Steve Katz

Steve Katz

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Overall 5 star rating out of 35 reviews



"Steve is in-touch with the Chicago market and a true professional. I would recommend him to anyone looking to sell their home."



"Steve was a pleasure to work with. As a first time buyer I really didn't know what to expect. After an initial phone call where I laid out my price range and expectations (number of bedrooms and bathrooms ect) I realized I didn't really know what I was looking for. Steve took me to look at 6 or 7 different places some in high rise buildings some townhouses and some condos but I didn't love any of them. Steve asked probing questions about what I liked and didn't like about each of them to help me narrow my search. The second time we went looking the places were much closer to my expectations but again I didn't fall in love with any of them. Again Steve took the time to find out what I liked and didn't like about each of them. The third and final time we went looking Steve showed me 6 places and I loved them all. After helping me find the perfect townhouse he helped through the offer process the negotiations and the closing. He is really a full service realtor. I plan to recommend him to all my friends and family members looking to buy or sell a home."



"My wife and I were spoiled with our experience with Steve. This was our first time buying a home and for us, we didnt know what we didnt know. Steve listened to what we both wanted in a first home and gave us additional things to consider and further insight on what to look for based on what mattered to us. We never felt like he was trying to get a sale done, but rather, he took the time to listen, educate, and walk us through every pertinent detail of a potential home. At the same time, Steve empowered us to analyze the details of a potential home and make the decision ourselves. A lot of times, you can feel a combination of not being listened to, pressured, and uninformed in the home buying process, Steve was the complete opposite. He was always in our corner, fighting for us. One of the many things I truly appreciated about Steve was that he was always available. I could always reach him if I needed to talk through things and likewise, he would check in periodically to see where our heads were at. Steve came highly recommended from a couple of my closest friends and he did NOT disappoint. Were grateful to have worked with such as honest, knowledgeable and caring professional such as Steve Katz."



"My wife and I can't praise Steve enough for his dedication and effort in helping us find a new home. After a couple brief discussions, he was able to help us narrow our search to a few suburbs that would meet our most important needs and desires. We admired his ability to analyze the tangible and intangible qualities of any home so that we could get an idea as to the true value of the homes we were exploring. His experience with real estate, renovations/rehab/remodeling, and interior design was priceless as we peppered him for advice on what house to buy and what to do with it after purchasing it. In the rare case where he might not know the answer to something, he could rely on a network of colleagues in different fields to find the answer for us. Many agents might not follow up after a client closes on a house, but Steve has been in touch with us regularly as we remodel our home, and has also advocated on our behalf with our contractor to help the remodeling process proceed in a smooth and efficient manner. We will always be grateful for everything that Steve has done for us, and can't imagine buying our next home without him!"



"Steve was a full service broker. He walked me through every step of the process with consideration, respect and professionalism. Steve gave me great advice and had good follow through. I appreciated his hard work."



"Steve Katz is a conscientious, capable, and knowledgeable broker who goes beyond expectations. I would highly recommend his services to anyone."



"For our first home buying experience, we could not have asked for a better adviser than Steve. He was incredibly patient as we narrowed down where exactly we wanted to live and then switched our focus from condos to single family homes. He provided invaluable information on the neighborhoods, helped us focus on our needs in our first place, sent us as many listings as we could handle and made himself very available during the whole process. He helped us find a perfect home and was there for us at every step along the way to closing. I recommend Steve without hesitation and will absolutely utilize him in the future."



"Fabulous job Steve--your hard work, integrity, honesty and knowledge has been most appreciative. You are to be commended--happy to recommend you at anytime."



"Steve was great help finding a place, using traditional ways like MLS listing as well as creative ways like mass mailing. He was also extremely instrumental in navigating the closing process as well as negotiating."



"My wife and I had a fantastic experience working with Steve. We sold our home and purchased a new home with him, and the whole process could not have gone any smoother."



"Steve was a pleasure to work with. My wife and I are first time home buyers and Steve made the process relatively seamless while providing us with a great deal of knowledge. Additionally, he made himself very accessible throughout the whole transaction. Steve also has a wide knowledge of construction, building systems, renovations etc. which we found very helpful, as we purchased a 1925 Bungalow that needs some renovation work. Overall, I highly recommend Steve to anyone looking to buy in the greater Chicago area."



