Lisa believes that each client has a unique story and buying and selling a home is a pivotal chapter in that story. Every step in the process contributes to the way the story is written. Lisa is recognized as one of Chicago's top producers for her dedication to helping her clients buy and sell homes that make a lasting impression on those who buy, sell and visit them. Homes within Lisa's client collections are known for being high quality and have a reputation for being solid investments. Lisa is as particular about helping her clients buy and sell quality homes as she would be for her own family.
Lisa has her MBA, a degree in Finance and a focus in real estate. Prior to her career in Real Estate Lisa lead a business development team for a mid-sized insurance brokerage where she had the opportunity to work alongside the best sales professionals in the insurance industry. Lisa lives in Lincoln Park with her young family and husband and teammate Ryan.
“Lisa took the time to get to know me and what make a house feel like a home for me. She took the long-view in our working relationship and always prioritized matching me with the right house at the right price. Lisa is an incredible partner - and I could talk to her about anything on my mind throughout the search and closing process. She always gave me her honest and educated view. Lisa always had my best invested at heart - and made me feel like my home purchase was her top priority. This combined with her knowledge of the market, strong analyses of comparable transactions and valuations, and her organized follow through made her the best agent for my home purchase. Even after my close, Lisa calls me regularly, goes above and beyond, and is taking a vested interest in guiding me through my re-model process. Incredible person, incredibly professional, incredible customer service, and incredible integrity. I highly recommend Lisa.” - Colleen Marie H.
"Working with Lisa Kalous was the highlight of my condo-purchase experience. Lisa is extremely knowledgeable and works hard for her clients. She understands both ends of the buying and selling experience and is able to be creative, flexible and thoughtful in her recommendations, saving her clients time and money. Lisa also has extensive experience with renovation and rehabs, so she has an eye for what’s possible, but is also extremely grounded about budget, timing and client demands. She was the best partner I could have asked for in my first home-buying experience, and a plan to use her again one day in the future. I would highly recommend Lisa to anyone, particularly those busy-professionals or parents who need someone who is responsive, smart and savvy.” - Julie M.
“We could not have been more pleased with our experience working with Lisa to buy our home. She was proactive about finding listings that might suit our needs and worked quickly to help us secure the perfect home in a really competitive environment. She checked in with both us and the builder regularly while work on our new-construction home progressed and gave some great referrals. We were so pleased with her preferred lender, attorneys, inspectors and even cleaning company. Thank you Lisa!” - Tanja D.
“Lisa is fantastic! She helped my husband and I buy our new home and sell our old one. She is professional, friendly, gives excellent advice on buying and selling, and is always quick to share new listings and answer questions. I cannot recommend Lisa enough!” - Marissa G.
“We were recent empty-nesters when we met Lisa at an open house in the Spring of 2016. We had just sold our house in Oak Park, were renting a great apartment, and weren’t seriously looking to buy. She kept in touch periodically, never pressuring us in any way— just letting us know about places she thought we might be interested in if and when we decided to buy. In Fall 2016 we made the decision to buy in the city and contacted Lisa right away. I can’t begin to describe what a pleasant experience the home search was thanks to her knowledge and all of the personal touches she brought to what could have been a stressful experience! There was never any pressure, no matter how many places we asked her to show us - she was SO patient and understanding! She noted important design and structural issues on some condos we were considering - things we would never have known to even ask about! We are extremely happy in our new condo in Lincoln Park (which we got for a great price thanks to her negotiating skills)…but if we ever decide to sell and buy again, Lisa will the 1st person we call!” - Kathy F.
“Lisa was fabulous! She went above and beyond helping us get and offer in ASAP on a property we weren’t willing to lose, and when a family emergency came up they day of our closing, the stepped up and assisted us with our final walk through!! Thank you!!!” - Ellen P.
“As an out of town buyer with only one weekend to look at homes, I was incredibly nervous as to how the process would work. But I honestly believe Lisa is the reason my husband and I were able to purchase a home. She only showed us places that were real contenders and when we chose one, helped us negotiate and get under contract quickly. Throughout the rest of the process she handled everything, from finding us a new lender when ours feel through at the last minute to the home inspection to closing. Even after the home was ours and Lisa’s job was done, she still took a contractor over to give us some quotes. She went above and beyond to make our first-time home buying experience easy and we can’t thank her - or recommend her - enough.” - Anna C.
