What My Clients Are Saying

My husband and I worked with John Irwin to sell our Lincoln Park condo and purchase a townhome in Lincoln Park. We were working on a very tight timeline to sell and buy, as I was 5 months pregnant when we decided to list our condo. I honestly didn’t think it was possible to sell and buy before the baby arrived, but John made it happen! His market knowledge, daily communication, and solid understanding of what we hoping to achieve, made both transactions extremely smooth and efficient. I highly recommend John, as he far exceeded my expectations.
— John & Kristie Spegele
John worked with us to sell our prior home and buy a new home. John made a pretty painful process much less painful. He has intimate knowledge of the Chicago neighborhoods and provided great advice on selling vs renting, where to buy within each neighborhood, resale value, etc. We plan to use John going forward on our next purchase or sale!
— Doug Bouton
John Irwin helped us buy our home and did an absolutely outstanding job. He was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and had an excellent gauge on the value of properties. As buyers somewhat unfamiliar with the area, his expertise of the local neighborhoods was immensely helpful. He was patient with out decision making and quick to action when the time was right. Highly highly recommend working with him and look forward to working with him again in the future.
— Matthew Hartwell
John is the very best at what he does. Buying or selling, when you have John on your team, you not only have a very knowledgeable, responsible and professional broker, but also a trusted friend and respectful advisor. You can’t go wrong with John Irwin.
— Nirav Shah
John did a superb job helping me sell my mother’s condominium on Lake Shore Drive. My living out of town presented a challenge, but John anticipated every issue and made it easy for me in every way. This was a real estate best-case scenario: a swift sale, at full price, handled by a consummate professional.
— Jacob Weisberg
It was John’s impeccable reputation in the market that allowed us to take an unconventional sale and closing process and turn it into our new home. Without his expertise and respect from the sellers agent, the deal would have been dead before it started. John is extremely thorough and saw the purchase all the way to the end. I highly recommend him.
— Scott Zolokar
John’s real estate expertise and marketing plan resulted in a quick sale at full price. But what truly differentiated this experience for me was John’s personal attention and ability to handle details. He fully communicated with me about next steps, managed my expectations and delivered.
— Marlya Bunn
I was introduced to John Irwin while watching ABC 7 Eyewitness News. John was a guest on ABC 7 Chicago discussing the current real estate market. I was impressed by the depth of his professional knowledge. John met all my expectations for the sale of our Logan Square single-family home. The house sold quickly, even before it was listed officially on the market.
— Rosalia Klimczk
Loved working with John. He is truly one of the best at what he does. He is the epitome of professionalism and grace.
— Joel Henley
My husband and I were looking for a single family home after living in condos for years. John was very knowledgeable throughout the whole process, and knew what issues to look out for in purchasing a single family home. John was great at identifying properties that would fit our needs and setting up prompt appointments. When we found the house we wanted, John was great at negotiating with the sellers and throughout the whole closing process. John made the whole process easy and enjoyable. We had a contract on the new house before we put our current place on the market. We were worried that we may have two mortgages and were hoping our place would sell fast. John visited our condo, made some recommendations for staging our condo and ran a comprehensive market analysis to help us price our condo competitively. When our condo listed, we immediately had several interested people, and within 48 hours we had 4 offers. We could not believe how fast our place sold. We could not be happier with John’s work in the sale process, everything went so smoothly.
— Jen Dlugosz
John did a phenomenal job selling our place and educating me through the sale process. His advice and guidance was much appreciated. We look forward working with him on the buy side in the coming year.
— Todd Zoha
Working with John was a pleasure from beginning to end. He was incredibly devoted to selling my home, through open houses, showings and marketing. John responded to me within moments, was highly knowledgeable
about the market, and was always available to show my home. Highly recommend!!
— Beth Hopson
I purchased a condo in Streeterville through John Irwin. His attention to detail, keen negotiating skills, and deep, analytical knowledge of Chicago’s neighborhoods were critical in making my first-time home buying experience a successful one. I can recommend John, without reservation, to anyone looking for a professional Realtor.
— Kathryn Kerner
John is a pro. He knows the City and the housing market ... neighborhood-by-neighborhood, block by block. As as result, he delivers well-informed marketing strategies and fact-based counsel. Plus his customer service is impeccable as he kept us informed every step of the way and stayed completely in tune with our family’s housing necessities. He was the perfect partner.
— Hud Englehart
True expert in the area. Very professional from start to finish.
— Nicole Huffman
This is our second time working with John – First in 2008 buying our first condo in Bucktown, and then most recently, selling our single family house in Hermosa. Both times, our experiences with John have been outstanding. When we were buying, John was infinitely patient with us – showing us close to 30 properties over a period of several months. He didn’t rush us, gave us great advice on properties and what to look for, listened to what we wanted, and we ended finding the perfect condo. Most recently, John sold our single-family home in Hermosa under some tight time constraints since we were moving out of the country. His educated marketing and pricing strategies, infinite patience for open houses and showings, his practical approach, and unbiased guidance helped us get a quick sale when time was a premium. John is truly passionate for what he does - He knows Chicago like the back of his hand and understands the nuances of the housing markets in different neighborhoods. His expertise and experience makes him a true asset to the real estate community and to anyone buying or selling a home in Chicago. He will be our first call if we move back to Chicago!
