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Ben Bodelson

Chicago Real Estate Expert

Mobile - 312.259.0830

About Ben

Top Producer 2012, 2016, 2018 Awarded by the Chicago Association of Realtors

Top Producer Magazine - Top 200 Chicago Realtors

Chicago Magazine August 2019 - Best of Chicago / Top Real Estate Agent

 

Ben Bodelson’s marketing, advertising, and design background, along with an always-growing number of successful transactions, provides an advantage for people buying or selling in Chicago's ever-changing real estate landscape. Ben enjoys finding new and exciting opportunities throughout the Chicagoland area for buyers, sellers, and investors, with a focused eye for value and knowledge of a wide variety of locations and neighborhoods.

From first-time buyers to sellers and seasoned investors, Ben provides 24/7 service and attention to his clients, who often compliment him on his ability to listen and respond quickly with answers to their questions, concerns, and issues. He proves his value to buyers, sellers and investors with excellent pricing and negotiation skills, finding buyers great purchases, and selling places at well above what his clients have purchased them for. He enjoys working with people from every background and experience level, from guiding first-time homebuyers through the process, to applying his skills at staging and marketing to sell a listing quickly and profitably, to finding smart investment opportunities.  Ben's overall skills, knowledge, and work ethic have made him one of Dream Town’s Top Producers.

A longtime resident of the Chicago area, Ben works in many neighborhoods, including  Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Uptown, Rogers Park, West Loop, River North, Avondale, Logan Square, Edgewater, South Loop, Humboldt Park, Hyde Park, West Town, Ukrainian Village, and Bucktown.  Ben also works in a number of the city’s north and west suburbs, including Westmont, Hinsdale, and Lemont.

Ben is an active participant in life, always interested in what's new in design, art, architecture, pop culture, the world in general and all facets of the human experience. Ben's biggest passion is real estate, and he dedicates his time, energy, and talent to staying up to the minute on real estate trends, housing, and Chicago's dynamic real estate market, assuring that he gives his absolute best to his clients.

 

What Ben's Clients Say

I couldn't have hired a better real estate professional to sell my condo in Chicago earlier this year. I interviewed 5 different real estate agents and I decided to hire Ben. I am a sales professional myself and wanted someone who was professional, knowledgeable about real estate and worked hard/hungry. This is Ben Bodelson to a "t." Ben literally works at all hours of the night. The few times I emailed him after 12 AM he responded within a hour or so. His job means a lot to him and it shows in his results. He sold my condo very quickly compared to the market and it exceeded my expectations with the price we ended up getting. A identical condo next door came on the market about 30 days after mine was initially listed and that condo is still on the market today after 150+ days. If you are looking to sell your condo, I would highly recommend Ben.

Old Town

It was a real pleasure working with Ben, and his expertise was key not just to the search for our new home, but also in terms of support and guidance through the entire process. We have referred Ben many times since and will definitely reach out to him for any future real estate adventures. Thanks Ben!

Ben was amazing to work with! I highly recommend him to anyone thinking of buying or selling in the Chicagoland area. He was a true professional every step of the way and was such a pleasure to talk to during the entire process of selling our condo. He was always available to answer my calls and explained everything thoroughly. If we ever move back to the Chicago area, I'd call Ben in a heartbeat to take care of our real estate needs. He is truly the best!!

Lakeview

Ben was amazing to work with! I highly recommend him to anyone thinking of buying or selling in the Chicagoland area. He was a true professional every step of the way and was such a pleasure to talk to during the entire process of selling our condo. He was always available to answer my calls and explained everything thoroughly. If we ever move back to the Chicago area, I'd call Ben in a heartbeat to take care of our real estate needs. He is truly the best!!

Always on top of everything! Great agent.

Ben was great to work with. He was very honest, straightforward and prompt in answering all questions.

Do not search any further for your agent - call Ben Bodelson immediately at DT and you'll be happy you did! Ben was an incredible agent and partner from day one. As the seller, who already moved out to state mind you, I was anxious to find an agent that would make me money, be on top of all the details of my transaction in my absence, and be an adviser. Ben checked all the boxes and more. I have never met someone so attentive, on top of his craft, and all around FUN to work with. What I found most impressive about Ben was his incredible market knowledge. He knew how to price to sell, how to market, and who our target buyer was. All in all, if I ever move back to Chicago Ben will be my first call....he made me more money than I anticipated and was an absolutely pleasure to work with.

