Michael Kotyuk’s professional experience in marketing and personal experience in property investment give him a great deal of expertise in how to best serve his real estate clients. An avid student of architecture throughout the world, he has visited and learned from the designs of buildings in over 23 different countries. Working with his own properties, Michael has developed a nuanced understanding of renovation, and he enjoys sharing both his knowledge and his list of qualified, reliable contractors. The two decades he spent working in corporate marketing—both as an individual contributor and team leader—have given him a talent for managing the details of complex, high-finance projects, which he now brings to the task of helping people buy or sell homes.
A lifelong Midwesterner and Chicagoan for over 20 years, Michael appreciates the diversity of the city’s neighborhoods and housing markets. He has personally lived in Lakeview, Lincoln Square, and Andersonville, and is ready to help clients research any region of the city based on their needs and lifestyle.
Outside of his real estate work, Michael has several passions, including spending time with his family, home renovation, gardening, cooking, traveling, and attending dinner parties with his friends. He also enjoys opportunities to stay physically active, whether at the gym or by taking long walks through Chicago’s neighborhoods.
We loved having Michael as our real estate agent. Looking at homes with Michael was lots of fun and it always felt like he had our interests at heart and gave us his honest opinion. Michael was always available and responsive but somehow manages to give clients his undivided attention when he is with them. Michael was also very diligent and detail oriented and never caused us any worries regarding the parts of the home buying process we didn't understand. Michael was also able to recommend us great people for the home inspection, and after closing for renovations and flooring.
Michael was a very understanding, patient and intuitive agent, he was able to understand what it is that I was looking for and found me the perfect match. He was very knowledgeable about the market and helped me to understand how it operates, he had an efficient network of people who he worked with to get me to my closing in record time with ease and efficiency!! He is the best and I would gladly recommend him to anyone!!
Michael was involved in my apartment hunting journey for several month. His guidance, professionalism and friendship were and are invaluable. I appreciate his attention to detail, accommodation and time invested in the process. Several aspects of the leasing process were foreign to me. He helped inform me along the way. Finally, Michael arranged initial payments from personal funds when we discovered a need to rush deposits when disclosed by the landlord. I will work with Michael and Dreamtown for my next transaction in the Chicagoland area.
Michael is a dedicated Professional who goes above and beyond the call of service. We are from Ontario,Canada and Michael helped us purchase an excellent condo unit as we could not be there personally; he had shown us the building when we started looking. Very trustworthy and makes excellent decisions with all his contacts from Lawyers thru to Floor installer. His wealth of experience exceeds that of agents I have worked with previously. His knowledge,recommendations, flexibility and understanding of the market and Chicago area helped us to make a very wise purchase with out any undue stress. Michael, thank you for your hard work in finding the condo and closing the deal.
From our first point of contact to the closing and showing me into my new home Michael was incredibly professional, courteous and knowledgeable. Coming from Toronto, Canada he was able to help describe the differences in the real estate markets and the process of buying a home, and was able to use his great knowledge of Chicago to help me find a neighbourhood and building that suited my tastes and needs. He was able to give great in-depth detail on the wide variety of units that he showed me, and was able to accommodate my schedule and distance through skype viewings of units while I was in Toronto. He was able to do this all while being very patient and confident to insure that we did not rush into placing offers on units that we were not completely pleased with. Michael is a fantastic and very dedicated agent, with a keen mind for envisioning improvements in units with potential, and he has a confident, reliable, and relaxed demeanour that I was very appreciative of. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Michael, and would recommend him to anyone else without hesitation.
Michael was nothing short of amazing during our home purchase. He was very knowledgeable and helpful when we had questions or concerns. He placed us in contact with the right people to make this purchase as seamless as possible. Michael definitely made this purchase a memorable experience for myself and my family. Thanks so much Michael!
I came across this website when I began searching for condos in Chicago, and I was contacted shortly after by Michael Kotyuk. He helped me get started looking at condos, and I have to say deciding to work with Michael and Dream Town Realty was one of the BEST decisions I made in the home buying process. It was my first home purchase, and I could not have been happier with the attention and care that I received. Michael was patient with all of my questions and had great recommendations. He was always quick to answer my questions via text or email, and he was extremely knowledgable about everything from the nearest grocery stores to what I should do next in the home buying process. If you are looking for a realtor in Chicago, I highly recommend Michael and Dream Town Realty.
Michael was amazing to work with. He helped me look, gave advice when I asked for it, pointed out things I should remember, connected me to the mortgage broker, guided me through the steps, stayed on top of everyone involved to keep things moving - really did an amazing job.
Michael was extremely helpful for my first real estate purchase. He made sure to explain things in way a first time buyer can understand. He was patient, understanding, and accommodating to my family's unique situation.
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Michael was very prompt and organized in his communication. We wanted to see many properties in a short time frame and Michael was able to make that happen! Being a first-time home buyer (and because I was looking at multi-unit buildings) I had lots of questions about not only the real estate process but the physical conditions of the properties and what kind of work might need to be done- Michael was very knowledgeable on both fronts and provided thorough, unbiased and fair information and advice. I would 100% recommend Michael to anyone looking to purchase a home.
Michael made our condo search easy and stress-free. He was quick to communicate and was a constant source of information and insight. Should we purchase more homes in the future, we would certainly look him up.
Michael was spot on with the price I would get for my place. I appreciated the honesty. He was also super patient with me when I needed to stay a little bit longer viewing a place. It had been years since I bought a place and I had a lot of questions!
Michael is a terrific agent and person. I had complete trust in his council from pricing to staging, photography and contract negotiation to sell my condo in a market with many competitive options. He goes the extra mile. Instead of lock box entry, Micheal and his team personally showed the unit to every prospective buyer pointing out all the desirable and unique features. I highly recommend him buying as well as selling expertise.
Michael has been a Doll during this entire process! He has kept me grounded on more than one occasion & made sure to interact with me the entire time. I was able to contact him with any & every question or concern I had no matter how trivial. He was not only able to find us our Dream Condo, but also able to help us sell the one we're currently in! He was soo professional, but very down to earth. I Love him & would not only recommend him to everyone, but also use him again & again! Best overall experience ever...
Michael is extraordinarily knowledgable about the market and was a terrific shepherd for me who had minimal experience in Chicago. He quickly learned what was important to me both from a real estate perspective and a personal style point of view and helped me navigate a successful closing on an extraordinary home in very short order. Do not pass GO, Do not collect $200, go DIRECTLY to Michael Kotyuk for all of your real estate needs. Heâ??s super kind and funny too!
Great communication, knowledge and excellent overall experience!
Very knowledgeable of the Chicago housing market. We worked with Michael when finding our rental and our property to own.
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