The Easly Group

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Overall 5 star rating out of 92 reviews



"Having had a positive experience working with Craig in 2003 in the purchase of my condo, I decided to re-engage his services earlier this year when selling the same condo. He was extremely professional, thoughtful and responsive throughout the process. His counsel and expertise were most appreciated, especially with respect to staging and pricing condo. We truly believe it was because of the Easly touch that our condo went under contract above asking within 3 days of listing with a serious backup offer. We couldn't have asked for a better outcome and thank Craig for everything."



"We thought we knew all that was needed for a quick sale. Then we met Craig. Thankful we took his advice to fully paint, clean and most important stage our condo. That investment paid off. He gave sound counsel on the entire process including what to consider on each offer we received. Thanks Craig!"



"Craig is outstanding! He took on selling our condo in a very difficult situation and never missed a beat. From the beginning of the process to the very end, Craig was involved and available. Craig is extremely knowledgeable and dependable. He is honest and truly an incredible realtor!"



"We made our initial contact with Craig 3 years ago in 2014. We were thinking about moving, contemplating some exterior updates, and were interested in his thoughts. In the early Fall 2016 we were finally ready to take the plunge and list the house. After evaluating seasonal selling trends, we decided to take outdoor photos, with perfect greenery and light, but list after the new year. The listing drew a lot of traffic at open houses and private showings. After an extended period of negotiations, we had 2 serious offers to consider. We accepted the stronger offer, however the back-up offer kept the inspection and appraisal processes moving forward to an on-time close. We truly appreciated Craig's experience and confidence at every step through the process."



"I cannot speak more highly of Craig Easly of @properties as our broker for the sale of our home in Chicago. From his initial consultation helping us to stage our home so that it looked its best, to the professional brochure that he created to market our home, through the showings and eventual negotiations with some very difficult buyers. He remained a voice of reason and a voice of calm and he helped us navigate what were very turbulent waters. He gave us great advice and helped us to get the best price for our home. If we were to sell a property again, we would definitively seek out Craig if he is available."



"He was always puctual and returned our calls promptly if he didn't answer immediately. He prepared a very comprehensive appraisal of what homes were going for in our area. He posted the listing promptly and then helped us go through a few offers. He steered us to real estate attorney who handled things up to the closing. You couldn't look for a better real estate agent."



"Craig was instrumental in helping us sell our property. From day one, he prepared us for the selling process and gave us guidance to ensure our home looked ideal prior to showings. He worked around our hectic schedules with 2 young children, was always available to us whenever we needed to touch base, and was patient with any and all of our constant concerns. He was able to secure 3 offers on our property and did a phenomenal job of helping us to juggle the offers, make the right decision of which offer to accept, and he ensured we had a "back up plan" if the accepted offer fell through. He is reliable, diligent, honest, trust worthy, and incredibly patient. Anyone would be lucky to have him as their agent! Thanks Craig!!"



"Craig has a lot of strengths, but the two that stand out to us are his preparation and ability to close the deal. He had us well prepared, aware of the market, and ready to move when our dream property appeared. Once it did, our solid offer (because, again, this guy knows his stuff), put us ahead of other offers, some of which were significantly higher than ours. I've already recommended Craig to many friends, and they in turn have recommended him to others. Buyers and sellers in Chicago are lucky to have Craig. As a bonus, he's a lot of fun to be around!"



"as a builder in chicago the the past 20 years i have worked with a number of real estate brokers. i hired craig to sell a 3 building is 16 years old, and has been a successful rental building, but the finishes were original when i built it in 1999,. craig bought 3 offers, one of which was in the right ballpark, and after some back and forth , i accepted one.

what i liked about craig is that he didn,t stop working at that point.
with the one offer in hand, he continued his efforts to bring another offer, which he did within a day or 2 of the one i accepted. this made me feel much more comfortable in my negotiations over inspection issues,and allowed us to have some leverage in my negotiating over inspection issues,and allowed us to have some leverage through the key inspection and attorney review stage.

in the end , we closed successfully on the first contract for $835,000.
craigs efforts helped me get condo level pricing for the building,without making significant improvements to the property. i liked how he kept working to bring in a backup offer. most real estate brokers would have stopped after the first offer was accepted.

i would highly recommend craig to anyone who is looking for a hardworking , scrupulous, real estate broker in chicago."



"Craig is the ultimate professional. My fiance and I worked with him in selling her condo in Chicago. It was not an easy process. If there was any pitfall with management, buyers, realtors, the city of Chicago, and just bad luck, we ran into it. Through it all, Craig was a calming force throughout the process. Nothing seemed to phase him. He provided sound, true, and honest guidance. We followed his lead and we were able to sell. I know that no other broker would have been able to rise above the problems with us through that process and we are very grateful. When you work with Craig you are working with a passionate professional."



"After our original listing agent moved out of state and the showings at our property became a bit bleak, we began searching for a replacement.

Craig Easly came highly recommended and after meeting him in person, we were confident in his approach to selling our Chicago home. At the beginning of our engagement, Craig asked for an extended level of trust to renew our property and make it a top notch listing - He certainly did not disappoint.

We couldn't be happier at the level of effort and Craig's overall effectiveness in the sale of our home - certainly a top notch Chicago real estate professional!"



"'Easly Does It' is not just a tagline Craig really knows his craft well. My wife and I were immediately impressed with his professionalism and commitment to helping us find our new home. Exceptional follow-through, great communication, and overall invaluable advice from top to bottom. Craig went the extra mile to help get us a mortgage lender recommendation, connect us with a neighbor to provide temporary living arrangements, offer contractor advice, and minimize the expected delays in real estate buying and selling. We couldn't be more pleased with our decision to partner with Craig and @Properties!"



"I found Craig through Angie's List based on his reviews. Craig was easy to get a hold of initially and throughout the entire process. He either picked up the phone or got back to me quickly even when he was on vacation.

