ROKFISH is bringing a fresh new look to world of real estate brokers. We are a boutique real estate brokerage based in downtown Chicago which specializes in residential real estate and interior design consulting throughout Chicagoland. We give personalized service to each and every client - you won't be passed through several contacts within our firm. You will work with your broker, and your broker only, from start to finish. We not only bring a wealth of knowledge about buying and selling real estate in Chicagoland but also offer free interior design and staging consulting to our buyers and sellers, up to date usage of social media channels, and beautiful, cleanly designed marketing materials. Welcome to the family!
Find Your Next Home
You need someone who knows the area inside and out. We will work with you to find the right home at the right price for you, including all the neighborhood amenities that matter - not to mention the essential criteria you have for your ideal home. We specialize in the Chicago neighborhoods of Old Town, Lincoln Park, River North, Gold Coast, Lakeview, West Loop and Bucktown as well as the western suburbs including (but not limited to) Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Oak Brook, La Grange, Western Springs, Willowbrook, Darien, etc. Even if your area is not specifically mentioned, we work throughout Chicagoland and are licensed throughout Illinois.
Sell a Home
When it's time to move, you need someone who will advertise your home, show to prospective buyers, negotiate the purchase contract, arrange financing, oversee the inspections, handle all necessary paperwork and supervise the closing. We will take care of everything you need, from start to close, with exceptional personalized service which is difficult to find with a larger brokerage. Our sales model is this:
Absolutely no fees or hidden costs – nothing is due until we sell your home!
Your home will be listed professionally in the MLS listing along with all internet sites, social media, etc.
Usage of “smart technology” including secure lockboxes which generate unique codes and track usage along with a phone app which notifies sellers of scheduled showings
You will work directly with your broker throughout the process for a more personal touch from start to finish!
Rent a Home
As you may already know, the rental market in Chicago is booming! Many homeowners may look to rent instead of buy and we have just the expertise to help you. Much of our business today comes from renting homes or helping renters fine the perfect apartment. We also work directly with a local developer who consistently lists recently rehabbed apartments with us.
Our founder comes from a family of designers and has a true passion for interior design. She offers free home design consultations to all of her clients which includes planning home improvements with her buyers, staging / improvement advice for her sellers, and everything in between. We aslo provide design consulting services for those clients who need additional help with their properties.
Free Market Analyses
Rokfish also provides exceptional free data anlyses to our clients. We have a proven track record of providing detailed market breakdowns to our buyers and sellers providing price per square foot, market time, listing history, etc. of comparables to the property our clients sell or buy.
Consult on Home Selling Tactics
Oftentimes buyers don't visualize living in your home the way you do. We will make your home attractive to its ideal audience - which will help you get top dollar. Tasks like staging the home, making repairs or minor improvements, or even simply painting the walls can be the difference between a home resting on the market and one that's sold fast.
Please feel free to contact us anytime. We are here to make your Chicagoland home buying or selling process as smooth as possible!
"The highest compliment our clients can give is to recommend us to a friend. Thank you so much for your referrals!"
What People Are Saying...
Katie D - Purchased & Rented Condo homes in May 2018 in Gold Coast & Margate Park, Chicago, IL
"Janelle is awesome! She recently helped me with both the purchase of a new condo and the sale/rental of my current condo.
Purchase of new Condo: Finding my new home required three purchase contracts... The owner turned down my offer on the first potential condo, I walked away from the second potential condo because of issues with the Association, and earlier today I finally closed on my new condo!
This condo requires some updating... Fortunately, Janelle does interior design work and I was able to leverage her connections to purchase materials (flooring & cabinets) and to identify a great contractor to complete the project!
Sale/Rental of Current Condo: Before listing my condo, Janelle made awesome recommendations about staging... I had two offers after the first Open House. After both buyers walked away because of Association issues (roof/parapet wall violation with the city), Janelle quickly began marking the property for rent. Within days, well qualified renters were secured!
