Jesse McGrath is passionate about the design, planning, development, and sales of Chicago real estate. Whether you’re buying a new home for a change in lifestyle, investment purposes or a little bit of both, Jesse can find, develop, and design the ideal property to fit your needs while maximizing your returns. With a background in architecture and development, Jesse brings a unique expertise to the real estate industry.
Having managed all aspects of McGrath Architects (www.mcgratharchitects.com) , Jesse gained creativity, business acumen and analytical skills, which shape his approach to real estate to this day. An expert on building permits, inspections, building and zoning codes, Jesse has created a one-stop shop for his clients’ various real estate needs. Jesse can walk through a property and easily evaluate the quality of the work, estimate the cost of repairs or improvements, find creative solutions and suggest remodel/addition possibilities.
The world of real estate is one that is ever changing. To guarantee his place as a leader, Jesse is constantly researching the market, current trends and all aspects of marketing and technology. His job is to exceed all client expectations, and by positioning himself with a finger on Chicago’s pulse, he is able to do so.
"I believe that much of my success can be attributed to the fact that I strive to bring both sides of the deal to my clients. I am a statistics junkie that loves technology. At the same time, I realize that no matter how much technology and social media the industry implements, client love cannot be earned in statistics alone. The process of buying or selling a home is and forever will be an emotional process, one that requires empathy, patience and caring. By bringing both of these skills to the table, I serve as their advisor, advocate and partner.”
Due to his successes Jesse created his own realty team of professionals. He also currently serves as Branch Liaison on the USGBC Residential Green Building Chicago Chapter and Board Member for the AIA Small Project Practitioners Roundtable. His affiliations connect him with numerous real estate professionals, creating strong relationships throughout the industry.
2013 Closed Listing Statistics - 29 Active Days on Market - 98.7% Sale to List Price Ratio
Jesse McGrath featured in Michigan Avenue magazine Summer 2013 edition, page 138, entitled Green Fables Read Here
Jesse McGrath featured in Chicago SunTimes, May 2013 edition, entitled The Green RoomRead Here
Jesse McGrath is a very experienced broker. His services were very professional and efficient. He conducted himself with respect and knowledge a winning combination! I will use Jesse with my next purchase and have referred him to others. He is an employee that should be valued and a great addition to your team. Jesse was available at all times to answer our questions. He was very quick in returning calls to answer questions we may have had.-Steve and Kathy Chambers
Jesse has a knack for keeping communication flowing smoothly with everyone involved in the long process of buying a new home, from the listing agent to the attorneys to the appraiser to the mortgage broker. Most importantly, he doesn't just tell you, the buyer, only what you want to hear. He really tries to understand your requirements and will not hesitate to offer negative feedback about a place when that's what is called for. Another big plus is his architectural experience, as Jesse can speak knowledgeably about possible modifications/updates to a space, such as moving a bathroom. We once made the mistake of hiring a friend who was only in real estate part time, and our experience with Jesse was much smoother and more professional overall. My wife and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Jesse to first-time buyers or seasoned real estate investors.-Don and Gloria Wakeling
I had a complicated purchase and Jesse helped me a lot -- including after closing when there were still some loose ends to tie up. He knows the business well and was a big help.-David Russel
Working with Jesse was extremely easy and enjoyable. Throughout a difficult short sale process he was patient, informative and supportive. We spent months (literally) working on the purchase with the seller's bank while still actively bidding on traditional sales to keep our options open. The additional expertise that Jesse brought as a licensed architect was especially useful to us as we refined our rehab plans for the property with his active input. Overall we'd highly recommend him and feel that he's especially suited to younger buyers looking for their first family home or any buyers with construction ambitions.–Tony and Megan Ruth
My husband and I chose Jesse as a broker after meeting him at an open house. Even though we weren't yet his clients, he offered us insights into the market of our target area that prompted us to contact him months later when we were ready to start a search in earnest. We feel thankful we followed our instincts! Because of Jesse's promptness in submitting our bid and hard work in following-up with the seller, we were able to close on our ideal property. In addition, Jesse's background as an architect enabled us to envision how we could alter the property in the future for the needs of our growing family. We have already recommended Jesse to a number of friends and colleagues, and we will definitely use Jesse for our future real estate needs.-Ann and Michael Davenport
Jesse handled the purchase of our new home with professionalism, kindness, and excellent communication despite a challenging transaction. The home closed in two weeks; both we and Jesse were on vacation during one of those two weeks; and the agent for the seller was highly unprofessional and difficult to deal with. We were lucky to have had him as our broker and would gladly recommend him.–Kelly Spence and Paul Meyer
Jesse was great. He listened to us and never put pressure on us when making our decisions. He was always in contact with us and I will definitely be using him again.-Matthew Irvine
Jesse was so helpful. I had never purchased a home in the city before, so he did a great job educating me on the various facets of the search so I could make a better decision. He also respected my parameters and preferences and yet also gave me advice even when I didn't know I needed it. Without Jesse, I would have likely purchased I home I wouldn't be totally satisfied with from either a price or a location perspective. Instead, I now have a home that I am incredibly blessed with, and I cannot believe the location, layout, price, neighbors, everything. I couldn't be happier! Jesse is one of the good guys. Trust is incredibly important in these transactions, and I would recommend him to anyone. Very grateful!-Julie Bullock