After our initial meet and greet, we setup up a few appointments based on my inputs. The showings were well planned and refined each time based on our feedback. Craig asked many inquisitive questions to the seller agent and developers that were insightful and educated us on the buying process. We looked at condos, townhomes and houses and before we knew it, he found us a house that fit what we were looking for. It's a new construction house in Portage Park and we loved it.

During the initial meet and greet, we were just casually looking without any time constraints and before you know it we were going through the closing process. Met him in November, found a place in December, busy with paper work in January, closed in February and completely moved in by March. He helped out through a few obstacles and we are still in contact. The price was perfect since we were buying and we look forward to working with him in the future as both a buyer and seller agent.

Craig has followed up a few times afterwards for any issues and even mailed us some informational material about the area. He is honest, prompt, prepared and goes that extra mile so we would highly recommend Craig."



"I am very glad to have worked with Craig. I was selling a condo in Chicago. Craig was particularly helpful in identifying where I needed to make improvements to make the home more attractive to potential home buyers, and his recommendations on tradesmen to perform work. He also did a good job of guiding me through the process and letting me know what to expect at each step. Finally, I think he did an excellent job of positioning the home vs. others in the market to generate as much interest as possible – resulting in getting good offers relatively quickly. I would highly recommend Craig to anyone that is planning to sell their home."



"We recently worked with Craig to find a new home in Ravenswood Manor. We were moving from a condo to a house and looking for the right place that was move in ready, but had some reno opportunities to make it our own. Craig patiently showed us a variety of options from converting 2 flats to single family homes. We saw a lot of different places over the course of 7 months and finally found the right place at the end of last year and moved in this year. Throughout the whole process, Craig gave great advice, was responsive, and was just a fun person to work with. He even went to open houses on our behalf when we couldn't go. It was great working with Craig!"



"This is our second time working with Craig and again we had a great experience. Craig provided excellent advice on getting our house ready for showings. Once our house was ready he did a lot of marketing within his extensive real estate network. Craig held an open house and was able to drive significant traffic through the house resulting in multiple offers. We were only on the market for one-week.

Craig also assisted us with the purchase of our new home in Wicker Park. There were multiple offers on the property and Craig skillfully helped us create a compelling offer that was accepted. Thank you Craig!"



"We found Craig via Angie's List. Our first meeting was at a nearby @properties office. He was professional, personable and knowledgeable. He asked probing questions to gauge our interests, experiences and expectations.

After the initial meeting, we starting looking at listings and sent Craig listings to consider. We had very specific desires for location, price and features. There were very few listings that met what we wanted. Craig would encourage us to expand our expectations, to consider compromising on one tn or another. This was always presented in a reasonable, supportive way and helped us further clarify what was truly important to us and what trade offs we could live with.

When we visited properties, he was a font of useful knowledge, pointing out issues to consider, explaining the +'s and -'s.
Eventually we found a property that seemed to be a strong fit: a 3 bedroom condo in River North. Craig was our advocate and negotiator during the buying process, ensuring our expectations were met by the seller. We are pleased with how it all worked out and would use Craig in the future for our next property.

Thanks Craig!"



"Craig's thoroughness & attention to detail provided me with the insight & proper expectation's to be able make a great offer & close on a great place. He provided market analysis, neighborhood analysis, tax considerations & great negotiation skills to close the deal. So now I'm in a cool new neighborhood that i would have never considered, in a great building, at a great value, and shortened my commute to work every day."



"My wife and I met Craig while looking at a property he was showing at an open house. We really liked him from day one and we're really excited when we contacted him to see what we could do. We initially needed some time to get some things in order and told Craig we weren't quite ready yet. He continued to keep in touch with us and when we were ready, he was right there. One of the things that we really appreciated about working with Craig was his honesty with us. Not just about what he thought about the houses we wanted to see but also about where he thought we were in the process. He kept us focused. This is possibly the last house that my wife and I will buy. But if we bought again, there's not doubt that Craig would be the first person we would call. Great agent and an even better human being. Thanks Craig. We will be forever grateful that we stopped by that house and met you."



"My wife and I have used Craig twice in the last five years. The first time to buy our condo in 2008 and then to sell it in 2015, after we had two kids and moved to the suburbs. We could not have been happier nor more impressed with our experiences with Craig. He was all of the things that you want in a realtor: responsive, hard working, knowledgeable and honest. He patiently helped us find our condo in East Lakeview in 2008 (I think that we looked at about 25 places) and then was awesome at helping us get our place ready to sell. We ended up getting almost asking price and a great buyer. We could not recommend Craig more highly. Also, he is a nice guy; but a strong and competent negotiator."



"We hired Craig to help sell our vintage East Lakeview condo. We were relocating out of state for a new job, and had already entered into a contract on a house in our new location. Selling our unit in a timely manner was of the utmost importance! Craig was aware of the time crunch and had a plan in place to price and market our condo aggressively. He was always available to answer questions and keep us up to date with the listing. We had an atttactive offer, but ran into an issue with an unwarranted low appraisal. Craig worked diligently with the buyer's attorney and agent to back up our price with relevant comps. After an anxious period, in which Craig kept his cool and gave us assurances, the buyer was able to secure financing and we were able to close the sale. While the process was sometimes rocky, Craig did an excellent job of always staying in touch and making us feel like we were his number one priority. I would highly recommend Craig in the future. He has the experience, drive, and personality to get a unit sold!"



"Craig helped us from prepping our unit through all aspects of the sale. He recommended, scheduled and coordinated with the painter, carpet installer, stager, photographer, and cleaner - allowing me to focus on my work and family. Craig went way beyond just listing our unit."



"The only mistake I made in hiring Craig was not hiring him first. I originally listed with another broker until I realized the error of my ways. Craig is reliable, communicative, creative, proactive and an all-round nice guy. I owned a townhouse in a very old building that was not quite market-ready. Craig went beyond the call of duty by identifying the problems that could interfere with a sale, hiring the handyperson to fix them and being there to explain and oversee the work. I just had to write the checks. “Appreciative” does not begin to describe my feelings towards Craig. Most importantly, Craig was up for every task and never lost his sense of humor. I'm not sure which of us needed the cocktail more after closing. Highly recommended!"