“We had a very successful relationship. Lisa puts in an incredible amount of time, thought and attention to detail in our buying experience.” -Ellen G.
“Lisa is simply the best. She goes above and beyond for her clients with a tenacity, tact, thoughtfulness and dedication that’s unmatched. My husband and I were first-time home buyers with no shortage of questions along the way. Lisa fielded each one with honesty, grace and candor and made us feel encouraged at every step of the way. We couldn’t be happier with our new home and know it wouldn’t have been possible without the support, guidance, expertise and acumen Lisa brought to the table for us. Thank you, Lisa!” Elizabeth Anne F.
“Lisa worked tirelessly on our behalf for simultaneous sell-buy transactions. She went above and beyond in helping us prepare our condo for sale by spending a Sunday evening (with her husband!) at our place doing cleaning, staging and minor repairs in advance of showings. For our purchase, Lisa had an intuitive sense of our tastes and family/space/geography needs, and she keenly identified issues and opportunities related to those preferences. In both transactions, Lisa seemed to have a very good rapport with the opposite brokers, all the while negotiating very strongly to secure the best deals possible for us. We are sad in a sense to have successfully completed both deals, as we don’t get to spend so much time with her anymore! We would strongly recommend Lisa to anyone seeking representation on either a sale or a purchase (or both!).” Kris E.
“Lisa was an absolute joy to work with. We truly appreciated the authentic care and concern she demonstrated during our search. We would highly recommend Lisa to our family and friends.” Peter K.
“Lisa was tremendously helpful throughout our home buying process. We met her at an open house and were impressed by her willingness to help and her knowledge of the local market. It took us several months to find the right house but am glad that we waited. Throughout the process, she encouraged us not to settle and stated if a house didn't feel right that we’d keep looking. Her and our patience ultimately paid off. Thanks for the help!” Dan G.
“Lisa has been wonderful to work with. She found my rental and now my first home. Since she loves vintage, she knew exactly what I wanted and her team is very professional and easy to work with. She not only finds great homes but her recommendations for any home remodeling is fantastic as well. Thank you Lisa for all the help with finding my forever home!” Amy L.
“Lisa was fabulous to deal with and always responsive (no matter what time of day). She uses her real estate network wisely so that any open-ended questions that come up through the process are answered adequately. I highly recommend using Lisa.” Scott F.
“Lisa is an amazing person & realtor. She really helped us with every step along the way in our home buying process. The place we settled on was way out of our budget, but Lisa’s knowledge of the Chicago Market allowed us to offer low and eventually settle at a price that was in our range! Without Lisa, this wouldn't have been possible. I know this is just for buying the place, but she also was perfect when selling our place last year as well. It was sold with multiple offers within a week. Her marketing materials, advice on staging, & presence was instrumental in the selling of the home.” Mike L.
“Lisa went above and beyond to help us sell this house! She got involved in countless aspects of preparing our house for the sale, from contractors to cleaners and everything in between, all before the house even went on the market. Her hard work paid off as we were under contract in only 2 days! We would highly, highly recommend working with Lisa to anyone looking to sell their home.” - Diana H.
"Our experience could not have been better. From day 1 of our search through to six weeks past our closing, Lisa has been incredibly attentive to our needs. she knew exactly what we wanted for our family, and she quickly got us up to speed with market color for our target neighborhoods. For properties of interest, whether new to market or pre-market, we were more often that not the first potential buyers to get a showing. When she wasn’t out showing us a property, she was on the computer researching compass. She was always prepared with market comps as well as improvement costs to help us with pricing considerations. And when we found “the one”, she was diligent during negotiations tog et us the best price - - putting our interests above everything. Her passion, commitment and attention to detail could not be surpassed. It's no surprise that she is now like a member of our family. We are so lucky to have found her, and we are excited to watch her take Chicago by Storm." Kat and Angelo C.