Hometown: Chicago, Illinois, USA

John Grafft, Local Real Estate Agent & Expert in Chicago, Illinois, recently wrote an international best selling book, Referral Secrets, to teach agents how to grow their business through relationships and referrals in their community.

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Best quote from John’s story: “If they could feel like they got the best Realtor and in kind, the best service, communication, and results, then they would refer me with trust to the people in their circle because we all want the best for the people closest to us. Win, win.”

John’s business philosophy: “I treat each listing like a new business I just acquired. As the CEO of this new company, I need to invest in it and optimize it for our target market.”


John Grafft is a special breed of Realtor. You can tell instantly that he loves what he does, and his passion is reflected in his expertise and professionalism. He is well-connected, honest, and incredibly knowledgeable. I trust everything he says — do yourself a favor and put him at the top of your list the next time you’re looking to sell or buy. ~ Isabel C.

John worked with my wife and me to help us find and close on our first house in Roscoe Village. To say that he goes above and beyond is an understatement. In a historically competitive Seller’s market, he helped us lock in the home we wanted, at a price within our budget, and in one of the most competitive neighborhoods in the city. Even the Seller’s broker readily admitted we couldn’t have closed without John’s persistence and tact. Beyond just negotiating the best deal for us, John has proven to be an invaluable source of knowledge and advice for us in all things homeownership related as we navigate our first home. With his background in construction, he has a technical familiarity with building materials, repair processes, home systems, etc. that set him far above other brokers and allowed us to genuinely feel at ease during each home tour, the inspection process, and final walk-through. We closed on our home last week and while for most client-broker relationships closing is typically the end of the road, John has been in contact with us daily helping us get settled in our new home and making sure we’re set up for success as new homeowners (we pepper him multiple times a day with questions and he responds within seconds). His network of contacts is representative of his status as a top-tier broker in the City — every attorney, contractor, engineer, etc. he’s introduced us to has been a 10/10 both in terms of work product and pricing. While our plan is that this is our forever home, we joke that we would sell the house just to work with John again. He is absolutely the best of the best – if you need a broker for your first or tenth home (buying or selling) who is incomparably knowledgeable, responsive around the clock, well-connected, and easy to spend entire afternoons with house hunting, look no further. ~Sam J.

John is a true professional who was invested from day 1 in helping us find our first-time home. He was very responsive and knowledgeable about the Chicago market. We hit the ground running and were under contract in less than a month, and John guided us through the entire process, from finding a lender, to negotiating a deal, to closing. ~ Kevin L.

We just bought our first home and could not be more grateful that John was there to help us through it. Not only is he incredibly knowledgeable about the market, but he uses a consultative approach that helps you truly understand what you’re looking for and what’s important to you. The best part about John, though, is that he’s a fierce advocate for his clients; we ran into some issues during the buying process and John was there every step of the way working his magic in the background. Being able to trust your realtor is priceless. 10/10 would recommend.

~Jacque K.

More about John

Realtor John Grafft successfully advocates for his clients by putting their interests ahead of his own and creating relationships. He’s an award-winning marketer, trained negotiator, and teacher of teachers for first-time home buyers. He finds off-market deals for seasoned investors and protects his clients long after the contract is signed. He’s been honored by the National Association of Realtors as a “30 under 30” Realtor and has been recognized as a Top Producing Broker by the Chicago Association of Realtors since 2012. He is a contributor to the real estate section of Forbes and has been featured in WSJ, Crain’s, Curbed, U.S. News, and other publications.

How to contact John.

Contact info: (855) 4 – GRAFFT

Website: www.ChicagoRealEstate.io

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grafftrealestate