I was referred to Sam by a friend as I began my seach for my first house. When I first started looking I was not sure if i was ready to buy or if I could afford it. Sam was great, he only showed me homes that were in my price range and had a great knowledge of the neighborhoods I was looking to buy in. After I put and offer on my house Sam was with me every step of the way unitl closing. He helped with getting information my lendor required, worked closely with the seller’s agent and my attorney to make sure everything was taken care of before closing. Overall, Sam made the home buying experience as stress free as possible and I absolutely love my new home!
As a first-time buyer, this process can be a painful and stressful one. Sam made sure it was everything but that. The man truly takes the time to find out what you and your family are all about and translates that information beautifully into a fun, home search. He is a big picture realtor in terms of finding the right home and I’d highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy. The man has taste, doesn’t portray that “used car salesman” attitude, and is a heck of a negotiator. Although we looked at plenty of properties, we actully bought the first one he showed us. This experience was much easier than I had ever dreamed of.
My wife and I used Sam to sell our loft in Bucktown. Sam was attentive, knowledgeable and it didn’t hurt that he was able to sell our unit in 1 day. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Sam again when it comes time to sell.
class act and very experienced and knowledgeable of the local market
Sam Shaffer is exactky the agent I hoped to find when we looked for a property in Chicago. He was tireless in showing us a vast number of properties, solicitous for our needs, in every way professional in making sure that we found what we wanted and in closing the deal once we had decided. I cannot recommend him more highly.
I enlisted Sam to sell a new condo development located at 1413 N. Artesian. Sam sold all three condo units within 45 days. He held open houses every week and was instrumental in getting these deals closed. Sam then quickly found my husband and me another development site located at 1431 N. Artesian. I once again hired Sam to work his magic and he sold all three condos for us within 76 days. He actually pre-sold a condo before the unit was complete. Wow! For our next project located at 2447 W. Thomas I hired Sam to sell unit 2 which he sold in less than 20 days. Next Sam found us another property located at 829 N. Rockwell and negotiated a great price for us . So in total I’ve worked with Sam on a total of 9 different transactions and will continue to use Sam for all of my real estate buying and selling.
When I interviewed Sam, he demonstrated a warm and caring heart. I was going through a divorce so he guided me throughout the process and just made sure my best interests were taken of. At the end even with this bad economy he was able to get me two competing offers. Imagine that!!!!!!! Do I recommend Sam, of course all the time.
Sam is very knowledgeable regarding the real estate market. I have bought and sold a condo with him. We bought the condo when the market was hot and sold the condo when it was cold. Both situations can be very stressful but he helped guild us through the process. He also went above and beyond by offering appraisal, loan and lawyer contacts. He defiantly listens to the client’s needs and try’s to accommodate them in the best possible manor. I highly recommend Sam.
Very likable agent. Never pushy. Listens to the things you are looking for in a house and really tries to find the right match. Very responsive as well. He made a arduous process pretty easy to handle. I will definitely use Sam again on my next home purchase.
Sam was great to work with. We’ve been in our home for 4+ years now and are still appreciative of the service that we received from Sam. He knows the area (Wicker Park/West Town/Bucktown) extremely well. He has lived and worked in the area for quite some time and has his finger on the pulse of the real estate market. Can’t recommend him enough.
Honest and helpful agent
In this day and age of the most volatile housing industry ever, you need a real estate broker who is a workhorse! You need a person who is going to be there for you 24-7 to set yourself apart form the competition. You need a person who is most knowledgable of the market and all the constantly changing regulatory laws placed on this industry. You need a person that is detailed oriented and has an insatiable work ethic to sell your home for you and/or find you your dream home of great value. Sam Shaffer is all of that and more! Sam sold 2 condos for me in the city of Chicago recently in the most competitive and volatile market in history. He will not stop! He will get things done! I highly recommend Sam Shaffer for your real estate broker needs in Chicago.
Sam helped my wife and I sell our home this year. Diffcult seller market and Sam never missed a showing and followed up on every lead, no stone was left unturned. When showings were slow Sam pulled in potential buyers from his other listings and reached out to other brokers. At one point Sam conducted an open house almost every Sunday. Our house would not have sold without Sam’s dedication. If you want your agent to be a reflection that you are a naturally nice, considerate, and attention to detail person Sam is perfect for you.
Mr. Shafer handled the sale of an OREO that we held. His professionalism was above reproach and I would recommend his services to any institution that was disposing of RE. I will use Mr. Shafer the next time I am looking for a residence personally and He will always be the go to guy for the sale of properties.
Sam was professional, diligent and knowledgeable. He sold our home in less than 6 weeks in a very difficult market. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.
Sam has helped me purchase one home and rent an apartment that I have. His knowledge of the neighborhood and the market are unsurpassed. He literally knows every property on every block in my area. Perhaps just as importantly, I know that I can always get a hold of him when I need to. In the few instances where he did not pick up his phone when I called, he called me back within 3 minutes.
If you are looking for a highly skilled and experienced professional real estate agent or broker I would recommend Sam Shaffer to work with. His honesty, excellent knowledge of real estate market and great communication system with his clients makes him an outstanding specialist in his field. He is always on top of what is going. He is very responsive and attentive to details. He is a man of his word, and some of our agreements were only verbal but always fulfilled. Sam would do almost impossible to represent your best interests.
Sam went above and beyond to make sure the deal went through without a hitch. He was always available to answer our questions and was great in following up. He is extremely professional and personable. Plus, he has an extraordinary knowledge of both the real estate market and building construction.
I hired Sam Shaffer to list my home at 2060 N. Oakley and within the first 48 hours Sam brought me two compelling offers. He was able to negotiate the best possible terms for me and I ended up selling my home for well over the asking price. I would say Sam knocked it out of the park. He was very instrumental in staging my home, spent a great deal of time making sure that everything was perfect before he listed the property. He was in constant communication with me and my family and made what can be a very stressful time a breeze. I also used Sam to purchase a single family home located on the 1700 block of Honore in the heart o Bucktown. Sam was able to get me into this property before anyone else had a chance to see it. He did a great job in negotiating me a very competitive price point at the time and made sure that everything went as smooth as possible. Sam exceeded my expectations in every way possible and I always recommend Sam to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.
Sam was our agent for selling our home and for helping us purchase our new home. Sam is a dedicated agent who is concerned about the customer he is representing. We were selling our home in 2007 when the market was turning, and Sam did not miss a beat for a showing, open house or any potential buyer. A hard worker and does not give up, honest and so nice. Sam was a good communicator with other brokers when negotiations were going on, as well as with us when we were frustrated with the market. Important things: He listens to you, and is not interested in pushing you to sell or to buy if it is not right for you. You may think you know the price you should list your house at, but Sam will tell you the price it will sell at.
Sam was referred to me through a co-worker and helped my fiancee and I find our perfect condo. He hand-selected the properties he showed us and avidly listened to what we liked and disliked while viewing the properties, and applied that to the next group of properties he showed us. Sam is honest and tells it like it is, and often called out other agents if the property was listed too high. Sam resilent effort to find us our condo was noticeable and much appreciated. Sam has an extensive knowledge of the Chicago real estate market. He was very responsive and in constant communication with me throughout the process via phone, text and email. We had a great experience working with Sam and have referred him to all of our friends looking to buy/sell in Chicago.
Sam was great to work with on many levels. His vast knowledge of the market and his interpersonal skills were excellent. He was attentive to my needs as a seller and as a new mother. He had beautiful pictures taken of our condo and created a very appealing website to market our home. He brought in a lot of potential buyers and always tried to work around my schedule for showings. I would definitely recommend Sam for your buying and selling needs!
Sam helped me find and buy my first home. He was very helpful guiding me through the process and very patient.
Sam sold a rental property I owned in Chicago during the down market. He was able to find a buyer and get me a better price than I expected in that market. He handled the negotiations for me and got the property sold a lot quicker than I expected. I would use him again if I was buying or selling in Chicago.
Sam Shaffer is perceptive and knowledgeable. His interactions with us were very professional, while still being warm and friendly. He understood immediately what we needed and helped us immensely. I appreciated his honesty and sense of humor during, what can be, a stressful time. I would recommend him highly.
We contacted Sam to show us a home we saw online and he was able to secure us a viewing right away. He had many helpful insights as to what we should be looking for. He also offered to show us additional homes since this was the first home we had seen. Unlike the rental brokers we used to find our apartment, Sam stuck to our price range and neighborhood preferences. It was obvious from the start that Sam just wanted us to find a home we’d be very happy in, rather than a huge commission. We ended up purchasing that first home we saw and are still thrilled with it today. We would recommend Sam to anyone and intend to seek his assistance again someday if and when we decide to move. It’s so important to have a realtor you can really trust and who takes an interest in what will be the best fit for you in choosing your home — Sam is that guy for us.
I needed an agent upon whom I could rely and trust. My husband passed away suddenly last October and my grown children are on the west coast so I relied on Sam to think both for me and with me. We worked as a team. When I was preparing the house for sale, Sam gave me the direction I couldn’t give myself about getting rid of clutter and non essential furniture. He has a very good eye and knows just the right kinds of personal objects and furniture to keep in the space. His personal warmth and knowledgeability were always apparent when he was showing the house – I think he made people feel comfortable. When it appeared that we had a buyer I relied on him to help me with the many decisions that followed. In our process, he never hesitated to do the hard work and always volunteered to do anything extra. I’m very grateful that he was my agent.
My wife and I both highly recommend Sam Shaffer. Mr. Shaffer is a true professional in every way. Selling your home sometimes can be difficult and stressful but Mr. Shaffer made the entire process painless and most importantly he was able to sell our property quite fast and for the price we wanted.
Sam SchaFfer sold two pieces of property for me in Bucktown and in Ukrainian Village. He was delightful to work with, very professional and did a sensational job. He really worked hard to get those properties sold and he did it in record-breaking time. I got a lot of personal attention, he returned all my calls immediately, and it always seemed like my properties were his priority. He was extremely knowledgeable about the area, he knew what the comp houses in the neighborhood were selling for, and he got me the biggest bang for the buck. I couldn’t recommend him more highly.
Always Patient and optimistic—goes above and beyond
Found us our dream home in a great part of the city with a top school for our kids.
Generated a lot of interest in our listing. Had multiple offers, process was great.
Sam helped us sell our condo and buy our current home. He did a terrific job throughout in every aspect. He was especially good at making sure we were educated sellers and buyers so that we could make the best decisions for us. His understanding of the market was a tremendous asset and he has not only deep knowledge about the properties that are currently listed, but also those that may soon be listed and those that have recently sold or been removed. I would highly recommend Sam.
Sam made the selling of my townhouse as seamless as I could have hoped and was a pleasure to work with. His knowledge of the market, experience, and network were an asset. He did a great job of negotiating and I trusted his recommendations. I will work with Sam for my future transactions and would have no problem recommending him to family and friends.
Sam sold our house in only 13 days in a very difficult market. He visited our house and made very honest and easy suggestions about how we should improve the layout and look. We made these changes and then went to market.
Sam brought us an offer that was reasonable and fair and guided us through the negotiation process. He was there all the way through the inspection and review and stood by us at closing.
I will not sell or buy another home without Sam.
He was great.
We recently sold our condo in Chicago. Friends and families are wondering how we did it. Well, we had Sam as our realtor, the Super realtor. We found Sam from Zillow and his reviews were great. They were very helpful for us to choose the right agent. So, now it is our turn to let others know how great realtor Sam is. We were so lucky to find Sam who did great job on selling our place. As we all heard, it is extremely tough time to sell. So selling home can be the most frustrated process at this house market. However, Sam makes things so smooth and painless. Sam was always there for us – what a great communicator. Having a responsible communicator, like Sam as our realtor and knowing that he will be on our side whenever we need him did help us to go though this rough time faster. He did lead us to right way and help us moving forward. Thank you so much Sam! We could haven’t done it without you!
Exellent Service! I contacted Sam Shaffer looking for help selling an estate property in which i had a very hard time selling. He took charge and delivered on his promises. I had several offers within 1 week on the market, a cash offer was accepted the following week, and we were ready to close in record time. Sam has truly been a blessing and made a very difficult process smooth as silk! It is hard to believe that i struggled for years trying to sell our family home and he wrapped up my request in less than month!!!! You won’t be dissapointed. Give him a call and see for yourself! Thanks Sam again for your wonderful service, compassion, and care. Be Blessed… A.M.Barnes
Sam was our agent for the sale of our house in Bucktown. I can honestly say he is by far the best agent we have worked with. We interviewed a few different agents before selecting Sam, and choosing him definitely paid off in the end. He was incredibly responsive and available whenever we needed him…early in the morning…late at night…it didn’t matter. He’s a Chicago native and knows the city front-to-back and left-to-right. We are using Sam for our hunt for a new home, and we wouldn’t hesitate to use him for the sale of it years down the road. Thanks for the great service Sam!
