Barry J Newman

Barry J Newman

CNE, ABR, CRS, SRES, CDPE - Broker             


Overall 5 star rating out of 33 reviews

"I had a great experience working with Barry. He was very responsive and was able to meet all my needs. I would definitely recommend Barry as I plan to use him again for all my real estate needs. He is respectful and does what he says he is going to do - on time!"

"I worked with Barry August thru September of 2018 and he worked very hard to help me find the perfect home for me and my family. Barry was always available and went above and beyond to assist with all our relocation needs. I highly recommend Barry and wouldn't hesitate to call him for any future needs."

"5 stars all the way. He was incredible at walking me through my first time home purchase. He answered emails and texts immediately and most importantly courteously (I had many many questions).
He had great knowledge of the area and the properties we looked at.
Closing was a breeze!
I have even recommended him to a family member to find her next home."

"This is the third real estate transaction i have been involved in with Barry. As a mortgage lender myself i understand the value that a realtor brings to the table and Barry definitely brings those values. He kept us updated with regards to the market area we were looking at and was always available to show us homes (he was very patient and understanding to our needs). He helped wiht negotiations and even went up and above to help finalize the purchase. I would strongly recommend Barry to anyone looking to buy or sell (helped me with sale of previous home in 9 days) a home."

"3rd time using Barry and as always very pleased with his service."

"I got in touch with Barry Newman for purchasing my daughter's first house. She was looking for a house in Glenview or Northbrook. Before our contact with Barry, we looked at many houses that were not in the interest of my daughter and because of that she was very disappointed. Knowing the surrounding areas in Glenview and Northbrook as well as other suburbs, Barry helped my daughter to find her dream house which was in the ownership of a bank. Barry's background in foreclosed houses and his great experience, communication skills, availability and flexibility, energy and his positive personality and effort helped us tremendously to purchase the house. No others or at least very few people could do what Barry Newman has done for us. When I go to my daughter's beautiful house I see her happiness and I am forever thankful of Barry. I highly recommend Barry in finding your dream home!"

"We truly enjoyed working with Barry, He is a hard working, professional and very knowledgeable in the Northshore areas. He was able to sell our million dollar home within 2 months, which was exceeding our expectations. Barry was also represented us as a buyer agent.
We have interviewed quite a few Realtors before we decided to pick him, and indeed we didn't regret. In a word, I would highly recommend Barry to anyone who is looking to sell or buy a home in the Northshore areas."

"I want to thank Barry for all his knowledge and hard work. My wife and I never thought we would be able to sell our home in less than 60 days but Barry was able to sell it quicker but close to asking price. If I know anyone looking for the best Broker anywhere in Glenview I will definitely give them Barry's info. One piece of advice would be to start packing because in no time their home will be sold!"

"Incredible !. Barry is very knowledgeable and explains all pros and cons about the property and keeps you informed. The deal making is professional. I have been very satisfied and will keep all property deals by him now and in future."

"It was a great experience working with Barry Newman. He was very responsive to all my requests and questions. He helped me to negotiate a good price on the condo I recently bought. He guided me from day one to the day I bought the property. He was quick and reliable. I would highly recommend Barry as an agent."

"Barry has been exceptional in helping us find our dream home! He has been very proactive regarding setting up all of our house visits, and has provided us with invaluable guidance and advice at every step along the way. Given that we were first time home buyers, it was essential that we trust the advice given to us by our realtor and Barry won our trust at the very first meeting. He is extremely professional, and prompt with any questions that we had for him and went out of the way multiple times to make sure we were comfortable with the process. I would highly recommend Barry for your real estate needs!"

"Barry helped my wife and I find our new home. When it was time to sell my old 1 bedroom condo, I became very concerned as I did not believe the buyers market was strong. Barry met with me and told me different things I could do to get the condo ready for sale after which he assured me he could get the job done. And so I did exactly as Barry said. After only a couple of months, my condo was sold. Thanks so much Barry!"

"Being a relocation I had a limited time to find a home for my family. I gave Barry long lists of houses to see (15 at a time) in one day. He made the appointments and took us to each house. That made for a long day but that is how it needed to be done. Thank you Barry for your patience and dedication."

