recommend her."



"We love working with Zak. He helped us find our first home and was so awesome to work with that reached back out to him when it was time to sell that home and buy another one. He is very professional and extremely knowledgeable and a such a great personality as well."



"We have used Patti multiple times to buy/sell properties as well as assist with renting our condo. She is always professional and helpful throughout the entire process. We would highly recommend her and would use her services again in the future."



"We love working with Zak. He helped us find our first home and was so awesome to work with that reached back out to him when it was time to sell that home and buy another one. He is very professional and extremely knowledgeable and a such a great personality as well."



"Patti has not just been my personal realtor. She is our family realtor. Over the past seven years she has provided professional leadership for one sale and three purchases for me and for my son and my daughter. Her years of experience in this market has provided invaluable support for the major life decisions involved in buying and selling a family home. She is wise, candid, and tenacious in making sure that her clients get a good and fair deal. Thank you Patti!"



"My husband and I loved working with Zak. He was laid back when showing us houses and never rushed us through tours. He also knew tons about the area and the various properties we were visiting. When the moment hit and we knew we'd found our dream house, Zak kicked into high gear. The property already had other offers, but he worked really hard to make sure our offer was the one the sellers picked."



"Zak is an outstanding realtor. He is professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. He has good vision and foresight for a property. He is a good listener and answers questions directly. He is also connected to a great network of people and resources.

My wife and I worked with Zak for about 2 months while we searched for a home in Oak Park/Western Suburbs. He knows the area well and had good recommendations on areas to focus on. He was always friendly to deal with, is very responsive to emails and phone calls, and is generally very easy and enjoyable to work with.

In short, he has basically all the characteristics that I would want in a real estate agent. He truly cares about his clients and wants you to be happy in your new home. I will absolutely work with him again if I am selling or buying a home. I cannot recommend him more highly."



"Patti was my broker for the 1993 purchase of my Oak Park home. She was so impressive, that in 2014, she was the only broker who I considered both to sell that house and purchase in Homewood.As a homeowner and attorney, I rate Patti as one of the most outstanding professionals - across all fields - with whom I have worked. her market knowledge is unerring; she negotiates contracts more strategically than most lawyers; she actively cultivates her own cadre of the best providers (closing attorneys, home inspectors, contractors). Her integrity is beyond question, which - when combined with her experience - gives her the authority to deal effectively with other brokers.
On the Sales side, she is brilliant at establishing price and in marketing the house. I thought she was unduly optimistic on target sales price, and persnickety on repairs. Ha! Her presentation of the house (including fabulous web photographs) triggered a flood of immediate interest, and an offer from the eventual buyers within one week. Her negotiating skills achieved her target sales price, to the penny.
On the Purchase side, Patti might as well be an inspector herself. No one can read the strengths and weaknesses of a house like she can. Patti can of course tell you the sales history and kitchen tile color for every house in Oak Park and River Forest. But it was great fun to watch her in action in Homewood, particularly as brokers tried to tap-dance on flooding and repair issues. I don't think they have yet recovered from her blunt and accurate assessments.Patti also takes responsibility for landing you a house that fits. She kept me focused on what I really wanted, with useful questions like "do you really want that much yard"
She is a wonderful and trusted ally. This entire process can feel like a battle, and Patti always has your back.Patti redefines what you expect from a broker, including drafting post-inspection letters for the closing lawyer to sign. She is still excited about the business, and adding to her skills. Whether you are listening to her knowledgeably discuss wiring with the home inspector or problems with the form contract clauses with the attorney, it is clear that you are working with a professional's professional."



"As first time home buyers, Zak made the process very comforting and he did a fantastic job picking us out the perfect house. Within one visit with Zak, he knew what style home we were interested in, qualities of the house we wanted to have and we were able to start looking at homes the next week. He is actually the one who suggested the current house we bought, solely based on his interactions with us and him knowing what we were looking for in a house. He was always one (or more) steps ahead in the process and made the entire process much less stressful and kept us organized throughout. He was always available to help whether in person or over the phone and we could not have asked for a better realtor. We highly recommend Zak to anyone looking to buy a house."