"We interviewed 3 highly qualified agents before deciding on Craig. We choose Craig because he seemed easy to work with and very knowledgeable which was important as this was our first time selling a home. He came with a recommendation from a neighbor just having sold her condo in which he generated 4 bids. Our experience with Craig was outstanding. While all the while being very professional, goal oriented and driven to meet our personal desires and expectations, he also managed to get us to relax and not feel rushed.

Our situation was that we were moving out of state though not in a hurry to sell and at the time our son was 13 months old. Our highest priority was to get good value for the place but equally important was to stage the place the best we could so that we could hopefully reduce showings (hard to do with a 13 month old who naps twice a day) by hopefully getting someone to fall in love with the place quickly.

Done and done. Craig gave us exactly what we wanted. While the process was time consuming and difficult to make our place look attractive to people who potentially didn't have kids, Craig made a very stressful event into something more calm and fun at times. He gave us great staging suggestions and was very straight forward about what he thought needed to be done but at no time pressured us to do them. He sold the condo on our schedule. Craig ended up selling our home to the first showing and at just barely under asking price which we offered as a counter. After it was all said and done it felt like we were all a team on the sale. I realized that if you don't give 100% on your sale it is hard for your realtor to give 100%. We fed off his energy and I hope he did ours.

Above and beyond. Even after we had signed the contract and were in the process leading up to the closing Craig would call for no other reason than to check in and see how we were doing. He even found us a great agent in our new city who turned out to be an excellent agent as well. It will be a moment in time during our lives but we will always look back on it with great memories thanks to Craig. We call him a friend now and would (will) recommend him to anyone.

Brian and Sue"



"Craig was very knowledgable and responsive throughout the selling process. We put our condo on the market after renting it for 7 years. Craig shared great ideas on how to show with renters and arranged all the showings directly with them. Working full time, juggling kid's school/activities, and not living nearby made it difficult for us to devote much attention to the selling process. Craig made it seamless and painless, by not only recommending a cleaning service and staging company, but also meeting with them and overseeing the projects. Once we used the staging company he recommended, we had an offer in weeks. He also negotiated expertly on our behalf once we were in the offer stage. He also recommended an excellent real estate attorney. Craig kept us in the loop throughout the process, sharing detailed notes on showings and responses. I would highly recommend Craig and would use him again."



"Just sold our property in Chicago with Craig's help, he was a pleasure to work with, kept things simple and efficient, was realistic, and didnt make any false promises. Good with communication and followed up in a very timely manner on all issues. Highly recommend him."



"I cannot speak more highly of Craig Easly of @properties as our broker for the sale of our home in Chicago. From his initial consultation helping us to stage our home so that it looked its best, to the professional brochure that he created to market our home, through the showings and eventual negotiations with some very difficult buyers. He remained a voice of reason and a voice of calm and he helped us navigate what were very turbulent waters. He gave us great advice and helped us to get the best price for our home. If we were to sell a property again, we would definitively seek out Craig if he is available."



"Brian assisted both in the purchase of our home and then the selling of our home a year later. We began a search for a home in early 2017 and had a difficult time finding the right home. We came across several issues with sellers and several choices that were not ideal and Brian stuck with us through it all to help us find the perfect home. Then a year later we had to relocate for a job and he positioned us to get our house sold for a price far above what we were expecting and got it under contract in less than two weeks. We couldn't have asked for a better realtor!"



"Brian is a great realtor... he is the best around... I would highly recommend Brian for any of the house buying decision... We were first time home buyer and Brian walked us through every step and was there for every little question or concern we had and Brian was right there by our side every step of the way and I would not have asked for any better... BRIAN ROCKS!!!"



"Brian was outstanding from start to finish. He’s extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market and can quickly identify important challenges in any home, which was a huge bonus. He is very thorough, spends more than ample time explaining each step of the process, and we felt very informed and supported. We just closed today and have already recommended him twice, we’ve been so impressed. It doesn’t get better than Brian."



"It doesn’t get better than Brian. Not only is he an expert on the market, he has extensive knowledge of home building and mechanics so can quickly identify challenges and perks of a home at first glance. He’s thorough, honest, and takes more than ample time to explain the process and his reasoning. We felt well communicated with and supported the whole time and will only use Brian in the future. We just closed yesterday and have already recommended him twice, we’ve been so impressed."



"We found Craig via Angie's List. Our first meeting was at a nearby @properties office. He was professional, personable and knowledgeable. He asked probing questions to gauge our interests, experiences and expectations. We appreciated this "grilling" as it helped us clarify what we did and did not want.
After the initial meeting, we starting looking at listings and sent Craig listings to consider. We had very specific desires for location, price and features. There were very few listings that met what we wanted. Craig would encourage us to expand our expectations, to consider compromising on one tn or another. This was always presented in a reasonable, supportive way and helped us further clarify what was truly important to us and what trade offs we could live with.
When we visited properties, he was a font of useful knowledge, pointing out issues to consider, explaining the +'s and -'s.
Eventually we found a property that seemed to be a strong fit: a condo in River North. Craig was our advocate and negotiator during the buying process, ensuring our expectations were met by the seller. We are pleased with how it all worked out and would use Craig in the future for our next property."



"The experience was smooth and swift."



"Craig has been extremely helpful to me in learning how to sell property, and coaching me through the process - to a successful conclusion. He is thoughtful and pays attention to individual needs. I've learned a lot, and appreciate that there are many aspects to this process of staging your property, staying resilient through prospective buyers looking, and then negotiating the sale. Craig is very skilled in all of these areas - and more I'm not thinking of now, I'm sure."



"I cannot speak more highly of Craig Easly of @properties as our broker for the sale of our home in Chicago. From his initial consultation helping us to stage our home so that it looked its best, to the professional brochure that he created to market our home, through the showings and eventual negotiations with some very difficult buyers. He remained a voice of reason and a voice of calm and he helped us navigate what were very turbulent waters. He gave us great advice and helped us to get the best price for our home. If we were to sell a property again, we would definitively seek out Craig if he is available."