"Barry Newman is an excellent broker, and he also has an excellent set of support people, including a stager, photographer, and home repair and renovation specialists. In a slow market, he did everything he could to show the house off to best advantage. Additionally, he is the kind of professional who cares about his clients and does his best to work with them and their needs. He did a terrific job."

"I met Barry about a year ago at an open house in Buffalo Grove. This was at the very beginning of our house search. This particular home was Way beyond our budget. After I confessed that I was not looking for a million dollar home, Barry still took the time to educate me on the MLS, things to look for when purchasing a home, etc. (Being a first time home buyer, I was completely inexperienced). He spent an hour with me and when I came home and told my husband about Barry, we decided to work with him. Being newlyweds ourselves, this was a huge learning experience for both my husband and myself. We were learning about the home buying process, and how to work together, as husband and wife, when making such a big purchasing decision. Through our growing pains, Barry was patient, professional, and consistent.. he was always there for us as we tried to figure out what area and what price would work best for us. He has good relationships with professionals in the industry and made some very good recommendations for Loan Officer, contractor, and lawyer. We did not believe that we could afford much, but Barry would not allow us to compromise on the quality of home that he felt we needed and deserved. In the end, he found us a beautiful townhome that fit all the criteria that we were looking for, plus so much more! Plus, it was right in our budget! We are so grateful to Barry for taking this journey with us in purchasing our new home. I have no reservation in recommending Barry Newmann as your Real Estate Agent if you are in the market for a new home. You will make your purchase feeling like a well educated consumer."

"This is the second time I've worked with Barry on a property purchase and was just as satisfied as the first time. I sold my house in the suburbs and opted to move into a condo in the city. Initially, I was hesitant to call Barry as many of my colleagues told me that I had to use a broker who focuses only on city properties as there are too many unique nuances to purchasing a condo in the city of Chicago. Based on my previous experience and relationship with Barry, I decided to subvert the advice of my colleagues and reached out to Barry anyway. I was happy I did, as Barry had very good understanding of the different neighborhoods in Chicago, in terms of the qualities I was looking for (demographics, price, entertainment, proximity to express way and public transportation, etc.) Barry also understood the "bidding war" concept that happens often in the city when there is a lot of interest in a place. The day I found my condo, I actually initially like a different place and Barry encourages me to put offers in on both in the case that I was outbid on the first place. It turned out exactly as he had thought and I ended getting an accepted offer on the second place, which in hindsight is actually the better choice in terms of construction quality and location so I am VERY happy. I would continue to use Barry for any future real estate transactions and will highly recommend him to others."

"Thank you Barry Newman for helping us receive an offer within 24 hours after listing! When it came time this spring to sell our house, we chose Barry Newman as our agent. When Barry came to our house, we saw right away that he is a dedicated professional. He is very personable, and his thoughtfulness and enthusiasm were very evident. As we did a walk through, he carefully noted the selling points of our house and property. Barry was appreciative of and complimentary about the efforts that we had already made to prepare the house for sale-that was a good feeling! He discussed with us other ideas, that would be workable for us, to best show our house. Barry was well prepared and knowledgeable, taking time to share and review marketing materials and current comps. We were pleased with the variety of marketing methods and the use of professional photos. Our house looked great and an offer was made the day after listing! We closed about five weeks later with a sale price very close to our asking price. We were very fortunate to have had Barry Newman help us through this process and happily recommend him!"

"Barry Newman was our @properties agent. Barry is a well organized efficient broker. He was so familiar with Glenview and that made our price point one that moved our home quickly. Some people involved in a move are difficult to reach. Barry was quick to respond to calls or texts or emails. We would recommend him to friends who are ready to sell or buy in the area."

"Barry made the process quick and easy! He got my offer accepted the day I made it. Great realtor with PLENTY of experience."

"Barry Newman is a very kind, helpful, professional person. Very efficient . Diann's property should be sold as quick as possible. Barry found a buyer so fast. Meanwhile he was looking for a proper condo and he found a great one - just for handycapped person.Diann couldn't be more happy and appreciated. Barry had done his best.M.S."

