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Paul has been an amazing Realtor.

I was referred to him from a friend in the real estate business. From the moment we met Paul he has always been insightful, professional, optimistic, patient, encouraging, knowledgeable and readily accessible for us. In the end of our search, after getting to know us, he gave us the most spot on advice to help us move forward with our purchase. Once, Paul was unavailable during our 6 month journey to find a home. He had his associate Brett meet me at a home to view. His associate was equally as insightful and noticed details that I would have overlooked. Paul has been a joy to work with and I recommend him without hesitation.

Tim and Michelle A.

I cannot say enough about the service that Paul provided for my wife and I during the homebuying process.

As a new homebuyer, I was wary about the navigation of the process, but those fears were allayed after our first meeting with Paul. Paul's professionalism and market knowledge were impressive to say the least; because of that he earned our trust right off the bat. I believe the biggest compliment that I can pay Paul is that I felt like I did nothing during the process, such was the competence and fluidity with which our transaction was handled by Paul. He made my wife and I feel as if we were his only clients. We were so impressed by Paul that we recommended him to our good friends who are selling their home. After having been a client of Paul, I now count him as a friend and will definitely use him again in the future without hesitation!

Ikaika S.

Paul was very helpful in his knowledge of the market and especially within the Lakeview/Roscoe Village areas.

As we moved out of the area while our property was still on the market, we were comforted in knowing that Paul and his team took care of small details to make sure everything was properly cared for - adjusting the thermostat, sending us mail that wasn't forwarded, etc. He truly takes pride in his work and both his team and those that he recommends for services (e.g. real estate attorneys) have the same work ethic. All in all, we were in great hands!

Paul was professional, diligent and a great resource through the process of both buying our new home and selling our old home.

 We could not imagine having done this without him in our corner. I will happily recommend Paul if anyone mentions they are in the market.

Dan Cook

Paul has represented my wife and I on the sale of our Chicago - Roscoe Village property.

He expertly enabled us to maximize our sale price through deft negotiating. We decided to relocate into a condo on the lake, but wanted to avoid the traffic and hassle of a downtown or Lakeview building.   Paul found a fabulous building in Edgewater with incomparable lake and city views. We worked together to write the offer and got the condo for almost 10% below the asking price. This guy and his team are terrific. Do yourselves a huge favor; contact Paul and allow him to work his magic for you.

Mel D.

Paul is simply a hands-on expert.

He takes the extra time to make things absolutely perfect. He is someone who still believes in constant communication and regularly updates with the Client. He also tells it like it is. Paul is well informed and takes pride in his job. He knows the perfect time to make the right moves to get a sale. 100 % satisfaction. I would highly recommend Paul to anyone. He takes his job seriously and provides consistent satisfaction. 

Sigurd Kolemainen

Paul was an absolute pleasure to work with.

He is very knowledgeable of the Chicago real estate market and helped us negotiate great deal on both the buying and selling side. If I ever need real estate help or advice he will be my first call.   

Matt T.

I would like to recommend Paul as the best realtor we have worked with in Chicago.

Paul recently sold our condominium in West Town. He knows the Market and had a commitment to sell. He brings Old School service using today's modern technology. Paul is proactive and has a friendly personality that delivers results. He provided us with regular updates along the way and reviewed his findings to us after each showing. Paul also put us in contact with a 'Closer' and was instrumental in finding us a rental apartment after our sale.

Sigurd Kolemainen

I'd be willing to bet a large portion of Paul's clients come in as referrals.

After working with him to purchase my first home I know first hand why. Paul is exactly what you want in a Realtor. From the get go Paul's honest, approachable style showed me that he really understood what I was looking for and would work diligently to help me achieve it. The first home buying experience can be daunting but the whole time I knew Paul had my back. A big part of that was the time he took to explain all the aspects of the process ahead of time so I would know exactly what to expect. With Paul you are going to get someone who has your best interests at heart and is willing to show you however many properties it takes to find the right fit.  Working with Paul is the best decision I could have made!

Jack Konys

Paul was everything we wanted in a realtor.

He was upfront, honest and always gave 100% of his effort when it came to representing our interests. Paul was always available and willing to help out with whatever we needed. He treated us as friends (maybe even family) rather than clients and this made the home buying process not only easier, but more enjoyable.  Paul was referred to us by a close friend who also had a tremendous experience, so I have no doubt that this was not a one time thing. Paul goes above and beyond for his clients and that's why I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home.

Matt Riezman

I would recommend Paul to all of my family and friends in the Chicago area.

He is incredibly attentive and made sure to only show me places that met my needs and desires. Paul is always available and worked above and beyond to make sure my purchase was successful. As a first time home buyer, it was important for me to have a Realtor that I trusted. Paul was very patient and explained things to me in a way that I could understand. I had a wonderful experience working with Paul, and am now happy and getting settled in my new home!

Julie S.

Paul was great in helping us buy our first home.

We had done the online realtor sites and grew tired of the hassle that came with those and wanted to have a single person we could go to. We had a house in mind when we contacted Paul and he was great in getting us a good price and kept the process moving along really well

Dylan K.

