Karen Breen Elia

Broker Associate


Everything We Could Have Asked For

""We want to start off by just saying THANK YOU! You were everything we could have asked for and more in a real estate broker. You were extremely knowledgeable, professional, straightforward and you helped us through the entire process. Since we were first time home buyers, everything was new to us and you did a GREAT job educating, coaching, and setting realistic expectations for us. Taylor and I greatly appreciate it that you took the time to truly understand what our "dream home" consisted of, and you did an amazing job in showing us all different types of places to help us really lock down what was most important for us.

The one thing that we truly appreciated is that you always had our best interest in mind, and you always were honest with us. We also appreciated the fact that you never pressured us, and gave us the time to make the right decision that was best for us. To be honest, Taylor and I couldn't be happier in our new home. Every day we constantly say how perfect our place is! So with that said, thanks again for all your help, guidance, and knowledge throughout the process. Most importantly, we HIGHLY recommend your services to any other potential home buyers!""

- Lawrence & Taylor McDonald

Thorough, Honest, To The Point

""I did want to take a moment to thank you for all the help you provided in finding my new home in Chicago. It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were sitting at the closing, but in reality it's been a little over 8 months. Where does the time go? Each time I come home, I walk in and feel the same way I did when you first showed me the place back in January - I LOVE MY CONDO! I'm so glad Laura gave me your name, as I loved working with you. I think it was a great match!

You are thorough, honest, to the point, knowledgeable about the downtown area and you really know your market. I knew, after meeting you last September that I couldn't go wrong working with you and boy was I right. While it wasn't my intent to make an offer on our first day out together, you showed me exactly what I was looking for in a home I didn't need to look any further! I was a little stressed out about buying a home when I was still living in California, but you made my "cross country purchase" a breeze. Additionally, this wasn't the easiest deal to pull off, with the funky smell no one could find, the seller's attorney who was a little "wacko," and a difference in real estate law between CA and IL which almost cost us the deal. But you were professional, level headed, and at times put in a position where you had to talk me in off the ledge...thank you.

When the time comes, as it always does, that I feel I'm ready to move on to my next home in Chicago, I wouldn't even think about working with any other agent. You're my first phone call! You made buying a home in the city lots of fun and a wonderful experience.""

- Tracey A. Ferrara

Ensuring Every Detail Nailed Down

""The reason for my selecting you as a broker is that I was impressed with how you represented the interests of the previous seller whom I purchased the property from. From this unique vantage, what impressed me was your insistence that I be a qualified buyer and your execution in ensuring every detail in my offer was 'nailed down.' I knew then that you surely had your seller's interest in mind.""

- Gerard F. Whelan

Unbelievable Help!

""Thank you so much for your unbelievable help finding our new Chicago home. We would not have succeeded without your support, encouragement, knowledge of the area, unbelievable drive, and professionalism. You were outstanding and we could never thank you enough!""

- Damon and Mary Chris Williams

Thorough, Efficient, Knowledgeable

""(We chose you) Because you are thorough, efficient and knowledgeable...You have true knowledge of the neighborhood, and I just love your all around go-getter attitude.""

- Shan and Robert Moore

Upfront Attitude

""We appreciated your upfront attitude. It was important to us that you utilized the internet as part of your services. We really liked the team approach.""

- Angela Carter

Home Buyer's Dream Team

""Karen and Lou are the home buyer's dream team. They want you to be happy, so they work toward that end. I can't say enough about how responsive, available, and considerate they were while working for us. All the horror stories I'd heard about home buying and the dreaded closing just did not happen for us. We had a very positive experience.We started out with an interview with Karen where she asked us many questions about lifestyle, locations, and the specific details we wanted in a property. Then she contacted us about only those properties that met our requirements. She never tried to "sell" us on a property or push us in any way. We only looked at those places we wanted to see.

When we did find the place we wanted, Lou negotiated for us in a sensitive situation with a renovator/seller acting as his own agent. Due to Lou's knowledge of building renovations and his expertise as a realtor, he was able to negotiate a new roof and glass block windows around the foundation at our offering price. Subsequently, we developed a good relationship with the seller, who was extremely helpful to us in the year following our purchase. Recently, two friends spoke to me about the possibility of buying, so I immediately sent them information on Karen and Lou. Because I applaud their mission and have experienced their work ethic, knowledge, and expertise, I recommend the Breen-Elia team enthusiastically and without reservation.

Please feel free to use the following unsolicited testimonial in your promotional materials. You and Lou served us well, and I know more people would have positive home-buying experiences by working with you.""

- Melanie Parenti