"I recently worked with Steve to purchase a condo for myself in Chicago. I really enjoyed working with Steve and was very pleased with the whole process. I am also very pleased with the end result. I know that I got a great place for a very good price. I am new to Chicago and this was my first home purchase. Steve is extremely knowledgeable about the market and made sure that I educated myself as well. Im the kind of person that needs to see data that supports the decisions that I make. Steve is excellent at market analysis and his understanding of the market positions him well to give his clients solid guidance. I would highly recommend Steve to anyone I know. I will personally use Steve as my real estate agent for any future sales or purchases. Thanks Steve!"



"We did the very right thing to ask Steve to be our agent, because the selling process turned out to be quite complicated due to the change of policies of special assessments from our townhouse association. Steve was understanding, approachable and very helpful throughout the whole process. He was patient about our request, and handled our issues in timely manners. He even offered a reduction of the commission fees for the special assessments we paid. We really appreciate his help and highly recommend him."



"Steve truely helped us every step of the way in finding our dream home! We were first time home buyers, so really knew nothing when we started the process of searching. Steve is very knowledgeable and most importantly willing to share all of his knowledge with out making you feel like you're wasting his time or like you should already know the answer to any question that may come up. He went out of his way to walk us through every step of the process and to make sure we were making the right decisions for us! We felt confident that he had our best interest in mind and we couldn't have been happier with the outcome! We highly recommend Steve and will continue to share his information with family and friends knowing they will be in great hands when looking to buy or sell!"



"Steve was absolutely professional and insightful for my wife and I's first home buying experience. Steve is brutally honest, straight-forward and transaparent with his dealings (which is a great thing!). I plan on recommending Steve to any and all friends/family looking to purchase/rent---seriously, hands down, my wife and I would not have been as happy as we are now without Steve's help getting our dream home!"



"Steve is fantastic. We felt like we were in great hands. He was honest, tireless and a pleasure to work with. I would happily recommend him as well as work with him again in future."



"Steve was a great agent for us. His direct approach, and open and honest tone throughout the whole process made us very comfortable with the decisions we were making. Steve was a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to anyone."



"Steve was amazing to work with - he was extremely knowledgable, helpful, sincere, honest and responsive. We just moved from Israel to Chicago and we were completely unfamiliar with Chicago. Steve gave us a wonderful introduction to the city and housing market. He really helped us consider all of the factors necessary for finding an apartment that we didn't even think about. We recommend him to everyone who needs help finding their new home!"



"Steve Katz was wonderful in helping me find the condo rental I wanted with all of the amenities I needed and in the neighborhood I preferred and have lived in for three years. The neighborhood is Lakeshore East. Condos do not come up often for rent in the building I will be living in and Steve was great from the beginning of the process to the very end. He sent me the listing and was able to set up a viewing immediately. I was the first one to look at the unit and I know the unit would not have lasted on the market more than a few days, so I was very pleased Steve moved so fast on my behalf. Steve also sold my daughter and her husband their house. He is now our family realtor for life!! I recommend him to anyone who needs someone who knows the market and wants an expert Realtor helping them locate and find the home of their dreams."



"Steve did a wonderful job throughout the entire sales process and our family was very pleased. I would strongly recommend him to anybody who needs a thoughtful advocate when buying or selling a home."



"Steve was an amazing broker who went above and beyond for everything I needed. He made the search for my home super smooth and made it unstressful. He walked me through all information and was available when I needed him!"



"Steve was great! Always responsive to our needs and great with communication throughout the whole process. I highly recommend him."



"We had a fantastic experience working with Steve, and are eager to work with him again for our purchase which will take place in 2016. I haven't enough good things to say about him, however in short he really has it all in terms of what a realtor should have, namely he is an expert on the market he serves, data analysis, how to market and sell the property effectively, how to negotiate offers, how to communicate with the clients and keep us informed and also help us make correct decisions. His most underrated skill which is so rare in brokers as that he is an authority on the physical properties themselves which really sets him apart. When we worked with brokers before, they usually have an embarrassed silence when you ask them anything about the technical details of the property itself, or they answer with non-specific platitudes and don't say anything satisfactory, whereas Steve clearly has deep knowledge of this area and it really sets him apart. A true professional, and someone we highly recommend."



