Testimonials

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 Meldina Dervisevic

“Meldina was a pleasure to work with. As a first time buyer I really didn’t know what to expect. After an initial phone call where I laid out my price range and expectations (number of bedrooms and bathrooms ect) I realized I didn’t really know what I was looking for. Meldina took me to look at 6 or 7 different places some in high rise buildings some townhouses and some condos but I didn’t love any of them. She asked probing questions about what I liked and didn’t like about each of them to help me narrow my search. The second time we went looking the places were much closer to my expectations but again I didn’t fall in love with any of them. Again, Meldina took the time to find out what I liked and didn’t like about each of them. The third and final time we went looking Meldina showed me 6 places and I loved them all. After helping me find the perfect townhouse she helped through the offer process the negotiations and the closing.She is really a full service realtor. I plan to recommend her to all my friends and family members looking to buy or sell a home.”

-Steve M.

“Highly professional and knowledgeable, very friendly and positive. Meldina takes you to distance places any time of day and night, ease your mind and smooth “bumps” on the road. Also, she is very good at negotiations. I had a lot of fun working with her. Would definitely recommend to my friends.”

-Lena Lemesh

“Work with someone who cares about what YOU want! Meldina is the whole package: Experienced, Knowledgeable, and Compassionate! She knows her stuff and makes sure you find a perfect fit! So lucky to have found her!!”

“A++”

-Damir Skaljic

“Meldina Dervisevic  is a conscientious, capable, and knowledgeable broker who goes beyond expectations. I would highly recommend his services to anyone.”

-Aida S.

“Meldina was amazing to work with – she was extremely knowledgable, helpful, sincere, honest and responsive. We just moved from California to Chicago and we were completely unfamiliar with Chicago. Meldina gave us a wonderful introduction to the city and housing market. She really helped us consider all of the factors necessary for finding an apartment that we didn’t even think about. We recommend her to everyone who needs help finding their new home!”

-Sofia and Jack

Testimonials about Stephanie Boswell

Stephanie is the most dedicated and hard working realtor. My husband and I have dealt with other realtors and none compare to Stephanie. We met Stephanie at a open house she had. We were just “browsing “.  We had no intentions on looking for a new realtor because it’s usually a long process which we didn’t want to deal with.  The day we met her I knew something was different about her.  She wasn’t your typical realtor.  Her knowledge and customer service is just amazing as well as her smiling face!  She is such a genuine person.  She is never too busy for her clients.  Any questions or concerns we had, she checked into it immediately.  She knows her neighborhoods and gives great advise.  She followed up on things and faught for us to get our property.  We almost lost it because we were so indecisive.  Being the strong realtor she is we won the bid.  She was with us through every step.  Starting from our inspection to closing as well as sold out home.  Everyone told us we won’t sell because it was November.  Nope, Stephanie proved everyone wrong 🙂  If I hear anyone talking about possibly selling or buying I mention Stephanie immediately.  Should we ever plan on something in the future, Stephanie will be our girl.  Hands down she is the best out there!!!!!!

– The Babinski’s

Stephanie has been wonderful is so many ways. I admire her as a woman, a mom, a friend and a working woman. She is determined and also kind. That is the key and she holds it! She may be busy but always makes time and you never feel rushed. She help us find our dream home a year before we were planning on it because something popped up that we just had to see! She was excited as much as we were! It is so fun working with her and she will go as fast or as slow as you need to get you into your new home. She lends advice when asked and just makes you feel comfortable. She was amazing to work with and I also refer her to anyone I know that is looking to buy or sell because she will work super hard to get it done as smoothly and quickly as possible. I am happy to know her in so many ways. Her smiling face and super positive attitude go a long way and I just love her!

We worked with Stephanie Boswell in spring 2018. She was very knowledgeable of the surrounding home market and it didn’t take her long to help us find exactly what we were looking for. She was able to answer all of our questions in a timely manner and was so patient throughout our entire process. Definitely recommend her 100%! Thanks again Stephanie! And good luck!

– Cindy French

Stephanie helped me and my brother sell my mothers condo,all the way in the city, even though we all live 40 miles west of Chicago. Stephanie used her vast knowledge of real estate to guide me and my brother, and advised us on what listing price we should be asking for, which at first we thought might be too high, but within 3 days of her well planned layout of the property, we got an offer that was better that we originally thought we were going to get, so long story short, we were able to sell the property quickly, and at a price that was very satisfying for everyone involved! I wouldn’t hesitate one bit recommending Stephanie to any one of my friends in the future that is looking to buy or sell..!! She is awesome..!!

