Real estate can be creative, especially when the Realtor is a former actor. For 16 years, Baird & Warner Realtor Bucky Cross has used that creativity to assist clients in Chicago’s North Side and North Shore. He primarily handles condos and single-family homes for move-up and first-time buyers.
Last year Cross, a member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS® and Top Agent Network, exceeded his personal goals, selling 78 units representing $24 million in volume. His strong work ethic has also earned him professional recognition. He’s a CAR Top Producer (2016-2022), a recipient of the Five Star Professionals Legend Award (Five Star Realtor for the past 11 years) and ranked in Baird & Warner’s top 1% in sales and units in 2021.
Cross strives to lighten the mood during transactions. “This process is already stressful, so I like to have fun, keep it light and be a resource for all my clients’ questions and concerns,” he explains. “What makes working with me different is the energy, positivity and sense of humor I bring to each transaction.” Clients also value Cross’ patience, “which I take as a huge compliment,” he shares. “I try to be even-keeled, manage expectations and educate my clients about the process.” Practicing gratitude helps him maintain perspective regardless of what’s going on, and clients comment on his consistently good mood. “Our business is all about the client,” he emphasizes. That’s why most of his clients come from referrals.
“First and foremost, I’m a nice guy,” Cross says. “I pride myself on being a pro. And frankly, I don’t see other agents as competition, I see them as collaborators. We certainly each have a job to do, but if we do it with respect and dignity, everyone will get what they want.”
Still a theater lover with season tickets, Cross also enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife of 22 years and his 9-year-old daughter.