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NOW OFFERING: First Time Home Buyer Webinars

To maintain social distancing and do our best to protect everyone, our seminars are now offered online!

Our first-time buyer webinars are FREE without any obligation or sales pitches. Topics include mortgage pre-approvals, purchase negotiations, contracts, listing data, property taxes, homeowner associations and the roles of attorneys, home inspectors and more.
Our full real estate services are available during this period of social distancing! We care about our Chicagoland clients and neighbors. We are using technology and best preventative practices to help everyone continue to do business.

What We Do

Since 2004, StartingPoint Realty has been focused on one thing: the first-time homebuyer. It’s unusual for a real estate agency to be dedicated to this market. We don’t make as much money per transaction as other agencies, we hold a lot of hands, we deal with client uncertainty. Are we crazy? Maybe, but that’s o.k.

From Our Clients

Use the right and left arrows to navigate through just some of our raving fans through Yelp.

  •   As first home buyers starting our search for the second time, working with Ryan Gable was the best decision for us. He provided a fresh perspective that was desperately needed... read more

    thumb Gus E.
    8/20/2012

      Make a very long story short, this is the place to go to find your dream home. Ryan was extremely patient with myself and my family as I was on... read more

    thumb Joanna K.
    1/24/2017

      Abby from Starting Point was a godsend! By the time we met her we had already gone through two other realtors and two other mortgage brokers--none of whom did anything... read more

    thumb Richard H.
    4/10/2013
  •   The job of finding and buying a home can be a daunting one. So many decisions! So much money! So much crap to weed through! Picking the right person to... read more

    thumb Frieda M.
    3/29/2012

      Ryan was fantastic to work with. My wife and I attended a first time homebuyers seminar and decided to go with StartingPoint when we were making our first home purchase.... read more

    thumb Jeffrey R.
    2/17/2019

      When I was starting to look for a realtor and found StartingPoint Realty on Yelp! and I'm so glad I did!!  I went to the first time homebuyers seminar and... read more

    thumb Mary Beth U.
    6/16/2013
  •   Before I called Ryan, my condo was on the market for a year without much luck. I had countless showings and only one offer well below the asking price. Within... read more

    thumb Chris O.
    4/30/2017

      I had a great experience with Diane. I was looking for something near McHenry, on a tight budget, and I was buying a house for the first time by myself.... read more

    thumb A H.
    11/12/2018

      It's been five years since we started working with Ryan from StartingPoint Realty. In that time, Ryan has helped us to purchase our first condo in Evanston, sell it, and... read more

    thumb Ashley H.
    7/13/2016
  •   Ryan and Co! What a pleasure doing business with you and your team. Not only I benefited from your local expertise in home buying, I also learned a big deal... read more

    thumb Farouk Y.
    8/22/2016

      We relocated from out of state and wanted to close the deal before relocating. So glad to have Ryan as our realtor, he helped us a lot and we were... read more

    thumb Ritu S.
    2/14/2016

      Ryan and all the staff at StartingPoint were tremendously helpful for when my wife and I were making our first venture into making the decision to purchasing our first home.... read more

    thumb Brett P.
    10/05/2017
  •   We closed almost two months ago and could not be happier with the end result of our lovely home or the service we received from Ryan Gable.  No words could... read more

    thumb Rochelle A.
    10/27/2015

      I enjoyed working with Ryan so much I asked him to help us again on our second home purchase.  I'm glad we did.  He made himself available when we needed... read more

    thumb Adam P.
    5/15/2014

      If I could give this business 10 stars, I would. It has been a pleasure working with Ryan Gable.....his attention to detail, work ethics, customer focus & genuine concern to... read more

    thumb Mitanette C.
    10/04/2017
  •   My husband and I recently had the pleasure of working with Ryan Gable. We stumbled across Ryan by happen chance, as he was the realtor representing the very first house... read more

    thumb Jen P.
    4/01/2015

      Tammy Hufford is the best!!! This review is long overdue! We met Tammy after reading all the great Yelp reviews. She started looking at homes with us in February. We... read more

    thumb Erin V.
    9/23/2014

      Ryan and his team made a stressful experience as smooth as we could ever ask for. He always made time for us and he is not the type of realtor... read more

    thumb Tom Q.
    11/20/2017
  •   We were looking to relocate closer to the city with access to the Metra, and we were very interested in the Palatine area. A family member recommended Ryan at StartingPoint... read more

    thumb Lisa Z.
    4/07/2016

      This is long overdue but I was more than happy with my decision to use Starting Point Realty to purchase my first home. They were very thorough and patient and... read more

    thumb Biz W.
    10/01/2014

      My wife and I were truly privileged to have Ryan help us buy and then sell our first home.  We had worked with other realtors that left an extremely sour... read more

    thumb Nate W.
    3/31/2017
  •   I've worked with Ryan multiple times- first, with buying our family's first home and then, with selling that home and buying our second home. His service has been consistently phenomenal.... read more

    thumb Sam G.
    12/31/2017

      We cannot say enough great things about Ryan and Starting Point Realty! If you are looking for a real estate agency, STOP and call them ASAP! Ryan and his team... read more

    thumb Allyson H.
    6/17/2019

      I live out of state and had read on Yelp that Ryan Gable's Starting Point Realty in Illinois handled out-of-state home sales.  Since the house I needed to sell was... read more

    thumb E. S.
    10/18/2019
  •   Anyone can find luck once.  We have worked with Ryan and the StartingPoint Realty team three times now and have been delighted every time.  Selling our condo during a pandemic... read more

    thumb Dave B.
    8/03/2020

      My husband and I worked with Ryan and his team to purchase our first home. We'll absolutely work with them again when we buy our next home! Ryan was extremely... read more

    thumb Jill P.
    12/30/2017

      We wanted to send a thank you note for the good work Nir Patel did for the purchase of our first family Condominium, in Schaumburg Illinois.

    She did a great job... read more

    thumb Hardik P.
    2/21/2018
  •   Selling a house is a very stressful experience especially if you don't live in the same city. We chose Starting point realty based on their promise to help us out... read more

    thumb Asp A.
    4/15/2020

      Cindy and I had a pleasure to work with Ryan Gable; from the start when he agreed to help us based upon a phone call 4200 miles apart, to the... read more

    thumb Cindy W.
    1/23/2014

      Working with StartingPoint Realty was the best decision that my Fiance and I could have ever made!

    We worked with Ryan Gable, and he made everything so seamless and easy... read more

    thumb Mike L.
    3/05/2012

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From the Founder

Our clients don’t want an appointment setter and door opener. Someone texting others when showing a house. They want to be educated, they want an advocate throughout the process.  They want the experience to be exciting, efficient, and focused on them.  Our culture is built around listening, being proactive, and ensuring our clients possess a framework as to how this works, before they even walk into their first showing.

Ryan Gable

Visionary/Founder

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