"Steve Katz is phenomenal. Steve helped us list our home at a reasonable, and fair, market price. As a result, we sold our home at full-list price within days. In fact, he was able to sell the property off-market due to his vast list of contacts. Steve properly communicated with the buying agent, mortgage broker, and appraiser to ensure a smooth process. Steve's extra efforts made the sale process remarkably easy for us. He was transparent throughout the entire sale process, willingly gave us instruction and advice. Steve kept us in the loop about every little detail. Steve's response time was remarkable. We can not say enough good things about Steve. His honesty, professionalism, industry knowledge and communication skills set him apart from his peers. If you are looking for a realtor, I would strongly recommend Mr. Katz and trust that you will not be disappointed."



"Steve is a great realtor and real estate advisor. He intelligently coached us through the home sale process of our Old Irving Park townhome. Steve was recommended to us by our neighbors. He clearly differentiated himself from other agents in the way he approaches realty. Steve brought market knowledge and a clear understanding of what we needed to do to be successful in selling our home. He communicated effectively the steps we needed to take to sell and presented a clear marketing plan backed up by market data to support his approach. Steve proactively marketed our home and sold it higher than we expected it to sell for. He set our expectations and also helped us manage expectations, flawlessly. In the realty world, Steve Katz is one of a kind. He is the most knowledgeable and the most impressive selling agent weve worked with and will recommend him highly to others."



"My husband and I just purchased our first home and Steve Katz's was absolutely wonderful to work with. Steve is very knowledgeable about the housing market and is exceptional at helping his clients choose the right investment rather than just telling them to buy a home so he can make some money. Being first time home buyers we had a lot of questions and Steve answered them all. We highly recommend working with Steve Katz."



"Steve Katz is great and was extremely helpful in getting us through the home buying process. His knowledge of the Chicago neighborhoods, his familiarity with construction and his attention to detail are excellent.He always had our needs and wants in mind and it never felt like he was out just to make a sale."


"At Properties congratulates Steven Katz in being named a Top Producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors for both 2012 and 2013. Steve grew his business by more than 50% in 2013. Steve empowers his client's decision making through education and advisory services. Steve's success is a direct result of his client's success. In 2013, his client transactions ranged from $110,000 to more than $2 million. (At Properties News / February 11, 2014)"


"Steve provided excellent residential real estate services in the Chicago market and helped meet our target sales price [West Town]." February 2014."


""Steve is an exceptional realtor to work with. My husband and I needed to quickly sell our [Lincoln Park] condo and Steve was the perfect realtor to get the job done. His fast knowledge of the market along with his unique networking skills gave our unit great exposure and traffic activity. Our place was under contract within 3 weeks of listing the property. I would highly recommend his services to anyone that is looking to buy or sell a condo." September 2013. Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative"


""Steve is a prime example of someone who is self motivated. He brings pride and a sense of responsibility to any home sale. Steve is a hard worker and very dedicated to the company he works for." [Logan Square] June 2013."


"Steve sold our (Roscoe Village) place the first weekend it was listed! But beyond that, Steve is exceptionally prepared and focused and was easily able to merge his own expertise with our thoughts and needs. June 2, 2013 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity"


""Steve is the definition of the perfect Real Estate Agent. As a first time home buyer (townhome purchase in Bucktown), I truly had no idea what to expect and was surprised to find a sales professional where it felt like "sales" was secondary to process and education. From the very first meeting, it was apparent that he wanted me to feel empowered and to understand the market and process from beginning to end. Throughout the entire search, Steve was patient (admittedly, not always easy to do with me), LISTENED and delivered everything asked of him and a whole lot more. He was always available, prepared and candid and made it very apparent that we were on the same team. In the countless times we went out looking at properties he ran circles around the other agents we encountered in both professionalism and knowledge. Additionally, with the people who ultimately get pulled into the fray (inspector, attorney, contractors, etc), Steve always had a laundry list of people he had previously worked with but made sure I vetted everyone and made my own decisions. Of all the folks he passed along, I would work with each and every one of them again. Last, but in my opinion perhaps most important, Steve was an absolute pleasure to work with. If you are looking for someone to make this potentially painful process as seamless and enjoyable as possible, do yourself a favor and look no further than Steve Katz." March 1, 2013. (Dennis was a referred to me by a client I met at an openhouse in 2012) Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity"


