What People Are Saying

Whether you are looking for an apartment, loft, condo, or house in Chicago, 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!

This review is long overdue. It's been difficult for us to put into words how appreciative we are for all that Riz has done for us. We closed on our house in 2017 and Riz did an amazing job helping us find a home fitting our checklist and budget in a market that had limited inventory. We loved spending time with Riz looking at homes. He made the experience fun and enjoyable. We finally found our dream home and to no fault of Riz's, experienced a number of issues with the contractor. Riz was with us every step of the way ensuring our home was everything we had hoped it could be and more. Riz used his vast experience and knowledge to steer us through issues that arose and helped us stay positive and laugh throughout the process. Ultimately the issues were ironed out and we couldn't be happier with being first time home buyers raising our new baby in a place that truly feels like home. We couldn't have achieved this without Riz as our realtor. While we believe this is our forever home, if we ever decide to move, Riz will be our first phone call. If you are ever in the market to buy or sell a home, we can't recommend Riz highly enough!
Beth Huber Sadek
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Where do we begin!? Our experience with Riz Gilani was SO positive and we could NOT provide a strong enough recommendation. At the onset of our sale experience, we found Riz to be extremely well researched (e.g. he came well prepared with comps) and a large amount of experience from which to draw. As we interviewed various candidates, Riz was never pushy and respected our timing. Even when our sale process hit a few bumps in the road, Riz frequently had a prior, similar experience from which to leverage unique strategies or ideas. As such, Riz was excellent at anticipating next steps and potential hurdles and was proactive about getting in FRONT of these hurdles. Riz was such a hard worker that he even handled arranging and being present for many of the necessary repairs to our home to ensure these repairs were done properly and to keep the sale process moving along smoothly. Another extremely valuable attribute to recognize is his responsiveness. On many occasions, even when we texted/emailed at odd hours, Riz responded always within the hour and often within minutes. This responsiveness and thoroughness of communication confirmed Riz was always on top of everything. It is also worth mentioning Riz was very respectful of COVID precautions (we listed in April), which was particularly appreciated as we were 7-9 months pregnant during the sale process. While working with Riz, we experienced nothing but the utmost professionalism. Even still, we feel that we made a friend in the process as Riz is just such a wonderful person to work with. For any and every single home purchase/sale in the Chicagoland area, we will absolutely be using Riz.
Kate Curtis
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Riz Gilani was recommended to us by a mutual friend and we could not have been happier with the experience he provided. Riz was friendly, thorough, and expert. It was a joy working with him as we found and then purchased our first home. If you want to work with an agent who truly cares, and who will value your time and energy, Riz Gilani is sure to be a terrific fit. We are so appreciative of all he did for us, and recommend him with our highest endorsement.
Ryan Ben
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Riz was absolutely wonderful. He was referred to me by 2 of my former colleagues who bought/sold in the area where I ended up purchasing a condo I love! I am a first time homeowner and he was patient, courteous and took time to explain each step thoroughly. His correspondence was also superb. We even joked about how quickly we each respond to emails. A delightful experience and I will recommend him and the Dreamtown team to anyone who is looking to purchase. Thank you, Riz!!! You and your team are simply fantastic.
Amy Uhl
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Riz is exceptional. He was our realtor for the sale of an elderly aunt's condominium in Chicago. We live in Boston, and thus needed someone who could help us with this responsibility from afar. He was patient, responsive, honest, hardworking and kind. He felt like a member of our family. I would not hesitate to recommend him to other customers.
Bob Unsworth
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Riz was a professional from the first phone call. Such a treat to sell my condo through him. I was an out of state seller and basically had nothing to do except answer a few phone calls and emails. Riz and his team took care of everything. Riz knows the market well and had contacts to take care of all issues that came up during the sale. I would 100% recommend him to any of my family and friends. He's a winner in my book.
Ted Lyu
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I wish I could hire a version of Riz for every job. Riz the accountant. Riz the landscaper. Riz the ice sculpture artist. Unfortunately there's only one. But fortunately, he has chosen a profession where it is imperative to hire the best person for the job. One that requires incredible patience, people skills, business acumen, thoroughness, and so on. He's always on time. Texts are responded to promptly. He'll always give you an honest opinion. He's got a whole crew of contacts to help with every part of the process. And on top of it all, he's a great guy! We might just buy another house so that we have an excuse to start hanging out with Riz again regularly.
Michael Cole
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Riz is simply amazing! Riz made my home shopping experience and eventually, home purchase process seamless. He is a source of great knowledge on all that entails purchasing home. And believe me there is much to do when purchasing a home. So having Riz as your agent is all that you need. Because of his vast knowledge and understanding, he guides you through every step. Riz has a naturally calm and laidback persona, so working with him was so easy. He handle everything that my family and I threw his way with ease and care. Riz is honest and trustworthy! I felt like he was an extension of my family, as he looked out for my families best interest. Words can express the gratitude that have for Riz Gilani. If you are looking for the best in Chicago, your search is over it is hands down Riz Gilani.
Jessica Williams
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I can't say strongly enough how amazing Riz and his team were. I was selling at an extremely hectic time in my life and they provided excellent advice and hands-on assistance. From working with the condo management company to securing contractors. Followed by a super fast sale and closing.
Jaye Hilton
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If only every real estate transaction could be as smooth and thoughtful as the one I had Dreamtown! It was such an organized and smooth operation, and everyone I worked with was efficient and kind, and truly interested in quality customer service. I'd recommend this company to anyone and everyone.
