Real Estate Career

Cara Buffa Weitzman chose Real Estate as her first and only career in 1992 and quickly became the #1 agent in her office, listing multiple high end commercial buildings and small residential developments.

By 1997, Cara had listed her first large development, a 35+ unit courtyard building and historic greenhouse on the 800 block of W. Buckingham Place. She started to assemble large, off market, residential parcels for redevelopment, most notably in the Southport Corridor. Once she was touched by the magic of redevelopment, she excelled in designating and brokering off market properties and assemblages which would truly transform blocks and neighborhoods.

In 2000, Cara brokered an off market deal at 600 N. Kingsbury, a haphazard weed garden in River North which became a 180-unit development. She was the sole listing agent of the $70 million development. The development paved the way for the city to purchase the three adjacent lots which is now a river front park and the heart of the River North neighborhood!

In 2002 Cara brokered another off market deal at 319 W. Erie which has now been designated a National Historic landmark. Built in 1888 by Mother Cabrini as a safe haven and school for Italian Immigrants, the building previously sat as a mysterious vacant property for years.

Cara’s business has traversed residential, commercial and development seamlessly, and by 2007, she was focused primarily on residential brokerage. Cara consistently ranks in the top 1% of producers within Chicago. She has been recognized by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices every year, including the designation of Chairman’s Circle Platinum, placing her among the top 1% nationally. In 2014, she was inducted into the inaugural class of KoenigRubloff’s Hall of Fame for achieving and sustaining high level career performance.

Currently, Cara has listed the 25-unit vacant building at 56 E. Chicago at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Rush Street.  The turn of the century building fronts Chicago Avenue and has housed the iconic Pippen’s Tavern since the 1960s. It has been vacant among some of the highest valued property in the city for years. The property is listed for $19,500,000.

About Me

I grew up in the historically significant town of Riverside, Illinois, designed by famed landscape architect Fredrick Law Olmsted (Grant Park, Central Park).  Riverside surrounded me with beauty and a profound architectural background which inspires me to this day.  I attended Illinois State University, University of South Carolina as well as Walt Disney University.  After receiving my degrees in Public Relations and French in 1992, I earned my real estate license and have been practicing in Chicago ever since.

I was married in 2015 and became the mother of two amazing children.  In my free time, I raise funds, rescue and foster for Mission Compassion Paw (MCP) Outreach and Rescue, a nonprofit dog rescue.

As a premier real estate consultant in Chicago I strive to provide the highest level of service and expertise, by understanding your needs, style and personality, I will customize my approach to serve you.  Starting my 24th year of real estate in Chicago, I have proven to be a motivated broker that has cultivated trust and loyal clientele, allowing me to provide innovative solutions for you.

With an unequaled level of discretion and personalized attention, my clients enjoy the best of both worlds: a service that is small and nimble enough to meet your needs, with the essential infrastructure and resources of a large firm.

As a top broker in Illinois and Chicago, I am proud to say that I have closed over $200 Million in real estate!