We met Paul at an open house and we were right away impressed by his experience and knowledge with regards to answering all of our questions.

In the end, Paul helped us to close on a house in the Wicker Park area. He was very easy to work with, knowledgeable about home improvements, and paid close attention to detail on our requirements and needs as buyers. He's a very honest realtor with a high value for integrity. We would definitely work with Paul again in the future and highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy in Chicago.

Michelle F.

Paul provided excellent advice about preparing my condo for the market and about pricing competitively.

The whole process -- from start to finish -- was very easy. I was especially pleased with how skillfully Paul facilitated everything after I received an offer: the negotiations, inspection, and closing processes went smoothly. I would not hesitate to recommend Paul!

Sarah Komisarow

Paul helped us with both sides of a new home purchase and sale of our old home.

He did a great job helping us navigate a doozy of a buy, and the sell side went about a smoothly as it could have given our price point.

Pete and Lynsey

I'd be willing to bet a large portion of Paul's clients come in as referrals.

After working with him to purchase my first home I know first hand why. Paul is exactly what you want in a Realtor. From the get go Paul's honest, approachable style showed me that he really understood what I was looking  for and would work diligently to help me achieve it. The first home buying experience can be daunting but the whole time I knew Paul had my back. A big part of that was the time he took to explain all the aspects of the process ahead of time so I would know exactly what to expect. With Paul you are going to get someone who has your best interests at heart and is willing to show you however many properties it takes to find the right fit. Working with Paul is the best decision I could have made! - Jack K.

We partnered with Paul while selling our condo in Printers Row.

Being a first time seller, we were looking for someone that could make the transaction smooth, quick, while taking the whole process off our plate. Paul accomplished those three tasks and exceeded every expectation we had.

Alex R.

Paul helped us sell our apartment in about 2 months.

He knew the local market and was helpful in setting a good price. We will definitely use his services when needed. - Wally J.

We met with Paul in October 2016, listed with the Barker Group in November, had a buyer by mid-December and closed in February 2017.

Paul was great to work with.

Mel & Ken L.

Paul, many thanks for your true professionalism and dedication throughout the entire process.

You certainly made the experience very easy and painless, and because of that, I was confident we were going to close on time and not have any challenges along the way.

Mark Dobbins

Paul did an amazing job representing my wife and I as we purchased a home last year.

As first time buyers in a hot Chicago market, we were overwhelmed and couldn't wrap our heads around the countless factors to consider when purchasing a home. Paul did a great job to clearly articulate these factors while making sure we understood the pros and cons of each. What separated Paul in our eyes was the way in which he respectfully challenged the selling/showing agent when he felt they weren't being completely transparent with us. With experience remodeling homes, he knows what to look for in determining the quality/integrity of a structure and does a great job of factoring this into the homes estimated value.. Would be quick to choose Paul again next time we purchase/sell a home.

Jonathan K

Paul was the utmost professional, and the best property agent I've come across.

He was impressive from the moment he turned up with a very organized and customized package to explain how he would sell our home. He is very knowledgable, gave us excellent advice on when to list, and then had multiple offers at full price within the week. He was great at managing the process through to close, so we always felt things were under control and we weren't on our own. His commission is absolutely worth it. No need to look further for a property agent.

Sally A.

After a quick call to Paul, we launched into a home search and we were very pleased to have found the experience, support, and attention to detail provided to us throughout our home purchase process.

Paul is incredibly knowledgeable, respectful, and honest; qualities that I believe are super critical when working with an agent and buying a new home.

Bill K.

August 2016 Paul sold my condo in less than 2 weeks.

At first, I made the mistake of using a "friend" to try and sell my home. He was unable sell it in six months. After that I contacted Paul, and he showed me how floorplans, professional photographs, and a well written listing can make all the difference. He  attended all the showings, and he had an offer for me in 10 days. I would recommend Paul to anyone trying to sell their home. Very professional. - Nibbo P.

I've worked with realtors in the past and have never had one come close to the professionalism, dedication, and personal commitment that I had -- and continue to have -- with Paul.

His diligence, patience, and rigor are what led my wife and me to our perfect home.  Honest communication is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to working with a realtor and from the get-go, Paul was honest and straightforward with us. An aggressive but professional negotiator, Paul works tirelessly for his clients and getting the most for them. Moreover, he understands his clients’ needs and wants for a home and will provide a candid point-of-view.  Finally, what was incredibly helpful for us was the education piece of buying a home. Paul spent a lot of time with us clearly explaining the process and steps and what to expect and what to watch out for. It’s because of this that we were confident in those final steps of negotiation to get what we really wanted.  Paul showed us ~30 homes over the course of a few months and I am confident in saying that there is no one else I would’ve rather worked with.

Charlie V.

Paul was very helpful in his knowledge of the market and especially within the Lakeview/Roscoe Village areas.

