Jennifer came to Chicago from Kansas City to attend Northwestern University. She loved the city so much she never left! Another thing Jennifer loves is to help her clients' real estate dreams come true. "There's nothing better than helping buyers find a place they really love, and helping sellers find the buyers who truly love their property," she says. Jennifer works hard to make this happen. The most important thing Jennifer considers when working with clients is to have open and frequent communication. She works with her buyers to discern what they must have, what they'd like and what they can do without. She encourages her sellers to be patient until the right people come along at the right price.
Jennifer strives to make sure her clients have fun during the real estate process. Since she has bought and sold her own properties Jennifer knows the intensity of the sell/buy process. It's that empathy that helps her to establish strong, mutually respectful relationships with her clients. Jennifer's repeat clients attest to her skills, diligence, perseverance, and expertise in bringing them the best results in their real estate transaction. Jennifer states she analyzes everything. She looks at locations, trends, amenities — the whole thing — to arrive at the best pricing for both buyers and sellers. Jennifer is known for taking the time needed to ensure her clients understand pricing depends on a wide variety of variables in an often changing and challenging market. Another strong asset Jennifer offers her clients is skillful negotiation. "I learned the art of negotiation before I got into real estate. I worked as a manager where it was essential to come to a win-win conclusion," she says. A process she explains where everyone gained something. This background is a bonus for her clients. She brings the best sales price and terms to her sellers and ideal property location and price for her buyers.
Jennifer has been in the real estate business in Chicago since 1989. She has sold every type of property from new construction projects to a hotdog stand. She is versed in the city's differing neighborhoods, having lived in Lincoln Park, East Village/Wicker Park and the Gold Coast before finding the "place of her dreams." She was finally able to combine her love of the city and the beach. Now Jennifer watches the sun rise over Lake Michigan and listens to the waves lap on the beach below. Jennifer graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Sociology and is still an avid Wildcats fan. She has travelled the world and loves rock concerts, working out, and reading on the beach — any beach from Chicago to Michiana to Puerto Vallarta!
My wife and I met Jennifer about seven years ago when we were thinking about moving from the suburbs to downtown Chicago. We walked into a real estate office across from Lincoln Park and the agent taking new clients for the day was Jennifer. Surprisingly Jennifer and I had worked for the same employer years before, remembered each other, and we decided to work with her. We had some ideas about what we were looking for and Jennifer spent a lot of her time taking us around. After awhile, we decided that we were not ready to move. About three years ago we were ready to move on and contacted Jennifer again. She still was more than helpful while we changed our minds a few times about what we wanted, from a high rise to a townhome in Old Town. We looked at many places over the year that we rented in Chicago, and Jennifer stayed right with us. We finally found the right place a year and a half ago through her hard work. Although we do not see Jennifer much anymore, we still think of her as a friend, and would not hesitate to refer anyone to her, or to use her professional services ourselves if we ever move. Fred and Diane Scheuerman, Lincoln Park
Thank heaven for Jennifer Lea! Her skills and experience helped me to both buy and sell my Bucktown property in a few short months. No one works harder and takes her job more seriously than she. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for one of the best in the business. Ann L. O'Boyle, Ashland, Oregon
My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Jennifer. Through her helpful guidance and expertise, we made one of the best decisions of our lives in buying a home. Based on her terrific service, we used her again when purchasing a second property. We have also recommended her to a friend who was also delighted with her work in helping him purchase a home. Brava!
I met Jennifer Lea at a Bucktown open house 20 years ago. She has represented me in six buy/sell transactions: my Bucktown single family, my Gold Coast condominium plus my Bucktown townhome. Since I moved to the West Coast several years ago, she's graciously helped me think through transactions that aren't even in her market! Jennifer's market savvy and her real estate knowledge are exceptional. Even more important are her impeccable integrity, commitment to service and client advocacy. Oh, and did I say she's fun to work with? Laurel Callan, Sonoma, CA
Jennifer Lea has sold 3 properties of ours since 2002, including a 3 flat in Bucktown, a 2 flat in Wicker Park and most recently ( 2010 ) our single family in Bucktown. Throughout the years we have found Jennifer always has our best interests at heart. It was invaluable to us to have such an experienced agent who could help us navigate this challenging market. We highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for a superior agent to help them sell or buy a home. Marcy LeMaster and Tim Gibbons, Chicago
Over the last five years Jennifer Lea successfully sold six of my new construction condominium projects, 18 units total in East Village & Noble Square. During our up and down market she worked tirelessly on my behalf while keeping me informed throughout I'm impressed with her people skills and engaging rapport with everyone she meets. I look forward to working with her again. Jarek Pietrzyk, Schiller Development, Chicago
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