— Theresa Zapiecki
Worked with John in our move to Chicago from Dallas. Responsiveness, knowledge of market and keen focus on what we were looking for in terms of location, price and style was impressive enough, but his attention to the details of the homes we looked at (e.g., construction quality) was invaluable.
— Ron Weitz
John was extremely helpful throughout the entire process, and worked hard to ensure a successful sale at a great price.
— Rob & Bree Warren
We stumbled upon John by accident and could not have been luckier to have found him. John was incredibly patient with us as first-time home buyers and showed us everything we thought we wanted, and everything I was convinced we didn’t want. We are so glad we listened to his recommendations to check out homes outside of the area we thought we wanted to be, and outside of the home type we thought we wanted, as we couldn’t be happier with where we ended up. we love our place and our neighborhood. Despite the fact that we’re not even shopping for a home, John is still always willing to give us recommendations on any home-related question I pester him with! I would recommend John to anyone looking for a realtor in the Chicago area.
— Matthew & Nikki Little
John helped us buy our condo and our experience with him was outstanding. John advised us on all aspects of home buying. We greatly appreciated his advice. John takes his job seriously. He is professional, honest, punctual and very knowledgeable about real estate. I would recommend his services to anyone in need of finding or selling a home. Thanks John
— Najat Mazroua & Sami Mahmoudi
Working with John Irwin gave us real peace of mind during what could have been a really stressful process. We felt like John genuinely cared about making sure we were exceedingly happy with our home purchase. He seemed to really understand what we were looking for, and helped us find the right place... and at the right price!
— Whitney & Jim L.ogan
John helped us find our perfect home. When we started the process, we had a general sense of what we wanted and John did a great job of listening to our feedback and narrowing the search. He patiently worked with us for about a year, accommodating our schedules, budgets and preferences until we found the right place at the right price. We never felt pressure to move on a purchase that wasn’t right. What we appreciated most were his professionalism and knowledge of the real estate market. He knew the right questions to ask about the properties and had plenty of data to support the right purchase price.
— Walt & Kate Templin
John worked with me during the search and purchase of my first home. Being a first-time buyer, I didn’t know much what to expect other than some horror stories I had heard from friends and family. I worked briefly with a few other real estate agents before finding John, and unfortunately the others lived up to the negative stereotypes. But John was the exact opposite - he’s down-to-earth; he listened to my likes and dislikes, as quirky as they were; he always made himself available to speak with me and to answer my endless questions; and he’s an all-around good person. I truly felt John had my best interest at heart at all times. He made the process as painless and enjoyable as could be. And John continues to be available and to help me out whenever I have a condo-related question. John is more than a real estate agent. I can’t give John enough praise.
— Julie Murphy
John sold our home in the Gold Coast in 3 weeks, at a time when the average time on the market was significantly longer. In fact, we had a bidding war. Do I really need to say more? We had an unusual property, and what we loved about John from the start was that he really “got it.” He saw what was exciting about our home, and sold to its strengths. He was also a pleasure to work with, and if and when we return to Chicago, he will be our first call.
— Charles & Joan Call
We were faced with selling our condo while living out of state and having no contacts in the Real Estate business. After a series of interviews we listed our property with John Irwin. Our choice proved to be a good one as our property sold a few months later. This sale happened during a severe downturn in the real estate business and without a doubt was the result of John’s method. He gave our unit more attention than we had ever expected. He kept us updated regularly and made us a believer in his somewhat unique approach to real estate sales. Based on our many contacts with him and our experience we highly recommend him as an agent.
— Ron Robinson
John was referred to us when we were looking for a very specific condo in Lincoln Park. We quickly realized that we found the right agent. As far as my wife and I are concerned, John is the man to see if you’re looking on Chicago’s north side. He didn’t rush us; in fact, he said we needed to take our time and not make any quick decisions. So we didn’t. Instead we spent a month or so looking at more than 15 properties. Some twice. By taking our time and listening to John’s advice based on his years of experience, we absolutely knew when we found ‘our’ place. His help with the offer was invaluable. We’d never had a real estate agent tell us we needed a pricing strategy. What a great move. After and offer and a counter, we ended up at the very price we had determined through that strategy development. Finally, the closing. While this can be the most stressful time, John made it easy. He also recommended an attorney, who was very helpful through the process. The best compliment you can pay someone in sales is to refer new business to them. It happened to us, and now we’d like to pass it along.
— Jared Chaney
John provided white glove and personalized realtor experience in a day and age when things are often impersonal and transactional. We would definitely recommend him to family and friends looking to purchase in the city.
— Eleni Passias
John is extremely knowledgeable of the Lincoln Park neighborhood. John is highly attentive in the selling process, providing guidance ensuring your needs are being met.
— Mike Portell
John was recommended to us by a friend and we’re glad we worked with him. He was knowledgeable, considerate, and hard-working throughout the initial search, the negotiations with the sellers, and the entire closing process. This was critical, especially once things became difficult with the loan company and with the seller.

Most importantly, John is honest and looks out for his clients’ interests first. Highly recommend!
— Conor Wolohan