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Top Cook County real estate agents

Cook County, IL has 31,402 active real estate agents for you to choose from. But how do you know if you're selecting the best one in your area? HomeLight analyzes performance history and past transactions to give you the top 3% of Cook County real estate agents, who work 1.8x more transactions and move homes in 61 days.

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Royal Hartwig
Royal Family Real Estate
About Royal

Royal is a real estate agent with Royal Family Real Estate in Schaumburg, Illinois and has been in the real estate business for 14 years. Royal's coverage area includes the northwest suburbs. HomeLight ranks Royal as one of the top 17% of agents who sell homes fast and as one of the top 1% of agents who sell homes for top dollar.

Single Family Home Transactions
42
Townhome Transactions
0
Condo Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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About Hayley

Real estate is not a job for Hayley, it's a passion, an obsession, and it's a way of life. As an award winning and "Top 1% Producing Agent", named by Chicago Association of Realtors and America’s Top 100 LLC, Hayley is driven by a strong desire to exceed clients' expectations and deliver results. Hayley's philosophy is simple: she sells homes, not houses. A home is much more than just four walls, it is where we raise our children, make memories, and laugh and live as a family. Hayley truly understands that buying and selling a house is one of the most emotional, personal, and biggest financial endeavors one can make in their life, so she is dedicated to acting upon the highest level of integrity and professionalism.  For sellers, Hayley has a proven track record of selling homes at a 99.1% list to sales price ratio, and in less than half the market time of the average Realtor (according to broker metrics powered by MLS.) Using a winning combination of research driven analytic approach and an effective and innovative marketing plan coupled with her fierce negotiation skills, Hayley is sure to sell your home for top dollar and in record market time. Her deep market insight and ability to look at her clients circumstances from a holistic perspective allow Hayley to offer her clients invaluable advice so that they can be fully educated on every facet of the market to make the most informed and best decision.  Hayley is an Accredited Staging Professional and provides an extensive staging consultation and execution, which gives her sellers a leg up in Chicago's competitive market.  Lastly, she is an off market specialist who sells close to 25% of her listings before they hit the market. Hayley sees the buying process more as matchmaking than sales. She really takes the time to get to know her buyer clients on a personal level as well as their circumstances, needs, and wants so that she can help them find their perfect dream home. With an extensive remodeling and real estate investment background, she also can help find properties with good investment potential or fixer uppers while offering remodeling ideas and costs, and she even loves guiding and advising her clients throughout the remodeling process. Because of the incredible customer service Hayley provides for her clients, she is one of very few agents who is able to run her business almost entirely from referrals. "Hayley encompasses everything I could ever ask for in a Realtor, we appreciated her candidness, responsiveness, and level of expertise!" Hayley is a leader and cofounder of the top producing team MacPherson Westhoff Group that has collectively sold over $225 Million. MacPherson Westhoff is a one of a kind group that specializes in moving families from the city to the suburbs through their "Urban to Suburban Concierge."

Townhome Transactions
12
Condo Transactions
58
Single Family Home Transactions
170
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Jen Ortman
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate
About Jen

Jen Ortman has seen it all in her 20 years in the Real Estate Industry. She has been a Real Estate Investor, Single Agent, Team Lead, Managing Broker and Owned a Real Estate Franchise. Having worked all aspects of the business she decided to focus on what she loves best; working with buyers and sellers. Her clients can benefit from her vast knowledge of Real Estate law, market trends, building construction and local area knowledge. Jen truly believes the client always comes first. Working with both buyers and sellers, she understands the different needs of each side of the transaction. She is a true believer of putting her clients first and working tirelessly to help them either find the perfect home or sell their home at the best possible price. In order to provide unparalleled service and unique insight to her clients, Jen has completed her Staging Consultant Certification. This requires continuing education coursework that focuses on home staging fundamentals, the psychology behind staging, and information on current design/ decor trends buyers are looking for. Staging continues to prove to help homes sell faster and more money. Jen utilizes all the latest tools and networking amongst her peers to get access to the best houses on or off the market for her buyers and the best exposure for her seller's listings. Prior to her Real Estate Career, Jen was a VP of Sales in the corporate world. She saw a gap in the Real Estate industry of hard-working professional agents and teams that truly understood the meaning of clients needs, wants and requirements. She implements a proven strategy for list and market seller's homes and identify buyer's criteria to insure they are able to find the home that is best for them. Her success in real estate is based on her philosophy to always put the client first.

