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Michael Kaplan
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2008-2013 Top Producer, Awarded by the Chicago Association of Realtors Michael Kaplan comes to Dream Town Realty with over 17 years of successful real estate experience. Michael has worked extensively in corporate real estate during the 1990's where he leased office buildings, and in tenant representation. He worked at Miglin-Beitler for almost 5 years. Around 8 years ago, Michael shifted his focus towards residential real estate. He quickly adapted to this added challenge and rose to the top within 2 years, earning his the Habitat Company's "Rookie of the Year" award. Since then, The Chicago Association of Realtors has designated Michael a "Top Producer" every year, and has been in the top 10%. An expert at building relationships and using the latest technology to serve his clients, Michael's production has consistently grown each year. He gives focused, custom service to each member of his growing pool of clients and referrals. What makes Michael different is his business background, and he knows how to put a transaction together no matter how complicated it may be. He loves the challenge. Michael is a volunteer diver at the Shedd Aquarium. He works in the Caribbean Reef Exhibit feeding and socializing the fish, and performs presentations for spectators. He is also involved in helping the canine units in Iraq and Afghanistan by sending them care packages from his program called "Bruno Packs". Michael is happily married to Cindy, and has 2 children named Garrett & Rylan. Michael Kaplan has a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University.

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Buying from long distance - so easy!

I connected with Michael after hours of online searching for realtors - I was living out of state. Michael and I initially communicated via email which was very easy and flexible. I was relocating back to Chicago and wasn't planning to buy for several months. Michael set up an online report, we communicated regularly and scheduled tours when I was back in town visiting. Michael was patient and flexible throughout the entire 9 month process. Michael also referred me to a great inspector and attorney to help close the deal. Most important of all - Michael listens to what you need and want. He was great to work with and made the home buying experience a pleasure.

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Out of Towners

We started searching for properties in Chicago online. Michael responded via email, so we started working with him. Michael was very prompt, courteous and professional. Our calls and emails were responded to within minutes. We were never left hanging. We considered ourselves experienced, but we were new to the process in Chicago and Michael led us every step of the way. Michael referred us to an attorney, inspector, mortgage broker and movers, all of them performed at the same high level as Michael.

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My first home

After all of the horror stories I've heard about buying property, I can say that I am truly blessed not to have experienced any of them. Not only did my first home purchase go better than I expected, I gained a great deal of knowledge about this industry thanks to my super agent, Michael Kaplan. Mike took the time to not only answer every question I had, but he gave the extra effort to make sure I understood the answers. As a business owner I look for those exact characteristics in a potential employee. There were times when I called mike with a question during non regular business hours, and he would make time for me even though in the background I could hear his son asking him to hurry so they can continue playing. Mike if you're reading this I apologize for interrupting those moments. As a father myself, I know just how meaningful they are to both you and your child. Thank you Michael Kaplan for such a great experience.

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Out of state first time buyer . . .

I was a first time home buyer from out of state with very limited knowledge of the Chicagoland area. I randomly got Mike on the phone when I called about a property I saw online and I could not have been luckier. Between teaching me about the various Chicago neighborhoods, going well out of his way to pick me up at my hotel (on three separate occasions), taking me all over the city, and personally meeting me with his young son on a saturday morning to hand deliver my keys, Mike could not have been more professional or pleasant to deal with. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone who appreciates someone that does his or her job well. In the end you will enjoy the experience and probably end up considering him a friend as I know do.

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Helped us buy first unit

Mike visited a place and sent us photos by email at our request, and also happily incurred a parking ticket while showing us some places. A year after the deal we are still satisfied and recommend him

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Michael helped me with the purchase of my very first home. He became a great resource and advisor at every stage of the process, from finding the right home and connecting to a mortgage lender, attorney, home inspector to assuring smooth communication between all parties involved. He was always punctual, thorough, surrounds himself with a loyal team, and a great collaborator. Michael was patient during several setbacks we encountered and was always available to brainstorm and implement creative solutions. He is reliable and extremely fun to work with, and his assistance took a lot of anxiety out of the house-buying process. I strongly recommend Michael's services and would not hesitate to use him in the future!






my experience

Michael was helpful, available, answered calls and questions in a timely fashion; punctual for appt's, took me to sites and tried to find the best w/in my price range. He was friendly.






Very Thorough!

We've used realtors in the past who would just show our home, and produce nothing. Michael was referred to us through a friend, and we were amazed about all the questions he asked us about the house, what we like about it, and why we picked the neighborhood. He presented a thorough analysis of how he got the price, and why it would sell at it. It sold in 1 week, and it was the 1st showing. He goes above and beyond the call of duty, and consider yourself luck that you're working with this guy!






Seller

Michael was superb. He was able to obtain 97% of our asking price. The property sold within three to four weeks of the listing. His real value was the advice he gave us on what cosmetic repairs and alterations we should make to the property before it was put on the market. I would strongly reccommend him to friends or family.






Patient, Experienced and Knowledgeable

MIchael has been the most patient real-estate agent I have had the opportunity to work with; I can be a little neurotic about the process, but he has been reassuring and confident that it will all work out, and it has. I really appreciate having a realtor that knows what I'm looking for. He has been a great asset in this process of purchasing a short sale. I am really fortunate to have his expertise behind this search






Outstanding Experience

We worked with Michael in 2006 to purchase a single-family home. Michael was exceptional at responding to our needs and concerns all throughout the process. We are very particular, and Michael handled every request effectively and efficiently. He is a stellar agent and takes time to listen and understand his clients needs. I would definitely want to work with Michael again.






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I had a great experience working with Michael in purchasing my family's home. He worked with me to find the perfect home for my parents, and showed patience through our selection process. We really appreciated his work.






Interview

What year did you become a real estate agent?
1993
How many years have you been in Real Estate?
19
What is the average home price in your market?
$500,000-$1,750,000
Why do you enjoy being a real estate agent?
It's my own business.
What is the most challenging issue you face as a Real Estate Professional?
Consistancy
Tell us one of your client success stories or an interesting moment in your profession.
They're all success stories.
What is your best characteristic?
Listening skills.
Who or what inspires you the most?
My kids.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Take the cotton out o your ears and put it in your mouth.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Kauai, Hawaii


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