As a Top Chicago Realtor with over $750 million in real estate transactions, Kathleen offers 20 years of experience in residential sales, specializing in the representation of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. After owning her own boutique Real Estate business for 13 years, Krist Krueger Realty in Lakeview, she now loves being part of the wonderful team at Dream Town, located in Lincoln Square.
As a broker, practicing contract law and litigation for over 5 years, Kathleen offers meticulous attention to detail and invaluable insight into the complex legalities of the residential Real Estate process. She utilizes her thorough due-diligence and strategic approach to expertly navigate the process and achieve superior results.
Kathleen’s’ clients enjoy the added benefit of her extensive commercial real estate background, having worked over 6 years in Corporate Tenant Representation. Her residential knowledge encompasses all of Chicago neighborhoods that make up the north side to the south side of the city. Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Irving Park, Gold Coast, and the River North have been fantastic areas for Kathleen in recent years.
As creative as she is analytical, Kathleen is also very hands-on when it comes to the aesthetic qualities of a property. She goes above and beyond when working with a client to make the right staging modifications. She has talent for visualizing color, semi-staging, and maximizing space to enhance a property’s attributes. She knows what it takes to make the home come alive, and prepares the residence in a way that it photographs beautifully and sells quickly. Kathleen was filmed for M-TV’s top agent in Chicago in 2011.
Kathleen grew up in Munster, Indiana and received her Law degree from Loyola University, Chicago and her undergraduate degree from Purdue University. Currently, she lives in Irving Park and has two wonderful sons. She loves painting, drawing, playing volleyball, Working Out, and also volunteering her time. She presently volunteers at DePaul Prep School.
Kathleen was working with me for more than a year. I was not an easy client, because I was not sure where I wanted to live, what kind of house I wanted. I even did not know whether I wanted a house or a condo. In spite of many obstacles related to eminent domain and subsequently dealing with a government agency, Kathleen was extremely patient, always smiling and she kept saying when you find the right place, you will know it. She was right. She helped me find a beautiful home. Kathleen is super hard working, very persistent and very pleasant to work with. She is knowledgeable, approachable, personable, and very generous with her time (including mornings, evenings, and weekends over the course of a year). Her law degree and many years of experience in real estate are exceptionally valuable.
My husband, Tom and I just want to thank you for the recent sale of our condo in the Gold Coast. We are extremely happen with your representation of the sale of our unit. For the past several years you have done an excellent job renting out this unit. Always getting us wonderful tenants and helping with the process, even though we knew it was not in your job to do all of the extra things that you did. We appreciate the extra mile that you always go. Recently you were able to obtain 5 offers on the sale of our condo at 1221 N. Dearborn and negotiate almost full price on our behalf. We were very impressed by your thorough due diligence and your ability to get us the highest price, and best buyer, without constantly calling for every detail. You just "got it done." Thank you! I am extremely busy and really appreciate the way you handled everything for us, including dealing with the two young ladies who were living in the unit when you had to show it. I know they were not easy to work around, but you sure did figure out how to satisfy all parties and get sales contract negotiated in such a professional and expeditious manner. Your suggestion of making the deal "as is" in the final round of negotiations really saved us a lot of time and additional work especially since we live in Michigan. You are a true professional, and I love the fact that you were a contract lawyer, as this knowledge was really demonstrated in the work that you do. We will recommend you to every friend we have in Chicago who wants to buy or sell.Joan E. Young
My mother, Mable, and I want to thank you very much for helping us sell our condo this summer in Old Town. I know the job you did could not have been completed by any other agent because of this way that you care about people and details. I am a developer and have worked with numerous other agents in my time, including myself. You are by far the hardest working, smartest, and best strategist I know. I love your attention to every detail and the way to take charge to make things happen. When the line for the parking spot was drawn unevenly, you had a contractor there to correct the problem immediately. I really appreciate all of your contacts and the knowledge you have in the construction industry. I also like the way you made sure the home looked just right. Since my mother wanted to leave up the older gold ceiling fans and we did not have a lot of extra funds to make changes, the spray painting of ceiling fans was a great idea, along with the replacement of several cabinet knobs and bathroom fixture throughout. This made the condo look updated and fresh. Thank you. You were able to get us a cash buyer in 19 days and deal with several inspection issues in an expeditious manner. The unit sold on time, and we were so happy. Mable and I thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, and send you a special blessing.Rick and Mable Hawkins
I will be sure to recommend you to all of my friends and also to work with you again in the future. Thank you for helping me with my first purchase and making the purchase process run so smoothly. You are a true professional and I love that you are so detail oriented. That really made all the difference in the world. Thank you very much!Valerie Wall
We just wanted to thank you so very much for getting our penthouse sold. What was remarkable, was you even found the buyer through your unique and efficient marketing techniques. We also, appreciated all the advice on getting the unit ready to be put on the market. The punch list we did prior to listing and the handyman you sent over for repairs made all the difference in the world. We truly believe we would not have gotten the place sold without your expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm through the entire process. It was apparent you are an attorney also based on your meticulous detail and skill sets.
