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!

Cory held my hand through the real estate purchasing process in Chicago which is different than the processes elsewhere. She treated me like I was her only client by meeting me on my schedule, picking up checks and paperwork from my place. She was great. I would not hesitate using Cory's services if I purchase or sell on Chicago again.
Denise Bowker
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Cory found us our ideal condo right after it had been listed, got us in to see it two days later and then worked to get it under contract the same evening. If it hadn't been for her sharp eye and her tenacity, my husband and I feel like we could have missed the opportunity completely. After the initial contract, Cory walked us through every step of the process, which we greatly appreciated considering we are new to the buying process. Cory is a gem.
Albrey Nuss
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Sarah, You did a great job and narrowing down my needs and keeping me within budget! I appreciate all your help and love my purchase!!!
Maryann Rayyan
The best! Couldn't have asked for more in an agent, and we gained a good friend! Incredibly knowledgeable, was protective of us in the buying/bidding process, helped keep our emotions in check. Hilary was great with our kids as well!
Jackie Schieber
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Hilary was very helpful to work with throughout all steps of the buying process. As first-time home buyers, we needed lots of "hand-holding" from the outset. Hilary provided a full process diagram at our initial meeting that showed all of the steps we would need to go through, and talked us through approximate durations for each. When it was time for viewings, she was able to point out factors we may not have otherwise considered. She was very responsive throughout, and was especially helpful as it was time to make/negotiate offers. I would highly recommend Hilary to anyone in the market to buy a home.
Michael Talty
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Hilary is accommodating, knowledgeable, and honest - I would recommend her to first time or repeat home buyers!
Megan Robertson
Hilary stands out in this profession- she is incredibly knowledgeable about Chicago neighborhoods, schools and the market. She got us more than we expected for our condo and helped us to get our next home for a great price in a multiple offer situation. We bought a short sale- obviously a long and frustrating process- cannot imagine using another agent to navigate the purchase.
Chenin Kienzler
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Sarah was very professional and gave useful advice throughout every step of the process. She definitely had my best interest at heart!
Tracy Hagan
We had used Dream Town before and were pleased with the experience. They helped us to sell our home and to also find a new one. We would use them again.
Tom & Claudia Hovey
Sarah was a pleasure to work with! She was super accessible and always ready and willing to assist with any of our needs throughout the entire buying and selling processes!
Laurie Hobbs
Overall we had a wonderful experience and Sarah was very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with
Przemyslaw Babula
Excellent in every detail. Sarah knew her properties and the neighborhoods. She responded to our needs with exactness. I would recommend her to my friends without reservation.
Timmothy Holt
As first time home owners the process of buying our home was initially a bit daunting until we met Nate Ryle. Nate took us through the process step by step and had the patience and respect to hang with us as we tried to define what we were really looking for in a home. He took our feedback from each of our outings we spent looking at homes and developed suggestions on type of home, area, and features we should look for. Not only did we enjoy spending time with Nate but he made us feel like our house hunt and future were his top priority. We were incredibly happy with the work and services of the lawyer and mortgage broker we used upon Nate's recommendation and his behind the scenes work with these people as well as the seller's realtor allowed us to get a great price on a home and have a very smooth and stress free closing process. Nate is very professional and definitely understands the real estate market and his client's needs. We plan to use Nate's services again in the future should we choose to move again within the area and we would highly recommend working with him to any prospective home buyers. Heather and Rich La Vigne, Evanston
Heather and Rich La Vigne
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I recently moved to Chicago from Pittsburgh and knew nothing about the city. I enlisted the help of Nate to help me find I place. I can't say enough good things about my experience. Nate went out of his way to help me find just what I wanted and needed. He even took the time to drive me around to see the places and tell me what was in the surrounding area. Nate really knows the city and the housing market. He can even recommend a place or two to eat if you are hungry. Chris Kweder, Lakeview
Chris Kweder
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Barbara O'Connor sold my home this summer (July 2010) in the Budlong Woods area of Chicago. She is an expert in the field and I would say without a doubt one of the top real estate agents in the Chicago area. It's not just Barbara's professionalism that makes her exceptional but more than that it is her compassion and understanding of the individual seller who she represents. Barbara is dedicated to her profession and did her best for me in all areas of selling e.g. determining the listing price, marketing, showings and negotiating the contract -- all this in a difficult time in the real estate market. Her honesty, integrity and experience combine to make her an outstanding real estate agent. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is thinking of buying or selling a home in Chicago. Vicky Obis, Budlong Woods
Vicky Obis
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Cory was a great help in finding us a new home. We started looking in the middle of winter and she didnt stop sending us possible new homes that met our needs. She responded day or night to our questions and always had a answer or a way to find the answer.