Incredible agent!!! This was our first time selling a property and Sam was there to help us through it all. He is knowledgeable, experienced, and extremely reliable. In a tough market, Sam found us buyers. He did an excellent job with the negotiation process and we couldn’t be happier with how smoothly it all went. We will definitely be recommending Sam to family and friends. Thanks for everything Sam!!!
Sam personifies all that an agent should be; calm, cool, collected, but smooth as all get-out. He will leave no stone unturned, is responsive to his clients, won’t lead you on a wild goose chase, gets you to consider options/alternatives, but does not try to push you where you don’t want to go. We not only went through the ups and downs of almost buying a Chicago home, which we reneged on, but did end up moving and he sold our condo at probably the worst time in the history of Chicago real estate! Can’t say enough about Sam as a person and as an amazing agent.
Sam helped us purchase our first home.
He was extremely patient, finding listings accompanying us on many viewings (often with young child) over many months until we finally found the perfect dwelling.
He was also extremely knowledgeable regarding the Lakeview/Lincoln Park neighborhoods where we were looking to live.
A pleasure to work with and I’d recommend him highly especially for fussy home hunters.
Sam is fantastic. He is extremely knowledgeable about the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, etc markets. His responsiveness and customer service are top notch. Sam brings a lot of energy and “fun” to a difficult and stressful process. I wholeheartedly recommend Sam Shaffer for your real estate needs!
People say never do business with friends but Sam has proven that saying wrong. He is our friend and still is our friend after finding our current home which we have happily owned for 7 years.
He has also been great to work with as we have been looking for a new home since our family has grown with the addition of 3 crazy boys.
Sam is the type of guy that is right there holding the baby or joking with the kids to give you time to look at a house. He follows up and is very professional. We love Sam!
Sam is a fantastic agent and was very responsive of our needs for our town house rental. He was diligent and mindful and listened to what we wanted. He picked places that only he would want his family to live. Thanks, Sam!!
Sam, helped us buy our first condo in Bucktown area. When we first met him, we werent absolutely sure about the neighbor hood where we wanted to be. Sam, started the process right from the scratch understanding our requirements and suggested Bucktown/Wicker Park area.
He was very patient and willing to show houses as per the time that worked for us. It took us more than 7 months (including a break of 2 months) before we decided on a place. Once we decided on a place, he recommended his team, starting from house inspection to lawyer who were good to work with.
All in all it was a fun experience and Sam certainly made it easier.
As second time home buyers,we could not have been happier with Sam’s attention to detail and expert advice. His knowledge of this complicated market and ability to guide us into making the right decision for us was impeccable. We are thrilled with the home we ultimately purchased as well as the price point. Sam not only brings expertise in the real estate arena but also has an extensive network of people to leverage (contractors, mortgage brokers, lawyers, etc.). We will definitely be working with Sam again as well as refer him to our friends and family.
Sam is excellent at what he does. Knowledgeable, organized and patient. I would recommend him to anyone, especially first time buyers!
As first time home buyers my boyfriend and I were more than a tad overwhelmed. We contacted Sam at the beginning of our search when we didn’t yet have a super clear vision of what we were looking for. We left our first visit with him feeling comfortable and excited to have a clear plan of how to go about the process. Sam laid out a basic process and asked more than basic “what are you looking for” questions to not only get us thinking but to know what to show us. He was very flexible with showings. My boyfriend works from home so they would go during weekday afternoons to narrow things down. On the weekends we would all go revisit the top choices and a few new ones to us both. The fact he took us to 4 places on one Saturday morning that they had already seen, just so I could see them in person showed me how much he wanted us both to make the best decision for us. When we were crazy about the last condo we scheduled to see and were jumping to make an offer, he had us go get lunch, talk it over and then make a decision. There was never any rush to the process and we never felt pressure. Last minute we decided to see another place and became torn between the two. Sam negotiated between the two and we ended up getting a deal better than we thought possible. We were aiming to move mid-late January and even through the holidays Sam kept in contact with updates. Our appraisal went haywire and we in the course of getting a new appraisal we feared not only that we wouldn’t be moving the next week, but that we wouldn’t get the place at all. Sam kept us calm (by us I mean me) and worked with us to create a game plan we were happy with. We ended up closing on the condo. I can’t stress enough how easy Sam is to work with. He is very patient and we felt comfortable putting our trust in him.
Sam did a fantastic job selling my Lakeview condo. This was my first home sale and Sam made me very comfortable with the process and was able to answer any questions (no matter how dumb) that I had about the process. He was able to get an offer that was accepted within the first 2 weeks on the market. There were a couple of challenges in this transaction that showed how great of a realtor he is. First, at the same time that I began the process of selling the unit I was already in the process of moving to Atlanta. Sam was able to handle all details both large (arranging to get some work done on the unit) and small (sending mail to me in Atlanta when the Chicago Post Office failed in the forwarding) that arose without any help from me. The second issue related to a specific clause in the condo agreement that I did not even realize existed that temporarily caused some issues with the potential sale. Sam was able to work tirelessly and personally to work with the buyers and the other parties to the condo agreement to ultimately work out the issue to both sides satisfaction. I wholeheartedly recommend Sam for anyone that is selling (or buying) a home in the Chicago area. I only wish he could help me find a new home down in Atlanta!
My wife & I began looking for a place back in April 2010, and we just closed this week. That may seem like a long time, but we were horribly picky–we were looking for a home in our current neighborhood (only about 20 blocks to work with), at a price point well below the neighborhood average, and with little/no work needed to be done (ruling out a lot of foreclosures/short sales). Sam was patient, continuing to send leads for us to review and take me on viewings throughout the year.
I’m sure we’ve been some of his most challenging clients to help. But he never once complained or tried to pressure us into anything. He even talked us OUT of a couple places that would have gotten us mired in a never-ending short sale.
In October, we finally went under contract on a REO. But upon inspection it needed MAJOR work that we wouldn’t have been able to afford. Sam helped us get past our disappointment and back into the hunt.
Right at Christmas, we found the place we now call home. Sam got us through the whole process wonderfully, making sure we were taken care of the whole way through.
He knew the area (heck, he LIVES in Ukrainian Village!), he knew the properties as soon as they came up, and he knew the other real estate agents that we came into contact with. He listened well to our concerns and desires and made sure we didn’t waste our time with junk that didn’t fit.
If I ever buy/sell a home in this area again, I’ll use Sam. And I’ll tell my friends the same.
Sam was a real professional and certainly delivered the service I requested. I told Sam that I wanted to sell my house within 90 days and we closed around the 90th day. Sam was always available to answer my questions. He was on top of issues that arose during the process and because he was, I could relax a bit. I could not have asked for a better partner in the difficult and complex sales process.
My husband and I couldn’t be any happier with the service that Sam provided. We are first-time home buyers, and Sam really walked us through the entire process. On top of being new to the game, we also had our 8 month old son with us throughout the whole ordeal. Not only was Sam patient, but he was also very understanding. Dealing with a baby is not always easy! When we started searching, we were unsure of what neighborhood we liked. Sam took us to both Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park and Roscoe Village, offering his expertise and opinions in both locations. His knowledge was so helpful in making our final decision. Sam has an incredible eye for detail in homes, with great ideas about furniture layouts and quick home improvements. I would’ve been lost without his insight. With his laid-back attitude, Sam really made home-buying enjoyable and stress-free. I would HIGHLY recommend Sam Shaffer to anyone looking for a great realtor with a strong knowledge of the Chicago real estate market. We definitely will be using him again!!!
We were in an unique situation in that we had moved out of state over 6 months prior to hiring Sam. We had a bad experience with our previous realtor and we were looking for a change. To this day, we have actually never met Sam in person, but that did not affect our working relationship at all. He was extremely responsive from the second we reached out to him all the way through closing. He kept us updated regularly after each showing. We went through 2 offers that fell apart within 24 hours of signing before we ended up in a bit of a bidding war between 2 other offers and ultimately chose the person who ended up as our buyer. Sam offered solid advice throughout the process and helped with the negotiations. I did not get the impression at all that he was only in it for himself and/or just looking for the easiest and quickest sale (2 things you always hear about realtors). Given that we were not local, Sam handled meeting our stagers, made some of the last minute walk through repairs and regularly checked on the condo to make sure it was in good shape. He went above and beyond in my book. We had fairly consistent showings from the time we listed in November until we signed the offer in February. Another thing I was told when making our second realtor selection was that you could lose a lot of opportunity going with a small shop and not having the large network of a big realty company. This was not the case for us in any way, shape or form. If anything, I had better customer service and we clearly didn’t miss a beat going with a smaller, independent realtor.
I recently used Sam to help us buy a new condo. He was recommended by a friend and I would highly recommend to anyone looking to buy or sell. From a buying perspective, he always made sure we “left no stone unturned” and thoroughly exhausted all our search options before finding a place we really liked and wanted to bid on.
Sam is the exact opposite of pushy and always makes sure you are completely comfortable. He is easy to work with, super responsive (you always call him) and super nice. We were really happy with Sam!
Sam is very calm, patient, knowledgeable, and responsive. He made sure that my fiancee and I did all the proper due diligence in searching for a property. In addition, he helped weed out properties based on his vast experience of the local real estate market and what we told him was important to us, which saved us time, and helped us stay focused on what we really wanted in a home. Plus, he is super responsive — if we sent him a question and more than a few minutes went by we were worried something was wrong, because of his excellent customer service. We did not know him before (a friend of a friend recommended him), but by the end we felt he was not only our agent, but also a good friend as well. He educated us on all the stages of home buying and the market, and it resulted in us being happy first-time homeowners. We would definitely recommend Sam.
As a buyer, I know how vulnerable a buyer can be because we have to rely on a realtor to act in our best interest and on our behalf when we buy a property. I am very glad that I found Sam who is the realtor that you can trust. He always made sure that I can reach him at any time and he responded immediately. He is knowledgeable about what he does, and a great guide for me through the process. Sam is the kind of realtor that you will feel comfortable asking questions and expressing your concerns. He worked hard and understood what kind of property I wanted to purchase. He let me know of progress, and at the end of the day I could breathe a sigh of relief because I know Sam was reliable, accessible, and would support me through the process until the end. He has a team of real-estate professionals, including home inspection, attorney, mortgage/loan officer, and home improvement professionals. He would suggest one to you if you need one but he would not pressure you in anyway. It made my life so easy to have the suggestions from him and they were all very professional and got the job done on time and well. Sam is also very pleasant to work with. He always puts his clients first and makes sure they are taken care of. I know next time when I buy or sell, Sam is the realtor that I will definitely use again.
Sam has a unique ability to take a stressful event and make it manageable. He was incredibly patient with our list of wishes but also practical in his feedback. He was available whenever we needed him. We would recommend him in a heartbeat to anyone.
Sam sold my townhome in West Bucktown (a tough area to sell) in 4 days. The closing was tricky but Sam remained calm and determined and we got it done. I would highly recommend Sam to anyone looking to sell a property in the city.
Sam is a total pro. Classy, kind and considerate. My wife and I worked with him for months as we looked to buy our first place. He always knew the right questions to ask and was ready and willing to point out the pros and cons of each property we saw. He is friendly, knowledgable and truly one of a kind. Ultimately, we didn’t end up buying due to reasons outside of our control. Even though Sam sacrificed multiple evenings and weekends with us searching for a right home he wasn’t the least bit upset that we weren’t able to make a purchase. He stayed positive about the whole situation even though we were down in the dumps and told us that he looked forward to working with us again when the time was right. The feeling is certainly mutual, Sam!
Sam is by far the most knowledgable and understanding individual in real estate I have ever encountered. I have been buying real estate for 20 years and never have I encountered someone who really understands the nuances of a deal like he does. He has flawlessly negotiated the purchase of a 4 unit in Bucktown and a 2 unit in Ukrainian Village for me. Shaving tens of thousands off the asking price and securing favorable terms. Sam has an positive approach that is extremely professional and effective. In my experience, most agents will spend a moment searching for the proper location or deal and then move on to the next client quickly. Sam has a way of exhausting the market and digging for that special piece then negotiating it to the end. I can’t explain how refreshing it is to be working with such a professional and adept individual in this industry. Thank you Sam!
