Testimonials about Randy Barcella

“Randy came to our Century 21 office meeting, as a guest speaker. We had 28 agents in attendance. Randy was very knowledgeable, professional and very well dressed. What great revealing information that he shared with us! He opened our eyes as to what an Appraiser really does and how we, as Realtors, can better work with Appraisers. He debunked the FHA myths that we held on to for many years! Many of us avoided selling a house FHA, since we thought that FHA has an inspector that comes out and calls for repairs. “FHA does Not call for repairs”. Thanks to Randy, we will sell more homes going forward. Since approximately 43% of all homes are sold FHA, why would we turn away that huge segment of buyers. We thought that the homes have to be FHA approved. More myths that was handed down to us over the years. Thank You Randy for educating us, Debunking Myths vs Reality and allowing us to sell more homes moving forward.” Joanna – Century 21

“Randy successfully helped us lower our taxes on appeal. We purchased our home for $350,000. It’s now worth, $250,000. However we were still being taxed at a value of $375,000. What a relief to have our property taxes lowered! We called Randy on many referrals, that he is the expert in residential home values. Randy was on time, very knowledgeable, courteous, detailed and accurate. We received our appraisals within three days. With his appraisal, we were able to get our taxes lowered to the appropriate and current amount. We would definitely refer Randy! Tom and Carol – Frankfort.

Randy helped me through my divorce. Me and my husband had to get appraisals done on our house. The judge leaned towards Randy’s appraisal , as the most accurate and most credible. Divorce is stressful, but not with the appraisal process with Randy. Randy is very knowledgeable, polite, courteous, unbiased, objective and timely. Thank you Randy! I now have peace of mind, staying in my home with my children, from getting a fair price for my home.” Tammy – Glenview.

“Our parents passed and we had no idea what their home was worth. Me and my siblings had no idea who to call or what to do. Our attorney asked us to get an appraisal done, as a part of the estate sale. We called Randy, from a referral. Wow! We had no idea their home was worth so much. We heard “word of mouth” from neighbors and a couple Realtors, as to what they “guessed” it was worth. Thanks to Randy, we have peace of mind, getting every penny of what our parents home and land was really worth, after their 55 years of hard work and living there. We would easily recommend Randy. He is very knowledgeable, courteous and timely. He is such a pleasant gentleman to work with. Our parents passing was very stressful and depressing, but, not working with Randy!” Ted and Lisa – Naperville

“Randy works weekends and gives “next day service”! I had a mortgage file come in to me on a Friday, since their previous mortgage company could not close the loan. I asked Randy if I can get a “Rush” order appraisal? Since the loan interest lock expires on Tuesday, I had to close this loan by Tuesday, so the family can move into their home purchase. Randy did the appraisal on Sunday, got it back to me on Monday. It cleared underwriting and we closed on Tuesday. Wow, thanks Randy from all! Their were two other sales pending this closing. Randy gave us “outstanding service” and saved the day for all three families involved. The appraisal was so good and accurate, it flew through underwriting without any conditions. I am happy that he is on our approved appraiser list. Not all appraisers are the same. What an asset he is.” Matt- Loan Officer, Chicago

Testimonials about Pat Cannone

“It was a pleasure to work with Pat and Loan Depot for our first home buying experience. He always responded to my numerous, and often repetitive, questions. Our closing went to smoothly, and we are so grateful for this new house! If you’re in the market for a loan, I definitely would recommend working with Pat and his team.” – Rose Uhlig, Bartlett, IL

“Pat Cannone was great to work with and took care of any issues or questions that came up quickly and professionally! He was recommended to me by 2 different family members that have worked with him and I will highly recommend him as well! It was the most stress-free closing I’ve ever had!”

“Pat was Amazing!! Pat was referred to us and we are so grateful that we went with him. We highly recommend him and his team!! Pat responded to our emails/questions very promptly. The process with our loan went very smoothly, no surprises. Many thanks to Pat & his team!!” – Kathy & Rich L from Alsip, IL  

“We have purchased two houses in 2010 and 2019. Pat was our lender both times. Both times could have not been better. We got the lowest rate available. Highly recommend you use Pat for your next loan.” Jeff Marcello, Lombard, IL 

“Pat was so very helpful and did everything possible to insure I had a good experience. I would highly recommend him to anyone . He answered all my questions and made sure I understood everything I was signing. Buying my condo was a big step but I could rely on Pat to be honest with me in the whole transaction.” – Marry Ann Reynolds, Elmhurst, IL

Testimonials about Vincent Auricchio

“Vince has helped me with buying and selling few properties. He makes the whole process simple and easy to understand and follow. And if you have any questions and/or concerns at all, he gets back to you quick and in a way that makes sense. Thank you for great service Vince, and looking forward to doing more.”