58 E Chicago Ave, Chicago
21 E Elm St 2C, Chicago
350 Uvedale Rd, Riverside
3836 N Lowell Ave, Chicago


21 W CHESTNUT ST 507, Chicago $335,000

550 N Kingsbury Street UNIT 213, Chicago $335,000

550 N Kingsbury ST 113, CHICAGO $331,000

1305 S Michigan Avenue UNIT 1107, Chicago $327,500

451 W Huron Street UNIT 1210, Chicago $327,000

21 W CHESTNUT ST 804, CHICAGO $325,000

522 W Armitage Avenue UNIT 1, Chicago $324,000

70 W Huron ST 1308, Chicago $325,000

226 N Clinton ST 427, CHICAGO $312,500

420 W GRAND AVE 2C, CHICAGO $310,000


600 N Kingsbury ST 902, Chicago $308,000

600 N Kingsbury ST 903, CHICAGO $306,000

2300 W Wabansia Avenue UNIT 216, Chicago $306,000

500 W SUPERIOR ST 1008, CHICAGO $300,000

1111 S WABASH AVE 703, CHICAGO $295,000

211 E Ohio 621, CHICAGO $290,000

550 N Kingsbury ST 112, CHICAGO $290,000

21 W CHESTNUT ST 806, CHICAGO $287,500

600 N KINGSBURY ST 704, CHICAGO $287,000

1040 W Adams Street UNIT 273, Chicago $286,000

758 N Larrabee Street UNIT 835, Chicago $285,000

226 N Clinton ST 611, Chicago $277,500

375 W ERIE ST 423, CHICAGO $275,000

3900 N Claremont ST 205, Chicago $274,900

375 W ERIE ST 305, Chicago $272,950

21 W GOETHE ST 7G, CHICAGO $264,000

21 W CHESTNUT ST 907, CHICAGO $264,000

21 W GOETHE ST 12A, CHICAGO $259,000

900 N Kingsbury ST 969, Chicago $255,900

1000 N Kingsbury Street UNIT 301, Chicago $245,000

3852 N Southport Avenue UNIT 2, Chicago $237,500

226 N Clinton Street UNIT 611, Chicago $235,000

1841 N LAWNDALE AVE 3W, CHICAGO $227,000

3028 W ROSCOE ST 305, CHICAGO $225,000

1000 N Kingsbury ST 301, CHICAGO $224,999

21 W GOETHE ST 6A, CHICAGO $222,500

253 E DELAWARE ST 11A, CHICAGO $222,500

2317 W Wolfram ST 514, CHICAGO $221,500

21 W Chestnut ST 607, CHICAGO $215,000

21 W Goethe ST 9F, Chicago $214,000

3802 N Troy Street UNIT 3, Chicago $185,000


21 W Goethe ST 10K, CHICAGO $148,000

4250 N MARINE DR 1806, Chicago $145,000

1061 W 16th Street UNIT 406, Chicago $135,000

1601 S MICHIGAN AVE 305, Chicago $125,000

4603 N Dover ST 1, Chicago $125,000

464 N ABERDEEN AVE 2R, Chicago $119,000

1626 W OHIO ST, CHICAGO $90,000












Buyer Acquisitions (click to expand)

1414 N Mohawk ST, CHICAGO $2,175,000
1801 N Wolcott, CHICAGO $2,150,000
457 N Canal ST, CHICAGO $1,655,000
843 W Belden AVE, CHICAGO $1,465,000
510 W ERIE 2401, CHICAGO $1,295,000
10 E Delaware ST 12D, CHICAGO $1,210,000
201 W Grand AVE PH7, CHICAGO $1,175,000
1501 W Superior ST, CHICAGO $1,100,000
1244 W BRYN MAWR, CHICAGO $1,055,000
1937 W Fulton ST, CHICAGO $1,039,000
1422 W BERTEAU, CHICAGO $1,019,000
1830 N Hudson AVE A, CHICAGO $970,000
2329 N Greenview AVE, CHICAGO $905,000
2114 N LAKEWOOD AVE 2114, CHICAGO $900,000
1457 W Pensacola AVE, CHICAGO $810,000
2433 N FRANCISCO, CHICAGO $710,000
636 W OAK ST 636, CHICAGO $655,000
3449 N PAULINA ST, CHICAGO $600,000
3821 N Ravenswood AVE, CHICAGO $590,000
500 W SUPERIOR ST 813, CHICAGO $585,000
942 W HUBBARD ST, Chicago $575,575
435 W ERIE ST 2203, CHICAGO $575,000
2 W DELAWARE PL 1504, CHICAGO $570,000
849 W OHIO ST 10, CHICAGO $568,000
600 N Kingsbury 701, Chicago $561,250
940 W HUBBARD ST, CHICAGO $557,500
3120 N SHEFFIELD AVE 3N, Chicago $538,000
1006 N Kingsbury ST, CHICAGO $530,000
521 W SUPERIOR 527, CHICAGO $525,000
3232 N RACINE AVE 1, CHICAGO $517,000
2730 N Greenview AVE L, CHICAGO $515,000
550 N KINGSBURY ST 102, CHICAGO $505,000
2303 S MICHIGAN AVE 501, Chicago $477,500
1023 N KINGSBURY 1023, Chicago $462,500
1533 N CLEVELAND ST 4, CHICAGO $430,000
17 S Wapella AVE, MOUNT PROSPECT $420,000
21 W CHESTNUT ST 1601, CHICAGO $410,000
400 N CLINTON ST 606, CHICAGO $400,000
700 N Larrabee 215, CHICAGO $383,000
1305 S MICHIGAN AVE 1107, CHICAGO $327,500
522 W Armitage AVE 1, CHICAGO $324,000
500 W Superior ST 609, CHICAGO $307,500
2300 W WABANSIA AVE 216, CHICAGO $306,000
657 W FULTON AVE 210, Chicago $305,000
435 W ERIE ST 2003, CHICAGO $290,000
1040 W Adams ST 273, CHICAGO $286,000
3852 N Southport AVE 2, CHICAGO $237,500
330 N Jefferson ST 1107, CHICAGO $236,000
226 N CLINTON ST 611, CHICAGO $235,000
21 W Chestnut ST 607, CHICAGO $215,000
21 W Goethe ST 9F, Chicago $214,000
3802 N Troy ST 3, CHICAGO $185,000
4603 N Dover ST 1, CHICAGO $89,000



