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" Santiago and his team did a great job selling our condo! We loved that Santiago seemed to love our condo just at much as we did and did an amazing job pointing out the best features! Santiago was in constant communication with us, and answered all of our questions quickly and in a way we easily understood. We had to move out of the Chicago area and Santiago helped make that move seamless and as stress free as possible!! "
"Thank you so much for everything you have done, I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate it! "
"As first time home-buyers, we needed guidance understanding the market and how condo pricing and condition expectations fit into our own expectations and finances. You all were extremely helpful throughout this process while we were looking at places, making and negotiating our offer, and bouncing back when the condo we made an offer on was appraised so low. Your expertise was invaluable to us. You made yourselves available to us constantly! We were having a difficult time communicating with the bank and our lawyer and you did your best to smooth out the communication break-downs and make sure what needed to be done was getting done. Andrew called you on multiple occasions for support and clarifying information, which you happily obliged. I'm honestly not sure how we would have gotten through this process without your direct help and availability. Your team was so easy to communicate with, personable, and friendly. We always felt comfortable interacting with you.
We have mentioned y'all on multiple occasions to our friends and family and we plan to continue to direct any friends to you if they decide to buy a place. Thank you so much! We love our place and we are so happy to be here and we cannot thank you enough for all of your help and support."
"We just wanted to say thank you for all of your help and for your gift. We just moved into the new place yesterday and are so excited to be here. We wouldn't have been able to make this happen without all of your constant assistance and expertise! We will definitely be recommending you to any friends who also are looking to buy!"
"Working with you both made the whole process of selling a lot easier! I'll definitely recommend you if I have any friends buying or selling in the Chicago area"
"I have worked with Relux for many years now and for many transactions. This June, I will list with Relux again. I continue to work with them because they work efficiently to get the job done, but are also incredibly warm and friendly. I have recommended them before to my friends and will continue to do so."
"These two are a dynamic duo, Santiago and Elizabeth took time and when I say time over 18 months looking at places doing research and respecting us for wanting to keep looking. They are great agents and friends, we finally found a house of our dreams, they were instrumental and great to work with. They gave us sound advice and even took time to be there whenever we were doing walk through's. I highly recommend them if your in the market great people that work for you!" - Phil R.J.
"We have worked with Santiago 3 times now, twice to buy, once to sell and every time he has made what would otherwise be a nightmare of stress and uncertainty to an experience that we felt confident and valued. Even with a large amount of clients Santiago always made time to either take our calls or return them as quickly as he was able. He personally provided us services to make our transitions easier and provided us with contacts that would ensure that our moves went smoothly. His knowledge, kindness and dedication is unparalleled, if we moved again we would contact Santiago in a heartbeat." - Aaron P.
"Elizabeth is the definition of professionalism. We were new to Chicago and met Elizabeth by chance at an open house she hosted. We immediately recognized that Elizabeth was a cut above. Knowledgeable, experienced, and highly responsive, Elizabeth helped us navigate a challenging and quickly shifting market between Fall 16 and Spring 17. We could not be happier with the end result. Throughout the search, we felt that we had 100% of Elizabeth's concentration, focus and determination. That would have been enough, but Elizabeth is also an exceptionally pleasant person to work with - always prepared, never hurried and certainly fought hard for us!" - Jason B
"Santiago really goes the extra mile (or ten) for his clients. The time and attention Santiago gave us is unparalleled. Santiago is professional, organized and efficient, but he let us take all the time we needed -- without ever wasting our time. He treated us like we were his most important clients every step of the way. Additionally, Santiago is a resourceful sounding board for weighing pro's and con's. His actions were responsive and on target throughout the process and even after the sale. He handled some post-closing issues with the seller and then, a few years after our purchase, he helped us with re-fi comps. Another bonus is that Santiago knows not just Chicago, but the surrounding areas, too. Obviously, we will be calling on Santiago when we sell and buy again." - Rita L
"Santiago has been my real estate professional/ friend for more than ten years. Santiago and Elizabeth and their team are the definition of professionals. Every part of the process was done with care, and they always fill a stressful situation with kindness, caring, and true compassion. They are the best in the business by far! Thank you Again for a job well done! :) " - Mary T.W.
"I really enjoyed working with Santiago and Elizabeth. They were both calm, level headed and delightful to be around. Because I live out of town I was totally dependent on their honesty and integrity. They knew what needed to be done to make the home look incredible for the sale and together with Orlando, the contractor, pulled everything together for me at a reasonable price. I was so grateful for their help the day of the move. Santiago and Elizabeth had offered to supervise the move for me so I wouldn't need to be in town. The movers were extremely (many hours) late but Santiago and Elizabeth were still in good spirits and faithful to their commitment to oversee the move. They went above and beyond and were a blessing to me during a very difficult time." - Stephanie B.
