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 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 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 Richard Chew

My name is Ronald Baker, a professional financial consultant who was searching for an opportunity to grow my retirement income outside of Wall Street. I was contacted by Richard Chew who represents 1st Capital Insurance Group in Chicago, Illinois.

At the time Richard contacted me I was very busy working a project which encompassed many late hours so meeting in person became difficult. However, Richard was very patient and offered a convenient timeframe for us to speak. During our first meeting I was thoroughly impressed with Richard’s, personality, professional demeanor, and knowledge of the market and investment opportunities as we spoke about a potential fit for my personal interests and age status.

I have invested in a platform recommended by Richard as he offered more than one opportunity to grow my retirement, and our timing was perfect as Wall Street was going through some “unkind” timeframes.

I would certainly recommend Richard Chew services to any potential client if you are searching for excellent customer service along with gainful knowledge of our investment industries.

– Ronald Baker

“I’ve run a construction firm and have known Richard for over 20 years as a friend and business professional, but it was not until I needed help with creating Guaranteed Income and Tax-Free Income in Retirement that I required Richard’s expertise. By working on a smart, Tax-Free and Penalty Free plan I was able to create another tool for my future wealth. We have a strong partnership with 1st Capital Insurance Group!!l” – John Bonds

“I am a security guard here in Chicago and my wife and I were talking about me having more Life Insurance Protection. Many of thecompanies I spoke with wanted to charge me a premium rate to cover me; I spoke with Richard and not only did he provide me with a plan that works for my budget, but also a way for the monthly premium to accumulate real value for my future retirement plans. I strongly recommend 1st Capital Insurance Group and some of their Insurance
Planning Strategies.” – Jerome Jackson

“I am an Electrical Engineer in my mid 50’s…I received a significant inheritance when my father died a few years ago. The financial planning advice I received at that time caused my account to not only lose value, but also created an additional tax expense for me and my wife. I had Richard and his team look at what we were doing and they came up with solutions that solved the problem, eliminated the tax issue and now have guaranteed there will be no future losses in my accounts. I have recommended 1st Capital Insurance Group to family members because I want them to experience that same professionalism.” – Don Hughes

“I run a vacation home rental business and recently had my first child. It never dawned on me that I could use Life Insurance and Annuities as a way to protect my child if something happens to me…but also provide him with an asset to protect his future wealth too. Richard’s team at 1st Capital Insurance Group helped me provide that security for me and my
family.” – Megan Kehoe

Testimonials about Jeanne Keating

“Jeanne Keating is one of the most professional, and helpful, real estate agents I’ve ever worked with, I highly recommend her!” – JG

“The Process was quick, easy, and rewarding. My agent found me a great deal at a great price within a great neighbourhood.” – JR

“I never thought my house would sell while snowing and it did. Jeanne always had showings and always communicating with me. If I had to say who called who more I’d say she was the one always there with an answer before i asked the question. She knows her job very well A+++++ from me. Plus she negotiated top dollars! Also her resources with this lawyer oh boy is he good ask Jeanne for this name I don’t know if i have permission to do so! I have to say she is one stop shop! I will end it here cause I could go on forever. The rest is for you to find out!!!” – AP

“There is no more knowledgable and professional in this city… extremely committed and through.” – Jacqui Clark

Testimonials about Julie Braglia

“We recently closed on a house and worked very closely with Julie Braglia throughout the entire process. My husband and I can’t speak highly enough to the level of professional and courtesy that Julie displayed during each of our encounters. There was not a question which was left unanswered or an option that Julie personally did not thoroughly explain to us. Her promptness and attentiveness to detail made for a smooth transition into our new home. We highly recommend working with Julie and can’t thank her enough for all the assistance that she provided to us.” Hannah, Chicago

“Working with Julie was seamless. She was responsive and made us feel comfortable throughout the process. Julie was extremely customer service oriented and her knowledge exceeded our expectations. We strongly recommend her.” – Jo, Chicago

“Julie was so helpful, personable, and quick to respond. I felt like I was working with someone I was already acquainted with. Julie was great at getting back to any and all questions we had and even made quick, last minute changes within an incredibly tight timeframe. Julie was so pleasant to work with and we will never forget how personable, professional, and timely she is within her career.” – Vanessa, Chicago

“Working with Julie was great! She stayed in total communication with me during the entire loan process. She didn’t just become my lender, now I can totally call her my friend. She handled the process of my loan like a pro and made my end of the process easy. We both stayed on top of everything, from start to finish. Starting process to closing of the deal. She is a great person and very friendly and understanding. I would recommend her to anyone who needs mortgage financing. She helped me from pre-qualification, throughout my loan process and completing my loan. She stayed with me from start to finish.” -Lucy, Bartlett

“Julie was a true pleasure to work with. She was persistent in always trying to take care of me by going above and beyond. She was available at all hours of the day to answer any questions or help in any way. She really cares about her clients and it shows throughout the process! She was one of the bright spots throughout the closing process!” -Kyle, Chicago

“I found Julie to be honest and authentic during the overwhelming process of selecting the right loan, characteristics that I think are invaluable when considering a lender. She was responsive to emails, texts, and phone calls, day and night.” -Jenni, Chicago

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