Client Testimonials

Helaine Cohen is extremely hard-working, punctual, and a supportive ally in every aspect! She quickly gets what her clients want, even if the clients don't know how to articulate it themselves. It was a pleasure working with her, and we would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends! 

Sibel, Chicago

I had the good luck of working with Helaine Cohen last year while looking for a condo in downtown Chicago.   I found her on an online search engine, with no referrals.  Without a doubt, Helaine is at the top of her game.  She is one of the best resources you can have while looking for a home.  She is informative, punctual, prepared and caring.  From the start to finish, Helaine's professionalism was most impressive.  Her bubbly and fun personality is an added plus.  You always feel like her most important client.  She responds to you promptly, and delivers outstanding, excellent service.  I highly recommend Helaine to anyone looking for a great home.  Very solid 5 stars.

Noredia A.

Helaine was a very helpful broker. We were moving to Chicago from DC and provided some parameters and showed us an excellent sampling of what was available eventually guiding us to a wonderful building that we are enjoying a great deal.  She made buying a home in Chicago very easy.

Brad M.

I met Helaine a little over a year ago and she helped me find my first apartment in the city. I was a pretty difficult customer in that I had a lot of criteria I wanted in an apartment that was difficult given my situation. I really wanted a contemporary looking place, highrise only, and a good location because I have a very active dog that I would have to take out at night. The biggest drawback was that my dog was 70 lbs and so that limited a lot of places I liked that we could have looked at since most places in the city have weight limits of 30 lbs or less. Never the less, Helaine took on the challenge and found me a great place in the South Loop. Then, just a few weeks ago, she helped me again in purchasing my first condo in the Financial district. She is very attentive and will know exactly what criteria is important to you just by going with you on your first walk through of several places. After your first meeting, she will be able to select places for you to look at that she knows you would like. And more than anything else, she really cares about the client being satisfied with their new home and does not want anyone to settle. I hope this review gives you a glimpse of how determined and relentless Helaine is at finding you your dream place :)


Helaine Cohen was an absolute pleasure to have as our buyer's agent. Helaine learned our family, our likes and dislikes very quickly which allowed to narrow our search. She also had the patience of a saint and we think she enjoyed the search process as much as we did. My wife and I would highly recommend Helaine as we valued her expertise, professionalism and honesty. We will absolutely leverage Helaine in the future whether we are selling or buying and have already referred her to our close friends who have found her exceptionally helpful.

Jeff F.

Helaine Cohen was my agent when I wanted to buy a house in Chicago recently. I have bought houses in the past and have worked with may agents in the past. I can say with out hesitation that she is the best in terms of her knowledge of the filed, her ability to quickly grasp the customer's needs and tastes, expertise in evaluating properties and negotiating on behalf of he client, non-intrusive yet quick responsiveness and establishing trust with her client. She and her assistant Linsey went out of their way not only to find the right house in short order but also to help the whole process and move in. Recommend highly!              


Helaine is extremely efficient and capable of tailoring property searches to your needs. Regardless the scenario, her greatest strength is that she always advocates for her clients, regardless of anyone else's gain. You can trust her to represent your interests at every point of the transaction process - for me, that was really important since I was managing this property sale from out of state with a very busy work schedule. 

Arpan, Chicago

Helaine was amazing and really made our search enjoyable.  She advised us of neighborhoods, really took the time to notice our style & preferences, and made the process very easy.  She went above & beyond.  Simply AMAZING!

Tim D.

Helaine took the time to understand my personality and my needs for the purchase of my first property. Her involvement in the searching and buying process from start to finish was very attentive and enjoyable. We were able to see enough properties to be thorough, but not drag out the process 


Helaine was fabulous throughout the entire process. We were just looking at the market for a possible future purchase when she contacted us. After meeting my wife and I at a home that didn't appeal to us, we discussed our wants and needs and Helaine presented us with several other options. 3500 North Lake Shore Drive fit the bill, and the rest is history. She also suggested an excellent attorney to work with the Co-Ops, we would highly refer Helaine to our friends who might be in the market in the future. She knows the business!!!! If you are looking for a true professional, she is "The Best".

James, Lake Forest

This website has been very useful for me to find a condo.  It is very easy to use and keeps you updated with all the information and newsletter.  Helaine Cohen was very helpful to me at the purchasing process of my condo.  She also accompanied me at the closing process and helped me with providing a loan at the bank.  Whenever I have any problems with my residence, I still ask for help and she finds a solution immediately.

Sinan Y.

Helaine was fabulous throughout the entire process. We was just looking at the market for possible future purchase, when she contacted us. She met my wife and I at a home that didn't appeal to us. After discussing our wants and goals, Helaine presented us with several options. 3500 North Lake Shore fit the bill. In addition, Helaine suggested an excellent attorney who worked with CoOps and the rest is history. We would highly refer Helaine to our friends who might be in the market in the future. She knows the business!!!!

If you are looking for a true professional she is "The Best”. 

James E.

Helaine was extremely honest and helpful during the touring process. Without her recommendation, I would never have viewed the unit I ended up purchasing. She really has a great eye for layouts in the city and a keen understanding of what I was looking for." 

