Karen Breen Elia

Broker Associate

Karen Breen Elia

RE/MAX Exclusive Properties

Mailing Address 2951 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
Office Phone 773-327-2001
  • Cell 773-230-4294
  • Business Fax 773-938-1467
Making a Positive Difference in People's Lives!

Thank you for visiting our site. We have 58+ years of combined experience in the Chicago real estate market. We are uniquely qualified to help you buy or sell a home.

As real estate consultants, our policy is to counsel our clients so they can attain their personal goals regardless of our personal gain. We will take you through the step-by-step process of selling your property to get you the most money possible or buying the home you want at a price you can afford. We use our extensive experience and training in finance, contracts, negotiating, and marketing to your best advantage. Our mission statement is "MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE'S LIVES." We hope that every client will profit personally and financially from our representation. Our commitment to you is enduring.

Referrals are the lifeblood of our business and by exceeding your expectations, we hope that you will refer us to your family and friends. Look forward to starting your own referral tree as our commitment to service ensures that we will be there at the beginning, in the midst, and well after the successful close of your transaction. We are resources you will want to share with others closest to you. WE WILL PRODUCE RESULTS FOR YOU. Please take a few minutes to look through our site. Be sure to take advantage of the many features offered to you. From the free reports to information about the community and local schools, we would like to share with you invaluable information about buying and selling your home. If there is any way that I can assist you further, please contact me. We hope to be hearing from you soon!

Customized, personal counseling session

This 1.5 hour office meeting will introduce you to the process and procedure of home buying including:

The buying process: the contract, earnest money, attorney approval, inspection and mortgage contingencies and the closing procedure

Different types of mortgages: 30 year fixed, adjustable rate mortgages (ARM), how to avoid
PMI (private mortgage insurance), how to compare different mortgage products

Closing costs: lenders charges, title charges, governmental charges

Property tax credits

Price reductions vs. sales credits

Our resume and past client testimonials

Current listings that meet your initial criteria: redefining your criteria, setting our viewing schedule

Service provider resources for lenders, attorneys, home inspectors

Income tax ramifications of home ownership: how to take home more money each pay period and avoid a life of mac & cheese!

Your time is valuable! We find that this meeting enables us to share your vision, and saves us both from wasted hours in the field looking at property that does not meet your criteria. This meeting streamlines the buying process and PUTS YOU IN CONTROL with the information you need to make the right home buying decision.

Agressive, Innovative Property Marketing

With a combined 59+ year experience in the Chicago city real estate market, we study and understand the seasonal and consumer driven market trends and will design and implement a marketing plan that produces results!

As both brokers and consultants, we counsel and educate our clients, and will keep you updated with the current market conditions in your neighborhood so you can feel confident in the pricing and selling decisions that you make. Constant communication is paramount and you will be provided with weekly written service reports detailing all marketing activity on your property.

The team approach to marketing allows maximum exposure to your property with the least amount of listing time, which adversely affects value. The longer a property is on the market, the less a buyer will want to pay. Our innovative marketing methods result in high visibility

Google "Chicago Real Estate Agent" and see our top ranking as a sponsored site. Hundreds of visitors view our listings every month, and your listing will appear on thirty-six different and popular home buyer websites including Realtor.com, RE/MAX.com and Homes.com, three of the leading real estate web sites. Your property will be showcased and have preferred display status because of virtual tours and photos. Additionally, over 585+ buyers have registered to receive our new listings. We produce our own virtual tours, and unlike most companies, produce a virtual tour of every room. By combining extensive visuals (slide shows, virtual tours, color brochures) and aggressive marketing techniques, we maintain low market time.

We are experts at staging a home and know that a little "pain" yields a lot of"gain" when getting the property ready for showings. I was recently featured in the November 14, 2003 issue of the Chicago Tribune as an expert in preparing property for the market. Part of our service package is a customized recommendation list for your home.


To earn a designation, a real estate agent has taken coursework and demonstrated specific skills, performance and knowledge in a particular area of the real estate industry. I currently hold the following designations:

ABR - Accredited Buyer Representative

CRS - Certified Residentail Specialist

GRI - Graduate of the Realtor Institiute

e-Pro - Internet Professional

AHWD - At Home with Diversity certification

CDPE - Certified Distressed Property Expert

RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Award

RE/MAX Northern Illinois

RE/MAX of Northern Illinois is one of the largest RE/MAX regions in the system and Chicagolandís ongoing leader in real estate, closing more than $11.4 billion in sales in 2007. RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents average more experience and have more professional designations than other agents, plus they outproduce the competition in average units sold and dollar volume. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network encompasses the top fourth of the state of Illinois and consists of 160 offices with 3600 agents.

Code of Ethics

The Code establishes time-honored and baseline principles that come from the collective experiences of REALTORS® since the Code of Ethics was first established in 1913. Those principles can be loosely defined as:

Loyalty to clients;
Fiduciary (legal) duty to clients;

Cooperation with competitors;

Truthfulness in statements and advertising; and non-interference in exclusive relationships that other REALTORS® have with their clients.

Karen's Bio

Karen entered the real estate business in 1988 when she became licensed as an Illinois Realtor. Since then she has expanded her title from agent to broker in 1994, and has received multiple designations and awards including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Chicago Association of Realtors Gold, Silver and Bronze Eagle awards, and HomeGain Midwest Region Top Producing Agent.

Karen is consistently ranked in the top one percent of the 13,,000 members of the Chicago Association of Realtors. Only 2% of the over one million Realtors have the designations that Karen holds. She specializes in residential real estate, especially downtown condominiums, single family homes, and multi-family housing. Her niche market is working with families looking for student housing alternatives and second homes. She is a Lakeview expert, with in depth sales experience in Lincoln Park, River North, West Loop, Bucktown, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Old Town, East Village, Ukrainian Village, North Center, Lakeshore East, South Loop, Lincoln Square, West Town, Buena Park, Sheridan Park, Galewood and Ravenswood area neighborhoods.

Karen has extensive experience in Edgewater, Rogers Park, Old Irving, Albany Park, Andersonville, Irving Park, Independence Park, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Montclare, Cragin, Humboldt Park, Avondale and other Chicago north side areas as well as the collar suburbs of Oak Park, Elmwood Park, Park Ridge, Lincolnwood, River Forest and Norridge.

Let her share her professional knowledge, twenty-five years of experience, and insight into Chicago’s diverse housing market.