Alicia Manson
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Working with Riz was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Riz came highly recommended by a co-worker and we are so happy that we took the recommendation. He was the ultimate professional throughout the process, was always organized, on-time, and prompt with his responses, and his insights were invaluable. One thing that truly impressed my wife and I was the consistent balance between listening, reacting, and proactively providing advice that Riz was able to perfectly strike. Riz quickly became a trusted adviser and remains one today (as well as someone we truly consider a friend). I've already strongly recommended Riz to my Chicago-based friends who are looking to buy a home relatively soon and we will almost certainly utilize Riz as our agent when we eventually sell our current home. Riz is an absolute star - 10 out of 10!
Keith Borchers
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Working with Riz Gilani was a pleasure especially because i was a seller that was out of state and could not be there for the transaction. He and his team made things simple and easy for me, came to me with solutions instead of problems, and were very communicative. I'd definitely work with Riz again if given the opportunity to do so. Thanks again!
David Laves
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Riz was great to work with. He made selling my place as simple as possible, especially considering I was out of state, and quickly found solutions to a number of unexpected hurdles that popped up during inspection and financing.
Will Tyburczy
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Riz is an absolute star. His professionalism, attention to detail and marketing savvy are unmatched. We have worked with him on the purchase and sale of our new home. He always focused on our needs and delivered exceptional service and commitment. His understanding of the market conditions is up-to-the minute and he's a trusted counselor. Thank you Riz for the amazing experience!
Susan Howe
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Riz is the absolute best at his work. The way he handles every step of the process made us feel like selling/buying a home was the easiest thing to do. His work ethic, attention to detail and knowledge of the Chicago area is the best. His team is also the best.
Alek Banchs
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Working with Riz and his team was a pure pleasure! Riz has an incredible ability to listen and watch as we viewed properties so the next ones we would see were closer and closer to what we truly were after. Riz's extreme knowledge of the marketplace and the 'lingo' made us feel VERY comfortable and like he had our backs the entire time. We could not be happier with how this experience went and would HIGHLY recommend Riz and team to any buyer/seller looking for a quality agent that really does care about you and the transaction.
Sean Gierich
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We had a great experience with Riz. Professional and intuitive with our needs and wants with a home. His knowledge and experience were huge pluses for us when looking. We will definitely recommend Riz to anyone in the future who is looking for a home in Chicagoland.
Tim Vanderford
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Working with Riz was a pleasure. Such a knowledge of the market and impeccable timing. We got the most out of both our sale and new purchase thanks to your expertise. Highly recommended!
John Gordon
We were so lucky to have Riz as our realtor. He really makes a point to understand what your dream home is and then he helps you find it! Also, I felt totally educated throughout the whole process. Any question I had was answered. Riz went out of his way to find us a new place when the first condo we went under contract with had problems and we couldn't get financing. Riz is always available if you need him and his staff is all super helpful and friendly. I will HIGHLY recommend Riz to anyone I know that needs a realtor in the city.
Katie Fabbro
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Riz was the best! We were first time buyers without much of a clue, and he hand held us through every step. I felt that he always gave us a very honest opinion, and wasn't afraid to tell us the drawbacks of any home. His support gave us a lot of needed confidence in our purchase. In the end he found us a premarket opportunity - can't thank him enough!
Joseph Kurleto
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We had a very positive experience working with Riz when we sold our condo in 2007. In 2015, we decided to look for a new home and, remembering his attention to detail, responsiveness and knowledge, we turned to Riz to help us with our new home search and the sale of our existing home. Riz helped us find a wonderful new home and negotiate with the sellers. His advice was objective and useful. In addition, within a week of listing our then-current home we had an offer, and we closed a month later. Riz helps create a positive relationship between buyers and sellers that gets results but is collaborative, not confrontational. We are glad we decided to come back and work with him again.
Doug Davis
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Couldn't have had a better experience, and with Riz was able to sell our condo in a seamless time-line prior to moving into our new home
Ed Furner
Riz came highly recommended to us by a friend. We couldn't be more happy with his service and all his efforts. Riz truly loves his job and it shows. His communication is beyond reproach. I can't recall an email or phone call to him that went unanswered for more than 30 minutes, even very late in the evening. Riz's insight into the market and knowledge of what we needed to do to sell our condo fast were spot on. His attention to detail and diligence in his communications and follow-through are off the charts. He also provided a very cost-effective vendor to replace our carpet for showings and even helped us pick out a new couch that helped the condo show even better. When we received an offer and all the paperwork involved, Riz was very patient and took the time to explain everything, help us understand the process and the buyers and negotiated very effectively on our behalf. We are beyond words to describe how extremely happy we are with Riz and I'm certain you will be to! Stop wasting your time looking for the best Realtor to sell your property. You've found Riz!
Chris Wojnar
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Riz was so wonderful! Honestly, I would have never felt comfortable with buying my first place without Riz. He was extremely calm, extremely understanding and always reachable. He explained everything extensively and was so knowledgable. He kept calm, even through all of the problems we had with the seller and was always even tempered. (Even when I wanted to scream.). I cannot say enough good things about him!
Briana Jacobs
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Riz was exceptional. We were first time home buyers and he walked us through the process, step-by-step. He always encouraged us to ask questions and pointed things out we may not have been aware of ourselves. He went above and beyond the call of duty, especially during and after we bought our house. If we ever sell, we'll definitely be working with Riz again, and we highly recommend him!