"At Properties congratulates Steven Katz in being named a Top Producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors for 2012. (At Properties News / February 1, 2013)"


""I strongly recommend Steve as a real estate agent. He provided us the knowledge and insight first-time homebuyers need. He helped us learn to properly look at homes and find what we like and don't like. We never felt pressured but always felt Steve had our best interests in mind. He assembled a great team for every step of the inspection and closing process. We love our [Lincoln Square] home but, if for some reason we ever need to buy another house, Steve will be our realtor." Top Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity October 2, 2012."


"Steve was super throughout our entire search for a new home. My wife and I had a lot of requirements but Steve was extremely patient and helped us navigate the tradeoffs both with features of the house and location. We started all over the map in terms of suburbs versus city so Steve's breadth of local knowledge helped quite a bit as well. We ended up buying a house [in Evanston] that well exceeded our expectations. I would hire Steve myself and recommend him to anyone buying ot selling a home in the Chicagoland area. July 17, 2012 by Larry Rubin Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity Steve helped my husband and I buy our first home. He helped us make a wise decision. He was committed to making sure that we bought a house at a fair price and worked well in the negotiation of matters. He was very good at managing and envisioning both of our preferences in finding a home. He is trustworthy, dependable, personable and is knowledgable about the market and willing to learn about new markets as well. July 31, 2012 by Jessica Sectzer-Rubin Top qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity"


""Steve was incredibly helpful during our first sale process [of our South Loop condo]. He provided plenty of information and meaningful discussion while setting the listing price. His advice while staging our place likely led to a quick offer (one family member remarked that our place looked better than ever!). During a drawn-out closing process that was held up by the buyer's bank, Steve made sure that we were informed with every development. We were glad to have him helping get the deal done. I have already referred Steve to a friend, and I would do it again. We had complete confidence in his ability to represent us." August 13, 2012"


""Steve is a strategic, logical and collaborative partner. He developed an impressive marketing and sales strategy which was essential to the success of selling our (Ukrainian Village) home in record time and at a profit. He made himself available at any hour of the day or week to ensure that our questions where answered and that we felt comfortable with the direction we were taking. I strongly endorse Steve, as I have benefited from his success and I believe in the methods he employs to exceed his clients expectations." March 18, 2012 Top Qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity"


""We highly recommend Steve Katz to represent your real estate needs. In addition to learning the intricacies and selling multiple units in our condo building (including ours), Steve took pride in developing an expertise in our community. Extremely professional, Steve worked tirelessly to assure we were accurately and competitively marketed during an extremely challenging economy. He is also a great communicator and worked closely with our legal representatives to make sure every aspect of the sale was handled smoothly. His even temperament, strong negotiation skills and out-of-the-box thinking were invaluable assets. Even when challenges arose, Steve had contingency plans and was always looking out for our best interests. We could not be any more pleased with his hard work, dedication and level of service. Steve is the best!" October 29, 2011 Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity"


""When we decided to sell our Albany Park home, Steve helped us begin the process. We had grown out of our place and were motivated to get it sold. Steve understood our goals and within weeks brought us simultaneous multiple offers to choose from. He was very dedicated to the selling of our property. Once we got under contract, Steve then began the very difficult job of assisting us in finding a place that we could begin the next chapter of our lives. He did this with the same hard work and dedication as listing our home. Although Steve is a very busy agent, we felt as if we were his only client throughout the entire process. This is what truly made a very stressful experience, one that we actually enjoyed. Steve is a very dedicated agent and very knowledgable in his field. For these reason we will be refering him to anyone we hear that is looking for an agent. Once again, we appreciate his hard work." June 23, 2011"