"We hired Craig three years ago to sell our house in Lincoln Square.  At the time, there were no comparable sales west of Western Ave for luxury homes over $1,000,000. Other established agents we met with told us to simply adjust our asking price lower - however, we felt the value was there for our asking price.  Craig advised us to refinish the floors, paint some of the natural oak trim, and professionally stage the property.  We were reluctant to spend the effort and money - but Craig emphasized that taking those steps would remove the objections that buyers would have, and enable us to come close to our asking price.  

One day just before going live on the market stands out: painters were finishing up in the morning, stagers were moving furniture in and setting up, and the photographer arrived as the stagers were leaving.  When the photographer was leaving, the first of three potential buyers were walking in the door for a preview look.

After eight days on the market, we had four initial offers, and three final offers - and sold for just $5,000 off of our asking price.

Craig knew he was competing for our business against seasoned agents.  He had the guts to recommend the right steps to get us to our price. The other agents did not pay attention to that, and simply tried to convince us to ask a lower price.  If you are looking for candid advice, in an experienced broker who will stay focused on your priorities, and keep working even after the first offer comes in - hire Craig."



"Brian did a great job of following up on matters that came up during the transaction and helping us keep things in proper perspective. Thanks, Brian."



"Brian did an awesome job from start to finish! He was always responsive to our calls, emails and texts!"



"Outstanding work! So thankful to have Brian on my side. When the stakes were high and the pressure was on he was able to soak it all up. In the end he brokered up a really great deal, again so thankful to have him walk me through the process."



"Brian stood by us over a 2.5 year period while my wife and I searched for the perfect house for us in the Indiana Dunes. It took us long time to find what we were looking for. Brian very patiently worked with us and now we have what we feel is the our perfect place in the sand. Brian is knowledgeable, professional, friendly and on point with advice and suggestions. He is a pleasure to work with. You should give him a call."



"Brian did a fantastic job in selling our home and @Properties is #1 in the Midwest! He is knowledgeable, personable and dedicated to give great service! He responded quickly to every call, email or text we sent from beginning to end! I would have given him more than 5 stars if it had been possible."



"If you are looking for someone who is proactive, communicative and honest, look no further. Brian is one of the best realtors I have ever worked with! Brian helped to sell my parent's home. I live 3 hours away and often times things would come up where we would need his help. Brian constantly went above and beyond to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Thank you Brian for all you did to sell the home!"



"Craig is the consummate professional. From day 1 he gave us the confidence to successfully manage this process and get us the best offer with the best terms to close quickly. We appreciate his solid counsel for what we needed to do on the front end to gain the most value from our property. Glad we listened! Thank you Craig!"



"Best Agent ever! It was a complete pleasure to have Brian Volckmann help me get my dream home. He is excellent with communication and keeping you updated on things that are happening and what needs to be done next. Brian is very patient and explains whatever you don’t understand clearly, and helps you navigate your home buying experience with ease. He also makes sure after the sale, that things are ok and stays with you on your journey to tie things up. I highly recommend Brian."


"From start to finish, Brian did an excellent job in all of the details. He presented a complete comp review and helped me to determine the best asking price. He offered his knowledge and experience when I made decisions to accept offers and through negotiations. And finally, he helped to get all of the necessary loose ends tied up for closing. I valued his confidence, his knowledge of the business and his trustworthy personality. It was a pleasure to work with him!"



"We are so grateful to have had Brian Volckmann as our realtor. Brian is extremely knowledgeable and professional when it comes to selling homes. He gave us some valuable advice in what we needed to do to get our home ready to sell. Brian is someone that goes above and beyond what I would expect from any realtor. He even came over to help with last minute de-cluttering and pool closing! We are thankful to have had his help in making the process smooth and profitable for us. I would highly recommend him to any prospective home buyer or seller!"



"We worked with Brian to help us sell our father in law's house and he was very proactive in helping us purchase a lot in Michigan City. He is a very dedicated, energetic and knowledgeable person. He is fair and honest and we would recommend him to anyone and use him again in the future."



"Very professional and knowledgeable. I would definitely use Brian again. He guided my sister and I in the sale of our childhood home, reccomending how to prepare the home, as well as the asking price.
We were able to trust him during an emotional time."



"Brian personifies confidence and knowledge in his field. He's polite, respectful and always gives you his honest opinion. He was very persistent and we could tell that he was working for "us"."



"I was searching for a REALTOR knowledgeable in and with the VA Home buying process. While Brian admitted he wasn't what he considered an expert in the matter, he had taken 'classes' in it.

He walked me through all the steps, researched with the aid of my VA Lender what he needed to know, and found me a BEAUTIFUL HOME! Don't let the pictures you see on Zillow now fool you, they took down the good pictures and left the old crappy ones up for some reason...

He walked me through EVERY step! He responded to my communications quickly, unlike three other Realtors I tried before him. If he didn't know something when asked, he did within 24 hours if not 2! I honestly don't plan on buying another home any time soon, but if I did, I can't see using anyone but Brian!"



"Brian was extraordinarily impressive and instrumental in helping us find a home. We searched for months for something that would fit our needs and our budget and Brian was patient and showed us each property and was very professional and courteous. Absolutely the best and I wouldn't go with anyone else. Buying or selling Brian Volckmann is the guy to get it done."



"I needed to sell my mother's property and Brian was recommended by a friend of mine. I wanted an agent who was "up front ". Brian was the perfect choice. The property was listed quickly.
Brian always kept me informed of the activity on the house and in the neighborhood. He was great by responding quickly to all my questions. I was very happy when the house sold. Brian is a true professional who loves his job."



"Brian helped me purchase a HUD home in New Carlisle and he proved to be efficient, communicative and punctual. He was very helpful in guiding me through the process and was very accommodating as I lived out of state. I would totally recommend utilizing his talents for any real estate venture."



