Sarah Wilkes is a savvy and success-oriented real estate broker with expert-level knowledge of the Chicago real estate market. She most recently honed her skills as a listing specialist for a top-performing Chicago real estate team before striking out on her own with @properties. In her role as a listing specialist, Sarah worked closely with sellers, overseeing all aspects of more than 30 listings during her time there. By working closely with clients on every aspect of a listing, she gained invaluable experience marketing properties effectively and working cohesively with clients, lenders, attorneys and other brokers to ensure positive results in a timely, stress-free manner.
Having lived in and owned property in several major cities over the span of her career, Sarah understands that the purchase or sale of a home, coupled with relocating, can be overwhelming. Pairing her pressure-free approach with her commitment to client service, Sarah aims to provide an efficient and relaxed process that enables her clients – both buyers and sellers – to have the best possible real estate experience.
Sarah's commitment to clients is a lifelong passion. Prior to beginning her real estate career, she accrued over 10 years of client service experience in roles spanning locations from New York City and Nashville to Milan. After receiving her bachelor's degree from Wittenberg University, she held positions in public relations and publishing before overseeing event management for several major national food and beverage companies and worked as the brand manager of a major beverage brand, serving as the liaison to the vice president and national sales team. Sarah credits these experiences with helping her to hone her exceptional organizational, writing and customer service skills.
Sarah's deep-rooted appreciation for real estate and her passion for her clients forms the core of everything she does at @properties. Sarah currently lives at The Pointe townhomes in Lincoln Park with her husband and their son, Jackson.
Clients are saying:
"Sarah came highly recommended from our close friends. The recommendation was spot on, I could not be happier with the service and knowledge that we experienced throughout the process. My wife and I had never sold a home, and it had been over 13 years since I purchased my current home. Sarah explained the entire process in detail and spent time to really understand what we liked and wanted in a new home. Sarah always made us feel like we were her only client, and was very accommodating to our busy schedules. She was always available to answer questions and her attention to detail was very impressive. As part of her sales process, she had a interior designer/ space planner come in and help show us how to get our place ready for showings at no additional cost to us. Well it worked as we were only on the market 3 days and had 3 offers (2 above original asking price) without even hosting an open house. On the buy side, Sarah did a great job lining up showings and never made us feel rushed in the process to find our new home. Once we found our place, she was great in the negotiation process, and helped us get a fair price below the sellers asking price. All along the way Sarah kept us informed on everything going on in the process and handled any issues quickly and professionally."
"Sarah was incredibly professional, yet quickly established a wonderfully personal and trusting relationship. My condo sold in 1 day for more than the asking price, and she negotiated like a pro throughout the closing process. Selling or buying a house can be stressful - Sarah made it as stress-free as possible!"
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about our personal experience with Sarah. From day one, Sarah was nothing short of professional, courteous and accommodating with my busy family's needs. We sold our family home of 11 years which is a tremendous emotional process. Sarah held our hand the entire way which is a huge part of selling a house. Not every realtor instinctively gets that but Sarah does! We appreciated her diligence, compassion and knowledge of the business. We will absolutely recommend Sarah to all of our friends for future business!"
"I have been working with Sarah in the real estate business for a few years, and can tell you, first hand, Sarah is a fantastic agent. Sarah is very knowledgeable, extremely responsive, and she's a tough negotiator."
"Sarah was great to work with! She was always on top of everything and willing to go the extra mile. She asked the right questions and followed up to get answers. She made both the buying and selling process easy and put our minds at ease. Her diligence was appreciated and would definitely work with her again."