Van Ann Kim
Coldwell Banker Realty


" My experience with Van Ann Kim was simply outstanding. I wanted to downsize to a smaller home and I know that selling a luxury home in this tough market can be a daunting prospect, but Van Ann made the entire process virtually seamless. First of all, Van Ann’s knowledge and experience really shined through as she advised me through each step of the sales process. I am now 100% convinced that your choice in a real estate agent is the most important decision you will make when selling your home. Van Ann is extremely professional, personable, and detailed oriented. She staged my home to sell using not just her own extensive experience but also a professional stager. She sweated each detail from staging to picture taking to ensure that the my house would stand out and above other listings in the area. Her pricing advice and negotiation skills were spot on. Her sale results in my community speak for themselves. Needless to say, the entire experience and the final sale of my home exceeded my expectations. You won't be disappointed if you pick Van Ann Kim as your real estates professional. I would absolutely recommend Van Ann Kim to anyone!"

- Richard Doretti of Long Grove

" It had been months - the house had not sold, we felt relegated to obscurity by our realtor. Then friends insisted we call Van Ann Kim. We did our research on her. Her hype from many past clients was real. What a difference! Van Ann actually had a marketing plan that worked. She clearly defined a process to follow, which included a very professional and thoughtful staging of our home. Then, she really went to work, actively marketing the property. The results speak for themselves. The house sold in 10 days and within 97% of our advertised price. Van Ann stayed with the sale, advising us every step of the way through closing. Her support and genuineness made what could have been a very stressful time, infinitely more pleasurable. We are extremely happy and highly recommend her to anyone looking to sell their home. Thank you Van Ann. "
- Janine Sergay & Myer Aberstein of Long Grove

" As listing agent for the sale of our home, 604 Raintree Rd. Buffalo Grove, Ms. Van Ann Kim has been very helpful in the sale process from start to finish. She provided personalized, professional service including management of home improvement items (repairs, modifications, staging, etc.) in an efficient and economical manner. She recommended good contractors/handyman and attorney for the required services. We had moved to a different location and had left the house to her, including letting repair personnel in and out and overseeing their work. She was available in person to help us any time at very short notice and took over almost all responsibilities related to the home sale, while we were away. She facilitated the payment process to the repair personnel after the completion of their work. She is an aggressive sales person and a dedicated professional realtor. She establishes good rapport with potential buyer’s teams. In our case, she negotiated pertinent items with the buyer’s agent to promote, expedite, and facilitate the sales process and got the home sale closed in a reasonable time and price for prevailing market conditions. "
- Dr. Anand Prakash, (formerly) Buffalo Grove

" We used Van Ann for the sale of my father-in-laws house and had excellent results so it was a no-brainer to use her to buy our current house and sell our old house. Van Ann had been looking for the perfect property for us for nearly two years, she never gave up and even found the house we ended up buying before it went on the market. The purchase was seamless and we are thrilled with our new home. Van Ann meticulously went through our old house with a professional decorator and staged it so beautifully we couldn't believe it could ever look so elegant. It sold in record time and for top dollar. Van Ann's strengths are her attention to detail, her negotiating tenacity, her thorough follow through from beginning to end and the fact that she treats every home as if it is her own. Any bump in the road is adverted (appraisals etc) due to her proactive nature. She is simply, The Best. "
- Clare M. of Inverness

" I was referred to Van Ann by a previous client of hers, and am glad I took his advice.  Van Ann is a driven and energetic realtor who knows the business, fights for her client, and gives the same attention and detail to each and every person she’s working with.  I have to admit putting my home of 26 years on the market was emotional for me; however, with her understanding, help, and good advice, Van Ann made the process much more manageable for me.   I certainly appreciate all that Van Ann did to get my house sold, and would recommend her to anyone looking for an exceptional realtor. "
- Beth Lobel  

