You’d be crazy not to partner with Kathleen Buffington to buy and sell your home. Her advice and predictions were spot on in every single area: pricing strategy, marketing strategy, negotiation strategy, staging, timing…you name it. As a resident of Evanston so knows the market intimately and enjoys strong relationships with other brokers in both the city and suburbs. Beyond that she is the calm voice of reason, will do whatever is needed and is a lovely human being. I cannot say enough good things about my experience working with Kathleen other than: do whatever she tells you to do and your home will sell for top dollar in record time!! Thank you Kathleen for everything!!
Kathleen is everything one would hope for in a realtor. I interviewed several candidates for the job at hand, and what ultimately led me to select her was the fact that Kathleen, who obviously knows her stuff – very knowledgeable – also focused on making sure that I was educated and comfortable with the big decisions I needed to make. Our journey began with her helping me lease my condo – to a renter, by the way, still in the unit 4 years later. To best highlight the space, she moved furniture around with me, staging the place and bringing in a professional photographer. I almost wanted to stay, because it looked so pretty. Our journey continued as we searched for the perfect place (to purchase) closer to work that checked all the boxes. That I found the my new home, one that suits me so well, happened in large part because of Kathleen’s advice, integrity, astute eye, and the time she spent understanding me. Throughout the process, I always felt that Kathleen listened, asked the right questions, and looked out for my interests. She also put me in touch with great references and connections that make for a very smooth closing. In short, Kathleen’s industry expertise, her attention to detail – and really, her patience and good nature – all contributed to a very positive experience. I recommend her highly.
Kathleen was absolutely fabulous! She made my home sing through staging and superb professional photographs. She has a gift for negotiation across all aspects of a real estate deal, even when faced with the inevitable challenges. Kathleen is smart, savvy, sophisticated, and will have your back every step of the way. I could not have asked for more! I give Kathleen my very highest recommendation.
Thorough, straightforward, and so helpful.
K & G Granchelek
Kathleen was organized, professional, and knew both the market and the buyers. She was accurately able to tell me after every showing whether the prospects were buyers or shoppers and every time she was right; the buyers came back and the shoppers did not. I would have more data points, but she sold our house too fast.
Kathleen rocked. She did a great job on both the buy side and sell side. She knows the market well. She calls it likes she sees it. I wouldn’t work with anyone else in Evanston.
Kathleen was diligent in her work and flexible in her relationship with us. She made her recommendations on price, but ultimately, let market’s response give us the feedback we needed to determine pricing. She was committed to keeping the likely buyers interested and removing any concerns or obstacles to their purchase. Kathleen did an excellent job of birddogging all the interested buyers and seeing them through to the close.
This is the second time Kathleen and I have worked together, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking to buy or sell a property.
Kathleen is an excellent professional. Her scope of experience and expertise helped us negotiate a terrific deal on the purchase of our new home and the sale of our old one – no wonder she is at the top of her game. Kathleen is savvy, patient, and prudent. She understands the delicate balance between the emotional journey of selling our home and the market yielding rates of our block and the necessary steps we needed to take in order to sell and buy within our budget. We will definitely recommend her to our friends and neighbors.
D & M Williams
After having our home on the market for over 2 years with another company that was not marketing our property to our satisfaction, we decided to switch to @properties. Kathleen Buffington was one of 4 agents that we interviewed (from competing real estate firms). We were impressed with her professional approach. We also knew that she was very familiar with the neighborhood, living in a Victorian one block away from us. Her marketing skills were excellent, her representation of our home was outstanding, and the number of showings almost equaled the # that we had experienced the previous 2+ years. We also loved that Kathleen went out of her way to research our landmark home and included the information in our brochure.
We were fortunate enough to meet Kathleen at an open house a couple years before we ended up in the home we love. We were immediately impressed with Kathleen’s ideas and vision regarding the home she had listed, that we exchanged contact information. We were inspired to sell our condos and buy a single family home with a yard — quite a big change for us. During the time between our home purchases, we worked with Kathleen to sell two condos. The condo market was not as hot as single family homes, but within a month for one and 3 days on the other, Kathleen had our places sold. We believe her connections, ability to communicate what makes a place special, and vision on how to improve homes made the difference. Oh, and not to mention that when preparing to sell, she put us in touch with the best photographers, inspectors, cleaners, and painters. Kathleen pushed us to make the necessary changes to make sure our places were shown at their full potential. So, over a two year process of working with Kathleen, including the purchase of what is a beautiful and warm home (with a yard), we couldn’t be happier. We would — and have — recommended Kathleen to any of our friends in the Chicagoland area. She was a pleasure to work with.
M Hoff & M Hazelwood
When we decided to sell our home in Evanston, we sighed up with an internet service to identify qualified agents in the area. The service gave us three references. All three were well qualified, but we thought Kathleen would do the best job. We were right. We were down sizing, so before putting our place up for sale, she helped us identify possible places we might buy after we sold. She took the time to know our home, and, expect for one time when a showing was covered by an associate when she was out of the country, she personally was present at all showings. We received an offer after only two weeks, but she helped us decide to turn it down and wait for a better price. She was right. After several more weeks, we received a better offer. Kathleen also helped us identify businesses to help us move, pack, and otherwise help us down size. She also found a new unit to buy. SHE DID A SUPER JOB!
Jay and Joan Canel
We chose Kathleen Buffington as our realtor after interviewing a number of realtors. We were very nervous about putting our house up for sale in this tough market, but Kathleen put us at ease. After the interviews, my husband and I chose Kathleen independent of each other.
She met us with confidence, energy, a plan, and some unique ideas. Time and time again throughout our process we relied on her expertise and experience to make the right decisions and were very pleased with the outcome. We relocated and were out of town for a portion of the process, but Kathleen kept in very good contact with us never making us feel out of the loop. We kept saying to ourselves how lucky we were that we had chosen to work with Kathleen, and we would happily recommend her to friends.
Julie and Mark
I truly believe that without Kathleen Buffington’s experience and instincts, I would still be residing in my old home and not in my brand new one. I had worked with another realtor for several years, without one solid offer. Kathleen not only found a qualified buyer in short order, but she worked with them and their real estate agent to preempt and iron out any obstacles or concerns they might have had before moving forward.
In addition, I felt fully ‘heard’ by Kathleen regarding what I was looking for in my new home. We only looked at properties matching my specifications and price range. She listened to my concerns and worked with my attorney to make the closings go smoothly and efficiently.
I am now enjoying life in my new home and would not hesitate to recommend Kathleen’s services to anyone looking into selling or purchasing a home.
Donna E Marcus
I think Kathleen was incredibly patient in helping us through a prolonged process. We ended up selling on the day we went on the market, for asking price, for cash, with no contingency. She has been energetic and understanding of our individual idiosyncratic concerns. She feels like my friend.
Kathleen did a great job selling my home. When issues arose, she was creative and proactive in finding solutions. She made the process painless!
I felt that Kathleen had our interests at heart and understood how difficult it was to accept what she was asking us to do. In the end it worked and throughout the process she was very supportive.