Stephen Chertok

Stephen Chertok

ABR, GREEN, SRS - Broker
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Testimonials

Overall 5 star rating out of 20 reviews



"Stephen’s local market knowledge, professionalism, responsiveness and negotiation skills were instrumental in finding and securing my dream home in the City. I had worked with two other brokers over the preceding 18 months to no avail. Stephen got the job done in less than 30 days and was a true joy to work with."



"Steve is *THE* real estate agent you want to have by your side. We owe him our seamless relocation to Chicago, and so much more. With decades of real estate experience in the Chicago area, he was able to help us find the house of our dreams and close on it. Having previously developed houses, he will help you conduct a meticulous due diligence on the house, from top to bottom - including materials, structure, finishes, appliances, and so on. His expertise handling real estate processes was also invaluable to help us navigate a laborious sale process with complicated, unresponsive and chaotic sellers. There is no match to his patience and professionalism - which was well tested, as we went house-hunting with our 9-mo old twins. Steve - thank you so much again for your help!"



"Stephen has the rare advantage of having several years as a successful professional in corporate America while buying and rehabbing homes prior to entering the real estate industry full time. His knowledge and professionalism stands out in an industry that is fraught with inconsistent service and expertise."



"Stephen is amazing! He is patient, listens carefully to what you are looking for in a property and then follow through. I found my dream property and the whole process was seamless. I am so thankful for his professionalism and knowledge of the area. I highly recommend Stephen!"



"Stephen helped us prepare and sell our place in Oak Park. Once the property was listed, we had multiple showings and three offers in just five days’ time. He also did a lot of coaching and reassuring during a stressful process. We honestly can’t say enough about the service and care we received. We have already shared his name with others looking for a realtor. He was also incredibly helpful as we looked for our new home. He offered great advice about properties and was an advocate for us when we made our offer on our dream home."



"Stephen is fantastic. He made the home buying process go super smooth. Couldn't have asked for a better experience."



"As a first time buyer in the States it was incredibly intimidating, thankfully our agent Steve was incredibly responsive, tenacious and thorough. Steve knows the market inside and out, and walked us through what to expect and was patient and very responsive when answering all our questions. One of his many exceptional qualities was being able to spot great potential and have unique ideas to improve the properties. He really took the time to get to know us and the properties he showed us all matched our personalities one way or another and he did not stop till he found us our forever home. Also, his in depth knowledge of building structures ensured we got a home that was soundly built and secure.
He is truly dedicated to his customers’ needs and we really appreciate all he did for us."



"Stephen is fantastic. He made the home buying process go super smooth. Couldn't have asked for a better experience."



"Knew the market far better than any other broker we interviewed. Got us a price far higher than we could imagine at the outset. Highly competent and easy to work with. It was a pleasure to work with Stephen."


"Stephen was nothing short of phenomenal in his role as my real estate agent. His knowledge of Chicago, understanding of real estate market trends, and affable personality made him a true asset, from the discovery phase through to the closing table. Stephen also possesses an unparalleled knowledge of building structures and systems (gas, electric, water, etc) for a real estate agent, which allowed him to point out several potential pitfalls in houses that we reviewed or saw. I would highly recommend Stephen to anyone buying a home in Chicago; he's simply the best real estate agent I've ever worked with."


"As a first time home seller, Stephen went out of his way to educate us on the home selling process from start to finish. His communication was excellent throughout the process and he was quick to help us out with any questions that we had. He and his team did an excellent job staging and marketing the home and as a result it sold very quickly!"


"Stephen was such a great broker. He took the time to do the little stuff that meant a huge deal at the end of the day. Went above and beyond to make sure I understood every step of the whole process. Constantly put himself in my shoes to see what would be best for me. 100% recommend this broker above anyone else!"


"Stephen is a pleasure to work with!! He was with me every step of the way. He is on top of every detail and really brings a vast amount of knowledge to the buying experience!"


"A fabulous agent who was there for us whenever we needed him. Cannot recommend him highly enough."



"Stephen is amazing! He is patient, listens carefully to what you are looking for in a property and then follow through. I found my dream property and the whole process was seamless. I am so thankful for his professionalism and knowledge of the area. I highly recommend Stephen!"


