"Real Estate brought me back to Chicago." Mark returned to this great city in 1996 after spending 17 years in Southern California. Encouraging family members to invest with him in real estate, Mark started his career rehabbing investment property. After several completed projects his next step was into brokerage, and he has been a licensed Realtor since 2001. His hands on experience allow him to specialize in investment properties as well as condos and single family homes. His clients appreciate his knowledge of the inner workings of a home as well as his patience and ability to teach throughout the entire purchase or selling process.
Mark continually strives to do his best for every client regardless of budget or property type. His experience allows him to feel comfortable in many different types of situations. In an ever changing market he is always adapting and his years of experience allow him to anticipate whatever a transaction may present.
Born in Evanston, Mark has come full circle after his years in Southern California. He is a graduate of UCLA and happy to now call Chicago his home. I don't regret my return to the Midwest at all. I love Chicago for it's diversity and everything that it has to offer. When not diligently working on your transaction, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife Anne and their two dogs. He is also an avid cyclist, sailor, and traveler.
Mark is truly excellent, we are so glad we found him! He listens intently and asks questions to truly understand your priorities. Heâ??s got great experience throughout Chicago, shares great insights about Neighborhoods, and does the research when he doesnâ??t know something. He represented us both buying (sight unseen!) and selling, my wife and I would recommend Mark to anyone we know!
I could not have sold and bought homes (twice in the last 2 years) without Mark and the last time was at the very beginning of the current pandemic. He is one of the most knowledgeable, professional, ethical, passionate, engaging, hilarious and self-motivated people that I know. I was pretty nervous putting my condo on the market the week before COVID-19 became apparent. However, I have always trusted him completely, so I followed his lead and relied on his expert judgment. We persevered and sold it at above listing. During the showings, he was tenacious and protective wiping down every surface, making sure masks were being worn and generally going above and beyond all necessary precautions. I only hope he already knows how enormously grateful I am to him for everything heâ??s done for me. I am very lucky to have him as a valued friend in addition to trusted professional agent.
Mark's diligent, patient, steady and deliberate targeted marketing sold our home at above asking. We actually received several concurrent over asking offers. He never stopped until we were completely satisfied. We had quite a few unusual situations that Mark was able and willing to work around. You can trust Mark to do the same for you. He became a valued friend during our journey to sell our home -- not just our agent.
Sold faster and for more than anticipated
Mark helped make a challenging process of selling our home in Chicago, while we live in North Carolina possible. His attention to our needs and desires, really listening and understanding what our situation was and giving us helpful advice and encouragement made all of the difference in our home selling experience. Mark held our hand when we needed it and gave us nudges when we needed those too. He truly listened to us and went out of his way to help us to have the absolute best experience possible.
Mark was referred to me by a family member who had a great experience working with him and I must say I couldn't have been happier with him. While I was living in another city, Mark helped my prepare my unit for listing and was very knowledgeable and supportive in facilitating a handful of tasks. Once my house hit the market, he managed to eat me a price that was on par with my expectations, and he did a great job advocating for me through then end to closing day. Can't compliment his work enough!!! Fantastic professional.
Mark was a pleasure to work with. Beyond being very responsive throughout the process. He also helped us work through many complex issues related to buying a new place that was "as is". He has a great understanding of the market and also a very good knowledge of what might need attention in a new space and how much effort that might take. Finally, he was very helpful in helping us make our decision in stressful bidding wars - both in calming our nerves and advising us of many options.
I can enthusiastically recommend Mark Watkins. In the spring of 2017, I needed to sell my mother's home in the Northwest side of Chicago. Mark, with his partner Joe Summerville, listed the house, and I was very happy with how the sale went. When I began interviewing potential real estate agents, almost all wanted to list the house for a low price, about the value of the lot, and sell it quickly, most likely to someone who would flip the house. Although the house is over 100 years old and had some deferred maintenance, Mark and Joe wanted to list it at a fair-market price. Mark did a great job marketing the house on line and showing it. He put together a virtual tour and was present anytime the house was being shown. Because of Mark's efforts, the house ended up selling for $23,000 more than the asking price. The final price was $70,000 to $100,000 more than what other agents had suggested listing the house. Mark was a great help throughout the sale. He was easy to contact and always able to meet me when needed. In a pinch, he even helped me move a dresser. I was impressed by his honesty and willingness to work hard to make the sale a success.
Perfect transaction-Mark was knowledgable, astute and a total pleasure to work with. I recommend him highly
Mark knew exactly what I was looking for and continually showed me properties that exactly what I was looking for. He made the entire process painless and answered any and all of my questions virtually immediately. Unbeatable experience.
Could not of asked for a more professional realtor. Mark was always on top of anything that came our way through the whole process. We never felt anxious about selling our property even when a few problems, from the buyers end, came up. From helping you getting your property ready to sell to showing the property to closing the deal you could not find a better realtor!!!
Mark was great. He found a buyer quickly and dealt with a somewhat truculent management company to get all inspections and adjustments completed. We were not living in the building and one of us wasn't even living in the country and Mark kept everything on track, even closing earlier than the original contract.
Mark is incredibly professional and easy to work with. He has excellent command of the market, and was our partner and advocate through the entire process of selling our condo in Chicago. He provided thoughtful and practical suggestions to help prepare our condo for sale, and was present for every showing. He was prompt, informative, responsive to all of our needs and questions, and guided us through a challenging negotiation with absolute professionalism. We highly recommend Mark for the sale or purchase of a condo or home!
Most agents are all personality and NO substance, but Mark is the full package with honesty, integrity and knowledge. Mark is a true professional that provides the type of service home buyers/sellers deserve. He is always available, quick to reply, and walks his clients through every process carefully without rush or pressure. What really sets Mark apart from other agents is his knowledge of home construction in the Chicago market. Even before the inspectors begin, Mark can evaluate the positive and negative aspects of the property and he find details that most sellers/buyers and even most agents overlook, whether it's his oberservations on the structural integrity of the building, plumbing, HVAC, signs of water damage, etc, Mark leaves no stone unturned when making sure the property is in top shape for his clients. Overall, Mark is a pleasure to work with and my personal satification, as well as Four other friends of mine that have purchased and sold multiple properties with Mark as their agent is a true testament to his abilities.
It was a pleasure working with Mark. He listened and responded to us and made valuable suggestions. He is a true professional...he deserves 5 stars!
Mark wants the best for his clients.
very organize, response timely and considerable
Mark is great. Friendly, knowledgable, professional. Couldn't be better. Wish we had more property for him to sell.
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