Lida Downey

Lida Downey

Licensed Real Estate Broker | Lida Downey Real Estate & Interiors, LLC

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Super professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. She knew exactly what we were looking for and did not rest until we found it, negotiated every last detail (and there were a lot), and closed. Can't wait to invite her to the house-warming!
- CP

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 a long time 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 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 ) 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 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 and all in such a short amount of time - she really listens and is able to tune into what you’re looking 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 you every time - seasoned buyers/sellers (you will have a richer experience due to her immense knowledge of Chicago ) and to first-timers (she is awesome at explaining the process)!
- VP



Realtor l Consultant (12 years experience)



Buyer's agent
Listing agent
Property Management
About Lida
Powerhouse real estate broker and Chicago native Lida Downey guides clients to success with her signature combination of elite customer service, deep market understanding and exceptional deal- making. She is truly adept at anticipating client needs, and her hands-on approach makes them feel confident and secure throughout the process. With responsive service and unfailing enthusiasm, Lida is a go-to resource for everyone from first-time homebuyers to repeat clients and experienced investors across Chicago's North Side and North Shore.

Lida heads Lida Downey Real Estate & Interiors, LLC at Compass, and her hard work has resulted in consistently rave reviews and more than $35 million in transactions closed on her own. She has abundant hands-on experience in rehabbing homes and ushering vintage buildings through the Historic Preservation Tax Credit process. In fact, Lida entered the real estate field more than a decade ago fueled by her passion for this city, its architecture and people. Prior to real estate, she worked as an investment broker honing her exceptional negotiating skills.

Lida was a longtime resident of Hyde Park before moving to Lincoln Park 10 years ago. She holds degrees in Political Science & Economics from the University of Chicago. Today, she's an active force and leader in community and cultural organizations across the city.

What can you expect when working with Lida?


From uber-vintage to ultra-modern, and from Hyde Park to Highland Park, Lida Downey Real Estate & Interiors, LLC serves Chicago's North Side & North Shore, working with all levels of buyers and sellers from first time homebuyers through seasoned, 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 locations. Long-Time Chicago Resident


Recently, Lida has 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 & 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 & enthusiasm come through in her daily interactions with both clients and fellow agents alike.