Alex joined Best Chicago Properties as an agent in 2016. Since joining the firm, Alex has passionately assisted clients on a wide range of transactions. These transactions have spanned from purchases and sales of luxury high-rise condominium units with stunning panoramic views of the Chicago skyline, to acquisitions of investment properties, including those used by hosts who market their properties on platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO.
Alex earned his MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he focused on entrepreneurship. He leverages his business education to help his clients keenly analyze properties from a financial perspective so as to ensure that each client purchases a property that qualifies not only as a one-of-a-kind home, but also as a sound investment. In the course of his client interactions, he employs his personal experiences in advising clients on the design, form, and function of each property under consideration. He also serves as a skilled handyman–an important but often overlooked qualification for any real estate agent.
When not serving as an agent, Alex works in the field of healthcare information technology, where he manages a talented team responsible for implementing and maintaining clinical applications used to facilitate the care of patients at a large hospital system.
In his free time, Alex enjoys traveling, cooking, and frequenting Chicago restaurants while avidly seeking out new ones. He is a zealous board game player and sports fan. Alex also enjoys managing his investment properties, which he markets on Airbnb and VRBO–a pastime he views as his passion rather than as another job, and one that allows him to leverage his many skillsets. (This, as it turns out, is among Alex’s niches in the real estate market; he has helped many clients locate and set up successful Airbnbs in Chicago.) But above all, Alex enjoys spending time with people–family, friends, and strangers. He is always eager to help out a new client.
Alex grew up near Boston, Massachusetts, but has primarily resided in the Midwest ever since starting his first year as an undergraduate at Purdue University in 2003. He ended up in Chicago after being drawn to its dynamic energy and fast-paced feel; staying busy is what Alex does best.
“We knew we were in good hands and trusted that Alex had our best interest in mind.”
“We worked with Alex Cross for about 8 months before we finally found our dream house! We weren’t in a rush and wanted to make sure we found a forever home that we loved, so it was a long process. I was a first time home-buyer and Alex was very patient and clear throughout the process. Early on in our search we were pretty aggressive and went to a few open houses. Once we got a feel for what we wanted and knew what to look for, we were able to discern more from the MLS listing and slowed down the in-person viewings. Alex was very accommodating and adjusted to our changing preferences and updated our MLS search whenever we asked. He was patient and never pushy. Alex was also very attentive and was always available, whether we had questions, needed comps, or wanted to see a place. Alex knows that you need to work fast when you find a good one!
When we finally had an accepted offer, Alex was a good advocate and communicated well with all parties. We knew we were in good hands and trusted that Alex had our best interest in mind. We’ve known Alex for a while, but this was our first time working with him. He is professional, experienced, and honest. He also owns a few properties in Chicago and has good insight. Alex will also always give you his honest opinion and is not the type to tell you that a house is beautiful and/or a good deal if it truly isn’t. We were very happy with our entire experience and I would definitely recommend Alex!”
“Alex did a great job!”
“He had a playbook that helped us get a sense of the market very quickly and provide visibility into what we should expect and what information is needed throughout the process (e.g., data to secure a mortgage, how to evaluate a prospective property). He had awesome advice during negotiations to get the best deal possible. He was also very responsive and made us feel like he cared. Most realtors just want to close a deal and move on to the next one and it can be impersonal, but not Alex! He made sure our questions were answered and worked at the pace we needed.”
“He is very detail oriented, always quick to respond and communicates clearly.”
“Alex is a great Realtor. He is very detail oriented, always quick to respond and communicates clearly. I especially appreciated how knowledgable he is in the Chicago market, and the buying process. This made for a stress free experience and allowed me to enjoy the fun of shopping for a property. I would absolutely work with him again if I need to buy or sell a property in the future.”
“Alex exceeded every expectation I had.”
“Patient, professional, and always available. Based on getting to know me a little he encouraged me to explore a few location options I had ruled out, which led me to choose a property I truly love and would not have considered without his guidance.”
“I used Alex to purchase my first condo and he was excellent to work with.”
“He quickly understood the type of unit I was looking for and helped me search while I travelled for my work. He was very responsive and quick to answer questions. He also brought a lot of practicality to the process and will be honest with his assessment.”
“Alex helped make the process of finding a West Loop apartment painless.”
“He did his research and helped me find a place I love. I was able to locate an apartment in one day of looking.”