The broker behind the billboard reveals how she landed a historic listing. By Chiara Milioulis / People / Who To Watch / June 23, 2016

Thinking out of the box: Even though Buffa has been building her own client base for 24 years, she’s never been a fan of personal marketing. “I said, ‘If I’m going to do it, I am going to do it big,’ ” she says now. “I was tired of social media — the public is becoming very numb to that. I wanted to do something different and I don’t believe in doing anything halfway.”



The site will most likely appeal to potential high-rise developers because its zoning classification “means you can go as high as you want,” said listing agent Cara Buffa of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group.
Five high rises, including the 68-story Park Tower and the 53-story Clare, are within a block of the site at Chicago Avenue and Rush Street.

This episode of My First Home was shot in and around Chicago, featuring the great neighborhoods of River North and Bucktown.  Ryan and Carrie are a young and hip twenty-something couple searching for a first home in Chicago, Illinois. But, with major differences in their preferred locations, will their search bring them closer together, or tear them apart?

Client Testimonials

“Cara was referred to us by a friend who purchased a home with her assistance. From the moment we met Cara we knew that we were in good hands with her. She listened attentively to what our needs were and was extremely efficient setting up visits to properties and sparing us from seeing others that would not have been a good-fit. When we found the house we desired, her advice was invaluable to help negotiate the deal. We have worked with at least a half-dozen agents over the past 20 years—she’s the best!”
Barry and Kendra R, Chicago

“Cara did an excellent job understanding my needs as related to the sale of my loft and most importantly, She also had a thorough understanding of the neighborhood. She provided great follow-ups on each potential buyer. She was awesome helping to alleviate all my concerns and anxieties. I would not hesitate one moment in recommending Cara to others.”
Carolyn Z.

“Cara is the best! She handled everything and was critical in making sure the deal got done. Thanks again Cara!”
Dan, Chicago

“Cara Baffa is the best broker I ever had. She is very professional , smart and make my interest a first priority. She is a tough negotiator, getting job done and fun to work with.
I would strongly recommend her .”
Arthur K

“I would not hesitate to recommend Cara Buffa to anyone considering selling or buying a home. She is an extremely knowledgeable real estate agent. Her initial estimate of my home was 150,000 dollars higher than previous agents had given. She was able to sell my home within several weeks! She always was professional and available to answer any questions or concerns I had. But even more importantly, my comfort with the process was of the highest concern to her. In other words, she really cares about her clients! When I am ready to sell the home I am currently in, I will definitely hire Cara.”
Bobbie F, Chicago

“Cara Buffa is hard-working, attentive, genuine, professional, knowledgeable, and, above all, trustworthy. I would recommend her services to anyone.”
Amisha & Jason, Chicago

“Cara is one of the best agents around. She is genuine and always follows through.
She is the ultimate professional.”
Zoe B, Chicago

5.0 star rating 4/30/2015
Wonderful, lovely, and strategic! Found my (then fiancé) the perfect first home for our lifestyle at that point in our lives and 3 years later, now happily married, Cara found my husband and I the perfect home for our current lifestyle and also for our future! She’s the best!
Carrie S.