" Van Ann: I want to thank you and let you know you are a Super Agent in my book.  After such a disastrous experience with my first realtor, I had all but given up hope on selling my home at a price that I wanted.  You not only got me full price on my home, but you sold it after just 3 days on the market!  Not only that, you followed through on every detail to make sure my house appraised out at the selling price.  From inspection to closing, I couldn't be happier with your diligence and service.  I would be happy to recommend you to anyone looking to sell or buy a home.   Best Regards, Bruce Richman  "
- Bruce Richman

" Hello Van Ann, We'd never properly thanked you for the great job you did in selling our house.  Nancy and I really feel fortunate that it sold so quickly in such a difficult market. You proved to us that we made the right choice in selecting you to represent us.  We went with our gut feeling that you were the right person to sell our house, and you came through with flying colors for us.  We will not hesitate to recommend you to others and feel free to use us as a reference when dealing with future potential clients. Again, THANK YOU!! Regards, "
- Dave and Nancy Huber of Barrington

" Dear Potential Client, In any circumstance, market or location, Van Ann Kim has the personal and professional skills necessary to sell and/or purchase your home.  Our real estate story is pretty dramatic, in that we were expecting a baby, needed to sell our house and find a new home for our family of 8, all while staying in a single school district. Not a small feat for anyone, but Van Ann took on our challenge and devoted many evenings and weekends to make it happen for us. She played an intricate part in the staging of our home, guided us in the wise investment of renovation projects to increase the value and appeal of our house, and strategically chose a list price, garnering multiple offers and closing our deal near the asking price. Van Ann accomplished our sale within a few short weeks, a feat made all the more impressive due to the housing market plunge of 2008.  At the same time, Van Ann was uniquely able to understand our needs for our future home. She researched housing in locations that were novel to her, in two very different price points, and worked extremely cooperatively and efficiently with other agents, home builders, and designers on our behalf.    Van Ann epitomizes all aspects of what a real estate agent should be. She represents your best interests, whether you are selling or buying a home. Without hesitation, you will be taken care as if you were family. We happily give our highest recommendation to Van Ann Kim.     Sincerely,  "
- Dr. Bretta Warren Inverness, Illinois   

" Dear Van Ann,  thank you again for selling our house.  after using three different real estate agents, you were the only one who got the job done. you are totally professional, but more important, you are a great person and fun to be around. i am honored to be able to recommend you to my friends who want to buy or sell a house. thanks again ."
- Garry Emer  

" Van Ann: I’ve been meaning to drop you a note about how happy I was with your work. As you know, I interviewed a lot of agents before selecting you, and I am so pleased that I made the right choice. Your level of service was beyond compare, and I really appreciate the effort you put in to ensure a smooth process for me from beginning to closing. Honestly, I did not expect you to sell a home in this price range in 8 days, but when I consider your level of professionalism in staging, marketing and showing the home, I guess I shouldn’t have expected any less. I will be sure to rave about you to all my friends. "
- Greg Z. of Long Grove

" We never really properly said THANK YOU for all of your hard work to help us find our home. Our situation had a short timeline - moving from CA to IL within 3 months - we had a one weekend trip to IL to find our perfect home. You helped ease our nerves about finding the right home for our family in such a compressed timeline right away. You patiently showed us over 20 homes in one day, and returned on Sunday to help us make a decision. You were honest and supportive through that process, and we are very appreciative. When challenges presented themselves in escrow, from our contingency offer on the sale of our CA home to the last minute item that came up during final walk through, you were 100% our advocate and helped see these items through to speedy and effective resolution. We never hesitated to reach out to you for support or advice during the process, and you were always available to us within the same hour! Hopefully we won't be moving anytime soon :) but we would absolutely trust you and look forward to working with you in the future. We will absolutely share your referral information with anyone we know looking for a new home. Thank you so much for all of your hard work - we love our home and appreciate all of your efforts to make this happen for us so seamlessly! "
- Heather, Tom and Tommy Sternberg  