"Dear Patti, Thank you so much for helping us find this wonderful home. It has been such a long, long road, and you have been with us the whole way. How many years were we in the market How many houses did we see I'm not even sure. I just know that we could not have done it without your insightful professional guidance. You have handled it all with incredible cheer, humor, and grace, and you were always there when we needed you. Patti, you are truly an outstanding professional. We could have never found this house without you, and we are so deeply appreciative of you."



"Zak has not only been an outstanding realtor, he's also been a wonderful resource to me and my husband as we bought our first house! He is kind, patient, incredibly knowledgeable about the area and never once pressured is one way or the other. Plus, he notes what we liked and did not like about houses so he could tailor future showings to our tastes. He's phenomenal and we couldn't be happier!"



"My husband and I were so grateful to work with Zak and find our new home! Zak was so easy to work with, upbeat, always honest, reliable, and always made us feel like a priority. Zak regularly responded to our text messages within minutes or even seconds when we wanted to look at houses. Zak's realtor assistant, Nick Lovett, was also fun, easy to work with and helped to make our buying experience a joy!"



"Zak was an absolutely great agent. He met with us early and often to discuss the home buying process and what to expect. He also worked with us to make sure we got a great deal on a great house. We would recommend Zak very much to anyone looking for a home in the Chicago area."



"This is OUR guy! Zak Knebel! He sold our house, and for a good price, last year within hours of being listed. This was a house I was sure would be on the market forever. We followed his lead. He knew exactly what improvements to make and not make, and how to show and market it. He also helped us find our new house. Never pushy, always supportive and kind, always listening and doing the legwork to find the important information that isn't in the listing sheet."



"Zak has the expertise to help us find exactly what we're looking for in our price range. He's great at negotiating and well versed in the details of local real estate. When we had a question about a property outside of his area of expertise, Zak knew the contacts to reach out to for answers."



"We have worked with Zak on closing a couple of houses now and he is excellent. He is very helpful and diligent with his work. He knows the area's well and advises you based on your needs and budget."



"We stumbled upon Zak when looking at a house online. When he showed us the house, he was personable and kind so we contacted him immediately when a different home popped up that we wanted to see. Zak was extremely helpful throughout the home buying process. As first time home buyers, Zak answered all of our questions and made sure to look for things in the home that we would never have thought to look for. Zak supported us through bumps and bobbles in the process, took extra time to make sure we were comfortable, and seemed just as excited as we were when we finally signed all of the documents for our first home! Zak is a wonderful realtor and resource to have"



"Zak is professional and knowledgeable, but most importantly he is available when you need him. Zak has represented me twice as a buyer and both times I couldn't have been happier with his service. Thanks Zak! We love our new home."



"Zak is an outstanding realtor. He is professional, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable. He has good vision and foresight for a property. He is a good listener and answers questions directly. He is also connected to a great network of people and resources.My wife and I worked with Zak for about 2 months while we searched for a home in Oak Park/Western Suburbs. He knows the area well and had good recommendations on areas to focus on. He was always friendly to deal with, is very responsive to emails and phone calls, and is generally very easy and enjoyable to work with.

In short, he has basically all the characteristics that I would want in a real estate agent. He truly cares about his clients and wants you to be happy in your new home. I will absolutely work with him again if I am selling or buying a home. I cannot recommend him more highly."



"This was our first home purchase and as daunting the process was; Zak a real asset, he was very helpful in the home search, listened to what we had to say about what we needed and our limits, explained the process to us and helped connect us to other professions when needed. Very thorough and quick to answer back, flexible with the time as we had very difficult schedules. Very clear with answers too, so you can make a decision- Zak followed through even after the sale was done to check on us if anything else was needed, very easy to work with So thank you very much we live our new place, and we would recommend him to family and friends and any future homes we might look into, he would be our first choice!"