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"Jen was spectacular in helping us get our dream house. She was patient when we looked at house after..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
67
Condo Transactions
0
TIC Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Robert Wisdom
RE/MAX Horizon
About Robert

Our business relationships are created through quality referral, generated from our past and present clients & we value the confidence you put into us in selling or buying one of the most important assets you'll ever have. Through referrals from friends, family, and clients, we believe in offering you a smooth real estate experience built around your needs. We hope this website may help you decide that we are the best real estate agents for all your real estate needs. We are here to help you in any way we can. Bob and Lisa Wisdom are both life-time residents born and raised in the area and attended the local schools K-12. They know this area hands down vs. their competition. We have over 25+ years experience in real estate. Let us help you make your next move the best ever!

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"Have been a long time client of Team Wisdom, from start to finish they make selling and buying a bre..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
130
Condo Transactions
0
Townhome Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Holly Connors
@Properties, Get Burbed.
About Holly

Holly Connors is a founding member and partner of @properties. Since joining the brokerage in 2003, the award-winning realtor has helped propel @properties to its position as the leading real estate brokerage in Chicago, and helped hundreds of clients meet their housing needs and dreams in and around her hometown in northwest suburban Arlington Heights. Since 2015, Holly has become a top volume earner by selling over $30 million annually in Northwest Suburban residential real estate with an average market time of 54 days, which is over 25 percent better than the 73-day average in the region. The list price to sales price ratio on those properties is 96.5%, tops for the Arlington Heights area. Stats don’t move homes, Holly does. Known for her bluntness and transparency, Holly's dedication to her client's satisfaction is served by her an extensive network of esteemed industry professionals, such as contractors, attorneys, inspectors, and mortgage brokers. Building her relationships on the foundations of trust and respect, Holly's client-oriented philosophy creates a better structure for every deal. Any realtor can say the client is their main priority, as they should, but Holly proves it, as many agents can’t. Here’s what clients are saying about Holly: “To say that her professionalism and expertise is best in the industry is an understatement.” “...always available to answer questions in a straightforward and honest manner.” “Holly is professional, highly knowledgeable, and very responsive.” “Holly had great references for inspectors, attorneys, etc.” “Dedicated.” “She makes the process enjoyable.” “I would recommend her to everyone.” Based on testimonials and volume, Holly has been cited on Trulia’s Best of the Best for 16 years running, an honor bestowed on only one percent of realtors on Trulia. Featured in Chicago Agent Magazine and Top Agent Magazine, as well as a keynote industry speaker on delegation, 

Holly’s energy and enthusiasm have been recognized through several awards, including Chicago's Woman of the Year, Best Testimonial, Most Outstanding Achievement, among others. The recognition she most values comes from her clients, whose appreciation has led to her business being based almost entirely upon referrals. From first-time buyers to real estate developers, her clients are as diverse as the properties she represents. She leverages @properties’ comprehensive blend of state-of-the art online and offline marketing practices, and maintains close contact with her clients. Whether she is working with sellers to prepare their home for top profitability, establishing personalized criteria for buyers, or helping to navigate the area’s vast array of award-winning schools, she lends an informed perspective on the luxury home marketplace.
 Living with her family in the area where she completes 82 percent of her transactions gives Holly an insider’s perspective that you can’t get on a listing sheet or during a showing--after all, she’s a neighbor to the vast majority of her clients. Things like how long it takes to walk to the train, the best place for wine and tapas, or the ins and outs of permitting for special events are all part of what she brings to the table. Holly’s dedication extends to the community. In addition to her involvement with local organizations, she has been named “Woman of The Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, serving as the chairperson for the society’s annual ball. She is actively involved with many children's organizations and has donated thousands of dollars as a corporate match to raise funds for A Better Community for District 25, which helps teachers and students in the community. She is also a member of the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. She lives in the Pioneer Park neighborhood of Arlington Heights with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Emma and Brady.

