Jenna Smith can do anything. She’s worked through the highs and the lows of the market, been a part of boutique and high-volume brokerages, gut-rehabbed a home and dealt with both rental and high-volume models. This wide variety of experiences makes her able to anticipate problems and better serve her clients.
“There probably isn’t a large development in the city I am not familiar with, nor a crazy scenario I haven’t dealt with,” she says. “There are some things you just can’t learn until you’ve worked past them firsthand.”
She flourishes in the complexities of the industry that challenge her to overcome logistical hurdles, such as helping a client sell their home
before they can purchase.
“I’m working a lot with move-up sellers right now who have wanted to upgrade the last few years, but could not because their current home had lost so much value,” Smith says. “Things are looking up for those clients, and we can sell high while still getting them into a fairly-priced new home that better fits their needs for years to come.”
Since joining Dream Town in 2007, Smith has been recognized as a top producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors every single year. She’s also been featured on FOX TV’s “Ask the Expert” segment, referenced in Chicago magazine and The Wall Street Journal about Chicago real estate and been included in Chicago Association of Realtors’ top 1 percent the past two years.
“When I started my real estate career 12 years ago, I gained valuable sales experience, but realized very quickly what type of broker I did not want to be,” she says. “Since then, I focus on quality over quantity each day to build better relationships and encourage repeat business.”
After accumulating 14 years of high level customer service experience and an educational background in Marketing, Sarah began her professional career as a Director of Marketing for a suburban mortgage brokerage. With her extensive customer service knowledge, proficiency in marketing and understanding of the financial aspects of real estate transactions, she knew that she had cultivated the appropriate combination of skills to become an exceptional Realtor. Sarah also brings to the table her wealth of neighborhood market knowledge from her wide array of listings and sales throughout the diverse neighborhoods that make up Chicagoland. She has since built a thriving real estate business based primarily on referrals through her dedication to quality service, which is inspired by her commitment to helping others. Whether she is representing a home buyer, seller or property investor in Chicago or the surrounding suburbs, her goal is to build relationships with her clients based on integrity and trust, allowing for a positive experience that leaves a lasting impression. As a result of her involvement in various aspects of the Chicago real estate market over the years, Sarah applies what she has learned to stay ahead of potential challenges throughout the process, providing her clients with both value and and a first-rate experience. She tailors her approach to each individual transaction by using systems and resources that minimize hassles and help her clients to make a well-informed decision.
Sarah is consciously committed to increasing her expertise in the industry and marketplace through both education and growth focused networking. Having earned her Managing Broker's License as well as the Accredited Buyers Representative, At Home with Diversity and Graduate of the Realtors Institute Designations from the Illinois Association of Realtors, along with her active professional affiliations with the CAR Professional Development Advisory Work Group and the YWCA Ambassadors Council, she remains dedicated to her vision of community development and economic empowerment throughout the city of Chicago.
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