Karen entered the real estate business in 1988 when she became licensed as an Illinois Realtor. Since then she has expanded her title from agent to broker, and has earned multiple designations including:
Certified Residential Specialist
Certified Negotiation Expert
Accredited Buyer Representative
Graduate Realtor Institute
Certified Distressed Property Expert
Senior Real Estate Specialist
At Home with Diversity certification
Her awards include:
RE/MAX Hall of Fame
RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement
HomeGain Midwest Region Top Producing Agent
Chicago Association of Realtors Golden Eagle, Silver Eagle & Bronze Eagle Awards
#3 REMAX Chicago Agent and #8 REMAX Northern Illinois Agent - 2008
She is currently chairs hearings for the Chicago Association of Realtors Professional Standards committee.
Karen is an expert in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, River North, West Loop, Fulton Market, Logan Square, Avondale, Bucktown,, Wicker Park, Gold Coast, Old Town, South Loop, Lincoln Square, Galewood
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<$100k - $2.60M
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1435 W Rosemont Avenue 3e, Chicago, IL, 60660
2 bed / 2 bath
2723 W Saint Georges Ct, Chicago, IL, 60647
4 bed / 4 bath
2418 W Bloomingdale Ave Unit 205, Chicago, IL, 60647
1 bed / 1 bath
899 S Plymouth Ct Unit 2510, Chicago, IL, 60605
3 bed / 1 bath
1775 W Altgeld Street Unit F, Chicago, IL, 60614
2 bed / 2 bath
2934 W Montrose Avenue Unit 302, Chicago, IL, 60618
3 bed / 2 bath
7059 N Damen Avenue Unit 2s, Chicago, IL, 60645
2 bed / 1 bath
324 Clearwater Lane Unit 37b, Schaumburg, IL, 60194
2 bed / 2 bath
1508 Blandford Court, Schaumburg, IL, 60173
3 bed / 2.5 bath
3145 W Palmer Boulevard Unit 1, Chicago, IL, 60647
Karen Breen Elia helped Michelle K. buy a home on 10/14/2014
Karen and Lou have helped me through 2 purchases and 1 rental and Ive recommended them to anyone I know looking to buy, sell, or rent in Chicago. For my condo purchase Karen talked me through the whole process in plain English and made it easy to understand. She explained each step way before it happened so I knew exactly what to expect during the purchasing process, which minimized surprises and stress and made it as easy as it could be. She is incredibly patient with first-time buyers and sellers & spends as much time as necessary explaining everything. She answers phone calls & emails with lightning spee&d never rushed me through anything, always taking as much time as I needed for each step in the complicated process.
My 2nd purchase- a new construction townhome - They explained the differences between a new construction purchase & existing buildings, and made sure I was set up with the best inspector, attorney, & vendors needed who have experience w/new construction.
Review submitted by Michelle K. on 05/17/2020
Karen Breen Elia helped Debbie S. buy a home on 02/27/2017
Karen has been my agent for two home purchases and one home sale and she has done a fantastic job for me each time. Karen and her team have an intimate knowledge of the Chicago neighborhoods and did an excellent job matching me up with places that matched what I was looking for. Any time I hear of someone looking for a new home, I refer them right to Karen. I would not consider using anyone else to help me with any future home needs I have.
Review submitted by Debbie S. on 05/17/2020
Karen Breen Elia helped Megan S. sell a home on 05/20/2019
Karen was referred to us by our real estate attorney which is a feat in itself as he is well connected in the Chicago market. He told us if we wanted our condo to sell, we needed Karen. When I met her I knew why right away. Karen is the right balance of kindness and gusto. She gave us advice for improvements that we hadn't received from our previous agency. She told us how we could accomplish them in a cost efficient manner. Karen is excellent in communication and organization as well. She also took time to get to know our family and what exactly we wanted out of our experience. She sold our condo in no time! Karen knows her stuff and gets the job done.
Review submitted by Megan S. on 05/17/2020
Karen Breen Elia helped Debby L. sell a home on 05/28/2019
This is the fourth real estate transaction in which Karen Breen Elia has represented me. I would have rated her higher if there were more boxes to check! Her knowledge of the market, her experience regarding negotiating, her down to earth attitude and her genuine concern for us make her an outstanding real estate agent. Because she has been in the business for so long, she understands the complexities of todays market and she knows how to work with and communicate with the other agents involved in the transaction. She knows what to say and she knows what not to say. I have used her both as a buyer and a seller. When it was time to sell our house this past February, there was never any doubt about who would handle the transaction. I believe she is simply the best in her field!
Review submitted by Debby L. on 05/17/2020
Karen Breen Elia helped Chad G. buy a home on 06/28/2016
Working with the Elias' is like getting a two for one which means more responsiveness and more attention. Karen walked me through the home buying process (and) I appreciated that she wanted to walk me through it even though she knew I thought I knew it all.
Karen would call and follow-up with attorneys/sellers/lenders to make sure everything was being taken care of. We hit snags to get through closing (none of our faults) but the diligence of both Karen and Lou brought it to fruition.
Lou was ready to show me a place nearly always the day I wanted to see it. His knowledge of what to look for in the bones of a building was impressive. He was real at pointing things out that could be problems and was easy to be around.
Neither one was pushy on a property (which I experienced in the past) while also offering me their opinions and knowledge about the industry/market when I asked for it. I would highly recommend this team to anybody looking to buy a home. I know I'll be using them again.
Review submitted by Chad G. on 05/17/2020
Karen Breen Elia helped Shawn O. sell a home on 10/20/2015
Karen is hands-down the best real estate professional I have worked with over the past 25 years and I have very high standards. I worked in a Fortune 500 world-class sales organization for many years that demanded excellence from it's sales force. Karen provided to me 'world-class' management, sales and expertise in finding me the right tenant while maximizing my profit simultaneously in an incredible short amount of time.
I couldn't have done it without Karen. I live over 1000 miles away from my income property in Chicago and Karen went above and beyond the call of duty by handling the entire rental process from 'cradle to grave' including; in-depth marketing analysis, high profile advertisement, scheduling and conducting showings, background checks, preparing all related lease documentation - out of the box lease solutions, service, signing and revenue collection. Not to mention, she has great intuition.
I highly recommend partnering with Karen for any property needs.
Review submitted by Shawn O. on 05/17/2020
Karen Breen Elia helped April C. buy a home on 10/05/2016
Karen and Lou guided us (and stuck with us) through several offers, changed priorities, and sticky summer house hunting, eventually finding our dream home. They were very helpful, organized, attentive, and thoughtful through the whole process.
Review submitted by April C. on 05/17/2020
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