“Vince is among the most competent and zealous attorneys I have had the privilege to work with in Chicago. He truly cares about each and every client, and works hard to make sure they achieve the result that they deserve. He’s honest and trustworthy, and takes every matter seriously. He is detail oriented, easy to communicate with, and always available for clients and fellow lawyers. Anyone would be lucky to work with him.”

“A friend of a friend wanted to buy my rental property! I was very excited for the opportunity to sell the house without using a real estate agent. This plan would save me some money, but it added some anxiety since I was not very familiar with the whole real estate transaction process. I hired Auricchio law offices. From day one I knew I had made the right choice. Vince explained all the details and walked me through the whole…”

“I have had the pleasure of working with Vince for several years. He is an excellent real estate attorney with a keen intellect and a profound moral compass. He passionately serves the client’s best interests and always seeks to “have their back.” He also facilitates constant communication throughout the transaction and with all parties—a rarity in the real estate world which enables everything to work more smoothly.”

“Working with Vince has been a complete pleasure. He is always prompt and thorough…the real estate transaction can be complicated at times but Vince has the unique ability to make clients feel completely comfortable during the process. My clients love working with Vince!!!”

“I felt The Auricchio Law office was always looking out for my best interests in every transaction we were involved with.”

Testimonials about Paula Avenaim

Paula was amazing and went above and beyond throughout our home buying process. We valued having a knowledgeable agent who we felt was truly on our side, and wanted the best for us. We cannot thank her enough for her hard work in securing our dream condo. I would definitely recommend Paula to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.

I highly recommend Paula! Honest, dependable, and trustworthy. She was persistent but never a bother. She kept me informed and updated throughout the entire process. Compared to realtors I have worked with in the past, her work ethic and professionalism really stood out. She really went to bat for me with the builder, and I was extremely pleased with the final contract. I will use Paula for all of my future real estate transactions.

Paula was an excellent resource from day one! I am a first-time buyer and have felt in very good hands; Paula is knowledgeable about every facet of the home buying process and walked me through each step with patience and shared enthusiasm while advocating for me and connecting me with other valuable resources. Thanks for all your hard work, Paula!

We would recommend Paula to anyone wanting to buy and/or sell a home. She had amazing patience with us during all of our tough decisions. The sale of our home was extremely difficult, but Paula remained professional and calm through it all. She is also part of a great team that can provide additional support. You will not regret choosing Paula as your realtor!

Paula is always extremely professional and easy to work with. She is always available to answer questions and is super helpful in all aspects of the real estate purchasing and selling process.

Working with Paula was an absolutely wonderful experience. She was always available to answer our many questions and was patient beyond measure. She worked tirelessly in negotiating and was successful in getting the things in our home that is so important to us. Paula is fantastic at what she does. She is warm and personable while being professional and dedicated to her clients. I 100% recommend her to anyone in the housing market in the North Shore/ Chicago area. Paula worked very hard to sell an unusual property in a difficult market. She is definitely committed to her clients and is intimately familiar with the Deerfield market.

Testimonials about Mark Mikina

Mark is one of those guys who will do above and beyond in order to put a smile on Your face. He is very patient and caring. He is available 24/7, and will always get back to you same day if he misses your call. He is the reason why we now live in our dream house. We were searching for our 1st house and when we found it Mark was on top of his game. He made sure we get it! He spent a long night dealing with the “seller” and managed to close the deal the same day. He was in contact or/and in person with us all the time and made sure everything is going smooth. Even things he is not responsible for! He works with many other amazing people such as lawyers and loan firms. To our surprise he came to our closing and was the first one to congratulate us! We would highly recommend him! Give him a try and you won’t regret it! Aneta Farbisz
Mark was a huge help. professional, knowledgable, great communicator.He helped make our new start be easier. He was excellent in responding to our calls and following up on our questions and went the extra mile. He is a hard worker and we highly recommend him to friends/relatives.thanks Mark!! Joanna and Luis Luis E. Vallejo
Mark was very helpful thru the process. Diligently answered all the concerning questions and was always available. He has good knowledge of the markets I was interested in. Negotiated a good deal despite tight timeline with the seller. Definitely an agent to recommend. Lukasz Z.
My experience with Mark Mikina was very impressive, and made me feel comfortable enough to proceed. He was patiently answering my questions one by one. He is always available for answering you, (one day I remember he was taking a bath and he answer my call) ???? Definitely I recommend Mark, you will be happy for the service he provides!! Carlos
Mark was extremely dedicated to helping my fiancee and I find our first home. He had to deal with my abrasive family, and he did so with grace and composure. Can’t say enough good things about Marks work ethic, the late night and long weekend house hunts speak to that! Alec Hein
He’s not only a great real estate agent. I have made a good friend. He was such a big help in selling my house. He sold it in the first day. And helped with all the staging in the house. Will definitely use him again. Mark Skidmore
Mark was very helpful thru the process. Diligently answered all the concerning questions and was always available. He has good knowledge of the markets I was interested in. Negotiated a good deal despite tight timeline with the seller. Definitely an agent to recommend. Lukasz Z.