Darrin Achtman
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I have been using her for over a dozen years. She sold a Lake Shore Drive 3 bedroom condo for me in 2 weeks - full price. She sold my Edgewater 3 flat in 10 days $29,000 over asking. Want to sell? Call Barbara.
Richard Benzel
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I couldn't have had a better experience with Michael. He was prompt with finding listings and scheduling tours, and he took the time to understand my needs so that he could find the best fits for me. Even though Michael had other clients, my experience was incredibly personal and I felt like a priority. If all that wasn't enough, he even negotiated a lower move-in fee as well. I can't recommend him enough.
Zach Turner
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I had a great experience looking for an apartment with Michael -- he quickly sent a list of potential apartments to tour that fit my requirements, and he promptly scheduled tours to move the process along swiftly. He was also able to negotiate a lower move-in fee, which was very much appreciated!
Lauren Jakubowski
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Michael was very helpful in finding my roommates and I our next place to live. He started off by sending us a wide variety of places to narrow down exactly what we were looking for, then started sending us new places whenever they showed up that matched our preferences. My roommates and I have schedules that make it difficult to schedule showings for all of us to attend but Michael worked with us and made himself available whenever we were. He even went above and beyond and started going to look at places before he took us to make sure it was a place he thought we may have interest in. Michael provided us with multiple places that we were very interested in and ended up applying to a couple of them. In the end, we ended up signing a lease with one of the properties Michael found for us and the process as a whole was very painless for us.
Andrew Wegerer
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Barbara O'Connor is a fantastic realtor! She gave us recommendations that surprised us. Like leaving some of the colors on the walls. And keeping up a few personal photos out so perceptive buyers felt like this was a home. Barbara did her research and shared her recommended listing price with us for our condo. She was spot on! We had a bidding war after only a week on the market! Barbara also has a magnetic energy which made us feel like we were in good hands. Claire O'Connor is kind and a great communicator. Claire is the Director of Operations & Marketing. We found the marketing of our condo was beyond what we had with other realtors. The photographer took a lot of pics that made our place look great. The web site maps photos to a floor plan so a perceptive buyer can see every room at every angle! Awesome! Brittany Lemke is a talented Real Estate Agent. She showed our place in a way that made perspective buyers comfortable talking to her. We received feedback from Britt after showings! We LOVED that! Brit is honest and direct in the best way. Our quick sale had everything to do with her style and skills. As two women selling our home, I can't speak highly enough about the professionalism and special care we felt from Barbara and her team!
Marie and Delphina
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Barbara O'Connor is a fantastic realtor! She gave us recommendations that surprised us. Like leaving some of the colors on the walls. And keeping up a few personal photos out so perceptive buyers felt like this was a home. Barbara did her research and shared her recommended listing price with us for our condo. She was spot on! We had a bidding war after only a week on the market! Barbara also has a magnetic energy which made us feel like we were in good hands. Claire O'Connor is kind and a great communicator. Claire is the Director of Operations & Marketing. We found the marketing of our condo was beyond what we had with other realtors. The photographer took allot of pics that made our place look great. The web site maps photos to a floor plan so a perceptive buyer can see every room at every angle! Awesome! Brittany Lemke is a talented Real Estate Agent. She showed our place in a way that made perspective buyers comfortable talking to her. We received feedback from Britt after showings! We LOVED that! Brit is honest and direct in the best way. Our quick sale had everything to do with her style and skills. As two women selling our home, I can't speak highly enough about the professionalism and special care we felt from Barbara and her team!
Marie and Delphina
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We may have been first-time homebuyers, but we know that Donna is one of the best. Donna helped get our home search on the fast track. She genuinely cared about finding exactly what we were looking for and worked tirelessly to make sure we had all the necessary information to make an informed decision. She enlisted terrific resources, including loan officer, inspector and attorney, to make sure every step of the process went smoothly. In the end we found not only a top-notch real estate agent, but also a new friend.