""We first consulted with Steve on whether to rent or sell a River West condo. He provided detailed market data and walked us through each option from both a quantatative and qualitative perspective. Once we reached the decision to rent the condo, he quickly took care of paperwork, got pictures of the condo and had it listed. Within only a few days we had multiple interested parties and we quickly moved forward with signing a leasee. Steve handled all required paperwork expeditiously and without any hassles. Steve is extremely knowledgable about the market. he's responsive to requests and proactive about making things happen. More importantly he's a good guy who takes care of clients." April 21, 2011"


"Steve has a wealth of experience in buying and renovating homes for himself and he makes it a priority to transfer his knowledge to you so that you too can make an informed decision. His block- and neighborhood-level understanding of the market allowed us to establish our true price range and what/where that range would allow us to buy. Considering the fluctuations in pricing that have occurred over the past couple of years, this level of knowledge was invaluable in making sure we didn't overpay for our Roscoe Village single family home.Additionally, his experience in renovating existing properties opened up the possibility of buying a home that needed a lot of work. Steve showed us how to tell the difference between structural problems and cosmetic ones, then introduced us to architects and contractors to help us estimate the rehabilitation costs. We've ended up in a heart of a great neighborhood with a like-new home for significantly below market cost thanks to Steve's help. January 12, 2011"


"Steve was excellent in assisting my wife and I in our search to buy our Ravenswood Manor home. We had a pretty extensive list of what we were looking for, but still needed for it to be in a price range we could afford. Steve helped us comb the city and managed to deliver us the home we wanted in the location we wanted at a price we could afford. Steves knowledge of construction was invaluable. Steve didnt miss a beat. To address inspection findings, he brought in recommended licensed contractors (which he is uses in his development business) to provide us immediate estimates for repairs. We then used these estimates to negotiate down the price and also to determine how much money we needed for additional improvements we planned to add. Steve probably saved us more money than he earned. September 28, 2010"


"Steve is a reliable realtor who listens and adapts based on the input provided. He is very knowledgeable in residential real estate, from location comparison to soundness of a given structure and everything in between. He also knows when to reach out to his list of contractors for specific input. It was an enjoyable time working with him with a work product (finding a single family home in Highland Park) that matches all criteria at a reasonable price) to be proud of. January 17, 2011"


"Steve was great to work with, provided very thoughtful and analytical advice. He wants the best for his clients and works hard to get the job done. Steve is not your typical agent, he knows what he's talking about and isn't in it for a quick commission. September 24, 2009"


"Steve is an outstanding realtor to work with. His knowledge of the marketplace is second to none. We were very fortunate to have worked with him in our search for our Wrigleyville multi-family investment property. I would highly recommend his services to anyone that's looking for assistance in their next real estate transaction. August 19, 2010"


""Steve assisted me in selling a Bucktown single family home. I was very impressed with how active Steve was in marketing our home. He got in under contract within 90 days in a difficult sales market. Steve canvassed our neighborhood and had open houses for neighbors and brokers and prospective buyers. Steve really understood the market. The house sold within 1% of what Steve said it would sell for and was patient with me when I wanted to start marketing the house 8% above that number. Steve is a smart guy. He really did a great job for us!As I travel a lot, I didnt spend much time at the home. Steve took charge and even assisted me in preparing the home for sale. He brought in movers to help us declutter and brought in licensed contractors to ensure all of the systems in the house were working properly. Following the buyers home inspection, they were adamant about us cutting the price by 3% to pay for minor tuckpointing and roof repairs. Steve again brought in licensed contractors he uses in his investment property business and got us quotes which we used to get the work completed instead of giving in on a price decrease. Our repairs cost us $5,000 while the buyer was asking for $20,000 to cover these repairs. Steve kept the buyer interested and saved us a lot of money at the same time.""


