I retired in 2004, having sold a successful (small) software company. I failed at retirement! Hated it! Also my wife said I could be retired, but not at home. So I looked around for a new challenge and found real estate. Love it! What could be more fun than not working for anyone else, not having employees, managing your own schedule...and helping nice people make one of the most important investment of their lives?
Mini Bio: Hometown, Anchorage, AK. The Colorado College(BA in Business). US Army Intelligence. Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management (MBA). Advertising career, highlighted by the introduction of IBM PC's. Owner of a Software Company (sold it!). Began Real Estate Career. Married. Two grown children and a daughter-in-law. Two granddogs.
Real Estate: My primary focus in real estate is luxury residences in the City of Chicago. What a great place to work and live! Or, if you live elsewhere...what a great place to have an "in-town". I can help you find the best buys in the best buildings in Chicago...Gold Coast, Millennium Park, Streeterville, the Loop, River North, Lake Shore East, South Loop. I have also handled a number of Short Sales -- painful, takes forever -- but the result can be a really great buy.
A few beliefs:
- Buying a residence is an emotional experience for the buyer. My job is to make sure it is also a good business decision.
- Never buy directly from a developer w/o having your own agent! Developers do NOT have YOUR best interests at heart. You need representation (buyer represention is FREE. Take advantage.)
- In real estate, you make your money when you purchase. Buy well, and you won't suffer when you sell.
- Don't buy a bult-in negative. It will make selling difficult sometime down the line. (e.g. right next to the L tracks. Even if YOU get used to it, it will severly limit your pool of buyers when you want to sell)
- Aside from the # of bedrooms and baths, square footage, balcony, views, amenities....Where do you want to be when you step out the door in the morning?
- What sells today in real estate is in the top 5% of condition, and the bottom 5% of price.
- If you are selling, be realistic. Listing is not selling.
- You can waste an enormous amount of market time and effort by being over priced in the market.
- A good rule for setting your price when selling. Pretend you are a buyer. Looking at the comps...would YOU pay what you are asking?
Clients are saying:
I appreciate your professionalism and your promptness and willingness to go the other step.
"... thanks for spending so much time with us on our search for real estate nirvana. You have been both patient and understanding, and have provided us with good advice. We are fortunate to have crossed paths with you at your open house!"
"Hi Jerry. Dalia and I want to thank you for the great service you provided in connection with the selection and purchase of our new condominium. You really listened to us, and you showed us properties that met all of our criteria, including price range. You answered our numerous questions with unfailing patience, you were always available and prompt to respond to us, and you were always cheerful and pleasant to work with. One of the most important things you did was to prevent us from falling in love with the first property we saw (which was very nice), and you made sure that we looked at a number of different properties in different neighborhoods (but all within the particular area that we had designated). Rather than urging us to make a decision quickly, you saw to it that we carefully considered our choices and took many factors into account before making our final selection. As a result, we now have acquired a condominium that we love in an area that is perfect for us. You made sure that we were very careful in making this important decision, and for that we are most grateful. We appreciate the care, thoroughness, and knowledge of the market that you brought to our search. We have a condominium that we love in a great neighborhood at a price with which we are happy (and which the President of our condominium association has informed us was a bargain). So thanks for your great work for us -- and, as a special bonus, thanks for becoming a friend! -- Dave."
"Thank u SO much Jerry!!!!!!"
you are the best i don't know how to thank you for all you have done for us you really have given us back the faith we lost