Helen CalvinPast Buyer
“Debra Dobbs is a stellar realtor and helped us immensely in finding our perfect place. She’s an expert on all Chicago neighborhoods, but was particularly helpful for our Lincoln Park search. She steered us clear of bad buys and got us the right price for our home. Not only does she go above and beyond in her role, but she was a fount of knowledge in recommending contractors, painters, legal advisers, etc. With Debra, you get your entire home buying crew in tow. It was a perfect experience for us.”
Holly Wisniewski HawesPast Buyer
“Debra is an absolute joy to work with; she makes a process that can be overwhelming and frustrating relatively painless…when it came time for us to negotiate it was clear that Debra was our advocate. Debra has a strong intuition and is a great reader of people.”
Uday G.Past Client
“I’ve worked with Josh a bunch of times over the past seven years, and what I value the most is his good judgment. I need someone willing to give me an opinion, and he’s always been straight with me (even bad news). Loyalty also matters, and Josh has always come through for me (usually on short notice).”
Deanna & Chuck RozyckiPast Buyers
“We are still thankful every day for the fantastic work you did on our behalf. Thanks to your hard work, diligent efforts, conscientious follow up and talented marketing techniques, you sold our condominium and we were able to move closer to our daughter and her new family. In addition to the timely results you were able to accomplish, we truly appreciated and enjoyed working with you. ….
We have the luxury of being able to compare your company with other agents in our recent past and, frankly, there is no comparison. Thank you again for helping us to move on to our new life and home.”
“Kate was obviously working on my behalf. She was a no-nonsense assistant in finding the home that we wanted on (actually under) budget and within a tight timeframe. She even worked us through the beginning of the COVID outbreak. She was listening to what we were saying and what we weren’t saying. She was honest about the properties she showed us and was helpful in considering things that we hadn’t even thought of. One outstanding example: We’d seen 9 houses and didn’t find what we were looking for. At the end of the 9th house visit, we sat on the stoop with Kate, explained that we wanted to change our search a bit. Within an hour, we had 8 new houses to consider! She was just OUTSTANDING! ”
Rachel Brown & Eric OwensPast Buyer & Renter
“We have bought three homes with Debra (and sold also two of those homes with Debra, and rented out one of them while we lived somewhere else).
She’s utterly fabulous. She’s amazing. She’s patient and very good at both understanding your unique situation and making you feel like you are the only person in the world. She knows Chicago; she knows the market; she knows all the other brokers.
I cannot recommend Debra enough or highly enough if you are looking to buy a home or sell a home, or do anything else related to real estate in Chicago.”
Ken & Heidi KPast Clients
“Josh is amazing. I was a bit nervous about the process of selling my house, considering I was half way across the country for almost the entire process. Once we decided to sell our home, Josh quickly set the wheels in motion to make sure we had what we needed to have our house sold quickly. We discussed the offer price and he had done his homework. Our home had a few bonuses that others in our neighborhood did not, and Josh was able to develop a great marketing plan to get it get it sold quickly – at the price we wanted. He has been great to work with through the contract agreement, inspection and final closing details. We will definitely recommend Josh to our friends and family to use for selling or buying!”
“Kate was amazing. Knew exactly what I wanted and was able to target an area that I wasn’t even aware would be a perfect fit. The process was simple and quick, it was a week from the first email exchange to me signing a lease on my dream apartment. Kate is awesome!!”
Arif Jivan & Kristin Van GenderenPast Buyers
“I cannot heap enough effusive praise on Debra to describe what she does justice. She came recommended by colleagues who have worked with her multiple times in the past. She is not only an excellent realtor but part-life coach and guidance counselor that helped us navigate through our first-time home search and buying process. Debra went above and beyond to walk us through every stage of the way. We will always work with Debra and recommend her to everyone else who is looking to buy/sell a home.”
Thomas TrimmerPast Seller
“Debra and Alyssa were great. Debra fought for more money for us instead of just trying to get the deal done. Professional and all the people we worked with loved both Debra and Alyssa, and that made our lives easier as we’re out of town. Highly recommended!”
“Kate was very helpful in the apartment finding process. I had a very short time period to find something and she put together a list using criteria we had discussed and handled setting up all of the showings. It was a lot easier than having to do it on my own. She also went above and beyond and drove us around to each location eliminating the need to wait for an uber and allowed us to view more apartments in a short period of time.”
