This was our third real estate transaction with Holly and we would give her our highest recommendation. Having worked with her as both a buying and selling agent, we found her to be an effective, reliable, dedicated, professional advocate, helping us to get the price we wanted each time. Holly has an uncommon ability in the field of Chicago real estate…
Holly and Michael listed my condo in Chicago last year. It was rented and I lived 2,000 miles away. They went out of their way to work with the tenants on showings and took care of everything I could not do. Their service is fantastic. Not to mention, they recommended the exact right listing price. Highly recommended.
I worked with Holly (and Michael) to sell my condo in Buena Park/Uptown and it was a great experience. Holly was unlike a couple of realtors I had worked in the past – she was easy to talk to, very responsive, explained each step of the process, and available 24/7. My condo was only on the market for two weeks (Jan 2014) before I accepted an offer. I would highly recommend this team to anyone selling their place in Chicago!
My wife and I have been privileged to work with Holly and Michael on multiple transactions, the last of which involved the sale of our Lakeview condo and the purchase of a home in the north shore. Because of Holly, what could have been a time-consuming, tedious process of buying and selling to make more room for our growing family became quick and easy. Holly understands the Chicago-area markets on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. She listens carefully to her clients, pays attention to details, anticipates problems, analyzes carefully, responds quickly, provides valuable and practical insight, and clearly enjoys her profession. We held Holly and Michael to a high standard and without question, they delivered.
I’ve worked with Michael directly (and Holly indirectly) on a purchase of one condo and the sale of the same condo. They are extremely detail-oriented and very knowledgeable about Chicago real estate. They will walk you through the entire process, which can become quite onerous at times, but working with them makes it easy. My last place sold in a very short time, and I think that has very much to do with Michael and Holly’s efforts. Sometimes real estate agents can be a mixed bag, but if you work with Michael and Holly you’ll know you’re getting top-notch representation from people who truly do care. It sounds cliche, but they really do go the extra mile for their clients. Cannot recommend them highly enough.
When the time came to sell my condo, I set out to interview potential realtors. WIthin minutes of meeting Holly and MIchael, it was clear that they were my first choice.
Both are wryly funny and warm…..professional without even a hint of “slick”. I felt instantly comfortable and thoroughly convinced I was in good hands.
By pure coincidence, my next door neighbor decided to sell at exactly the same time that I did. This gave me the ability to compare the work that my realtor was doing with the work of theirs. Holly and Michael smoked them at every turn…
Dina and I would highly recommend Holly and Michael. Holly and Michael work incredibly well as a team. Holly initially helped us purchase our condo and based on our positive experience, we decided to work with Holly and Michael to sell our condo. What stands out about Holly and Michael to us would be their patience and professionalism. There was a very noticable genuiness about them. They were always incredibly prompt for appointments and presented themselves as professionals. We felt that we were being represented extremelly well! Holly and Michael worked very hard to sell our condo. They hosted an open house and scheduled many walkthroughs. They were able to sell our condo in just over 2 months at a price that we were very pleased with. Their communication was excellent and they went above and beyond what we expected. Holly even let us know that we had over-paid our real estate taxes and could file for a refund. Our overall experience with Holly and Michael was very positive and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional approach from beginning to end.
I have bought and sold multiple properties with Holly and Michael. I can’t say enough good things about working with them. They are super responsive and knowledgable. They really are great at providing advice on how to handle various situations, negotiations, value of properties, etc… I love our home that they found for us most recently– we couldn’t be happier with the services they provided from understanding what we were looking for, making recommendations, sending listings, showing us various properties, making offer, negotiating deal and closing! From A to Z, they are really top notch!
Holly was my realtor when I sold both condos. One was a regular sale and the other, a short sale. She also helped me with the purchase of my second condo. Holly was extremely professional and expedited the entire buying and selling process. I appreciated this especially with the short sale. When selling, she suggested many helpful ways to stage my home to encourage more offers. She also was extremely honest when it to setting the asking price. When I was a buyer, Holly was able to find several condos to fit my wishlist in my price range and desired neighborhood.