We found Sam out of pure luck and he exceeded our greatest expectations for a real estate agent. Very respectful, professional, and incredibly pleasant! Sam got us set up with some home searches very quickly, was a great negotiator with others and agents, and gave us a lot of great advice on how to handle our first home purchase. Also, I tried to shop around for different lenders and real estate lawyers but the team he recommended was far better in both price and expertise. I would absolutely recommend working with Sam to anyone (that I like) for real estate business and he will certainly have ours in the future!
Sam was AMAZING!! We had a pretty difficult closing but Sam somehow made the process enjoyable. He is incredibly honest, smart, and willing to go the extra mile for his clients. He never pushes towards a sale and made the process of searching and buying our home a seamless and stress free experience. I can not recommend Sam enough. This guy knows his stuff and is a huge asset. We were incredibly fortunate that Sam fell into our laps while in the beginnings of our home search. We really got lucky!
The day I decided to sell, I went to Zillow and read some of the realtor reviews and contacted 3 realtors by email. Sam contacted me back within 30 minutes and was at my house to look it over in about an hour. He lived and had worked in the neighborhood for years, knew it block by block and gave me excellent advice on staging and pricing that resulted in selling our house in 4 days for more than the asking price. I would recommend Sam to anyone looking to buy or sell on the West side, his service and advice were excellent.
Occasionally in life you have the opportunity to work with someone who is so professional, so thorough and so dedicated to his/her profession that you have no doubt that he/she is the best. Sam is one of those people!
We had a terrific experience working with Sam! From beginning until the end (dealing with last minute closing issues), Sam was an absolute professional. He is very knowledgeable, honest, helpful, caring and kind – not common traits when working with real estate professionals. Overall an excellent experience – we highly recommend him.
Sam did a great job! We bought our first home (condo) recently and Sam’s expertise and skills were very impressive and helpful. He is also very nice and responsive. If you are a first home buyer, I would LOVE to recommend you to work with Sam.
Working with Sam in finding our first home as a married couple was a wonderful experience. He was extremely knowledgeable about the neighborhood my husband and I were interested in and was on the same page with our needs and wants the entire time. We found the perfect home our first day of looking and could not be happier. As this is my first home buying experience I could not have asked for a better agent! I will be recommending him to any friend or family member going forward.
Sam is, without a doubt, the best agent I’ve come across after several purchases/rentals in Chicago. His casual and direct style helped us find and negotiate our home purchase quickly and stress-free. Buying a home is a huge decision – do yourself a favor and get Sam on your team. His expertise and approach work wonders.
My husband and I kind of stumbled across Sam. We called about one of his listings and he ended up becoming our buyer’s agent. Clearly he knows how to work it 🙂 It actually turned out to be a very happy accident. It was great to work with someone who made an effort to understand what we wanted and who really seemed to be familiar with the neighborhoods we were interested in (Wicker Park, Ukranian Village). He not only knows the market in these communitites but also seems to know almost every house available. We were kind of surprised to see how fast properties were moving, given how slow the market has been. It was great to have someone like Sam on our side throughout the process.
Sam is fantastic – he’s professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. After spending a day touring with a discount brokerage, I decided to go with Sam instead and it was a night-and-day difference. He really knew the neighborhoods that I was looking in – Wicker Park/Bucktown/Logan Sq/West Town – and the housing market in general. He quickly got an idea of what I was looking for, and showed me a lot of places that fit the description within my price range, while not wasting my time looking at places that didn’t. Once I found the place that I wanted, he got it for the price that I was targeting. And most helpful for me, a first-time home buyer, Sam and his team were very responsive and proactive during the closing process and navigated me through the process – it would have been a nightmare with a less qualified agent. I’ll use him when I end up selling my place, and I’ll recommend him to friends looking for an agent.
Mr. Shaffer was great. Took the time to fully explain the process. Eventhough my wife and I were only looking, he was very helpful and professional. We will use Mr. shaffer when we are ready to purchase and I recommend others use him as well.
I cannot begin to describe what a wonderful experience it was to work with Sam and Chicago Properties. Sam was extremely professional and very knowledgeable about the Chicago market. He was able to give me solid feedback on what needed to be done to list my home, was responsive with all questions, and really took the time to educate me on the process. Sam was able to help me negotiate an offer within weeks of the house being listed. I would highly recommend Chicago Properties to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Sam was able to make a very stressful situation into a pleasant experience. It was truly a pleasure working with him and his team.
Sam did a great job helping my wife and I find a new condo in Chicago. We looked all over the Gold Coast, River North, Bucktown, Wicker Park and the Ukranian Village. Sam knew the areas and the inventory.
He was professional and courteous. We took a very long time (2 years) and he was very patient with us. Couldn’t say enough good things about Sam.
Sam helped me with a tough deal – it was a lot of work for him and he never stopped putting in his 110%! I can honestly say that I didn’t have to worry about a thing – he is knowledgeable, responsive, professional and effective. I highly recommend Sam!
After having a bad experience with a different realtor for my first purchase, I was pretty hesitant to work with another realtor. However, I also didn’t want to spend the time making appointments to see places. Sam is really excellent. He is hard-working and persistent in a good way. He worked around my schedule and had places lined up based on what I told him – sometimes before they even made it to the web. He also didn’t push even when he thought I was walking away from the place of my dreams for unwarranted reasons – he just promised to find me another place that would work. He then negotiated the price to my satisfaction and I’m very happy with my new purchase. I think for anyone who is concerned that your realtor will not have your best interest at heart and only their bottom line, should contact Sam. He will do a great job for you.
Hello, We have an updated post for a condo sold (see below). After 4 years in our place we decided to sell our home. We went with Sam Shaffer because we had him as our buyers agent before, and got us a great place at a great price in 2012. Sam did a great job with the whole process, from the initial market comparison, to photographer, to scheduling showings everything was extremely easy. Within a week we had an offer, Sam managed to work with the other realtors who had toured our place and get another offer we accepted as is offer at list price. Sam just gets things done, doesn’t bother you with useless updates and really takes care of you. He would check in from time to time and was always someone we could reach out to. We also had several friends use Sam as well. We really highly recommend him to anyone looking in the area or from other cities like us. Eamon&Rachel Welch Bucktown 2012-2016 My wife and I recently made the move from San Francisco to Chicago and had very little knowledge of the different neighborhoods. We were also first time home owners and unsure of the exact steps we needed to purchase a home. We heard advice from many of our friends about the different areas like Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Park, River North, Gold Coast, South Loop, Bucktown, Wicker Park, etc.We explored a few different neighborhoods to get a feel for what we were looking for. After that we had decided to begin looking for someone to guide us through the process. We decided to check Zillow for a buyers agent. We had reviewed several agents and looked at the areas they had listings and were selling homes. We also are pretty laid back and didn’t want a agent to force us into a purchase. After reading positive and helpful reviews we decided on Sam Shaffer. We were extremely lucky to have found Sam. Sam was very helpful over the 6 months we began working with him. He had a no pressure style of showing us places and kept us informed on the process of a home purchase. He also got us in touch with an excellent Mortgage broker early to help us understand what we were able to afford. After speaking with Sam he began to understand our style and the areas we would prefer. We described what we liked, good food, fun young areas, and an area that allowed us a decent sized place for our money. We decided to begin the search in the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village neighborhoods. Sam knows these neighborhoods very well and he was able to let us know where the most desirable locations were in those areas. After touring 15-20 places we decided on a place in Bucktown. We were lucky to have someone who was so responsive, knowledgeable, and friendly to work with. I would highly recommend working with Sam! We look forward to working with him in the future!
Thank You Sam for helping us sell our property. We couldn’t have done it without your commitment and expertise. You delivered what we wanted and we will be forever grateful.
Sam helped us find a condo downtown Chicago. We picked him based on the many reviews we read here. We had some idea where we wanted to buy. He did show us quite a number of places in different areas so we got a good idea what is on the market. This really helped us to figure out exactly what we wanted by the time we found the one place we finally bought. It was exactly what we were looking for. All through this, he was very patient, there was no pressure, he really listens and understands his customers. The showings were organized very efficiently. He is very knowledgable, really represented us very well and had only our best interest in mind. Finally when we had some small minor issues after closing, he was very responsive and offered immediately his help again. From all the agents we interacted with, he is simply the best and we highly recommend him.
Sam was extremely knowledgeable and generous with his time during my house hunting. We must have seen over 30 places, and he really understood what we were looking for. It was a breath of fresh air to know we were on the same team looking for the perfect house. I won’t buy or sell a house in Chicago with anyone but Sam.
Just wanted to let everyone know that from the first minute I crossed paths with Sam he has done everything in his power to make the buying process very smooth. His knowledge and expertise and the way everything was handled was nothing less than excellent! He is certainly one of the nicest individuals I have met and would have no problems referring his name to others – he’s one of the best real estate professionals, and I highly recommend him.
We came across Sam by luck, but very glad we did. Sam is extremely honest in his opinions and really works with you to find the best place. There isn’t really anything I can’t say about Sam. He worked with us every step of the way, made extra time for us, knows all areas of Chicago, told us to step away when he knew a place would not be a good fit, etc, etc.
Sam, thanks for everything. We love our new place and couldn’t have done it without you!
Sam thoroughly knows the process and the listings in his area. In our case he selected condos in advance and forwarded to us listing sheets for review. . He quickly understood our needs and wants and helped us prioritize the list in the gold coast – streeterville areas.. He was very patient in taking us to see the selected units and and quickly was able to steer us to properties that were in our sweet spot. Sam provided valuable advice during the offer, negotiation and close portions of our purchase. In short, he is a true professional that does what ever it takes to make certain that his customers get the property at a price that will make them happy, while providing high levels of customer service from the start right through the finish. We can recommend him without any reservations.
Sam is the best in the business. I found him in 2003 and have kept in contact with him since for various needs. I don’t even remember how we met him originally but he sold our first condo they day he listed it. Then he found our second condo and we loved it for 8 years. I refer everyone to Sam because he is honest and knows the business better than anyone else I have met.
Sam represented us as a buyer’s agent when we looked for a new house. We had purchased a home before but were somewhat unsatisfied with our prior real estate agent. Our mortgage broker put us in touch with Sam and we were extremely happy with his responsiveness, knowledge, and ability to negotiate on our behalf. For example, I spoke with Sam for the first time over the phone at 2pm in the afternoon and he agreed to re-arrange his schedule and meet us at a property at 6pm that night! From there he was more than helpful showing us around other properties and walked us through step-by-step when it came time to submit a written offer. When it came time to negotiate our offer, Sam worked very hard on our behalf to ensure that we got the best deal possible rather than just ‘meeting in the middle’ or settling on ‘98% of the listing price, etc’. He also was there to help us out and ensure our best interests were met when a few unexpected items arise during our final walk through. In summary I would highly recommend Sam to anyone I know and look forward to working with him in the future!
My wife and I had been working with Sam as our buyer’s agent for a few years. Whoever said it’s a buyer’s market was greatly exaggerating, because finding the right home in the right location at the right price remains a true challenge. We wanted a Single Family Home that did not require a gut rehab in either Lincoln Park or Wicker Park for under a million dollars. The odds of that are only slightly better than finding a Leprechaun with a pot of gold, but Sam undertook the challenge with gusto where many other agents would try to talk us into looking in different neighborhoods.
Sam knows the Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, Bucktown, and Logan Square areas better than just about anybody, and his knowledge of the areas were key to getting us into the right places at the right time. We found Sam’s ability to remain calm and rational in the face of adversity reassuring, even as we contemplated giving up our search after a home we had under contract failed to close due to the seller’s misconduct. Sam takes a philosophical and positive approach that “everything happens for a reason”, and it kept us in the game where other agents might use the same circumstances to push a change of scope. In the end, Sam was right – the home we ended up purchasing was better than the home we were previously under contract with. Everything happens for a reason!
Finding the right home is often a combination of luck and skill. Sam’s skill in listening to and embracing our requirements was unparalleled. We really came to trust and rely on Sam to give it to us straight, whether good news or bad, and I don’t think we could have found the home we ultimately purchased without him.
I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for a no-pressure, highly knowledgeable agent who is willing to fight for you. And if that’s not the kind of agent you’re looking for…you should be.