"As first-time home buyers, my wife and I were very fortunate to partner with Barry in our search for our home in Chicago's north suburbs. Throughout the two-month journey, Barry demonstrated an unparalleled level of expertise on considerations to make when purchasing a home, unbiased counsel on the quality on the over 15 homes we visited, and an extreme level of patience. It was obvious from opening of the experience to the actual closing, Barry was in our corner while taking the time to learn our tastes and tailor his recommendations based on those. Lastly, Barry's expertise in the north suburbs is second to none. This helped us think outside of the box when needed in the beginning while tailoring down towards to end. We thank Barry and @ Properties for the fantastic experience!"

"Barry's guidance was not only insightful, but he shared with us his years of experience and provided incredible assistance when we purchased our new home."

"Barry was very helpful and patient with me during the entire process."

"Barry did a first-rate job for us. I would happily recommend him to any seller."

"I so much appreciate your knowledge and wisdom about Deerfield homes. When my husband came home one day telling me about moving to Chicago for a great job, I stuck my head in our freezer to feel the cold of Chicago. As a realtor in Southern California I figured Iwould get an agent who would not know the process or the towns near where my husband was going to work. I was thrilled to find you. You could not of been any more perfect for us. You never pushed and were always available to go out and look. Thank you so much you will not be forgotten!"

"This is the first house that I bought in long time. As owner of over 30 Dunkin Donuts in downtown Chicago I find Barry online. We look at many properties and it take much time in fact over year. We find house in Glenview near my kids and the wife like it very much but I not sure if it is for us. We visit house 5 time before offer. since I own house in Chicago I need furniture as well. It took Barry 2 weeks to get furniture for dining , living, basement, master and family room. I know other agent not like that but Barry did what we ask. I recommend him to all people at work and prayer center. Top agent in Glenview!"

"what a great selling experience and thank you for getting more for my unit then any unit in my building by over $10,000. I'm sorry I had to take it off the market so many times because of building issues. You told me right from the beginning that you could sell it for more than everyone else. I think the other agents just try to get the sellers to list low so it's easy for them to sell it. If I ever move back to Highland Park you are my guy!"

"It was such a great pleasure working with you.Thank you for all of your efforts in making this deal a success. This is the second home we purchased through Barry. His understanding of my families needs and tough negotiating, helped us get this home for $60,000 less the asking price. He has rented our last house and he would be the only real estate agent we would use or refer."

"Barry has been always helpful and worked hard to achieve the goals that I wish for.Whenever there is something wrong Barry can spot it and correct it. I would like Barry to work with me again, even after post closure of property to smoothen out certain difficulties that I may face.Barry and his team is great to work with.Keep up Barry !!!!!"

"Barry works very hard and is very productive -- when we request a showing, he usually schedules for the next 1-2 days and in certain cases even on the same day. He is very knowledgeable on both neighborhood and property, and is capable of and willing to point out the issues of either the neighborhood or the property, even in front of the listing agent. During price negotiation, as the buyer's agent Barry understands the market well and can suggest a price that is likely to close the deal. Buyer can choose a more aggressive pricing -- as what we did -- to get a better deal, although at the risk of losing the deal. Overall, highly recommend Barry."

"Barry Newman took the time to show me many condos and was very honest and direct about the areas and if meet my needs and not rush me to make a decision he was prompt in returning my phone calls and emails he was awesome to work with I would highly recommend his services to anyone because his response and professionalism was excellent thank you Barry. katy"

"Barry was extremely helpful in finding our wonderful home in Illinois. At the time my wife was living in Ohio and what impressed me about Barry (besides his professionalism) was how well in tune he was with our requirements. Barry was able to line up a number of excellent properties for us to review and in a single trip from OH, my wife and I were able to find the property we were looking for. I had worked with a couple of realtor but was not too impressed, they really did not provide much more than I looking through the local listings and making an appointment to see the house. With Barry he was well versed with the properties available in the area, and pointed the good and bad in each we viewed. Once we had selected the property, Barry worked with us, the lawyers as well as the mortgage company until the day of closing. Barry is very loyal to his clients. We would highly recommend Barry to anyone looking at purchasing a home. Its been 4 years since Barry helped us buy our home, we still keep in touch.Thanks,Tariq and Eiman"

"This is the second time that Barry Newman helps us to achieve the target. First time, Barry kept looking for the exactly matching property and negotiating the desired price. As a result we bought the town home where we will live. Second time was when we needed to lease our property. Barry helped us to find people to renovate the property and after that - he found the right renter. We would highly recommend Barry Newman of AtProperties to anybody looking for an experienced, responsible, and dedicated broker. Thanks Barry!"

