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Russell Smotek

Real Estate Broker

Born and raised in Bryan, Texas, Russell moved to Chicago in 2013. A graduate of the Art Institute of Houston with a degree in Commercial Art, Russell worked in print advertising for newspapers designing business ads for clients and editorial illustrations.

In the early 1990s, Russell began working with a publishing company designing yearbooks for clients to print. After successful years on the design side of the business, Russell moved into yearbook publication sales in the early 2000s.

Russell began his real estate career in Chicago in 2014. With over 20 years in sales & marketing experience, he brings a wealth of knowledge to his real estate clients. “I’m drawn to helping people move into their dream situation,” Russell says about his move into real estate. “I listen to people’s needs, I find what they’re looking for, and I move them home.”

Personally, Russell loves to create art and travel. Whether working with sculptures or painting on canvas you’ll find Russell creating memorable art to be admired. His favorite travel destination is Prague. “I feel like I’m at home when I’m in Prague. The food, the people, it’s all just wonderful,” Russell beams of Prague. On the streets of North Center you’ll find Russell walking with his best bud Charlie, his Golden Retriever Corgi pup. Say hi and offer Charlie some treats!

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We operate in an industry built on trust. This can only be achieved through communication and great experiences - from the first contact until the closing of the transaction and beyond!

Exclusive Listings

quotes Joey, Adam, and the rest of the crew are simply the best. We bought our place in 2021 in the height of the housing market madness and somehow they made the process fun and enjoyable. They took their time to help us understand the process, actively talked us out of homes...that they didn’t feel were good buys for us, and genuinely cared about us finding the right home. They worked hard to find us a home rather than a quick sale. We recommend them to anyone who is house hunting and wouldn’t use anyone else ourselves!

Laura T.

Happy Buyer
quotes Joey Chiappetta is the best Realtor in Chicago. He and his team helped my wife and I find our dream home at the end of 2022, and they made the journey not only bearable but enjoyable. Joey was always available for a question via call or email, ...even at inconvenient hours.We once emailed him about a listing at 8 or 9 pm, and he was able to schedule a showing for the next day! Joey was also a great resource when it came to the history and need-to-knows about each house we toured...

David L.

Pleased Buyer
quotes Joey and team are really unbeatable. The thing that sets him apart? One word: care. The level of care shown to us over the years and the several transactions we've done with them is second to none. Call realocate and you'll be thrilled with your real estate experience!

Tim M.

Happy Client
quotes Joey and Colton helped us sell our home, and they were an absolute pleasure to work with. They were knowledgeable and helpful throughout the whole process, which alleviated a lot of the stress for us. They made the extra effort of being present at all of the showings...(most realtors just give the buying agent the lockbox code), to answer any questions and to give us some immediate feedback. And they were so great with their communication - always responsive and always kept us in the loop. We would highly recommend them to anyone.

Jeff B.

Happy Seller
quotes My husband and I had the privilege of working with Joey twice. The first when we bought our condo in the west loop four years ago and again when we sold it to move to the east coast. I cannot say enough great things about Joey and the effort he puts in to make you if you were his only client. His attention to detail is incredible and he knows when to give you his opinion and respected ours. The team (inspectors, attorneys, etc.) that he recommended and assembled around us where all extremely responsive and I would work with all of them again.

Lynn P.

Pleased Clients