Megan Pagels
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Riz was an outstanding agent. He was extremely insightful and provided solid advice. I constantly reached out to him via email with questions, concerns and feedback throughout the process of buying my home. His quick responses were very much appreciated, and greatly reduced my stress. I would recommend him to a friend or co-worker in a heart beat.
Ryan Owens
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Riz was quite simply amazing--he totally transformed the experience of house-buying for us first-time buyers on a budget from something alien and frustrating, to something accessible, reassuring, and even fun! Riz goes the extra mile in every way possible. He not only advocated for us in a bidding war such that we won the bid, against all odds, and answered our hundreds of questions with patience and thoroughness, but guided use through the many issues that arose afterwards, from the closing to the inspection to finding reliable contractors after we moved in. We trust Riz absolutely, and consider him a friend, something we never expected of a real estate agent. Riz is a wonderful agent and wonderful human being. You'll feel lucky you found him.
Kim O'neil
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I can't praise Riz enough. I had been dreading the whole process of selling my condo, especially since I spend most of my time in the house I bought in Michigan. But as soon as I met Riz, I felt better because of his expertise, friendliness and patience. He arranged for the contractors I needed to prepare my place, communicated with me through texts, email and phone calls, and even had me e-sign the documents for the sale, so I didn't have to drive in from Michigan. I had expected it to take months to sell my place but after the first (only) open house I got multiple offers at full asking price. I can honestly say that the entire experience working with Riz was enjoyable. I highly recommend him.
Maggie Harrington
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First, Riz is outstanding. A sincere and genuine person who takes time for all situations that arise with clients. He is not only professional but he becomes your friend through the process. I have used his services to purchase my first home and my second home. I refer him to any one looking to purchase and will never choose another realtor. Riz is a class act and a great realtor.
Michael Posby
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Riz went way above and beyond. We were first time home buyers and hired him based on a recommendation. We looked for several months and never lost his attention. He is very honest and let us know when a place was not worth putting an offer on and educated us about the process. He even attended a permit violation hearing, we knowingly inherited, to help us out. He is knowledgeable in many aspects including short sales and he has a guy for everything. We even used his recommended broker after comparing the offers. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone looking to buy in Chicago. He is honest, knowledgeable, and has a pleasant demeanor.
Bob Wage
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We were so appreciative of all the help and expertise that Riz could offer us in the sale of our condo. He coordinated all the details of getting it ready for sale and kept our hassles to a minimum. His advice was invaluable and it sold very quickly and he negotiated a fast closing. He represented us very well through out the sale and the closing! He is a true professional and a joy to work with! We couldn't have completed this sale, this smoothly, with any other agent.
Jessica Duttkin
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Riz is the best. Truly. From the very beginning, he was so engaged and motivated to help us sell our condo. His knowledge and experience are evident and he's very responsive and professional. Riz was so easy to work with and always had our best interest at heart. He got us the best price possible in this market (even more than we anticipated!) and he sold our place quickly. The marketing at Dream Town is so impressive and the photos of our place were amazing. DreamTown and Riz were so great, we would recommend Riz to anyone in need of a smart, motivated and experienced agent!!!
Marcia Dempster
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Riz Gilani is very good at his job. I needed to find a home within a very short time frame. He arranged showings according to my busy schedule, provided excellent advice and guidance and through it all was very pleasant to deal with. He even answered my calls and emails when he was on vacation. Riz knows the business of real estate and he knows Chicago. This made all the difference. Since my purchase I have recommended Riz to several friends. Overall, he made my buying experience easier and less stressful than it would otherwise have been.
Dana Curtiss
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Working with Riz Gilani was absolutely a wonderful experience. We were making a major move with two small children within a short time-frame, and Riz not only acted proactively, professionally, and with our best interest, he did so with a pleasant, informed, and helpful manner that helped allay our worries. I would most highly recommend Riz Gilani to anyone of my friends or family members. He is honest, clear, accessible, and will go the extra mile for his clients. We were extremely fortunate to have his support.
Robin Avdek-Scholz
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Riz was simply a dream to work with. I'm not the most patient client but Riz took the time to explain everything in a clear and concise fashion. He was easy to get in contact with and would respond to my inquiries late into the evenings. We established a trustworthy relationship and he truly has your best interest in mind. I will highly recommend him to my friends when they begin the home buying process.
Joseph Gleason
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To say that Riz went the extra mile to help sell our property is an understatement. We were out of town owners trying to sell a rental, in the middle of winter, with the added pressure of having already purchased our next home and a 2nd baby that just arrived. Riz helped us take care of everything big and small that needed to get done to sell the place, even dealing with scheduling appointments and showings around our tenants' schedules. He is very knowledgeable about the market and despite an initial low offer, knew exactly what price we would be able to get for our unit and he was right! We couldn't be happier or more satisfied with our experience working with Riz.
Yung-Yi Hseih-Nindorf
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I had an excellent experience working Riz and his team at Dreamtown(Tessa and Amy). They provided exceptional customer service- I always felt like they were working hard for me and getting me the best deal possible. They were very proactive and communicative. I have worked with Riz twice now and honestly feel like he is the best realtor in Chicago. You won't have any regrets if you select him for your real estate needs. I can't give a high enough praise.
