Jeff Payne is the founder of Best Chicago Properties, an independent full-service residential real estate brokerage in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
Jeff has always been interested in where and how people live. Even as a kid he loved exploring the amazing homes in Architectural Digest and enjoyed browsing the real estate section of the Sunday The New York Times.
So in 2005, when seeking a change after a career in corporate sales and marketing, it wasn’t surprising that real estate rose to the top of his list. He decided to combine his life-long interest in real estate with his business skills and set out to help people successfully navigate the often complex process of buying or selling a home in Chicago.
Clients showed their appreciation through referrals and favorable reviews. And Jeff consistently ranked in the top 5% of Chicago brokers, earning multiple Top Producer Awards from the Chicago Association of Realtors®.
He found it especially satisfying to help clients sort through Chicago’s wide variety of home styles and discover the “best Chicago property” for their needs. So in 2007, when Jeff opened a boutique brokerage in the rapidly developing West Loop neighborhood it just made sense that the name should be Best Chicago Properties.
With the brokerage, Jeff sought to create a positive, energetic culture together with a group of accomplished brokers who shared his client-centric vision. With this in mind, he invited friend and colleague Chuck Gullett to become a partner in the company.
Over the years, Best Chicago Properties has enjoyed success even through the most challenging of times. The company is nimble, makes the most of the latest technology and quickly adapts to change. However, Jeff credits success primarily to the talent, work ethic and client-centric focus of his colleagues.
Currently, Jeff resides with his husband Vladimir in Cologne, Germany. From there he provides general management and marketing support for the company.
Jeff earned an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Communication from Arizona State University. He was raised in Wilton, Connecticut.