"Working with Zak was as good as it gets and he deserves more stars than just 5! He was upfront and center from the time we started to "browse" and until the day we closed. He was recommended to us by friends and they had nothing but good things to say and I'm happy we had the same experience. Our initial meeting with Zak was great, he was very informative and answered every question we had and he gave us an overview of how we even begin looking for our home as it can be overwhelming. Fast forward a little over a year and we just purchased our our first home. We learned a lot from him, it's great that he's a homeowner. We still keep in touch but what I like most about Zak is our shared love for Chip and Joanna Gaines."



"Zak has not only been an outstanding realtor, he's also been a wonderful resource to me and my husband as we bought our first house! He is kind, patient, incredibly knowledgeable about the area and never once pressured is one way or the other. Plus, he notes what we liked and did not like about houses so he could tailor future showings to our tastes. He's phenomenal and we couldn't be happier!"



"Zak was the best person to help us sell our old house and find our new house. This process took A LONG TIME. We had our old place on the market and had to pull it off then relist. It was a horrible process, very frustrating but Zak made it all okay. Finding our new place was a long process, but he was very patient with us and in the end assisted us with finding a great place. His recommendations of inspectors was spot on, too. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely pick Zak for the task."



"Zak is a reliable, resourceful, and easygoing agent. He is easy to reach and sets up viewings as soon as he knows you’re interested in a property, key to a successful home purchase in a competitive housing market. His assistant, Nick, helps out in a pinch, and he’s also great company. We will definitely reach out to Zak again when we’re ready to buy again."



"Zak was truly an outstanding agent. He gave us good advice and was always straight with us. He works tirelessly to make a sale, advertising in print media and on the internet. When we ran into unexpected problems, he helped find us the right people to remedy them and then double-checked to make sure the end result was great. We were truly impressed by Zak’s commitment to us."



"Zak Knebel is a top selling agent because he is professional, confident, honest, knowledgeable and has a vast network of agents he works together with. We had our house listed before with another realtor and didn't get anywhere near the showing activity we had with Zak. We will definitely recommend Zak to our family and friends."



"My favorite part of working with Zak was the sense of calmness and ease he brought to our home-buying experience. In the sea of buying decisions and emotions, Zak was always there to help us identify options, talk through the choices, and support the decisions we made; he always worked to ensure we would be completely comfortable with our decisions. Zak has real expertise in the Oak Park-River Forest market (having grown up in the area and now raising his family here), and he has great insight into market value and what you can do to improve your home's value. On top of that, his responsiveness and attention made me feel like we were his only clients. I highly recommend Zak!"



"Zak is a top notch realtor. He educated us on the local market and made sure our condo was priced at !market value. He was quick to respond to any questions we had and patient throughout the process. We had (2) offers in less than a week with one above our listing price! Could not have been happier with Zak!"



"We were very happy and lucky to work with Zak. He is very professional and knows market. He was always available if we had any questions and short notice request. We would highly recommend him to everyone."



"Zak was a pleasure to work with. He was incredibly flexible to work with and did a wonderful job prioritizing what we were looking for. He was alway available and provided great insight for first time homebuyers. We highly recommend him and look forward to working with him again in the future."



"Selling a home can be very nerve racking and emotional; having Zak as our agent made all the difference in the world. Zak goes above and beyond in all aspects of the home selling process and is a true professional."



"Zak has not only been an outstanding realtor, he's also been a wonderful resource to me and my husband as we bought our first house! He is kind, patient, incredibly knowledgeable about the area and never once pressured is one way or the other. Plus, he notes what we liked and did not like about houses so he could tailor future showings to our tastes. He's phenomenal and we couldn't be happier!"