Kelly Heath
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Riz Gilani helped me find my new home, and without bias I can say, he is the best out there. As a first-time home buyer, I was unsure of a lot of things - where to start, how to proceed, how to navigate, what are the logical steps from property viewing to closing to moving. Riz helped me every step of the way. He was very friendly, cordial and respectful in all his transactions. I have heard horror stories about real estate agents, but Riz is one step up, he is always very respectful, flexible and on-time for the appointments. He also always gave his honest inputs. He did not force me into buying a place that would not suit my taste and requirements. And even when I was in a dilemma in some places, he would tell me the Pros and Cons and leave it to my decision. His inputs were valuable to make my decision. When we found a place that I liked, he would voluntarily help in all steps and never leave me (the buyer) alone even for one step. I can honestly say, Riz goes above and beyond in ensuring his customers are getting the best service and the best place. I had so many questions, many of those are not even related to the property, like the things that I should have known or things I should do on my own. I never hesitated to ask Riz and he would always give me the answer, or point me in the right direction. Knowing Riz and doing business transactions for a few months now, I can say - he does not look for short term gains. He values what he does and ensures that his customer gets the best place they can get. If you are a new buyer or trying to buy/sell a place, please ask for Riz Gilani - you will not be disappointed.
Siva Balu
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Riz went above and beyond in helping me to purchase my first condo! He put in the extra time to pick me up before showings, to meet me when I wanted to look again, and even to swing by a Starbucks before closing! He also recommended to me an excellent contractor to do work in my kitchen, and was able to help me decode the closing process. All-in-all by the time the keys were in my hand I felt confident that everything was in line because Riz made sure every detail was as it should have been!
Amelia Plunk
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I had a very frustrating experience with another agent and then found Riz. He got me into a great condo in a very tough market. He intuited what i wanted before i even knew! He is the best!
Mia Flynn
Riz went above and beyond our expectations of an agent. He was professional, responsive, and thoughtful. As first-time home buyers, he guided us through every step of the process and helped minimze stress, making the experience enjoyable. If we were to go through the process again, we would certainly not hestitate to work with Riz again.
Anna Barnes
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If I could give 10 stars I would!! I have had the pleasure to know and partner with Riz on 4 different condos, in 4 different neighborhoods in the 9 years my family has lived in Chicago. Each place that Riz has found has felt like home the moment we stepped foot on the property. He has a great instinct on what I vs. my husband want in a home and has nailed it every time! I recommend Riz to anyone who is seeking a kind, patient, dedicated and hard working real estate agent.
Katy Peterson
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Riz is amazing! I would definitely recommend Riz to anyone and everyone looking to buy! (and even those looking to rent)!! We could not be happier with our new place...Riz really listened to us and understood what we wanted in a condo and found us the perfect place to call home. Very quick response to emails, calls, etc. and extremely sensitive and understanding to the stresses of first time buyers...Wouldn't ask for anyone else to be our realtor!
Jennifer Mankowsky
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Riz did a great job helping us purchase our first home. He was very helpful with every step of the process and answered all of our questions. Riz knows a great deal about the home buying process and real estate markets and his knowledge was extremely valuable. We highly recommend him for anyone looking to purchase a home!
Gretchen Jorbin
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Riz was great throughout the whole process!
Kim Licari
Riz was a pleasure to work with throughout the process of buying our first place. He was very knowledgeable about the markets we were interested in. He responded to our emails very quickly and was always on time when looking at new places. He approached our search in a very professional manner. We will definitely go with him when we're ready to get our next place.
Dan Cozzi
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Riz was a dream find for us. He was fast, smart, thoughtful, honest, dedicated and energetic from start to finish. He sold our house quickly and followed through on every tiny last detail. He kept calm and focused even during difficult negotiations. In the end, we sold a house but gained a friend.
Allison Madell
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We were first time home owners and couldn't have asked for a better agent than Riz. He was informative, patient and extremely helpful. We definitely will use him again and recommend him!!
Trisha Stasiewicz
My experience with Riz was great, I could not have asked for a better realtor. We had been looking at condos for months, he was never pushy and when a deal fell through he was back at it looking up more properties and opening my eyes to different assets. This was my first home so I was determined that the "almost perfect" home was out there for me and Riz found it! As soon as we saw it I was ready to make an offer and he was right there with the paperwork ready for me to sign. He also helped me answer all of my questions and each step throughout the whole process no matter how minute. I look forward to working with him again in the future (but not too soon, unless I win the lottery!). I love coming home every day and couldn't have had a more pleasant outcome.
Erin Nash
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We had a great experience with Riz. From the beginning to the end he was attentive, thorough and professional. He always responded to my texts/emails in a very timely manner. I recommended him to my brother and sister in law, and they have been very happy with him as well. As a first time home buyer, we could not have asked for a better agent.
Betsy Warners
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Riz was excellent! Highly recommended.
Shantanu Kulkarni
Riz was a pleasure to work with from start to finish. He listened, got to know us and was persistent and driven to help us find the perfect home. He found our dream home and I credit him with negotiating the best possible deal for us possible. We would highly recommend (which I have) Riz to friends looking for a property in the greater Chicago area.
Matt Dickman
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Fantastic, you went above and beyond. I appreciate your stellar service and patience to get this done. You worked hard. Jeff Parkhill - Parkhill Development.