Sherry WangPast Buyer & Seller
“Debra represented me and my husband for both buying and selling. I met Debra 5 years ago at an open house at one of her listings where I went in with my agent, I had to fire my agent and hire her because of her professionalism and knowledge on the market, and that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.
She found us our first dream home 5 years ago, and recently represented us on both buying and selling. Her 30+ years of knowledge on Chicago and each neighborhood helped us to narrow down the neighborhoods we wanted to focus on looking; she went above and beyond to search for schooling information for us; she listens carefully to all our needs and gave her honest opinions. She never gives us the feel that she just wants to close the deals quickly, she cares as much as we do to find a perfect place that we will love! You feel like you are working with a caring family member but not just an agent when working with her!
All her contacts are absolutely amazing as well, and makes the buying/ selling process so much easier.”
Kimberly & RobertPast Clients
“Josh did a great job helping us find the perfect investment property in Wrigleyville. I flew in for just 1 day of searching and Josh had a precisely organized tour planned. He worked cap rates to help us choose the best property, and was integral in making it all happen. Living out of state, it was especially important that I find someone I could really trust with this purchase. His sphere of vendors were excellent as well. We purchased, but I highly recommend Josh for listing homes too. In the end, we have a common denominator in dog rescue and I now consider him a friend. Thank you Josh! ”
Trevor PrillPast Renter
“After becoming overwhelmed with trying to find a place to rent in Chicago, I reached out to Debra Dobbs Realty. I was immediately assigned an agent, Alyssa, and given a listing of properties that matched my preferences. Within a week I was taken to several properties by Alyssa and ended up finding a couple places that I liked. She worked continuously with the broker to make sure that everything went as smoothly as it could. I will definitely reach out again in the future if I ever need to find another place in the city.”
“Kate was great to work with! We were on a very short trip to find an apartment. Kate found only places to see that fit all my requirements. She was very honest about her knowledge of the neighborhoods and her thoughts about whether the property was a good one or not. She never tried to pressure us into considering something we didn’t like. When our first day produced no leads, she quickly put together another list of possibilities for day two which was a success! She was extremely prompt returning all emails and text messages, and she continued to help us through the final steps of the lease and setting up utilities. We plan to work with Kate again in the future!”
Regina MurrayPast Client
“I never leave reviews! For the first time, I actually want to. I simply can’t express my gratitude and admiration for the realtor services received from Ms. Debra Dobbs.
I contacted her online with uncertain expectations as to the outcome. My 25 year old son in Chicago (and I in TN) had unexpectedly lost his lease and had no place to reside. To add to the stress level my son had a new boss and a new promotion which required his energies.
Within a matter of hours, Debra had located several properties within his price and geographic range. Within a matter of 2 days she had an offer prepared to the broker handling the owner’s properties.
We thought our stress was over. Alas, it had not even begun. The owner’s broker was incompetent, the owner in a foreign country, etc. Through more time and trouble than ever imagined, Debra kept moving the process forward with professionalism and a positive spirit.
Finally a lease was signed. With no expectation and wonderful surprise, Debra continued to assist! As my son was out of town, she retrieved his key, checked on the condo. etc. in preparation for his weekend arrival.
Currently, she or her staff have offered to be on site at his condo to allow the moving company to access so my son does not have to miss work.
I apologize for the length of this post. But, when expectations are exceeded as Debra Dobbs did – it is important to share.
Trust Debra with any and all of your real estate needs!.”
Jerico BrewerPast Client
“The Debra and Alyssa team have now helped us with two home purchases and one home sale in the Gold Coast and River North neighborhoods! Extremely pleased and appreciative of their assistance with all transactions and the always readily available support they offered. I would highly reccomend their team for any purchase, sales, and rental transactions in the Chicago area!”
“Kate found me the best apartment situation I have ever found since I have been living in Chicago which is basically my entire life she was relentless in going for me since I am disabled so that we didn’t waste time seeing if the stair situation would be too much for me to waste my time looking at the apartments she went above and beyond every single way someone can.”