"My husband and I were so grateful to work with Zak and find our new home! Zak was so easy to work with, upbeat, always honest, reliable, and always made us feel like a priority. Zak regularly responded to our text messages within minutes or even seconds when we wanted to look at houses. Zak's realtor assistant, Nick Lovett, was also fun to work with and helped to make our buying experience a joy!

I highly recommend Zak and Nick!! I hope to keep in touch with them for future real estate ventures."



"Zak really listened to what we were looking for in a condo. It was great to know he was always watching for new arrivals on the market. He was easily available for showings! He's very knowledgeable and informative regarding the housing market in the area we were interested."



"Zak was amazing to work with and made the process of buying a new home as smooth and easy as possible. His knowledge of the area and expertise were second to none."



"Zak is focused on customer service and always there to help. He responds to emails and calls quickly and is just a great guy and awesome realtor!"



"Zak is the best! He made our first experience in buying a home super easy and was great to work with."



"Zak was the perfect agent for us. He was incredibly responsive to our questions and concerns throughout the entire home buying process and provided us the reassurance and advice we were looking for. He was professional and flexible and overall made this endeavor much easier than expected."



"Zak was very professional and kept us informed throughout the whole process. Very easy to work with."



"Zak was amazing. We could not have been happier with our experience working with him. He was very informative, patient, and clearly cares about his clients needs and wants. He sat us down and went through the entire home buying experience step by step with us, as we are first time home buyers. Within 1 month we had found our dream house and he stayed with us every step of the way through closing. He had recommendations for all of the MANY people we needed to add to the process of becoming approved and we were so thankful- he made a very stressful situation as easy as possible. I would highly recommend Zak to anyone- he is fantastic and truly a professional."



"Zak was such an incredible agent to work with. He found us exactly what we were looking for, worked tirelessly to meet our needs, and was very easy-going about everything. He was very knowledgeable about our area of interest and always made us feel at ease. We were extremely lucky to have Zak!"



"We had the best experience ever with Zak! He was extremely accommodating to our work schedules, would get us in to see homes right away, oftentimes at crazy hours, he was on top of every aspect of dealing with the other listing agents, mortgage broker, etc. I truly believe we got our current home because Zak was so on top of it and accommodating to our every need! We love him and would recommend him to anybody!"



"He is the best. He's knowledgeable, patient, and a hard worker. Would recommend him to anyone. You wont be disappointed."



"Zak was awesome to work with. I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell. He has a great personality and makes this whole process very painless. When you have questions he always gets back to you in a timely manner."



"Patti Sprafka Wagner is a remarkable real estate agent. If you are looking for someone who uses her years of experience to actively walk you through the often difficult and frustrating process of buying or selling a home, you can't do better. If you want someone who will offer both informed opinions and the advice you need to make a decision, Patti is the consummate pro. Patti worked with our daughter and son-in-law as they searched for a home in Oak Park. During the search they looked at dozens of homes from beautifully redone to "what were they thinking" Patti pointed out the strengths, weaknesses, and potential of each candidate. When the right house finally emerged, our kids were in a position to recognize it and move quickly because of the time they spent listening to Patti discuss the specifics of the others they had seen. When they made an offer, Patti was invaluable in handling the negotiation process. At each turn, in a somewhat difficult negotiation, Patti counseled patience and good sense. When a competing offer emerged apparently from nowhere, Patti devised a strategy which won the day without our kids having to get involved in a bidding war. While we are thankful that due to Patti's efforts, our daughter and son-in-law, are now our neighbors, we are especially grateful that she worked so hard to get our one-year-old grandson only blocks away."



"As a client of Patti Sprafka Wagner, I was impressed with her commitment to her clients and her solid advice on real estate matters. She made the stressful process of preparing and placing your property on the market run smoothly. She even went extra mile by working over the New Year's Day Holiday and found the right buyers for our condominium. That is first rate service."