I highly recommend Sam Shaffer as a real estate agent. He helped my find my current apartment as well as help sell my last home. Sam is the most knowledgable and professional agent that I have ever worked with. He works closely with his clients to understand their needs, expectations and goals. He does a tremendous job at educating his clients about the current market place and helps create a strategy and set realistic goal. During the entire process of buying my current property and selling my last property, Sam made me feel as though he had my best interest in mind. He went above and beyond his responsibilities to ensure the process was smooth and help alleviate any stress associated with the selling of my property. After the transaction, Sam continued to check in with me to make sure that I transitioned smoothly and that all of the fine details that proceeded the sale were completed. Given my experience, I would recommend Sam to anyone that is looking to either purchase a property or sale a property.
About a month ago, my husband and I closed on our first home, and Sam worked with us through the entire process. He worked hard to show us a variety of places that appealed to us, and did a great job of getting us in early for a showing on the place we ended up purchasing. He negotiated on our behalf and connected us to many of the other people who helped the entire process go smoothly. We are so happy with our new place, and likely wouldn’t have ended up where we are without all Sam’s hard work!
Working with Sam was a great experience. Sam was extremely knowledgable of the Chicago-land area. Additionally, we took our time in finding our perfect home and never felt that Sam was pressuring us to make a decision before we were ready to do so. We would recommend Sam to others if interested in finding a new home in the Chicagoland area and want a pleasurable experience as you go through your search.
We were moving from Connecticut to Chicago at the end of 2012. It was actually our realtor in Connecticut that found Sam, contacted him and arranged for us to meet. We did not think anyone could fill the shoes of the realtor we used in CT. Well we quickly discovered that Sam was going to exceed our expectations. Shorty after meeting us Sam was quick to know and understand the type of area and home we would be happy in, never the less he endured and encouraged our continuous search within the city and further into the suburbs. We found Sam to be professional, courtesous, timely and knowledgeable of the Chicago area. He asked all the right questions, took the time to know us and helped identify the lovely house we now call home. If you have a real estate need, you will highly enjoy working with Sam Shaffer.
Bret & Bobbie Thomas Chicago, Il
Sam did a fantastic job helping us sell our townhouse. He is very professional and explained all of our options and listened to our concerns throughout the entire process – from pricing strategies to negotiations. Sam did a great job marketing our townhouse and we had three competing offers within one week of listing it! Sam was quick to respond to our questions, provided status updates timely after showings, and always made us feel like selling our place was his priority. He is also a great negotiator and got us everything we wanted out of our closing. I highly recommend Sam to anyone who is looking for a Realtor in the Chicago area.
Sam was great in helping us find our first home. We looked on and off over a year and we never felt pressured into making a decision. He has a great understanding of the market and I would recommend his services to anybody.
Sam is excellent at his job. Most people I know who have purchased real estate did not have great things to say about their realtor, but I cannot speak highly enough of my positive experience working with Sam. At no point did I feel like he was just trying to seal a deal to get it over with. If you are looking for an advocate who is not afraid to invest significant time into finding you exactly what you are looking for, Sam is your man!
We have dealt with other realtors before and our experience with Sam Shaffer was excellent. He was very quick in responding to our needs. He is very knowledgeable and seasoned in his profession, detailed in explaining everything, proactive in handling difficulties, overall pleasant experience dealing with him. You will be in capable hands with Sam.
Sam was terrific to work with. He was extremely accessible and accommodating to me and my wife. He listened to our questions and needs, and provided invaluable insight into the selling of our home in the current market. We sold our home the first day it was listed on the MLS. Sam was professional and instrumental during the negotiations which netted us our asking price, and remained informative and invovled all the way through closing. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
Sam is phenomenal. Even though we didn’t end up buying, we were impressed with Sam throughout the entire process as we were evaluating our options. When we decide to go back to the market, it will be with Sam.
Sam is a top notch, tech savvy real estate professional well versed in the market and dedicated to assisting clients (and their dogs) find their perfect home, in the perfect neighborhood. He is passionate about following the market and does his research – he knows what’s selling and where to invest. Sam scheduled homes we were interested in, listened to our feedback and did not waste our time showing us homes we could not afford or homes that didn’t meet our criteria. He was extremely attentive and always responsive. Sam is an extremely hard worker, has a great reputation among his peers and is known for submitting solid offers, which is what helped us secure our home in the face of multiple offers. Sam has a great network of highly-qualified resources to assist through the entire process. We will definitely recommend him to anyone house hunting in the Chicago area.
It was a pleasure working with Sam. He is an extremely knowledgeable realtor and was a true asset during my first home buying experience. I highly recommend Sam and the team of experts he put together.
Sam helped my husband and I purchase a short sale property that took over 7 months to close. Sam made the process bearable and I’m not sure it would have gotten done without him. He was always on top of things and did a great job of prodding the seller’s agent and attorney to keep things moving. Sam is honest and always kept our best interest in mind. On top of that he put up with us for 7 long months and never once seemed irritated with our questions or hundreds of emails.
Sam is an accountable agent with great listening and negotiation skills. He took care of everything (from staging to repair and even cleaning, etc.) since we moved away to a different state. We have challenged him a couple of time with different pricing strategies and it was tested over time that he was right. I have to say our condo wouldn’t be sold quickly without his help. I would highly recommend him for professional services.
Sam was extremely professional throughout the entire process–even coming to a showing at our condo in 100 degree weather in a jacket! He navigated our complex foreclosure purchase expertly, finessing the negotiating process perfectly and saving us from over bidding–even though they had multiple offers. The banks realtor even said that she had never seen a more professionally put together offer. He gave her exactly what she needed efficiently in order for her to present to the bank and get us the home of our dreams. He has years of experience in the market, is knowledgeable about the different areas of Chicago, and recommended a top notch inspector, attorney and contractor. He’s the best and works with the best. Not only will we recommend him, we would use him again. But then again, I’m never going to move out of our new house!
This is the second transaction we’ve had with Sam. The first was in 2006. We were so impressed with his handling of that transaction, he was the first person we called when we wanted to sell our rental property in Bridgeport. Once again, he did great by us and we’d recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a property. Thanks again Sam!
Sam was a great agent. He found me a property that included all my needs and wants (which was a stretch in the first place). Then, Sam essentially held my hand throughout the transaction. I was on the buying side so I had no prior experience. He was very professional, easy to work with, and landed me a deal that I am extremely happy about.
Sam was our buying agent when we recently bought our condo in Lakeview. He was recommended to me by a friend and he very much lived up to the hype.
As recent immigrants and first time buyers we had a ton of questions and certain restrictions we wanted to meet in terms of location, features, amenities and square footage. He was very patient and took us to see tens of properties and helped us find the right place within our budget.
He also “held our hands” during the financing period and helped solve any issues that came up.
It was a great experience to work with him and no doubt he will be our listing agent once we decide it is time for an upgrade
We recently closed on a house with Sam and couldn’t have been any more pleased with the service he delivered! He was thorough and thoughtful in our search strategy while efficient and effective during the negotiations / contract period. His networks of reliable and reputable professionals made the entire purchasing process smooth and actually even enjoyable! We were so impressed with Sam that we are listing two other properties with him and have already referred one person. Sam is truly a class act with extensive real estate knowledge and experience, but most importantly, we trust him. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him to anyone.
My wife and I can NOT say enough about Sam and the team he put together for us, we referred to them as Team Strahl! I came into the process as prepared as possible (thank you Google), but Sam’s expertise and his referrals to a Mortgage Broker and Attorney made the team complete. After we were married we were “homeless”, crashing with a buddy when we approached Sam. A full court press was put on when it came to finding exactly what we wanted, which we didn’t think would be easy given the Thanksgiving holiday. From the first meeting, it took us less than 50 days to locate a property and close (closing took 28 days thanks to Team Strahl). I would recommend to Sam to anyone that is in the market for a new place or looking to move their existing one! 5 Stars all the way around…and I’d like to say we found a friend in the process!
Where should I start, I approached Sam when me and my husband were ready to buy a place in Chicago after moving here for roughly 6 months. Due to my traveling schedule I requested Sam to show us some properties the very next day. When we met, Sam gave us a thorough coverage on the buying process, the neighborhoods we might be interested in, and helped us set up a precise search. Still accommodating my request though, he showed us some really nice houses too. Our whole search from the day I contacted Sam to the day we went under contract took about 8 weeks, and that’s because I wanted to see more properties while already found one I really like. We did miss that one but Sam worked very hard to find us something else of similar quality. I have to say, this guy works HARD. My husband is an attorney and I think his work hour is insane, Sam is no less. Finally, we found a perfect place and thanks for Sam’s strategy we out bit 3 other offers. All in all, thank you Sam for helping us score our first property in Chicago and putting up with my demanding requests along the way. 🙂
Sam was very helpful and patient in our home search. We were new to the city and had only a basic idea in mind of what we wanted in a home when we first spoke to him. Sam showed us a variety of options that helped narrow the search down. He took the time to explain a lot of things about the market and pros and cons of different options and neighborhoods. We then were able to focus in on some particular types of homes that fell within our budget and other requirements. He didn’t exert pressure on us to bid before we were completely comfortable, even though we’d been out several times and had seen a lot of properties.
Ultimately, we found a perfect home and Sam’s expertise and negotiating skills helped us win a bidding war among 3 other potential buyers. He didn’t stop there, helping us with walkthroughs and negotiating with the seller on a closing credit, and saw things through to the very end. We were very happy with Sam’s services and would recommend him to anyone looking for a realtor in Chicago.
I wish tree was a character limit because I could write a novel about how great Sam is. From start to finish, he went above and beyond. The same is true about everyone he recommended to help ease the purchase process. If I had last minute questions for him, the mortgage broker, or lawyer, they would respond the same day, even at 11pm. I can’t imagine having a faster or smoother purchase with anyone else. And he never tried to sell me on something. He let me take as much time as I needed, and once I made up my mind, he GOT STUFF DONE. I hope he doesn’t retire retire in the next ten years because I can’t imagine working with another realtor. Thanks, Sam!
Sam was great — patient, knowledgeable, and really good at what he does. As a first time homebuyer I had no idea what I was doing from the start, but Sam explained the whole process every step of the way. He had a lot of great insights on neighborhoods, home features/prices, and things to look for/watch out for. He was incredibly responsive, especially in the stressful offer/negotiation process. His network of referrals was really good — the mortgage broker and lawyer he recommended were great.
Also, he’s just a cool guy and I enjoyed spending Saturdays looking at houses.
I ended up buying a place at a price I was happy with, and it was a great experience working with Sam. I highly recommend him.
Sam is outstanding! The first time we reached out to Sam he got back to us in less than an hour and later we found out that he was on vacation, now that is responsive! Sam’s suggestions for marketing the property were excellent and the time period from listing the property to the date of close was less than 30 days. We would highly recommend Sam for his knowledge of the area, real estate process, and overall a great person to partner with when selling a home.
Sam was phenomenal! I was relocating to Chicago from out of state and he did a great job of helping me manage the process from a distance in addition to being super flexible scheduling showings during my trips into town. He clearly listened to my requirements and only showed me properties that fit my criteria so no time was wasted. Once I found “the place” he got the deal done in 12 hours! Not only he is on point with all the details but he is knowledgeable about the city, fun to be around, and well-respected in the realty community.
What can I say other than Sam is truly the best. Thanks to a refferal, we used Sam to buy our first home and our experience was fantastic. We felt immediately that Sam had our best interest at heart, he listented to us and what we wanted and also offered very valuable advice when we needed it. He helped save us from ourselves a few times as well (ie wanting to compromise on things we shouldn’t, buying a place that wasn’t sustainable for us and our family goals)! He has a big picture perspective which is very important when you are buying your new home and are anxious about details. Sam has very strong relationships which was evident when we went to see properties–Sam knows everyone! This was huge benefit for us, as he was often the first to know about properites coming on the market…we ended up buying a place that was never even listed thanks to Sam! His very extensive and diverse experience, reputation among the community, and genuine care for his clients makes him the best out there.
I could write sentence after positive sentence about Sam Shaffer. My husband and I recently bought a condo in Bucktown/Wicker Park and Sam took amazing care of us during the entire process. He educated us about neighborhoods (we were living on the East Coast), helped us look critically when visiting properties, answered all of our , sometime mundane, questions quickly and efficiently. Although we’ve used real estate agents before, Sam is by far the best agent we’ve ever encountered. He’s professional, caring and smart and we KNEW he had our best interests at heart throughout the entire process. We highly recommend Sam Shaffer without qualifications. Plus, he’s a wonderful person.
