The Dana Group

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Testimonials

Overall 4.94 star rating out of 34 reviews



"Our home buying experience was the best it could have been. Thank you, Dana, for helping us find our dream home and making the whole experience an amazing one!"



"I struggled with spending the money to stage and paint the house, but followed Dana's advice and it paid off 10 fold. I sold the house, which had been on the market several times prior, in a week with multiple offers. My advice is to hire a professional and listen to what they say; they know best and Dana proves it time and time again!!!!!"



"Like clockwork, Dana delivered again - selling our house in Evanston in under two weeks - in the fall - for 96% of asking price. He also negotiated a month of lease-back from our buyers at no cost to us, greatly increasing the flexibility we have in our move.During the sales process he advised us on staging and improvements and produced a staggeringly impressive marketing book with photos fit for a magazine. His professionalism and industry expertise are absolutely top-tier and, as before, I will continue to recommend Dana - and only Dana - to everyone I know contemplating selling their home.I would be remiss if I didn't add that it was Dana who negotiated the purchase of my home 3 years prior, getting us a signed contract less than 4 hours after the house hit the market. We made 30% on this transaction thanks in large part to his insights, marketing, negotiating and downright skill.In three years Dana has executed 4 transactions on my behalf, 3 sales and one purchase, with a net transaction time of 41 days, a net transaction gross of roughly $3,500,000, and an average sales price-to-asking ratio of 95%There are not enough good words to describe Dana as an agent, so I am happy to be a reference should any potential client wish to contact me directly.Best Regards,Mike Adams"



"Dana was fantastic. He was responsive, attentive, and diligent. He gave his honest opinion on various houses and helped us figure out exactly what we wanted. I would recommend Dana to anyone looking to buy or sell their house. He's the BEST!"



"Dana is the best!! He found us our dream home and made it happen for us! We couldn't have done it without him."



"I thought Stephen did a terrfic job for me in leasing my two flat in Chicago. He had a real "owners' mentaility" when reviewing prospective tenants and pushing for lease execution. Just a great job all around."



"I doubt there is enough room in this box to provide all of the deserved compliments and praise that Dana merits. As first-time homebuyers, my wife and I were blown away by Dana's responsiveness, helpfulness, patience, and professionalism. I honestly cannot fathom having successfully gone through this process without Dana's assistance. Dana's positive attitude helped us maintain perspective when we started to feel frustrated at times and I genuinely feel like he cared about us finding a home that fit our needs and desires. Dana went above and beyond in all capacities and I would happily recommend his services to anyone who will listen."



"Stephen was really great to work with. His market knowledge, positive attitude and professionalism were a winning combination in getting my condo sold in 11 days. I'd highly recommend him to anyone looking for a broker in the Chicagoland area."



"Dana was incredible. We are coming from out of state and he helped us navigate through our Chicago purchase with ease. Such a great personality! You can bet that when it comes to future real estate dealings in Chi, Dana will be who we call."



"I don't know what I would have done without Dana. I think he did more of the lenders job than they did - AMAZING."



"Our home buying experience was the best it could have been. Thank you, Dana, for helping us find our dream home and making the whole experience an amazing one!"



"Dana sold me a dump in a bad neighborhood, upon my request of course. :) Being my first time buying a home, I couldn't imagine doing it all over again without Dana."



"Dana was professional, patient, and very helpful during the purchase of my condo. He did a terrific job in negotiations which just "blew me away"!!!He certainly exceeded my expectations in every way.I highly recommend him and will certainly use him in the future."



"Dana is a fantastic broker. He worked diligently to get us the lowest purchase price and responded promptly to any and every question we had. He is great to work with and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone. We greatly appreciate his services."



"Stephen was extremely helpful in helping me find the right place. I have already recommended him and will continue to do so in the future!"



"Dana is fantastic to work with. Incredibly knowledgable and an excellent negotiator. Can't recommend him high enough."


