Jake pretty much saved our lives by making the home buying and selling process as stress-free and delightful as possible. He listened to every nit-picky want and need, and worked so hard to show us as many houses as it took. He was available to chat by phone, text, and email, and we felt really taken care of. Towards the end of our home search, we felt tired and anxious and almost settled on a house that wasn’t quite right for us.
He didn’t hesitate to tell us his actual thoughts, we took his advice, and I’m currently writing this review from the couch of our *actual* dream home. He knows what he’s doing and he works hard to match people with the right place. Not once did we feel like he was just trying to make a sale.
When we were selling our house he was great about listing specific to-dos to get it in tip-top shape for viewing. He connected us with an amazing stager and the house went fast, for the above list price. On top of his expertise with home buying and selling, he’s just a really phenomenally nice person and we feel like we’ve made an actual friend out of this process.
On closing day, he even surprised us with the most thoughtful gift we’ve ever gotten. Our house was a gut rehab, and he secretly had the old, beautiful 100-year-old front door removed, so he could hand cut, sand, stain, and frame the massive floral designs we were sad to see go. They’re hanging on our wall as a daily reminder of our pal Jake, and how hard he worked for our family and our dream home! We can not recommend him enough!!!!!
Market Intel: Jake’s knowledge of broader markets and submarkets is the reason we chose him as an agent. He has experience in sourcing deals for both homeowners and multifamily/residential investors. For example, my wife and I expressed interest in owning a 1-bedroom condo in the West Loop. Jake has executed a significant number of closings throughout the West Loop neighborhood and was able to price out each condo we looked at based on a variety of factors. He gave us pricing guidelines based on block/sub-neighborhoods in West Loop, incremental pricing for garage access/amenities, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms…the list goes on.
Do not let Jake’s charm fool you, he’s much more than a friendly face and personable agent: he is a data-driven, diligent investor functioning as a top-notch agent. He will provide you with sales comparables including his quantitative and qualitative analysis for any property at your request. His thorough understanding of markets will provide you with pricing and value saliency throughout your search process.
Jake got us every negotiating item we wanted, even our low priority items. Through Jake’s negotiation and guidance, we locked in a purchase price that was meaningfully lower than list and directly comparable property sales, we received several buyer’s credits that lowered our net purchase price even further, we sucked every last bit of information out of the sellers/management company/homeowners’ association, and Jake even helped us trim 50 bps off our interest rate through his network of lenders/providing us with context for how to set our financing negotiations. If you engage Jake as an agent, be clear with him about what you want, and ask him every question that comes to mind. If you do, Jake will get you what you want, and he’ll make it look effortless.
Working with Jake was such a great experience! My fiance and I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy/list/rent in the city. We were referred to him by another friend who had a wonderful home buying experience a few months prior to us starting to look. Right away we felt comfortable and confident because he took the time to meet with us and figure out exactly what we were looking for and set expectations.
This was our first home buying experience and neither of us had any knowledge about how the process worked but Jake explained everything in detail and was always quick to respond when we had any follow-up questions/concerns. Although we knew he had other clients, we always felt like we were his priority throughout the process. He knows the city so well and we were so impressed by the fact that he always knew the right questions to ask when we went to look at properties.
When it came to finding our perfect house he was quick to help us get our offer together and was so good at helping us navigate the process all the way up until the closing day. Can't say enough good things about him and we would definitely use him again in the future.
Jake delivered during our home buying process. As a first time home buyer it is paramount we have an experienced agent who is also knowledgeable about the Chicago housing market and has a great level of care and patience to guide us through the process.
Jake was truly invested in helping us find the right house. He was along with us everything step of the way, from his presentation to educate us on the housing market, to the house hunting itself, and finally the closing day. He is always available to answer any question and/or share his thoughts on properties we may be interested in. We could have not asked for a better agent to represent us during the negotiation phase.
Jake has tremendous knowledge about the Chicago housing market (bonus points for his fun anecdotes about Chicago neighborhoods) and was able to get us a fair deal on the house we wanted. Another point I should mention is that I have known Jake since 2012 when he helped me find a rental apartment during my move to Chicago from out of state.
