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La Grange Office
318 W Burlington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525

Finding a REALTOR who understands all of your needs, wants, and dreams can be difficult.  So difficult, in fact, that sometimes it seems impossible that just one person could fit all of your qualifications.  This is where working with a REALTOR team, like the Rouso Group outshines using an individual agent when buying or selling your home.


In a REALTOR team, you (the buyer or seller) have a primary agent.  The other members of the team can assist you whenever and whatever way possible—in short, someone will always be available to talk to you, answer questions, show you a home, or introduce you to the neighborhood.  The team approach allows for greater specialization for each agent, and the benefits of this knowledge and specialization are passed on to you. With a real estate team, you’ll work with experts on all the different parts of real estate, and they use their expertise to find you the perfect home.  Different members of the team will specialize in different areas of the home-buying process, and their deep knowledge will help you to buy or sell a home quickly and without complications.  This specialization is a great service to clients that can’t be replicated by an individual agent.  As we like to say in Chicago, the Blackhawks wouldn’t have won 3 Stanley Cups in 6 years if every player was a right wing. 


Mark Greene, contributor to Forbes, sums it up by saying that a team can bring a competitive advantage to a buy or sell transaction by simply having more resources to tap, more people, more ideas, and more perspectives.


In Chicagoland, there are over 33,000 individual real estate agents but very few real estate teams.  The Rouso Group stands out not only because of the team approach, but also because it takes all of the advantages of using a REALTOR team and expands these services to provide you with unparalleled resources and proven results.  The team’s goal is to provide buyers and sellers with expertise in real estate, and all the knowledge, services, and resources of a REALTOR team are added benefits. 


The REALTOR team’s specializations and interdependency make for a fast, streamlined, uncomplicated process for you, the client.  With 33 combined years of experience in real estate, The Rouso Group is a group of true real estate experts who will use their knowledge and experience to provide you with a seamless real estate experience. The Rouso Group's buyer specialist, Erika Chavez, is a certified negotiator who will help you make sure you find your dream home at a great price.  Steve Jasinski, DRHT’s listing partner and certified seller representative, will advocate for you as you sell your home and make sure that you’re satisfied with your selling experience.  The team leader, Dean Rouso, is also a certified negotiator and a certified residential specialist.  This means that he’s a certified expert in residential properties, and after he helps you find the perfect home, he’ll make sure that you get it for a great price.  Lisa Lockerby is the Director of Client Services and Team Operations Manager - she’ll be by your side assisting you in every part of your real estate experience.


The Rouso Group has a number of plans in place to make sure you get the most out of your home buying or home selling experience.  This includes the Platinum Property Marketing Plan, which consists of eight cutting-edge ways to make sure your home gets the most exposure on the market to the most number of buyers.  This means that your home will be competitive in the market, and will sell quickly and at a great price for you.  The team has a track record of above-market Original List Price to Sales Price ratios, verifying that your sale price can be thousands of dollars closer to the original list price with the Rouso Group, helping you earn more money for a new house or new projects.  The Team has successfully handled over 1,000 sales since 1998. 

The Team has a number of accolades and awards that reinforce their position as the preeminent REALTORS in the Western Suburbs.  Dean Rouso was a two-term president of Chicagoland’s MLS, and of the Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS, and a past Board of Director of the National Association of REALTORS—so you know you’ll be working with a talented, respected agency that’s a key player in the industry. Within Baird & Warner, the team was awarded the top team in sales in 2014-216, and the Rouso Group became members of the prestigious Founder’s Club, which means that those clients selling their homes are in the hands of recognized, seasoned professionals.


For more about the high-traffic, award-winning Baird Warner website, click here.  Having your home featured on Chicagoland’s largest locally-owned real estate company’s website virtually guarantees a quick and profitable real estate experience.  the Rouso Group was also voted the Agent’s Choice “Best Team in Chicagoland” award from Chicago Agent Magazine, they placed in the top 100 in Illinois in Real Trend’s “Best Real Estate Teams in America” ranking, and they won the Five Star Professional Award in 2013, 2014, and now 2015, as seen in Chicago Magazine.  This recognition shows that you’ll be working with a team that’s attentive, professional, knowledgeable, and eager to help you.


