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Ilana Riback

Buyer's Agent

In a crowded field of real estate professionals, Ilana Riback stands out for her unique balance of deep intelligence, wide-ranging expertise, creativity, dedication, problem solving, thoughtfulness, attention to detail, and an extraordinary ability to strategize and negotiate on behalf of her clients. Ilana relishes the opportunity to resolve even the most challenging and complex of transactions, and is relentless in her pursuit of results that consistently favor her buyers and sellers.

With a background in advanced engineering, consulting, and education, Ilana is able to leverage powerful problem solving, communication, and emotional intelligence to offer customers meticulous, professional, responsive, and attentive real estate services. Every client and transaction is unique, and she greatly enjoys the opportunity to meet the needs and interests of each individual with the best possible advocacy, guidance, support, data, and solutions. Ilana's approach entails working with each client as if they were a friend or family member, giving generously of her time, care, and advice that is respectful of each individual's budget, needs, and goals. Ilana takes great pride in her work and her industry relationships, and it shows in the incredible track record of success she has had as an agent helping countless clients win homes and seize fortuitous investments.

Ilana brings a significant array of gifts and experiences into the fold. From her undergraduate and graduate training in engineering at the University of Michigan, to her work as a Materials and Energy Systems Engineer and as a trusted educator and administrator in STEM and progressive education, she is also a successful entrepreneur and investor, an award winning writer and storyteller, a trained fine artist, and a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and performing artist. In her downtime, she is an avid outdoors enthusiast and athlete, amateur chef, and lover of all things real estate, architecture, and design.

Originally raised in the suburbs of Chicago and Oakland County, Michigan, Ilana transplanted to Ann Arbor in 2003. Ever since, she has been an active and engaged community member through volunteer work, board membership, event creation and promotion, music performances, and working with hundreds of students and real estate clients throughout the region. After many years of living in downtown Ann Arbor and Kerrytown, Ilana now lives in Saline with her husband and daughters, and loves to share her enthusiasm for the area and insider tips on where to find delicious food, beautiful sights, and great experiences!


Raised in a family of real estate investors, attorneys, realtors, engineers, teachers, artists, and designers, Ilana's training as a top realtor extends well beyond the 10,000 hour mark, and her endless curiosity and love of learning drives her to continuously improve her craft, and grow her ability to serve clients at the highest level.  

If you are looking for savvy, skillful, strategic representation, look no further!

Client Reviews

'I couldn't recommend Ilana more highly! I’m not sure how I can possibly be concise. As a newcomer to the area, commuting approximately 2.5 hrs per day to a new job where I work non-traditional hours, Ilana worked around my schedule to make the entire process as convenient as possible.
Not only were we also doing this during the pandemic, but I’m also a fairly recent widower, so I didn’t have my normal sounding board, and Ilana proved herself to be a trustworthy “partner” for me—she was more honest and transparent than I possibly could have hoped.
Her patience, positivity, calmness, and amazing knowledge of her craft was exactly what I needed, and together we were able to put me in my new dream home, at a very good price (below ask) in THIS market! - Steven Ouellette, February 2022

'The Bouma Group realtor, Ilana Riback, was extremely helpful in our search for a house in an unfamiliar city. She took the time to get to know us and our needs thereby making a potentially frustrating process of purchasing a property from out of town quite enjoyable. Her knowledge of the local real estate market was impressive, her outlook was realistic, and her guidance was valuable. She is friendly, honest, energetic, and just a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend her to anybody looking to buy property in the Ann Arbor area.'  - Afrooz & Daryoosh Beigzadeh, January 2022

'I had a great experience working with Ilana Riback. She was very professional and used her expertise and that of the team to help our family get the perfect home.' - Scott Robison, January 2022

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