Real estate is ‘all in the family’ for Jennifer Baron. Jennifer’s father was a developer in Illinois in the 70’s - 80’s, her mother was also a realtor and interior designer. She eventually followed her family’s success and entered the real estate market full time. Jennifer has quickly achieved the status of one of the top selling agents in Chicago. She has sold over 35 million to date! Interesting, her real estate career actually began when she was just a little girl. Jennifer grew up as her fathers #1 assistant helping him show model homes on weekends.
Before entering the real estate, Jennifer graduated in 1987 with a degree in filmmaking from Columbia College in Chicago. She worked on independent films, assistant directing, producing and production managing. Finally breaking into ‘big picture world’, she spent the next 15 years as a location manager and scout for major motion pictures shot in and around Chicago. Some of her film credits include “ High Fidelity”, “ Ali”, “ Mad Dog & Glory”, “Flatliners”, “ Message in a Bottle”, and“ Only The Lonely”.
Jennifer credits her background as a Location Manager and Scout as having exceptionally prepared her for her career as a realtor in Chicago. Her knowledge of the city with its vast array of neighborhoods, as well as several surrounding suburbs, is beyond what most agents can offer. When Jennifer says she knows Chicago, she really is an expert!
Her management background is extensive. As a location manager, she was responsible for helping directors choose the best locations for their films in Chicago, and she was then responsible for coordinating the filming to take place. Working closely with the Illinois and Chicago film offices, she secured filming permits, street closures, hired Chicago police, security, and worked with various other city departments, as well as local residents and business owners.
Today she brings that same hard work ethic to real estate every day. She guides her buyer clients with the utmost care in finding the perfect home of their dreams. She is also keen on helping her clients make smart investments in Chicago’s fast appreciating markets. She then guides them through the entire process of the real estate transaction, from finding the best lender and financing options, to procuring quality inspectors, and top real estate attorneys, in order to create the best support team to lead each client toward a successful closing transaction. Jennifer also holds the ABR designation (Accredited Buyer Representative).
Jennifer works closely with home sellers to help them determine the right price for the most optimal sale by providing a detailed comparative market analysis. An extra benefit to listing a home with Jennifer is that she is also an ASP Stager, and a member of the International Association of Home Stagers, founded by the creator of Home Staging, Barb Schwarz. Jennifer includes her creative Staging services as part of her marketing package to all her sellers to ensure that each showing makes the best possible first impression, and that the home stands out of the crowd of the competition to ensure that the home sells faster and for more money! Further, she coordinates the highest profile marketing in the industry through @Properties. Most importantly, she works diligently to assure that her sellers have a comfortable and successful experience in the sale of their home.
Now in her sixth year working as a real estate consultant, Jennifer is proud to be part of the @Properties team. She has been an award-winning agent each year of her business, having been recognized for her achievements by the Chicago Association of Realtors. She remains within the top 5% of realtors in Chicago in sales. Jennifer is very proud that she also has a long list of happy clients who graciously send her many referrals.
Jennifer has appeared in several real estate articles. She was interviewed for an article on Albany Park for the Chicago Tribune that appeared on the cover of the Real Estate section in 2004. Recently, she appeared in an article for Crain’s Chicago Business about Single women buyers in Chicago. She has also appeared in a public service announcement on television for CAPS in Chicago, which she works to support in her neighborhood. She is a firm believer in the power of community and encourages all her clients to get involved with CAPS, as well as with their local neighborhood associations.
Jennifer is also a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity and has been a hope builder since 1997. In her dreams, everyone has a place to call home! She has also been closely involved with Mercy Home for boys and girls, as a regular supporter, but most proudly as a mentor to a young woman, through Mercy’s “Friends First” program. They met 11 years ago, and her ‘sister’ now has graduated from college, and has a great career in accounting. Jennifer is extremely proud of her ‘sister’, and they remain close still. Jennifer encourages everyone to consider being a mentor to a young child. Not only is it one of the best things you can do in this world, but at Mercy Home and Friends First, lives are not only saved, success stories are created!
Jennifer has lived joyously in Chicago for over 22 years. Loving everything there is about Chicago, she has lived in various parts of Lakeview, the Buena Vista Historic Neighborhood, Wicker Park, Irving Park, and now lives in her favorite neighborhood, Old Irving where she resides with 3 too many cats!
If you are looking for one down to earth, smart as they come, and hard working agent of the highest integrity, don’t hesitate to call Jennifer Baron! She loves helping others to make their dreams come true and will work the hardest of them all for you!