"I would be happy to recommend Steve as a realtor to work with. Besides owning several properties of his own over the years, he knows the Chicago market very well. In addtion to his personal real estate knowledge, I think one of his best attributes would be his tough negotiation skills that any client would want and appreciate in a realtor buying or selling property. July 8, 2009"


"Steve guided us through every step of the process, providing thoughtful input about the value and potential value of the income property that we purchased. So glad we used him, plan on continuing to do so for future purchases. Thanks, Steve! July 8, 2009"



"Steve Katz helped my husband and I find our first home in Chicago's Mayfair neighborhood, and we could not be happier with our experience. Steve's guidance and expertise was absolutely invaluable in this process, and left us infinitely better equipped to handle the realities of home ownership. Steve helped us navigate a highly competitive market, and talked us through every imaginable obstacle with professionalism and compassion. It was clear that he always had our best interests at heart, and we appreciated that he encouraged us to keep searching for a home that was right for us even when we felt like compromising, or worse, giving up. In the end, we found a home we love, and Steve negotiated an excellent deal for us. With Steve as our guide, my husband and I found the home-buying process to be enlightening, exciting, and lots of fun. Our search was even featured on HGTV's House Hunters! We would recommend Steve to anyone and are still singing his praises to everyone who will listen!"



"I was having a difficult time selling my condo. I had been using another agent from a different company and the job was just not getting done. Steve was able to get condo sold within a matter of months. I can't tell you what a weight of my mind it is that the sale was successful."



"Steve is an exceptional realtor to work with. My husband and I needed to quickly sell our condo and Steve was the perfect realtor to get the job done. His fast knowledge of the market along with his unique networking skills gave our unit great exposure and traffic activity. Our place was under contract within 3 weeks of listing the property. I would highly recommend his services to anyone that is looking to buy or sell a condo."



"Steve was very helpful, offering advice and answers to all our questions promptly and professionally. He took the time to learn our needs and preferences."



"We met Steve through a referral from our mortgage broker. Right off the bat he stressed his primary goal was to educate. After our discussions about targeted areas, our first face-to-face meeting included a presentation of various statistics of the housing market, schools and home prices in our target areas. Being a consultant, I appreciated the knowledge and analysis he brought to the table. It took us almost a year to find our home in the suburbs, and throughout the process Steve was extremely patient, informative, reactive to our questions, and the consummate professional. The market today called for aggressive and immediate action at times including last minute showings, and Steve never batted an eye.Steve has extensive knowledge about the construction of homes as well, which he used to educate us and after a while, we knew exactly what to look for when it came to foundation, plumbing, and structural integrity.Steve is also very honest, which I found is rare in this type of industry. He could've easily pushed us towards a quick sale, but I remember on several occasions he actually turned us away from homes "we liked." We saw many homes we were ready to "settle" on and Steve pointed out things normal home buyers couldn't see. I remember one time he showed how the wood flooring on a house was uneven by rolling a marble on it. That type of honesty is rare!Steve's analytic skills, combined with his experience, knowledge of construction, and honesty has made Steve, in my eyes, one of the best agent's we've come across. I've personally dealt with many agents myself and with various family members. Hands down, Steve is one of the best."



"Steve is the definition of the perfect Real Estate Agent. As a first time home buyer, I truly had no idea what to expect and was surprised to find a sales professional where it felt like "sales" was secondary to process and education. From the very first meeting, it was apparent that he wanted me to feel empowered and to understand the market and process from beginning to end.Throughout the entire search, Steve was patient (admittedly, not always easy to do with me), LISTENED and delivered everything asked of him and a whole lot more. He was always available, prepared and candid and made it very apparent that we were on the same team. In the countless times we went out looking at properties he ran circles around the other agents we encountered in both professionalism and knowledge.Additionally, with the people who ultimately get pulled into the fray (inspector, attorney, contractors, etc), Steve always had a laundry list of people he had previously worked with but made sure I vetted everyone and made my own decisions. Of all the folks he passed along, I would work with each and every one of them again.Last, but in my opinion perhaps most important, Steve was an absolute pleasure to work with. If you are looking for someone to make this potentially painful process as seamless and enjoyable as possible, do yourself a favor and look no further than Steve Katz."



"I may be married to Steve, but he is heads above any other realtor I used in the past, or have known. his knowledge of the marketplace, keen analytical skills, and relationship management & communication skills are outstanding."



"Steve was incredibly helpful during our first sale process. He provided plenty of information and meaningful discussion while setting the listing price. His advice while staging our place likely led to a quick offer (one family member remarked that our place looked better than ever!). During a drawn-out closing process that was held up by the buyer's bank, Steve made sure that we were informed with every development. We were glad to have him helping get the deal done."