"Barry did exactly as he promised. He found a great home in my price range in a great area. He worked around my schedule and did great job!"

"16455 Shearon CourtSycamore, IL 60178June 21, 2012Mr. Thaddeus WongMr. Michael GoldenFounders©Properties618 West FultonChicago, IL 60661Dear Messrs. Wong & Golden,It seems that just about everyone has the time to write letters of complaint, but very fewof us take the time to write a letter expressing how pleased we are with the efforts of anindividual.That individual is one of your Brokers, Mr. Barry Newman.After listening to his professional presentation, we decided to have him find a buyer formy townhouse in Deerfield. We had two very large problems to deal with; the badeconomy, and the lack of FHA approval to obtain mortgages in my complex.Barry gave me invaluable advice for making my townhouse more appealing. He workedvery hard in getting people interested in seeing my unit.My property was far from a million dollar listing, but I know Barry handled my townhousein the same professional manner as his other listings.Gentlemen, you are fortunate to have such a hard working professional in yourcompany.Sincerely,Cheryl J. Hankinson"

"We needed a realtor to help with finding a house for our move from California to Illinois. We had a challenge of finding a house remotely, and we had some specific requirements about the area, neighborhood, schools, as well as the price. Luckily, our friends recommended Barry Newman. Having a technology background, I can truly appreciate the system that Barry set up for us. Every day we would get pre-selected listings from Barry, review them, and get his detailed comments on pros and cons for each property. When it was time for us to look at the properties we've picked in person, we had very limited time, and Barry had accommodated all our requests, driving us around the area and providing very insightful little details on each little neighborhood. Such level of knowledge is unattainable by someone who had not lived the entire life in the area, like Barry had. We could tell that Barry is well-respected in his circles by observing him communicating with other agents.After we settled on the house we liked, Barry helped us greatly through all the steps of the process. In addition to knowing what to look for when buying a house, Barry also can easily tap into his network of attorneys, inspectors, loan brokers, and contractors.In our opinion, the best part about working with Barry is that he protects his clients' interests, making sure that they get the right property at the right price. It is not common to get a privilege to work with a true professional, who is passionate and knowledgeable about his business. We strongly recommend Barry's services and will gladly use him again for our next real estate transaction."

"To Whom It May Concern,I am writing to express my complete satisfaction with Barry Newman as a realtor. Throughout the entire process Barry was professional, conscientious, and motivated. Barry is very knowledgeable of the Chicago area having lived both in the city and suburbs and was very helpful in steering us to the right area. He was accommodating to our needs from a scheduling standpoint, since we were moving from out of state and had a tight time frame. I also found his software program for tracking homes of interest to be very helpful during the process. The ability to detail notes and see pictures of all of the homes in one central location made the process so much easier. I would be delighted to answer any specific questions regarding Barrys performance. I may be reached at 734-646-6875."

"What was your PRIMARY reason for selecting your broker?The InternetHow satisfied were you with the knowledge and professionalism provided by your broker?5How satisfied were you with the quality and frequency of communication provided by your broker?5How satisfied were you with the assistance your broker provided in negotiating the price/terms of the sale?5Given the opportunity, how likely would you be to recommend the services of your broker to a friend, neighbor or relatives?5If you would be so kind, please provide a testimonial for your broker to use:Barry Newman was our broker and was phenomenal! His expertise, persistence and most importantly, patience were much appreciated as we pursued our endeavor of purchasing our first home together. It was a long process and being fairly new to the area, we were quite indecisive about price, location and style of home we were looking for. Barry was always willing to accomodate our needs, while also providing additional insights for us to consider. Ultimately, we settled on building a new home and couldn't be happier with our decision. Our gratitude goes out to Barry for making this process as painless as possible."

