What People Are Saying

Whether you are looking for an apartment, loft, condo, or house in the Windy City, we have the resources and client service experience to make this significant purchase both simple and satisfying—as our many contented clients will tell you!

Mike Kelly was a pleasure to work with. He not only walked us through the process at the pace we wanted but was very meticulous on pricing and open houses. He was very clear on expectations and was even more clear on possibilities. He's an excellent choice and I would, and have, recommend him to anyone looking to sell or looking to buy.
Tim Cullen
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He was able to make sure we progressed through the various stages of the deal even though my lawyer was absent and jeopardized the deal several times.
Satch Nanda
Mike made our first time home buying experience go so smoothly, I couldn't imagine a better realtor! He was patient, helpful and trustworthy during the home search experience, making sure that we were taking all financial and home aspects into close consideration. Once we selected our home, he was there for us through the whole process, went to bat for us in negotiations and on inspection items, helped with paperwork we didn't even know existed. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for a realtor- he is someone we trust and have the utmost professional confidence in.
Erin Abbott
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Mike did an excellent job representing us in the sale of our condo. He was attentive, hard-working and very detail-oriented. Mike allowed us to be engaged in the process of selling our condo, while still using his experience to make the sale and get us the best possible price. He managed our expectations throughout the process which we felt is important but not always easy to do. Mike is very easy to work with and we would recommend him to others looking to buy or sell their properties.
Adam Weingarten
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My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Mike. We first met with him approximately six months before we actually placed an offer on a home, and alerted him to the types of properties we would be interested in (new construction projects within our price range). Over the ensuing months, only two projects surfaced that met our requirements, and Mike scheduled times for us to meet with the listing agents to discuss the projects and attended the meetings with us. Since we were first-time homebuyers, he helped us identify the proper questions to ask and spot potential concerns and issues, and also helped us navigate the process. We weren't ready to take the plunge with the first home, and we almost passed up the second home as well, but Mike recognized that it was exactly what we were looking for and encouraged us to think further and consider our financing options, and now we live in that home! We put in an offer over the holidays. Despite the poor timing, Mike made himself available to help us negotiate the terms of our offer. We also spent considerable time on the phone while he patiently explained to us the pros and cons of our options. When we asked for his advice he gave it, but mostly he helped guide us in our own decision-making. Since it was a new-construction project, our ability to negotiate the terms of our deal was somewhat limited but Mike was not dissuaded - he pushed really hard for us and got us a great price on our new home, with upgrades and add-ons included. We had a long attorney review period with some difficult back-and-forth with the listing agent and the developer. Mike stayed on top of all parties and kept us informed of all developments. There were approximately four months between when our contract was signed and when we closed (while the home was under construction) and Mike was our number-one guy the entire time. Throughout this period we had several questions and issues that needed to be addressed by the seller, which proved to be an incredibly difficult process. Mike was relentless in his pursuit - he sent email after email and made countless phone calls until we had the information we needed. He also shielded us from much of the unpleasantness involved with this process, for which we were so grateful. Buying a home - particularly one under construction - can be very stressful, and Mike truly did everything he could to facilitate the process. When the time came to do walk-throughs and inspections, Mike was available and present at every appointment. We always appreciated and enjoyed his presence - he had great insights and is a pleasure to be around (funny, kind, level-headed, but knows when he needs to advocate for us and isn't afraid to do so). Mike also referred us to our real estate attorney, mortgage broker, and home inspector, all of whom were awesome throughout the process. He assembled a team of people who advocated for us at every step. Our situation was unique in that we didn't tour several homes on the market before buying, but I am confident that Mike would have been a great person to navigate this process. He is very responsive and easy to work with. He is knowledgeable about the real estate market in many of Chicago's neighborhoods. He finds the balance between acting as a voice of reason and a calming presence, but also will tell you when you're asking for too little, and will fight on your behalf. I have zero reservations about referring Mike - I hope to never move again (or at least not for a long time), but if/when we do, Mike's our guy.
Sarah Robinson
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Mike did everything I expected, and more. Very good experience.
Jason and Carolyn Metnick
Mike was the perfect agent for at the right time. It was a fast track and complicated process due to multiple players involved. He handled mechanics, information and negotiations in just the way we needed and wanted. Extremely cordial, professional and attentive to our needs.