5.0 star rating 4/15/2015
BEST real estate agent ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! My wife and I were pregnant with our second child and looking at single family homes in Bucktown. We met Cara, who was the listing agent for one of the properties, and loved her so much we decided to list our Lincoln Park loft with her. We had a professional photographer shooting within days, were listed, and had our first offer within a week. Cara is a rock star. She has a tremendous grasp for the real estate market in Chicago and I would highly recommend her.
Sean C.

5.0 star rating 9/17/2014
Cara is the ultimate professional. She is extremely knowledgeable about the real estate industry. She is unique in the way she truly listens to her clients needs. Cara did an outstanding job representing my best interest. When you hire Cara, you actually get Cara, not an assistant, and never vm! She is available at all hours, she goes above and beyond to make deals come together, she has that magic touch. I trust Cara completely and will continue our real estate relationship for years to come.
Jodi G.

5.0 star rating 9/8/2014
Our repeat business speaks for itself.  Cara has represented us multiple times.  She was able to sell our nearly un-sellable condo, find us a rental apartment, and find us our home in the suburbs.  And it’s not just us, we have referred her to our friends whom she has found or sold their homes.  It is a great feeling knowing that she has your best interests in mind and she is able to provide a level of customer service that you rarely see anymore in this industry.
Brian S.

5.0 star rating 9/2/2014
Cara is FANTASTIC. She came highly recommended by a friend and she exceeded our expectations in every way. She is highly experienced, great to work with, and trustworthy. She helped us find a great place and we couldn’t be happier.
David A.

5.0 star rating 9/2/2014
Cara did a great job for us, before we knew it, we had great offers. We particularly liked the fact that she was at all of the showings, she works hard for the sale. She also went above and beyond at the closing. Highly recommended.
Tim F.

5.0 star rating 9/1/2014
Cara is fantastic! She walked us through our real estate transactions every step of the way and handled very difficult situations and personalities with pure professionalism. In addition to having extensive experience, she is very knowledgeable (and has an extensive network to address any issue that arises) and is an absolute pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend her to my best friends and family. She’s extremely rare in this highly competitive industry!!
Jennifer S.

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  1. 01. for sellers

    When I list your home I recognize it is a most important and cherished asset.  It is of paramount importance to partner with a trusted and experienced adviser who can price a property to help you maximize the sale price of your property in your defined timeline, and efficiently expedite the closing process.

    As one of the most experienced real estate brokers in Chicago my commitments to you consist of:

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    As a native of Chicago, I realize this is the best the city in the world.  Our great city offers numerous options for residential buyers, from Gold Coast Brownstones, posh Lake Shore Drive condos, or Walk-Ups to modernist developments in Bucktown and Wicker Park, the options are vast.  It is imperative that you work with an experienced and knowledgeable broker who can offer a wealth of information along with strong negotiating and problem-solving skills.  Regardless of your budget I welcome the experience to work with you and find your perfect home.

    The services I provide to buyers can save you thousands of dollars, not only do I advise you about local and neighborhood markets, analyze your wants and needs, guide you to homes that fit your criteria, coordinate the work of other needed professionals and negotiate on your behalf…more specifically I will gain invaluable details about the properties you're considering, title reports, permit Info, previously sold data, CMA's and help you find Lender Foreclosures, Bank REOs, and other properties that may not be listed for sale on the market.

    Ongoing and personalized service and follow-through are equally crucial; this translates into efficient use of your time and effective management of your assets.   It is one of the reasons that the majority of my business comes from referrals.

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Cara Buffa

Phone: 312.593.2608
Email: CBuffa@koenigrubloff.com
Fax: 312.264.1326

BHHS KoenigRubloff Realty Group
980 North Michigan, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60611

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