"What was your PRIMARY reason for selecting your broker?Other: Barry had great follow-through skills; sent us listings and was proactive in helping usHow satisfied were you with the knowledge and professionalism provided by your broker?5How satisfied were you with the quality and frequency of communication provided by your broker?5How satisfied were you with the assistance your broker provided in negotiating the price/terms of the sale?5If your broker represented you on the sale of your home, how satisfied were you with the marketing provided by your broker?5Given the opportunity, how likely would you be to recommend the services of your broker to a friend, neighbor or relatives?5If you would be so kind, please provide a testimonial for your broker to use:Barry was a terrific partner to us during the purchase of our new home and sale of our old. He was honest and upfront. In particular, he gave us great advice in terms of making our old home more saleable... the result was that we sold the house in two days. He also gave us one piece of advice with regard to the purchase of our new home without which we would not be in the home today. We enjoyed working with Barry. Marla and Terry Grossberg"

"I feel very fortunate to have met Barry Newman as a realtor. I moved to the USA from abroad three years ago for my career; soon after I decided to buy a home here. Barry and his staff worked diligently to locate the right property for me in a nice neighborhood that was within my budget. Barry is incredibly patient and professional. He took time to explain the process during every step of the way. Being new to the States, I was unsure about how real estate transactions works, but his team explained every aspect to me in detail. I was never left uncertain or with unanswered questions. His reputation for integrity and honesty are clearly very important to him. Barry never hesitated to point out both the pros and cons of the different properties we visited. Considering I had a limited budget, he was generous with the time that he spent finding me a property. Meeting a true professional is a rare occasion these days. I am quite impressed by Barrys professionalism and highly recommend him as a real estate agent."

"Dear Barry,I so much appreciate your knowledge of the Glen and your hard work. As you know we had our property listed with one of the most well-known agents in Glenview but she couldnt sell our home. We contacted you through a friends recommendation and you did what you promised, sell fast and get a great price. Our goal was to move to Texas but until our home sold we were stuck in Glenview. Now the load was lifted off our shoulders as we are in Texas and couldnt be happier. If any of my Glen friends need a realtor, we will definitely refer you. Thanks again for all you have done for me.Lynda"

"Owners of @properties, My house was getting too big for the two of us and we wanted to down size. We were very lucky that our neighbor had used Barry to purchase their home and they recommended him. When we contacted Barry he was able to come over right away and explain what our home was worth. He also told us that he would accompany all showings which was a huge concern for us as we had a lot of valuable art work. We couldnt have been happier with the price and the time it took to sell. We are so grateful that we hired Barry to sell our home. He is a true professional and we so much enjoyed chatting with him about real estate and life. Your company is very lucky to have Barry. He was our realtor and friend. ThanksEstrella"

"I can't say enough about Barry. I purchased a townhome from Barry and it was a fantastic experience. He knew so much about the Glen and to make matters better I felt he helped me steal this property. I had been renting my whole life and this was my first purchase. Barry held my hand through the entire process. Nothing came up that he hadn't explained to me before it happened. He fought hard with the listing age to get me the price I wanted. To be honest I'm not the easiest guy in the world but I got what I wanted and I thank Barry for helping me. When I'm ready to sell Barry will be my listing agent. I appreciate all he has done!"

"To Whom It May Concern,After living in my townhome for 3 years I needed to sell. I never thought I would be selling so quickly but sometimes things happen. I contacted Barry who was my agent when I purchased the property and I can't say enough about everything he did for me. I hadn't done a thing to my townhome and would have gladly sold for what I paid or a little less. Barry explained to me that the market was changing and he felt that my townhome was worth more than what I paid. I knew that some of my neighbors had sold for around what I paid for the townhome and I thought Barry was nuts to think it would sell for more. Within a month of putting my property on the market it was under contract for $50,000 more than what I had paid. My townhome sold for more than all my neighbors. He did it again! I would gladly recommend Barry to anyone who is looking to buy or sell. Thanks again and when I'm ready to buy again you will be the one I will call. Ira"

