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Over the years of being in Real Estate, I’ve had to identify different service providers, craftsmen and professionals to assist my clients, developers and myself. I get multiple requests every week for recommendations. In creating this site, my goal was to help my past and current clients and anyone else who might find my thoughts helpful. The majority of the names listed below I’ve used personally and would use again. Some of them come highly recommended from people I know and trust. I, of course, can’t guarantee the same results, but would not list them here if I didn’t feel comfortable giving you their name. I hope you find this resource helpful and, if you would, let them know we sent you. Thank You! Jim

Mortgage Lenders

Dean Vlamis – Guaranteed Rate

Phone:  773.969.5600

Cell: (773) 612-2666


Dean is one of the top 50 mortgage originators in the country. I’ve found his rates and fee to be very competitive. He has a quality team that work diligently to meet closing dates with great success.


Barry Schwartz – Perl Mortgage

Office: 773-413-6242

Cell: 773-617-9738


David Kasprisin – Wintrust Mortgage

Cell:  312-208-4648



Real Estate Attorneys

Benjamin Wong – Benjamin Wong and Associates

2615 N. Sheffield, Chicago, IL 60614

Phone: (773) 529-0347

Fax: (773) 248-6013


Ben’s focus is residential real estate law in Chicago. It’s important to find an attorney that knows the details surrounding condominium law and working in Cook County. I’ve always found Ben to be organized and responsive. He takes his experience on stage when he conducts seminars on real estate law at the Chicago Bar Association.


Greg Braun

312-617-9019 cell

312-327-3354 office

888-463-7786 eFax


Sam Dotzler – Family Law Attorney

Phone: (877) 544-DLAW (3529)


Anastasia Poulopoulos – Tax appeal attorney

cell: 312 – 208 – 1747





Anthony Pope – AP Inspections

Cell: (630) 460-6293


Anthony is a certified (ASHI) inspector with over 13 years of experience in conducting inspections. If you talk to my past clients who have hired him, you will hear positive remarks about his knowledge and personality.

If you are interviewing more than one inspector, I suggest you visit the ASHI website at


Jim Kolke – Pinnacle Property Inspection Services

Office: (847) 251-1186

Cell: (312) 961-4228


Tim Kerfin – Kerfin Inspections

Phone: (773) 233-7446


Jeffrey A. Swanberg – Inspectrum, Inc.

3139 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite #227, Chicago, IL  60657

Phone: (773) 929-9889


Chuck Ryan – Precision Property Inspections

Phone: (773) 447-5598



Hy Naiditch - Accuspect Home Inspection Services

Phone: (847) 673- 9200



Insurance Broker

Tim Wipert – Chicago Insurance Professionals

500 N. Michigan Ave #300, Chicago, IL 60611

Phone: (773) 665-1062


Support Your Local Merchants

Tenebaum True Value Hardware

1138 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL  60657

This hardware store has a lot to offer for a local store.  I buy all of my Benjamin Moore paint at this store.


Community Home Supply

3934 N. Lincoln, Chicago, IL  60613

I use Community Home supply for all of my plumbing needs.  They seem to always have the parts I need.  They have an extensive kitchen and bath supply area and showroom.


ABT (Appliances and Electronics)

Terrific for all appliance service and repair.


General Contractor/Custom Single Family Homes

John Garber - Garber Construction

Cell: (630) 863-2507



Financial Planner

Gary Mandell, CFP®, CPA, CLU

3930 North Pine Grove Avenue # 3108

Chicago, IL 60613-5518

Ph: 773-348-8515

Fax: 773-348-8514

E Mail:


Securities offered though FSC SECURITIES CORPORATION, a registered Broker/Dealer, Member FINRA/SIPC. Advisory services offered through The Mandell Group, a registered investment adviser not affiliated with FSC Securities Corporation.


Home Maintenance/ Handy Man/ Light Property Management

Kristo Taits – K.T. Absolute Painting and Remodeling



Light Property Management

(individual buildings and condos)

John McGeown – High Fidelity Property Management

333 W. North Ave #101, Chicago, IL 60610

Phone: (773) 314-6903



Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning


Phone: (847) 705-5681


Foundation Waterproofing

U.S. Waterproofing

Phone: (800) 323-3628



David Cwodzinski – DC

Phone: (630) 860-5751

Fax: (630) 860-6653


Pest Control

Bob Schmudde – Quick Clean Pest Control

Phone: (773) 472-2000



Plumbing /Sewer

Diversey Plumbing and Sewer

2839 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL 60647

Office: (773)-252-8688



Donal Reilly



Tom McCarty Plumbing

Tom McCarty




Chicagoland Custom Closets

Tim Fowler – Owner



Building Waterproofing

Alexander Jr. Building Services

643 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (773) 265-0501



Adrian Lally

Cell: (847) 812-2561



Jack Wojtkowski – Superior Builders and Construction

Phone: (847) 562-9500


Heating and Air Conditioning


3715 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL 60618

Phone: (773)604-8880



ABT Electronics

Phone: (888) 228-5800


Kitchen and Bath Remodel

David Mahoney – MK Development Group

Phone: (312) 437-4310



Hardwood Floors

GC Floor Sanding Service

Phone: (773) 283-3998


Metal Fence Painter

Topo Fences

Phone: (773) 632-8299


Garage Door Repair

Robert’s Garage Door Repair

2961 N. Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60657

Phone: (312) 933-1556



Tim McManus – HomeRun Technology

Cell: (773) 230-1240




Kathy Firek – Firek Painting

Cell: (810) 623-2515



Rough Carpentry – Decks

Billy McGarry – McGarry Construction

Cell: (773) 590-0452



Melissa Song Photography

Cell:  312-259 -3941





Amazing Lock

Phone: (773) 935-8900



Diaz Group

Phone: (773) 388-8644


Baltazar Moreno - Moreno’s Quality Landscaping / Landscaping Design

Phone: (773) 798- 6721


Interior Designer

Jennie Bishop

Cell: (312) 375-2143



Mary Jessica Mausser

MJM Interiors

Phone: (312) 255-7145



Metal Works/Fencing

Pedro Irapan

Phone: (773) 443-9667



 MT Flooring Source

Marlowe Davis  773-484-3457



Deck Cleaning and Re-Sealing

Chicago Deck Cleaning and Re-Sealing

Phone: (773) 348-4516



Glass/Window/Screen Repair

Mark Nadeau – Nadeau Glass Design

Phone: (312) 320-5410



Cleaning Crew

Dust Connection

Phone: (773) 276-4200


Maria Banas

Phone: (773) 322-3842


Details-Details Inc.

Phone: (773) 282-0059


Utilities Website and Customer Service Numbers

Com Ed

(800) EDISON-1


People’s Gas

(866) 556-6001



(888) 333-6651



(800) DIRE-CTV



(866) 696-4893



(800) 746-4726


Chicago Water Department

(312) 744-4426


ADT (security)

(800) 615-6200


Moving / Relocation


Phone: (773) 715-3227


New City Moving

Phone: (800) 773-6644


The Professionals

Phone: (888) 225-7351


Elizabeth Miranda – Mercury Organizing Professionals and Design Studio, Inc.

Phone: (312)804-2111


Storage / Moving POD


Phone: (877) 627-8269


Greg Kaufman

Cell: (312) 213-1057



Junk Removal

Red’s Hauling Service

2335 W. Belmont, Chicago, IL

Phone: (773) 616-0979


Pet Insurance

VPI Pet Insurance

Phone: (888) 899-4VPI (4874)