"When you love what you do, as much as you do, you can't help but share!"
From "Rookie of the Year" in 2004 to "Top Producer" with the Chicago Association of Realtors for the past 10 years, "Best of HOUZZ" for the past 3, and @properties Top 100 Clare's skill set, business sense, value-proposition, positive attitude, and entrepreneurial spirit chart a more progressive real estate business than any model you have seen!
An Oak Park native who has lived in 4 of the city's neighborhoods in addition to 3 cities on the East Coast, Clare has excelled in sales under the leadership, work-ethic, and inspiration of her father, who worked full time until he turned 88, and her 7 brothers - all in sales.
Successful pre-real estate careers in sales, marketing, and training have shaped Clare professionally; passion for homes and the "hunt", decorating and staging, rehabbing, finding a deal, negotiating, and more importantly - helping people define and ultimately live their vision motivate her personally. Obvious strengths include a positive attitude, high energy level, strong knowledge of competitive pricing and negotiations, marketing and promotions, unlimited resources through a huge professional and social network, a passion to create a win-win and a "can-do" spirit.
As a 'Clare Flair' value-added, Clare, an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) offers complimentary staging services to set each of her listings apart and greatly increase viewing activity as well as more showing requests. Each listing is viewed as a unique opportunity for Clare's staging talent to be put to work. This results in the seller's benefitting from quicker contracts and higher sales prices. This is truly a unique "one of a kind" service in the city of Chicago!
Team members, Kim Minnaugh (Staging) and Brendan Pigott (Realtor) provide full enthusiastic support to each valued client from initial contact to post-close follow up. Their talents and competitive spirit enhance and support the team's goal to provide home buyers and sellers a positive experience that achieves their financial and emotional goals with a quick and joy-filled turn-time.
Clients are saying:
"Clare is fantastic! She is responsive, knowledgeable, and incredibly personable. She expertly navigated any roadblocks in our buying process and helped us to find and purchase an amazing first home. She truly went above and beyond any of our expectations and came highly recommended from not one, but three other happy homeowners. Clare values and respects her clients time and always made us feel like we were a priority. If we ever leave the Chicago area I don't know how we will purchase a home without her! I would recommend Clare in a heartbeat and will absolutely use her services again the next time we go to buy or sell."
"Clare has once again delivered great service and advice for the most recent investment property acquisition. In all, we have completed 7 buy/sell transactions with Clare. She has her systems & processes in place and knows how to efficiently use time while completing the deal. We will leverage her talents again in the future."
"Clare is outstanding. She is knowledgeable about the market. She makes it her priority to really get to know the needs of her client. And, she is a great person to have on your team whether you are staging, buying or selling a property. Her entire team is totally customer focused and highly skilled in their field.
Clare's talents are a great mix of business, creativity, design and sales with the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Her staging ability is best in class. She is detailed, precise and creative. She knows exactly how to stage your home to attract the most buyers. I would encourage everyone considering selling your home to contact Clare.
I would recommend Clare 250%. She's the best."
""Clare Spartz was my realtor, guide and "house whisperer," as I prepared and sold (to the first people who saw it), my beautiful home this summer. I followed Clare's posts on social media for years, and knew when the time came to sell MY precious family home, she would be a good fit for us. It takes a special talent to be able to enter a homeowner's world, see possibility and guide them in the practical step-by-step process of prepping to sell, WHILE allowing for the complex emotions: fear, grief of letting go. Clare has that rare gift, and delivers for you in such a savvy, smart, thorough way, under her guidance, worry disappears and you move, eyes on the prize, toward the sale. I was told selling the family home is one of the most intense life events, Say what you want about we baby boomers downsizing and planning for our Acts 3 and 4, transitioning from empty nest to low-maintenance condo living, a high rise on the lake, or a cottage by the sea, it is TOUGH to leave your home of twenty-plus years. I wrote to Clare and in mid-May and she did a walk through with my daughter and I. She complemented me on the art, and the charm of my "things." She commented on the gi-normous sunny living room, and on the remodeled kitchen I'd designed. She showed us comparable homes for sale in the area, homes with master suites and baths, finished basements, landscaped yards. She showed us what the sellers did to upgrade their properties, and forecast a scenario where I could get the best return on my 1995 investment, now in one of the city's hottest neighborhoods. Contingent - of course - on our being willing "partners" in the effort. Clare never put down the home we loved. Or criticise the decorating choices I'd made. Everything was presented with a positive, can-do spin. I NEEDED that kind of counsel. She let me know It would take TIME, FOCUS, and FINANCIAL investment on my part to get the house show-ready. And it would take ENERGY. If we were willing to spend the time and money to get ready to sell, Clare would guide us. And she did...I communicated what I was doing and she gave me feedback. The efforts resulted in our moving the sale price estimate up thousands of dollars in the process. When the time came to prep for HOME STAGING, (another fine talent of Clare's), she returned for a walk thru. Then, Clare worked her magic. She focused on the wood, so integral to the personality of the 100 year old home: the original oak floors, now restained and finished with gleam and shine, set-off my one of-a kind antiques, and contemporary pieces, pillows and artwork of hers. She focused on the space: the first floor bedroom with a fireplace and queen bed, was changed into a bright, spacious family room. That queen bed moved upstairs, to a visually expanded, now "master bedroom", repainted in soft colors, with new casement windows bringing in afternoon sun, opened to the breeze. She focused on the light, hanging light curtains so the many windows in the house were displayed. She recommended replacing the 40 year old furnace (and accompanying a/c unit with dismal circulation) with a new hv/av system, complete with a dehumidifier, to manage moisture issues so common in older Chicago homes. The photographs were taken on a sunny August day and by the time they were posted on social media, hundreds of our friends and friends of our friends, were commenting and sharing with others. The printed color brochure was passed around with friends and associates. Everyone was stunned and delighted by the transformation. Cool air, light and beauty greeted the people who came in the door the weekend the for sale sign went up. The FIRST couple to see the "green house" came back several hours later for a second look. And with an offer in 24 hours. Clare, again, guided me through the process of considering the offer. The house sold to the first people to see it, well over the initial amount we talked about in the spring. Clare made that happen. While I was stymied by the immense challenge in front of me, CLARE saw potential. She communicated every step of the way, offering positive, direct feedback. We worked together. We were successful. My family and I leave knowing our loved family homedid NOT go the way of a developer or tear-down. It was brought to its best. In the often difficult to navigate world of real estate, with SO much at stake, I needed someone to get me. To get "it". I needed Clare. How fortunate I am that I found her. Thank you, Clare and @properties.""
""We could not have asked for a better, nicer and more enthusiastic broker to sell our home than Clare Spartz. From home improvement suggestions, to staging, to showing through sale, Clare was a consummate professional. She told us what she expected to happen, and it played out exactly as she forecasted. There is no way we would have derived as much value from the sale of our home without Clare's guidance, energy, and ability to close.""