"Testimonial Letter for Barry,Barry was responsible for purchasing and selling my townhome in the Glen Town Center. When I first met Barry we sat done and discussed what my objectives were for a purchase. Within seconds he recommended a 4 level townhome in the Glen with an elevator. It was very intriguing to me to have an elevator in my home. We went to see the property and I immediately fell in love. My biggest issue was that I was separated at the time and didn't have any furniture, dishes, pots & pans, etc. Barry negotiated all personal property into the price of the home. I was amazed at his competence and knowledge. Keep in mind I'm an attorney so you better be pretty smart to work with me. When I closed on the property and walked in the front door it was completely furnished including the broom, towels and soap.On the flip side my wife and I decided to get back together and live at my home in Northbrook. I contacted Barry to sell my home. He not only sold it to one of his clients but I received the same price that I had paid. The great thing was all the personal property that I received with my buy was not part of my sell. I had 4 levels of furniture and furnishings. I can't sing the praises of my relationship with Barry. I am truly grateful that he came into my life and I would recommend him to all my friends and family!"

"Bruce P. Weisenthal 2239 Sheridan Road Highland Park, Illinois 60035 Re: @properties To Whom it May Concern: We retained Barry Newman of @properties in connection with the sale of our home located at 1210 Hilary Lane in Highland Park, Illinois. Barry also helped us in connection with the acquisition of our current home located at 2239 Sheridan Road in Highland Park. Barry did a very professional job in the sale of our home. He was responsive and diligent, provided very good advice regarding steps to be taken to prepare the home for sale and was a tireless marketer of the property. The property sold within a tight framework (mandated by us) at a very good price. Throughout the process, Barry was a good agent for our objectives. Barry's knowledge of the local real estate market is very complete. He will not mislead you, but rather will provide excellent intelligence upon which you can make decisions. I recommend Barry to all interested parties. I would be happy to discuss this letter with you. Very respectfully yours, Bruce P. WeisenthalBPW/kn"

"Dear Barry, Annette and I want to thank you for all of your wonderful help to us in the recent purchase of our home at The Fordham in Chicago. When Annette first contacted you several, she mentioned that we did not expect to be quickly re-locating back to this area. Despite that caveat you, right from the very start, kept looking for condominium properties you felt were right for us. Even as our criteria changed, you put all of your effort into finding us just the right property. We are incredibly thrilled and happy with the unit we ultimately purchased here at The Fordham and I think it goes without saying that without your help in finding it for us and your advocacy on our behalf with the seller, we never would have found the apartment nor would we have closed the transaction. Without a doubt, you have been the finest real estate representative we have ever had. Thank you again for all of your help. In addition, please feel free to forward this thank-you note to any of your current or prospective clients. You were the greatest help, service and support to us. Thanks again,Roger and Annette Gordon, The Fordham"

"Dear Barry,We are writing to you to express our thanks for the time and energy you gave us in our search for the "perfect" house, and for your professional advice and skill in presenting our offer to the buyer. We also really enjoyed your pleasant company during the many hours we spent together. Our house hunting turned out to be an enjoyable time shopping, rather than a hasty, stressful experience, thanks to your insightfulness and understanding of the importance of purchasing a home that would truly satisfy us. It will be our pleasure to recommend you as an agent to any of our friends in search of a new home. Sincerely,Kevin & Karen Schuman, Riverwoods"

"Dear Barry,On behalf of Lisa, Natalie and me, I'd like to thank you for all of your help and guidance on our new home purchase. Your understanding of the North S...hore coupled with your unbiased feedback and flexibility made us very comfortable throughout the process. I specifically appreciate that you took time to understand our preferences and proactively sought out properties that we might like, and that you have stayed connected even after we closed to make sure that we are satisfied. I will certainly contact you next time I or anyone I know is in the market to buy or sell a home and would be delighted to provide you with a reference should you need one. Happy holidays and we look forward to seeing you soon. Sincerely,Larry and Lisa Lerner, North Shore"