As we moved out of the area while our property was still on the market, we were comforted in knowing that Paul and his team took care of small details to make sure everything was properly cared for - adjusting the thermostat, sending us mail that wasn't forwarded, etc. He truly takes pride in his work and both his team and those that he recommends for services (e.g. real estate attorneys) have the same work ethic. All in all, we were in great hands!

Wade M.

Paul was absolutely instrumental in helping us purchase our first home this year.

He is organized, available and very knowledgeable about the real estate market. We never felt pressured at any point– the way he handled the entire process from beginning to end was nothing less than professional. He took the time to really investigate what our priorities in buying were and tailored his service accordingly. We were so satisfied with our experience that we have already recommended him to friends.

Anna K.

I've worked with realtors in the past and have never had one come close to the professionalism, dedication, and personal commitment that I had -- and continue to have -- with Paul.

His diligence, patience, and rigor are what led my wife and me to our perfect home.  Honest communication is perhaps the most important factor when it comes to working with a realtor and from the get-go, Paul was honest and straightforward with us. An aggressive but professional negotiator, Paul works tirelessly for his clients and getting the most for them. Moreover, he understands his clients’ needs and wants for a home and will provide a candid point-of-view.  Finally, what was incredibly helpful for us was the education piece of buying a home. Paul spent a lot of time with us clearly explaining the process and steps and what to expect and what to watch out for. It’s because of this that we were confident in those final steps of negotiation to get what we really wanted.  Paul showed us ~30 homes over the course of a few months and I am confident in saying that there is no one else I would’ve rather worked with.

Charlie Volanakis

My husband and I are first time home buyers.

Paul was amazing to work with and went above and beyond in the whole process. He was able to point out the positives and negatives of each house we visited which gave us the opportunity to make a wise decision long term in our purchase. Paul will be the person we use again for house number two!

Erica T.

Paul did an amazing job helping my wife and me sell our home.

We had a lot of trouble trying to sell with another agent, but Paul's planning, can-do attitude, and follow through made all the difference. I would definitely recommend Paul to future sellers.

Darren S.

Hi Paul, Paul, very few brokers would have been able to find us buyers so quickly after the July 4th weekend, and we greatly appreciate your quick action and great ability to work around our schedules.

  You did an outstanding job - above and beyond what we expected and your facilitation of vendors and onsite process saved us a great deal of time and angst - thank you!  And, your carpenter background was on full display - got a kick out of how easily and neatly you cut the hole in our drywall...talk about the full-service broker and going above and beyond! Please don't hesitate to use us as a reference any time or to use any part of this note...Paul, you were and are the best! Gratefully, Bob & Pam Wilcox  

Pamela Wilcox

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S. Environmental Protection Agency My fiance and I have been in our new home for just over a month now and it is with much thanks to Paul! As first time homebuyers we weren't quite sure what to expect, but Paul patiently guided us through the process. He was HIGHLY attentive, considerate and always there to answer the many questions we had.

Rhiannon Dee

Paul was great - he really helped me with the comparative analysis of my area to find the right price.

 I would recommend Paul to anyone looking to sell their home!

Kathy Koch

I was introduced to Paul by receiving his advertisement brochure in the mail after another failed attempt to sell my property.

I threw away all other promotions for my future business, but for some reason hung on to Paul's. And, I'm so glad I did. Four months passed and I called Paul for an  initial meeting. This call was important, for his presence on it was professional and immediately helpful as compared to some other Realtors I was calling. After meeting Paul in person and listening to his full presentation, I signed with him on the spot. The sale of my property was a challenge given factors out of my control, but Paul was unabashed and was willing to take the listing. Much to his credit, which deserves stating, he is hard working, perseveres through obstacles & difficult situations, and holds himself to communicating with his clients as often as he initially sets. Paul was an absolute pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him for the sale of your property.

Tess U.

Paul demonstrated a deep knowledge of our north side Chicago neighborhood and helped us price our condo based on relevant comps.

His marketing materials, including photographs, were excellent. We had quick results on achieving a sale. If the situation would arise again, we would work with Paul again.

MargaretR.

A chance meeting at an open house where we found Paul Barker made our finding a home a pleasant experience.

We always knew we wanted to purchase a home and while Paul had been helpful to us, he made this process seem as seamless as possible. Demonstrating great attention to details, recognizing our needs, and entrusting him to guiding us to are all characteristic that Paul exemplified with us. For these reasons and more, we would happily work with him for future businesses.

Suzanne S.

Paul was great, he laid out his process for us and then executed to perfection.

We were very happy with his work. Our place hadn't sold initially after having some offers fall through, but once Paul came on board he got us into his process and we had people pouring in to see the place. Within a week or two we had multiple offers and eventually got a fantastic offer we accepted. 

Carlos P.
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"Wow! Just wow. I don't even know where to start. Paul was the ultimate professional from the very first moment. We were beyond frustrated with the whole selling process prior to meeting Paul, but he came ... more "
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"Paul was the utmost professional, and the best property agent I've come across.

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by Sally Arundell
"Paul and his team are amazing! He was aggressive, yet realistic in the way he marketed and priced our property, and guided us through every step of the process in a way that provided us with great comfort ... more "
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