Belmont Gardens

Ben has represented us in the purchase of three properties in Chicago, and his efforts in the last transaction was first class. Against a tight timeframe it is no overstatement to say that Ben's efforts in liaising between the seller, mortgage broker and ourselves saved the deal from falling over. I highly recommend Ben's professionalism.

Lakeview

As a first-time buyer, I was lucky beyond belief to get the chance to work with Ben. His knowledge of the market and negotiating skills are superb. He quickly grasped exactly what I was looking for, and gave me insight into factors I hadn't fully considered, that were important in evaluating properties. He looked out for my best interests and was extremely responsive, direct and clear in communications. I can't recommend Ben highly enough!

If I could give Ben Bodelson more than five stars, I would! Ben is a top-notch realtor who made selling my home and finding my new home a "dream." Thanks, Ben!

Ben is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He was thorough and helped us throughout the process to make it as simple as possible. Ben continues to stay in touch and provide useful information and it is obvious that Ben loves what he does and wanted us to have a great experience. I have recommended him in the past and will continue to do so. I look forward to working with him again.

Logan Square

Ben is the BEST! At everything real estate! I've bought 2 condos through him….personal in the WEST LOOP; and Rental in Lakeview! Plus he rented my rental condo for ABOVE Market rent, with a 2 year contract. Guided me through everything to the….BEST!

Ben was extremely helpful to our search for a condo in Chicago. He found several listings that we hadn't seen in our own searches, and one of those ultimately became our home. We love living here and are so glad to have had Ben guiding our search. He's a great agent -- lots of fun too!

Ben Bodelson is a terrific realtor! I had lived in the same place for quite a while and had not really explored my options in neighborhoods or even what I was really looking for. Ben patiently showed me a variety of properties online in my price range, then took me to various places to expose me to different styles, areas, etc. He had an amazing knowledge of buildings, price points, the other costs associated with a new home, and the areas they were in. Ben's vast knowledge, combined with his energetic personality and wonderful sense of humor, made this whole process so much more pleasant. I really enjoyed the time I spent with him. I ended up purchasing an amazing condo for over $100,000 less than the previous owners had paid for it! Ben was there every step of the way, responding instantly to my questions and concerns whether I contacted him at 10am or 10pm, seven days a week. I cannot believe how passionate and committed he was to finding me the perfect place in a great location at a fantastic price! Ben knows the Chicago market inside out! I would highly recommend Ben Bodelson to anyone looking to buy, sell, invest or rent a place in Chicago! Scott Kumer

My wife and I contacted Ben to help us find a new home. Ben quickly focused our search, sent appropriate choices, and ended up finding and negotiating a wonderful new space, at a truly amazing price. What makes Ben different than so many other realtors is that he responds thoughtfully - and promptly - answering his phone and / or emails quickly, whether it's 10am or 10pm. That, and his extensive knowledge of neighborhoods, buildings, pricing, and excellent negotiation abilities make him a great choice as a realtor. Once the contract had been signed, he found us our inspector, attorney, mortgage banker, and whatever else we needed to make the process go smoothly. We have already sent him friends and family to work with, and will continue to rely on him for our future real estate investments. Henry and Gabriella Oyuela, West Loop

West Loop

Selecting Ben Bodelson to be agent for the task of renting or selling the condo turned out to be a very fruitful decision. With his knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods, specifically the south loop, my building and the current rental and sales market, he was able to advise on pricing, how to aggressively market the space and offer other advice during the entire process. Ben was on constant call to both speak with me as well as take care of miscellaneous tasks, from meeting with prospective tenants and buyers, to depositing resulting rental checks. No matter what day or time I contacted him, I got rapid, thoughtful and honest responses from him. He was available 24/7. The end result was the best solution and I would highly recommend him for any real estate transaction a client might need. Whether buying, selling or renting, Ben is to be a trusted and loyal agent that will go above and beyond in order to get you a fair deal on your place.Thank you! Stephen Spampinato, South Loop

South Loop

As an investor from another country, I completely trust Ben's knowledge of Chicago, it's neighborhoods, pricing, values, and great buys. His response-time is immediate to my inquiries and questions, and his eye for excellent investment properties is smart, precise, and thoughtful. I run several businesses and don't have a lot of extra time, so it's great to be able to contact Ben, give him a tight time-frame, and know that once I arrive in Chicago, the few hours I have to spend on building my real estate portfolio will be time well spent. After I purchase property I know I can count on Ben as a valuable resource for anything else I may need in Chicago, and that he will go above and beyond his role as my realtor. In conclusion, Ben is a trusted advisor on my investment portfolio team, and in the process has also become a good friend. Fares Moje, Multiple Listings