"Zak is calm & professional, as well as shows patience to find what your looking for"



"I worked with Patti Sprafka Wagner and was thrilled with the experience. I was looking to sell my home of 25 years, and because I was a first-time home seller, I put myself completely in Patti's professional care. I'm very glad I did. Patti gave me suggestions as to what needed fixing up and what was fine as it was. I followed her advice on staging all the rooms, and when the house was ready, we sat down to discuss price. Patti's research into my local market was exhausive and compelling. We listed the house at just a little more than I'd anticipated, and began the waiting game. It sure didn't last long. The house was listed on a Monday. There were several showing that week, and by Friday I had an offer, meeting my asking price! Patti was energetic, helpful, and professional every step of the way, but I think what impressed me the most was her attention to detail. In walking through the house, nothing escaped her attention. My advice to anyone using Patti's services is that when she makes a suggestion regarding the looks or presentation of your home...heed the suggestion! It will pay off down the road."



"We found our forever home in River Forest, IL working with Patti as our agent, and could not have asked for a better person to have on our side. She is incredibly knowledgeable about the area, and pays attention to every detail of each and every home. As a buyer this means we really had a realistic picture of each homes assets and quirks to help inform our decision. Our closing process was drawn out due to an unforeseen issue with the house, and Patti went the extra mile to make sure we were informed buyers, and were under no pressure. She was genuine, honest, and trustworthy throughout the entire process, and I would recommend Patti to all my friends and family."



"We would highly recommend Patti. Her guidance throughout the processor readying our home, pricing our home, negotiating the terms, and closing the deal, was invaluable. She is an expert. We followed her advice, and sold our house quickly!"



"Just a short note to thank you for all you've done for us in this journey. Your advice and guidance was invaluable. No doubt I will drop your name whenever possible!

I would also like to chime in with my appreciation for your guidance, patience, and creative thinking! It is a true gift to be an assertive professional while making the journey feel like a partnership...not to mention, you are a hoot to spend time with! I am so glad we were able to partner on this portion of Mike's and my adventure together. Until next time, be well, happy, and successful!!"



"I wanted to take some time to discuss our experience working with Patti. From the very early stages of the home-buying process, my wife and I were absolutely sure that we had found the right Realtor for us. Patti was very professional and we liked her emphasis on ethics. She put us in touch with a very competent and easy-to-work with mortgage agent very early and he had us pre-approved quickly.
We had centered our home search in an area that Patti was very familiar with. I always felt that we were seeing the best houses in our area and price range; I never felt like we were wasting time. Every property was an opportunity for Patti to show us something and I felt like, by the end of the process, I had learned quite a bit.
Patti has a very no-nonsense style and is very easy to work with. My wife and I looked forward to viewings and I think I'm not over-stating things when I say that we both enjoyed Patti's company (after finding our new home, we commented that we would miss looking at houses with her).
Patti was with us every step of the way, including the closing and inspections. There was never an unanswered question.
In the end, Patti helped us find a home that we love for less than we imagined we'd have to pay. I cannot recommend her enough. If you have the opportunity to work with Patti, you will have a guide and an advocate and your home-buying journey will be a much easier (and more fun) experience."



"Ten years ago my mother downsized and bought a townhome in River Forest. Patti handled both aspects with integrity, efficiency and friendliness. This year my mother passed away and I contacted Patti to handle the sale. She provided an excellent analysis, suggested a selling price and provided tips on preparing the townhome for a good showing. We were leaving for an extended vacation a few days after the initial listing. Patti suggested we sign a power of attorney naming our daughter as our agent "just in case". Given the market, we thought this was probably an extra detail, but we respected Patti's advice. Much to my joy, six days into my vacation, I received an email that a bid had been offered. By the time we returned from our vacation the closing was only a few weeks in the future. Patti did a very good job and I highly recommend her."



"Patti did a great time for us in our home search. She got to know us, understood what we were looking for, steered us clear of dead ends, and pointed us towards the best options. When negotiating, she could drive a hard bargain, but was always realistic. Thanks to Patti, we found the right house for our family."



