Chicago’s Top Real Estate Agents | Chicago magazine | August 2020
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4Nancy TassoneJameson Sotheby’s72.1
6Millie RosenbloomBaird & Warner68.3 What’s the worst part about virtual house tours?It’s hard to do it on your own. I looked at a virtual tour the other day, and everything was waist high. You couldn’t see the floors or ceilings.
7Sam ShafferChicago Properties67.8
11Kim WirtzCentury 21 Affiliated56.1
13Ryan PreuettJameson Sotheby’s50.8
14Jason O’BeirneJameson Sotheby’s49.5
20Anne DuBrayColdwell Banker41.9
21Lucie KimCentury 21 Affiliated41.0
23Debra Dobbs@Properties39.7 What one touch can make a property more attractive?Wallpaper. I would stay away from heavy-duty stripes or a checkerboard pattern, but I’ve seen so many beautiful wallpapers, from really stark and dramatic to very subtle and soft. What small thing can be an immediate turnoff to buyers?When the pictures overpromise and the property underdelivers, and that typically means that the photographer made all the rooms look wider than they are.
24Nate EvanseXp Realty39.3
26Gwen FarinellaJameson Sotheby’s (formerly of Related Midwest)38.9
28Scott CurcioBaird & Warner38.1 What one touch can make a property more attractive?Light and bright: white cabinets, white bedding, white curtains. We tell our sellers to think about the best hotel you’ve ever stayed in and how you felt walking into that room. That’s the emotion we want to evoke when people walk into your home. What small thing can be an immediate turnoff to buyers?Rugs. A lot of times we walk through a space and something feels off. A good chunk of the time, if it’s a living room, the rug is too small for the space and it’s bringing your eye in, so it’s making it feel smaller. And we just have to get a bigger rug in there.
30Mark AhmadCentury 21 Affiliated37.3
37Linda LevinJameson Sotheby’s32.0 Buy or wait?The only reason I would say not to buy is inventory is low. If you don’t see what you want, don’t buy something just to own something. Should I renovate before I put my home on the market?It rarely makes sense to do a heavy-duty renovation on your way out. If you spend $100,000 on baths and kitchens, are you going to be able to get $150,000 out of it? I’m not so sure.
44Pam RueveJameson Sotheby’s29.7
46Bill White Sr. Baird & Warner29.3
50Michael BattistaJameson Sotheby’s (formerly of Dream Town)27.8
51Susan MinerPremier Relocation27.6
52Deidre RudichD’Aprile Properties27.6
61Kelly AngelopoulosJameson Sotheby’s25.1
62Rubina BokhariJameson Sotheby’s24.7 How long should my property sit on the market before I cut the price?Sixty days is a good barometer, but it depends on seasonality. In the fall, you’d definitely want to do a cut at that point. I might wait a little bit longer in the spring, because most buyers want to move in with the great weather. What small thing can be an immediate turnoff to buyers?Carpet. Hardwood is definitely preferable because it’s cleaner; you don’t know where the carpet’s been. If it’s there, you want a neutral color. Hot pink carpet? That needs to go.
63Michael MaierBHHS Chicago24.6
65Lindsay D’AprileD’Aprile Properties24.4
71Judy GreenbergColdwell Banker23.3
72Juany HoneycuttJameson Sotheby’s23.2 Should I renovate before I put my home on the market?If you can afford it, definitely. But use a professional. I don’t want the seller picking paint colors, tile for the bathroom, or carpet, because they still are emotional about the property — it’s not for them, it’s for resale. How long should my property sit on the market before I cut the price?Within the first 30 to 45 days, if you don’t have an offer, there’s something wrong. More often than not, it’s actually the condition of the property. If you’re not willing to do the work to make it show ready, it doesn’t matter what the price is.
82Elizabeth WienekeGriffith, Grant & Lackie21.8
85Stephanie LoVerdeJameson Sotheby’s21.7
89Meredith Manni MeserowBHHS Chicago21.5
94Carrie FoleyJohn Greene20.9
95Hasani SteeleRE/Max20.9 Buy or wait?If you are looking to purchase the $1 million plus, I’d wait, but if you’re looking for anything less than that, buy. The best investors are actually buying when the market looks extremely bleak. What one touch can make a property more attractive?Using sound systems, entertainment, things like that. You have to come up with something different. What stimuli are these people not getting elsewhere?
96Lisa HuberBHHS Chicago20.8
100Matthew McCollumKeller Williams20.4
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