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"brutally honest & direct realtor who tells you the way it is - not what you want to hear and sugarco..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
190
Condo Transactions
0
TIC Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Jackie Mack
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty
About Jackie

My Team and I believe that Evanston is truly a special community. We not only love Evanston, but know marketing from a buyer's and seller's perspective. We are full-time realtors who work together to give you the utmost attention possible. We look forward to the opportunity to help you. - Full-time Realtor since 2000 - Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) - Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) - Certified Luxury Marketing Home Specialist (CLMHS) Professional Memberships: - National Association of Realtors - Illinois Association of Realtors - Education and Prior Experience: - BA in Marketing from Michigan State University - Ten years in management with Marriott Corp. Community Involvement/Personal Information: - An Evanston resident for over twenty five years - Married with three great children - Kids attended local grammar, middle, and high schools - Hobbies: Travel, cooking, reading, and biking Languages: English

Townhome Transactions
10
Condo Transactions
31
Single Family Home Transactions
99
Achievements
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Negotiator 2019
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Alexander Fenske
Keller Williams Elite
About Alexander

Selling or buying a home is an important event in your life, isn’t it? It’s usually the largest single financial transaction you’ll complete, and often it’s a complicated process that you don’t experience frequently enough to feel comfortable going it alone. Why do our clients choose us? They seek an honest, trustworthy, and reputable advisor to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their family. They value experience, reliability, consistency, excellence, care, candor, and accountability. Are those ideas are important to you? If so, you can count on us to listen to your needs and go to work for you to achieve them.

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"If you are the type of person that needs high level service, quick response time, and dedication/com..."

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  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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Jay Reid
HomeSmart Connect
About Jay

Realtor Estate Broker Jay Reid is a premier listing agent. With over 23 years of practical experience. Jay Reid and The Reid Group have developed the formula for success in selling our clients homes for maximum value and in the least amount of time. HomeLight has ranked the Reid Group in the top 3% for agents. Using a tried and proven 14 point marketing plan The Reid Group showcases its listings using innovative marketing including virtual staging, drone videos, HDR pictures, full colorized brochures. We post our listings on over 300 websites. More importantly The Reid Group understands that buyers and their agents sometimes lack experience and understanding of the market your home is in. High touch service to all parties involved will promote a quicker sale and as our statistics show, we sell on average in 50 days and for 98% of listing price. We firmly believe that the equation for selling homes looks like this. Optimize your home for sale to get highest price. We know what buyers feedback is going to be. We prepare you for that and provide you the necessary advice and referrals to get your home looking its best. You only have one chance to make a first impression. Percent of list price the home will sell for. We average a 98% of list price. What about other agents? Percent of commission the home will sell for. The Reid Group offers a variable commission rate. Ask how we can help protect your equity. Equals the best possible net for the sale of your home. Every offer will come with a net sheet showing your bottom line after all expenses (just not the commissions). Call The Reid Group for a confidential consultation regarding the sale of your home. You will be glad you did!

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"Jay is the most knowledgeable real estate agent. With his experience and empathy he knows exactly h..."

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Single Family Home Transactions
51
Condo Transactions
1
Townhome Transactions
0
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Sells Homes Fast 2020
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Dawn Larsen
Baird & Warner
About Dawn

