Mark Jak

Mark Jak

ABR, CLHMS - Broker                   
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Testimonials

Overall 5 star rating out of 34 reviews



"Working with Mark was exceptional! He listened to my needs and helped me thru every step! It was a fantastic experience and I'd recommend him to anyone whom is selling or buy a home."



"Mark helped me purchase my first condo in Chicago. He kept me from jumping on the first couple places I saw since they didn't fit everything I needed and assured me that in Chicago there's enough selection that we should wait for the right place to be listed. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the neighborhoods and what features of a property influenced price the most when comparing places. When I'm looking for another place in Chicago, Mark will be the first person I call."



"We met Mark through a business partner who was relocating to Chicago, and it turned out that we were his neighbors on the same block. Over the years we had a chance to get to know Mark and found him to be a very resourceful and good neighbor. When it came time to discuss listing our home for sale, he was the first agent we contacted, and ultimately our final selection. It took several months to list the property, and it was a very challenging time for us, but Mark was very patient and helpful with recommendations to help resolve the many issues that presented themselves. Mark exhibited terrific knowledge of our neighborhood real estate market and great expertise in setting a listing price based on comparable property sales. He also orchestrated many moving parts including the photos, staging of the interior and scheduling of the open house, followed by subsequent showings. We found Mark to be very organized and detail oriented - imperative qualities in a transaction of this type. We had a very strong response from buyers due to the excellent pre-market positioning and effort that Mark put into our listing, which resulted in multiple offers. The negotiations that followed were very technical, and Mark was a very strong negotiator and helpful in our favor. We are grateful for his professionalism, recommendations, support, patience, and good sense of humor during the long process of selling and moving from our home of 27 years. We very highly recommend working with Mark Jak. It was an excellent choice."



"Mark assisted me in staging, listing, and selling my condo. I listed on a Tuesday and had an offer by Sunday. I closed in one month of listing. Without Mark I never would've been able to move my property so fast! I will forever be indebted to Mark Jak."



"Mark is great! He's super responsive and VERY patient! I was house hunting for a while and he was always really patient with me, making sure it was the right place for me. He was great during the closing and negotiation process as well, offered a lot of expertise during that process as well. I highly recommend Mark!"



"I discovered Mark through Yelp and I am so grateful I did. He sold my townhouse in Lakeview and was wonderful to work with throughout the entire process. Not only is Mark incredibly professional, but he is also extremely knowledgeable. From the start he impressed me. During our initial meeting he was highly prepared and had done a great deal of research to help determine the proper list price of my home. Prior to listing my property, Mark provided expert staging tips for each room which I was so grateful for, as his guidance really helped my townhouse stand out from the competition. Mark was highly organized, respectful and positive throughout the entire process which included some hurdles along the way. Always very responsive, Mark also provided excellent advice and always looked out for my best interests. Mark truly went above and beyond from our initial meeting to the day of closing by even helping to take care of a few key details for me prior to the closing because I had already moved and could not be at the property. I am in the process of purchasing a new home in a different city and the realtors with whom I have interacted pale in comparison to Mark. I wish Mark could be my realtor on this next purchase but unfortunately it is 1000 miles away from Chicago! I highly recommend Mark Jak as he is a true professional with tremendous insight who will always have your best interests in mind."



"I had the pleasure of working with Mark on my quest to purchase my first home. He was knowledgeable of the areas I was interested in, answered any and all of my questions and set my mind at ease when I started getting nerved up about the whole process. I am extremely happy with the end result as I sit here writing this review from my new sunny home office. Mark was easy to get in touch with, very responsive and flexible with scheduling appointments. If I ever find myself in the market for another home, I would not hesitate to use Mark again."



"Can't speak highly enough of Mark. We have worked with home multiple times, both as a buyer's agent and listing agent, and he'll be our first call if we ever move back to the area.

He guided us through the purchase and sale of our first home with great professionalism, personality, and patience. Most importantly, he was a strong advocate for us throughout each process and I feel confident that we got the best possible results in each case. During our home sale, we had relocated out of state for work and Mark was exceptionally at managing the sale with us from a distance and communicating every step of the way."