"Although I haven't yet sold or purchased a home through Brian, I will definitely use him when I am ready. Brian showed me several homes I was interested in, then did a complete comprehensive analysis of my home and my neighborhood. Even though the numbers didn't look too great, Brian fully analyzed the situation and spent the time to sit down with me to explain the process and the numbers. He is very diligent, competent, and an all around friendly guy!"



"I found Brian Volckmann online.I read all information that I found on Brian,was very impress with the overall message I learned.He has a very straightforward nature.When ask to see a home he always did his best to get and appointment to show.He listen to what I said I wanted to look at in homes and also in the price range,We looked at many homes,he was very patient with me.If I ask to see the same home again he showed it to me again. He is a very respectful agent.I would recommend Brian to others.

Rosa Velazquez,"



"My experience with Brian was exceptional. He was extremely patient through the process of purchasing a new home, whether that was during the actual house search (and there were many houses we walked through), or while under contract and answering my questions. He was always very responsive to texts, calls, or emails, and extremely flexible. I would highly recommend him as an agent to anyone buying or selling their home - he is highly knowledgeable of the area as well as the market, and truly terrific to work with."



"Brian is very informative. I suggest anyone rely on him as an agent. He is also very knowledgeable, and will work at the seller's speed. Although I concluded I'll wait on selling."



"Brian always responded promptly and couldn't have been more helpful. I highly recommend Brian to anyone. Brian always showed a lot of patience and I never felt rushed when looking at properties."



"Brian was absolutely phenomenal in every aspect of helping with my first home purchase. I'm aware that as a first-time home buyer, my opinion may be a bit skewed and without depth, but I can't imagine being any more satisfied with the service Brian offered. Whether it was quickly responding to my calls, emails, and texts, or acting as my personal knowledge bank for everything else that comes along with a home purchase, he was there. That was actually something that I'll be forever grateful for. It wasn't so much that he held my hand throughout the entire process (which I'm glad he did). It was how he actually taught me along the way and aided me in becoming more aware and understanding of some of the concepts that come with buying a home. Could I buy a home in the future all by myself? No. But, I can tell you without hesitation that I will be much more comfortable with the process after having such a wonderful agent for my first experience. I urge anyone that's looking for an agent to contact Brian. And as I found out, the sooner, the better. It's a fast-paced game.

*On a side note, if there's anybody that's reading this that's come from the new tech age with a life of googling to prepare themselves, you've been warned. I can assure you without a doubt that there's no amount of research you can do by yourself that will ready you for this process. I consider myself to be a very intelligent man, but without Brian, I would've been absolutely lost. Do yourself a favor, and just shoot him an email. I can guarantee you that you'll have a quick response and even if you don't decide to go with him as your agent, you'll feel much better after speaking with him."



"Amazing to work with! He was always available, knowledgeable, and professional. We couldn't have asked for any better. With his help we sold our home and purchased our dream house all at once, seamlessly. I would highly recommend him to anyone, and already have."



"He's amazing will show you just what your looking for.. Won't waste time . fantastic guy to work with always available to answer any and all questions."



"If you are looking for a hungry realtor who does a overall fantastic job than Brian is your man! He has wonderful technology skills which allows sellers easy contact with him in multiple ways. He also went above and beyond our expectations as his photography skills made our house look even better. Lastly, his attitude was phenomenal. He was always willing to give good advice by keeping you from making seller mistakes. I would highly recommend Brian for any of your realtor needs whether it is a low or high budget!"



"From start to finish, Brian did an excellent job in all of the details. He presented a complete comp review and helped me to determine the best asking price. He offered his knowledge and experience when I made decisions to accept offers and through negotiations. And finally, he helped to get all of the necessary loose ends tied up for closing. I valued his confidence, his knowledge of the business and his trustworthy personality. It was a pleasure to work with him!"



"Brian did an amazing job when we sold our home. He answered all of our questions and explained everything to us thoroughly. We had multiple offers on our home. Brian sat down with us and gave us all of our options so we could get the best price. He was great about keeping us in the loop, and he always got back to us quickly about any questions or concerns we had."



"Brian worked with me to make an offer on a home. We didn't end up closing, but Brian was amazing for every step of the way that we worked together. He was incredibly knowledgeable, honest, and just a genuinely good guy. He was able to provide tons of useful advice and suggestions as this would have been my first purchase, and was always more than happy to answer any questions I had. If I find another property in the area that I am interested in I will most definitely be working with Brian again."



"I've bought and sold a number of houses over the years and I have dealt with some good agenst and some not so good. Brian is excellent! What really impressed me was how all through the purchase process Brian was on top of everything. He would let me know what was happening and if it wasn't happening he was calling to find out why. I bought the house on HUBZU so it was a very different process than what I'm used to. For my next house I'm calling Brian!"



"I called Brian around Mother's Day to talk about listing my first home for sale. I read reviews from his clients, looked through his sales histories and appreciated he was a native of MC where the home I was selling is located. After he came to see the house for the first time he had suggestions to prepare the house to put on the market. I did almost everything he suggested. He was spot on with his listing price And even managed to get the FHA appraisal to increase the value to the offering price. Which was almost 9k over the list price. What a whirlwind it was with five written offers in five days, the first coming in just 12 hours after the listing went live. I wish the banks, appraisers and closing companies worked as efficiently as Brian. my listing was active within hours, not the 1-2 days he said it would take, and the professional photographer Erin Watson made the house look spectacular. FHA was s...l...o...w... but he assured me every time I texted, emailed or called, that the process was what it was. All in all Brian is a laid back hard working real estate guru. Hire him."



"Brian is an awesome realtor. Under short time constraints, he help us sell our home in less than a week. His marketing skills and knowledge of the area was a definite plus. He was always available and walked us through every step of the home selling process"



"Brian went above and beyond the call of duty in my opinion. He always responded in a timely manner to any and all questions I had. He was extremely kind, respectful, professional, and knowledgable. I would highly recommend him!"



