The Dana Group

The Dana Group

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Dana Gerstenschlager
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"Integrity and honesty are imperative in building a relationship with my clients. Outstanding service and client priority is the easy part. The secret is to establish and build a strong bond with my clients from the beginning. I never want to be viewed as the "used car salesman" that many agents in the city have been; my entire business is based on referrals and if I were to simply clients wouldnt be happy in the long run, nor would they refer me to their family and friends. I am committed to creating an environment of trust and pride myself in sincerity, honesty and encourage candidness in my client base."

Dana has 16 years experience in the Chicago real estate market. He is a member of the Chicago Association of Realtors and the Illinois Association of Realtors, Dana is a two-time award recipient from The Chicago Home Builders Association. He is also a certified Member of the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing; a Graduate of the Real Estate Institute (GRI) and CLHMS certified (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist).

Please contact Dana at (773) 263-5772.

Some comments from his clients:

"We met Dana at a showing for a property in Evanston and were so impressed by his knowledge of the market and professionalism we invited him to give us a pitch as to why he should sell our home. He was competing against another large Chicago real estate firm, which is co-owned by my friend and fraternity brother. Dana won the listing by being more prepared, having a better sales plan and by being more professional than the most senior agent from the other firm (who is also extremely successful and even more experienced than Dana). We listed our home in November of 2012 for $1.4 million, and after only 5 weeks he had us a solid offer for only 5% less than asking price in the middle of winter! We closed 3 weeks later and made 10% on our property - even though we had purchased it near the top of the market in August of 2007.  Dana was able to showcase all the wonderful features of our house and help us realize more value than we had even hoped for. It is fair to say that his sales plan and guidance on staging made us at least $100,000.  I have recommended him to everyone I know and will never use another broker for any real estate transaction in Illinois; please feel free to have any prospective clients contact me by phone or email for a personal testimonial."

- Best Regards, Mike & Allie

"In the tumultuous process of purchasing a home, you need someone that is trustworthy and has your best interest at heart. As a first time homebuyer, we were extremely cautious and somewhat fearful of the commitment and process related to purchasing a home. Dana was a consummate professional throughout the entire process. Dana is savvy, personable and knows the market inside and out. We never could have gotten our dream home without him. Dana never made us feel silly about our concerns, but more importantly helped us move past them. Dana spent A LOT of time with us throughout the process making sure that we thoroughly understood the market, gave us exceptionally sound advise which helped us determine what was important to us in a home, ensured we inspected our new home thoroughly and wrapped everything up with a red bow through the closing. He was a great negotiator as well and always handled himself with integrity and honor. The result is that we landed in a perfect home at a superb purchase price. To reiterate, we are nothing but pleased with Dana and his expertise; and we would recommend him to any and everyone."

- Charles & Ashley

"Dana was excellent. He has probably showed us 20 plus properties. We never felt pressured to buy anything, but was extremely helpful in helping us narrow our search and find the ideal property."

"Dana was a go-getter from the very beginning! We didn t have to worry about attracting interest in our place -Dana made sure we had a wide audience. He is very knowledgeable, professional, courteous, and was a joy to work with on our sale and purchase!"

"Dana is the best to work with, and he gets the job done."

"Dana was fantastic! He helped us find the perfect house for us!"

"We want to sincerely thank you for everything you have done for us during this journey of home buying. Even though it has gone by like a tornado, it has been very exciting and rewarding. We could not have done it so easily and successfully with you by our side...You are a gem of a Realtor and a person!"

Stephen DiSanto
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I am an ambitious agent that offers a "white glove" service to my clients. This approach allows me to develop bonds that run deeper than the traditional client/agent relationship. I work very hard at what I do, and I enjoy knowing that my clients’ expectations have been exceeded. 

I have been in the industry for the past 3 years, and have a solid grasp on the financial aspect of buying and selling homes. Previously working in the mortgage industry and secondary marketing, I can educate my clients and build their knowledge base by providing information on various loan programs, as well as introduce them to savvy loan officers.

I have lived in Chicago my entire life and have strong ties to this city.  I am very driven, and this determination is demonstrated in my recreational competition in ultra-marathons around the county.

Jen Hickey
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Jennifer Hickey epitomizes integrity, energy, hard work and creative service in every detail of your real estate transaction.  Jennifer grew up in the Chicago metro area and has a lengthy career in sales from HR-shared services to work-place benefits to real estate.  Jennifer joins “The Dana Group” in 2014 to partner with a team of brokers selling residential real estate for over 20 years in the Chicagoland market.

Jennifer has been trained and inspired in sales by some of Chicago’s top 5% of realtors, Dana Gerstenschlager, which has lead her to the team environment.  Jennifer uses her experience and foresight to proactively address the details before they become an issue.  She, along with her team, work with the banks to inspect and maintain properties, initiate communication in every detail of the transaction, from the first phone call, all the way to the closing table.  

Residing on the south side of the city, Jennifer is a new mother to her son John Steven III. and has been married for 3 years.