Jeff Parkhill
To refer to Riz as my realtor is just not enough. Riz is an expert, a professional, and above all a trusted friend. In 2012, I moved to Chicago knowing nothing about the real estate market or even quite where I wanted to live. Nor did I know Riz, he contacted me after I submitted an inquiry through the Dreamtown website. Riz showed me many options in different neighborhoods. I knew from the very beginning that he would be a phenomenal realtor, when he went above and beyond the neighborhoods I suggested we look, and took me to see some properties in West Loop. At the time, that neighborhood wasn't even on my radar, but I quickly fell in love with a place there and he put together an offer! Day or night, somehow Riz was always available to answer my questions or patiently explain next steps in the process. Fast forward four years later, when I was ready to sell my condo and move to a larger space, Riz was ready at my first call. I needed to fix up some things in the condo I was selling, and working full time on weekdays I was dreading dealing with contractors, painters, and construction. Always rising to take care of his clients first, Riz literally handled the entire operation. He found contractors who he knew we could trust and had good relationships with, he arranged to meet them at the condo, be there to oversee major decisions, and even went to pick up the tile for the bathroom floor himself! This is why I said at the beginning: Riz is much, much more than a realtor, he is a partner in your home purchase or sale. Look no further, you will not find a more capable and devoted partner than Riz.
Nick Bartolotta
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Riz was a pleasure to work with. He is extremely knowledgeable about the housing market and was very patient with us. He really went the extra mile to make sure we were happy with our purchase.
Jared Gray
Riz helped us find and purchase our first home. While purchasing a home always has its hurdles, Riz made the process as smooth as possible. We never felt pressure making an offer or settling for a place that did not meet our expectations. He also went out of his way in helping us select finishes for our new construction home and selecting the appropriate financing. Even after the close on our condo, Riz was instrumental in helping us get our punch list completed by the developer. When we do decide to sell our place, we will use Riz as our Realtor. We also would recommend him to our friends and family without hesitation. Thank you Riz for helping us make our dreams come true of finally becoming homeowners. Seth, Jessica and Josie, West Loop
Seth, Jessica and Josie
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We would highly recommend Riz to anyone looking to deal with a hardworking, knowledgeable, and ethical real estate professional. We were impressed with Riz's reliability and respected his advice. He went the extra mile and was able to get the deal closed with our best interests in mind. It was a great experience working with Riz in what is sometimes a pretty challenging process. We'll continue to recommend Riz to any of our friends looking for a Realtor. Terry and Carrie, Uptown
Terry and Carrie
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I would recommend Riz to anyone buying a house or condo in a heartbeat. Riz helped me purchase my first condo and he was a pleasure to work with during the entire process. He did not waste any of my time and always put my interests in front of his. Riz is extremely professional and knows the Chicago real estate market very well. I also relied on him when it was time to find an inspector and lender. Needless to say, I was more than happy with both recommendations and I was able to close on my condo without any issues. David, Lincoln Park
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Riz = EXTRAordinary. The service and effort we received from Riz could not be surpassed. He's a true professional with a personal touch that we greatly appreciated. He was knowledgeable of current market conditions and keenly aware on how to proceed with a purchase of a foreclosure. Mostly though, he was exactly the Realtor we needed; patient, caring and Uber responsive. He provided updates and returned calls at every hour of the day or night, putting us at ease and making it a wonderful experience. Thank you! Riz is the man you want on the job, guaranteed! Lisa and Ginger
Lisa and Ginger
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Riz helped us get our dream home. He's an expert on housing, the Chicago area, property values, resources, and an all around great guy. He's the best! Tim & Sharon, Lakeview
Tim and Sharon
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We will recommend Riz to all our friends--and especially those looking to buy a short sale. As first time buyers who were looking for a short sale, we were not the easiest customers. Riz showed such positivity and patience; he was always willing to explain whatever issues arose in the process. He worked very hard to find us a home--he responded to all of our calls and emails promptly, and was responsive as our desires evolved. He negotiated the short sale process like a true pro--he really knew the process inside and out, which gave us a lot of confidence. We are thrilled with our new home!