"I was worried that the process of finding a house would be very stressful but Stephen made it very easy for us. He really listened to what we were looking for and what neighborhoods we wanted to search and emailed us appropriate listings daily. When we viewed houses he pointed out important features we should pay attention to. He was always friendly and courteous to other agents and home owners. Our closing was very easy and drama-free and we're very happy in our new home. Thank you!"



"Dana was great. I've worked with other Agents in the past and I would recommend Dana over any of them. No sales pressure from him and you can tell he wants whats best for his clients and wants to work with them in the future."


"Stevie D was excellent throughout my acquisition process. We took our time over the 5 month search of Lincoln Park for a cash flowing 2 flat. Steve constantly updated me with sale comps and new availables as they hit the market. Steve is now leasing my 2 units and will provide management insight going forward. I would highly recommend steve to any buyer, seller, or renter in the market."



"I've heard this can be a harrowing process but Dana made it painless. I trust him implicitly and have rarely met a more even tempered and easy going man who still gets everything done so well."


"Stephen truly felt like a gift from a heaven! We were in a tough spot where we needed to find and close on a place very quickly, and we had been working with a broker who was not moving at the pace we wanted. Dana put my in touch with Stephen. Within an hour, I was on the phone with Stephen laying out our situation and hopes for finding a place, and within a day, we were out looking at units. We found our place the very next day and were onto closing the deal almost immediately. We were able to buy our condo at a price we were comfortable with (thanks to valuable guidance from Stephen), and we moved in within a month. Throughout this whole process, Stephen was in incredibly close and consistent contact with us, and I felt comfortable and informed all the way through.rnrnI could not have asked for a better first home buying experience, and it is all thanks to Stephen! We wil! l be referring him to all of our friends, and we look forward to working with him on future buying and selling experiences!"


"Dana Gerstenschlager was my realtor for the sale of my home. I found him to be a true professional from the initial presentation and throughout the sales process. He has a strong understanding of the metro market and is able to provide superb guidance along the way. His level of communication with all involved ( seller, prospective buyers, other realtors, attorneys, etc.) was excellent and appreciated. I would recommend him highly."


"Dana has gotten my Condo rented within days of the original listing. He provides top tier renters and always gets asking price. Highly recommended."


"We were very impressed with Dana Gerstenschlager's professionalism, personal attention, and knowledge of the market, building and construction. He is gifted, talented and knows his market. He always available for questions and made us feel like we were his only client."



"Stephen truly felt like a gift from a heaven! We were in a tough spot where we needed to find and close on a place very quickly, and we had been working with a broker who was not moving at the pace we wanted. Dana put me in touch with Stephen. Within an hour, I was on the phone with Stephen laying out our situation and hopes for finding a place, and within a day, we were out looking at units. We found our place the very next day and were onto closing the deal almost immediately. We were able to buy our condo at a price we were comfortable with (thanks to valuable guidance from Stephen), and we moved in within a month. Throughout this whole process, Stephen was in incredibly close and consistent contact with us, and I felt comfortable and informed all the way through.I could not have asked for a better first home buying experience, and it is all thanks to Stephen! We will be referring him to all of our friends, and we look forward to working with him on future buying and selling experiences!"


"“Dana not only knows the business well but also cares about his clients. Shows the same attention to detail whether he is working on a multimillion dollar sale or helping a client by their first home. Very creative in finding a way to structure a deal or overcome a problem.” November 15, 2010"


"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."



"“Dana is a long standing client of mine and has been a tremendous referral resource to my CPA firm. I have used Dana's services in 2011 as a Real Estate Professional to rent out my high end family townhouse property. Not only was his work exemplory, he handled everything from start to finish. We received top dollar rent for our unit and Dana had to deal with renters who were from Canada. I would highly recomend Dana to anyone who is need of a teriffic Real Estate Agent. I will certainly be using his services again in the future!!” May 10, 2011"



"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."