"Mark has always gone above and beyond for us! Our last transaction went quite well...we were out of town and unable to coordinate repairs, cleaning, inspections etc. Mark took care of all of the above for us in a very timely manner."



"I have had the pleasure of dealing with Mark Jak,and I will say he is a true professional from start to finish. He is very detailed, and looks in every direction on how best to serve his clients. In todays market, you need an honest and upfront person, I would highly recommend Mark, I know I will use him in the future, and with out a doubt recommend him to any one"



"I cannot say enough good things about Mark Jak. This is the second time he has helped us buy a home and the first time selling. He is fantastic in all stages of the real estate process. He is extremely knowledgable about the market and various areas of Chicago. His advice has always been honest and competent, but he never once tried to push us into a decision we were uncomfortable with or not ready to make. He is extremely responsive, available, and just a joy to work with. Additionally, he is a TOUGH negotiator! On both the buying and selling sides, he put us in a MUCH better position than we expected, yet remains respectful and professional to the other agents. Really, I can't imagine a better agent than Mark."



"Mark Jak was instrumental in helping us find a great condo quickly, while keeping my sanity in check. I was new to the area and the home-buying process. Mark is extremely knowledgeable about Chicago and dedicated to helping you find the right home . Mark provided sound advice and honest opinions throughout the process. He demonstrated flexibility in working with me and my spouse from out-of-state. He shows great attention to detail, was responsive to my numerous questions, showed me properties that would be a good fit, and was honest about properties that were not. He gave us great referrals for a home inspector and attorney to complete the transaction. Mark truly cares about his clients, and I highly recommend him."



"Mark is fun and easy to work with. He gets down to business quickly when it comes to listing your home. He was thorough and thoughtful in listing our home and was a wealth of industry knowledge while guiding us through the process. We enjoying working with him, and the results he achieved, in selling our home that we are currently using him for our condo sale."



"My wife and I closed on our first home in 2012 and Mark Jak was our agent. We knew exactly what we wanted and the neighborhood we wanted to be in and Mark was great at sending us listings that fit our criteria.

Mark is professional, punctual, and always quick to respond to emails, phone calls and text messages. He was accessible even when he was out of town.

Although we had some idea of the home buying process, Mark made sure to keep us informed all along the way, and made sure we understood everything. Mark also recommended a few lenders, appraisers and a lawyer. This is a nice touch considering there are certain things that a Realtor cannot do, yet Mark was able to refer us to people that can. (They were also honest people and very good to work with as well and communicated with Mark as appropriate to make sure the whole process was very integrated.) Even after the closing, Mark made sure to check on us every so often to see how things were going.

I would and have recommended Mark to anyone buying a home, especially for first time home-buyers, because Mark takes the time to make sure you find something that works for you."



"Over three years later, I cannot forget to thank someone who truly helped me get me to my first home--Mark Jak. Since I was very new to the process, Mark was always there to answer any questions at any time. He was always quick to respond e-mails, phone calls, and even text messages! Mark truly made himself accessible throughout the whole process.

Since I was getting my parent's help (from out of state) to purchase the home, Mark often had to communicate with both myself and my parents at different times. In both situations, he was extremely helpful and never pushy. Mark was also really flexible with his schedule. When my parents were in town for a just a few hours, he was able to arrange a showing of the condo I had put an offer on.

Due to unfortunate circumstances surrounding a short sale, my first offer did not go through. Although disgruntled by the seller, Mark was optimistic in helping me find another option. He immediately sent over more listings and arranged more showings.

Since my parents and I were unfamiliar with some of the lawyers and lenders in the area, Mark also recommended a lender and lawyer that truly worked in my best interest. Up until the actual closing (and maybe even a few weeks after), Mark, the lender, and the lawyer, were constantly communicating to make sure everything was ready to go when we needed it to be.

Even after I had moved in, Mark kept in touch to ensure that everything was going in order. He made sure that my to-do list for the developer was being taken care of and offered, if needed, to give me recommendations of others who could work on the maintenance and repairs of the condo.