Elissa ScrafanoPast Buyer & Seller
“I have always found Debra to be professional, fair and sensitive to the needs of her clients. She puts her clients’ interests and needs first and foremost.”
Patrick WeberPast Client
“Professional, hard working, and delivers results. I can highly recommend using Debra and her team both for purchasing and selling properties in the Chicago area.”
Katie ShannonPast Buyer
“I can’t recommend Debra Dobbs enough for a buyer who needs a trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional real estate agent. She is more than an agent – she’s a well-respected consultant in her field and one of the best I have ever worked with.”
“Kate is a gem! As a first-time homebuyer, I wasn’t sure where to start. Kate was extremely patient, flexible, and honest throughout the process. She visited multiple properties with me, assisted with negotiations (helping me save money), and was always 100% honest and transparent. I would recommend Kate to anyone buying or selling and will use her services again!”
Christine T.Past Client
“I worked with Josh Feeney to buy a condo in Chicago. As I’m not from the area, he was able to help me find a neighborhood that was a great fit for my lifestyle and budget. It was easy to schedule meet ups with him to look at properties and he was available and flexible throughout the process. Working with Josh was everything a real estate experience usually is not: enjoyable, efficient and filled with good advice!”
“Kate was really great! She made the process of selling easy for us! It was our first time selling and we feel that she has been extremely helpful throughout the whole process. We highly recommend her!”
Mitch WalshPast Buyer
“Debra and her team worked tirelessly to help us find our first rental property. She attentatively listened to what we valued in a rental property and took us to numerous prospective properties until we found the perfect investment. Debra doesn’t hesitate to provide input as to the pros and cons of each property, we never felt rushed to make a decision as Debra would routinely say: “I want you to get the property that’s right for you, and I’ll show you as many properties as it takes until you do”. While this was the first investment property we’ve bought with Debra, we used her a year ago to buy our primary home. We consider Debra much more than our broker, we consider her business partner.! ”
Mark & Victoria StachPast Buyers & Sellers
“Though Debra is formally called an agent, we view her as a trusted advisor and friend. We have seen her informally take on the roles of designer, reviewer, negotiator, diplomat, and yes, even psychologist.”
“It was a pleasure to have Kate helped us rent our condo. She always answered her phone and replied to emails right away. Very dedicated to her job and goal to find the best offer for her clients. Highly recommend!”
Marcey & Rey RPast Clients
“When my mother passed away, we needed someone with experience, to sell her condo.” “Josh guided us through the experience with great expertise.” “The condo was sold quickly and for a great price.” We highly recommend Josh Feeney!”
Eugenia EscobarPast Buyer
“If I had to buy another place I would go to Debra without hesitation. She made our experience unique and fun and as smooth as possible. Couldn’t have been better. THANK YOU VERY MUCH we are vey happy! and Debra is responsible for it!”
Sandra BolesPast Buyer
“Debra Dobbs is a true professional who works tirelessly and passionately on behalf her clients. She is intuitive and helped my husband and me make absolutely the perfect choice for us in a city home. Debra is also an energetic person who is simply a pleasure to work with! I recommend her without reservation.”
Marianne BernsteinPast Buyer
“I’d give her all the stars in the galaxy if I could! Amazing realtor and wonderful person.”
“Kate is extremely determined to help you find a great place to rent or buy. My roommate and I had a lot of setbacks and Kate was always happy and determined to help us find exactly what we were looking for. We couldn’t have found a better realtor!!!”
“We were admittedly no easy clients. With a long list of “must-haves” and a strict budget and through frantic we’ll-never-find-a-place calls, Josh patiently worked with us until he found our gem.”
Gary RiegerPast Buyer
“I’ve had experience over many, many years with a lot of real estate agents, both as a buyer and a seller. I’ve learned a lot during that time. For instance, most agents are competent and can tour you around, process paperwork, chat and keep you company. Some agents are really good – they know the areas pretty well, are really trying to help you and might have a good sense of the market. An even smaller segment are the great agents, the ones you can trust and with whom you feel in good hands. Then there are the ELITE agents, a rare breed indeed. Hard to find for sure but luckily you have me to direct you to one such ELITE agent – Debra Dobbs. Elite because she is more than a chauffeur, more than a font of knowledge, more than someone committed to your best interests, she takes it personally.