The Rouso Group provides exceptional service that can’t be replicated by individual agents.  Any agent can claim expertise and great service, but only the Rouso Group can prove that they have years of expertise, great service, and 4 agents ready to help you. We want to help you feel at home in the community—from helping you get a great price on your home, to helping you find your way around, to teaching you about the local elementary schools, soccer leagues, restaurants for a Friday night out, and everything in between, the Rouso Group can help make your next move your best move.



Reviews On Zillow

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"Dean found us a buyer almost immediately through his contacts at the price we were asking after being honest with us about the value of our older home. He recommended a good attorney for the closing and made the whole thing a very satisfactory experience."


by bradfordmmarkham

"Dean was recommended to us by friends and we couldnt be more pleased. with his knowledge and professionalism right from the start, we received multiple offers on our home at the very FIRST Open House and we were under contract for "above asking price" within days!
Dean and his team are exceptional and our experience was literally flawless! ~ Highly recommend!"


by greekdiva54

"I can't tell you how happy I was to be using Dean Rouso and his team to help me sell my townhome. The entire process was seamless and happened much quicker then I anticipated. Dean's experience and know-how made a not-so-ideal situation (had tenants living in the home at the time) into a positive. Dean originally helped me find my townhome years ago, sell it, and is now helping us find our "forever home". I would absolutely recommend you work with Dean Rouso Group."


by julie olsowka

"Dean and his team were outstanding throughout the entire process of selling our home. They were very professional and thorough. I'd definitely recommend them to anyone in the area trying to sell their home."


by lindak1787

"Dean and his Team have helped us conduct several real estate transactions throughout the years. He has been a pioneer in the real estate industry offering honest service, innovative marketing tools, and excellent negotiating skills. His Team approach ensures no detail is overlooked from contract to closing, giving us peace of mind in what could be a stressful situation. Each of our listings resulted in full price or above offers within no time at all. We value Dean's knowledge of the market, opinions, and trust him to handle our negotiations whether buying or selling. We always know we can Depend on Dean and his Team for all our real estate needs and high recommend him to everyone we know!"


by gdplachta

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"Erika is just amazing! She listened to what type of property I was looking for and then she went to work! Her response time is quick. I never felt unsupported. She found me the exact property I was looking for in LaGrange, IL. I look forward to working with her again when I plan to sell or buy because I know that she will make the process go smoothly and as quickly as the market will allow."


by alonso2015

"Working with Erika was an awesome experience for me I told her what I would like for my family and I. Very very helpful walked thru everything any question I had she was there with a answer. Would highly recommend her to anyone."


by roxanna parra

"I highly recommend Erika Chavez-Trinidad for your next real estate venture. Her knowledge and expertise of the entire buying process is quite impressive. I was very pleased from my first showing to the final walk through. Erika's responsiveness was prompt, masterful and caring. I truly appreciated her skillful negotiation on my behalf. Erika was quite professional in making necessary adjustments so that the entire process was stress-free. Erika is certainly the "Go-to person" for all your real estate needs."


by cvwhite3

"Erika did a very fantastic job helping us finding the house we were looking for in Illinois. We were so lucky to have her as our agent. I highly recommend her for anyone looking to buy a house."


by kiavashkatrin

"This review is long over due for Erika Chavez.
She was honestly a god send for us, after having a rocky partnership with another realtor, I was determined to find someone with the tenacity and strong back bone that would speak on our behalves as first time home buyers. I found reviews on Erika and decided to give her a call, she guided us through good, bad houses and was honest with us regarding our choices. I loved her transparency and the fact that she could also relate to us as Latinos.
We found our perfect home and had her negotiate on our behalf. We went back and forth and not once did she say "well... we will have to offer more... or well.. you may not get it because of your offer..." (I should add we weren't lowballing super low.. we were being realistic based on the condition of the home, comparables and season). She agreed with our offer and contingencies and at the end we negotiated over 10,000.00 below asking price, right before winter. If it wasn't for her, we probably wouldn't be in our beautiful home. We have referred her to other people and will continue to refer her out to others. She is a working mom and that may be why I am very forward with referring, she was very responsive, honest and thorough from when we submitted offer to when we went in to sign. She was there with us to sign our lives away.. she didn't need to but she was there. She would communicate with our attorney and the seller, very grateful.
Erika Sorry this took soo long!! We thank you for everything and thank you for our sweet welcome home gift too!
If you want someone who will be transparent, honest and will fight for you then contact her immediately you will not regret it!"


by lettyt86