"Thank you so much for all of your time and patience. After much searching and countless hours viewing homes, we finally found the right one! You've been our guide throughout the entire process--words cannot express the gratitude that we have for all of your hard work. You have been so wonderful to us; we're lucky to have you on our side! You're the best, Patti! Thank you!"



"Patti was extremely easy and fun to work with. As first time home buyers, we knew very little about what to expect. Patti made the process very transparent, and really gave us an education about each house we saw. We learned so much from working with her. She is an outstanding Realtor who is genuinely concerned about helping her clients make a good, informed choice. We would definately work with her again and recommend her highly to others."



"We hired Patti to sell our Oak Park home this past Spring. We were impressed by the fact that on the first visit, before we had decided on a realtor, she was measuring rooms. When she presented us with "comps" she had many more than others had shown us and pulled from a variety of housing styles to arrive at her suggested price range. Patti has an eye for detail and staging and we did everything she suggested, moving furniture around, painting, etc., no matter how trivial it seemed. The photographs of the house were stunning! She was always available (I don't think she sleeps) and answered our sometimes inane questions quickly. We had lived in the house 32 years so selling houses is not something we do often and we were anxious. The end result of all of this hard work on her part was -- 5 offers after three days on the market, all but one over list price! She was a great source for equally professional people we needed to address things like floor refinishing, radon mitigation and all the other little things that arise during a process such as this. Patti is a true professional who obviously loves all aspects of the real estate business and works tirelessly for her clients."



"We relocated from California and Patti was recommended to us by a coworker. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone. We started the house hunting process while we were still out in California and she supplied us with a lot of great information and well filtered listings electronically.After we have arrived in Chicagoland she gave us a great introduction to the local area, the local real estate market, and the Oak Park / River Forest community. She had well laid out house tours ready and was very knowledgeable about technical details, building styles, construction advantages / disadvantages etc. This was super helpful, especially moving in from a completely different climate zone. The negotiation process went very smooth and she guided us well through the whole pricing and negotiation process. And her care did not stop here: during and after closing she also hooked us up with a number of reliable local contractors so that we could get all our little projects done in no time. By now we are living in our new home and we are very happy with what we got, the price we paid, and the location we found with Patti's help."



"We were really thrilled by the service that Patti provided to us. She was especially helpful in the preparation process, seeing beyond the 29 years of "stuff" we had accumulated, to what our house could be for a potential buyer. When she first arrived, she went room by room advising on how we could make a better impression on a potential buyer. She saw what we should highlight and what we needed to put away. We followed her advice. She was spot on. Once the house was ready, we had photos taken. The photos were so beautiful and compelling that buyers found it hard to resist. We listed the house on a Monday and we had a contract 6 days later! We appreciate her attention to detail, her professional approach, her telling us what she would do and then doing it, as she said she would. Patti really knows her market in Oak Park, and that resulted in wonderful results for us. Thank you, Patti!"



"Patti Sprafka Wagner is simply the best Realtor out there. She truly cares about her clients and wants the best for them--she is not just looking to make a sale. She is a strong advocate for her clients in the process of buying a house and goes the extra mile in getting everything done. She knows Oak Park and River Forest like the back of her hand and has a tremendous amount of experience in the realty business. I trust her implicitly as an adviser. I wouldn't have had the courage to buy my first home without her!"



"In a challenging housing market, it is important to have an experienced advocate on your side. There are so many questions and concerns: Will we be able to sell our home What can we do to get top dollar in a reasonable period of time What is "top dollar" Will we find a house we love at a price we can afford How long is all of this going to take
Patti Sprafka Wagner is an amazing Realtor and advocate. Her real world experience, energetic support and incredible attention to detail are absolutely essential to anyone buying or selling a home. Before putting our home on the market, Patti toured the house and provided extremely helpful and realistic suggestions for making it more appealing to potential buyers. We listened carefully, followed her advice and were under contract within 30 days of listing!
Then, faced with a relatively short timeline for buying a new house, Patti's insight and knowledge of the local housing inventory proved to be invaluable. We are notoriously picky, but Patti truly understood our needs and showed us several excellent houses. In the end, we bought a wonderful house, at a terrific price, in a much-loved neighborhood.
If you are buying and/or selling a house, you need every advantage you can get. Do yourself a favor--Call Patti Sprafka Wagner. You will be very glad you did."