Roy and Terese
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Hilary O'Connor was very helpful to work with throughout all steps of the buying process. As first-time home buyers, we needed lots of "hand-holding" from the outset. Hilary provided a full process diagram at our initial meeting that showed all of the steps we would need to go through, and talked us through approximate durations for each. When it was time for viewings, she was able to point out factors we may not have otherwise considered. She was very responsive throughout, and was especially helpful as it was time to make/negotiate offers. I would highly recommend Hilary to anyone in the market to buy a home.
Mike T
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Barbara O'Connor is a fantastic realtor! She gave us recommendations that surprised us. Like leaving some of the colors on the walls. And keeping up a few personal photos out so perceptive buyers felt like this was a home. Barbara did her research and shared her recommended listing price with us for our condo. She was spot on! We had a bidding war after only a week on the market! Barbara also has a magnetic energy which made us feel like we were in good hands. Claire O'Connor is kind and a great communicator. Claire is the Director of Operations & Marketing. We found the marketing of our condo was beyond what we had with other realtors. The photographer took allot of pics that made our place look great. The web site maps photos to a floor plan so a perceptive buyer can see every room at every angle! Awesome! Brittany Lemke is a talented Real Estate Agent. She showed our place in a way that made perspective buyers comfortable talking to her. We received feedback from Britt after showings! We LOVED that! Brit is honest and direct in the best way. Our quick sale had everything to do with her style and skills. As two women selling our home, I can't speak highly enough about the professionalism and special care we felt from Barbara and her team!
Marie K.
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I owe you and your team an incredible amount of thanks for supporting me throughout the process. I am indeed glad it's over! Thank you so much for going above and beyond to get the place sold. I will be recommending your Dream Town team to anyone who is buying or selling a house in Chicago. You are beyond easy to work with and did a tremendous job.
Mike DeBerge
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I want both of you to know how much Gary and I appreciate all the professional advice and personal touch you have both brought to selling our house. We interviewed 4 other realtors, and every one of them suggested that our top dollar price was $375,000, and some of them suggested that we would only get that if we invested a few thousand in fixing it up. You were the only team that saw the potential here, and knew the market could bear a higher price. Today our faith in you really paid off! Thanks a billion!
Susan and Gary
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Hilary is the best! She was really great throughout the whole process of selling my condo.
Lauren Lavaja
A quick note from the sunny south to tell you "hi" and to say that WE SURE WISH your territory extended down here (Tampa area). Having dealt with a Realtor or two since we arrived, we now can say for certain what we felt so strongly in Chicago: You are one in a million!! No one else we talk to seems as smart/real/sincere/competent/nice as you are. Your clients up there are just LUCKY (!) to be able to work with you. Jeff
Jeff
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Barbara, Colin and team showed their metal on this one and it's not lost on us. Thank you again. Al & Barb
Al & Barb
Heather and I are so glad to have worked together and couldn't be happier with the results. From start to finish you really took control of the situation and got things done... from staging, showing, open house and pursuing every lead out there I was very happy with your aggressive pursuit of a buyer and I think we got top dollar for it which makes me happy. Thank you! Matt Bosman
Matt Bosman
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Sincerely, the services of Team O'Connor-Hebson changed my family's life, and allowed us to move on from what felt like a very dark, endless tunnel into a happy, sunny new life in our LSD co-op just as Baby #2 came to join us. I cannot thank you enough for your expertise and steadfastness throughout. I have already recommended you to several friends and colleagues and will continue to do so. Maaike Almeida
Maaike Almeida
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David is not a gusher, and I am, sometimes to a fault. But I think a little gushing is appropriate here. Colin told me when we first signed the listing on Racine, that short sales can be long and messy but that he and Barbara don't quit. Both of those predictions were accurate here. I still have no idea how your team managed to sell Racine and find such a solid buyer for Halsted, and keep everyone on board through the nonsense and delays for an actual closing. You enabled us to largely walk away and go on with our lives for the past year while we trusted you to take care of all the details, and you delivered. I can't express the level of relief we had, ringing in 2013 as single-property owners, and knowing that our home is now quiet and safe and happy, with room for our little family to grow up. Thank you thank you thank you for guiding us through this so expertly. Really, no other gift was necessary at all. David and Maaike Almeida, Lakeview
David and Maaike Almeida
