While some agents are in real estate for the commission, Erik simply isn't cut from that cloth. Erik truly loves what he does, and the proof is in the energy he puts into his work and the incredible relationships he builds with his clients.My husband and I met him almost two years ago, at which point we were very casually talking about moving with no immediate plans. I was worried that he might not take us seriously, but it was the opposite: he completely understood and empathized with our situation, and expressed that he'd be there to help us take the next step whenever we were ready--whether that be in two weeks or five years.When we were finally ready to pull the trigger, Erik jumped right in to walk us through the steps that were required to get our place staged, photographed, priced, listed, and sold. He knew the market well, ran the numbers like a boss, and put an incredible amount of research into the sale. With two little kids underfoot it could have been a very daunting process, but I can honestly say that it was smooth and stress-free with Erik running the show. Ultimately, he sold our place in 10 days for a great price. If that's not a real estate dream, I don't know what is.Not only is Erik supremely professional, but he's also one of the kindest and most personable people we have ever met. He made us feel completely at ease from day one, and we quickly became good friends. He made sure our questions were answered (even the ones we didn't know to ask!), our expectations were managed, and our needs as a family were met. We purchased our next home by owner for reasons that were outside of our control, and despite the fact that Erik didn't have any skin in the game, he guided us through the process and became an incredible source of support for which we are truly grateful. Bottom line: If you are looking for an agent who will put your needs above all else and work tirelessly to ensure your satisfaction as you move into the next phase of your life, Erik is your man.
I have been living in Chicago for three years and have seen countless apartments, so this time I was looking for something specific but difficult to find. Erik really listened to what I wanted and was a pleasure to work with. He respected my time and was prompt and responding to emails and texts- very important in this day and age! Erik found me my perfect apartment and I can't recommend working with him enough!
First time home buyers, we were led step-by-step through the process and--success!--with Erik's help we now own an amazing home. Erik always gave us his complete time, attention and ongoing patience. He was extremely easy to communicate with by email and phone, with a quick response time. He immediately put us at ease, knew what to look out for when walking through prospect homes, and answered all our questions with care. While I don't expect we will be looking to buy a new home anytime soon, I would happily work with Erik again."
When I first met him he took time to explain everything to me and was always exceptionally easy to work with. At all stages during my condo hunt, Erik was an extremely effective communicator. He worked seamlessly with everyone involved, including my mortgage broker and lawyer (whom he recommended to me) and always looked out for me, reminding me when things needed doing or if there was a decision I needed to make. I came to search for a place in the US completely inexperienced, having only purchased property in the UK before - I really needed someone who could offer me advice and guide me in the right direction. Erik was exceptional in helping me to do these things, and I am so grateful to him. I couldn't have wished for a more positive experience when buying my first home here in Chicago.
He knows the market and is an exceptional advocate, but Erik's communications skills are what set him apart. It was tough. On market for longer than we would have liked and had an offer fall through. Neither of those were Erik's fault. He kept us focused and on track throughout a difficult process.
After reaching out to a few agents, Erik was the only one who requested a phone call and immediately answered questions and made us feel at ease and excited to start the search. Having Erik as a guide to the market was invaluable. He is professional, knowledgeable and has a wonderful sense of humor. Whenever a question arose, he was immediate to respond, always keeping us up to date with changes. Our favorite bit of advice he gave was that there is no wrong decision, only do what feels right. That statement helped our comfort level when we were so very nervous about buying our very first home. Now that we're settling in, we wouldn't have changed a single thing about the process, and are so happy we've already been able to refer Erik to some friends. Thank you so much, Erik! We have a beautiful home because of all your hard work!
Being relatively new to Chicago he offered great insight and really took the time to understand what our family needed. He is very knowledgable about all areas in and around Chicago. Erik helped us every step of the way and made what can sometimes be confusing and overwhelming easy, understandable and comfortable. We will use Erik when we sell area ready to sell this home and move on to something else!
He was patient, as the desired location changed to different neighborhoods several times. Erik made himself available when necessary, was very knowledgeable and answered every question we had.
He was friendly, patient and always available. Our home search was quite long, but Erik never pressured us. When we found *the one* Erik scheduled our visit--and ultimately our offer--while he was away on vacation. Further, he kept an eye on all of the details--he even caught a furnace problem that had developed after the inspection, saving us a significant amount! We couldn't have asked for a better realtor!
This exceeded our expectations and Erik was key in this outcome because he had a realistic feel for the market conditions, he did his homework before meeting with us , and his interactions with the buyers agent and our attorney were top notch and professional. Erik was extremely responsive to not only our needs but also of those of our attorney. At all times he demonstrated a genuine sense of interest and professionalism. I can highly recommend him in Chicago residential real estate representation."
We didn't know a lot about buying a new house or condo and Erik ushered us through the entire process. He shared tips on things to look for, gave us good background on the places that we were looking at, and got to know what we were looking for so he could make recommendations when a new place came onto the market. His knowledge is extensive and I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell their house or condo!
From the very beginning, he was upfront and consultative in his approach, and he made even the more complex components of the transaction understandable and smooth. During the sale process, he delivered an offer on my home within 3 days - amazingly fast and a testament to his preparation. In addition, throughout the closing process, Erik went above and beyond to handle things like the inspection, minor repairs, coordination of contractors and other service providers and generally removed all stress from the process for me. I recommend Erik's services to anyone looking for an agent, advisor and friend in the process. Erik did everything perfectly - I don't know how he could have done better.