I have kept in touch since, as I instantly noticed his attention to details and genuine care for his clients. 6 years later he has helped us buy the perfect house we wanted. I would recommend Jake and his team for anyone looking to buy a house. We would have not been proud homeowners if it was not for his effort to demystify the homebuying process.
As first-time homebuyers, we had no idea what the process would be like buying a condo in Chicago. Working with Jake was wonderful, he educated us on the process and helped us to make a smart buying decision. Jake showed us several properties but did not pressure us at all to make a purchase. It was nice to see a realtor who really cared whether or not we were making the right purchase, at the right price and that we were going to be happy with our decision. Jake's negotiating skills/tactics helped us to get a significant discount on the property and allowed us to come in under budget. Jake also was very responsive and held our hands through the process in its entirety. I can't recommend using Jake as a realtor enough!
It was great to have Jake around to buy my first home in the west loop. He and his assistant Katherine are very diligent, thoughtful and on top of everything. I, a first time home buyer, didn't ever fret or was overwhelmed in the process because Jake and his assistant were always ahead in the game. They helped me get the home for a stellar price in a stellar location. He was very honest and transparent in his interactions with me during the home buying process. It was a great decision to have trusted Jake with finding a home for me. I would definitely recommend him as a Real estate agent for home buying/selling.
Jake did a great job helping my wife and me get our condo on the market and sell it quickly. When it came to getting the place ready to sell, Jake suggested that we paint all of the baseboards, which really upgraded the appearance of our place. He then saw the sales process through to completion and walked us through every step. When our first offer fell through, he did a lot to keep the mood positive and was able to line up another buyer within a week. If you are looking for a realtor who will attend to every detail and keep the selling process moving along, he's your guy. I highly recommend that you use him.
Jake and his team were amazing. They helped us first find a rental 2 years ago and now helped with closing on our condo. They made a very stressful process seem very easy and streamlined. Jake and Sarah were both very knowledgeable, professional, responsive, and guided us through the entire process. We relied on them and it paid off. Expectations were set right off the bat, so we knew exactly what we were getting into. Very transparent with everything from recommendations for attorneys to inspectors. If you want a stress free experience, they are the team to choose!
Jake represented us both in the purchase and sale of our condo. On the buy-side Jake helped us buy the property and fend off another prospective buyer. When we sold, Jake sold our property on the first weekend (one open house). Not only that, but he also worked to enable as quick of closing as possible (less than 30 days). Jake is super responsive to any question big and small (of which we had many). More than anything, Jake is someone that will tell you the exact truth of a situation and won't' sugarcoat anything. His services come extremely highly recommended based on our experience.
Working with Jake was a pleasure. He walked me through the entire process and was really good at pointing me towards units that would meet my requests. I was immediately impressed with Jake's immense knowledge of the areas I was looking at and the condo buildings in those areas. I also really appreciated his willingness to disagree with me when he felt that I was overvaluing/undervaluing certain aspects of units, rather than just agreeing with me to make a sale. He also never pressured me and allowed me to move at my own pace. I would highly recommend.
Jake was great to work with - extremely responsive, considerate of the client's needs, and very knowledgeable and willing to teach a first-time buyer. He spent time upfront educating me on the process and all aspects of the local market, helping me feel more comfortable putting in an offer (in which he displayed his negotiating skills, accurately predicting the seller's response). Already looking forward to selling sometime down the line so I get to work with Jake again!
Prior to putting my condo for sale on the market, Jake set realistic expectations with me such as who my prospective buyer could be as well as forecasting an accurate timeline of the sale leading to close. Lo and behold, Jake was accurate with his predictions. After the one (and only) open house, we received an above ask offer 6 hours later. We closed the sale of my condo in less than 6 weeks. I highly recommend Jake Tasharski for your buying/selling real estate needs.
I cannot express how much my husband and I loved working with Jake and his team. The first time home buying was a breeze because he took us through each step with confidence and so much knowledge. He took time out every year before this to touch base with my husband and we are so grateful he did! I would recommend him and his whole team to all family and friends. Jake gave great advice, amazing referrals, and a lot of time to us.