Sam was a great realtor in my first venture into home ownership! I quickly became a total cynic when I realized what little good inventory was on the market. Sam kept me positive and motivated throughout with awesome pep talks promising that I would find a place I loved. And yes, I did. An amazing place that Sam got me in to immediately for a showing. Sam is very responsive and on top of things. He knows what he is talking about and has great referrals if you need them. I will definately recommend Sam!
Sam has helped me sell two places and buy one in the past 18 months. In all three occasions he has exceeded my expectations. In both sales he has found ways to sell my house quickly for more than I expected. And he was able to find me a place that was in my desired neighborhood and under my budget that once again exceeded my expectations! But my favorite part about working with him is that he is honest! He cared about my needs and told me when he disagreed with what I thought. In the end he made sure I found the place that he knew met needs! I trust him and would recommend him to anyone looking for a place in Chicago.
Sam is absolutely amazing….from the moment you meet him, until your closing…and beyond.
He is very professional and will advise you with confidence and 10+ years of experience.
He will also support you when you decide to veer to unchartered territory, or take a path less traveled.
We were referred to Sam by our close friends who were extremely happy with him as well.
Sam was a phenomenal Realtor. I could not have asked for someone more thoughtful, knowledgeable and dedicated. Although my purchase was probably one of his smaller transactions he put an extreme amount of time and effort into the process. He always has his client’s best interest in mind and I recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a home.
Sam was a fantastic agent and when it comes to time to buy our next house he will be the very first call. Here are some details:
1) Professionalism. So few real-estate agents take the time to understand your needs and perform the prep work prior to actually meeting you. Sam was perfect on both counts. Prior to visiting homes, he would send over a detailed schedule of the properties. This was immensely helpful as I travel extensively and this allowed us to be as efficient as possible. Moreover, he was always very accommodating of our choice on properties rather than pushing something.
2) Negotiation skills. Sam was our trusted adviser. If there was anything that we needed help with Sam came through. This was especially apparent with his negotiation skills. Without him I can honestly say that we would not have been able to get this property.
3) Expertise. I feel like there is no one in Chicago that Sam does not know. He knew all the real estate agents, all the loan officers, all the right people to make our dream house a reality. We probably had the most competent team that could possibly be assembled and, moreover, some of the nicest people too. This made the home buying process a positive experience.
Sam was an incredible realtor. I was a first time homebuyer and unfamiliar with the whole process and Sams knowledge really put me at ease throughout the process. He always made himself available to meet with me at times that worked with my schedule. He pushed really hard in negotiations with tough stubborn people and I always felt he was looking out for me.
I would recommend Sam to anyone looking to buy or sell a home in the Chicago area.
Sam helped my husband Willie and with our first home purchase. We were referred to Sam by our lender Craig, with Molitor Financial Group – he did not disappoint, and come to find out, Sam is recognized as one of the top realtors in the market. Based on our experience – this is no surprise. From our first meeting, Sam walked us through the process and set reasonable expectations. One of our favorite things about Sam is that he respected our opinions, but also gave us great insight and shared his thoughts to ensure we were making informed decisions. We feel really lucky to have worked with him and would highly recommend him to anyone. Sam’s motto – “We’re not going to settle.” He was committed to helping us find a great place. Thank you SAM!!!
We were first time home buyers and couldn’t have asked for a better agent to represent us throughout this whole process. Sam made sure to prep/educate us by touring us through the landscape of the real estate market in the area so that we would be ready to recognize the perfect home when it got on the market.
There was absolutely no pressure to make a rushed decision to purchase a home and he truly acted in our best interest. Sam also ensured that the closing process was as smooth as possible by introducing us to the right attorneys, lenders, inspectors, etc. We barely lifted a finger and now we have a new home that we’re super excited about.
2015 sale of rental condo: I have used Sam to sell both my primary residence (last year) and my rental condo that I just sold. Sam did a fantastic job with both properties. With both units, I had an offer within days of listing the properties. In this recent sale, I needed to sell a recently tenant vacated property for sale. Using Sam’s advice, I used a stager he knows that transformed my empty bare unit into a beautiful homey condo ready for sale at a very affordable staging price. This advice really made the difference between having a place sit on the market and one that sold quickly. Sam is a knowledgeable broker as well as a trustworthy guy. I highly recommend him! 2014 sale of primary residence: I was referred to Sam from a friend of mine and we selected Sam after our first meeting with him. He came to this first meeting prepared – providing pricing options based upon market comps and our desire to move quickly. Sam brought in his photographers and did a fabulous job of showcasing our home. Within hours of listing, we had showings setup the next day and the days following. We got two competitive offers within a few days. Sam expedited issues on the buyer side and got us to a closing of which we were happy. I highly recommend Sam. Easy to work with, knowledgeable of the market, and just a wonderful person and great real estate agent.
Sam was an amazing realtor with a strong personality to get things done correctly and efficiently. I would use him and his team again and I highly recommend his services to anyone.
We highly recommend Sam, he was very professional and was able to sell our place fast for a great price. From coordinating all of the pre-market activity, to handling showings and inspections, Sam was on top of things and very responsive to all of our needs. Imagine trying to sell your home when you have two infants and you and your spouse have time consuming careers. Sam gets it. He takes a lot of the stress out of the process and works hard to ensure everything is a success. We never thought twice about our decision to work with him.
Sam Shaffer had potential buyers looking at my building almost sooner than I thought possible. My 3 flat was closed within a few weeks. I was amazed. Sam is the best broker I have ever worked with.
Sam was AMAZING he took his time and explained ever detail he was honest and extremely helpful even when we were giving up Sam was always postive and never gave up hope this was the first time selling our condo and he made it effortless couldnt ask for more………
We went to Sam to sell our unique downtown condo after we had already moved out of it. I didn’t know anything about what needed to happen in this market. I was up front with him that we would need a certain amount of “hand-holding,” since we wouldn’t be in Chicago. He was up for the challenge, and I’m so glad. He recommended a stager, who did a magnificent job, and we had an offer in a week. He made sure that the details of closing were smoothed out, so we didn’t have to do anything. He just handled it for us. I’m very grateful for his knowledge and expertise, and for his willingness and good humor. Thanks, Sam!
Sam was an ABSOLUTE pleasure to work with and is extremely knowledgeable and competent. Because of Sam’s expertise, my town home was under contract two days after being listed on the MLS. Sam also assisted me in finding a place to rent in the interim, and that included streamlining a credit check for a lease application. As stressful as selling and moving can be, Sam was able to keep the stress levels to the “bare minimum.” I have bought and sold real estate three times, and this experience was by far the easiest. I am looking forward to working with Sam on the purchase of next home in 2015, and I highly recommend him. Thanks so much, Sam!
Sam and Ben are a great team. Sam brings a ton of experience and shrewdness in negotiations. Ben brings his charm and enthusiasm. Both treated me as if I was their only client. They arranged everything (building managers’ permissions, stager, lawyer) because I could not come back to Chicago once I left the city. The deal fell through once but they redoubled their efforts and got me an even better price. Highly recommended..
Sam was great. He is clearly well connected as he got us into a house that wasn’t even on the market yet and sold our house before it went live on the MLS. We got both deals done quickly and at the prices we wanted. He helped us walk through our decision-making and the overall process. Sam was available at all times and very responsive. I would work with him again in a heartbeat.
Sam was awesome! He put together a great listing for us, with awesome pictures and sent it out to his network. We literally had one couple come through based on his connections, and they bought the house, without us ever having to list it on MLS. It could not have been an easier or more stress-free process for us, which was particularly important because showing a house when you have kids is always hard. We got a great price, and were able to get the flexibility we needed from the buyers for our move to a new house. We would not hesitate to recommend Sam to others!
Sam was great, took care of everything. Had the house looking great. We had multiple showings and offers. Beautiful pictures, listed, showings Sold!!! Thanks Sam
Sam helped me with both the sale of my existing condo and the purchase of a new home. My existing condo, though in a great neighborhood, was a bit outdated. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money changing things, so Sam helped me determine what I needed to do and worked very diligently on getting the property sold for a good price. He found me the perfect new place and really had my back while we were negotiating with a very difficult seller and realtor. I trust Sam implicitly, and I would recommend him to anyone who is buying or selling. He’s also a nice guy and lot of fun to work with!
Sam is the best. Hands down. We are still blown away by his his level of expertise, professionalism and knowledge about the Chicago area, and the overall home buying process. We were referred to Sam through a mutual friend and were instantly impressed by his quick responsiveness and desire for us to find the perfect property. He adapted to our specific needs very easily, and paid attention to what we desired to have in a home. He is very easy to contact both day and night, and will respond to your questions quickly. Sam knows what to look for during a property walk through, and what questions to ask to make sure that all of the important information is gathered so that there are no surprises. His explanation of the offering and closing processes were extremely helpful for first time home-buyers like us, and helped put our minds at ease. We will never use another agent, and would recommend Sam to everybody in the area.
Sam is great! We couldn’t ask for more from an agent in looking for a new home. He impressed us with his quick follow-through and his knowledge of the market. He has referred us knowledgeable and responsive service providers in all the areas we needed, from a contractor to help us redesign the new kitchen to closet organizers to audio specialists; he seems to have a connection for everything. He has made the process seamless and as painless as possible. We are very pleased with the service Sam has provided us.
Sam was a real partner in our search and purchase process. He clearly understands the character and amenities of Chicago’s neighborhoods. We found his style a great match for us, as he seems to know the right balance between listening and advising. Sam is well networked, and ultimately a great guy to work with.
We used Sam as our agent for the recent sale of our Bucktown home. We interviewed a number of agents before deciding to go with Sam. Sam blew us away with his professional manner, his responsiveness and flexibility, and his deep knowledge of the real estate market. When we had our initial meeting with him, he showed an immediate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of our home in terms of marketability. When we discussed our initial market price with him, he gave us his realistic assessment of where we should start out but without being aggressive or pushy about keeping the price low. He was willing to go into the market at the higher price that we wanted to. He also gave us great ideas for what updates we should make before marketing the house and what things we should leave as is. Sam was in constant contact with us throughout the sale process. He would answer all texts, calls and emails promptly. We had to sell at a time when the market is typically less active (winter time) due to our relocation from Chicago for a new job. We were apprehensive about this, but Sam made the entire process so much less stressful. His marketing of the house was excellent and he generated a great deal of buzz for the house before we put it on the market, ensuring that we had tons of showings very quickly. He always provided us with prompt feedback on each potential buyer who came through – what they thought of the place, what their situation was, how interested they were, etc. He even went the extra mile on multiple occasions. For example, we had an old elliptical that we were unable to move to our alley before our first showing. We warned Sam about it and he somehow picked it up and moved it there himself! After we relocated, Chicago was hit by a huge snowstorm. We asked Sam if he knew anyone that we could hire to shovel our front walk and the stairs to our front door. He cheerfully went over and did it himself that same day. In the end, our house went contingent after only 3 and a half weeks on the market and at a price we were very happy with. Sam was an excellent negotiator and advisor at this stage of the process as well, and the lead-up to closing could not have gone smoother. If you want a real estate agent that is super responsive, extremely knowledgeable and a canny negotiator, with excellent connections for service people, attorneys, etc., Sam is your guy. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He was fantastic.
We feel blessed to have met Sam Shaffer as I can’t imagine the home buying experience getting any better than the experience we had. We met in the Fall of 2014 and let Sam know what we were interested in and when we were looking to buy. I knew that I would not be ready to buy until 2015 and Sam kept in touch letting us know what was coming on the market and what was happening in our desired neighborhood. Basically, he kept us in tune with the real estate market. When 2015 hit and we were ready to really start looking, Sam kicked into gear and sent us a list of properties that met the specific characteristics we were looking for. It did not take Sam long to present some amazing properties and with each showing he got more of a defined understanding of all the specifics we wanted in our home. He was driven to find us the perfect home! In early March Sam directed us to a house that we knew was OUR DREAM HOUSE from the moment we walked in the door. He spoke honestly about the house, the specifics, the sellers requirement to close by a certain date and walked us thru the duplex from top to bottom and never rushed us. Later in the day, We were ready to make an offer and with Sam we felt really comfortable that we were getting the best deal. He worked late on a Sunday evening to secure us the deal! When we moved on to financing he had great recommendations but never pushed us in one way or another. He let us do our thing but was always there for help or to answer questions no matter what time of day. When the building inspector came for several house, Sam was there, when repairs were made that we requested, Sam was there to confirm they were completed in a workmanlike manner. From initial viewing to final closing, SAM WAS THERE! And when we excitedly walked into our new home after closing on the property, there was an amazing (and EXPENSIVE French bubbly!) bottle of Champagne on the counter with a beautiful letter welcoming us to our new home. When I go to find my next home or my next investment property, We are going to work with Sam Shaffer because he is THE BEST!!!! We have worked with others before but nobody is 1/2 the pro that Sam Shaffer is . He is THE REAL DEAL!!! Marty
I interviewed multiple agents and liked Sam’s overall personality and approach. I have sold and bought property as by own and with other agents before and was skeptical on the value an agent would bring to this deal. Sam proved to me that good knowledge of the market and neighborhood, access to professional stagers and contractors, and connections through the industry and process make for a very seamless, painless, quick, and profitable transaction! Note: I also got a higher actual sale price than the other 3 agents even suggested for the listing price.
