An accomplished real estate professional, Craig provides his clients with the expertise and confidence they need to navigate the complex process of buying and selling in the Chicagoland market. Craig is accustomed to working well in demanding situations, cultivating his abilities to analyze data and negotiate the best deals during his years as a self-funded trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Board of Trade prior to transitioning into real estate. His ability to handle pressure and build lasting relationships has been of great benefit to his career in real estate, and has helped him weather many economic ups and downs with poise over the years.
With a focus on residential properties and commercial investments, Craig has earned certifications as both a Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) and Seller Representative Specialist (SRS). Craig’s keen eye for detail and comprehensive network of professional contacts—including inspectors, attorneys, lenders, and tradesmen—ensure his clients will find the perfect home or investment for the best possible price. Having lived Chicago since 1997, Craig has insight and expertise into the area he’s called home including Little Italy, West Loop, and West Town.
Outside of his work as a broker, Craig enjoys biking and other fitness activities and spending time with his family. Craig is incredibly active in his community, and has served as the Vice President of the Mary Bartelme Park Advisory Council for two years, a board member of the Friends of Mitchell Elementary since 2015, and a coach for the Chicago Jets Hockey Club since 2019.
Was referred to Craig by a family member. Craig was very patient and accessible all the time to answer questions and help us meet our timing needs. He was not pushy and was more focused on finding the right home for us versus "getting the sale". We are very happy with the home we purchased and could not have done it without Craig's guidance. It was a great experience from start to finish.
Craig is a very relational person. He makes you feel like a friend and not a client. He was a joy to work with and would recommend him to anyone.
Great experience! I was definitely not the easiest client to have! Craig was very accommodating and helpful throughout the whole process. Will be recommending to friends!
Craig was the perfect agent for us. He did all the background research before he showed us the houses, never pushed us to make any offers, and when we were ready with the offer, he was fast and efficient. His negotiating skills were top notched and helped us get the right home for our family.
Craig helped me find the near perfect property off-market through some creative solicitation among his peers. He didn't just send me MLS listings based on a match. Went above and beyond what a "typical" realtor would do. He was there through the inspection, multiple visits, final walkthrough and even at the closing table with the title company. Felt like I was dealing with a personal concierge. Simply put, he very much earned his commission.
Craig was an awesome realtor! He was always available to answer any questions, respond to anything we needed and helped us with both the buying and selling process! Overall it was a great experience!
Craig was great to work with. Honest feedback, willing to work in our best interest even if it meant a smaller commission. We've already referred another couple to him. Hopefully, the neighborhood turns enough in the next few years so we can upgrade again
Craig seemed to truly understand what we were looking for and worked persistently to find it. He was also very communicative throughout the process.
Craig was great to work with. He was always quick on answering questions I have.
Craig provided consistent and clear guidance to us throughout our process. His motivation, dedication to the job, and quick ability to get tasks completed, resulted in us receiving our asking price for our property. We will be using Craig again in our future real estate transactions.
Craig was a great resource for us when we purchased our home. He was very patient as my spouse was a bit more picky than me. Also, the seller's Realtor was a bit intense but he handled her more professional than most people would have. I would definitely recommend him to others and use him again if we were to move. He is very engaging and it helps that he is easy on the eye!
Craig was helpful from start to finish. From the moment I let him know I was interested, he would send me listings until we found a place I could call home. Would highly recommend him to friends and will definitely be my broker when I decide to sell. Thanks again, Craig!
Craig was very knowledgeable, thorough, and kept me well informed. The experience was excellent.
Craig made the home buying experience such a pleasure! He managed the home renovation of my new home as well which I did not expect, from the electrician to the alarm installer, Craig was right there assisting with everything. He really makes me excited to purchase more homes with him in my court.
It was a pleasure working with Craig Franzen. Craig was very professional and knowledgeable. He took time to answer our questions and worked tirelessly in getting documents to Veteran's Home Loans and seeing the process through to the finish line. We would highly recommend Craig to our friends and anyone looking to buy or sell their property. George and Karen F.
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