"Selling a home can be a very nerve-racking experience. We were very fortunate to list our property with Patti. She offered practical advice and made the experience quick, easy, and relatively painless. Our two flat sold in less than one week with multiple offers thanks to Patti's knowledge and guidance! Needless to say, we highly recommend Patti."



""We had Patti walk through our home to make suggestions to improving the selling and marketing of our home. We followed through on those suggestions. As everyone is surely aware, this is a difficult market right now. From the point of listing (March) to closing (August) we easily had over 100 individuals come through the property. We received regular e-mail comments from Patti regarding feedback and input. Patti brought us three offers and at the end we had two competing offers that allowed us to actually increase the selling price by several thousand dollars as the potential buyers increased their offer. WOW! This is a buyer's market, but we believe because of Patti's aggressive marketing and management of our interests, she assisted us considerably."



"We were first-time buyers and completely new (and nervous!) about the whole process. But Patti made everything extremely easy and was an absolute pleasure to work with. She really looked out for our best interest and was knowledgeable about the area where we were buying. Another huge plus is she's extremely honest, this is her most standout quality. She'll be the first to tell you what's wrong with a property, and she doesn't gloss over potential problem areas with a home. She'll tell you up-front about the pros and cons of any property. She even told us key things to ask during the inspection! She quickly built a solid level of trust with us, and we definitely felt we could rely on her for her honest opinion. Patti was very responsive to our calls (which were many!) She was respectful, patient, and didn't pressure us to make any hasty decisions. You could tell she values her clients tremendously, and she takes great care to build a solid relationship. We will definitely be using Patti again in the future, and highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy/sell!"



"Patti was a great support as we purchased our home. Her knowledge of houses from the inside out was incredibly valuable to us. She made sure we considered all the important factors, and helped us find a home we love! We were also impressed by how well Patti helped sellers stage their homes. We recommend Patti to anyone selling or buying."



"Patti helped my family and I buy our home in Oak Park almost 6 years ago. She was amazing then and has kept in touch and been a resource for everything from paInt to landscaping to locating contractors since then. I cannot say enough about her as a person and as a professional. Absolutely top notch."



"We bought our home in 2011 and sold it in 2015 with Patti and both experiences were excellent. In both cases we were new to home purchase/sale and Patti helped walk us through the process and if I might say "held our hand" the whole way. She gave us all our recommendations for inspectors, lawyers, and contractors. Everyone we called said "Oh you're with Patti You're in good hands, whatever she says!" (no exaggeration)Home buy - we looked at 15-20 places. She had a lot of great input and wasn't afraid to walk away immediately upon entering if the place was a lemon. The house we bought was perfect, and she helped us negotiate a great price.Home Sale - her market analysis was spot on. Her staging advice and professional photography made the house look great. We got an offer in a couple days, she helped negotiate a price we were happy with, and she worked with us through closing. It was an FHA loan which is tricky, but she helped with the specially required "appraisal" and follow up. Patti gets busy sometimes, but she's flexible and makes herself available.Patti is your trusted adviser, and your realty team's head coach. She makes the process easy and frankly is a wonderful person. Would recommend in a heartbeat."



"As a young, single, first time buyer, I needed a lot of guidance and had a lot of questions that needed answering. Patti was always quick to respond to any questions I had and gave great advice, taking into careful consideration my needs and wants for my new home. The home we found was perfect for me. I never felt pressured to look at something I didn't want, or that was out of my price range. I would and will recommend Patti to all my closest friends."



