R. Jeffrey Payne, Founding Broker | Principal

Office: 312-563-5300
Direct: 404-797-1157
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Interests: Travel, Hiking & Art

Jeff has lived in every region of the United States as well as in Germany and Japan.  Having moved over a dozen times, his experiences with real estate agents over the years have ranged from “just ok” to “downright terrible.” 

So in 2005, when seeking a more entrepreneurial career challenge, Jeff combined his passion for excellence in sales & client service with his life-long interest in real estate investments and started on a new path.

With an MBA in international management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and twenty years in Fortune 500 sales & client service leadership behind him, he knew he could create an organization that could deliver a better real estate experience to residential real estate buyers, sellers and investors. He also felt that his international experience and cross-cultural skills would be of benefit to clients relocating to and from other countries. 

His promise was simple; to provide all clients with the best integrity, knowledge and service available in the market. As Jeff delivered on this promise, clients responded by referring plenty of friends and family. As the business grew, so did the team and in 2007, in the midst of down market when other Chicago real estate firms were closing their big bloated offices, Best Chicago Properties opened a new high-tech “micro office” in the heart of Chicago’s popular West Loop neighborhood and continued to hire and train the best Chicago Realtors® in the business. Real estate professionals with integrity, who know and love Chicago and who have the client centric viewpoint that is so critical to fulfilling the company’s promise to clients.

In 2009, with his life-partner accepting a corporate relocation back to Atlanta, Jeff brought the same vision to the Intown Atlanta residential real estate market and started Best Atlanta Properties. Jeff continues to lead the Atlanta and Chicago brokerages and and he knows the secret to success (his client’s, his agent’s and his own) is not to build the biggest or flashiest real estate brokerage, but rather just one that stays true to the original promise and exceeds client expectations every time.

Today, Best Chicago Properties and Best Atlanta Properties consist of tightly-knit crews with the commitment and heart to deliver on that original promise every day.  We’re  proud to have so many happy and loyal clients and we invite you to read their reviews of our service and contact us so we can get started exceeding your real estate expectations right away.


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