"To Whom It May Concern,This letter is a testament to the real estate broker services Barry Newman provided to my daughter Tricia Lee, and to myself as a first time a parent. We randomly encountered Barry as we searched real estate listings on the internet. Tricia was looking for her first home and with her apartment lease expiring in 3 months. We found that Barry made good use of internet access and advertising, as his name came up on numerous occasions, so we contacted him. I made a cold call to Barry on a Sunday afternoon, and asked if he could meet us that very same day. Tricia travels occasionally with her job, and is also in graduate school part time, so our opportunities for house hunting were limited. Though he was conducting his own open house, he promptly made an appointment with us that very afternoon at 4pm, and showed us a few townhomes in Northbrook Green. He was always available to show us a listing. Tricia was looking for something under $300K, and Barry gave us his full attention, though we know he has sold million dollar homes as well. He never once pressured Tricia to make an offer. We made the offers when we were comfortable. He always offered words of wisdom from the heart be it about resale value, schools, neighborhoods, what he perceived to be good value, or an overpriced property. If we wanted to make a $228K offer on a $269K property, Barry did not try to talk us out of it. He would honor the ask (his fiduciary responsibility to his client) and made sure the seller got our offer, and saw that a counter-offer was pursued. In the end, Barry helped Tricia close on the purchase of a new townhouse. He negotiated a price we are convinced we could not have gotten for ourselves, and he knew of the levers that were important to the builder in making those negotiations. I have bought and sold 3 homes, so I have an idea of what Barry did for us. The anecdotes mentioned speak to Barry as a true professional. He did his job, and he did it well. We also have found that Barry has a team of highly competent associates whom we utilized, including a home inspector, and a mortgage broker. We really needed competent people as Tricia executed an end-of-month closing within 12 days of committing to purchase. We have learned that if Barry makes a recommendation to us, we have to seriously consider it. Even if we might not agree on a point, Barry was professional about it, and would move on or work around it. In the end, what makes Barry special is that he is a good person, he is a fun person to do business with, he has principles and standards he upholds to, and he is committed to meeting the needs of his client. We all know brokers work for commission, but with Barry, you also know that it will take care of itself in due time, and the commission incentive does not drive any negative behaviors. We hope to utilize Barry's services again sometime in the future. Howard Lee, Northbrook Glen"

"Dear Barry, Richard and I are still very excited about the home we just bought with your assistance! This is our first home and we are still amazed at how easy the whole process was! We want to thank you for your excellent service. You clearly understand the excitement, tension and apprehension involved in buying a home. Your exceptional promptness in returning calls, checking on details, communicating what needed to be done, professional knowledge, professional representation on our behalf and patience with us was terrific! It really made the whole process go smoothly. We also want to thank you for referring us to Stuart Siegal, attorney. He was equally professional and thorough! Your referral of Victor Levin, mortgage broker, was also quite beneficial. Victor really knows how to get things done and is not daunted by a challenging request. Your ability to put us into contact with excellent professionals like yourself was really an unexpected benefit. Thank you again, and we look forward to doing business with you again! Hopefully we'll be looking for a mansion on the lake next time! Sincerely, Richard Malitz and Sunshine Walker, Glenview"

"To Whom It May Concern,I recently moved to Chicago with the plan to invest in a home instead of paying rent every month. I had worked with another agent prior to movie here, but unfortunately I found nothing I really liked. Not only was I very disappointed with that agent, I was forced to sign a lease. A friend referred me to Barry and he was very helpful in assisting me with my needs. He made a point in knowing exactly what I was looking for in my new home. I soon found a place that I was very happy with. Barry continued to be of great assistance throughout the whole process of purchasing my first home. He was there to answer all of my questions and I have learned a lot in the process. He helped with the steps and choices that I needed to make after making my initial decision. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Barry. He made the process of buying a home enjoyable, as it should be. Sincerely, Laurel M. Knapp, Chicago"

"Dear Barry, I am sure that the above address will bring a smile. We have moved into our new home, and are enjoying every bit of it. Senthil and I send you our sincere thanks for making the whole home searching process such a delightful one. We have told you this many a time- we were so comfortable with your no-push attitude that we actually looked forward to weekends so that we may look at houses. We also appreciate your patience as we sifted through our requirements, options, and financial considerations. We really benefited from the manner in which you would help us analyze our requirements and help reveal to us what our actual needs were. Weve both discussed so many times about how you always went above and beyond your call of duty to accommodate our busy lives by meeting us at times and places most convenient to us. Both of us are novices in this business of buying a home and had really very little free time to do the adequate research. Our fears were compounded by horror stories from friends. However, we never encountered that side of home buying & thanks to your professionalism and dedication. Your honest informal appraisal of every property was invaluable. The forthright manner in which you helped us negotiate with the sellers was simply superb leaving no room for doubts and errors. We are very thankful for all the resources you provided us with during the process-inspection, mortgage brokers, as well as superb attorney. For both of us who have emigrated away from family and a home-land, your coming to the closing with such a lovely gift was very heart warming. We wish you the very best in the real estate business and hope that many clients will avail and benefit of your services as we have. Please come and visit us whenever you have a chance you have an open invite! Best Regards, Viji & Senthil Subash, Chicago"