Mark Chang
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Mike is the best. Absolutely no stress in dealing with him. He's super responsive and always follows through on all questions and concerns. Super professional and overall a very pleasant person to work with. Would recommend him to anyone - buying or selling. I've had the pleasure of working with Mike through 3 transactions and will use him in the future
Michael Kang
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Mike was fantastic from start to finish. I will recommend him to anyone I know who is looking to buy or sell here in Chicago.
Andy Waite
Mike Kelly, has three qualities which makes for a successful experience. Mr. Kelly is honest, delivers on his promises, and has integrity in every step of your transaction. We highly recommend him.
Michael Neu
Mike LISTENS to what is important to the home buyer. He is cheerful AND helpful. He has stayed in contact with me almost 2 years after the sale and will help me with my next sale.
Gary T Johnson
Mike was absolutely great! Originally, he put on a buying seminar for folks who are new to the process of buying. We liked him right away and decided to go with him as our agent. Very smart. Mike was very attentive, made note of all our wishes for a home and crafted searches specifically for our needs. After touring some, and we narrowed our criteria, he altered our searches and helped us pick out which ones we wanted to see. Basically, Mike was there throughout the entire process and has been an invaluable asset to our finding the perfect home for us! I would definitely recommend Mike Kelly of Dreamtown to anyone how is looking to buy a home.
John Grace
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Jerry and I probably could not have had a better first time home buying experience then we did with Mike. He took our budget seriously found us A LOT of properties to look at, and was positive throughout the entire process. Once we found a place that we liked Mike provided a market analysis/comparison that helped us both have more confidence in he choice we were about to make. Mike never pushed us and always gave us his sincere opinion. Working with Mike felt like working with a friend or someone we had known for a while, not a a salesmen. Once we were ready to make a an offer the turn around time was lightning fast and Mike would always follow up if anything moved more slowly on the sellers end. He always reassured them that it was good to ask questions, and that none of them were "dumb" (and I ask a lot of questions!). Mike was easy to reach by email and phone all of the time. Honestly, we will gladly be recommending Mike to any of friends who are looking to buy in the future and hopefully by the time that we are ready to upgrade Mike will still be around to help us. It was a pleasure working with him from start to finish.
Maria Bowman
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Mike is as good as it gets. An excellent listener, he never failed to understand our concerns and offered sound, measured advice time and again. I work in the real estate industry and interact with agents all the time; Mike truly is in a class of his own. He is professional, attentive, insightful, two-steps ahead and, importantly, incredibly friendly. If you are buying or selling in Chicago, you will be absolutely impressed by Mike Kelly.
Danny C
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Mike was a superb real estate agent. He was very supportive and informative throughout the process. He provided all information needed promptly and was readily available to help. We never felt any pressure from him throughout the process, it was a big decision for us and he provided the information needed to make sure we were comfortably making the right decision. We're thrilled with the place he found us.
John Barrett
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Mike was a pleasure to work with. Completely professional, attentive, knowledgeable, prompt and a great resource for our first home purchase.
Jeff Jackson
We were very happy with our experience. We met with Mike a year before we seriously started looking for out 1st home. He was with us on our journey from beginning to end & by adding some personal touches, helped us get a place that might have been out of our reach. We are now settled in as happy, proud home owners & appreciate all Mike did to go out of his way for us.
Tricia Wirth
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I trust Mike to give me ALL the information and he is a pleasure to work with.
Paul Sandberg
I hired Mike to help with a very important project to me, the purchase of my first condo unit. Mike was very patient with me and made sure I saw examples of all that was out there because I didn't originally know what I was looking for. After seeing around 60 units (he is dedicated), I ended up with a great place, which is the envy of a lot of my friends. He is great to hang around with during the process as well, he couldn't come with a higher recommendation from me. Matt Benton, Lincoln Park
Matt Benton
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Mike is a true professional and a pleasure to work with as a seller. Mike set my expectations from the moment we first met and walked me thru the process of selling and what I should anticipate throughout the process. His knowledge of current market trends and his savvy marketing skills led to an great offer and ultimately a sale within the first week. It was such an easy and stress free experience and Mike's great communication skills kept me up to speed throughout the entire transaction. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a true professional who puts his clients first.