Throughout this whole process, I am really glad that I found someone like Mark to help out. Always patient and optimistic, he has been a great person to keep in contact with. More recently, Mark looked up my property information to remind me to file for my homestead exemption. When inquiring about current rates and refinancing, Mark was quick to respond as well. Needless to say, there is no doubt in my mind that my husband and I will turn to Mark when we're ready to sell and purchase elsewhere."



"Mark was exactly what I needed to get through a complicated sale with a very difficult buyer. He also helped me with purchasing a short sale, which are known for hitting roadblocks. He is the calm in the storm! He is responsive to clients needs and extremely on point with what's happening in the neighborhood and the market. I can't recommend him highly enough."



"Mark is one of the best agents out there! His knowledge of real estate, especially in the Chicago, is second to none. The thing I truly appreciate about Mark is is patience and willingness to listen. He isn't looking to make a quick sale. I dont think this can be said about most real estate agents in Chicago. He listened to everyting I had to say about what I wanted in a property and helped me find that. It was such a pleasant process.... I will refer Mark to everyone I know.

If you are looking to hire an agent with top tier expertise who puts the client first then call Mark. You wont be disappointed!"



"Mark is a Chicago neighborhood expert and has helped me through two buy and sell events. He's a master negotiator and found me two great homes, as well as a wonderful tenant for a rental property. I wouldn't navigate the real estate transaction space without him!"



"Mark is extremely proficient and a pleasure to work with. He is personable and made every effort to market and successfully sell our house. Extremely knowledgeable and takes pride in making sure you get the right information. We had an excellent experience with Mark and gladly recommend him to help you find or sell your home."



"Mark was very patient with us during our search, and he answered all our questions promptly. He knows the market well and he guided us through the process with expertise."



"Mark went above and beyond in helping us sell our condo. Our association had issues that had prevented most of the original owners in the building to sell. Mark found a workaround that resulted in us finding a buyer. And even when there were complications with the closing, Mark stuck with it and worked tirelessly to help get the deal done. We are very grateful for his efforts, and highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell property."



"We have used Mark Jak four time now for different transactions. There is no one I trust more. He is conscientious, calm and very knowledgeable about every part of the transaction."


"Mark went above and beyond in helping us sell our condo. Our association had issues that had prevented most of the original owners in the building to sell. Mark found a workaround that resulted in us finding a buyer. And even when there were complications with the closing, Mark stuck with it and worked tirelessly to help get the deal done. We are very grateful for his efforts, and highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell property."


"Mark made selling my home as easy as it could be. Not only because of his knowledge of the market but also his great attention to details both big and small. I would definitely recommend Mark to anyone looking to buy or sell a home."


"Working with Mark was a great experience. He was very knowledgeable about everything and knew from our first meeting exactly what I was looking for. He was informative during the whole process and was always available for questions and gave me great recommendations for services even after the purchase."


"Our experience with Mark Jak was outstanding. From the outset he was professional, brought expert insights to our transaction and set us up for success. The others on his team...photographer, videographer, and assistant all brought the same level of expertise and top notch customer service."



"Mark always goes above and beyond, thank you!"


"We have used Mark Jak four time now for different transactions. There is no one I trust more. He is conscientious, calm and very knowledgeable about every part of the transaction."


"I discovered Mark through Yelp and I am so grateful I did. He sold my townhouse in Lakeview and was wonderful to work with throughout the entire process. Not only is Mark incredibly professional, but he is also extremely knowledgeable. From the start he impressed me. During our initial meeting he was highly prepared and had done a great deal of research to help determine the proper list price of my home. Prior to listing my property, Mark provided expert staging tips for each room which I was so grateful for, as his guidance really helped my townhouse stand out from the competition. Mark was highly organized, respectful and positive throughout the entire process which included some hurdles along the way. Always very responsive, Mark also provided excellent advice and always looked out for my best interests. Mark truly went above and beyond from our initial meeting to the day of closing by even helping to take care of a few key details for me prior to the closing because I had already moved and could not be at the property. I am in the process of purchasing a new home in a different city and the realtors with whom I have interacted pale in comparison to Mark. I wish Mark could be my realtor on this next purchase but unfortunately it is 1000 miles away from Chicago! I highly recommend Mark Jak as he is a true professional with tremendous insight who will always have your best interests in mind"


"No situation is too complicated for Mark. I have used him three times so far and wouldn't work with anyone else. Superior negotiating skills and always calm no matter what craziness is going on!"