Holly was always accessible, and immediately returned my emails or phone calls.
I am very happy to recommend Holly as a real estate professional.
Holly has helped me sold one condo and bought another. She has always been extremely helpful and respond to questions quickly and promptly. She helped me to get an offer for my condo within a month it was on the market! I have recommended her to any friends who are looking for a real estate agent. She even helps me with refinance questions. She is friendly, helpful, responsive and knowlegable.
Michael Kreuser helped me buy my first home and a few years later, sell my first home just as the housing market tanked. I would describe him as honest, forthright and extremely helpful, especially to a first time buyer and seller. I have recommended him to many friends who have been equally happy with his services. If you want professional, friendly, no nonsense real estate agent who knows the Chicago market, I highly recommend Michael and Holly for your real estate needs.
I have worked with Holly Bergren for over 7 years during which I made two purchases and one sell. I have referred her enthusiastically to every one I know. She has helped at least a half dozen of my friends and colleagues find their dream homes.
I met Holly when I was moving to Chicago from Atlanta. I interviewed at least 6 real estate agents. I chose Holly because she was straight forward, no non-nonsense, and demonstrated a willingness to acquire and provide complete disclosure about the properties we were viewing. I obviously knew nothing about Chicago when I bought my first home with Holly. She was wonderful about getting a true feel for the vision that I had of “home.” She has a very good intuition and right away she gets a feel for her client’s style, and the type of home and neighborhood they are looking for. She showed me every neighborhood, walked me through the pros and cons of each, and she never showed me a property that wasn’t a good fit. She never wasted my time.
I believe Holly’s most valuable and RARE skill is her intuition and ability to really listen and carefully select properties that fit her clients needs and desires. I have bought homes before with agents that really never “got it.” They just showed me everything – including awful places that didn’t fit my personality or life style at all. This quality of being able to “hone in” on her client’s vision significantly reduces the frustration and exhaustion of finding a home and keeps it fun.
Holly was also an expert at negotiating on my behalf and protecting my interests. She asked all of the questions that I never thought of asking, and she educated me about the process. Also, as stated before, she was always willing to tactfully ask the hard questions. She also has the ability to maintain civility with the opposing real estate agents and attorneys during the negotiation process and keep the process smooth and civil.
All in all, this is a wonderful team. They have helped at least six of my friends and professional colleagues make the transition into Chicago from out of state. All of them found the right neighborhood, and found their dream home. I have bought two homes with Holly and if I ever buy (or sell) another one, this Team is the first one I will call!
Holly and Michael listed our house in Chicago and did an amazing job. We received timely status updates on our listing with suggestions about how to change staging and pricing.
When we did have to change the listing price Holly decided the magic number. Once the price was changed our house had an amazing amount of showings. We wound up with 3 concurrent offers. Ultimately we did sell our house for above our target price and above our expected price. Holly and Michael share a lot of the credit for that happening in what was a weak market period for sellers.
I would most definitely recommend Holly and Michael to anyone who would need to buy or sell a house in the Chicago area.
Holly was our real estate with 2 different homes. During our first experience, she was able to find exactly what we were looking for in one week! She was completely knowledgeable about the neighborhood and held our hand through every step of our first home buying process. She was pleasant, easy to get along with, and a perfect person to work with. The second time we worked with her, she was just as great as the first time. She assisted us in buying our second home, and again, helped us with the ins and outs of the whole process. I really could not recommend her enough!
We met Holly in 2004 when we sold our downtown loft because we were moving overseas. Holly is extremely professional, knowledgeable, organized, and very friendly. We sold our place in two months. She gave us great feedback and guidance through the whole process. Three years later we were returning to Chicago and without a doubt contacted Holly to help us buy a place. She was very detailed in our search and provided great perspective and advice. Her previous experience as a lawyer enhances her understanding of negotiation and process when buying or selling a home. We have recommended Holly to our friends and will continue to do so. You could do no better.