Backed by more than 17 years’ experience, Lance Kirshner is an award-winning Chicago real estate expert specializing in concierge-level service that makes every transaction seamless and successful. He is the founder and leader of the esteemed LAKE Group at Compass, a dynamic 6-broker team that embraces his mission of superlative service, market knowledge and creative collaboration.
Real estate has been a lifelong passion for Lance. He acquired his license while earning his bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Illinois. Lance is also a certified residential appraiser, which gives his clients a distinct advantage when pricing their property or assessing prospective purchases. Lance and his team believe in fostering meaningful relationships that last as clients’ needs evolve. That means acting as devoted advisors and advocates and ensuring that our clients feel empowered to make wise financial decisions. This people-centric approach has placed the group among the top 1 percent of Chicago Realtors since 2016, and top producers since 2012. Lance has closed nearly $300 million in transactions so far in his career, and he was honored to receive the 2019 Industry MVP award from Chicago Agent Magazine. Lance resides in Roscoe Village with his two dogs, Stella and Nola.
Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Consulting, Appraisal, Condominiums, First-time Buyers, Investment Properties, Luxury, Single Family Homes, Townhomes, 2 Flats, 3 Flats, Brownstones, Developers
Certified Negotiation Expert
Short & Foreclosure Resource
Accredited Buyer Representation
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Bachelor of Science, Entrepreneurship/Business Administration
Working with Lance Kirshner & LAKE Group was the best choice we made for our home search. Phenomenal customer service is what we received. Lance helped us find our new home in a short amount of time. His find was absolutely perfect for us. He provides his clients with guidance throughout the entire process. We were first-time home buyers and he provided us with all the information and tools necessary to make this seemingly difficult process a breeze for us! The team at LAKE Group is absolutely great! We were informed through every step, provided with guidance, updates, and support. Thank you so much for your above and beyond service. Do not waste y...— L. Zayad
This was our second time using Lake Group for the purchase and sale of a home and yet again- Laura and Lance exceeded all expectations. They bring new meaning to the term “full-service” and found ways to make the process as seamless and stress free for us as possible at every step of the process- even during a pandemic! Laura was extremely attentive and engaged during the sale of our home and gave great advice on how to stay competitive during the unpredictable covid market in Chicago. She went above and beyond to ensure our place was marketed aggressively and showed flawlessly. Even after the sale she remained very involved in helping us navigate t...— K.D.
Lance is amazing – he knows his stuff. He takes the time to learn what I want and works hard to get me that. I randomly was matched with him when I was looking for a condo in 2015 – I used him to buy that condo and since have used him to sell that condo and buy another one in 2021. He knows the market and how to negotiate. He won’t let you overpay and won’t let you buy something that he knows just is not right for you. I greatly appreciate how easy he – and his entire team – make the buying and selling process. They are responsive, accommodating, proactive, and practical in their approach. Their collective advice and expertise was paramount i...— M. Locasto
After three transactions with Lance and his team, I cannot recommend them highly enough. From the moment we initiated our search for our new home, until the moment we closed on the sale of our past residence, Lance and his team were superlative. His willingness to go over and above all expectations is truly amazing. From connections in the industry to a tenacious negotiation style, Lance knocked it out of the park.— Lia M
Lance had our house in record time. He is courteous, professional and is very knowledgeable about Chicago real estate. I would very highly recommend Lance's services.— Colleen K.
Incredibly helpful throughout entire process. Daily search was very helpful and Lance's knowledge and insight proved to be invaluable during every step of our home buying experience. Would use again with without question. Highly recommended!— Bryant H.
I've bought two condos with Lance and sold one. Lance is extremely knowledgeable, responsive, and has a great referral for everything (painters, furniture stores, dog walkers, etc). He's an invaluable asset if you're looking to buy in the Chicago area. I plan on using Lance and his team the next time I'm selling and buying and I highly recommend him to friends doing the same.— Rachel F.
Lance always exceeds expectations! Not only did Lance help me buy the condo in 2013, he helped me sell in in 2020 and buy a new single family home at the same time!!! Yes he did it in the middle of a pandemic, listed for 6 days and sold over asking price!! There is no one better, I met lance as a single guy in Chicago, now moving into our house with a wife and two kids! He is the best agent with the best team around.— Robert M.
Prior to hiring Lance, we contemplated the value of a real estate agent. But all doubts were removed upon first meeting. He is incredibly thorough in terms of determining the appropriate price to list and buy properties. His previous work experience as an appraiser significantly helped us when making some of the most important decisions in our lives right now. With Lance's strategic advice, we were able to buy cheaper and sell higher. Highly recommend Lance!— Alex G.
Once again Lance and his team were great to work with. We had a great experience with them on the purchase of our first home. This time around we worked with them again on the selling of our place and buying a new place. They were very responsive, and negotiated well on our behalf on the buy and sell. We couldn't be happier with the results, and would recommend them to anyone buying or selling their place. We will definitely be working with Lance again in the future.— Matt G.
Lance was referred to us by friends and we had a great experience working with him and his entire team! They were very responsive, incredibly professional and sold our home in one day! They made the whole selling process as easy on us as possible and told us what to expect each step of the way. They obviously have a deep understanding of the local market and what buyers are looking for. I would highly recommend Lance and his team for all your Chicago real estate needs.— Abby S.
Lance and his team were phenomenal to work with. They had my house in portage park under contract in under 3 days at 99% of asking price. Their input as to how to get the house ready for sale was crucial. Everyone on the team knows the business in and out. He was extremely quick to respond through the process. My buyers had a very slow lawyer, but Lance still got the deal done on time. I recommend his team without any reservations. They are the best choice if you are looking to buy or sell a property. You will not be disappointed.— Shannon B.