Jeremy and Caitlin
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Due to an unfortunate combination of circumstances, my condo sale and purchase was a challenging one, to say the least! Riz never let me lose heart and he had a constant stream of proactive new ideas for making the deals happen. He really stuck by me -- and in the end, his creativity and tireless negotiating landed me in a much better place than I ever imagined was possible. I feel very lucky to have him as my advocate. Michael, Uptown
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Riz Gilani helped my husband and me purchase our first home! As first timers, there was a lot we didn't know, and Riz gave us nothing but the best advice. He listened to our wants and needs, and there wasn't a single property he chose with which we wouldn't have been happy. Riz is trustworthy, professional and a lot of fun to boot. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for a new home! We can't thank you enough, Riz! Cara & Wil, Logan Square
Cara and Wil
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We are so thankful to have found not only the best realtor in town but such a wonderful person. As a first time home buyer, there are so many things that run through your mind like the right house, the best financing and those special programs available to only first time buyers. As much as you try to prepare on your own, there is always that doubt that you did not do something right. The search with my first realtor went well at the beginning but I started to notice a decrease in interest with my search as it was taking a while to find the right property and also I was not a fast close. When I met Riz the first time I felt he really wanted to help me find the right home for me and my family. During my search, we went through so many properties and still Riz never lost interest in my home search. I never felt pressured by Riz on putting an offer on a home. He would always recommend and take me to see a home twice to make sure I was making the right decision - what realtor does that? Only a realtor that truly cares about his clients and their best interest. Riz always went the extra mile no matter what. From picking me up at work, to seeing a property, to sitting down with me and going over the finance on the mortgage. During the closing Riz explained and helped answer any questions or doubts that I had. He held my hand throughout the entire process and I felt that I not only had a realtor but a friend. I purchased my home in February 2011 and love it! I can honestly say that I would have never done this without Riz. Thank you so much Riz. <br/><br/>Lucy, West Ridge
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I mentioned to a friend that I was considering selling my condo in Andersonville and looking for a new home in Uptown or Rogers Park. She mentioned Riz's name and the rest was history! He was amazing &mdash; very conscientious, thorough and responsive to my needs on both sides of the selling and buying process. I'm completely happy with the results and would wholeheartedly recommend Riz to anyone who is on the market to buy or sell! Gerri, Rogers Park
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As with most first-time home buyers, my condo is the largest purchase that I've made in my life to date. The last thing that I wanted to do was put myself in a horrible financial position or choose the wrong neighborhood because I did not understand how to approach the process from search to close. With his extensive knowledge of Chicago, Riz consistently showed me great property after great property, always refining his search based on my experiences. When I found the property for me, Riz was extremely helpful with walking me through all of the agreements and pivotal decisions so that I thoroughly understood the commitments that I was making throughout the process. Buying a home is quite an undertaking so when plunging in for the first time, it was great to have such a supportive and knowledgeable Realtor like Riz as a guide throughout the process. Brad, Wicker Park
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As a first time home buyer, as much as I researched, I was still pretty green to the process. With Riz as my agent it was so easy and exciting. I had no hesitations during the entire process. I've always heard comments about signing the final agreement to be very frightening and nerve racking, but I can honestly say I was completely at ease and never once did I have any doubts as Riz made me feel very confident and certain I was making a smart decision! Lynn, South Loop
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I would like to express my great satisfaction with the experience I had working with Riz Gilani in the sale of my home. This was the first time I had sold real estate, I was living in another state with a tenant leasing the property, and I was uncertain and anxious about the process; however, Riz helped me through every step with good information and advice, so that I was able to feel confident in my decisions. He worked quickly to get my property listed, made certain that it always looked its best and was quick to respond to my calls and emails, handling every aspect of the sale with the utmost professionalism. And, despite the slow market, I was thrilled to sell my property in much less time than I had anticipated, saving me a great deal of additional expense. It is without reservation that I would recommend Riz to anyone looking for a Realtor. David, Uptown
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I highly recommend Riz as he went beyond everything I would have ever expected from a Realtor and made my first home buying experience a great success! Not only did he find me the perfect home in just 2 days of working with him (after having been in the market by myself looking for several weeks), but he also: managed a difficult bank situation (right amidst the housing bubble), helped me deal with the seller's "not-so-pleasant-lawyer," and even oversaw the installation of a brand new water tank for my new home when I was unable to oversee it due to business travel. Overall, I highly recommend him and his number is definitely one of the few that I actually keep saved in my rolodex for future reference. - Enrique M. October 2009 happy first time home buyer! Enrique, Buena Park
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Riz represented us in the sale of our condo and provided excellent (and incredibly responsive) service and thoughtful advice. At the time, we had already moved and were a little anxious about the sale process, given the down market. Riz was a calm, reassuring presence and helped us sell our condo quickly and at a very good price. We recommend Riz without reservation to anyone who is considering buying or selling a home in the city. Doug and Jen, Uptown
Doug and Jen
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Amy and Dreamtown were great with every step of the process which we really appreciated, this being our first home sale.
Scott Baker
Tessa is extremely professional and did a great job finding our DREAM home. She did a great job with communicating to us and the home owners we were buying from. We highly recommend Tessa as she confident, knows the business, and is always available at any time. SHE IS THE BEST!!
Eric Lantero
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Tessa was great with our home search. With the market being crazy, we put in 5-6 offers at different houses and she went to bat for us for each one. She worked hard to get us showings at places right away because homes were going on and off the market in one day. I would recommend Tessa to any of my friends who want to begin the home search.
Andrea Senne
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Hands down 100% better than our previous home buying experience. Tessa was professional, considerate and responsive. I am extremely pleased with the sale of purchase of our properties. Tessa is awesome!
Chris Dargis
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I can not express enough how amazing it was to have Tessa as our agent. She was always so accommodating, adjusting with our constant changes, willing to respond to our random crazy questions at all hours. She made the house buying experience enjoyable when it could have been so stressful. She helped us to feel knowledgeable and comfortable every step of the way. We love Tessa!!!!!
Shannon Price
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Tessa is as honest and committed of a real estate agent as she is a best friend. If you want to be in the good hands of a young, ambitious woman who knows her way around real estate, but who is also a part of a great team at Dreamtown Realty with years of experience, choose her! We're now in our new home and she went beyond her role in order to give us the best deal and care possible.
Andrea Beric
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Tessa was the best ! Things could not have gone better from start to finish. Went above and beyond on finding us a place to rent. We will recommend her to anyone thinking of selling.
Robert Dargis
Tessa was fantastic to work with. She was extremely responsive and knowledgeable which helped us win the bid on our apartment. We would highly recommend her to anyone!
Patrick Dienes
To say Tessa was a DREAM to work with would be an understatement! She found me literally the perfect condo in the perfect location!!! Made me feel like family!!!