– Mark Talesky

At the end of September I started interviewing realtors to help me find my new home. I reached out to Stephanie late one evening,  hoping to hear from her the next morning.  She texted me back that night and set a time to call me the next morning.  During the first conversation, she asked about the housing needs of my family/pets, it was immediately clear that Stephanie truly cares about her clients and I decided to work with her. Once we located the perfect house, Stephanie helped negotiate a contract for the property and guided me through every step in the process. She returned calls promptly, did what she said she would and communicated with my mortgage broker and lawyer as needed up to and including the closing (6 weeks after starting the process). I could not have been happier with my experience with Stephanie Boswell! I will continue to recommend Stephanie to family and friends, knowing they will be well taken care of

.- Terry Romin

There are few words to be able to fully describe such a dedicated,enthusiastic, amazing, so very knowledgeable agent, who has gone above and beyond in helping us!! Professionalism, kindness, supportive, positive attitude, are just a few!! We couldn’t be more thankful and lucky to have her at our side through this!

– Jennifer Carey

Stephanie really goes above and beyond for her clients making sure they are well taken care of and a true professional. She is an excellent realtor and would be wonderful at helping you to sell your home.

– Carol Deanda

Testimonials about Diana Bzdyk​

“Fabulous!!! Diana is a pleasure to work with and extremely knowledgable!” – Rebecca Miller  Glen Ellyn

“Diana was very informative always responded incredibly fast. Additionally, she truly worked diligently on our behalf to represent our needs. As a first-time home buyer, this was very much appreciated.” – Alex Putnam

“It was a pleasure working with Diana. She took time to understand what we wanted in our house and was very patient with our small and big demands. We had a unique situation where the closing was pushed because of busy Christmas season but she managed to convince the seller for a pre-close move in. That not only saved us good amount of money but also made our move much easier. Her advice about closing process prepared us for almost everything in advance. In nutshell, we are really glad that Diana was there to guide us through the whole process.” – Sai archana Kuchimanchi  

“Diana Bzdyk is the best all around realtor ive worked with. I had someone before hiring her and it was horrible, we missed out on a few houses because of lack of communication or availability of the agent. Diana always answers her phone no matter what time it is and would not let me buy a home I wasn’t 100% impressed with. She also had my back when contractor tried to pull one over on us. SHE IS THE BEST!” – Jeff & Nicole F  Glenview 

“I have worked with Diana Bzdyk for several years now. Several years ago, she knew we were looking for a second apt. in a particular building. She kept us informed, and we finally bought one. She went beyond the call of duty and helped us purchase it quickly without problems. She was very informative about the work we would need to do in the apt. and recommended excellent people. After we bought it, she helped us through the renting process. She is easy to reach, always willing to help and answer questions, and really knows her stuff! I recommend her highly. ” Cathy E  Hyde Park “Diana is a young, smart, talented realtor,who knows Chicago inside out. My experience working with her to find my Condo in the best location was all because of her dedication and hard work. She works 24-7 to find and please her client till they find what they want.Thank you Diana.” – Alan Arena  Gold Coast  

“Diana is terrific! She does her homework and knows the Chicago area market. She recommends listing prices of purchase prices based upon market dynamics but also knows when to ask for more to benefit your position. She is not your typical real estate salesperson – very polite and professional but gets the job done for you! Highly recommend her.” – Ray G  Chicagoland Area  

“Diana Bzdyk brings so much enthusiasm, knowledge and energy to her work that I became just as enthusiastic as she is. She turned what I thought would be a chore into an adventure. She advised me on how I needed to present the home I was selling in order to show off all the qualities that would make it a good home for potential buyers. Her advice was spot on. Why? Because she sold my home during the Christmas season, which is usually the most difficult time to find buyers.As for searching for a new home, this is where her enthusiasm showed. She continually sent me emails of newly listed properties, and she went beyond my narrow requirements. She presented for my consideration properties that she thought would be ideal for me. Needless to say, I found my ideal home, and I am very happy with it.In short, whether you are buying or selling, you will not find a better real estate agent than Diana Bzdyk.” – Walter V  Orland Park 

“We truly enjoyed working with Diana. She had knowledge of the Chicagoland area, which was helpful. She has lots of energy and experience to get the job done right. And she does not push you into a sale which I like a lot. She showed us several properties and we have bought two and sold one with her. She is very professional and helpful. We thought enough of her that we recommended her to one of our sons who has bought a couple of properties from her. We will continue to work with her in the future as the need arises. And we would continue to recommend her to our friends who are buying in the Chicagoland area. ” – Debbie G  Jefferson Park 