"Exceptional job from start to finish, we could not be more pleased!"


"Thank you Mark for you great advice and help."


"Mark is a very professional and knowledgeable broker. He has a keen understanding of the market and helped to make an otherwise stressful situation so much easier to get through. We highly recommend Mark as your go-to broker for all of your real estate needs. Thanks!"


"Mark worked with us to buy our first home and as our family grew, he helped us sell that house and find a new one with a little more space. His expertise and professionalism made an often stressful process so much smoother. He was patient in listening to what we wanted, but provided valuable guidance that was essential in our decision making. We highly recommend Mark to anyone buying or selling."


"Mark is well organized and highly professional. He is a good listener and worked to understand my needs, which focused our search. His knowledge of the city and real estate is exceptional and in the end found me the right home at the right price."


"I was a first-time buyer and Mark was very helpful and patient. He showed me properties in a variety of neighborhoods and helped me clarify what was important to me. I felt guided by an expert."


"We wanted to buy a place in Chicago; we wanted to find it in 3 days, since we lived out of town. We did many long-distance searches with Mark before we got to Chicago. We found Mark sensitive to our needs, his patience only exceeded by his expertise."


"I'm sitting here in my beautiful new condo and only have Mark to thank for being so helpful. My husband and I were working with a tight timeline and we had some bad luck along the way but Mark made the process go as smoothly as possible. He was responsive and informative and is easy to work with. I appreciate that he would give us space to make up our own mind about a place while providing objective information about it to help us decide. I never felt pushed into anything and I felt like he had our best interests in mind when providing his own feedback. We had some specific (maybe a little picky) criteria for our home and I felt like he paid attention to that and didn't show us anything that would have been a bad fit. The process ended up taking longer than expected but Mark found us our perfect home in the end and we love it! I would definitely recommend working with Mark."


"My husband and I are now first time home owners thanks to this man!!! We didn't know where to begin or who to talk to, we were completely new to the entire process, all we knew is we wanted a home. Good friends of ours highly recommended Mark Jak with Baird & Warner, they bought with him 2 years ago and had nothing but kind words to say about him. We met with Mark 3 months before even wanting to begin our house hunt and he took the time to explain everything thoroughly and he patiently waited for us to let him know when we were ready to start making moves. Mark was never pushy, always patient, nothing was ever a stupid question (because I had many!) Even through the MANY inches of snow, the NEGATIVE temps and INSANE wind chills Chicago had this past winter, Mark was ALWAYS available to show us houses and he was super easy to schedule with. He was always punctual (even throughout ALL the snow), he always replied to emails/calls/texts in a timely fashion and he really does give some great real estate advice. Thanks to Mark we now have a beautiful home to call our own!"


"Mark Jak won our business in a competitive process arranged by our relocation company, in which we interviewed multiple potential realtors. We were unanimous in selecting Mark to represent us as sellers, and now that our transaction has closed, we know we made the right choice. The reasons we chose Mark were the same reasons we were so satisfied with his representation: he provides reliable, candid, straightforward and evidence-based advice. He is also proactive and very responsive. He was in touch with us just the right amount so that we knew our property was important to him. He also did extensive homework before our initial meeting, which diligence impressed us immensely. He also came with market specific location specific ideas on how to market the property. He was a breeze to work with, and at the end of the day, delivered results. We wholeheartedly recommend Mark."


"This was the first time selling my house and Mark Jak was absolutely wonderful! He took the time to answer all of my questions, was always prompt in returning my calls and emails and made excellent recommendations that would increase interest in my condo. After putting it on the market we accepted an offer after 2 weeks!! I could not have done it without Mark nor would I ever consider working with another agent. He's the best!"