President, Dream Town Realty LGBT Client Services Division
After earning two degrees from Iowa's Cornell College in 1991, Todd Szwajkowski moved back home to Chicago and began a career in Marketing. He immediately made his home on the north side and has always taken great pride in being a son of this great city. Over the next thirteen years, Todd worked in marketing for a Chicago neighborhood redevelopment organization, an international hardware retailer and global marketing and promotions agency.
In making the transition to real estate, Todd brought a wealth of knowledge in marketing and project management - two skill sets essential to successfully managing real estate transactions. His first year in the industry ended with a commendation from the Chicago Association of Realtors for sales volume. And each subsequent year has established him as a "Top Producer" in the market. In addition to transactional business, Todd has added real estate development to his portfolio. Projects include renovations of both multi-unit properties and single-family homes.
The growth of Todd's business over recent years has been based solely on referrals - a testament to the priority he places on personal attention to his clients. For Todd, it's more than just a sale; truly understanding his clients' needs and maintaining an unwavering attention to detail supports a smooth transactional process and ensures that his clients' goals are exceeded.
This business philosophy serves as the foundation of SwakeGroup - the real estate team Todd established in 2007. He is emphatic that "Walking you home, every step of the way." is not just a tagline - but rather - a mission statement.
When not working, Todd indulges his passion for travel, architecture and being on the water. He is a regular supporter of Habitat for Humanity, the Human Rights Campaign, and The Lincoln Park Community Shelter.
Todd is professional, takes great pride in his work and goes above and beyond to take care of his client's needs. This is the 3rd time that I am working with Todd.
Every aspect of the home search and purchase process was top-shelf. Todd listened to us, mashed our wish list with his market knowledge and we were able to move quickly when we needed to. He advised graciously and thoughtfully during the fraught negotiation phase. And in the end we have a home that exceeds our dreams, and someone we consider a friend in Todd.
Todd was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was both my selling agent (we sold in 5 days above asking) and buyers agent. He found the perfect place for me that I knew the second I walked in was the place I would live. He was very responsive to all my questions, follow-ups, etc. I would use todd again and certainly recommend him to my friends/colleagues that may be looking to buy/sell.
Todd made my home selling experience the best! He took care of everything!
We had a wonderful experience with Todd. He completely saw the vision for our unit and who would be our buyer, and made the listing and promotion sold the unique aspects that brought that vision to life.
Without doubt Todd is the agent we recommend to all our clients and friends; his deep understanding of the history of all of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods makes him an invaluable broker. He is a true professional.
We LOVE Todd! We purchased our first home through him. From picking us up to go to showings, to working through a personal conflict, to helping us narrow down an area to find our condo- he was just EXCELLENT! We don't even have words for how he much we respect and trust him. We made a great friend in Tood and will definitely use his services again when we move to our next place.
Well above and beyond the base line real estate sell service. An absolute pleasure working with Todd.
Todd and his group worked hard to make things happen even in a challenging market.
Todd was an absolute pleasure to work with, very professional, thorough and extremely accommodating!
Todd is an intelligent, patient and fun person with a great ability to create possibility and excitement in a space.
After having our condo listed for over a year, we decided to change things up. We asked around and Todd Szwakowski came highly recommended. We could have not been happier with his service. He was very professional, organized, and efficient. Within no time he had interested buyers in our place and had us under contract in a fraction of the time the other realtor had the listing. He really took the time to put our mind at ease and followed through with what he told us. Although we had a smaller listing, Todd treated us like a high-profile client with a 7 figure listing. If you are looking for someone to sell your home and keep your best interest in mind, Todd is your guy! Brian & Kelli
Todd was a "dream" to work with. He helped us naviagate the entire process from preparing the place to go on market to the final steps. He provided sage advice and experience along the way to ensure a smooth and successful transaction. I have worked with Todd on several transactions and he continues to impress me and remind me why I continue to use him. This was my husband's first real estate experience with Todd as his broker and was equally impressed, telling me "he is worth EVERY penny."
If 5 is the highest, then I rate Todd a 6! Mine was a tough deal, but Todd stood strong. He handled every aspect with poise, professionalism, and determination. I always felt like he had my back. His advice was wise and a comfort when the going got tough. Todd will entertain, articulate, provide sound guidance through his wealth of knowledge and make you very happy you chose him for your real estate needs. You want this guy on your side!
Todd was a phenomenal real estate agent. With him, I sold my place for more than the other agents I interviewed were even willing to list it for! He was also a tremendous pleasure to work with, great bedside manner and entertaining to be around!
Todd was the most aggressive of the candidates we interviewed when we chose a realtor to sell our two condos, and he delivered, proving himself far more knowledgeable and in-tune with the market than the others. He was very creative in his listing efforts, and went far above and beyond what any other realtor would have done to get the transactions closed. When it came time to help us buy our house, he really got to know us and what we were looking for in a house, including the "feel" of it, which can be very difficult to identify. When he told us he found the house for us, he was right, and we quickly called the place "home". Todd has a great handle on the market, gets to know his clients well in order to serve them the best, is great to work with, and works his tail off to satisfy. We couldn't have been happier with our choice to work with him, and would recommend him to anyone!
Todd, you've been a part of our family for quite sometime, so this sale is bittersweet and means goodbye to you! (Unless we buy a place in Chicago again...Probably not going to happen!) thank you for all your hard work, positive energy and constant professionalism. You're super good at what you do and don't ever stop. All reco's are headed your way! I'm definitely looking forward to that dinner in NYC! Tim & Melissa Lucar, Lincoln Square
Brian and I wanted to express our appreciation for all of your efforts in selling our townhouse. We are confident that the work and staging Todd recommended upfront along with the marketing of the property are the reasons that our unit sold so quickly and at a great price. It is such a great feeling to head into the holidays/winter without a house sitting on the market! Your excellent responsiveness was appreciated as well. We will not hesitate to recommend you in the future.
Thanks for everything with the sale -- you were great to work with through a stressful process. If I make it back to Chicago, I'll definitely be in touch, and I'll be sure to send anyone looking to buy/sell in Chicago your way in the interim!
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