Because I have a fair amount of experience buying/selling property (purchased/built four properties in last 30 years), I wasn't sure I needed an agent to help me. In retrospect, I couldn't have survived the process without Janelle!
Janelle has a fun and friendly personality! She leverages her professional services background, use of technology and keen interior design skills to provide the highest level of professional service that is tailored to the specific needs of her clients. If you're looking for the best full service real estate agent, Janelle is the agent for you!"
Jenni & Chad - Sold a Condo home in September 2017 in River North, Chicago, IL
"We had a great experience as a recent seller - highly recommend Janelle Jancaric. Our condo had an offer in less than three days. The process was smooth and painless. Beyond her strong market knowledge, Janelle went above and beyond for her clients by offering design ideas on my new home in Colorado. "
Matt & Amy - 2016 Home Sale & Purchase (Chicago & Naperville, IL)
"Janelle Jancaric of Rokfish Realty is the ultimate professional and the expert to turn to for all of your real estate and design needs. I had the pleasure of working with Janelle when I sold my West Loop condominium and again when my husband and I purchased our first home together in Naperville.
There is no one I would trust or recommend more. Janelle is reliable, trustworthy, attentive and extremely knowledgeable. She has vision, drive and the rare ability to transform dreams into reality.
Janelle took the mystery and stress out of the selling and buying process and made it fun. She offered budgeting tools that allowed us to feel confident with our selling and buying decisions, and she went above and beyond to make this process as seamless and efficient as possible. She was so enjoyable to work with that my mortgage banker asked if he could refer her to all of his customers.
Rokfish Realty is forever our choice for all of our real estate and design needs. We cannot speak highly enough of her and Rokfish Realty!"
Emily L - Purchased a Condo home in May 2017 in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
"Janelle is an outstanding person to work with. She is very knowledgeable, helpful, and flexible. She is always pleasant and goes out of her way to make sure we have everything that we need."
Adam A - Sold a Condo home in October 2015 in Old Town, Chicago, IL
"Janelle not only understands the Real Estate process extremely well, she also has a thorough knowledge of the Old Town market which helped me price and sell my condo in the time frame I was looking for and at a price I was willing to accept. From helping to stage my place, to determining the market, to managing the entire process, I would highly suggest working with Janelle for your Real Estate needs in both the Chicago and surrounding Suburbs."
Valerie Franco - Sold a Condo home in 2014 in Old Town Triangle, Chicago, IL
"Janelle Jancaric at Rokfish is extremely knowledgeable about the market, has an amazing eye for design, and sets the bar high for other real estate agents. Janelle helped me find and buy my first condo in 2014. Her patience and deep knowledge of the real estate market and process helped alleviate any stress I had with being a first time home buyer and was there with me every step of the way. Through leveraging her business analyst background, she was able to provide me with market data and detailed analysis that was an extremely valuable resource for me through the process. My questions and concerns were always addressed quickly and, most importantly, honestly. She is highly organized, resourceful, and not only can she help you find your perfect home - she can help you design it too:) In addition to being a great agent, she is also a lovely and wonderful person."
Steve F - Home Sale in December 2017 in Willowbrook, IL
"Janelle did a great job with my home sale, very pleased."
Amy Krueger - Sold a Condo home in 2016 in West Loop, Chicago, IL
"Thank you so much for everything, Janelle! We had a fantastic experience with Rokfish! Your expertise and advice made this a stress-free and seamless process, and we can't wait to look for our new home with you!"
Jarar Shah - Helped with a home search in 2016 in Gold Coast, Chicago, IL
"I believe Rokfish Realty with its current owner is a fresh perspective on the housing market in the city of Chicago. Not only does she incorporate design philosophy in the home of your dreams, the company is organized and well connected. I highly recommend her and the company to anyone who is in the market for a new home:)"
Maryam R - Purchased a Condo home in May 2017 in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL
"Janelle is awesome! Extremely helpful. Always very responsive. Loved working with her - she made the process seamless and enjoyable!"