Dawn is passionate about making your home buying or selling experience not only as stress free as possible, but also fun! She realizes that buying or selling a home is one of the most important financial decisions you may make in your life and is ready to help you "think outside the box" if necessary to accomplish your goals. She is hard working and dedicated to providing honesty, professionalism, timely and quality services to all of her clients. She is ready to listen, really listen, to your needs, wants, and desires to ensure that you are satisfied with your experience. She has consistently been one of the top five agents of the Schaumburg office since 2010 and achieved the honor of being the number one agent in 2014 and 2015. She has trained for the CREN (Certified Real Estate Negotiator) and CSC (Certified Staging Consultant) certifications to aid her clients in achieving the best pricing on their home. She is also a member of the Baird & Warner Relocation Team and the E-Business Team. Dawn's motto is "Helping people find a new beginning!" as she feels every new phase of life begins a new chapter in your life story and becomes an opportunity to start fresh! Her personal experience of buying and/or selling eight homes in four different states gives her the ability to understand and empathize with her clients who are relocating to a different state, or just across town. Before beginning her career at Baird & Warner, Dawn's list of previous occupations were as a administrative assistant in a nuclear engineering research facility, a wife, a stay at home mom, a transcriber of home inspections for a leading home inspector, and as a teacher/moderator home schooling her two children. She has been married to her high school sweetheart since 1985 and has two married adult children. She has lived in the Hoffman Estates area since 1999 and is active in her church and community. Some of her favorites are a good book, cycling (both pedal and motor), kayaking, exploring, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Condo Transactions
0
Single Family Home Transactions
25
TIC Transactions
0
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  • Move Safe Certified 2020
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The Mario Greco  Group Chicago
Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Chicago
About The Mario Greco

ABOUT THE MG GROUP MG Group is a Chicago-based, award-winning team of agents, leaders and advocates dedicated to delivering seamless transactions and unparalleled service. MG Group is the #1 City Broker in Listings Sold and #2 in Buyer Representation in all of Chicago since 2019, according to MRED Real Data published in Chicago Agent Magazine. Awarded Best Team of 2019, the MG Group has also been recognized as a Five-Star Professional and named Who’s Who in Chicago Real Estate year after year by Chicago Agent Magazine. Crain's Custom Media recognized the MG Group as one of Chicago’s Most Influential Residential Brokers of 2018. Our team has been ranked in Real Trends’ The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals, and recognized as a Top 25 Luxury Broker in Chicago by Luxehome. The MG Group has ranked in the top 1% of Chicago Realtors® every year since inception in 2002, and total sales have already amounted to nearly $2 BILLION. At MG Group, we ensure that every transaction is met with unparalleled expertise, speed and efficiency. Our infrastructure is built to handle any transaction, from small downtown condos to large luxury homes all over the city and the suburbs, and our wide breadth of experience keeps us among the very top of the most elite groups in the market. ABOUT MARIO GRECO Born and raised in Chicago, Mario Greco came to real estate by way of engineering and law. He graduated with honors from both Northwestern University (with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering) and Boston University School of Law. He practiced law for several years at Jones Day and Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago in their Intellectual Property Litigation departments. While practicing law full time, he started his own real estate brokerage firm and sold an average of $9M worth of real estate a year on a part-time basis. Since then, Mario’s business has grown significantly while partnering with companies such as Century 21 Sussex & Reilly, Prudential Rubloff Properties, and now BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices Chicago. Throughout his career, Mario has consistently proven to be a top producer. He has been recognized as being in the top 1% of Chicago Realtors® every year since he started selling real estate in 2002, and his total sales have already amounted to nearly $2 BILLION. Mario and The MG Group have been ranked Top 50 in the Nation every year by The Wall Street Journal since 2011, have been recognized as a Notable Residential Broker of 2019 by Crain’s Chicago Business, and were awarded Best Team in 2019 and Best Agent Website in 2020 by Chicago Agent Magazine. Mario has been the city’s top producer in key neighborhoods over the years such as Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, Andersonville, Edgewater, Wrigleyville, Irving Park and Old Irving Park, Avondale, Sheridan Park, Buena Park, Uptown, Ravenswood, Roscoe Village, St. Ben’s, North Center, and Bucktown/Wicker Park. As the founder and leader of The MG Group at BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices Chicago, Mario oversees all pricing strategy, marketing plans and buyer/seller negotiations for all Group clients, and ensures that the Group operates with market-leading expertise and optimum efficiency. He is proud of The MG Group’s widespread recognition for their unique ability to deliver both speed and value to their clients throughout every real estate transaction. Mario and his family live in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

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"Second to none! We had been working with other realtors and were very frustrated- then we found MG ..."

