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 James Tiernan

“Very helpful and up to date with all the resources to help in every possible way need it, on call, quick to answer or to call back. Polite, respectful. James was very knowledgeable when we went out to look at properties and kept an eye for things that we didn’t. He and his team were very helpful in getting our loan approved and keeping us updated.”

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“As a military family moving to a new area we have no idea what the market was like and where the best areas to live were. We got connected with James while living in San Diego and he took the time to FaceTime with me so I could get a good look at the houses that peaked our interest. Due to certain circumstances we were unable to buy a house right away but we were still interested in buying when our situation changed. James kept in contact with me monthly checking in to keep the communication loop open. Eventually we got to a point where we were able to actively look, James picked right up and was able to show us a few places and we discussed what we were looking for. After looking at a few houses we were able to get an idea of which houses had a good selling price and value. After looking at a few houses we found the house we were looking for. The rest of the process was seamless. James connected us with a lender who was very easy to work with and James negotiated a deal with the other agent that worked out for everyone. We could not be more pleased with the service and the process!! Thank You James and team for all your hard work!”

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“We had a great experience working with James and would recommend him to anyone!! Our house sold within 24 hours at full asking price his process works! From the initial meeting suggestions on things to do to make our home “show ready,” and the marketing he used/sales process was all very smooth. His tips have been things we’ve looked for when looking at a home to purchase as well. James had a willingness to answer questions during the process and quick response to texts or calls was appreciated as we were on a quick timeline to get our home sold. He kept us informed the entire time, and was honest in his feedback on our home and he knows local experts for repairs as well (if needed). If we move back to the area we will definitely use James again!”

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“What a wonderful group of agents!!!! James made it so easy to purchase a house I still can’t believe we are now owners of a rental property!! His team had our best interest at heart!! If you’re looking to buy or sell I would highly recommend James and his group!!”

-enza galati

“The personal experience and attention to detail is what sets James apart from the rest of the realtors. He sold our home as if he was selling his own. Thank you for all of your hard work. You made the process so easy on us!”

-Heidi Gohlinghorst

“My experience working with James was amazing! He is professional, knowledgeable, and his ability to connect with clients is second to none. Any and all future moves will be handled by James and his team!”

-Fadra Atci

Testimonials about Michael T Barrett

– I thank Michael for his help on closing my first home!  He made the paperwork understandable and calmed my fears.  He took the time to answer all of my questions thoroughly.  Not only did he ease my jitters; but, his pleasant personality brought me some much-needed comfort during the closing.  I have given my friends and colleagues his information as a reference.

-Jessica J.

- The closing went off without any hitches.  Michael was on top of it.  I really appreciate the effort, accuracy and professionalism.  I will use no one else but Michael when it is time again.

- Todd D.

– I thought I’d write a quick email to you, Michael, to thank you for your efforts.  When the ball was dropped by others, your creativity solved all problems.  You went above and beyond to get my property closed.  Without you being on the job, it would not have closed – point blank.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

- Sandy E.

– Michael was a godsend to me when I went through the process of selling my beloved home.  He was sensitive to my attachment to it, having raised my family and enjoyed my time with my husband there before his death.  Whenever I called him to ask a question he always took the time for me and never made me feel like he had more important things to do.

- Lynn C.

- I used Michael Barrett to sell my home.  His advice was valuable.   Everything happened just as he told me it would.  I felt relieved knowing the legal work surrounding the sale was in such good hands.  I’ve already given his name to my family.

- John W.

– Michael has helped me with buying my home and I could not be more pleased with the services he provided. He answered my questions completely and gave me a good understanding of the dealings as it was happening.  He is such a competent and pleasant person!

- Dawn Z.

Testimonials about Jerry Simon

I worked with Jerry and his company on our home inspection in August of 2017. Jerry is a consummate professional. His attention to detail is extraordinary. His technical knowledge and capabilities are elite. And his honesty and thoroughness in the inspection process is truly enlightening. I sincerely would recommend Jerry and his company to anyone in need of home inspection services – A very pleasant person he is as well. Thanks Jerry!

-Chris W.

Jerry did an excellent job throughout the inspection of our prospective home. He thoroughly and exhaustively checked every nook and cranny, appliance, outlet, etc. Jerry explained in detail every concern he had, potential costs – financial, time, energy – and his recommendation. Jerrys’ report was well-written and covered all topics brought to our attention throughout the inspection. I would highly recommend.

-Matt B.

I highly recommend Jerry’s services to anyone in need of a home inspection. He’s thorough, truthful, tells you what to look for from any service people you might need to hire, and is a lovely person to boot. We were very happy working with him!   

Catherine S.

Jerry Simon is simply the best! He is thorough, honest and knows how to makes sure a home is safe and sound. Personally, he has been extremely helpful to me inspecting many homes for me and my family for over 20 years. I have also referred Jerry to many of my clients over the years any I always get great feedback Do not buy a home without having Jerry Simon on your team!

- Jim W.

Jerry was efficient, knowledgeable, and guided us through the inspection seamlessly. The inspection report was easy to follow, had pictures and explanations for each issue, and he even ranked the issues by priority! If we decide to sell and buy again we will definitely use Illinois Building Inspection!

- Mary L.

As a young first time buyer, I am so glad I chose Jerry, not once but two times. When he inspects homes it’s as if he’s inspecting a home for his own children. If he wouldn’t put his family in a home, he wouldn’t put yours there either.    

- Giovanna L.

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

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