Jake was extremely helpful throughout the selling process. He took the time to explain all the steps and help set realistic expectations. From the photos/staging to the closing process - Jake was always available to provide his assistance and expertise. Jake helped us receive multiple offers in a very short time period. I wouldn't hesitate to work with Jake again on future real estate transactions.
Jake was awesome! I was relocating from Phoenix, didn’t know a lot about the area, but knew what was important to me in a house. With that criteria, Jake lined up a bunch of great options and patiently took me to as many as possible on a weekend trip. At the end of the weekend, I’d made my choice! Jake was super helpful through the negotiation process and with all the next steps!
Jake was amazing at handling a complex new construction purchase for us from 2000 miles away! He was so patient with our travel schedules and was super thorough at all of the in-person walkthroughs and inspections that we couldn't attend in person. My husband and I are amateur real estate investors and like to purchase a rental property or 2 every couple of years and we plan to do more business with Jake in the future for sure!
Jake and his team are excellent! Jake is very knowledgeable, easy to communicate with, organized, and on top of everything. We've come across many brokers and agents over the years and he is by far the best. He never failed to impress us every step of the way during our journey buying our first condo. Will definitely use him when we decide to sell and/or buy our next place.
Jake helped me buy my first condo...and it was so much fun that I went back for more! No, but seriously, Jake has now helped me purchase two great real estate deals. A few words that come to mind when I think of working with Jake (and Katherine) are knowledgable, communicative, reliable, and hustle. Highly recommended!! Thanks again, Jake!
This is our second experience with Jake, and he was once again wonderful to work with. He is great at setting expectations up front and following through. Not to mention, we had to sell our property after having bought it just last year - his negotiation skills allowed us to get a great price despite the short time we lived there.
I can't say enough about how positive my experience with Jake was. He's extremely responsive and exceedingly knowledgeable about every aspect of buying or selling property. He does a good job of balancing an agent's goal of closing sales with the buyer's goals of maximizing return/minimizing expenditures. Highly recommended.
Jake explained the whole home buying process very clearly to me and my wife. He responded promptly to our questions and was very well organized. He helped us in refining our needs and focusing only on those properties matching our needs. He has good knowledge about the Chicago neighborhoods and has good negotiation skills.
Jake and his team were amazing to work with! We were first time home buyers and had a lot of questions about the Chicago market and the buying process as a whole. From the first time that we met to closing day, Jake was eager to guide us through the process and ultimately find the perfect condo.
I met Jake 3 years ago when I moved to Chicago and was looking for a rental. He's the first person that came up to my mind when I decided to buy a home. He's always there when you have questions. Very fast response and it was definitely a pleasure to work with him!
This is the second time I used Jake to find myself a place to live. Last year he found me everything I wanted in a rental unit. This year he helped me find a place to call my own. He was always available to answer my questions and had a great grasp of current trends.
Jake was an absolute pleasure to work with. Very fast response and he always went above and beyond to answer any questions we had along the way. He's very knowledgeable in his field of expertise and he really made the process go as smooth as possible.
Jake is a pleasure to work with! He is responsive, accessible, and knowledgeable, which fostered a smooth home-buying experience. I would absolutely recommend Jake to my friends and will give him a call any future purchases in Chicago.
Jake was a pleasure to work with. He is very knowledgable and supportive. He was very attentive and never pushed into making any decision. I would highly recommend him in your search for a new home.
Jake was the one! He is a wonderful, knowledgeable and speedy on communication! He never hesitated to give us an honest opinion on our questions as first time buyers, that was a very important trait!
Working with Jake was a pleasure. His knowledge of the market and professionalism made for a great overall experience in selling my condo. I would highly recommend Jake.
Jake was everything you would want in an agent - responsive, courteous, knowledgeable and a closer. I would highly recommend him and his team to anyone looking to sell in Chicago.
Jake is incredibly knowledgeable, very professional and great to work with! Highly recommend! He made the process very easy and was very thorough and responsive!
A first-rate guy. Amazing advice, honest, and very patient. Made our first time buying experience easy and stress-free! We will always be grateful to Jake!
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