Adam Beck
Tessa was there with me every step of the way with all the processes for my home purchase. I couldn't have asked for a better agent!!
Deanna Pitts
Since I was living between two places throughout this process Randy was helpful in every way. His demeanor and professionalism are to be commended.
Steve Raglin
Randy was a pleasure to work with and stuck with us for the many months and countless showings to find the right place that fit our picky needs. Thank you for all the help Randy!
Dakota Neff
Randy is the type of realtor you want to work with as his attention to detail, consistent and timely follow-up and his overall genuine easy going approach to get the deal done were key with my deal. If you need to buy or sell look no further in your search for realtors as he is the right person to make it happen and goes above and beyond to satisfy "YOU" the customer. He GETS customer relationships and take them seriously to make you comfortable during the process. He understand the Chicagoland market and would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to get the deal done!
David Pearson
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I was a first time homebuyer and largely unfamiliar with a lot of the Chicago neighborhoods outside of the Loop and Streeterville where I had lived during law school. Randy did a great job of not only getting to know me and determining what neighborhood would be the best for me. He was extremely patient and helped me find the perfect home for me!
Kyle Bessette
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Randy was fantastic on both our sale and purchase - we could not recommend him more! He knows the ins and outs of the local real estate market, both condos and single-family homes. He guided us through the entire process very smoothly and patiently answered all of our questions as we went through it. He was there for us every step of the way. We are grateful to have met Randy!
Bob Dolgan
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We feel so lucky to have had Randy guide us through the process of finding and purchasing our first condo. We happened to meet Randy at an open house in which he was the sellers' agent. We missed out on that place but because Randy was so kind and knowledgeable, we were excited when he offered to represent us as buyers. Randy used his experience to help us narrow our search and understand our priorities. He was extremely attentive to our feedback on each property we saw, while sharing insights that we might not have thought of ourselves. This ultimately led us to finding a perfect space for our needs! We would highly recommend Randy to any prospective clients!
Mike Olentine
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We appreciate Randy's ability to guide and support us through this complicated process. There were a few times when we felt that things weren't going to work out. Randy kept us grounded and made sure we understood each step of the process. We are appreciative of his positive outlook and patience.
Stephen Bingham
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We are so grateful that Randy helped us purchase our first home! He made us feel comfortable throughout the entire process, and we trusted his advice and expertise when looking at properties. We had a very positive experience and highly recommend Randy!!!
Monica Hoffman
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Randy was very kind and knowledgable about all things real estate. Randy always responded quickly, kept me informed, and calmed my nerves, as this was my first time purchasing a home. I would recommend Randy to any new home-buyers or to any seasoned home-buyers. He was so great to work with and helped me find the perfect home!
Emily Saey
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It was great working with Randy on my condo purchase. He was an excellent resource to me as a first-time buyer, from asking the right questions during showings, to breaking down the complicated aspects of the homebuying process. He was very communicative and honest throughout the process and I couldn't be happier with my condo. 10/10.
Emma Palasz
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Excellent service from apartment viewing to negotiations and closing, and finally to dealing with difficult post-closing situation with seller. Randy takes care of his clients, and keeps their best interests top of mind. Highly recommend.
Ramon Padilla
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Our experience working with Randy Romano was extremely positive. We came from out of state, and Randy worked very hard to make sure that we got a feel for the Chicago neighborhoods that we were looking to purchase in. He shared his local knowledge freely and honestly. We ended up buying what we think is the perfect condo in a great neighborhood. We would strongly recommend Randy to any prospective client!
Doug Thayer
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My husband and I met Randy at an open house he hosted for a home he was the listing agent for. While that home was not the one we would ultimately buy, we were thoroughly impressed with Randy's preparation to make any buyer see the potential in that property. He had information on new construction and development in the neighborhood, provided us with food for thought on what to look for in home mechanical and spent a good half hour with us talking about local inventory, which he was very well-versed in. When it came time for us to contact an agent to represent us, there was simply no other choice. Randy already stood out at first impression and never disappointed throughout our purchase process. He was responsive at all hours of the day and evening, educated us on what to lookout for at each property we visited, and ultimately orchestrated the purchase process for a home we couldn't be happier with. We would recommend Randy to anyone purchasing or selling a home.
Aimee Ramirez
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Randy was awesome! As first time Home buyers, my husband and I relied on Randy for insight and guidance. He did not let us down! He made us feel comfortable asking questions and gave us confidence when we found the house we really loved. He made our buying experience painless. I would recommend him to anyone buying or selling home!
Alissa Murphy
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Randy was easy to work with and sold our condo faster than expected. He gave great advice, hooked us up with someone for staging and painting as well. He always answers questions quickly and kept us updated at every step. If there was something we needed to decide he would walk us through our options.
Shayna Connelly
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Randy understood what I was looking for and showed me exactly what I wanted.
Amy Domash
Randy was great!Very patient and always kept me informed of where we were in the buying process.
Katie Ginnetti
Only use Dreamtown - and my hero, Randy Romano - if you want the best, most helpful, kindnest, indefatiguable, fun, caring service! Purchasing a property (I'm a first-timer!) is innately harrowing. But Randy walked us through very carefully and helpfully - never minding the umpteenth question. I'm truly grateful for the way things unfolded and wouldn't hesitate to recommend Randy and Dreamtown!