Sam was great to work with. He was always very responsive and knew Chicago really well. He also knows how to negotiate (or how to avoid it altogether) – we got the first property we wanted, on our first offer, in a competitive location for well below the appraised price. We highly recommend working with him!
My wife and I originally discovered Sam through reviews on zillow and yelp, we found out very quickly that all of the great reviews were 100% accurate. Sam is very experienced and extremely responsive. Within an hour of our original call to him, we already had our first meeting with him scheduled that day. Throughout the process, Sam was very honest and transparent regarding his thoughts on the properties we looked at. He lined up several showings (some on very short notice) and also handled our negotiation and closing process very well. We’ve already recommended Sam to several of our friends! We highly recommend choosing him as your agent.
Sam was great throughout the entire home buying process. He was extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. I would recommend Sam to anyone looking for a realtor. He’s the best!
Sam is the best. I bought my place through him and just recently sold it through him. He got me full asking price and I couldn’t be happier. Sam is a true professional and a pleasure to work with.
Sam is very likely the best in the business. We recently worked with him to sell our Bucktown home. We benefited tremendously from Sam’s deep and seasoned expertise, knowledge of the market, communication and negotiation skills, and industry contacts. He is professional, smart, focused, available, responsive and simply outworks most people in any profession. He is also a friendly, fun and genuine guy with great character. Our situation became complicated (which had nothing to do with Sam) and we appreciated how fully committed he remained to the process and outcome. We’d recommend him to anyone and work with him again in a heartbeat.
Sam was the perfect realtor for my family. He was able to help us narrow our search to determine what our priorities were and was very quick to respond when we wanted to see a listing. When we found our dream home in a new construction, he helped negotiate an amazing price and even got some upgrades thrown in! When it came time to do the deal he was there every step of the way and provided great recommendations for mortgage brokers, lawyers etc. Even though the deal is done, we are still getting advice moving companies, handymen and designers. Thanks again Sam for all your work and friendly recommendations.
Very responsive and proactive, addressed all concerns in a timely manner, knowledgable in the field. Both my husband and I established great relationship with Sam. We couldn’t ask for a better realtor to work with.
Until Sam took over I hadn’t had a showing in a year. That changed immediately. He knows his neighborhoods, was very supportive especially in a difficult economic market and is a pleasure to work with. Noel Osborn, Home Seller
Sam is the BEST!!! He has a great pulse on the Chicago housing market. Sam is responsive, profession and honest. He was able to sell our condo in less than a month. We have referred several of our friends and co-workers to Sam, and all have raved about him. Do yourself a favor, and go with Sam.
Sam is an accountable agent with great listening and negotiation skills. He took care of everything (from staging to repair and even cleaning, etc.) since we moved away to a different state. We have challenged him a couple of time with different pricing strategies and it was tested over time that he was right. I have to say our condo wouldn’t be sold quickly without his help. I would highly recommend him for professional services.
We’ve had our condo on and off the market several times over the past 7 years and this time, Sam was able to get it sold. He is incredibly knowledgeable about the different neighborhoods and market conditions, is very professional and accommodating, as well as being an amazing negotiator. We would use him again and totally recommend him to others.
Over the past nine years Sam has helped us buy and sell real estate on several occasions. The hallmarks of his service are integrity, simplicity and speed. This sale was no exception. He listed our condominium and, by the time that we returned from an overseas trip, he had sold it. It was no more than we expected from a thoroughly competent and professional realtor whom we will continue to consult in any real estate transaction we ae involved in.
Sam helped me sell a building, in Rogers Park that had been in my family for over 60 years. It was a complex sale and Sam was there all the way through the process, giving his all to sell my property. Sam can make a stressful situation lighter but still takes his role seriously and gets the job done. I also used Sam for the sale of an apartment downtown recently and the result was the same. Professional and prompt! I will recommend Sam again and again.
Sam made the sale of our condo effortless. We had an offer in just one day and he was able to get it closed in just 30 days. We really appreciated Sam’s personal attentiveness to the entire process. It was nice knowing that we weren’t working through several agents within a group – Sam was there for it all and kept us instantly informed – even without a fancy app. Better yet, when you call Sam, he almost always picks up & has time for you. If you happen to face the rare occasion of speaking to his voicemail – rest assured, he will get right back to you. I would recommend Sam to anyone looking to sell their home.
We worked with Sam to sell our condo and buy a new home, and he was terrific on both sides of the process. His diligence, honesty and expertise during our long home search was incredibly helpful. And on the flip side, we sold our condo in six days nearly 98% of the list price, and he did a great job handling the negotiation. I would highly recommend Sam, and have referred friends and colleagues to him that sing his praises as well.
Sam Shaffer is who you want in your corner when purchasing a home. Being a first time home buyer, I had limited knowledge of the process of searching and qualifying prospective homes. He was patient and thorough throughout the search, but assertive during the offer stage to help get the deal done. Sam took the lead at showings without over-asserting himself on the situation. He gave me the room I needed, but didn’t hold back when he had concerns. At the end of the day, I felt that I made my own decisions, but with the reassurance that Sam would ultimately tell me if I was making a mistake.
*Update* This is my second time working with Sam; my first time, I worked with Sam to buy my condo, and now, two years later I’m selling the condo for a double-digit profit. Sam was exemplary to work with in both instances. He is always available for questions/concerns, is always willing to help, and most importantly is always honest about what he thinks is appropriate, realistic, and fair. His experience and expertise are unmatched, as far as I’m concerned; I never want to work with another realtor. *Original Post* I can’t say enough about how helpful Sam (and his team) were during my first home buying experience. He was incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, and supportive – I really felt that he had my best interests at heart, and throughout the entire process he made sure I was well-informed and well-positioned to take my next steps. Sam is patient, informative, and generally an exceptional person to work with; I’m incredibly happy with my new home and Sam was a big part of that! Highly recommended.
Sam exceeded my expectations in every respect in regards to selling our home. His professionalism came across in every aspect of of our interaction- from the photos, to the marketing, to understanding my expectations for him and explaining his expectations for us. I very much appreciated his consultative approach, even if we didn’t agree on something, he was willing to discuss, explain, and compromise. He is knowledgeable and confident without being arrogant. He was patient, answered all of our questions all the way through closing. I really can’t imagine a better client experience. I have already recommended him to others and will certainly wok with him again in the future.
Sam was absolutely amazing! He has been my real estate guru for quite some time, through many challenging situations and he has always achieved such remarkable outcomes! In addition to being intelligent and knowledgable, he is also a truly good person with a warm, wonderful attitude and unwavering integrity. He always puts the needs and interests of his clients first. I will happily recommend Sam with confidence to any family or friend in need of real estate services! He’s nothing short of spectacular!!
Sam is an excellent realtor who is willing to go extra miles to help people. I have a house to sell not in his focus area. Even though he will not be my listing agent, he took the time to understand my needs. He did research to help me find another realtor who focus in the area of the house I want to sell. I would definitely recommend Sam to other people.
After a negative experience with another realtor, a friend recommended Sam Shaffer to us. He was very knowledgeable about the areas we saw, and he was well-prepared to show us the properties we looked at. He also took the time to know us as individuals and to learn our likes and dislikes, which ultimately helped us to find a great property. We highly recommend him to anyone.
Sam was great- we originally found him online based on his good reviews, and wanted to work with him right away. He was very flexible with our schedules, and was able to show us multiple properties at a time, which was very convenient. He was always very responsive to calls and emails, and was very patient with us. Sam was great to work with, and we never felt pressured about anything. He also knew the area really well. We found a great condo, and I’d definitely recommend working with him!
Sam and his team amazed us! He gave us candid truthful feedback to manage our expectations and over delivered in the end. Very trustworthy and would be my only call next time. He found qualified buyers at our price in weeks!
Sam is extremely responsive and thoughtful. His search function was so spot on, I found my condo on the first day and went under contract one day later. 30 days after that, I was closed and moved in. Very smooth process!
Sam was helpful, honest, knowledgeable, and fun to work with. I had an impending deadline, and he helped make me feel more optimistic about my situation. He took me to PLENTY of properties, providing great advice about the locations and structures. Will definitely work with Sam again in the future.
Sam sold my property in West Town (Chicago). The experience was very positive and he is a true professional. He knows the area (including Wicker Park, UK Village) better than any other realtor I spoke to. He was candid and accurate in his assessment of the property value and likely selling price. He did all the showings personally and held an ample amount of open houses. He is abundantly resourceful too … lining up or referring cleaning services, contractors, movers, etc. You need something and he has a relationship. Selling can be very stressful and Sam has a calm demeanor and that extends throughout all facets of the process. He was also available 24/7. The closing was tricky … Sam managed it while being very ill with a cold/fever. I recommend him highly and would use him again.
This is our second time using Sam, this time as a seller. Happier each time we’ve used him. He sold our house in less than a week and at a price we were extremely pleased with. We’ve always referred future buyers or sellers to him and will continue to do so. The dude knows how to get it done!
Met Sam after seeing his profile and experience on zillow. Gave him a call and met him at my property. After a long conversation, I was very impressed with Sam and his local knowledge so I hired him to sell my unit. Sam and his partner left no stone unturned on selling my place. He kept me in the loop on a regular basis. I think he went above and beyond on working this sale, and greatly appreciated all he and Ben did. I would recommend Sam and Ben to anyone. Thy did so well, we used them to also find a condo for our son which they did find. Our son is just as happy with Sam and Ben and would also recommend them. Great job Sam! Howie schnitz
Sam recently assisted us with our condo sale in East Village. We experienced a lot of unforeseen obstacles throughout the process but Sam got us to the finish line despite all the issues that cropped up. We lived out of state throughout the process and he made us comfortable even though we were far away. He did a great job of being part real estate agent and part therapist. Thanks Sam!
Choosing to work with Sam was the smartest decision I made while buying a property. I met a few other realtors while looking for a place, and immediately noticed the difference when I met Sam. I remember asking him ‘what makes a good realtor?’ He replied with “A deep understanding of both the selling and buying processes, strong connections with other realtors/financiers/etc., being organized, being a people person, and making the client’s interests come first.” Sam delivered on all of these accounts and much more, which was KEY for a non-Chicagoan, first-time home buyer such as myself. Sam was responsive, diligent and organized which is not something to be taken lightly and I couldn’t be happier with the level of service he provided us with. Sam is also a very easy going and generally a great guy which can go a long way during the stressful process of purchasing/selling a place. I always felt like I was in good hands and that he genuinely had my back and best interests in mind.
Sam was a pleasure to work with. He was conscientious of our needs and very patient in helping us find the right house. I’d recommend working with your own inspector and comb through your paperwork carefully before buying.
My husband and I were first time buyers and Sam definitely helped make the process easy for us to understand. He is extremely knowledgeable of the Chicago area the entire process. He is extremely communicative and always has your best interest in mind. We felt very comfortable working with Sam, as it felt like he was truly invested in our purchase as if it was one for himself.
I wish I could write this review so quick and professional as my condo buying process went through. Besides that, I still want to cover some key factors while working with Sam. As I’m new to Chicago-land, and to US in general, it was hard to choose a realtor on my first condo purchase. After a long time research on different profiles of agents, I decided to give a try and contact Sam. Initially, Sam showed himself as a skilled realtor which operates up to date information. He provided adequate estimated pricing based on my criteria and possible time frame for a search. When I found a good match, Sam took care almost about everything, and even more, a few times when I wasn’t able to deliver documents by myself, Sam did it for me (don’t abuse him 😀 ). One thing that worries me Sam doesn’t have a good rest as his clients mean a lot to him. For example, he was able to answer my questions almost instantly, at 7 am or 9 pm. I missed a lot here, but in general, I’m happy with my new condo and no complains to Sam as my real estate agent. Looking forward to work with him again…
Sam did a fantastic job selling my condo. He was well organized, detail oriented and great with communication. He had a thoughtful approach to setting the price point, taking my input and sharing local market trends. Sam also kept me informed real time with a direct communication style. He’s certainly someone I’d work with again.