" Greeting Van Ann,   Grace and I wanted to extend our deepest gratitude for everything you did for us, from quickly selling our home (in less than 14 days and 98% of our asking price!) to finding our new “home”.  We especially appreciated your attention to detail, patience & understanding of our specific needs (location, school, style) and of course your relentless dedication to ensure we were happy clients.   Going forward, please do not hesitate to use us as a reference, as we strongly recommend you to any home buyer or seller, based on our fantastic experience!   Warm regards, "
- Jae & Grace Park

" Van Ann: I want to thank you for the wonderful job you did selling my home.  Based on a friend's enthusiastic recommendation of you, my expectations were already set very high.  To my pleasant surprise, you still managed to over-achieve on my heightened expectations.   Of course, I was pleased to sell my home within 5 days (and at a price that is the highest sold price in White Oak Estates in the last 3 years), but I was especially impressed by your attention to detail which I believe was the key to maximizing the sale price.  I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know who is in the market.  Please let me know if you ever need me to give you a reference. "
- Jim and Debbie Stewart

" Van Ann: I wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the great work you did selling my parents’ home in Buffalo Grove!  Honestly, I did not think a realtor could make such a huge difference.  We were ecstatic to sell the home so quickly and so close to the listing price.  We know your tireless attention to detail in every aspect of the selling process is what made this possible.  We will of course recommend you to anyone in the market, and please feel free to use us as a reference with your future clients. Thank you, "
- Steve and Mary Hwang

" Van Ann Kim really impressed us during the sale of our house in Long Grove a little over two years ago.  We had listed the house for sale before she took over as our realtor and had no luck selling it.  She put in a great deal of effort, helping prepare the inside and outside of the house for showing, using her contacts to attract a great number of prospective buyers and helping us set the price at a realistic amount in the worst market for sellers in decades.  She was a pleasure to deal with, extremely professional, and supported us throughout the process from initial listing to final sale.   We highly recommend her to anyone who is considering selling a house in the north and northwest suburbs and would be glad to act as a reference for her.   Best wishes. "  - Mark Zolno

" Buying and/or selling a home is typically a very busy & stressful time.  We recently listed our home with Van Ann Kim and with her expertise we sold quickly in a slow market.  The process couldn't have gone more smoothly.  She takes care of every detail from start to finish and is very hands-on throughout the whole process. As her client you will always feel like her priority. I highly recommend her superior service to anyone considering listing their home or looking to buy. Thank you Van Ann for helping us begin a new chapter in our lives! With gratitude, "     
- Rob & Michele P. of Long Grove

" Dear Van Ann, Thank you so very much for the dedication you have shown to the selling of my father-in-law's house. I truly believe believe the successful sale was due to your indepth research into the local market and your attention to detail. I was amazed how the property shined after you went through with a designer and simply moved furniture around. Not only did you list it for $200,000 MORE than what another broker recommended but you sold it on the first day!. Thank you again for making everything so easy for him. You made a difficult transition easy for him. We are truly grateful.  Sincerely, "
- Clare and Jeffrey Mantelman

 " Van Ann Kim helped us find our dream house!   She coordinated dozens of showings for us for listings we sought out, and she found a number of good listings on our behalf.  She really took the time to learn about us up front, and creatively catered showings to our needs. Van Ann ended up finding us a house in the neighborhood where my wife grew up.  We had been searching a couple of miles away, but it turned out to be the perfect place for us. It checked all of our boxes and was within budget. When we told her we wanted to put in an offer, she showed off her negotiating skills.  Even though the price had just been reduced, she negotiated a purchase price $35,000 below list price. 5 years later, we have plenty of room for our family of four, and we’ve been able to put our own finishing touches on the house with the money we saved.  We will use Van Ann if we ever are in the market for another house.  However, the home she found us may be ours forever. Thank you Van Ann! "
- Courtney and Mike G.