If you're thinking about buying or selling a house, don't just pick an agent or company off the first page of Internet search results. The agent you work with and the brokerage or company where they work can have a huge influence on the home buying and selling process.
Good agents can help you sell your house quickly and for top dollar. They'll have a robust network of potential buyers to draw upon, or access to homes before they go on the market. You want an experienced and successful agent, with numbers that backup their claims.
Agents and brokerages often also specialize. They may know one neighborhood in Chicago well or only handle condominium sales. You don't want to waste time working with someone who can't help you find what you're looking for and at a good price.
Below is a list of seven of the biggest and best real estate companies in Illinois. Their individual specialties and strengths will help you pick the company most likely to meet your needs.
Coldwell Banker Brown Realtors (Edwardsville)
The Coldwell Banker Company has been in operation for over 100 years. They provide dependable and top-rated services and are protective of their reputation. This office was ranked 365 out of 500 on a list of top 500 brokerages from around the country.
Over 60 agents work together in this office to connect buyers and sellers. They serve cities like Dupo, New Athens, Freeburg, Millstadt, and more. Listings include both residential and commercial properties.
Keller Williams Realty of Orland Park (Orland Park)
Keller Williams has more agents than another other real estate company in the country.
The Orland Park office came in at 215 out of 500 for top brokerages in the entire United States. They serve both Chicago and its suburbs. Their office is cutting edge, taking advantage of all the latest technology, clean and modern.
Century21 Lullo (Addison)
This newer agency has been growing fast, to a staff of 10 and over 70 agents. They serve all of DuPage County and have been the top-selling Century 21 office in the county for over 15 years.
Agents use the Century 21 Customized Marketing System to help sell your home and offer full-service and professionalism. While this office primarily sells single-family homes, they also have several condo and townhome listings and a few commercial listings.
Suburban Life Realty (South Elgin)
Suburban Life Realty serves South Elgin and its surrounding areas in Kane County. They have over 30 agents who work out of their office. They primarily specialize in single-family homes but a few of their agents list more townhomes and condos.
Re/Max All Pro (Saint Charles)
With offices in Sugar Grove, St. Charles, and Bloomington the Re/Max All Pro office features over 90 agents and brokers to meet your needs. Some specialize in commercial while others handle purely residential transactions. Many of their agents are multilingual, reflecting Illinois' rich diversity.
The Re/Max brand has been around for over 45 years and now operates in over 100 countries.
Exit Realty (Chicago)
Exit Realty serves the communities of Addison, Bolingbrook, Bucktown, Deerfield, Des Plaines, and Downers Grove. Many of their agents have over 20 to 30 years of experience and are natives of Chicago and its surrounding areas. They sit on the boards of the Chicago Getaway Green, are Accredited Luxury Home Specialists, or serve as secretary of the Philippine American Ecumenical Church Board of Directors.
ERA Real Estate (Naperville)
A newer real estate company, ERA Real Estate has skyrocketed. Agents from this office serve Naperville, Highland Park, Northbrook, and more. Their company focuses on cooperation within the office to get buyers and sellers the best results.
In certain situations, ERA offers a guarantee. If your home doesn't sell in a timely and efficient manner, they'll buy it from you.
Clever partners with agents from all these companies in Illinois — only when you connect with them through Clever, you get a significant discount on commission. Our agents will sell your home for a flat fee of $3,000 or 1% of the sale price if your home sells for more than $350,000.
There's also a reason for buyers to work with Clever. Clever Partner Agents agree to offer buyers a Home Buyer Rebate. Agents remit this money to the buyer from their commission, and you can use it to pay some of your closing costs or as part of your down payment.