"brian was excellent throughout the whole process, I had many problems but brian was on top of everything , actually did the work for the other realtor who kept dropping the ball. I would highly recommend Brian"



"Brian is very knowledgable, thorough, and professional. He continues to demonstrate these qualities throughout the process of finding us a great investment property. He is a shining example of true customer service. We would highly recommend him for any of your real estate needs!"



"Brian took my husband and I through 3 homes on 08/09/14. He took his time to make sure we got to look at every detail of the homes and answered any questions we had about the homes. He gave his honest opinion on the values of the homes for the asking prices. We did fall in love with the first home we saw that day, but still wanted to look at other homes to get more options. Brian is a very good agent and I would recommend him to anyone in search buying a home."



"My husband and I were interested in getting a fair market value on our home as we consider to downsize. Brian came over to check out our place and had really done a lot of research on the area. He was very well educated on the current market. He spent time with us answering questions and discussing different types of options. He also showed us a house we had been interested in and is very knowledgeable on the items to look at when checking out a house. He is a very personable guy and I got the impression that he loves what he does and enjoys his work. We will continue to work with Brian in the future as we continue to look for the perfect home match. I highly recommend him."



"I could not have found a better realtor! I appreciated his honest feedback about what needed to be done to prepare our house. He was responsive and efficient, very professional, and an eady person to talk to. He has set a high standard, i will always gI've him our business!"



"Craig is outstanding! He took on selling our condo in a very difficult situation and never missed a beat. From the beginning of the process to the very end, Craig was involved and available. Craig is extremely knowledgeable and dependable. He is honest and truly an incredible realtor!"



"Craig was so easy to work with and really made the process as painless as possible. He has so many resources and contacts that were a big help. When we received several offers less than a week after being on the market, we knew we made a great decision using Craig and his team."



"We made our initial contact with Craig 3 years ago in 2014. We were thinking about moving, contemplating some exterior updates, and were interested in his thoughts. In the early Fall 2016 we were finally ready to take the plunge and list the house. After evaluating seasonal selling trends, we decided to take outdoor photos, with perfect greenery and light, but list after the new year. The listing drew a lot of traffic at open houses and private showings. After an extended period of negotiations, we had 2 serious offers to consider. We accepted the stronger offer, however the back-up offer kept the inspection and appraisal processes moving forward to an on-time close. We truly appreciated Craig's experience and confidence at every step through the process."


"Craig's experience, knowledge, and expertise really showed when he helped us get 4 offers on our unit in just over a month, and at 98% of our asking price. From the beginning, he gave us detailed advice and help in getting our home in selling shape. We followed his guidance to a T, and that really paid dividends when it came time to put our home on the market. Even after the first offer fell through, his ability to keep other offers on the table and effort in continuing to work for us all the way to the finish line made all the difference in the world. His even-keeled personality mixed with his ability to read situations really helped us along the way in this stressful time. Thanks for all of your hard work and guidance along the way, it really paid off!"


"Craig provided very helpful initial advice and ongoing support that resulted in the successful sale of my property. He is knowledgeable, professional, and personable. I enjoyed working with him and highly recommend him."


"Craig has a lot of strengths, but the two that stand out to us are his preparation and ability to close the deal. He had us well prepared, aware of the market, and ready to move when our dream property appeared. Once it did, our solid offer (because, again, this guy knows his stuff), put us ahead of other offers, some of which were significantly higher than ours. I've already recommended Craig to many friends, and they in turn have recommended him to others. Buyers and sellers in Chicago are lucky to have Craig. As a bonus, he's a lot of fun to be around!"


"After our original listing agent moved out of state and the showings at our property became a bit bleak, we began searching for a replacement.Craig Easly came highly recommended and after meeting him in person, we were confident in his approach to selling our Chicago home. At the beginning of our engagement, Craig asked for an extended level of trust to renew our property and make it a top notch listing - He certainly did not disappoint.We couldn't be happier at the level of effort and Craig's overall effectiveness in the sale of our home - certainly a top notch Chicago real estate professional!"



"Craig has been extremely helpful to me in learning how to sell property, and coaching me through the process - to a successful conclusion. He is thoughtful and pays attention to individual needs. I've learned a lot, and appreciate that there are many aspects to this process of staging your property, staying resilient through prospective buyers looking, and then negotiating the sale. Craig is very skilled in all of these areas - and more I'm not thinking of now, I'm sure."


"'Easly Does It' is not just a tagline Craig really knows his craft well. My wife and I were immediately impressed with his professionalism and commitment to helping us find our new home. Exceptional follow-through, great communication, and overall invaluable advice from top to bottom. Craig went the extra mile to help get us a mortgage lender recommendation, connect us with a neighbor to provide temporary living arrangements, offer contractor advice, and minimize the expected delays in real estate buying and selling. We couldn't be more pleased with our decision to partner with Craig and @Properties!"


"The experience was smooth and swift."



"My wife and I met Craig while looking at a property he was showing at an open house. We really liked him from day one and we're really excited when we contacted him to see what we could do. We initially needed some time to get some things in order and told Craig we weren't quite ready yet. He continued to keep in touch with us and when we were ready, he was right there. One of the things that we really appreciated about working with Craig was his honesty with us. Not just about what he thought about the houses we wanted to see but also about where he thought we were in the process. He kept us focused. This is possibly the last house that my wife and I will buy. But if we bought again, there's not doubt that Craig would be the first person we would call. Great agent and an even better human being. Thanks Craig. We will be forever grateful that we stopped by that house and met you."


"We found Craig via Angie's List. Our first meeting was at a nearby @properties office. He was professional, personable and knowledgeable. He asked probing questions to gauge our interests, experiences and expectations. We appreciated this "grilling" as it helped us clarify what we did and did not want.After the initial meeting, we starting looking at listings and sent Craig listings to consider. We had very specific desires for location, price and features. There were very few listings that met what we wanted. Craig would encourage us to expand our expectations, to consider compromising on one tn or another. This was always presented in a reasonable, supportive way and helped us further clarify what was truly important to us and what trade offs we could live with.When we visited properties, he was a font of useful knowledge, pointing out issues to consider, explaining the +'s and -'s.Eventually we found a property that seemed to be a strong fit: a condo in River North. Craig was our advocate and negotiator during the buying process, ensuring our expectations were met by the seller. We are pleased with how it all worked out and would use Craig in the future for our next property."