"To Whom It May Concern, I recently assisted my daughter in financing the purchase of her first home. She is a graduate student and lives 350 miles from me. Needless to say, an event such as this is quite stressful, especially for someone quite young. We had sought the services of another agent, which got us nowhere. A friend referred Barry to my daughter. Because of my work commitments, we had to house-hunt on a weekend. On a Sunday, Barry showed us many options and offered his expertise in the area. By the end of the day, we found what she liked and something that I was comfortable with. Barry's services didn't stop there. He guided her through the necessary steps and decisions that I was not able to be a part of. He even ran interference for her on issues that he felt were not correct with the developer. I am extremely glad that we had the opportunity to work with Barry, and have him assist us and make recommendations. If it was not for Barry, my daughter would probably still be renting rather then making a wise investment. She has learned a lot through the process with Barry's help. I felt very comfortable knowing that Barry was there and available to assist her through this exciting time for her. Sincerely, Susan C. Knapp, Marshalltown"

"To Whomever This May Concern, The purpose of this letter is to highlight the exceptional real estate services provided by Barry Newman. As a first time homebuyer, aspects of my townhome search, from filtering search results, viewing properties and later on in the process, price negotiations, were at times overwhelming and stressful. However Barry's expertise, business acumen, and recommendations as far as individuals who could help me successfully close on my property of interest in a tight 12 days were extremely sharp and helpful. Barry's experience shows in his interactions with his clients. I viewed handfuls of properties with Barry in the past 3 months, and he provided sound perspectives and advantages and disadvantages of all the real estate. He made a real effort to put himself into my shoes to help find the type of home I envisioned for myself and kept my priorities of location, home accommodations, and resale value at the top of mind. Barry is extremely business savvy. Though I was initially uncomfortable with a closing in less than 2 weeks, he wisely pointed out that a quick closing with the seller would work in our favor from a price negotiation standpoint. This proved to be true, as I was satisfied with the price we agreed upon for my new property. Finally, not only was Barry an instrumental team member in my search for a new home, but he provided recommendations for exceptional individuals to aid me in the necessary processes to achieve a June 30 closing. Inspector Jamie Dunsing and mortgage consultant John Shea provided outstanding support, and without Barry's trust in these gentlemen, my closing may not have gone as smoothly as it did. Barry is a make it happen type of broker. From my experience with closing on my townhome on an extremely aggressive timeline, I highly recommend him to anybody interested in buying or selling real estate. Without a doubt, I will be leveraging Barry's services for any future real estate endeavors I pursue. Regards, Patricia Lee, Northbrook Glen"

"Agent was experienced and very knowledgeable about the market when providing advice."

"Barry was personable, professional and knowledgeable but most of all he was concerned about getting us what we wanted and was willing to show us properties at any time regardless of his personal calender. I'm sure he skipped many meals to accommodate us. In a rapidly changing real estate market,he showed us a great number of properties, looking to find the "best deal" and he SUCCEEDED."

"Barry was a terrific partner to us during the purchase of our new home and sale of our old. He was honest and upfront. In particular, he gave us great advice in terms of making our old home more saleable... the result was that we sold the house in two days. He also gave us one piece of advice with regard to the purchase of our new home without which we would not be in the home today. We enjoyed working with Barry."

"Barry was a person we just needed. We felt very comfortable with his easy going attitude. At no point in time we felt being pushed. He helped us getting our place, we love it, and we will always remember Barry!"

"Barry was the consummate professional: well prepared, organized, hard working and extremely knowledgable about the existing markets. We would recommend his services to anyone looking for properties on the North Shore."