Carla, Chicago

Helaine is amazing!  She spent 3 months helping me look for places, we probably looked at 40 different units.  I am going with a new development and she has helped me through that process which is more complicated.  I plan on doing business with her in the future.  She's excellent for people who are moving from other cities.  After spending one afternoon with me, she quickly helped me narrow down the streets/neighborhoods that would be best for me.  I highly recommend.

Karah H.

Helaine Cohen is fantastic!! She is the epitome of what a broker should be.  She comprehends and embraces your needs and desires, and makes it her personal mission to fulfill them.  She truly believes that if there is a will, there is a way, and her work ethic reflects this.  I cannot recall any e-mails that weren't responded to within a couple hours, if not minutes, no matter what time of day it was.  In addition, she has a great fund of knowledge as well as a strong business network, making her extremely resourceful and effective.  Of note, her website is the best that I found--it is the most organized and easy to navigate.  She has been invaluable in my search (and purchase!!) of a condo in Chicago, a city I will be new to.  She has made such a daunting task seamless and almost effortless.  Helaine is the complete package--she has a solid understanding of the market, she is well-intergrated into the business, and most importantly, she commits herself to her customers and will advocate for you.  I highly, highly recommend her!!

Lisa H.

Helaine Cohen is a professional in the real estate market.  She understands the market and understands what her clients are looking for.  She does not waste your time looking in the wrong areas.  She respects her client's time and works around their schedule.  If you are looking for an agent who will find you the right home at the right price, Helaine is your person.

Geoffrey L.

Helaine Cohen is the best real estate agent I have had the pleasure of working with.  She was able to sell our house in a couple of weeks, help us find a new place to purchase and time the sale and purchase so we did both closings on the dame day!! Helaine was always available to show us properties, even at the last minute.  She helped us negotiate a great price for both sale and purchase and is simply a lovely talented agent!! I highly recommend Helaine!  She knows the Chicago market!!

Kathleen S.

I had a short time to find a condo in Chicago and Chicago Condo Finder helped me do that in record time.  I found a place with the amenities I wanted in the perfect location.

Sheila S.

Out of the 5-6 brokers we started to work with, we selected Helaine and are working with her exclusively since. Helaine was able to understand very quickly our targets and setup several visits perfectly aligned with our needs. Helaine was also able to suggest a lawyer and lender we are satisfied with. We already bought 2 units in the loop and are searching for more.


Helaine is available 24/7, she helped me sell my condo and find me a great rental.  She is always available and always trying to help.  I strongly suggest Helaine if you are looking to buy, sell or rent.  She is the best in the business.

Dan K.

Helaine found the perfect condo for me and made it an enjoyable experience. After reviewing my wish list , she worked tirelessly to find several matches and then negotiated a great price for me. She was very professional and hard working.


Helaine Cohen is excellent to work with and helped me find my dream home in downtown Chicago.  She has great knowledge of Chicago downtown properties and neighborhoods.  Her expert advice helped me to narrow down my search and find an amazing place that was perfect for me.  She is highly professional in her dealings and is detailed in her market analysis giving the best quality of service for her clients.  She was always accessible and responded very promptly to all my questions making me feel very important.  She drove me around town for property showings and was available to discuss my observations and concerns.  I highly recommend Helaine for a five star home buying service from initial search to contract to closing.

Rekha R.

Helaine was awesome on helping us bying our first home. She guided us on every step of the way. I am very happy to have her as our realtor. In the future if we decide to buy another unit, I would choose her again for sure. Thanks Helaine for making our purchase easier.


Helaine was incredibly helpful and patient in our roller coaster search for our beautiful condo in Chicago.  We found Helaine through her condo-finder website.  When our first deal fell through (place #1) after the inspection on a Wednesday, she got us a showing at a new listing we were really excited about the very next night (Thursday) = place #2.  Our offer for place #2 was one of two offers that the owners were thinking about and we were told they would not make a decision until the following Sunday.  Because we did not want to be left out of another possible place that we liked, she then committed the following ENTIRE Saturday to drive us around to all of our favorite places (nine places in one day!).  This made us feel incredibly important; she was willing to do this even though we had a somewhat limited budget.  We ended up loving another place (place #3) more than place #2 and happily walked away from the competitive bid situation.  Throughout the buying process, Helaine gave us very helpful advice - but beyond that, she really worked with us to find us a place that was well suited for us - within our budget and matched to our tastes.  Thanks Helaine!

Cynthia P.

I just recently worked with Helaine in searching for a 2br/2ba unit in River North. After explaining to Helaine the details that mattered most to me, she was able to leverage her expertise of the city to point me in the right direction. She was very flexible and prompt in scheduling visits at any and all units I was interested in, and was honest during our debrief after each in order to not lead me astray. Once I finally decided upon the unit that I liked the most at 345 N La Salle, Helaine was able to move quickly to prevent us from losing out to other potential bidders. Helaine also helped ensure that the closing process went as smoothly and efficiently as possible as well.

Michael C.