Testimonials

39 Reviews 5/5 Stars

Helping people sell or buy a home can be the biggest transaction in someone's life. There can be emotions involved, uncharted waters, unforeseen hurdles as well as challenging market conditions. We understand all these factors and work to make a deal as seamless as possible for each one our customers. Our number one goal is our customers' happiness and satisfaction and we know how special it is to have a 5 star review. We thank all of our past customers for taking the time to write about their experience with the Johnson Team. We hope to work with you all again in the future or be lucky enough to have you refer us to someone in your sphere of influence. Thank you!

Review from Edna T.

Stephens service and commitment during the sale of our property was outstanding. His knowledge and communication skills went above and beyond as he took care of each and every detail during the negotiation process, Stephen has earned our trust due to his honesty, integrity and responsiveness combined with his great attitude and engaging personality. He is committed to getting the job done! Thank you Stephen!

Review from Kelsey K.

I have known Kelene for many years and consider her a close friend. She is honest, hard-working, and full of positivity! She goes above and beyond for her clients and really takes the time to listen and ask questions to make sure she understands exactly what you're looking for! No matter what type of engagement you're looking for, I would highly recommend Kelene because she will utilize any and all resources to make sure you know all of your options and guide you to the best fit for you!

Review from Kay Ellen M.

She was wonderful! Made sure that I understood EVERYTHING that was happening and going on. She let me know that there was never a small question and she was there to answer and explain. She was prompt and always available to me. I would recommend her to everyone.

Review from Mike D.

I've worked with Stephen over the years and found he has always gone above and beyond. He's looked out for the best interest of others and been very transparent as a result. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great agent that really cares!

Review from Julianne S.

Stephen has handled three real estate transactions for me, both on the sale and purchase side. In each case, he was sensitive to my needs, and found the perfect property! He is the consummate professional; he listens to you as a client, and will be at your side from start to finish.

Review from Meg T.

I personally can't imagine a better person to "work for you" when you are buying and selling a home than Kelene Johnson. On the buying side, it was one of the most important decisions of my life, and Kelene made it go so smooth and put my worries at ease. She never hesitated to give me honest and helpful advice and guidance. My husband and I had a list of "wants" and Kelene listened to us, making us feel that she was more than just our realtor but our friend. We were about to have our first born and she demonstrated such dedication that were able to move in before our baby was born. We are SO grateful. Kelene also sold our condo. She provided us with such great insight to help prepare for us to sell, that our old place looked the best it ever had! She gave us several inexpensive tips to spruce up our place and it proved to work! We got more for our place than we expected. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home you should 100% work with Kelene. You won't be disappointed.

Review from Jacoub Y.

With The Johnson Team, you don't just have 1 real estate agent - you have a whole team that is available to help you find the right house whenever you need them. We got to know Stephen and Kelene - they were awesome to work with, and they were very flexible with our crazy work schedules. They were great people to deal with, and really had our backs. Especially when we faced unscrupulous sellers. Also, they were very knowledgeable about construction and all the little details about buying a home you may not be aware of when you're a first time buyer. You are in the right hands with this team. We 100% recommend them!!

Review from Doug C.

If I was allowed to give him 6 stars, I would. He has helped me with several sales and purchases and he was always as engaged in the process as my wife and I.

Review from Cindy W.

Steve is truly a real estate professional and expert. Working with Steve, it was always clear he had my best interest in mind while navigating the market and negotiating with potential buyers. As a result, Steve successfully exceeded the needs of myself as a seller and to the buyers. I definitely recommend Steve for any real estate needs.

Review from Joshua S.

Steve and Kelene are the hardest working and most honest individuals I know. Our relationship goes back many years and there are countless examples of them going the extra mile for their clients. Steve is a man of his word and he will negotiate to get his clients the absolute best. Kelene has a keen eye for details and her recommendations regarding minor changes have resulted in significant upside. Together, they make a well rounded comprehensive powerhouse. Best of luck Team Johnson!

Review from Marc C.

I have worked with Stephen on countless real estate matters. He works with knowledge and anticipation. He truly has his clients best interests first, instead of just getting a deal closed. He has high integrity and morals.

Review from Joe M.