Sam is an extremely hard-working, responsive and knowledgeable professional. He worked closely with us, communicated regularly and made himself available literally anytime — early mornings, late nights and weekends. As a result of Sam’s expertise, he was able to generate a great deal of interest for our property and we were able to sell for close to our asking price in a relatively short period of time.
Sam helped us selling our condo in Chicago west loop. It was not an easy sell, switched to him after the listing was on the market for 2months. He did great job, very professional, on top of his game, got it sold fast. Highly recommended him, definitely will use him again in the future.
Sam Shaffer is probably one of the best professionals I have worked with in my entire life. Period. He helped me and my wife buy our first home together. He took the time to get to know us, worked with us as we refined our search, and when the time came to do the deal, ran an amazingly smooth process for us. He has a team of professionals that he works with who are all top quality. They made it so easy to go through process. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and would recommend Sam to anyone.
It is rare to work with such a consummate professional as Sam Shaffer. From the moment we toured what has since become our home, Sam has been supremely accessible. As first-time homebuyers, he was able to calmly guide us through and otherwise, nerve-racking process, patiently educating us every step of the way. Even after the close, Sam has been highly available and taken the time to put us in touch with his professional network. Sam is an genuinely caring individual and our go-to for all future, real estate needs. It is easy to see why Sam is such a busy man, but he’ll never be too busy for you!
The facts speak for themselves; I enlisted Sam to sell my loft in early December, historically a difficult month to sell. I had two offers within a week and accepted one within 10 days. We closed in February – record time over the holiday season. Sam offered different strategies on how to proceed & his recommendations worked like a charm. Throughout the process he went above & beyond making what could have been a difficult transition breezy. If you’re looking for someone knowledgeable and trustworthy look no further, you’ve found your champion in Sam Shaffer.
The first words that come to mind when describing Sam are; invested, positive, transparent, on-the-ball, well connected and just plain nice. When you work with Sam you feel that he is extremely invested in your search. Even though he has many clients, you truly feel that you are getting his undivided attention. This is real estate, you’re going to lose a lot and you also have to know when to walk away. From a buyers perspective, this can be draining but Sam is always thinking positively and making sure each loss is a learning opportunity. He is extremely transparent. He has no qualms with telling you his thoughts. Whether that is locations, pricing…you name it, he has your best interest in mind. He and his team are on-the-ball. There wasn’t a day that went by when I wouldn’t get up to an email from Sam well after midnight telling me about a property that just hit the market. He responds promptly to texts, emails and voice mails and makes you feel that you are his only client. Sam knows a lot of people in Chicago and gets info well before it hits the streets. In a competitive market, this is a great advantage. Sam is just a good dude. He has surrounded himself with nice, honest and hard-working people which makes the process less stressful. I highly recommend everyone meet with Sam, I have no doubt you’ll be as impressed with him as I was.
Having bought several homes in the past I can say Sam was THE best real estate professional to work with on the purchase of our new home. Right from the start he demonstrated his expertise and what makes him truly stand out – he took the time to have a deep conversations to really understand what we were looking for in both an area and a home. He gave us an honest perspective as well as many new things to consider in making those choices. Sam was always accessible and accommodating to our schedules, even when spending an insane amount of time with us touring 50+ homes. What was best about Sam as a buyers agent is he challenged us to ensure we never felt we were settling for something we didn’t absolutely love. ( And we are so glad he did!) that says a lot about an agent. Additionally, Sam demonstrated superior negotiation skills after securing us a same-day signed contract on a highly sought after home. He managed the deal up to closing beautifully and made the entire process so easy on us. I cannot say enough good things about Sam and I highly encourage anyone looking for THE BEST to go with Sam.
Selling your home while living out state is a very scary experience. Sam made us feel so comfortable and truly had our back since we could not be present. He was available day or night to answer questions or concerns. He was awesome at helping us price our property competitively and appropriately. We received an offer for asking before the property hit MLS. Any things that popped up during the contract period he went above and beyond to just handle. I would not hesitate to recommend him and will certainly be passing his name along. Thanks Sam for making this a smooth transition.
Sam delivered for us in a big way!! From the initial meeting it was obvious he was knowledgeable about the real estate market in the area. He made this process as easy as possible for us. He gave us immediate attention, answering all of our phone calls or returning a call within minutes answering any question we had. Sam and his team were simply amazing. When you are selling your home, you need someone that you can TRUST, get the BEST sale price for your property and will deliver results FAST…Sam is your guy!
Sam was amazing! As a first-time homeowner, I was overwhelmed and nervous about such a huge purchase. Sam took the time to explain the entire process . He answered every text and made me such a priority while my husband and I were deciding next moves. When it came time that we were ready and saw a property that we loved, he jumped in and brought the assertiveness that we needed to move forward. Now we are happily in our new home and could not have done it without him. Thank you Sam!!!
I chose Sam as my selling agent because of his experience and professionalism. I wanted an agent with top notch communication skills so that I had to do as little as possible with stagings, dealing with condo association, negotiations, closing, etc. Sam exceeded every expectation. I highly recommend to all.
Sam’s the man, and was focused on building a long term relationship with us. He hung with us through our false start of a home buying experience in 2011, our actual purchase in late 2013, then our eventual sale and move out of the area in 2016. Sam is a strategic thinker and a smart agent. He’s not only concerned with getting you the best deal on your home, but also in the quality of the purchaser and ensuring that the sale will go through painlessly and in good time. If/when we move back to the Chicago area, no matter where it is, Sam will be our agent. I don’t trust anyone else.
Sam made the entire process and engagement easy and professional. While selling a condo/home can be one of the most stressful and time challenging experiences, Sam knew exactly what to expect and was really dedicated. We had been renting our condo, and he was great to the tenants and completely arranged a lot of showings independently without bothering us on details of scheduling or staging. And then as far as negotiating – we didn’t even have to formally list our place and he got us above the range we were originally expecting. And closed in 30 days. Highly recommend Sam for the Chicago area!
My wife and I recently closed on our first home together in Noble Square with Sam as our agent. Our mortgage broker referred us to Sam and we were not disappointed! From the beginning, Sam took the time to get to know us immediately, he was able to meet with us the day after we first exchanged emails and that level of responsiveness never ceased. Within a few weeks we had established a list of 5-8 properties and Sam took us to see them all in one day (even the properties we picked that he knew would not impress us : ). We were impressed by Sam’s local knowledge of the Chicago market and he did a great job answering all of our questions as we waded through the home buying process for the first time. Our experience with Sam was smooth sailing from start to finish and my wife and I always felt 100% in the loop on the process and any questions we did have Sam was quick to answer. I would definitely recommend Sam to friends and family going forward and we would not hesitate to use him in the future.
We started our search on Redfin, and it wasn’t the best experience, it wasn’t what we expected from a real estate agent. When we met Sam and Sandra we knew right away that they are exactly what we need. They knew the market, they knew what to look for and what to ask, they knew how to solve all of our issues. When we found the place we wanted Sam knew exactly how to approach the buyer and our offer was accepted. They were very professional and responsive. They really put in extra effort to make the process easy and smooth for us. We bought and sold our place with them and were extremely happy. I suggest Sam and his team to all my friends who are looking to buy or sell property. I would definitely work with him again.
Lincoln Park, Chicago is a tough market. You shouldn’t do anything on your own, otherwise you are going to get taken advantage of. You need to talk to brokers and do your research. This is my review of a real-estate agent that not only did his research, he recognized opportunities with his tact that won me the place I wanted at a fair market price. I’m a first time home buyer in Lincoln Park, Chicago, and I was scared to buy. I had been looking for places for 4 months, and had seen at least 50 places. Dealt with a bunch of brokers and they kept only showing me properties that were represented by brokers in the same real-estate firm. I worked with several real-estate brokers prior, and none of them would tolerate my aggressive bidding and pick up on some things I lack, obviously tact would fall in that category. I knew if I was to get a fair deal, I needed an independent broker, someone that recognized what I was lacking and help me become stronger in the negotiations, and someone that knew the market. Then one day I saw a couple reviews of Sam and thought I’d give him a buzz. The review was spot on, I should have copy and pasted it here. Sam would call me during his family vacation and spend so much time getting my offer, attorney letter, and helping with the inspection. When first I met Sam, he first said he had a great team of folks that he works with, and I thought to myself if I’m going to get a deal I got to quotes. After I got quotes, I came back to Sam and he came back to me with better deals from his people. This is what I’m talking about. He didn’t collude with the other brokers, he shared everything he knew about the purchase and did everything he could for me. If you seek a fair and orderly transaction, if you seek the very best in the buying experience, if you don’t want to get a bad deal, take a chance on Sam, and I hope you find he’s going to recognize what you need and try to help you get what you want, rather than the other way around. I feel really indebted to the guy cause he did such a great job for me, I hope this post can help people realize how good he actually is at this. By the time my closing inspection came along, I just asked Sam to do it for me, and true to his word he did and was way more critical than I would be. This guy is going to get in your corner and stay there for the duration of the process. If he can tolerate me, he can take anyone. When it was all said and done, everything he said to me when I met him was 100% true at the end. Sam’s a great agent, and he will become your friend by the end.
Sam was so patient with us during our house sale. He never pressured us into making any decisions we weren’t comfortable in making. It was a true collaboration. Sam knows the city more than anyone else. He is so knowledgeable about what is and what’s not available. Thank you Sam for helping us make a profit on our home. We look forward to your help when we’re ready to buy our next one!
When we met Sam in 2012 for the first time, we were the first home buyers and didn’t know about anything. Sam did a superb job to help us find our first home with his best efforts and skills! Most of all, we were able to trust Sam because of his great abilities and amazingly accurate intuition. And, that was why we contacted Sam again when we decided to sell our place in 2016. We were very easy-going buyers and didn’t ask much to the sellers in 2012, so we didn’t know how to deal with other buyers who requested for many things. We learned selling could be even harder and much more stressful than buying a place and your agent could play a critical role for selling. Since we completely trusted Sam, we carefully listened to Sam’s advice during the entire negotiating process. We are happy that we have worked with Sam and would highly recommend Sam to anyone for buying and/or selling! You won’t regret! Just choose Sam! 🙂
I’m convinced nobody knows Bucktown/Wicker Park/Ukrainian Village better than Sam. He helped us sell our house quickly, and for the best price. He earned our confidence during our first meeting – we could just tell he knew what he was doing. My wife and I turned into an emotional wreck getting the house ready and again during negotiations, so we leaned on Sam a lot. Nothing rattles him!
Sam did an outstanding job in helping us buy a multi-unit property in Chicago. Sam was very patient in our home search. He showed us a variety of options that helped us narrow down what was best for us. The individualized attention we received made us feel special and valued. From the beginning and throughout the closing process, Sam was always on top of things, and he was quickly available whenever we needed help. His level of expertise and professionalism is remarkable. We would highly recommend Sam to others. Thanks Sam!
Sam was absolutely amazing to work with on the recent purchase of my home in Chicago. Not only was Sam extremely knowledgeable and helpful, I could tell he really cared about the home I was about to purchase and wanted to see me in the right property. He took a vested interest in my investment and made sure that when we found the perfect home I was set up to win. I often turned to him when I found a property I was interested in and relied heavily on his expertise of the industry. It was comforting to know Sam was always on my side and he wasn’t afraid to tell me if something about a property wasn’t quite right. He listened to what I was looking for and was extremely patient in helping me right the perfect place for me to call home. I would highly recommend Sam because not only is he an intelligent businessman, he truly cares about his clients and makes you feel comfortable every step of the way.
We chose Sam Shaffer as our realtor after reading his amazing online reviews. We definitely made the right choice! I’m convinced that Sam is the best of the best in the Chicago area. He made selling our Wicker Park condo a seamless experience. Our condo listed on August 22nd, was under contract by September 3rd, and closed on October 7th. Sam and his team were easy to work with and always just a text/call away. There was a little bit of negotiation in our sale and Sam did a great job keeping our best interests at the forefront. We highly recommend Sam and his team! If we weren’t leaving the Chicago area we would definitely be using Sam to buy our next home!
