Patti Sprafka Wagner excels in the many aspects involved in the real estate transaction process.
Looking to sell a home? Patti will guide you in presenting your property uniquely but honestly advising you on buyers expectations and giving you expert recommendations on staging—helping you stand out from the competition.
Patti is an Accredited Staging Professional and is recognized by her colleagues as a proven industry expert in the area. She knows how important it is to have a detailed presentation of a property to get the best price in any market and how this aspect of the selling process can make the difference between selling in days or months.
For client wanting to buy into the beautiful western Chicago suburbs there is no agent better qualified to introduce buyers to the qualities and special tempos of each of the neighborhoods where Patti not only grew up but has maintained her real estate focus for 30 years. Her father made his life in real estate and in these communities before her and Patti has seen these areas grow. She knows the nuances of the communities, the schools, the parks and the details of each neighborhood.
Deep knowledge of the area an agent serves is a critical factor in accurate property value assessment. For her clients both for buyers and sellers, Patti has the skill and experience to prepare Comparative Market Analyses as guidelines for making these important financial decisions. And as a Certified Negotiation Expert she again excels in getting the best deal for her clients.
Most important, Patti never loses her focus on serving the client, acting as advocate, advisor, counselor she walks her clients through the transaction process from contract negotiations, through the home inspection process even helping manage the labyrinth of village/township regulation for those wishing to update the home either before sale or after.
Patti Sprafka Wagner is energetic, responsive and knowledgeable about the community, the psychology of buyers and sellers, the marketplace and the prices. Nobody serves you better.
Clients are saying:
"If you are planning on selling your home and are looking for an excellent real estate agent, we highly recommend Patti Sprafka Wagner. We recently hired Patti to sell our home. As a long-time area Realtor, Patti has terrific intuitive knowledge of the local market. She expertly guided us through the sale of our house in 7 days, right at her suggested list price. Patti is thorough and honest. She sets realistic expectations and takers care of the myriad of details involved in selling a house. Most importantly, Patti's advice was invaluable with regard to the "right" projects to prepare our house for sale and which ones to skip. She's an expert negotiator and provided sage advice on how to respond to offers and inspection findings. It was a difficult decision to sell our house but Patti's guidance made the process smoother than we ever expected."
"Ten years ago, my mother downsized and bought a townhome in River Forest. Patti handled both aspects with integrity, efficiency and friendliness. This year my mother passed away and I contacted Patti to handle the sale. She provided excellent analysis, suggested a selling price and provided tips on preparing the townhome for a good showing. We were leaving for an extended vacation after the initial listing. Patti suggested we sign a power of attorney naming our daughter as our agent "just in case." Given the market, we thought this was probably an extra detail, but we respected Patti's advice. Much to my joy and six days into my vacation, I received an e-mail that a bid had been offered. By the time we returned from our vacation, the closing was only a few weeks in the future. Patti did a very good job and I highly recommend her."
"Patti sold me my Oak Park home in 1993, and was so impressive that she was my only choice to sell in 2014 and purchase in Homewood.
As a homeowner and attorney, I rate Patti as one of the most outstanding professionals - across all fields - with whom I have worked. Her market knowledge is unerring; she negotiates contracts more strategically than most lawyers; she actively cultivates her own cadre of the best support providers (closing attorneys, home inspectors, contractors). Her integrity is beyond question, which - when combined with her experience - gives her the authority to deal effectively with other brokers.
On the sales side, she is brilliant at establishing price and in marketing the house. I thought that she was unduly optimistic on target sales price, and persnickety on repairs. Ha! Her presentation of the house (including fabulous web photographs) triggered a flood of immediate interest, and an offer from the eventual buyers within one week. Her negotiating skills achieved her target sales price, to the penny.
On the purchase side, Patti might as well be an inspector herself. No one can read the strengths and weaknesses of a house like she can. Patti of course can tell you the sales history and kitchen tile color for every house in Oak Park and River Forest. But it was great fun to watch her in action in Homewood, particularly as brokers tried to tap-dance on flooding and repair issues. I don't think that they have yet recovered from her blunt, and accurate assessments.
Patti takes responsibility for landing you in a house that fits. She kept me focused on what I really wanted, with useful questions like "do you really want that much yard?" She is a wonderful and trusted ally. Finding a new home can feel like a battle, and Patti always has your back.
Patti redefines what you expect from a broker, including drafting post-inspection letters for the closing lawyer to sign. She is still excited about the business, and adding to her skills."
"Patti Sprafka Wagner is a remarkable real estate agent. If you are looking for someone who uses her years of experience to actively walk you through the often difficult and frustrating process of buying or selling a home, you can't do better. If you want someone who will offer both informed opinions and the advice you need to make a decision, Patti is the consummate pro. Patti worked with our daughter and son-in-law as they searched for a home in Oak Park. During the search they looked at dozens of homes from beautifully redone to "what were they thinking?" Patti pointed out the strengths, weaknesses and potential of each candidate. When the right house finally emerged, our kids were in a position to recognize it and move quickly because of the time spent listening to Patti discuss the specifics of the others they had seen. When they made an offer, Patti was invaluable in handling the negotiation process. At each turn, in a somewhat difficult negotiation, Patti counseled patience and good sense. When a competing offer emerged apparently form nowhere, Patti devised a strategy which won the day without our kids having to get involved in a bidding war. While we are thankful due to Patti's efforts, our daughter and son-in-law, are now our neighbors, we are especially grateful that she worked so hard to get our one-year-old grandson only blocks away"
"Patti was extremely easy and fun to work with. As first time home buyers, we knew very little about what to expect. Patti made the process very transparent and really gave us an education about each house we saw. We learned so much from working with her. She is an outstanding Realtor who is genuinely concerned about helping her clients make a good, informed choice. We would definitely work with her again and recommend her highly to others."