Multiple Listings

Having worked with Ben Bodelson in a short sale situation I was impressed with his knowledge of the real estate market, sales and negotiation, and his overall performance. Ben was thorough, always responsive, and excellent at selling my place and helping me move on. I knew he had my absolute best interests in mind, both personally and regarding the sale of my home, and carefully considered and researched each step we took. I look forward to working with Ben on my future real estate ventures. Francesco Fiorentino, Humboldt Park

Humboldt Park

We lived in Chicago for almost 15 years in three different places, each chosen based on Ben's advice. He's always had his finger on the pulse of the Chicago real estate market, and had an uncanny ability to identify just the right property for us--in terms of price, location, layout and aesthetics--and on more than one occasion prevented us from making a potentially imprudent decision. And then there are his marketing skills--when we sold our last place, he knew exactly what we should emphasize in our property listing. He's a dream to work with--he's smart and charming and able to help one see the merits of a property despite what a potential purchaser might consider unfortunate decorating decisions by the previous owner. In short: a terrific agent, whether you are a buyer or a seller! Curt and Judy Muncy, Lakeview

Lakeview

I am writing to express our pleasure with the work you did representing my wife and I in the pursuit of a new house and sale of our existing home. We were so impressed with the way you expertly guided us through the process (from preparing our existing home for sale to helping us identify potential neighborhoods and properties that fit our life style). We appreciated the fact that you asked the right questions to determine exactly what we wanted, and you had seen so many of the listings that you were able to quickly confirm which properties we would be interested in. You were spot on with the properties you thought we would be interested in, too. What we liked most about you, Ben, was that in addition to being personable and knowing the market inside out, it was clear to us that you had our best interest in mind and could be trusted completely to help us make one of the biggest personal and financial decisions of our lives. To reiterate, we are nothing but pleased with you and your expertise and will recommend you to our friends and family. Thanks for all of your help! Pat Straky, Ravenswood

Ravenswood

I felt lucky to be working with Ben in the search for my first place. I truly know that Ben is one of those really great agents who genuinely wants his client to be satisfied and happy, and that started with Ben listening to me and offering his take on my wants and needs. It also means that Ben was in my corner, actually concerned for me during the entire process, from negotiating a very good price, following up to get documents processed, or just explaining the process to me so I knew what to expect at every turn. Ben also has a great sense of humor, that combined with a good attitude really goes a long way to getting through this whole process. David Biller, West Town

West Town

Ben was a joy to work with while searching for a home in Chicago. He is knowledgeable about neighborhoods and trends and was attentive to my requirements. He is honest and held agents to the same standard by voicing legitimate concerns based on past experiences that sometimes proved instrumental in my decision-making process. Ben was flexible and always provided options based on his knowledge of my interests. I definitely recommend Ben and would employ his services again without hesitation. Ryan, South Loop

South Loop

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I couldn't have hired a better real estate professional to sell my condo in Chicago earlier this year. I interviewed 5 different real estate agents and I decided to hire Ben. I am a sales professional myself and wanted someone who was professional, knowledgeable about real estate and worked hard/hungry. This is Ben Bodelson to a "t." Ben literally works at all hours of the night. The few times I emailed him after 12 AM he responded within a hour or so. His job means a lot to him and it shows in his results. He sold my condo very quickly compared to the market and it exceeded my expectations with the price we ended up getting. A identical condo next door came on the market about 30 days after mine was initially listed and that condo is still on the market today after 150+ days. If you are looking to sell your condo, I would highly recommend Ben.

Adam and Sarah
Old Town

It was a real pleasure working with Ben, and his expertise was key not just to the search for our new home, but also in terms of support and guidance through the entire process. We have referred Ben many times since and will definitely reach out to him for any future real estate adventures. Thanks Ben!

James Anderson

Ben was amazing to work with! I highly recommend him to anyone thinking of buying or selling in the Chicagoland area. He was a true professional every step of the way and was such a pleasure to talk to during the entire process of selling our condo. He was always available to answer my calls and explained everything thoroughly. If we ever move back to the Chicago area, I'd call Ben in a heartbeat to take care of our real estate needs. He is truly the best!!