Debra has a market sense that is unmatched. She knows which areas are on the cusp of blossoming, which houses are poised to take advantage of that. Trust me, she is one you want on YOUR side during negotiations. She takes personal care of each of her clients. And you will be more than clients, you’ll become friends. Her assistance is unmatched – whether you’re a buyer or seller. Even after the sale she provides continued info useful for any homeowner. Her Little Black Book is invaluable!! Has all her secret contacts for everything you might need when you want service providers, best restaurants, night life, etc.. We just used her recommended electrician and he was fabulous!!
Can’t recommend her highly enough. Don’t sell yourself short. Don’t settle for a good agent. Go for the best. Debra Dobbs. You’ll thank me.”
Andi HowellPast Renter
“Working with Debra Dobbs Realty has been a wonderful experience! Our realtor, Alyssa, was extremely flexible with scheduling tours for us and always communicated with us quickly within a day. She was honest about her opinions on properties and facilitated an easy and quick search to find our apartment. She went out of her way to make sure we had access to any property we wanted to see. I would highly recommend Debra Dobbs Realty to anyone!”
Bob RybarczykPast Renter
“The short version: Work with Debra’s team. They are amazing.
The longer version: My wife and I had a truly amazing experience with Debra’s team. Our move was a bit rushed, which led to a few complications and required a lot of last-second flexibility on the part of Debra’s team. (BTW, we worked mostly with Alyssa, one of Debra’s agents.) At every turn, the team did anything they could to help us out, and always went above and beyond the call of duty. If you need a real estate, talk to Debra. We are very happy with them, very grateful for their hard work and consistently quick response, and we will work with them again for sure.”
Patricia EggertPast Buyer
“We recently completed our fifth and sixth transactions with Debra as our agent. She’s part genius, part magician. She found us the perfect new home after showing us only two candidates, and helped us negotiate a fair and reasonable contract in less than three days. We then put our old home on the market, at a price we thought was ambitious but fair, and she sold it in less than two weeks after only three showings, at 97% of our asking price. We had worked closely with her during renovations of our old home to make sure that the work we did would appeal to a broad market, and her suggestions turned out to be spot-on. A wonderful, brilliant, very hard-working, and fun person!”
Jonathan YeltonPast Buyer
“Use This Agent!!!
Our experience with Debra and her team was excellent and smooth. We worked with Alyssa Ager, one of Debra’s colleagues, and the experience was perfect. we are first time home buyers and even though our budget wasn’t half a million, we got the same attention that any of her clients could hope for. Alyssa was a pro on all things home buying and went to bat for us when she saw something that needed to be negotiated.”
Emily Dray GoldharPast Client
“Debra is amazing. She somehow makes every client feel like they are her first priority even though it is clear she is really very busy and pulled in many directions. We had a “no pressure” first home buying experience. Debra held our hand and walked us through every step! I would definitely recommend her to to any of my friends or family!”
Arun ThakurPast Client
“Very smooth & great experience. Highly recommend Debra and her entire team.”
Helen JudithPast Client
“Debra is a sublime realtor. We suffered through some prior realtors who were not as good, and we’re so lucky to have found Debra. She is a true expert – In Chicago, she knows every building, every block. For help and resources, she comes equipped with everything from great contractors to legal to insurance agents. She has great taste in every style and aesthetic, and she’s the perfect mix of warmth and bulldog. She represented us very well, and we feel we got a fair price and product. Overall, it was a great experience. We highly, highly recommend her.”
Amy ViellieuPast Buyer
“Debra is the most knowledgeable and thorough broker! She understood our needs and worked tirelessly to find us the perfect home.”
J KPast Client
“I highly recommend Debra and her team to help buy or sell your property. I interviewed quite a few agents before deciding to go with Debra and I am so happy I chose her team. I had to move to a different state and was really worried about all the logistics of staging and selling my property while being away. Debra’s team took care of everything, starting from organizing and arranging everything related to the staging company, cleaning of the condo, they even took care of the insurance purchase for me and also picked up my mail and forwarded it to my new address. They have been absolutely amazing and I cant thank them enough for making this process so smooth. Debra also recommended a great lawyer who did a wonderful job. Honestly, I didnt have to do anything and we got an offer within a week of putting my condo on the market and this offer was 15k over from what other agents told me is “reasonable”.
