Lida Downey, Agent in Chicago - Compass

Lida Downey

Licensed Real Estate Broker | Lida Downey Real Estate & Interiors
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Client Testimonials

I don't know if words can even express how amazing Lida is. She went above and beyond to get this deal done and was there to help us at every turn of the deal including late night trips to Home Depot with the builder! Lida isn't simply a realtor; she's a designer, an advisor, a power negotiator and now a lifelong friend. She has an amazing team behind her who worked seamlessly to complete the mortgage and legalities in a limited time frame too. We will be indebted to Lida for a long time for helping us to find, secure, shape and settle into our amazing new home.
- RW

Lida is a consummate professional. I was so impressed by her knowledge, intelligent and calm demeanor, as well as her tenacity on my behalf when I purchased my home in April that I hired her to sell my condo, as well. She went above and beyond the call of duty, handling a myriad of peripheral details in my absence. In large part due to Lida's talent in staging the condo, it sold in just one week! Moreover, both before and after each transaction, Lida was there to refer me to her vast network of resources, including appliance and home furnishing vendors as well as contractors and repairmen. I applaud her for providing excellent service to her clients and give her my highest recommendation.

We have used Lida as our agent to buy/sell our last 2 homes. To say she is outstanding would be an understatement. The moment we told her we were thinking about selling, she was on it! She came into our home and, with an extraordinary eye for detail, as well as many years of experience, helped us declutter and decorate to sell. She is confident, determined, motivated and very hard working. She sold our first home in 22 days. Lida is dedicated and loyal and I would choose her as my realtor every time. She is not satisfied until her clients have found the home of their dreams!!
- IG

I have worked with Lida prior to this transaction and will definitely work with her again. Lida really listened to me and my mother - our investment needs, our likes and dislikes. But she did not just blindly do what we told her to - she also added her immense professional knowledge / suggestions and helped us make a much better decision than we would have by ourselves. On this particular deal the seller's agents were somewhat green / specialized more in rentals rather then sales, so Lida picked up a LOT of slack and did both hers and theirs job! I HIGHLY recommend Lida to all - seasoned buyers/sellers (you will have a richer experience due to her immense knowledge of Chicago market) and to first-timers (she is awesome at explaining the process)!
- LM

"If you want an absolutely superb realtor, Lida Downey with @Properties is the best of the best! She is incredibly efficient when it comes to the home buying process, knowledgeable, highly responsive and communicative. The team she has when it comes to the lending and attorney side of things is equally as fantastic! Lida and I worked wonderfully in partnership together on my very first home and got me the house of my dreams--all within my budget, in a highly desirable area and on my time schedule. I am thrilled with my experience and I would highly recommend her to anyone! Thank you Lida!
- SG

"I’ve now worked with Lida to sell a home and buy one and I cannot praise her enough - on the sell side she advised on enhancements to make prior to selling that made the home more marketable, she then used her network of talented people to get the work done and after that sold the home in 11 days pretty close to asking price. So when we moved back to Chicago I already knew which realtor I was going to use to buy a home. On the buy side Lida helped us narrow area and what we were looking for and all in such a short amount of time - she really listens and is able to tune into what you’re looking for and works super hard to help you find it, negotiate it and then line up all the right professionals to help you close the deal. She works round the clock and is always on top of every detail to ensure the deal gets done. Lida is so much more than a realtor - she’s an advisor, visionary, designer, a very astute business woman and genuinely lovely person - she’s absolutely the Realtor you want working for you every time - seasoned buyers/sellers (you will have a richer experience due to her immense knowledge of Chicago market) and to first-timers (she is awesome at explaining the process)!
- VP





About Lida


From uber-vintage to ultra-modern, and from Hyde Park to Highland Park, Lida Downey Real Estate & Interiors, LLC, A Division of Compass, serves Chicago's North Side and North Shore, working with all level of buyers and sellers from first time home buyers through repeat clients in the multi-million dollar range. Lida Downey's focus is on helping clients receive a seamless experience with top-notch customer service, deep market understanding, and strong negotiation skills that help sellers attain top dollar in short periods of time and buyers achieve advantageous purchase prices in their desired location.

This is Lida's motto and this focus guides her through all of her relations with her real estate clients. Lida is committed to finding the home that best meets the criteria of her purchasers. She also succeeds in getting top dollar for her sellers.

Lida is a Chicago native who has been a longtime resident of Hyde Park and, over the past ten years, Lincoln Park. She holds degrees in Political Science and Economics from the University of Chicago. Lida previously spent five years as an investment broker and transitioned in 2008 into real estate sales in order to blend her passion for real estate development with her strong negotiating skills. Lida is very active in community and cultural affairs in Chicago, and currently serves on the boards of several local organizations.

Prior to 2008, Lida rehabbed several condo units in prestigious Lincoln Park. Lida has also worked extensively with the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois in order to qualify property on Chicago's North Side for the Historic Preservation Tax Credit. This experience with vintage property restoration and conversion, and interaction with real estate related government agencies prompted Lida to pursue a full time real estate career. Lida's background helps her assist her clients in visualizing the aesthetic potential of their new home. Her experience also helps Lida in determining the best staging of a home for sale, and assists her in spotting the unique opportunities that can be found with investment properties.

Lida is totally committed to making her clients feel confident, knowledgeable and secure in their real estate decisions. She understands that the purchase or sale of real estate is often one of the most stressful, and yet exciting, times in a client's life. Lida prides herself on her availability to clients. A good listener, Lida is adept at determining and anticipating her client's needs. Also a strong negotiator, Lida is well-versed in facilitating real estate transactions, always keeping her client's best interests at the forefront while maintaining a high level of professionalism and efficiency. Lida truly enjoys the real estate process, and her positive energy, dedication and enthusiasm come through in her daily interactions with both clients and fellow agents alike.

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