Posted on: August 1, 2017With a population of nearly 10 million, Chicago is the third most populous metropolitan area in the United States. It’s also one of the most important business centers in the world and is known as a global architecture capital. An international hub for finance, industry, technology, and transportation, Chicago is ranked seventh in the world in the 2016 Global Cities Index. The city has the second largest central business district in the United States and is home to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chase Bank’s commercial and retail banking headquarters, Boeing, Kraft Heinz, and 12 Fortune Global 500 companies. Chicago is home to a number of major colleges and universities, including Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chicago is a major center for tourism, hosting more than 54 million domestic and international tourists. They are attracted by landmarks including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and the Magnificent Mile. Chicago is one of America’s best sports cities, with the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears, Chicago Bulls, and Chicago Blackhawks, with honors including three World Series titles, nine NFL Championships, six NBA Championships, and six Stanley Cups. Chicago has extensive cultural attractions, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Lincoln Park Zoo. The city is known for its improvisational comedy, visual arts, design, and music. Foodies take in Chicago’s signature deep dish pizza, Chicago style hot dog, Italian beef sandwich, and more. Chicago has exceptional park resources, ranking 11th out of America’s top 100 park cities and featuring more than 13,500 acres of park land in the city. In fact, park land makes up 10 percent of Chicago’s total size. There are 4.5 basketball hoops per 10,000 residents, .9 dog parks per 100,000 residents, 3.5 playgrounds per 10,000 residents, and 1.8 recreation and senior centers per 20,000 residents. Overall, there is a population density of 20.3 per acre. At 1,189 acres, Lincoln Park is Chicago’s largest and most visited municipal park. Lincoln Park is home to Lincoln Park Zoo, the Chicago History Museum, DePaul Art Museum, the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Netobaert Nature Museum, and Lincoln Park Cultural Center. There’s no denying Chicago’s greatness, as it has been nationally recognized as one of America’s best cities. Chicago has been named America’s best restaurant city, one of the best cities for parks, one of the best cities to launch a fintech company, one of the best cities for teachers, one of the best NFL cities, and the greatest drinking city in the United States. Chicago is experiencing a tight real estate market. Sales are up about 5 percent, but many homeowners in the area hold on to their houses rather than sell. That means there is a shortage of homes for sale — and prices are on the rise as buyers get competitive for the homes that are available on the market. The $200,000 to $300,000 single family home market is particularly competitive. With Chicago’s ultra competitive real estate market, the help of a qualified real estate agent is essential whether you’re planning to buy, sell, or invest in the city. If you’re buying in Chicago, a great real estate agent can help you find the right home and make a competitive offer before your dream house slips out of your hands. Real estate agents can advise sellers whether this is the time to sell or not, and if you do plan to sell, how you can maximize the sale price of your home. Our list features the 15 best real estate agents serving the Chicago area. With years of serving Chicago’s buyers and sellers, these agents have an excellent reputation for delivering results and successfully supporting clients as they make crucial real estate decisions. You can trust their expertise in neighborhood knowledge, pricing, sales, and more. As all of the real estate agents on our list are excellent agents serving Chicago, we have listed them in no particular order. However, we’d like to hear from you to find out which one is the best. Please vote in our poll at the end of this article to let us know which agent you think is the very best in Chicago. Vote today and don’t wait, as the poll will close in 30 days.
Leigh MarcusLeigh Marcus is a real estate agent with @properties in Chicago. He has 13 years of experience in real estate and specializes as a buyer’s agent and listing agent with interests in moving and staging. Marcus is ranked number one for homes sold at @properties, the number one ranked brokerage in Chicago. His homes sell for a median of 98 percent of list price with a median 21 days on the market. He sold 163 homes in 2016 and was featured on the front cover of Who’s Who in Chicago in 2016. Clients say Marcus is supportive has he helps them navigate the selling process. They appreciate his availability for their every need, preparedness, professionalism, knowledge, and ability to answer every question. Offering thorough, professional service, clients feel supported every step of the way with Marcus and his team. They feel Marcus and his team take the stress out of selling homes and deliver excellent results. 2017’s Best Real Estate Agent in Chicago Photo by Flickr user nimeshm