Karen Breen Elia

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Chicago, Illinois
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Karen Breen Elia

Karen Breen Elia
Broker ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES, CDPE, CNE, At Home With Diversity
Office: 773-230-4294 
Fax: 773-938-1467 


Chicago is a city of neighborhoods. Beyond the exciting downtown that tourists and business people love to visit, the city is an interesting mix of ethnicity and culture that offers those who live here a variety of places to call home. A Realtor who knows the neighborhoods, as well as real estate law and practice is the one who is best equipped to help clients find the perfect house or condominium in the perfect neighborhood. At ChicagoCityHomes, we translate our love and knowledge of the city and our profession into the type of customer service that earns us clients for life.

We are real estate consultants, unlike most agents who are real estate salespeople. Our policy is to counsel our clients so they can attain their personal goals regardless of our personal gain. We will take them through the step-by-step process of selling their property to get them the most money possible or buying the home they want, at a price they afford. We use our extensive experience and training in finance, contracts, negotiating, and marketing to their best advantage. Our mission statement is “MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN PEOPLE’S LIVES.” We hope that every client will profit personally and financially from our representation. Our commitment to our clients is enduring.

Karen entered the real estate business in 1988 when she became licensed as an Illinois Realtor. Since then she has expanded her title from agent to broker in 1994, and has received multiple designations and awards including Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), Graduate of the Realtor Institute (GRI), Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE), Chicago Association of Realtors Gold, Silver and Bronze Eagle awards, and HomeGain Midwest Region Top Producing Agent. Karen is consistently ranked in the top one percent of the 13,000 members of the Chicago Association of Realtors. Only 2% of the over one million Realtors have the designations that Karen holds. She specializes in residential real estate, especially downtown condominiums, single family homes, and multi-family housing. Her niche market is working with families looking for student housing alternatives and second homes. She is a Lakeview expert, with in depth sales experience in Lincoln Park, River North, West Loop, Bucktown, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Streeterville, Gold Coast, Old Town, East Village, Ukrainian Village, North Center, Lakeshore East, South Loop, Lincoln Square, West Town, Buena Park, Sheridan Park, Galewood and Ravenswood area neighborhoods. Karen has extensive experience in Edgewater, Rogers Park, Old Irving, Albany Park, Andersonville, Irving Park, Independence Park, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Montclare, Cragin, Humboldt Park, Avondale and other Chicago north side areas as well as the collar suburbs of Oak Park, Elmwood Park, Park Ridge, Lincolnwood, River Forest and Norridge. Let her share her professional knowledge, twenty-five years of experience, and insight into Chicago’s diverse housing market.


1988 Licensed as an Illinois real estate agent

1993 Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI)

1994 Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR)

1994 Illinois Broker License

1995 Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

1995-2002, 2007-2008 RE/MAX Platinum Club

1997 Chicago Assoc. of Realtors Gold Transaction Award, Silver Volume Award

1997 RE/MAX Hall of Fame

2000 Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES)

2000 At Home With Diversity

2002 Chicago Association of Realtors, Bronze Volume & Transaction Awards

2004 Chicago Association of Realtors, Bronze Transaction Award

2007-10 Chicago Assoc. of Realtors Government Affairs Committee

2007-08 Chicago Assoc. of Realtors Professional Standards Committee

2007-10 HomeGain Advisors Council

2008 #8 Agent in RE/MAX Northern Illinois

2009 Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)

2010 RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement

2014 Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE)

2014 RE/MAX Platinum Club


1995-1997 Sponsor, Bell Park Girls Softball League

1987-2010 Executive Committee, Nordica Avenue Block Club


Karen Breen Elia | 773-230-4294 | Contact Me
2951 North Lincoln Avenue - Chicago, IL 60657
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