"The only mistake I made in hiring Craig was not hiring him first. I originally listed with another broker untill I realized the error of my ways. Craig is reliable, communicative, creative, proactive and an all-round nice guy. Trying to sell my property was not without its adventures, but Craig was up for every task and never lost his sense of humor. I'm not sure which of us needed the cocktail more after closing. Highly recommended!."


"I met Craig first in March of 2013. After taking Craig's advice on what to do with our condo to get the best price possible (new counter tops, de-cluttering, new paint, the philosophy of only adding furnishings that we could take with us, and really giving the condo a "hip, sexy, west loop" feel), I contacted him a year later in March of 2014. He was very excited about what we'd done to the place, and very happy we took his advice......and so were we. The condo went on the market on Tuesday, we were under contract by the weekend. No other condo has gone for a higher price. We set a record for the building.That was just our sale, though. During the very stressful purchase process Craig was very patient and understanding (we weren't sometimes). He was able to make the process as fun as it could be. Very positive. In addition, Craig was great with our kids, and was very cognizant of my wife's effort to take care of the kids,and look for a new home.We ended up purchasing a lovely gut rehab, bungalow, and Craig is still with us. Making sure the developer completes any unfinished items. He goes the extra mile.I would, and already have recommend Craig to anyone thinking of buying, and/or selling a home.It was very educational. The advice was very much appreciated. I now understand what needs to be done to ensure an optimal sale price. Craig also made himself available if there were any questions."


"Craig provided excellent guidance, advice, humor and friendship in a long and very fruitful house hunt. We met Craig completely randomly while searching properties on the internet. We met in person, liked Craig immediately and began our search together. The results of Craig's efforts are we found the perfect home at a fantastic price. We have been moved in for several months now and cant even believe we bought our home for the price we paid. Craig was very patient and focused on our needs. He never pushed us toward a sale. He continually questioned what we liked and didn't like on each of the dozens of properties shown until we collectively found the perfect home at the perfect price. I am convinced no one else could not have come close to achieving our level of satisfaction that we now have. Thanks Craig!"


"Contacted Craig from his Angie's List ratings and selected him after a phone conversation about the area and his expertise. He worked with me over several weeks to find and purchase a condo in Lincoln Square. Responsive and friendly throughout even at a time that the real estate market was heating up and most everyone in it was overwhelmed and unable to keep up. Suggested and brought with him a team of providers (mortgage, legal) he recommended who took me through the buying process smoothly other than a few hiccups here and there."


"We were selling our condo unit at the same time as two building neighbors (of our eight unit building) were also on the market. After interviewing several realtors, we selected Craig because he presented fresh staging ideas and we were attracted to his personality (earnest - yet energetic + someone we wanted to spend time with over the next month). Craig walked through every room in our home offering staging ideas and suggestions. When we finished making these small changes, our home looked better than it had ever looked before. Six weeks later, we accepted an offer that was $10k more than both of the other two units sold for! The staging Craig suggested and his connections throughout the neighborhood/real estate industry made all the difference. We would highly recommend Craig to anyone in on the North Side of Chicago."


"I contacted Craig based on a friend's recommendation, though she had used him to buy a home rather than sell one. Immediately, I was impressed by his enthusiasm and passion for his profession, plus his friendly and charming personality. He was knowledgeable from the get-go with regard to the neighborhood market, and I appreciated his honesty when evaluating my condo's value and what he believed was necessary to create an ideal first impression. Not much needed to be done because I had basically completely remodeled and updated my condo upon buying it, and I kept it very clean. But I have to say that his minor recommendations, which involved, for my condo, mainly rearranging furniture and adding lights and color, greatly improved the flow and look of my home. I regret that I hadn't applied his changes years before. In short, listen to what he says, because he knows what he's talking about when it comes to interior design. One thing though - he strongly suggested that I purchase lighting from the higher-end local stores, and while I'm sure these lamps would've looked great in my place, I was able to find cheaper options that significantly improved the look probably just as well.I always felt in control during the entire home-selling process, particularly when it came to the list price. I'l admit that I was a bit ambitious with what I thought I could get for my condo, but he agreed to list it higher than what he suggested, without hesitation (granted, we weren't that, far apart). And, he was never pushy or eager to just make a quick sale and move on; he put my wishes first. He treated me like a person, not just a potential sale.I had a steady flow of traffic through my home, and while I wish there was more, I blame the market and neighborhood, not Craig's efforts; my place was listed everywhere, and he constantly pushed it upon potential buyers. I eventually agreed to a sales price a bit lower than what I was hoping for (but still higher than I bought it for, which most people nowadays would be happy with). While I was disappointed at the time, looking back, I'm happy I got out when I did; the market over there doesn't seem to have improved all that much, and now I'm sure I most likely couldn't have gotten a better price if I hired someone other than Craig.It's one thing to recommended his services to you strangers reading this, but just so you know, I had recommended him to a friend of mine as well. She even proceeded to continue use him to buy a new home after she had used him to sell hers."


"Craig Easly represented us as Sellers broker on the sale of our home in Lincoln Park. We moved from Chicago to Florida and needed to sell our home after we had completed the move. I found Craig via Angies list where he had received great reviews. We had a few discussions about strategy for marketing our home and preparing it for sale. He managed all the details on our behalf while we stayed in Florida right through to the closing.The preparation, marketing and closing went very well. Craig provided very good service throughout by representing our interests and coordinating with the other parties. I would highly recommend Craig."