“Diana was a pleasure to work with and a great real estate agent! We would not have gotten, and rented out, the house we have without Diana. Diana worked with us for finding a house and also tenants. During these processes she was always engaged, available, and very patient with our questions. Diana helped us to determine our offer price and made sure all the paperwork was filed on time.I really appreciated Diana’s work ethic, enthusiastic, and insightful opinions about the properties we saw. I would definitely recommend Diana to anyone who is looking into purchasing a place in Chicago, IL” – Jerry W  Albany Park 

“If you want someone working hard on your sale or looking for new property then Diana is the person.. We have used Diana now 3 times… First looking for our first condo… then when selling the condo and looking for our first home… and every time she went above and beyond… Asking all the right questions we found our first home to be perfect!!! Thank You!!!” – Tomasz J  Arlington Heights

Testimonials about Dotty Dosé

Great company, kind courteous staff. Quick turn around time. I would definitely recommend this company for all your inspection needs.

– Ryan Tones

The inspectors we’re extremely knowledable, skillful, experienced professional and friendly. The dog loved them and they loved her too. They’ll even brought cookies!

– Candice Breyer

This is my 1st time having a home inspection done and the 2 gentleman that inspected the home were great. They walked me through everything that was wrong with the home as well as provided me some good insight on where certain things are around the home. I will definitely be using them for future inspections.

– Andrea Chavez

This was the best money spent on the process of purchasing a home. The contrast between Tom and his service on my new home and the company that inspected my home was incredible. Tom was very accurate unlike the person who did my home and cost me money to verify everything was fine. I would use Echo and Tom again.

– Al Meginniss

Echo was great! I like that they send out 2 sets of eyes. I was present for the inspection and the inspectors were knowledgeable and courteous. I’d highly recommend!

– Heather Boyd

We had an inspection done by Thomas Migon and his assistant. They were very professional and did a great job. They got to inspect the property, even in the smallest places of the house. Their report is easy to understand, with photos and important information. They were friendly, on time and know their job. I recommend this company, their prices are good too.

– Cristina Arroyo

Testimonials about Sean Purcell

Sean was great to work with on both fronts; buying and selling. He always followed up on our questions and responded back quickly. Showings were scheduled when we requested. We would highly recommend Sean as your realtor.

Sean helped my wife and I buy a home of our dreams. The search took about 3 months and Sean was available to help throughout the process. He helped us stay patient and negotiate a competitive price in the neighborhood we desired. Thank you Sean!

It was great working with Sean! I gave him a specific area where we were looking to purchase. He was very knowledgeable. All the walkthroughs of the different properties we seen, he explained everything I needed to know. Considering it was our 1st home. He really took a lot of stress out of it.

Testimonials about Larry Steinway

Larry did an outstanding job leading from the front on our home loan. We were always informed on the “Next Steps.” I appropriate all the members of Larry S. team for making this dream come true for my wife and me. – William J.

I’ve known Larry Steinway since we moved to Chicago in 2002. He’s fantastic at his job and a great person! He and his team at Guaranteed Rate are personable, responsive, and take the angst out of the mortgage/refinance process!– Steven W.

Larry Steinway and his entire team are ROCKSTARS! If you are looking for a company that is Veteran friendly and knowledgeable about VA home loans this is definitely the team for you! Guaranteed Rate completed our VA home loan from start to closing in 8 business days! Larry can get you the best interest rates around and his entire team goes the extra mile to make the process as easy as possible. As first time homebuyers with little knowledge of the entire process Larry and his team were incredible in explaining and helping us through the entire process. I recommend Larry Steinway to ANYONE and EVERYONE who is looking for a home loan, he is the absolute best out there!! – Caitlin S.

Larry Steinway was (once again) fantastic to work with. The process of refinancing was extremely easy and quick. At times I completely forgot that something as important as obtaining a loan was even happening in my life, which is a testament to how well Guaranteed Rate and Larry go about their business. The docusign system is also a life saver. I couldn’t imagine going back to the system of printing/signing/scanning important documents. Overall, I have and will continue to recommend Guaranteed Rate and Larry to anyone that I know who is interested in these services. Thanks! – Nathaniel H.

We were very fortunate to work with Larry Steinway and his team. They made purchasing our new home very easy and we truly felt extremely supported and taken care of throughout the process. Larry walked us through every part of home loan process and helped us navigate each speed bump along the way. I would absolutely use Larry again for purchasing a home or if refinancing – he was a true pleasure to work with and a rare find! – Linda K.

Longer rate lock period, just over two months, and a highly competitive rate sealed the deal. However, continuous, always available support from Larry’s team is what made the process easy and made me feel at ease through the process. For a first-time home buyer I really don’t see any other way to get a mortgage. – Andrew A.

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