Sam and his team were outstanding! He helped us sell a property after losing a member of our family, which was very emotional for us. He was kind, attentive and professional, attending to our needs and questions quickly and effectively. He responded to emails almost before we hit send! It was not an easy property to sell, but he stuck with us coming up with new strategies as necessary. He worked hard for us despite the modest commission he made from a starter property, and his knowledge of the market and the neighborhood were invaluable. I highly recommend him for buyers and sellers at any price point.
Sam Shaffer, and his excellent staff, were everything we could hope for in a realtor when we sold our house. They were knowledgable, professional, efficient and made selling our house worry-free and seamless. I would highly recommend Sam and his team to anyone looking for a stress-free real estate experience.
I highly recommend working with Sam on any real estate transaction. He is professional, easy-going and knowledgeable, all qualities that make for a successful and stress-free experience. When the buyer backed out of her contract on my place, Sam immediately scheduled additional showings, which resulted in a very quick offer from another buyer. From start to finish, I found Sam was thorough, providing insights about the market and pricing in my neighborhood and then assisting with details related to closing.
My wife and I moved to Chicago a little more than a year ago and spent most of that time trying to learn the local real estate market. We began our search for a new home several months prior to when we were looking to move. Like a lot of us that have never gone through this process we started in the first logical place and did the typical searches on zillow and hotpads looking to see what was available. There was a place online that we were interested in viewing so we wrote the seller an email asking if we could view the apartment. As luck would have it Sam happened to be the seller of this particular home and contacted us immediately to set up a showing. Not only did he schedule an appointment but he also asked if we were interested in having someone help us find our new home. Without hesitating our answer was yes. We could not have picked a more experienced and knowledgeable real estate professional. He found out exactly what we were looking for and put it into a search engine that would send us daily updates any time anything came on to the market that fit our criteria. Once Sam realized our preference he went out of his way to highlight places that he thought would be a good fit. My wife and I do work in the city so were always taking the train to the first showing, Sam was nice enough to not only drive us to every showing but drop us off at our front door when we were finished for the day. At no point did we ever feel rushed or pressured from Sam to make a decision. On the contrary, there were times when we thought that we possibly found a winner and Sam would point out the down sides of the resale of the house. Everything from if it were too expensive, if the unit had parking or even if it were a 4 story walk up and we would lose families with children due to the amount of stairs. He never hesitated to bring us back to a place multiple times. He even went above and beyond with asking which restaurant that we would be going to for my birthday, (which fell during our search of finding a home) called them up and pre-ordered and paid for my first bday drink of the night. I read a lot of on line reviews about restaurants, places to travel to or realtors apparently and I find them to be very helpful. I say all of this simply to help anyone who happens to read this in finding the best possible realtor. You cannot go wrong with Sam. He’s the best. We will definitely use him again to sell our current home (hopefully no time soon as moving is the worst) and if we happened to be looking for a new home in Chicago without hesitation I am giving Sam a call. I can honestly say the best find in the process was our new home but in a close second was Sam. We couldn’t have done it without him. Thanks Sam!
Sam did an excellent job on my condo purchase. He was knowledgeable and savvy throughout the process and worked hard to protect my interests at all times.
We worked with both Sam and Sandra and the rest of their recommended team (Molitor Financial and Ryan Law). They were all fantastic and helped us every step of the way as first-time buyers. They told us that we had one of the most difficult sellers they’ve worked with and the process took longer than expected for that reason, but we felt very well-represented and confident that if the deal fell through, they’d do everything they could to find us a new property. It all worked out in the end! They really went to bat for us!
We worked with Sam to find our new home. We looked at 30+ properties. His knowledge of good streets/bad streets, neighborhoods, comps was fantastic. He helped us get our offer in and negotiate a great price. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a new home!
We have used Sam to buy our condo, and most recently sell that same condo. We started off 5 years as a young couple with a 9 month old baby. Sam was awesome at showing us condos with the baby in tow. At the time, we were uncertain of area, so we looked all over the city. His patience and expertise were a great asset to the home buying experience. Now as a family of five, we wanted to sell our condo for an out-of-state move this Fall, we went immediately to Sam without hesitation. When the market became a little slow, Sam was a reassuring voice that the right buyer would come along. He continually marketed our condo, with frequent open houses. In a few short months, multiple buyers gave an offer, and Sam was so professional in dealing with them. As a result, we received almost asking price. I can’t recommend Sam Shaffer enough… he’s professional, knowledgeable, honest, and most importantly, extremely kind.
We listed with Sam Shaffer to sell our condo in Chicago. It was an amazing experience. He was very knowledgeable and knew what he was doing. Our condo was vacant and he arranged to showcase the place. The most amazing thing was that he was always available on the phone and ready to answer our questions day or night. More importantly he was always upbeat, cheerful and positive and we always felt good after talking to him. Eventually we sold the condo for near the asking price. We highly recommend Sam to anyone who is interested in selling a property or who is looking to buy one. Dr. & Mrs Nair
I had a lot of anxiety when it came to selling my townhome in the west loop. We were in a situation where we were underwater and could not sell just to break even. We interviewed multiple realtors but no one seemed confident that it would sell. When I read all the positive reviews Sam had, I had to call him and indeed he lived up to those reviews. He was very knowledgeable about the area, and he told me what I needed to do in order to sell fast. He was very honest with us, but more importantly, he put my mind at ease. He always reminded me to “leave the worrying to him”. He is also incredibly easy to get a hold of with a quick response time. Sure enough, we got an offer in less than a couple days and just recently closed. So if you’re shopping around for realtors, look no further because Sam’s your man!
We wanted to list our East Village condo for sale and decided to interview several brokers. Sam asked to be first on our list and we really liked his energy. After interviewing three more brokers we chose Sam and we’re certainly glad we did. He and his team at Chicago Properties expertly marketed our property and the offers came pouring in. Three days after listing our property was under contract, and 30 days later we closed! Sam Shaffer’s knowledge of the industry is remarkable. During our sale he took care of all the details, which really minimized the stress. He answered every call, text and email almost immediately. We really enjoyed working with Sam and his colleagues and recommend him highly!
We went to Sam earlier this year to sell our home after listed it for 4 months last year without any offer. Sam listed our condo on Wednesday with the same price we asked last year. We got the first showing that night. And the offer with full price came on Thursday morning. Simply amazing! Sam later guided us through the whole selling process to a smooth closing. Sam is very knowledgeable in the market and a great real estate agent to work with. Highly recommend!
Sam made selling my condo as easy as possible. He coordinated everything for me so that I didn’t have to travel long distance for any aspect of the sale. My unit sold on it’s first day on the market, and that is due to his expertise.
Sam is an Chicago market expert who I would wholeheartedly recommend to any buyer or seller. Sam brings to bear tremendous market knowledge and experience, while also providing guidance and advice during what can be an otherwise stressful process. I have been working with Sam for over 10 years and he’s the only broker I trust with my business.
My wife and I feel fortunate that we (randomly) got associated with Sam. He was patient with us as we went through the process of figuring out what kind of home we really wanted to purchase – which included looking at a lot of places that looked great on paper, but just didn’t fit when seen in person. When we initially found a place we liked he was instrumental in advising us that the property was overpriced and how we should bid accordingly (we didn’t get the place and we are SO happy we didn’t overpay). The amazing thing is that, with Sam’s help, we ended up made a bid on a condo in Lakeview – sight unseen. We were on our honeymoon when I saw our dream property come back on the market. Sam looked at the property the next day and used Facetime to give us a tour. Sam convinced the owners to accept our bid (for a lower amount than asking), despite us never seeing the property ourselves. The purchase process was relatively painless, for which we have Sam to thank. We would gladly use him again for any real estate need.
Can’t say enough good things about Sam and his team. He helped us find our first home in Lakeview a little bit ago and guided us every step of the way. We interviewed a few different realtors before meeting with Sam and made our decision to go with him right after that initial meeting. Sam stressed that he was interested in finding “the right place for us” and took this into account on every walk-through (and we dragged him to more than a few). He was knowledgeable, dependable and above all else very interested in making sure we were happy with what we chose. He also gave great recommendations for a lawyer, inspector, etc. which helped us out immensely considering we were first-time home buyers. I’d happily recommend Sam to any of our friends in need of a realtor, and look forward to working with him on our next go-round.
Sam was great throughout the entire process. I think when you imagine a realtor, your first thought it this person just wants to get a deal done, however with Sam we never felt that way. He would be honest about his thoughts on the property, he’d try to match what you wanted in your home with what he could find, Through it all, he had no problem telling the other agent or developer that this didn’t make sense, or that they needed to be better. I would recommend Sam to any first time homebuyer, so that you can get a good feel for different areas, and things to consider.
We found Sam through a recommendation from a good friend who used him to find and purchase her first condo. Sam lives up to his reputation – He’s willing to fight for his clients in negotiation and is totally available throughout the whole process. We really enjoyed working with him not only on a practical level, but also enjoyed his company! We’d recommend Sam to anyone – He helped us find our dream condo!
This is our fifth time working with Sam and we couldn’t be more happy. This time we were living out of state and he and his team made the whole process seamless and easy. Sam is extremely knowlegable and savvy. We would not even consider working with another relator in Chicago. HE IS THE BEST!
Sam was recommended to me by a friend after my first agent flaked. One thing that really bugs me about real estate agents is when they aren’t responsive. That is definitely not the case with Sam. Sam made sure to meet with me immediately and schedule our first round of visits that same weekend. He assured me that either he, or someone from his office would be able to show me properties when I needed to see something. That ended up not being necessary because we found the right place that first week. I was also working with a great mortgage broker who often teams up with Sam. The whole process went incredibly smoothly, through the minor ups and downs that accompany a major purchase, through sticker shock and cold feet and all the rest. I couldn’t be happier with my new place and neighborhood. My only regret is that everything happened so quickly that I didn’t get to hang out and listen to Beatles music with Sam a few more times 🙂 If you want a responsive professional who will give you a honest opinion, team with other professionals to help your search, and support you throughout the process, he’s the one!
Working with Sam, and his team, through the process of my condo purchase, made everything stress free. Best decision I could have made. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with a real estate purchase.
Sam helped us sell our condo in Lincoln Square. Since my wife and I lived out of state (in Wisconsin), I anticipated the process to be cumbersome, time-consuming and stressful. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Sam was able to build a relationship with our renter to declutter, stage (with existing furniture at no extra cost), and show without inconveniencing potential buyers or the current tenant. Sam also streamlined the process and made it easy to complete all necessary documentation. So much so, that we never once had to travel back to Chicago to do anything related to our condo…including the closing. Bottom line, Sam sold our condo faster and for more money than I ever expected. If we were ever to move again, I would plead with Sam to expand his business to Wisconsin so he could help! If you are looking to sell your home with minimal effort, fast and with the highest return, Sam is the guy to help.
If I can give more than five stars, I will. Sam is an expert in Chicago area. He is a very competitive real estate agent and works with the good teams of attorney, inspector, and mortgage agency. He provided excellent communications throughout the process with prompt responses for all the inquiries via email, text, and phone. His negotiation skills are state of art. He is very trustful and honest person. He is the best realtor that I’ve ever met and definitely recommend him to others.
Sam recently sold my 3 bedroom condo in Wicker Park. I had already moved out of state and previously had a bad experience with another agent so I was a bit nervous. Sam listened to me, put me at ease and always kept my goals as a priority. When we decided to stage, he found a company in my price range & coordinated everything. He went the extra mile to get my place sold. Sam is a great realtor and I highly recommend him.
Sam made the entire process of selling my condo in the city easy. I had talked to other realtors; it was Sam’s laid back approach that immediately made me feel comfortable. Within days of listing I had several offers. Sam lived up to his reputation!
Sam did an incredible job from start to finish in helping me find the perfect first home. Sam was responsive, receptive to what I wanted, and perfectly organized. Throughout the showing process, Sam always made sure to give an honest opinion and cared more about finding the right place than the sale. Once we found the perfect home, he did an excellent job in getting everything organized, kept everything on track, and made sure I was comfortable every step of the way from offer to closing. I would recommend Sam to anyone that is looking to purchase a home.
Sam did a really nice job helping me find my condo. He knew the neighborhoods I was looking at well and that helped guide my search process. He was also responsive and attentive, making sure we were competitive with our terms in a tough buying market. Good organization/business sense.