Molly Roussell
Lakeview

Ben was amazing to work with! I highly recommend him to anyone thinking of buying or selling in the Chicagoland area. He was a true professional every step of the way and was such a pleasure to talk to during the entire process of selling our condo. He was always available to answer my calls and explained everything thoroughly. If we ever move back to the Chicago area, I'd call Ben in a heartbeat to take care of our real estate needs. He is truly the best!!

Molly Roussell

Always on top of everything! Great agent.

Ferris Wang

Ben was great to work with. He was very honest, straightforward and prompt in answering all questions.

Shaun Hunt

Do not search any further for your agent - call Ben Bodelson immediately at DT and you'll be happy you did! Ben was an incredible agent and partner from day one. As the seller, who already moved out to state mind you, I was anxious to find an agent that would make me money, be on top of all the details of my transaction in my absence, and be an adviser. Ben checked all the boxes and more. I have never met someone so attentive, on top of his craft, and all around FUN to work with. What I found most impressive about Ben was his incredible market knowledge. He knew how to price to sell, how to market, and who our target buyer was. All in all, if I ever move back to Chicago Ben will be my first call....he made me more money than I anticipated and was an absolutely pleasure to work with.

Katherine Reardon
Belmont Gardens

Ben has represented us in the purchase of three properties in Chicago, and his efforts in the last transaction was first class. Against a tight timeframe it is no overstatement to say that Ben's efforts in liaising between the seller, mortgage broker and ourselves saved the deal from falling over. I highly recommend Ben's professionalism.

James Mcgregor
Lakeview

As a first-time buyer, I was lucky beyond belief to get the chance to work with Ben. His knowledge of the market and negotiating skills are superb. He quickly grasped exactly what I was looking for, and gave me insight into factors I hadn't fully considered, that were important in evaluating properties. He looked out for my best interests and was extremely responsive, direct and clear in communications. I can't recommend Ben highly enough!

Marianne Blair

If I could give Ben Bodelson more than five stars, I would! Ben is a top-notch realtor who made selling my home and finding my new home a "dream." Thanks, Ben!

Wendy Hush

Ben is extremely knowledgeable and professional. He was thorough and helped us throughout the process to make it as simple as possible. Ben continues to stay in touch and provide useful information and it is obvious that Ben loves what he does and wanted us to have a great experience. I have recommended him in the past and will continue to do so. I look forward to working with him again.

Faith Kieninger
Logan Square

Ben is the BEST! At everything real estate! I've bought 2 condos through him….personal in the WEST LOOP; and Rental in Lakeview! Plus he rented my rental condo for ABOVE Market rent, with a 2 year contract. Guided me through everything to the….BEST!

David Aymond

Ben was extremely helpful to our search for a condo in Chicago. He found several listings that we hadn't seen in our own searches, and one of those ultimately became our home. We love living here and are so glad to have had Ben guiding our search. He's a great agent -- lots of fun too!

Katherine Good

Ben Bodelson is a terrific realtor! I had lived in the same place for quite a while and had not really explored my options in neighborhoods or even what I was really looking for. Ben patiently showed me a variety of properties online in my price range, then took me to various places to expose me to different styles, areas, etc. He had an amazing knowledge of buildings, price points, the other costs associated with a new home, and the areas they were in. Ben's vast knowledge, combined with his energetic personality and wonderful sense of humor, made this whole process so much more pleasant. I really enjoyed the time I spent with him. I ended up purchasing an amazing condo for over $100,000 less than the previous owners had paid for it! Ben was there every step of the way, responding instantly to my questions and concerns whether I contacted him at 10am or 10pm, seven days a week. I cannot believe how passionate and committed he was to finding me the perfect place in a great location at a fantastic price! Ben knows the Chicago market inside out! I would highly recommend Ben Bodelson to anyone looking to buy, sell, invest or rent a place in Chicago! Scott Kumer

Scott Kumer

My wife and I contacted Ben to help us find a new home. Ben quickly focused our search, sent appropriate choices, and ended up finding and negotiating a wonderful new space, at a truly amazing price. What makes Ben different than so many other realtors is that he responds thoughtfully - and promptly - answering his phone and / or emails quickly, whether it's 10am or 10pm. That, and his extensive knowledge of neighborhoods, buildings, pricing, and excellent negotiation abilities make him a great choice as a realtor. Once the contract had been signed, he found us our inspector, attorney, mortgage banker, and whatever else we needed to make the process go smoothly. We have already sent him friends and family to work with, and will continue to rely on him for our future real estate investments. Henry and Gabriella Oyuela, West Loop