"“Dana is one of the most responsive people I have ever worked with. He has information and answers quickly. He is sincere and easy to work with and is always looking for the best way to do things for all concerned. He is an excellent sales person and a hard worker. I am happy to know him.” May 10, 2011"



"“Dana is an experienced Realtor with excellent market knowledge and negotiating skills. Dana works in a very smart and effective way and is good at accomplishing goals. Being a Realtor myself I can confidently say that Dana is someone that I would hire to sell my own property.” May 11, 2011"



"“I have known Dana for a few years and his work ethic is excellent. He listens to the needs of his clients and delivers on promises made. He takes great care and pride in the work that he does. His dedication to his clients is superb and leaves you with the sense that everything has been taken care of. I highly recommend Dana to anyone in need of a realtor. I look forward to utilizing his services in the future.” May 10, 2011"



"“Our relationship with Dana began during very trying, stressful economic times. Dana was always honest & candid, and even with the challenging economy, he worked tirelessly on our behalf. Dana is a trusted expert and professional whose passion is contageous.” May 13, 2011"



"“I have known Dana for close to 10 years and he is one of the most reliable, dependable, and trustworthy people that I know. He cares about getting the job done right the first time with his clients while minimizing stress of real estate transactions. Dana also transfers those desirable traits to his home and family life. If you are considering hiring Dana, I highly recommend him. Experience goes a long way in real estate, and Dana brings that to the table.” May 15, 2011"



"“There is really only one thing for my say, Dana has been amazing to work with and has always provided excellent results.” May 16, 2011"



"“Dana was the consummate professional; he provided great advice and delivered results. He helped navigate a complex transaction flawlessly. Pleasure working with Dana and would gladly do so again.” May 17, 2011"



"“If you want a real estate agent who has the tenacity of a bulldog, then I highly recommend Dana and his team of go-getters! ---Dana will make the home sale happen!” May 25, 2011"



"“Dana has been great and easy to work with. We were first-time rental property seekers and he took the time to walk us through the process, educating us on the steps needed to be successful in this venture. We will definately use him again as we sell/buy our personal and rental properties.” May 25, 2011"



"“Dana is a true professional who can offer great insight and expertise with all real estate transactions” September 3, 2011"



"Dana did an amazing job and made selling my condo from a remote location while there was a renter in it a breeze. He coordinated with my tenant and building to get access to the condo, kept me advised about feedback and showings, worked with me on the listing information and marketing, took the lead in negotiating my sale after I gave him my bottom line (he got me more than I said I would settle for) and facilitated resolution of inspection issues and the closing. Without his help, I would have been overwhelmed, instead it was easy. I can't thank Dana enough for his professionalism and willingness to go the extra mile."



"Dana Gerstenschlager is a first rate Real Estate Agent. He always gets the job done and has added value advice to give along the process."


"Dana is an excellent agent. He represented me in my sale and purchase and is absolutely one of Chicago's most skilled negotiators. He has a strong knowledge of construction and value and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Dana!"



"I like to operate on a hand-shake with people I can trust. Dana definitely fit the bill, and helped us make a very good home-buying decision about which we feel great. He was highly recommended to us by friends. He developed a good feel for us as a family and understood what we were looking for and needed in a home--something we had trouble finding in an agent the first time we started looking at properties. Dana kept us disciplined and helped us quickly line up the right house--and the right seller--well within the price range we initially discussed. He provided very effective guidance and advocacy during the search, negotiation, financing and closing processes. We're in great shape now in terms of a good home at a good value, in a good neighborhood and with a good budget. In short, Dana's a great agent that we'd work with again and would recommend to our friends without hesitation."


"Dana clicked with us immediately. He was confident, incredibly knowledgable, and looked me dead in the eyes and said, "I can sell this house." And very quickly, he did. Dana is the type of realtor that drops everything for his clients. He understand that real estate is a game that often requires fast action. He never disappointed us."



"Very professional ,nice, on time and you can trust."



"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."



"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,Michael Adams"



"As always, working with Dana was a pleasure. Given the additional knowledge needed in a foreclosure situation with an FHA 203k loan, we were happy to have Dana on our side. His knowledge of the requirements and lending process for this type of loan kept us at ease when others involved in the process let us down. We've been represented by Dana in the past and we'll continue to work with him in the future."



"Dana's knowledge and honesty about every property we saw was amazing. It was clear he wanted to find the right house for us, at the right price.Brian"