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"From start to finish, working with Ilana Dean and her team at VERY made owning a new home in Society Hill a real dream come true. It was easy, pleasant, and went VERY quickly! The house hunting experience can be daunting and frustrating, but Ilana made it a breeze every step of the way. Ilana knowing the neighborhood made her suggestions spot on and her guidance in the process helped us find and close on the perfect house in record time. We couldn’t be happier with the service and treatment we got - makes you feel like family." - Sally and David

"Ilana is a treasure, extremely professional and provides wonderful, personal service. She has a keen eye previewing your house and working with the photographer. Additionally her knowledge of the area, schools, services, etc. is helpful when marketing your property. The whole experience was fantastic." - Barbara and Larry Gorman

“We were pleased to engage Ilana Dean of the Very Real Estate team for the sale of our property in Queen Village. Ilana was very responsive and provided valuable information throughout the transaction process. She scheduled open houses and made recommendations for staging that would appeal to the appropriate buyer pool. All of the advice and the assistance provided by Ilana resulted in a quick sale at a great price. The process from listing to closing was seamless and smooth. I would not hesitate to recommend Ilana and the Very Real Estate team to future sellers.” - Greg and Beth Muller

“My husband and I were about to put our condo up for sale when Ilana approached us with the prospect of a “rent to buy” option with one of her clients. We were intrigued and quickly met with her client who loved our unit and was ready to move in right away. Ilana was very accommodating in scheduling our meet ups and property showing. Within a couple of weeks, all the paperwork was signed and everyone was happy. Ilana made the process so easy by knowing what was needed on both sides of the transaction. She continually communicated with us and I felt she was invested in a positive outcome for all involved. She is a total professional and got us a terrific result.” - Mindy F.

"Trust and competence. These were the most important elements of our transaction. We were in California and were buying a home in Philadelphia without physically seeing it. Ilana, and the VERY team, demonstrated, from the very first moment, that they would be outstanding partners with us in this transaction. Ilana’s deep knowledge of the Philadelphia real estate market is unparalleled. Any questions we had, she could answer. Anything that needed to be done was done timely and professionally. Ilana has the backing of an expert team and she has an eye for detail. She asks the right questions and moves the process forward efficiently. She has excellent working relationships with other realtors and vendors. Therefore, negotiations are respectful and productive. We were kept advised of every detail in real time. Easiest transaction we have ever done." - Lisa Primavera and Michael Salama


Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation


The George Washington University
BA in Religion
Drexel University
Masters of Science in Arts Administration
Temple University
Real Estate Institute, Real Estate
The Hebrew University

About Ilana
Having grown up surrounded by family members entrenched in the real estate world, you might say real estate is in Ilana’s blood. Combine that with Ilana’s education and career in arts and culture in Philadelphia, and you quickly realize she brings a unique combination of insight and skills to the VERY Team at Compass.

As a long-time Philadelphian, and a current resident of Old City, Ilana has witnessed Philadelphia’s extraordinary real-estate development. Her keen understanding of the city, along with over 30 years in local arts administration, art consulting and fundraising, enables Ilana to provide her clients with a uniquely artistic sensitivity to their real estate needs.

Ilana is the co-founder of the nationally and internationally recognized art gallery, Schmidt Dean Gallery. She serves on the Boards of the Philadelphia Music Heritage Council, the Jewish National Fund Philadelphia and as a member of Women of Vision, the Women’s Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

When Ilana is not helping her clients reach their real estate goals, Ilana enjoys spending time with her twin daughters, practicing yoga, hiking, gallery hopping, and the local music scene.