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In making my decision for a professional Realtor, Barbara O'Connor came to mind. I came across her on a piece pf property I was buying. She represented the seller. She was very detailed oriented and it was apparent that she knew the market well. When I had made the decision to list my property, Barbara was with Koening & Strey. About 3 months after Barbara had listed my property, she had come to me letting me know that she had decided to change real estate companies. She had told me she was making the change over to Dreamtown and would I relist with her and her new company. I had no reason not too as she had done everything she said she would and marketed my property well. It was a smooth transaction from the moment it occurred. After the switch of companies, activity on my property had picked up. Barbara had more resources available to her with Dreamtown and along with her experience and professionalism is the reason my unit sold. With out reservation, I would refer any buyer / seller to Barbara O'Connor with Dreamtown. Thank you Barbara!! H. Rue, East Rogers Park
H. Rue
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I am writing to commend the service my wife, Vickie, and I received from your agent, Barbara O'Connor and her team, Mary Herman, Jen Geu, and Donna Theisinger. From listing to closing, Barbara arranged and managed the process of the selling of our condo with a level of courtesy and expertise that should thrill you, given the positive reflection her professionalism has on your company. I have already referred Barbara to neighbors and co-workers, and I am confident that they will be equally satisfied with her work. In a time when the Internet and MLS access-selling is making the idea of a "FSBO" sale attractive to many homeowners, brokerage companies need agents whose competence and market experience provide for prospective clients solid reasons not to go it alone in the sale of their homes. Barbara's profile with Baird & WEarner provided just such a rationale for us, and her subsequent advice and efforts on our behalf more than matched the positive expectation created during those initial conversations with her. Thank you for offering to us an agent of Barbara's quality. She is truly an honor to her profession. J. Daignault, Edgewater
J. Daignault
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As for Barbara O'Connor, she is a highly competent real estate agent and an important part of the Edgewater team. She worked hard to sell this development and the fact that she succeeded made Edgewater more attractive to other businesses and developers. The success of this development was not a slam-dunk. It was (pardon the pun) breaking new ground by offering high quality houses at a new level of pricing for this community. It took quite a skilled team to make it happen. S. Ludkin, Edgewater
S. Ludkin
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"Top shelf" — "Couth, class and excellence" the words that come to mind when I think of you. M. Soehgen, Edgewater
M. Soehgen
We are all breathing a whole lot easier now and are so grateful that the sale went through successfully. Thank you, on behalf of my entire family, for everything you did to help make this process a lot less difficult. We are very happy we chose you as our realtor and we will be recommending you in the future. M. Blocker, Edgewater
M. Blocker
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Thank you. I can't tell you how nice it was to work with you and your staff. I hope we can work together again. It meant so much to me that you cared about me as a person and not just a client. I can not even begin to express how grateful I am to have had you as my Real Estate agent. Thank you for all of your time and help getting me into my new home! I am so happy and excited with my decision. The whole process was more stressful and time consuming than I anticipated. Even when I almost gave up hope, you were there to reassure me that I would find something and to not settle for anything. I wish you much success... C. Albrecht, Lakeview
C. Albrecht
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With all of the chaos surrounding our two moves and wedding that followed shortly after we never got the chance to properly thank you for all of our help with the sale of our condo. We were just saying we can't believe it was a year ago already! Thanks again for all of your help; I can't tell you how much it helped having someone in our corner during what was a really stressful time for both of us. A. Fildes, Irving Park
A. Fildes
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Nate Ryle was an amazing agent to work with. As a first time home buyer in an uncertain real estate market, the process of buying a home was over whelming at times. Nate put all my worries to rest by answering a number of questions I had. He worked so hard to learn what I was looking for and what was important to me. Not only did he meet all my needs as an agent but he has great contacts. The mortgage lender and inspector he recommended were amazing as well. Nate will work with you to make sure your home buying experience is seamless. Cory Brown, Lakeview
Cory Brown
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I was extremely pleased with the level of Nate provided me in my search for my first home. As it was my first home, Nate was extremely patient and thorough throughout the search process. Nate did a great job of understanding what I was looking for and finding various options. When it came time to negotiate, Nate always kept me as the #1 priority and was thorough with his knowledge of pricing in the area. Even after the deal closed Nate continued to guide me through the buying process and was always there to answer any questions. Nate knows real estate well, is extremely trusting and someone who will take great care of you as a client. I would highly recommend Nate to anyone who is looking to buy or sell a home. Colin Rogers, Goldman Sachs, Lincoln Park
Colin Rogers
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