I am an attorney and have worked with Stephen on multiple real estate sales and purchases. Stephen has proven to be knowledgeable, helpful and professional in all of these transactions. I give Stephen my highest recommendation to anyone selling or buying real estate.

Review from Chad P.

I highly recommend Stephen as your first choice for a real-estate agent/broker. I was immediately impressed by Stephen's knowledge, professionalism, and communications skills as he and his team adeptly and timely responded to a barrage of questions from me and my family. In addition, I felt that Stephen genuinely cared about the well-being of my family as he worked tirelessly to conduct housing tours through live streaming videos during these difficult coronavirus times. With his extensive experience, Stephen was able to make great recommendations and negotiate on our behalf to ensure that we were not taken advantage of throughout the process and helped us understand the complexities involved in purchasing a new home. In short, we were completely satisfied and wish all the best to Stephen and his family!

Review from Tony B.

Finding a home can be a tedious and stressful endeavor, Steve did an amazing job streamlining the process and relieving those stresses. He's the textbook definition of professionalism and always goes above and beyond expectations, he's constantly thinking outside of the box. His industry knowledge gives him an edge and perspective few agents have. I would never hesitate to refer him to family, friends, anyone which is the highest compliment a sales professional can receive, so use Steve and know you're in great hands!

Review from Renee C.

It was a pleasure working with Stephen throughout this process. He and his team is very knowledgeable, and what the team doesn’t know, they will find out. We really did not negotiate a price, but if we had, I’m sure that Stephen would have put his best foot forward as he had throughout the process. We were kept up to date with what was going on, and was welcomed into his office, during a pandemic to discuss some concerns we had.

Review from Alyssa O.

Stephen was so great to work with! I am brand new to the home buying process, but Stephen answered ALL of my many questions! He was also so responsive, even over the busy holiday season. Stephen was always so thorough and at the ready to help out. Stephen was also very knowledgeable and made many great recommendations to us to other great companies (inspection, lender, etc) which was very helpful considering we didn’t have any connections in those fields. Thank you for helping us to find and purchase our first home!

Review from Katie T.

Kelene is a wonderful agent, always available and professional. She helped us make the move from the city to the suburbs and while it was a big step for us she helped us through the entire process and had answers to all of our questions. I would recommend her to others as well as use her in the future.

Review from Cameron C.

Stephen was the best agent I could have ever asked for as a first time home buyer. Instead of selling me on a place for all the beautiful things, he sold me on things not to buy. He would always point out flaws and try to estimate how much they were so you knew what to expect if you put an offer in. Never pushed me to buy a place at any point. He made sure his flow was my flow

Review from Eric B.

Extremely satisfied. Stephen was very patient with me during the search process and had very educated answers to all of my questions. When it came to transaction time he was very responsive and made the process easy. I had a great experience with Stephen and would use him again.

Review from Rolfe J.

Very pleased. We hadn't used a realtor for our business - buying and remodeling houses. And I was skeptical that we could sell our latest house during the holidays but Stephen Johnson said the market was good and he felt confident. Once the house was being shown, it took 8 days to get two solid offers, and by day 10 we got a third offer above our asking price. We were thrilled. The team did a great job on the photos, staging and open houses. Everything was professionally handled. They did a great job. This sale exceeded our expectations!

Review from Chris Z.

Steve and Kelene sold our place within 12 hours of being on the market. They helped us properly price it and take measures to update it to make it a more appealing property. The first (and only) viewing ended in an offer $1,000 less than the asking price. And when I was ready to walk away from the sale because of the buyer's agents' unprofessional threats for us to to reduce the price even more or the deal was dead, Steve held his ground, called his bluff, and saved the sale.

Kelene and Steve also helped us find our current place on the far north side of Chicago. The search was long, but they never wavered in their patience and positive attitudes in finding the right place. It never felt as if they were more concerned with convincing us to find a place quickly so they could get paid and move on to other clients. They treated us like family and it never felt forced or superficial. We always felt like a priority and it never seemed like they couldn't spend the time on our purchase needed. I would recommend them to anyone who is looking to buy or sell property.

Review from Ilan T.

I am an investor and I had multiple transactions with Stephen. Will use him again. Always there when I needed help. Easy to work with. Will recommend to others.