I sincerely thank you for all your help with the sale of my home recently. Having worked with another agent before you (UNSUSSESSFULLY) for 6 months, I know you could see my anxiousness to see some action when you came along. Your Patience, professionalism and true honesty are rare and were so greatly appreciated. Now that the home is sold, I can rest easy and it was all accomplished in a one months time frame. AMAZING!! You came highly recommended for your detailed knowledge of the market and selling a home, and I am glad I hired you to help me.
Thank you for your help in selling our single Family home. I was delighted you had it under contract in 34 days. My goal was to move fast and that is what you did. I also wanted to let you know how much my family appreciated all the extra things you did to make this home show well. You arranged the furniture for a perfect flow, brought in semi staging paintings and items to even enhance the home more and on the weekend, I noticed fresh flowers there for the open houses you did. I also thought your strategy in the tough negotiations and advise made all the difference in getting the final sales price my family wanted. Realizing the other side was not easy to deal with, I was so glad you hung in there, stood by my side to finalize the deal. I was thinking it was not going to work, but with your always positive attitude and patient mannerism, it got done! I will recommend you to all my friends and family always.
Kathleen represented me in the purchase of my first condo. She came highly recommended by several attorneys at my firm that had previously worked with her. After speaking with Kat and working with her for several weeks, I knew I had made the right decision. She is knowledgeable, market savvy, and detailed. I love that part about her as I am also a detailed attorney. Kathleen and I toured properties for several months before I settled on a place. I chose a new construction condo which Kat guided me through all the “ins” and “outs” of new construction, punch lists, negotiations on additional items that could be obtained for the unit; and even helped me after the close. She followed up with the lender, designer and every other person, to whom I could not get to based on my job and little time available. Kathleen is a Realtor with a lot to offer and it shows in her work. I will and do recommend Kathleen whenever I can to anyone buying or selling in Chicago.
I worked with Kathleen this Summer selling a very hard to sell condo of mine. It was hard to sell because the building had many issues, but she got it done! Also, Kathleen has found my wife and I a beautiful fixer-upper in North Center that we love. Kathleen also, helped me negotiate and find our office space in Lincoln park last year. I will recommend her anytime because she is a hard worker and determined to make sure her clients are happy. Call me anytime if you need a recommendation on Kathleen. My number is 847-477-0240.
She did an awesome job working with our current tenants that occupied the rental duplex. She was able to come in and straighten up their place so we could get some nice photos of the unit. Selling a 3 unit building with Tenants in place is not an easy task, but she did get us over $1.2 million for the building this summer. She had the property under contract with 2 offers that came in, in less than a week. My husband Matt and I have worked with Kathleen in the past, before this summer, and are also presently working with her now on one of our other properties in the city now. Kathleen is a great Realtor!
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