Stephen Yoder
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Randy is hands down the best real estate agent possible. Super punctual, great with kids, and a wonderful,relaxing, and charming manner. Having Randy's wealth of knowledge and experience,while navigating the largest purchase of my life, was invaluable. He is an asset to his profession and I can't thank him enough.
Chase Bentley
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Knowledgeable and very helpful in finding what we were looking for. Also very friendly and attentive.
Chris Meza
Randy was incredibly responsive, often providing extensive data and analysis on homes and neighborhoods of interest within a few hours of our request. He's calm, patient, listens well and very easy to work with!
Carina Sokalski
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Randy was absolutely outstanding. He really supported us all the way through the process, and was always ready with good advice for us.
Brandon Harvey
Randy was a trusted advisor throughout the whole process of buying our condo unit on Chicago's North side. Randy walked us through the process step by step as we were first-time home buyers. He was always very attentive to our needs and we were constantly in communication about the process. We really loved working with Randy and we recommend him to all our friends and acquaintances.
Justyna Nytko
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Randy was the best! We are so grateful for his excellent help
Barbara Mesle
Moving here from WA state was a trying process for us. Randy was tremendously helpful during this transition. Before we left WA, we communicated our needs to Randy and he responded by providing properties for us to consider. Before we arrived in Chicago, he took our daughter around to look at properties and when we got here, he took us around to look at the types of properties we would be interested in. When we found a house we wanted, he stuck with us from the offer thru the closing and then continued to follow up after closing. I feel that he is still available when we have questions or need something.
Skip Kaczynski
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I highly recommend Randy. He is very professional and accessible. He made the entire buying process as stress-free as possible and facilitated throughout, from helping find places, to price negotiations and the entire mortgage and closing process.
Lisa Brunengraber
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Randy is a great realtor to work with. He was always quick at responding to text messages/emails. He always gave me his honest opinion on what he thought was best for me. Randy always has his clients best interests in mind, he never pushed me to buy something that wasn't exactly right. Would definitely recommend and work with him again!
Elaine Bye
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Randy was very helpful in guiding me through all stages of my condo purchase. He was client-service oriented - responded timely to my questions/concerns, provided meaningful insights on the pros and cons of the properties I considered, and was very patient with my ever changing search parameters! He helped me understand whether a neighborhood would suit my life style or future financial goals - he saved me from purchasing a seemingly perfect home in a neighborhood where home value was growing at effectively a zero rate. Randy was honest in responding to my questions - including when he knew his answers were not ones I wanted to hear, but were those I needed to hear. He gave me a few reality checks as I considered properties to purchase. Those helped me manage expectations in terms of how long my search might take, what is most important to me (turned out to be location), and the entire home buying process through closing. Randy also referred me to his network of attorney and mortgage lender who were as professional and wonderful to work with as he was. I was very happy to have worked with Randy for my condo purchase, and will work with him again for future sales/purchases. Highly recommend using his services.
Elisabeth Indriani
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My experience from the first contact to closing could not have been more amazing. I wasn't even sure if I would qualify to purchase and didn't know where to start but Randy set me up with an excellent mortgage team who walked me through the paperwork and parameters. From there Randy's phenomenal skills in listening, researching, and knowing the market took over and he sent me perfect matches to our needs and wants. His style is informative, friendly, and relaxed, though; never pushy, salespersony, and you definitely won't feel pressure if you don't like a property, are worried about the costs, or just decide this isn't the right time after all. He was careful to stick within our very long list of "must haves" and "can't have" and even with all our limitations found us what is truly a dream home. From the inspection to contract negotiations to closing he was there for us with information, advocacy, and referrals. Even on the day of closing when the sellers sort of screwed up, Randy and the fantastic attorney he recommended handled it and in a few minutes it was resolved. This is the most beautiful, spacious home I could imagine - plus we got it at a price that I can actually afford - I never in a million years thought I'd be living in a place this incredible, at least, not in real life. The "dreamtown" name is ironically quite true! Don't hesitate to reach out. You *won't* get a million texts and emails if you decide not to pursue it, but you may just end up in a palace if you do.
Amy Rosenquist
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This was my first experience with buying a condo and let me say it was a very smooth process. Randy found the exact condo I was looking for in the time frame I gave him. He was prompt to every showing and meeting. Also kept a open line of communication between all parties so there was no confusion during the process. I would personally like to thank Randy and Dream Team Reality for finding me my dream condo
Matt Ginnetti
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Randy was amazing to work with -- very customer oriented; very flexible and patient showing us properties and highly personalized -- remembered details about what we wanted and liked, etc.
Susan Wiemeyer
Randy did a wonderful job from start to finish, his knowledge of the neighborhood got our house sold quick at near asking price. He was always available for questions, advice or just to talk throughout the process. We highly recommend Randy and Dream Town for your next listing or purchase.
Jim Lupie
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Randy was great to work with and made the home buying experience very smooth for our family!
Adam Carlson
There is one word that comes to mind when describing Randy, and that is AWESOME!!! From beginning to end, Randy was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. We have worked with a few agents but none like Randy. He made the entire buying process very easy and efficient and we are both extremely grateful that he was here to help guide us to our first new home! We would highly recommend Randy and plan to use him for all future home buying needs.
Hassan Nisar
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Love, love, love Randy. You are the best. Very knowledgeable and professional. Thank you so much for your hard work.
Enoch Enoch

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