"Being a first time home buyer, I was very apprehensive about the whole process, but working with Patti made things very easy. Patti is very knowledgeable about the Oak Park/River Forest real estate market and only wants the best for her clients. I appreciated her honesty and willingness to find the best property for me. I would highly recommend Patti Sprafka Wagner to anyone!"



"Top notch service! Always available to help and provide answers to our questions! I really appreciate all the effort put in helping us relocate to the area!"



"As this was the first time I have ever put a property on the market, Patti was the perfect person for me to work with. Twenty-five years ago, she was my realtor when I bought the property and she was the only person I considered when it came time to sell. In addition to listing my property, she helped me get it ready for the market as I was moving to another state. With an extraordinary attention to detail and a willingness to answer any questions, I felt completely confident and comfortable working with her. Let me add my recommendation to the chorus of others who she has shepherded through what could otherwise be a very trying experience!"



"If you are planning on selling your home and are looking for an excellent real estate agent, we highly recommend Patti Sprafka Wagner. We recently hired Patti to sell our home. As a long-time area Realtor, Patti has terrific intuitive knowledge of the local market. She expertly guided us through the sale of our house in 7 days, right at her suggested list price. Patti is thorough and honest. She sets realistic expectations and takes care of the myriad of details involved in selling a house. Most importantly, Patti's advice was invaluable with regard to the "right" projects to prepare our house for sale and which ones to skip. She's an expert negotiator and provided sage advice on how to respond to offers and inspection findings. It was a difficult decision to sell our house, but Patti's guidance made the process smoother than we ever expected."



"We really loved working with Patti to find our home. After our first meeting, she had a great feel for what we were looking for and directed us to listings that she knew we'd love. Her deep knowledge of the area really paid off for us. When we found the one we liked, Patti was a tremendous negotiator and advocate for us, helping us to quickly reach an agreement with the sellers, and working with us on resolving several tricky post-inspections problems. We plan to live in this house forever, but if we do buy or sell for some reason in the future, there's no doubt we'll call Patti right away."



"Having Dealt with a myriad of real estate professionals over the years, I can truly say that Patti is la creme de la creme! She is superb! She knows the market, LISTENS to the client, is honest, and delivers great results. If you are looking for real estate guidance from a person with integrity, knowledge, and people skills, Patti is the one! A+++++ rating in my book."



""Highly Recommended". We have known Patti and used her real estate expertise for many years. She is experienced, professional, and gets results. Her greatest strength is that she always puts her clients first, whether you are buying, selling, or renting your home."



"Our River Forest home was beautiful and well-maintained, but overloaded with 40+ years of accumulated possessions. We needed to sell quickly, but had no idea how to proceed. Patti walked through the house with us room by room, and explained what we needed to do inside and out to make it attractive to buyers. we did exactly as she suggested--and the result was four serious offers within the first three days on the market! Patti helped us decide among them, and negotiated timing, terms, and price that met our needs. When a few complications arose (as they inevitably do!), Patti worked with us and our lawyer to resolve them quickly. Patti is energetic, responsive, and knowledgeable about the community, the psychology of buyers and sellers, the marketplace, and the process. She was consistently available and supportive throughout the stressful weeks between putting up the "For Sale" sign and closing on the deal. We could not have it without her!"



"I worked with Patti Sprafka Wagner. She rocks! A second generation Realtor, her heart and soul are in the business, 24/7. She was responsive, smart, and insightful. She put information into MY terms/language so that I could understand why my house wasn't worth what I hoped. I followed her advice with staging, etc. and my house sold in two days!"



"My husband and I used Patti to find a home in River Forest. She helped us search for about a year, starting in Oak Park and eventually adding River Forest to our parameters. She is extremely knowledgeable about both cities as well as the all the typical types of homes you will find in each. She helped point out items in the house that could be an issue down the road. She attended and supervised the inspections we had done since we could not be there. She was very helpful throughout the whole process. We have recommended her to several people and will continue to use her for any future home purchases and listings"