Review from Karen H.

Stephen Johnson was amazing. During our process he had to work with our crazy work schedules, a 3 week trip, and showing us homes with 3 toddlers along. He was patient and professional. He was knowledgeable about everything house related (mechanical systems, roofs, construction/remodeling options and costs). He helped us to the find the perfect home for our family and budget. He made sure that his team were available to help us and provide excellent service.

Review from Brian P.

My wife and I had never dealt in any way with any real estate selling or buying, nor did we have even the slightest bit of understanding of the entire process before we sat down with Steve and his team.

Every step of the way they did everything right. They educated us, guided us, prepared us, advised us, and just as important, were supportive, enjoyable, and understanding through it all.

They found us a number of very good options to consider, including the home we eventually purchased (and have loved every day since). Sending us listings, going to open houses, working on bids, handling negotiations - they were an invaluable resource in it all.

They deserve all the credit for the great home buying experience we had and not only would I recommend them, I already have on multiple occasions, including to other now equally satisfied home buyers.

Review from Michael G.

Steve went above and beyond in every respect for my wife and I as we went through the home buying process. He was excellent at matching our requirements to actual listings. He did a fantastic job of mixing in his recommendations with listings we inquired about. The home we eventually purchased was one that he recommended as opposed to us finding on an MLS listing. Gave great advice during the negotiations and was immediately availble whenever we had questions. I know he was busy but we always felt like we were his only client! Would highly recommend to anyone!!!!

Review from Renata M.

Stephen goes above and beyond the duties of a realtor. He takes a true personal interest each transaction as if it were his own. His communication skills, both oral and written, are impressive. I have used him on various real estate transactions, as seller, buyer and landlord...and will continue to do so shall the need arise.

Review from Rachael O.

My husband and I have known Stephen Johnson both personally and professionally for over 3 years now and highly recommend him to help find you your dream home. His knowledge and expertise of real-estate, specifically Chicago and neighboring suburbs, make him a desirable agent if shopping around for a specific neighborhood or style of home.

We had the pleasure of working with Stephen for over 7 months, as we tediously combed Mont Clare/Galewood/Elmwood Park for the perfect home. Never did Stephen tire of emailing us new listings or carving out several hours each week in SNOW/RAIN/SHINE to help us attain our dream of owning a home. He also was very resourceful and patient as many of our attempted purchases fell thru or were short sales. Not only did he explain the inner workings of short-sales and foreclosures, he made us feel at ease if we entered such a deal.

Because we felt so confident with him, we decided to utilize his business partners for our mortgage and home owners insurance. We cannot express how easy buying a home was with Stephen and his colleagues when we found our home. It had everything we were looking for and more! Till this day, if we still have questions about real-estate, Stephen is our "go to" guy. He is never more than a phone call or email away. That's how much he values his clients.

Review from Carl P.

My wife and I have done 4 transactions now with Steve Johnson and his team. We bought our first condo in 2008, they sold it quickly in 2015 and helped us purchase a brand new construction townhome in 2015 and then sell it for us as our life changed in late 2018. Steve and his team are all fantastic and do a great job helping buy or sell! They are always on time, and will always call you back quickly if you have any questions. We would recommend them to anyone we know to use their services!

Review from Jabob L.

My wife and I worked with Stephen to buy our new home. He was extremely patient with our questions, concerns and uncertainties while quick to keep us informed and accommodate us for showings and other requests. He listened to us carefully and really understood our tastes, preferences and limitations while also providing great insights and advice. I can't overstate how knowledgeable he was, which we found to be invaluable as first time buyers. And if he didn't know something right away, he knew how to find out. He was trustworthy and hard working and connected us with a like minded mortgagor and attorney. Buying a home is a big deal and it can be intimidating. We would recommend Stephen to help anyone face the process with confidence.

Review from Adam G.

I have worked specifically with Steve on three separate transactions. Both as buyer (twice) and seller (once). The repeat business should speak volumes. Steve is very attentive and has great relationships and connections with other realtors, which is a huge plus. He provides great feedback and goes above and beyond to build long term relationships with his clients. Definitely recommend these guys.

Review from Ydlazir Y.

