"Very friendly, supportive, and extremely knowledgeable about Chicago properties and real estate procedures. Santiago also worked with my mother years ago and has assisted her throughout the years with questions about properties." -Jason B
"Santiago Thanks for your time and help with the sale of my condo!" -Adam
"Things were going poorly for me when I contacted Santiago to sell my Ravenswood condo. Very poorly. How poorly exactly? I had my condo listed and a buyer lined up. Then the downstairs flooded and I had the entire flooring replaced, but they put a new floor on wet subflooring and it had to be replaced a second time. The buyer disappeared. The stock market crashed. I took my place off the market. The real estate agent I had worked with committed suicide. My wife and kids left me. Housing prices were falling like a slinky dink going down the stairs. I knew there was only one solution to selling: find a good agent who knew about location and marketing. So I did extensive research and interviewing, picturing I would find a middle aged lesbian to reflect the neighborhood demographics. Santiago didn’t fit the bill, but I knew I had found the best agent. When I met Santiago, I intuitively knew I could trust him. He is 100% authentic and genuine and has a beginner’s attitude that leaves no stone unturned. I paid his premium commission to get marketed to the max and he created a distinctive, effective marketing echo chamber around my . This was back in 2010 and he already had ads on Facebook (and multiple other social networking sites) figured out. He brought in a beautiful 24 year old journalist to do an interview and tour, as well as a photographer who made my washer/dryer look better than in a product catalogue. It all became golden. He found a buyer, and in a time when people could wait a week or two for prices to drop, he sold for approximately 95% of the asking price, which he had pegged perfectly. So I moved closer to my kids and got on with my life. I knew I could have been stuck in a downward spiral for a long time. Maybe there is such a thing as “just a real estate agent” but I recognized Santiago as an angel sent from above for me to focus on my sons. He recently invited me to his ice cream social and I immediately understood that he is simply that way for all, and his partner Elizabeth seems to be all about the same strong, optimistic but genuinely welcoming, opening and gentle nature. In case you haven’t got it yet, I can highly recommend Santiago. “Let’s get together and feel all right." -Anders
"Santiago was an All-Star Realtor in my book. Very personable and professional. Whenever I had a concern or question, he explained how the usual process goes. I was confident in his expertise and could tell he knew Chicago like the back of his hand. I have recommended Santiago to my friends and will continue to do so if I hear of anyone else that needs a trusted Realtor." -Deitra L
"Santiago was great, I was on a tight schedule and needed to buy and close an apartment in a couple of weeks. He was very responsive and I was able to do two separate home inspections within a week of each other. He was able to coordinate between the owner and me so well there was no problem at all, even when we were close to closing and had the property lawyers involved. On the day of the closing he had the keys ready to go and I was able to stay at property that day. It was such a smooth process that I am defiantly going to contact Santiago again." -Paul K
"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
"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
"Santiago was our agent for a couple real estate transactions and provided great insight. His professionalism and knowledge of the market is superb. " -James J
"Santiago Valdez is extremely knowledgeable about the Chicago area and housing market. He listens to what the buyer wants, never pushing a property or price . He was prompt in returning calls and arranging meetings. He also has an extensive network of professional contacts to support the buying process at each stage. Apart from his professionalism, Santiago is extremely personable and a pleasure to do business with. I will certainly be looking to him for any further property purchases in Chicago. " -John S
Enthusiastically, Santiago started his real estate career with a desire to create client satisfaction rewarded through referrals. To this end, Santiago’s research and out of the box perspectives have consistently led his clients to positive outcomes. The outcomes gained the trust that has generated abundant referrals. Santiago draws from many life experiences but at his core is the continuous work on creating a better version of himself. Santiago’s personal goal is to help each client create a better life through real estate.
Santiago has been awarded by RE/MAX International and the Chicago Association of Realtors for his continuous performance. He prides himself in his negotiation skill, research ability and personal knowledge of Chicago real estate through its various neighborhoods. Santiago specializes in properties close to the Lake from the South Loop through Rogers Park.