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Condo Transactions
40
Single Family Home Transactions
300
Townhome Transactions
6
Achievements
  • Top Negotiator 2020
  • Top Producer 2020
  • Top Producer 2019
  • Move Safe Certified 2020
  • Title & Escrow Specialist 2020
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Find your perfect real estate agent in Cook County, IL

Why you need a top real estate agent in Cook County, IL

Cook County has 31,402 active real estate agents, but how do you know which one is right for you? The top 3% of real estate agents in Cook County move homes 59.67 days faster than the average agent and work 507.73 more properties.

Top Seller's Agents

The best Cook County seller's agents make 8.7x more money for clients and get their homes sold 59.67 days faster when compared to the average agent.

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Days on Market
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Top Buyer's Agents

Top agents in Cook County help 1.8x more buyers than average agents, and save you 56.6% more money.

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Sale Price / List Price (%)
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Ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in Cook County, IL

Top Agents
4.9 stars
Avg. Agents
3.7 stars

Top real estate agents in Cook County score an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars, compared to the typical Cook County agent who scores only 3.7 stars. We collect the latest ratings and reviews of top real estate agents in Cook County and update them here to show you what their past clients have to say.

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"HomeLight has been a great help... in helping me link up with the right realtor who effectively helped us purchase a very nice property below market value and also selling my existing property at a dollar rate which was not conceivable. "

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Frequently Asked Questions

What does a top real estate agent do?
Top real estate agents have more local expertise, prepare in-depth market analyses, and have industry connections that you can’t find by yourself. They know your neighborhood like the back of their hand and use their market knowledge to sell your home faster than the average agent and for money.
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What should you look for when interviewing a real estate agent in Cook County?
When you sell a house, your real estate agent becomes your business partner, financial advisor, and emotional support system. It’s crucial to partner with someone you trust, so make sure you’re looking for an agent who can answer all of your questions with confidence during the interview. During this process, you want to get to know the agent’s business and find out how well they know the area. You’re listening for things that signal experience, expertise in your community, and workload. Selling a home takes an enormous amount of work, so you need an agent who’s got a plan for prep, pricing, and marketing and who is ready to roll up their sleeves to get the job done.
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How important is it to hire a top real estate agent in Cook County?
Our data shows that the top 5% of listing agents sell homes for as much as (+9%) more than the average real estate agent. A great agent makes a difference when you buy a house, too: We’ve found that the top 5% of buyer's agents on average save their clients 2.5% more on their home purchase. So, whether you’re in the market to find your dream home or sell your house at a great price, the right agent matters. We encourage you to connect with a top real estate agent if you’re buying or selling a home in Cook, IL.
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When is the right time to hire a real estate agent in Cook County?
The best window to contact an agent to sell your home is anywhere from three to six months in advance of your list date. When you start the search for an agent several months before hitting the market, there’s plenty of time to find the best agent, make key renovations, and market your home effectively, all of which are essential steps in selling your home for a great price. You can also hire an agent based on the best time to sell to take advantage of seasonal and cyclical trends in the market. The right time to hire a real estate agent depends on the temperature of the housing market. For example, the best time to sell is in May. And since it takes around 3 months to close on a home, you should list in February. We recommend that you hire a real estate agent as soon as you're thinking of selling your home. Generally speaking, that's anywhere from 3 to 6 months prior to your desired move date.
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What is the average real estate agent commission for agents in Cook County?
While individual real estate agent commissions do vary, most real estate agents work for 6% of the home price.
Why should I use HomeLight to find a Cook County real estate agent?
HomeLight analyzes all real estate agent in Cook County to bring you custom, unbiased, data-driven recommendations. We use actual home sales transaction data to compare Cook County real estate agent and will only introduce you to the top performing agents. They do not pay to advertise on our site and we do not pay to list them. To give you the best object recommendations, we consider things like: how fast a real estate agent sells, how many properties they work on, how much money they save or earn their clients, and what cities and neighborhoods they specialize in. You can trust that we’ll match you with the right agents for your needs.
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