Patrick Gerlach
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Mike Kelly is such a great guy and awesome realtor. He has just the right demeanor and personality that was perfect for us to deal with. He is very helpful, efficient, not pushy, very accommodating of our needs and our time schedule. He was always available and willing to help us out before during and after the purchase and helped us through everything with his knowledge and advice when asked. He is so easy to work with - like we had known him forever even though we hooked up on the internet. We enjoyed spending time looking for our place with him and we have purchased the perfect one and love it !!! Nancy and Wayne Videtich, River North
Nancy and Wayne Videtich
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In a matter of six months M.K successfully navigated a difficult real estate climate in personally representing my wife and I in the sale of two homes and then an additional purchase. His attention to client needs far surpassed our prior experience. I have no reservation in recommending Mike for both buyer and seller representation.Sarah Bullen, Lincoln Square
Sarah Bullen
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Mike is great agent! He provided us with regular listing of downtown properties. We appreciate all of the time and effort that he expended on our behalf!
Bryan Durkin
Rating: 4 Mike was very patient with me and my ignorance with city/condo buying. He took the time to educate me and I appreciated that the most. Not only did I land a great new home, I feel like I executed a smart transaction because of the knowledge he gave me! Jodi Akers
Jodi Akers
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Mike helped me purchase my condo. As a first-time home buyer I had a ton of questions and inexperience. Mike took me through the entire process in an amazing manner all while helping me successfully negotiate a final sale I was comfortable with. Adam Geisheker, Lakeview
Adam Geisheker
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My husband and I were in the unfortunate position of trying to buy a home in Evanston, IL remotely. We had one afternoon to look at properties in person, and after that, we had to rely solely on Mike for information and advice. Mike far surpassed our expectations in this regard. We eventually placed a bid on a condominium unit. The seller of the unit made the negotiations process extremely difficult and time consuming, but Mike dealt with all of these troubles for us. In the end, we closed on a beautiful condo and paid well below the asking price. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone seeking to buy a home in and around Chicago. His in depth knowledge of the market and winning personality made it a true pleasure to work with him. Tate and Webb Wilson, Evanston
Tate and Webb Wilson
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Mike helped me find and purchase a home in March of 2010. He was extremely thorough with details, and gave me frequent updates throughout the entire process. It was great working with a realtor that had my best interest in mind. I was impressed by his friendly, laid back attitude. I was never put into any high pressure sales situations. I would definately recommend Mike as a realtor to anyone looking for a place in Chicago. Jessica Althoff, Wrigleyville
Jessica Althoff
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My fiancee and I really enjoyed working with Mike. Finding the right condo can be a time-consuming and stressful experience, but throughout the entire process, we felt comfortable with Mike and confident in his ability to find a place that was just right for us. He went above and beyond to be available to talk and answer our questions. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for a new place. Stephie and David, Bucktown
Stephanie and David
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Mike was without equal in the marketing and selling of our 4 unit building. He was very professional and attentive. Not only did he meet with us often, but he would also call after every showing to let us know how it went, and he even let us know when he would be out of town, and who would have the keys in case they were needed. Mike was also very knowledgeable concerning how the economy had affected the real estate market, steering us in the right direction as to the pricing of the property. His calm and professional demeanor made the whole experience and process go smoothly and pleasantly. We would highly recommend Mike to anyone interested in the selling or buying of real estate.Bill and Helen, Lakeview
Bill and Helen H.
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Being new to Chicago and a first time home buyer presented many challenges. My wife and I worried about how we would be able to find the right house in the midst of planning our wedding. Mike stepped in and guided us through every step of the search. Mike always accommodated our busy schedules and was able to find places that fit the exact criteria that we had requested. With Mike's assistance were able to buy the right place at the right price in the right amount of time. I highly recommend using Mike Kelly to both first time and experienced home buyers.Madison Major, Lincoln Square
Madison Major
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Mike Kelly was the perfect person to help us find our first home. From our introductory meeting up until closing, we were impressed by his professionalism and market knowledge. Mike took the time to understand what we were looking for and what was important to us, and then worked hard to find it. We look forward to working with Mike in the future, and would highly recommend him to anyone buying their first home.Brad and Lucy Hannah, Lakeview
Brad and Lucy Hannah
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