Our super awesome real estate agent, Stephen Johnson of berealtygroup.com has definitely exceeded our expectations. He is very professional, knowledgeable and experienced in construction, management, and customer service. He knows what sells and doesn't sell in the current market. He is patient and empathic of his client's needs. As home buyers we had a specific school district, where the inventory is very limited, as Stephen has forewarned us. Stephen is always readily available almost 24/7, and very responsive, he replies to my phone calls or text message including emails immediately, without fail. When he has scheduling conflicts with other clients or when on his personal time or on vacation, he has made sure to have one of his team members to follow up in showing of a property or following up with the listing agent. Stephen has always provided us with his expertise in whether or not a property is priced right so that we are were able to make sound decisions when we bid on any potential property. It took almost a year and about 15 property showings, 3 offers, until we finally found the right home. We learned so much from Stephen in the process, that we are looking forward to working with him on our next real estate transaction.

Review from Alyssa G.

Stephen was so great to work with! We were brand new to the home buying process, but Stephen answered ALL of my many questions! He was also so responsive, even over the busy holiday season, Stephen was so thorough and at the ready to help out. He was also very knowledgeable and made many great recommendations to other great companies (inspection, lender, etc) which was very helpful considering we didn't have any connections in those fields. Thank you for helping us to find and purchase our first home!

Review from Mae G.

Stephen Johnson and his wife Kelene are amazing!! We have worked with Stephen on numerous occasions and after 3 years later, he didn't give up on us. Not only is he such an easy going person to work with but he is knowledgeable and honest, which makes it less stressful when searching for a home. My husband and I would definitely recommend working with Stephen and his team if you are considering a home purchase.

Review from Jason O.

Stephen went above and beyond to help my wife and I find a great house. He went well outside his normal territory to vet the area and give us the perfect option. He was patient, helpful, knowledgeable, and responsive. I highly recommend him for your realty needs.

Review from Justine J.

I worked with Stephen E Johnson to rent out my Chicago condo. I live on the east coast, so managing all the complexities of closing out one tenant and installing a new one are immense. Stephen was AWESOME. Super responsive, on the ball, and did not hesitate to go above and beyond his call of duty. Plus, he's a straight shooter -- he tells it like it is, and he's always right! It was wonderful to be in such competent and caring hands.

Review from Jon W.

I worked with Stephen for the purchase of my first condo. I had met Stephen 5 years prior and after not seeing him for several years, I instantly thought of him when I started searching for an agent to work with. I remembered Stephen's character and his knowledge of the Chicago real estate market and thought we'd work well together. I was more than pleased with how he handled every step of the process from our initial conversation to negotiating the deal. Stephen was 100% focused on what was best for me, his client. I'm excited to refer Stephen to my friends. Thanks!

Review from Katie T.

We worked with Stephen at Be Realty on a recent apartment search in Lincoln Park. Using craigslist and other online searches was a great first start, but after talking and working with Stephen, we were able to narrow our search criteria and access additional listings on MLS. We found an apartment that matched all our requirements and were advised that the property had a lot of interest and would move fast. Since we had been scouting Chicago apartments from California, Stephen went to view the apartment for us and called with a positive review that evening. We decided to move forward with the application and Stephen was paramount in communication and coordinating details with the renting agent. Even as out of town applicants, with Stephen's professional and courteous attitude, we signed the lease less than a week after it went on the market. He was such an excellent resource and answered all our questions in a timely matter. We highly recommend Stephen and his team at Be Realty and plan to use their services again in the future.

Review from Carlo G.

We worked with Stephen to buy our very first place ever. Stephen was patient, informative and friendly. Everything we were told real estate agents wouldn't be. He asked the questions we didn't even know to ask and he walked us through every step of the process. Everyone was great. You helped us find a place we really love.

Review from John J.

I can't thank Stephen and his team enough for their help in getting me into the right house. As a first-time home buyer, I wasn't prepared for the emotional peaks and valleys of finding and securing a home. Not only did Stephen give me honest information and sage advice on the process, but was a calming voice on the occasions when I felt like I was making no progress. He narrowed the focus on what I wanted in a home, not what he thought was an easy get. I've now been in my home since November and I owe it all to Stephen! It's a great team, I'd refer them to anyone!