Yanina Katsov

Mobile: 312.493.8165  |  Email:

I hail from Kansas City and am an avid Chiefs and Royals fan! I graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and have over 15 years of experience in Marketing and Hospitality.

I moved to Chicago because I fell in love with the vibrant neighborhoods, Midwestern values, and diverse culture. The city also boasts some amazing architecture and nightlife, and summertime here is incomparable!

When I’m not deciding between street festivals, I can be found dancing to live music, catching a baseball game with my boyfriend, traveling to foreign places, and jogging alongside Lake Michigan with my dog, Dexter!

I also enjoy teaching and bettering my community. I volunteer with Chicago youth in writing workshops and teaching chess. Joining StartingPoint was an easy choice because of our emphasis on education and helping our clients. Buying your first home can be intimidating, but I am committed to making my clients feel comfortable and confident with the process of attaining their dream home!

We are so glad we worked with Yanina on our first home purchase! I attended one of her home buying seminars online 2 years ago and was really happy to reconnect with her now that we are ready to purchase. She was so responsive, and I really felt like she was looking out for us throughout the process. She pointed out all sorts of things on our home tours, inspection, etc., we wouldn’t have noticed, and she made sure to keep us informed when closing took longer than we expected. I’ll be recommending her & all the great partners she recommended to my friends when they’re ready to buy their first home too!
Kelly K.

We would like to thank Nina for all the help she provided us while searching for our dream house. Not only was she extremely helpful, but what we loved the most is the fact that she was able to help us on every question we had and responded via text or email within minutes, sometimes, even seconds. I am so happy we had her as our real estate agent and I would recommend her in a heartbeat to any our friends, and family members. She is very professional, extremely knowledgeable, and kind. She actually cares about her customers and even follows up with them to make sure things are going smoothly. Again, we can’t thank enough Nina for all she did for us and we will always be grateful to her.
Juan & Nayla

Nina was AMAZING! Naturally, we were prepared for chaos buying a house, but Nina steered us expertly through the process (it actually went so smoothly that we were worried we were forgetting something at times). Nina was very well informed, accessible, and proactive when we were house hunting. There was one day that we only had one tour scheduled, and upon noticing we “favorited” a new house on the portal, Nina reached out to the selling agent to try to fit in a tour since we would already be out. One of the things I liked most about Nina was her ability to pick up on what we needed and adjust her approach. Initially, she was relatively impartial when we were touring houses, but when we let her know that we really valued the perspective that she brought, she was very forthcoming with opinions about properties we toured. We will without a doubt recommend Nina to any of our friends that enter the housing market in the future.
Joshua & Eric

“My husband and I bought our first home together in Chicago, and even though it all seemed daunting, Nina was patient, and helpful and always available for questions. In fact, any hiccups we had were not related to our experience with Nina or Starting Point Realty. We couldn’t recommend this company, or agent anymore! So happy with their service!” 

Aida & Jeremy

“Yanina was extremely helpful. She was very responsive and showed us a wide range of properties very quickly. She was able to accommodate our work schedules. She also had a great rapport with the seller’s agent. She ensured that everything went smoothly over the course of the process. She worked very well with everyone involved, and I am convinced that her work made our experience go very smoothly. We were able to get a great deal on a home that is perfect for us.” 

Kristen & Michael

“Nina was amazing throughout the entire process, from start to finish and even after closing! She is a sweetheart and knows how to make a first-time home buyer feel comfortable asking questions. She helps to find the best home for her clients and has all the patience in the world. I really appreciate her driving out to meet me in McHenry County many times for showings. Thank you so much Nina! :)” 

Amanda G.

“Yanina Katsov “Nina” was amazing. She was very patient with me and never made me feel like I was asking dumb questions. When I needed her she was there. She is very knowledgeable even in areas where most agents would not be. I would not be in my dream home right now if it was not for Nina. She’s Amazing.” 

Damian Chaplin