You will not regret choosing this STAR team!!!”
Jane McCarthyPast Buyer & Seller
“Debra has worked with several of our family members and dozens of friends we have referred to her over the years. She is currently helping my husband and me relocate from the suburbs. She is a terrific negotiator, always puts her clients first, and definitely has her fingers on the pulse of the Chicago real estate community. We 100% recommend her.”
Peter MarosPast Renter
“Debra Dobbs helped my roommates and I find a 4 bedroom rental in Lincoln Park last summer. Not only was she incredibly professional and impressively knowledgeable, she is hot! I will certainly ask Debra to help me find my next apartment/home. I literally could not have asked for a better experience and recommend her fully to all of my friends and family. No one else makes finding a house easier, or more fun.”
“Kate did a fantastic job of finding my family a great apartment in Chicago. We didn’t have much time to look and we needed to live in a specific area. Kate located numerous potential apartments for us in our price range and spent a lot of time to help us find the ideal unit. She was also very helpful in securing the unit for us and negotiating the best price for us. We were very fortunate to have Kate as our agent.”
Nick McCarthyPast Seller
“Debra has helped my family with several real estate deals spanning over a decade. She is bright, driven, ambitious, and incredibly helpful. As anyone who has worked with her can attest to, “real estate agent” is insufficient to describe Debra’s role throughout the process of buying or selling a home or apartment. To her clients, she is a friend, a trusted adviser, and a fierce ally.
Her loyalty to her clients is tangible and unflagging, and she will work relentlessly on their behalf. I cannot recommend Debra highly enough.”
“Kate was a Godsend. Someone at the front desk of a condo bldg gave us her card and we gave her a call. She just had so much insight into what we were looking for and took us around on a Saturday when we were in town. We are from St. Louis and were looking for an apartment for our son that we could stay in, too when we come to visit. We fell in love with the very first place she showed us. She is the best. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking in Chicago. Loved her.”
Marja S.Past Client
“Josh Feeney walked me through the process of selling the family home. His attention to detail, guidance through the process and knowledge of the industry helped tremendously. It went so well that I asked him to help me find my new condo.”
Michael FeinglassPast Buyer
“Debra was professional, knowledgeable and fought to get the deal closed when issues arose. Great job, Debra!”
Leighann SnyderPast Buyer
“Debra was the perfect agent for us to partner with in our real estate transaction. She had great working relationships with those involved on our deal team, and she was able to provide helpful advice and counsel to us as first time buyers. We would definitely recommend Debra as an experienced agent who goes above and beyond! ”
“Kate is wonderful! She is extremely knowledgeable and works diligently, round the clock to find you the perfect home. She responded immediately to all my texts or calls regarding questions about rental properties and filling out apartment applications. She helped me refine my apartment search over the course of a month and set up multiple showings to ensure that I was aware of all my options regarding the types of units that were available in my price range. She continued to be available to answer questions even after my lease was signed. I could not recommend her more highly!”
John RokaczPast Buyer & Seller
“Great job under somewhat difficult circumstances. She’s a real pro!”
“Kate helped me buy my new condo in South Loop. Not only is she thorough with the process, but she also made sure to walk me through every step towards the closing. She was on top of every detail and coordinated the communication between every party involved. Extremely patient and calm .. always ready to help when you need her. She was prompt in answering text messages & emails even at odd hours. She made sure that I remembered the deadlines and was prepared for all the paperwork and financial matters. I wish her all the best and would strongly recommend her.”
Jim K.Past Client
“Josh represented my company in the sale of a four-unit condominium building. The units sold in three months for the full asking price. It was a pleasure working with Josh. His knowledge of the local market and attention to detail are unmatched.”
“Kate was wonderful throughout the house-finding process. She tirelessly took us to many houses. We were never rushed or pressured. She is also an extremely good communicator and is able to juggle and schedule many things.”
