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from 13 reviews
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Stephanie M.
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Amazing experience. Easy, professional, and made my friends and I apartment search super easy! Tomas Echeverri is the best! Super nice and showed us around on a Sunday which was convenient since my friend and I both work all week.Tomas replied fast and communicated very well. I asked him on a Thursday and he showed us apartments and we FOUND our apartment that Sunday. Amazing.

The Wilcox Company
from 5 reviews
  • 51 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Gayle W.
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Not only does Joe have the experience of years in the business, but his personal touch is the best part of using his team. He takes a genuine interest in his clients and it feels like a family member is taking care of my apartment while I can travel and not worry.

  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Michelle M.
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After living in a sfr for more than 30years, I was forced to rent immediately after my divorce & the transition was very taxing on me both mentally & emotionally. The original management company of my apartment complex was extremely unprofessional group of folks to work with, we couldn't get a response after 5pm, they rarely answered the phone during business hours, & It always took more than a weeks time to get anything repaired. Once Empire Property Management f took over it was like the Sun had finally come out, not only were they extremely professional when handling our calls, THEY WERE THERE WHEN WE CALLED & THEY ANSWERED, they never hesitated to get things repaired in a timely fashion. I thank Empire for making my stay in my apartment a peaceful pleasant time.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Sam P.
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My wife and I worked with Marcus last year to find an apartment in Evanston. He is incredibly knowledgeable and works hard for his clients. He made sure to understand our desires clearly, offered his own input and expertise, and found us a place we love. Great guy, highly recommend!

Jme D.
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Job Well Done. RPM did a great job making a repair in my apartment. They came at my convenience and in a timely manner. Couldn't be happier with the service. - Very Happy Tenant

Joanna Krzepkowska Realtor
from 2 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Maciej M.
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Great realtor. Helped me get the perfect apartment. She made the whole process easy and smooth!

Rent Here Realty

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    We take the headache out of your investment. Rent Here Realty enjoys the greatest reputation for offering exceptional customer satisfaction. Are you looking to find tenants in Chicago? We provide the best landlord help. Here are the top 3 reasons to rent your apartment with Rent Here Realty: 1. Your rental gets noticed. Our website is visited by hundreds of qualified tenants per hour. Working with Rent Here Realty gives you the greatest exposure for your vacant rental. More exposure translates to less vacancy time. Our only focus is residential rentals, and we're the best at what we do. Allow us to find you qualified tenants in a minimal amount of time as possible. 2. We are a team of licensed professionals. We require our agents to be licensed. We realize that you desire good tenants in the most efficient way possible. We offer meticulous tenant screening as well as background checks, such as employment verification, credit checks, and criminal background checks as an option. If you choose the tenant we offer, you or we can manage the lease signing process to renting your Chicago property. 3. You are the decision maker. You list with us on a non-exclusive basis, which means that if you decide, you are still able to rent the apartment on your own. It is you who decide how we show your apartment. You make the choice on whether to get the tenants we bring.

    Q & A

    Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

    What does a real estate agent do?

    Real estate agents help their clients buy, sell, and rent commercial and residential properties. There are also real estate agents that sell industrial and agricultural real estate, but the majority sell residential properties. To become a real estate agent, you must be at least 18 years old, successfully complete real estate courses, and pass a real estate exam. Be sure to check for any required licensing, too. Often real estate agents will earn 5 percent to 6 percent of the total home sale price for their work in representing their client. Typically this commission is split equally between the buyer’s agent and the seller’s agent. Here is an overview of what a real estate agent does, according to the United States Department of Labor:

    • Represent clients who are looking to buy, sell and rent properties.
    • Stay knowledgeable about regional real estate prices, mortgages, market conditions and related information, and advise clients accordingly.  
    • Determine competitive market prices by comparing properties.
    • Create and publicize lists of properties for sale, including details such as location and features.
    • Market properties through advertisements, open houses and listing services.
    • Show prospective buyers or renters properties.
    • Present purchase offers to sellers for consideration.
    • Mediate negotiations between buyer and seller.
    • Ensure that all terms of purchase contracts are met.
    • Prepare documents, such as loyalty contracts, purchase agreements and deeds.

    What should you look for in a real estate agent?

    When you’re hiring a real estate agent you want to find a qualified pro who can negotiate the best deal for your home — whether you’re buying or selling. Reading reviews will help you weed out obvious bad operators; you want to work with someone who treats their clients with fairness and respect. That said, you also want someone who can play hardball and maximize your real estate deal. Ask for references from recent clients, and be sure to call them.

    Experts encourage you to interview more than one prospective real estate agent before hiring. A home sale or home purchase is a big deal — sometimes the biggest deal in a person’s life — and you want to find an agent who will work hard for you. In today’s market, having a real estate agent who is social media savvy and has an attractive online presence is critical. Ask the agent how they plan to market your house. Review their listings, and ask yourself if they have professional photos with homes that are professionally staged. If the answer is no, they might not have the marketing savvy you’re looking for. Ask what price they would list your house at and why. Pay attention to how they communicate with you during your initial interviewing phase. Are they too busy to respond for several days? Are they clear and helpful? This information is a clue to how they’ll engage during the entire process.

    What's the difference between a real estate broker and an agent?

    Real estate agents and real estate brokers both help clients buy, sell, and rent residential and commercial properties. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, real estate brokers are licensed to manage their own real estate businesses. Real estate agents cannot have their own real estate office and must work under a broker. Real estate brokers often have real estate firms and employ real estate agents. Those real estate agents may be employees of the firm, or they may work on contract and earn part of any commission they bring into the firm.

    If you are a homeowner ready to sell or a buyer in the market for a new home, either a real estate broker or a real estate agent can help you achieve your goal. What is more important than their title is their track record and client success stories. When interviewing real estate agents or brokers to help you buy or sell a home, ask about their recent sales history as compared with the original listing prices. If you’re selling a home, ask how they would market your home and what price they would list it at. Whether you hire an agent or broker, you want a professional who will have your best interests at heart.

    What do real estate agents charge?

    Real estate agents typically don’t charge a set rate to their clients, but rather earn a commission on the price of the final home sale. In traditional real estate, there is a buyer’s agent and a seller’s agent. The two agents receive 5 percent to 6 percent of the final home sale price and split it evenly, meaning they each earn roughly 2.5 percent to 3 percent of the total home sale. If you are a home seller, you may have fees associated with the sale that are above and beyond the commission the agents earn. The real estate agent may have you pay marketing fees, MLS fees, early cancellation fees, or more. Always ask pricing details before signing a contract so you clearly understand your financial obligations. Here are some of the average (and common) costs that can arise when selling a home:

    • Home inspection: $200-$350 or more, depending on region.
    • Home appraisal: $250-$400 or more, depending on region.
    • Professional real estate photography: $275-$550 or more, depending on photographer, square footage of house, and special requests like sunset shots.
    • Closing costs: Often split between the seller and buyer. An average range for the buyer to pay is between 3 percent and 4 percent, with the seller paying a lower fee at 1 percent to 3 percent of the home’s price.
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