Henry and Gabriella Oyuela
West Loop

Selecting Ben Bodelson to be agent for the task of renting or selling the condo turned out to be a very fruitful decision. With his knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods, specifically the south loop, my building and the current rental and sales market, he was able to advise on pricing, how to aggressively market the space and offer other advice during the entire process. Ben was on constant call to both speak with me as well as take care of miscellaneous tasks, from meeting with prospective tenants and buyers, to depositing resulting rental checks. No matter what day or time I contacted him, I got rapid, thoughtful and honest responses from him. He was available 24/7. The end result was the best solution and I would highly recommend him for any real estate transaction a client might need. Whether buying, selling or renting, Ben is to be a trusted and loyal agent that will go above and beyond in order to get you a fair deal on your place.Thank you! Stephen Spampinato, South Loop

Stephen Spampinato
South Loop

As an investor from another country, I completely trust Ben's knowledge of Chicago, it's neighborhoods, pricing, values, and great buys. His response-time is immediate to my inquiries and questions, and his eye for excellent investment properties is smart, precise, and thoughtful. I run several businesses and don't have a lot of extra time, so it's great to be able to contact Ben, give him a tight time-frame, and know that once I arrive in Chicago, the few hours I have to spend on building my real estate portfolio will be time well spent. After I purchase property I know I can count on Ben as a valuable resource for anything else I may need in Chicago, and that he will go above and beyond his role as my realtor. In conclusion, Ben is a trusted advisor on my investment portfolio team, and in the process has also become a good friend. Fares Moje, Multiple Listings

Fares Moje
Multiple Listings

Having worked with Ben Bodelson in a short sale situation I was impressed with his knowledge of the real estate market, sales and negotiation, and his overall performance. Ben was thorough, always responsive, and excellent at selling my place and helping me move on. I knew he had my absolute best interests in mind, both personally and regarding the sale of my home, and carefully considered and researched each step we took. I look forward to working with Ben on my future real estate ventures. Francesco Fiorentino, Humboldt Park

Francesco Fiorentino
Humboldt Park

We lived in Chicago for almost 15 years in three different places, each chosen based on Ben's advice. He's always had his finger on the pulse of the Chicago real estate market, and had an uncanny ability to identify just the right property for us--in terms of price, location, layout and aesthetics--and on more than one occasion prevented us from making a potentially imprudent decision. And then there are his marketing skills--when we sold our last place, he knew exactly what we should emphasize in our property listing. He's a dream to work with--he's smart and charming and able to help one see the merits of a property despite what a potential purchaser might consider unfortunate decorating decisions by the previous owner. In short: a terrific agent, whether you are a buyer or a seller! Curt and Judy Muncy, Lakeview

Curt and Judy Muncy
Lakeview

I am writing to express our pleasure with the work you did representing my wife and I in the pursuit of a new house and sale of our existing home. We were so impressed with the way you expertly guided us through the process (from preparing our existing home for sale to helping us identify potential neighborhoods and properties that fit our life style). We appreciated the fact that you asked the right questions to determine exactly what we wanted, and you had seen so many of the listings that you were able to quickly confirm which properties we would be interested in. You were spot on with the properties you thought we would be interested in, too. What we liked most about you, Ben, was that in addition to being personable and knowing the market inside out, it was clear to us that you had our best interest in mind and could be trusted completely to help us make one of the biggest personal and financial decisions of our lives. To reiterate, we are nothing but pleased with you and your expertise and will recommend you to our friends and family. Thanks for all of your help! Pat Straky, Ravenswood

Pat Straky
Ravenswood

I felt lucky to be working with Ben in the search for my first place. I truly know that Ben is one of those really great agents who genuinely wants his client to be satisfied and happy, and that started with Ben listening to me and offering his take on my wants and needs. It also means that Ben was in my corner, actually concerned for me during the entire process, from negotiating a very good price, following up to get documents processed, or just explaining the process to me so I knew what to expect at every turn. Ben also has a great sense of humor, that combined with a good attitude really goes a long way to getting through this whole process. David Biller, West Town

David Biller
West Town

Ben was a joy to work with while searching for a home in Chicago. He is knowledgeable about neighborhoods and trends and was attentive to my requirements. He is honest and held agents to the same standard by voicing legitimate concerns based on past experiences that sometimes proved instrumental in my decision-making process. Ben was flexible and always provided options based on his knowledge of my interests. I definitely recommend Ben and would employ his services again without hesitation. Ryan, South Loop

Ryan
South Loop

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