"Craig went above and beyond for us as clients, not only offering his expertise and consultation, but taking care of things we didn't have time to deal with while our condo was on the market. He made the entire selling process very easy and we were happy with the end result. We chose Craig because he worked with us in the past and we were happy to have used him again to sell our condo in the city. During our initial consultation, Craig was extremely prepared with area comps and his thoughts on where we might price our condo. We had been renting it out for 7 years and still had renters living in the condo when we put in on the market. Craig gave us good recommendations on how to stage with renters in the condo and was great about communicating directly with them when it came time for showings. With both of us working full time, juggling kid's school/activities, and not living close to the condo we were trying to sell, Craig really helped take care of things we didn't have time to deal with. Once our renters moved out, he recommended a cleaning service and took care of arranging the details, including meeting them there. He also recommended an excellent staging company to help with the sales process, once our tenants moved out. Again, he took care of all the details and arrangements and oversaw the move-in of staging furniture. Once we used the staging company, we had an offer in just a few weeks. He prepared excellent marketing materials with amazing photography, which is an important tool Additionally, he shared detailed notes on all the showings. During the offer negotiation process, he was able to get us to where we wanted to be. Craig was extremely responsive throughout the selling process, from the very beginning to the final phases. I would not hesitate to recommend Craig as a realtor and would use him again."


"We found Craig via Angie's List. Our first meeting was at a nearby @properties office. He was professional, personable and knowledgeable. He asked probing questions to gauge our interests, experiences and expectations. We were first time buyers and wanted a multi-unit building, rather than a condo or single family home. Craig cautioned us on what we were taking on, given that we were "first timers". He ran thru various scenarios and options to make sure we had thought it through. We appreciated this "grilling" as it helped us clarify what we did and did not want.After the initial meeting, we starting looking at listings and sent Craig listings to consider. We had very specific desires for location, price and features. There were very few listings that met what we wanted. Craig would encourage us to expand our expectations, to consider compromising on one tn or another. This was always presented in a reasonable, supportive way and helped us further clarify what was truly important to us and what trade offs we could live with.When we visited properties, he was a font of useful knowledge, pointing out issues to consider, explaining the +'s and -'s.Eventually we found a property that seemed to be a strong fit: an old brick two-flat in Uptown/Andersonville that needed some TLC but was in solid shape. Craig was our advocate and negotiator during the buying process, ensuring our expectations were met by the seller. We are pleased with how it all worked out and would use Craig in the future for our next property."


"We were looking for a real estate agent we both could agree on to sell our house. We interviewed Craig Easly to discuss a price point, his process for marketing our property and entertain any suggestions he might have to prepare our property for sale. After talking with Craig, seeing his track record and hearing the various mechanisms he would use to market our property. We both agreed Craig would represent our interests well.We came to a mutually agreeable price point that we thought the property was worth and that was aligned with the market. The aspect of this process that impressed me the most is that Craig didn't try to talk us down from the value we placed on our house and was willing to work hard to tap into every channel available to sell our house. In addition he made fabulous recommendations to present our house in the best possible fashion and condition to appeal to the majority. The pictures and brochures were professionally done and represented our home in the best possible light. I believe we sold our house within two weeks of listing. We had multiple competitive offers. The negotiations were professionally done and the transition was smooth and fast. I would highly recommend Craig as a real estate agent."


"I was referred to Craig Easly by a good friend of mine. I had been thinking about buying a place for the past couple of years, but being that it felt like a huge commitment and I can be slightly lazy, I hadn't made any real efforts to do so at that point. As soon as my friend put me in touch with Craig, my search took off immediately with no effort from me (a dream come true). The first time I met Craig, we talked for about an hour and went over all the details of the home buying process, including the exact qualities I was looking for, such as price range and location. This was a Thursday. We began our search that Saturday. Craig was able to pick up very quickly on the type of places I did and did not like. At one point, we walked into a condo that I knew was not what I wanted, and without even needing to ask for my opinion, Craig rushed us through the tour and stated that while it was a great place, it would not be a good fit for me. Mind reading is an excellent quality in a Realtor. It only took us a couple of outings for me to hone in on the perfect place (well, once you looked past how the current unit's renters had "decorated," that is). Craig was able to leverage the state of the condo and negotiate an excellent deal. I was very impressed.Not only did Craig help find the perfect home for me, but he reminded me of all the documents I needed to put together and made sure I was always ready for the next steps. The entire process went smoothly and very quickly, only a couple of months start to finish. If I knew it would be this easy, I would have gone to Craig years earlier. Craig has a great sense of humor and is extremely professional. And if you're the type of person that gets cranky easily after a long day of home viewing (yes I have my flaws), no worries, Craig is stocked with water bottles and snacks at all times to take your hanger (hungry anger) away! I recommend Craig to anyone and everyone, you will not be disappointed!"


"Craig expertly guided us through the process of selling our condo. He was enthusiastic, professional, and knowledgeable throughout. Craig gave us a specific and manageable list of ways we could improve our property to best showcase our home and helped us set realistic goals based on a thorough analysis of comparable properties. We were able to accept an offer quickly, and Craig navigated us through a challenging attorney review period with endless patience and a positive focus. We are so pleased with our experience and would highly recommend Craig to friends and family."


"Craig wanted to understand the key things I was looking for in my first home purchase. He then carefully scheduled a day of showings relevant to my needs and asks. Once I found the place that fit my criteria, he walked me through the negotiation and closing processes step by step. I closed on my condo purchase within 3 weeks of finding the property meaning the team he recommended I work with for legal counsel and mortgage lender were efficient and responsive as well as open to working really quickly."


"Craig Easly and @properties made selling my condo simple and successful. It sold after 2 days on the market, with several bids in hand, above the fair listing price. I couldn't be happier""


"Craig did a great job representing my from the start. He gave great advice on how to stage my condo, he marketed the property, and he was always available for showings, and did a great job communicating with me. I highly recommend Craig."


"Craig takes the time to understand what his clients needs and wants are, so he can execute the tranactions in a efficeint and timely manner. He is very knowledgeable regarding the market and is precise and timely communicating."