I can't actually say enough about how great it was to work with Lance and Nancy on buying our first home. From our first decision to look where he helped navigate us to the right neighborhood to the financial aspects where he walked us through a sample closing statement and all the line items before we even started looking and did a great job negotiating our offer price down he somehow made something extremely complicated look easy. He provided lots of useful recommendations and referrals when we asked, and all of them worked out well. We can't thank the team enough!— Kelene K.
Lance and the LAKE group never cease to amaze us! We have worked with them on 7 different transactions, for the purchases and sales of our homes. Our beloved rowhouse was priced on point to sell before it even hit the market. It only took one private showing for Lance to find the perfect buyer. The entire LAKE Group valued our time and helped prepare us to sell quickly and maximize our market value. The vast experience, network and exceptional reputation that Lance and the LAKE Group have built make every transaction unbelievably smooth and with the guarantee of the utmost professionalism.— Jane K.
Can not say enough about the service of Lance and his team. From start to finish they went above and beyond to make sure we were satisfied with our home. Any questions I had he was right there to answer. I have to say I am guilty of sending messages at off times and Lance never hesitated on getting back to me. Lance was honest, patient, and reliable through the entire process. We ran into a few hurdles on both our end and the seller's end, but Lance and Nancy were always diligent and supportive, and now that we are homeowners, Lance continues to help us out by having a contact for pretty much any type of home improvement. I would recommend Lance and...— Marc M.
As first time home buyers, the process was daunting and very overwhelming. From the moment we first sat down with Lance, he helped us feel more comfortable with everything. Lance gave us a crash course from what to pay attention to in a listing to what to expect at closing (paperwork, costs, etc). When taking us to look at places , Lance showed us a wide variety that fit our search and helped us find the place that checked off everything on our wish list. He answered every question we had quickly and efficiently, even down to the last minute at our closing. I don't have anything bad to say about our experience. We met Lance based on a good recommend...— Kate B.
I've now used Lance twice for two very different properties, both which he handled with utmost professionalism. The first was a multi-unit in Humboldt which my family owned. He helped us to both purchase this property and then sell it (for a respectable profit) a few years later. He also most recently helped my boyfriend and I sell our 2 bedroom condo in Des Plaines. Despite the fact the properties were at vastly different price points and in completely different locations, Lance treated both as if I were his only client. I'm not sure if Lance sleeps as he is the most responsive agent I have ever dealt with. Not only did he make us money in both pro...— Diana R.
Lance and his team helped us purchase our first condo and made it such a great experience! They walked us through the process of what to expect while buying before we even started looking at properties, which helped us immensely with expectations and the intricacies of the closing process. Everyone was extremely responsive and quick to get us showings for properties we liked as soon as they came on the market and level set with us when it came to realistic property values and our budget. When we finally settled on our condo, Lance and his team championed for us in negotiations and got us credits for things we didn't realize were a possibility. Their...— Meg K.
Lance did a fantastic job selling our house during the difficult circumstances created by COVID-19. While Lance and his team were great across the board, I think a few things really set him apart and are worth mentioning here. First, Lance was extraordinarily responsive, and was always very quick to return a missed call with either a call back or a text message setting up a time to talk. Second, Lance and his team were cautious and thoughtful about our concerns during COVID, taking numerous steps from masks to shoe coverings, from hand sanitizer to actually wiping down any surfaces with disinfecting wipes to facilitate showings in the safest way pos...— William K.
This is my second review for Lance and his team, they helped me purchase my first home with a condo several years ago, and recently worked with me to sell that condo and purchase a house. Great experience with selling- his team came in with recommendations for staging, listing price, etc. They were very detailed oriented, which payed off as we had multiple offers on the home within 2 days of showings, including one at full asking which we ended up accepting and selling. Off the market in 4 days! In terms of buying, they were very helpful in presenting options, very patient as we made our selections, while offering solid advice along the way. One of ...— Andrew B.
Great with communicating, honest, and very helpful! Very knowledgeable about all aspects of condos, apartments, homes, and areas in and near Chicago. Very accommodating to individual needs of those looking to rent, buy, or sell a home.— Kasey
Lance was great to work with. He was so helpful and knowledgeable. This was my first home purchase, and I was glad to use Lance as he helped explain what to look out for and find me the right place. I would highly recommend Lance to anyone looking for someone that is knowledgeable and able to provide insight to the Chicago market.— Ronnie
Lance helped us purchase our first home 5 years ago and then expertly helped us sell this year. He knew how to prep our house, capture beautiful pictures, and hold open houses to maximize price and minimize time on the market. This was especially important to us as we had a deadline and 2 little kids which made showing the house more difficult. His experience and connections in the Chicago area helped us decide which offer was best, and we were under contract in about a week at over list price. After going under contract, everything else went smoothly up until closing and I attribute that to the expertise of our team. Everyone else we worked with in...— Michelle
Lance is such a trusted advisor to our family. His decade and a half of experience really shines through every year in a multitude of ways. Knowing the market and strong negotiating skills are great but what I really value about Lance is his ability listen intently to our needs and communicate in full transparency. He was very instrumental in the purchase of our first condo 7 years ago and his commitment to the relationship after words is something to be admired. Most recently, his consistent touch points and knowledgeable insight paid dividends. My wife and I decided we were ready for a new adventure and in a matter of weeks Lance helped us find ou...— Jon
The LAKE Group offers you the the highest level of service available in the very competitive real estate market of today! Whether buying or selling allow us to represent your interests!