Our experience was so pleasant that we recently used him again to sell our (outgrown) condo and to find our dream home on the North Shore. Erik truly understands market trends and current inventory which helped us price our condo competitively and get it sold within a week. His strong negotiating skills and market knowledge helped us sell our place at a price above our expectations. When searching for our new home, Erik listened carefully to our "must haves" and made some excellent recommendations in an effort to help us focus our search area. He was completely engaged in our house hunt and extremely responsive to our calls, emails, and texts. Erik is very accommodating and worked around our (and our infant's) schedules when making appointments. It was easy to trust him with issues and have him help make decisions on our behalf. We appreciated his initiative and willingness to help, especially since the buying/selling process can be time consuming and complicated. Quite simply, Erik made us feel at ease throughout the entire process. On top of the superior client service Erik provides himself, he also surrounds himself with a wealth of industry resources. He referred us to an excellent mortgage broker, lawyer, and home inspector which made our home buying and selling process so easy. We will continue to recommend Erik to all our family and friends looking for a top notch realtor in the Chicago area.
Throughout all of the setbacks that we encountered over the course of our house search, he always had a great attitude, and we never felt as though he was in it for the money. I think his smile was as big as ours when the keys were finally in my hand and we were on our way out of the closing. Great work.
Erik helped me buy my first condo and was very patient with all of my questions and explained the process in detail. When it was time to make an offer he completed the paperwork the same night that we viewed the home; quick, accurate and efficient. Erik referred me to several services (real estate attorney, inspector, etc.) when I didn't have theses services arranged and was able to work with my preferred services as well. Erik kept in constant communication with me throughout the whole process. I would certainly recommend Erik for all of your home buying needs and will use him again in the future.
As a first time home buyer, I was very nervous about the process but Erik set my mind at ease throughout the whole process.
First and foremost, we always trusted Erik, and knew that he had our best interest in my mind. Additionally, we were always confident that he would be a good representation of us. We always trusted him to handle himself with the utmost professionalism, as well as genuine kindness and fairness. This held true with listing agents throughout our search, and eventually during the negotiation process. Erik was reliable, responsive, engaged, and honest. We could always rely on him to give us his honest opinion and act as a true guide throughout the process of buying our first home. We delighted in the fact that we consistently commented we were “on the same page”. In the event of any hiccups during the process, Erik displayed his commitment to us by acting very quickly, calmly and successfully. We always felt like his priorities – during these times when “action mode” was necessary, as well as slower times when we would regularly hear from him to check in or follow up. Erik’s deep knowledge of the Chicago residential real estate market is very apparent, and his demeanor elevates him to be a true expert in our minds. We would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home in Chicago!
Calling Erik was the best decision we made to help us with our home purchase. He's very professional, but also personable. He kept our needs, wants, and constraints in mind, and was very patient as we waited for our perfect (to us) home to come along. When it did, Erik was there every step of the way making it the smoothest transaction I've been a part of. If you can clone this guy, do it so that every buyer has a confident and competent broker to make the home buying experience practically seamless and pain-free! I will recommend Erik Schwinger with the same enthusiasm as he was recommended to me should the opportunity present itself.
Our Loft was well located and presented well. However, we faced a major marketing challenge. The complete renovation that Polly and I performed was based on our initial intention to own the property for many years. As a result, we over improved the property – wonderful for our living, but difficult for our marketing. Nevertheless, Erik readily accepted the marketing challenged. We received three offers within the first two weeks of marketing- one of which produced our eventual buyer. Obviously, Polly and I are delighted with the results. Below is a list of factors that I believe contributed to the successful marketing of our Loft and to our pleasure in working with Erik. Erik has an excellent style. He treated Polly and I as equal partners and was able to openly agree or disagree with either one of us. From what we could tell, his professionalism was respected by his fellow brokers. Erik’s communication skills are terrific – both verbal and written. Furthermore, the frequency of his communications was appropriate and reassuring. His responses to emails and phone messages were prompt. He was always punctual. Erik has a complete understanding of the Chicago residential market and its various components, including: competing properties, comparable sales, brokerage networks, financings sources and terms, appraisal providers and procedures and various ancillary service providers such as cleaning services. Erik is organized and efficient and deployed the resources of Baird and Warner very effectively. The speed with which he brought our property to market was impressive. Our beautiful and informative brochure was produced in a matter of days, including photography and measured floor plans. We even had a plan showing the addition of a future third bedroom. Erik provided savvy and sensitive input during negotiations, but let us make up our own minds without pressure nor undue influence. Erik’s follow up on all matters and at all levels of detail was exemplary. Erik managed the process from Contract execution to Closing superbly – appropriately coordinating deposit and down payment funding, paperwork, appraiser access, buyer access, cleaning, final inspection, etc. Erik is a good guy – I’d enjoy a beer with him anytime.
Always on top of things and following up when necessary. Would highly recommend. Also, our attorney told us that he has never worked with a realtor who was more efficient and a pleasure to work with.
We live full-time in New York State, but wanted a part-time residence near our family in Chicago. We would not have been able to reach that goal without Erik's help. From the initial property searches right through to closing, Erik was communicative, available and clearly had our best interests in mind. When we called, texted or emailed him, he answered or replied immediately. This was especially important to us because we were not able to be in Chicago ourselves to follow up with every item along the way. He made us feel like we were his only client! We would highly recommend utilizing Erik's professional services if you're looking for a home in Chicago. You will not be disappointed. Thank you Erik! Sue & Tom Dugan