RELUX International is a client-focused team whose mission is to empower lives through real estate. We provide our clients with a competitive advantage by utilizing our extensive market knowledge, decades of experience and insightful research. Since the RELUX inception, growth and improvement have always been at the forefront which has allowed us to attract talented, intelligent and passionate team members. RELUX is continuously recognized as a Top 1% Team in Chicago awarded by the Chicago Association of Realtors. However, the true measure of our success lies in the long-lasting relationships we have with our clients as we help them achieve their real estate goals.
About Santiago Valdez
Santiago Valdez is the co-founder of the RELUX International team. He is originally from Arequipa, Peru, a city surrounded by volcanoes in the middle of the Andes. Santiago started in the real estate industry after working at Loyola University as a campus police officer and then sergeant. Prior to that, he was in the US Army as an M1A1 tanker while living in Germany.
Santiago’s architectural admiration of real estate, a desire to work with people and an enormous amount of enthusiasm are what eventually led him to start selling real estate full-time. He says that this has been one of the most rewarding journeys he has taken yet.
Santiago loves to travel. He tries to visit a new country every year to keep him open-minded and grateful for the opportunities he has been given. He is happily married with Elizabeth and he also has a beautiful, art-loving daughter, Cecilia. Santiago and Elizabeth enjoy investing in real estate. Santiago looks forward to continuing his work in real estate in order to have a positive impact on everyone it touches.
About Elizabeth Pyle
With over a decade of experience in real estate, Elizabeth brings knowledge and logical decision making to the team. She is hard working, respectful, honest, ethical and data driven. She loves sorting through the details of properties, their neighborhoods and helping clients analyze the facts. Elizabeth is a believer that real estate is powerful in everyone’s lives, so she focuses on listening to her clients and helping them reach their real estate goals.
As a student at the University of Missouri Columbia, Elizabeth obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Real Estate. Her career began by helping investors purchase new construction rentals, managing 350 multi-family units and starting her own rental portfolio. Elizabeth quickly took her skills to the next level once in Chicago. Her first year, she was awarded Chicago Association Rookie of the Year for sales volume.
Elizabeth has maintained her client focus and is thankful to have had the opportunity to help hundreds of clients. Elizabeth is happily married to Santiago. Together, they enjoy dining in the many great restaurants in Chicago’s neighborhoods, travel and of course - real estate investing. Elizabeth also enjoys time with friends, being a member of various groups from Toastmasters to cooking clubs and is an avid runner. Part of her love for Chicago has come from her time running, stretching and meditating along the Lake Front Trail.
About Adriana Bahena
Adriana is a licensed realtor with the RELUX International Team. She was born and raised in Chicago and knows the intricacies of its many neighborhoods. She loves the city and enjoys meeting new people and exploring new places. By focusing on market data and changing economic trends, she is able to help her clients make informed decisions in order to achieve their real estate goals. Adriana's clients appreciate that she is hardworking, trustworthy and an excellent listener. Adriana is a graduate of Depaul University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Human Services. During her free time, she enjoys exploring Chicago's food scene, traveling and being with loved ones.
About Anthony Valdez Anthony epitomizes integrity, hard work, energy and passion in every real estate transaction. There is no limit to what he would do to find the perfect home for his client. Anthony is a Chicago native. He loves sports and enjoys spending time with family and friends. He specializes in the Chicagoland area and will work diligently to help you through the process of purchasing your dream home. He prides himself in his research abilities and knowledge of numerous Chicago neighborhoods and surrounding suburbs. Trust is the number one trait you need in real estate and Anthony can be trusted to make sure his clients’ needs are fulfilled.
About Tanya Ware Tanya is the Customer Relationship Manager for the RELUX International Team with over 13 years of successful experience in sales and customer service. Tanya is constantly looking for new opportunities and ways of working that will create a better business. She is organized and analytical with excellent attention to detail and a strong customer service ethos. She is able to meet and exceed customer expectations tailored to each individual's needs. As a true professional, Tanya works hard to know who her competitors are and their market position. Tanya enjoys a good Netflix binge and an even better book to read but can also be found enjoying anything arts related with her college-aged daughter.
About Liz Kaczmarski Liz is the Transaction Coordinator for the RELUX International Team. She makes sure the process from pre-listing to closing runs as smoothly as possible. Her attention to detail, problem-solving attitude and organizational skills are assets to the team. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in Financial Planning. Liz lives in the Gold Coast with her two beagles, Leonard and Baxter.