Karen Strey Rappaport


We could not have asked for better representation than what we received from Karen. We met Karen during the showing of the house since she was already the seller's representative. We were so impressed with her knowledge, her personality (guiding but never pushing) that we asked her to be a dual representative. I can only imagine what a tightrope walk it must be to be a dual agent - to represent both seller and buyer fairly, while ensuring that the appropriate confidentiality is maintained on both ends. Karen is an EXCELLENT facilitator. I think that a huge part of why our first home-buying experience was so seamless, is because of the high degree of trust that both the we and the sellers had in Karen. We trusted her judgement, and she never led us wrong. She always walked the high road of being fair to both parties, and making sure that a strong collaborative environment was maintained. For example, her advice on getting professional estimates for work that was pointed out through the inspection report was invaluable - it ensured that we and the sellers did not get into an unreasonable discussion around the "right" amounts of seller credits etc. Our friends who had warned us against a dual agent were amazed at the experience we had with Karen. She is OUTSTANDING!! Of course, I'm sure, that is not a surprise to anyone who knows her. I only wish we could clone her and pass her along to our friends who are going through the home-buying process!

We had interviewed 4 agents prior to Karen Strey Rappaport.  Karen insisted that our home was worth more than the other agents wanted to list it for.  Karen and her team blitzed our property with the best marketing I have ever seen and nour home sold in 12 days for over 95% of the asking price - more than the other agents wanted to top listed it for.  Karen handled everything for us to make our closing as effortless as possible. Polite and efficient.  Sales campaign, negotiations, Inspections/Open Houses, Online Advertising, and sale results were beyond excellent.


When selling a house under lease in Illinois while living in California, you need a real estate agent who is dependable, a good communicator, and a great organizer.  We were luck to find Karen Strey Rappaport who had all those qualifications in addition to being a very intelligent person who had great knowledge about the market. She owned the house, managed the tenants, organized the showings while the tenants were still living in the house, was available for every need.  Although we were 3000 miles away, she kept us up to date on every step and made us feel like we were there.  When there was an inspection, she was there, arranging for the contractors to provide estimates for the work, and all this happening while there were tenants in the house.  I will call Karen Strey Rappaport a miracle worker, and strongly recommend her to anyone who would need a real estate agent. 


Karen helped us with the sale of 721 Wyngate Lane, Buffalo Grove IL 60089.  We interviewed several brokers prior to selecting her, including many of the "biggest names" in our region.  At the end of the day, we selected Karen for her balance of professionalism, expertise and nurturing character .And character matters; It's easy to overlook a broker's personality in favor of other, more tangible traits like sales number or years of experience.  And let's be clear here: Karen has produced at a high level her entire career.  But buying/selling a house is an emotional minefield, so finding someone with the savvy to manage it and the flexibility to play both "good cop" and "bad cop" as needed is critically important.  Karen is part broker, part teacher, part therapist. At the end of the day, I am confident not only that Karen helped us achieve an excellent sale price, but that we got there in the most painless way possible. We fully intend to work with Karen again ourselves, and would happily recommend her to our close friends and family.

Karen sold our home in the dead of winter in less than five weeks! She was available whenever we needed her and worked harder than anyone I know to ensure our home was sold for TOP dollar. I am happy to say she is now our buying agent as we look for a new house - she sold so quickly we didn't expect to move so fast. What a great position to be in - cash in the bank because of an amazing real estate agent. She is professional, tenacious, knowledgeable and a joy to work with.

We requested to look at homes outside of Karen's typical area. She did an excellent job updating us with homes that were available on a daily basis. We were then able to filter out areas we knew would not be a match for us. Any time we had a question, Karen was right on top of it. She was patient with all of our needs and we truly felt like her only clients (even though that was definitely not the case). She was able to give us feedback and updates in regards to the process and the seller's responses. I would highly recommend Karen Strey-Rappaport to anyone looking for a reliable, confident and professional realtor.

Karen is exactly what a Realtor should be! She took the time to learn our wants and needs, and put them first every step of the way. We ended up with the ideal home for our family, and were able to purchase it at a great price. Karen has the highest work ethic, and her knowledge and professionalism shone through to ensure that the very complex process of purchasing our home went smoothly.

She is very professional. She let us know what was going on with selling our house and trying to find us a rental. She did both within a short period of time. Every time I called or emailed her she got back to me very fast. I would recommend her very strongly.

Karen is the most responsive and personable realtor with whom I have ever had the pleasure of working. Every time I requested a showing she had me in the house within a matter of hours. She went above and beyond to try to help us find the perfect house--including reaching out to realtors who had taken listings off the market to inquire if the homes would be coming on the market again. I recommend Karen without reservation.

Thank you, Karen, for you help in helping us find the perfect home in Deerfield! I found Karen Strey Rappaport on the internet as I was browsing new homes. She immediately was at my service. Once I met with her, I knew she was the realtor for us as we started our new home search. Karen is very open minded, knowledgeable about the Northshore, and dedicated to serving her clients. She worked hard to provide us with as much information and show us as many properties that met our criteria. It didn't take long for her to learn what we liked and didn't like. I'd say her dedication to us was above and beyond. The inventory in the market was low when we did our search, but she found each and every house that was a possibility before it even hit the market. Thank you Karen for helping us find our perfect home. I would recommend Karen for any home sales or purchases. She's wonderful and a true experienced realtor!

We are happy to have chosen Karen as our agent when selling our house. She was professional and responsive in every possible way. Our transaction was smooth thanks to her help.