A young, nimble team that’smaking real estate personal.

Aligning your goals
with optimal outcomes
since 2013.

In this day and age everyone has access to the same information & listings. Distribution is no longer a major value component that a real estate professional brings to the table. Without a doubt the most valuable thing in today’s real estate environment is proper counsel and representation. We are painstaking in our attention to detail when it comes to valuation, negotiation, and the marketing process.

It is very easy to overpay or overlook details that seem insignificant but actually can dramatically affect the value of your property in the long run. It’s also easy to miss opportunities to maximize the value of your home on a sale without the right marketing and pricing strategy. If you are a buyer we are going to help you understand the fair value of the home and will never be afraid to tell you to walk away if we can’t get the price right. If you are a seller we are going to assist in being as analytical as possible to justify the highest value for your home. We have a proprietary marketing process with proven results to position your property ahead of the competitors in the marketplace. Our philosophy is simple: we believe our primary responsibility is educating our clients by providing the advice and representation we’d provide our own family. We’ve sold over $80M in real estate and have helped hundreds of people buy and sell property in the Chicagoland area.

Jack Berdan
Team Lead
Leah Gronsman
Real Estate Broker
Catherine Nearpass
Lead Listing Agent
Zack Redden
Lead Buyer Agent
Nate Peterson
Office Manager
Chase McDaniel
Real Estate Broker
Jack Berdan
Team Lead

Jack grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI and moved to Chicago in 2005. He studied to be a minister and completed his bachelor's degree from Moody Bible Institute in 2009. While taking a year off from school and planning to go to grad school, he accepted a job at Chicago's largest leasing company. It was there that he fell in love with real estate and discovered his passion for serving others through business. In the first year, he became the agent of the year in the largest branch of the company and after 18 months he was the top producing agent in the company.

In 2013, Jack acquired his managing brokers license and opened Berdan Real Estate with a focus on helping clients buy and sell real estate. Since then, Jack has grown the team to 6 people and has been acknowledged as a Top 1% producing team in 2016-2017 amongst the entire Chicago Association of Realtors. He now leads the Berdan Real Estate Team's strategy and growth efforts. In his spare time, he has a passion for acquiring old properties and turning them around.

Since 2013, he has developed apartment buildings and commercial properties throughout the midwest. Jack lives in an 1920's apartment building he owns in East Humboldt Park. When not thinking about real estate, he enjoys sailing on Lake Michigan in the summer and traveling in the winter.

Leah Gronsman
Real Estate Broker

Leah is a Grand Rapids, MI native and stumbled into real estate by chance after graduating from college here in Chicago. She quickly learned she loved the industry and all of its twists & turns. She is a broker with Berdan Real Estate and loves being a part of the team. Leah will never say no to any kind of Asian food and can be found thrift shopping or drinking coffee at all hours of the day.

Catherine Nearpass
Lead Listing Agent

Catherine is originally from Charleston, South Carolina and went to college with Jack Berdan right here in Chicago. She had the unique opportunity of being Jack's first hire and was instrumental in establishing smooth and efficient processes enabling Berdan Real Estate to grow into what it is today. She immediately took on the responsibility of property management and has been able to establish connections with reliable contractors.

As a broker, Catherine works primarily with our listings and offers guidance through her knowledge of interior design, staging, and upgrade projects. Catherine owns a condo in Tri-Taylor, is an avid bubble tea drinker, and loves traveling the world with her husband.

Zack Redden
Lead Buyer Agent

Zack is originally from St. Charles, Illinois and went to college at DePaul University, where he studied History and then carried on to Robert Morris College to earn his Culinary Arts Degree. His mother has worked in residential real estate lending for over 30 years and his father was a developer in the suburbs. With his knowledge of Chicago's vibrant neighborhoods and core understanding of the construction process and local building styles, he has proved to be a valuable asset to any novice or expert home buyer. Zack has a strong passion for bringing deteriorating properties back to life and has personally been involved in multiple rehabs in the Logan Square neighborhood as well as his personal dwelling in West Town where he lives with his girlfriend. Zack enjoys the early life in Chicago history and strives to retire to a cabin in the woods of Wisconsin.

Nate Peterson
Office Manager

Nate Peterson is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He recently graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in marketing. Nate was drawn to Chicago through his love of the culture, music, and the hustle - as well the opportunity to take a new position at Berdan Real Estate! Nate is excited to embrace new adventures in Chicago and learn more about the realm of real estate as he grows on the team. Nate notoriously believes Pilsen is the best neighborhood in Chicago, and attends practically every music festival or event in the Chicago area.

Chase McDaniel
Real Estate Broker

Chase is originally from North Carolina. He grew up working for his dad, where he was exposed to many new construction and rehab projects. His interest in real estate led him and two of his friends to flip a property during his freshman year of college. He then moved to Chicago and started a window cleaning business while completing his undergraduate degree. He is now a broker for Berdan Real Estate, and he absolutely loves his job! Chase enjoys living in Logan Square and obsessing over Mod Pizza and Collectivo.

Located on beautifulGoose Island in theheart of Chicago