Jeff Payne is the founder of Best Chicago Properties, an independent full-service residential real estate firm in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.
For as long as he can remember, Jeff has been interested in where and how people live. Even as a kid he loved seeing the amazing homes pictured in Architectural Digest and enjoyed browsing the real estate section of The New York Times.
So in 2005, when he was seeking a change after a career in corporate sales and marketing, it wasn’t surprising that real estate rose to the top of the list. He decided to combine his 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. In 2007 he decided to open a boutique brokerage in the rapidly evolving West Loop neighborhood. And 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 outside of New York City in the small town of Wilton, Connecticut.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys hiking, cycling, art and travel. And he still enjoys browsing Architectural Digest and real estate section of The New York Times.