Roselyn GovostisPast Buyer
“Debra Dobbs and Alyssa were so spectacular in helping us my boyfriend and I find our first home together! We were looking to move from the suburbs to the city, and Debra had an answer to ALL of our questions in regards to the best place to look for in our budget and what we were looking for in regards to the best bang for our buck. She also helped us connect with a great mortgage broker and attorney who helped make the process very understandable and easy. We relied on Debra the whole time and we felt that she was a wealth of knowledge, but also just so kind. Debra responded to us on a timely manner through calls, emails, and texts. Alyssa was also great and working with and them together was just great. We will be contacting Debra Dobbs when we go to sell our condo and look for a house in the suburbs in years to come. Overall, Debra and her team were amazing, and I would recommend them to anyone who is looking in the city of Chicago. Debra, thanks for everything, we couldn’t have found our dream place without you and your team!”
Eric TimmPast Buyer
“Very friendly and professional. She goes above and beyond. I highly recommend!”
“I met Kate through a friend while looking for a place to stay in Chicago! Kate immediately took charge and had me looking at units in the downtown and Streeterville areas! I believe it was less than a week when I decided on a place! I told Kate that the place I wanted was overpriced and to make an offer! She did they accepted and I am very happy. The process was quick and I truly believe it was Kate’s doing!”
Megan RyanPast Renterr
“I worked with Alyssa in Debra’s office to find an apartment and she was AMAZING! I didn’t live in Chicago while I was looking for a lease so she made the entire process so much easier by sending me a customized list of places that met my needs and arranging tours for the days I was able to visit. She came with me on the tours and was super helpful, asking questions I forgot to ask and discussing how I felt about the places after. She even checked in with me right before I moved to make sure I had everything I all set! I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a place in the city.”
Jazmyn LopezPast Renter
“I worked with Alyssa Ager from out-of-state and had a a great experience. After narrowing down the options together she setup showings based on my feedback and we secured my rental during a quick weekend visit. I appreciated the down-to-earth approach in what could be an overwhelming city market!”
“Kate is a professional and uses her knowledge to her client’s advantage! She was fun to work with and will definitely use her again!! I highly recommend Kate to anyone in need of a realtor!!!”
Sagnik BhattacharyaPast Seller
“Debra’s team (especially Alyssa) were persistent and did an amazing job helping me sell my condo after I moved out of state. They helped me out with little things that had to be taken care of like finding handymen, arranged repairs and really took on a very active role since I was out of town. I would highly recommend them.”
“Kate helped our family during our first home purchase, We most appreciated to her about her promptness to returning our emails and calls, she was always so professional and had good knowledge, we would be so happy to recommend Kate to all new home buyers. Hope to work with her again!”
Cherie BurkePast Renter
“We worked with Alyssa Ager. She was extremely knowledgable and timely with our search for a place in Chicago. I highly recommend her and Debra Dobbs Realty.”
Amy HillmanPast Client
“Can’t say enough good things about Debra. She was always very helpful, responsive and available. Although I decided to rent for a year to get acclimated to the Chicago area I won’t hesitate to contact her again when I decide to purchase a home. Thank you for your help!”
Luisa PerlataPast Client
“Debra extrudes experience, knowledge, dedication and honesty when it comes to buying and selling a home. She goes above and beyond as a friend would, not just as your agent. She builds relationships so she can deliver exactly what her client’s lifestyle requires in their home. She knows the market in and out and Debra is the type of agent you want by your side… that you need by your side.”
Elaine CohenaPast Client
“Debra has a tremendous amount of experience and it clearly shows with our results. We were able to receive an offer the first week the house was listed and actually received a better offer another week later. Her follow up is top notch and makes sure you are aware of everything. Would highly recommend Debra to friends and family.”
Lauren AdamsPast Client
“We were first time home buyers and Debra was fantastic to work with. Her patience, honesty, attitude and experience made the process easy for us! We’d highly recommend working with Debra.”
Taylor SPast Buyer
“My husband and I had a fantastic experience with Debra and her team. Not only were they extremely responsive, and professional but also so delightful to work with. Debra’s energy and warmth really made us feel at ease through the process of buying our condo. We would highly recommend Debra to all, and certainly work with her again in the future.”
Neena KononPast Seller
“Working with Debra and her team has been beyond words to state in a review. Debra’s attention to detail of our sale coupled with a check of our emotion made the experience stress-free. She never deviated from our requests – and worked on our behalf. Her spirit and knowledge of the market always made us feel that we were working with the best of the best!”