Testimonials about Kim Alden

“My wife and I interviewed several agents before selecting Kim. We are so glad we did! She is an accomplished, polished professional that knows the greater Barrington real estate market more than anyone we interviewed. Moreover, we found her to be a thoroughly delightful person with whom we really enjoyed working. Kim was always quick to respond to any question or request we had. We also found her the legal support team to be very helpful, knowledgable and reasonably priced. We sold our $545,000 home in Barrington this month (July) and are delighted we selected Kim as our agent.” – Richard

“Before choosing Kim as my real estate agent I interviewed 3 others. Unlike the others, she gave small things we could do to help our home sell for more, faster. The listing price she suggested was 5% higher than the others. We sold our home in just 4 days and the final price was more than the other agents wanted us to start at. She always kept us informed on what to expect throughout the process and was easy to reach if we had questions. She exceeded my expectations in every category. Thanks Kim!” – Bryan

“Kim Alden brought a level of professionalism toward the sale of my home that was astounding! Her extraordinary responsiveness to our texts, phone calls (day and night) truly went above and beyond. Honestly, I can’t imagine anyone as hard working as Kim. If you’re looking for a class act to represent you in the sale of your home, look no further than Kim Alden. She will not disappoint!” – Marcia

The “I have worked with Kim for years, both as a consultant and as a client. She is the most dedicated, hard-working, and intelligent realtor I have ever dealt with. She takes the time to get to know her clients and by the end she knows what we need better than we do ourselves. I frequently refer her to business acquaintances and friends who are looking for superior home buying or selling experience. Beyond Kim, her team is incredibly competent and does an amazing job.” – Michael

Testimonials about Charles Bellefontaine

“Look no further for your home inspector! You will not find a more thorough company than Chicagoland Home Inspectors. One home was inspected by Charlie, who hands down covered the entire home from top to bottom. He explained in detail what was found; both benefits and safety issues. A second home was inspected by Roger. Roger carried the same consistency and detailed reporting also further reviewing his findings with us at the time of inspection. Choose Chicagoland Home Inspectors! You will be glad you did!” – Healthy Life Style Videos, Dec 14, 2019

“We hired Mark and Charlie to inspect our new home in Lake Forest on a tight time frame. After we reserved online, through a system that clearly was designed well, Charlie contacted me to understand the context better. He was friendly and receptive to producing the inspection report quickly to meet our deadline. He also approached pricing in a reasonable way. Mark joined Charlie for the inspection. Both professionally and patiently explained various aspects of the home throughout the inspection. Importantly, they were able to focus on more significant issues while identifying smaller maintenance issues. As promised, the report was completed that day. Going forward, we will recommend Charlie and Mark to our friends and colleagues.” – Paul H., Jan 1, 2019

“This is the first time we have to get a home inspection done but it is hands down the best, most professional experience we have had. Charlie of Chicagoland Home Inspectors was our inspector and was extremely detailed and carefully explained everything to us. Basically the first hour or so involved Charlie checking everything out and taking photos. To be honest we did not even arrive with our realtor until that part was done as the last thing he needed was a nervous buyer looking over his shoulder particularly since it involved crawling around on the roof and in the attic. When we arrived Charlie loaded the photos to his laptop and went through all of the problem areas in detail including physically showing us the issues where it was feasible. Another thing that impressed me was the fact that he used an infrared camera to search for and highlight water leaks. This is crucial as visual inspections often will not highlight problem areas particularly, as in our case, where wallpaper covers any potential water discoloration that may show up on “unadorned” sheet-rock walls. With the benefit of this hindsight I would not recommend hiring any inspector that did not use this technology – it is that important. Our inspection and review was completed late in the afternoon and we had a 40+ page report complete with color photos in my email inbox that same evening. You can’t ask for any better service than that and if I had to get an inspection done in the future I would not consider anybody else. Chicagoland Home Inspectors is the real deal. Thank you Charlie” – Mary M., Mar 20, 2018

“These guys are HANDS DOWN the best inspectors in the Chicagoland area. Without question. I have used their services personally on a purchase and have referred all of my buyers to them for inspections. If you’re looking at this right now, debating on calling any other home inspector, YOU ARE WRONG! Drop what you think you’re doing and call these guys immediately. You will not regret it.” – Joey M., Sep 11, 2017

” would highly recommend Charlie for home inspections. He was prompt and well prepared with all the tools needed to preform our inspection – including a drone to take pictures and video of our roof! Charlie is very thorough,takes the time to explain his findings, and provided us with a very complete report with pictures to support his findings. We had used another home inspector in the past who wasn’t available an we’re glad he wasn’t as this led us to Charlie!!!” – Jeannie M., Dec 1, 2016

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