"After living in our home for 31 years we decided it was time for a change. Our children had left the nest and we wanted some where new to call home. We put together our wish list in what we wanted in our new home. We callled Steve to talk about what we needed to do to prepare to sell the house we lived in as newly weds and raised our children in and became part of a community in. We began the conversation almost 9 months before the house was listed and during that time Steve was helpful, very informative, patient, understanding and patient! He understood the emotional atachment we had to our home and offered valuable advise on the options available to list the house and how to be sucessful in selling the house. Steve also gave us valuable guidance on how to be a prepared buyer. He was prompt in returning our questions. We used email, texting and phone calls to communcate. We never felt unprepared when taking the next step in selling our home or buying our new home. Our old house is the new home for another young family and we are quickly adjusting to our new house and making it our new home. We would highly recommend Stephen Chertok as an excellant broker. He made our experience in buying and selling a great sucess."


"As a first time buyer in the States it was incredibly intimidating, thankfully our agent Steve was incredibly responsive, tenacious and thorough. Steve knows the market inside and out, and walked us through what to expect and was patient and very responsive when answering all our questions. One of his many exceptional qualities was being able to spot great potential and have unique ideas to improve the properties. He really took the time to get to know us and the properties he showed us all matched our personalities one way or another and he did not stop till he found us our forever home. Also, his in depth knowledge of building structures ensured we got a home that was soundly built and secure.He is truly dedicated to his customers needs and we really appreciate all he did for us."


"I met Stephen at one of his listings and instantly knew he was who I wanted as our agent for purchasing a new home. He turned out to be better than I had expected. His communication is excellent. I always knew what to expect and what to be looking for in a potential home. There were many times where he patiently and thoroughly explained answers to my questions. Sometimes they were very important answers to questions I didn't know to ask! It was always clear to me that my husband and I were his first priority as he never tried to rush our decisions and was willing to show us as many properties as we needed to see. Originally we were looking for a condo in the city which turned out to be far more complicated than we thought and if we didn't have Stephen as our agent I think working through the intricacies would have been extremely frustrating and confusing. It also helped immensely that he knew a lot of the buildings and building management companies. Stephen is smart, more knowledgeable than I can fathom, personable, friendly, caring and will work hard for you always doing due diligence and going well above and beyond what most agents will do. I fully recommend Stephen!"


"Steve Chertok was my agent for the recent sale of my River North Condo. He is very knowledgeable about the downtown Chicago market and was able to give me great advice regarding pricing and preparing my unit for listing. He and his team then did a wonderful job of staging the unit and preparing high quality marketing materials that showed the apartment at its very best. As a result, a great deal of interest in the unit was generated, resulting in numerous showings and multiple high quality offers all within a week of listing. I eventually accepted an offer very close to the original asking price and was able to close quickly without any major problems arising. Overall, it was a real pleasure working with Steve and I could not have been happier with the outcome. He has a very customer-centric approach and was there to guide me through each step in the process, providing me with frequent updates on the latest developments, answering all of my questions and dealing with any issues that arose. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone looking to either sell or purchase a property in Chicago."


"Where do I begin to rave about Stephen Chertok? He's been putting up with me looking for many different residences for nearly three years until I could finally qualify for a mortgage. Not only is Stephen intelligent and patient, but he has provided me with a wealth of knowledge in navigating the course of putting in a bid, providing lenders with all the information they require and helping me understand each step along the way. Every aspect of this purchase was smooth because of Stephen's input. Without a doubt, I would recommend Stephen to anyone who was interested in purchasing a home. And furthermore, I now consider Stephen a friend."


"We had special and specific needs as we reside in China and Stephen went the exra mile in dealing with time zones, holidays and other long distance issues. Most critical in our process was a very costly 3 day trip form China to Chicago. Our only purposer was to look at properties and, if possible, to buy. I imagine Stephen had to condense what would be a process extending over weeks or months into 3 days. He did a stellar job. From the time we landed at O'Hare up until we were literally at the departure gate he was a machine. Without exageration, our flight had been called for boarding, the phone rang and it was Stephen telling us our offer had been accepted. He was determined to put this together before we left and he made it happen. He's the rock star of real estate agents. Thanks Stephen! Greg and Candace"


"I've bought/sold 7 properties and worked with as many agents. Steve is head and shoulders above them all. He is so professional, has knowledge of all aspects of the real estate market, and is a great guy! I felt like he was always looking out for my interests, and therefore I trusted him without reservation. Throughout the process he provided perspective and considerable information that I found extremely helpful. What he never gave me was bad information or bad advice. Steve was phenomenal. If I ever sell or buy again, I will enlist Steve. If I know of anyone who wants to buy or sell, I'll encourage them, push them, tell them they will regret hiring anyone other than Steve. Joanne"


"Stephen has the rare advantage of having several years as a successful professional in corporate America while buying and rehabbing homes prior to entering the real estate industry full time. His knowledge and professionalism stands out in an industry that is fraught with inconsistent service and expertise. Mike B"