REALTOR®, National Speaker, Educator, Mentor, Trainer & Coach
Women’s Council of REALTORS® National Instructor, 2021 Nomination Committee
2021 RPAC Presidents Circle Golden R Hall of Fame
2021 Inman Ambassador
2019-2022 Chicago Association of REALTORS® Foundation Board of Trustees Member
2020 Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards & Ombudsman
2020 Chicago Association of REALTORS® Professional Standards, Mediation
2021-24 Illinois REALTORS® Ethics Citation Panel
2021 Women's Council of REALTORS® National Nominating Committee
2021 Illinois REALTORS® Professional Standards
Real estate is not only a career for Sam Powell but also a lifestyle, threaded throughout her work and play. A broker with Pride Homes Chicago, powered by eXp Realty, Powell has nearly two decades of experience in real estate and the skills to show for it. “You can negotiate a multimillion-dollar deal in shorts, a baseball cap and flip-flops,” she says. “You don’t have to drive a Lexus to be a successful Realtor.”
Her tagline — “Real answers, real people, real estate” — speaks to the culture she has created with co-workers and clients serving the LGBTQ community in the city and suburbs. “This is the best career a person who wishes to be themselves 100% of the time can have. It allows that authenticity to be the magnet that attracts customers,” she says. “I have the best clients for that reason!”
Powell pursued a career in real estate after a friend of hers suggested she join him in the industry. A six-time recipient of the Chicago Association of Realtors’ award for top-producing teams, Powell has also been recognized by as a top producer for the past three years with her previous brokerage and has received several awards for charitable giving from numerous industry organizations. She also gives back by co-hosting weekly workshops for peers via Zoom, offering them assistance with technical issues and education about apps that might have a meaningful impact on their business.
Since 2013, Powell has primarily focused on listings; her business partner handles the buyer side and rental clients. Clients feel empowered to work with Powell because she helps them understand that they are in the driver’s seat throughout the buying and selling process. “My role is as an educator, responsible for helping them get super comfortable and confident before the next step,” she says. “That way, when we are there, they jump through the hoops with confidence and clarity.”
Outside of her Real Estate practice, Powell also gives back into the Real Estate Industry. When not in Chicago, Powell can be spotted traveling throughout the country speaking at local and national organizations and events. Powell has spoken for Inman, National & Local Women’s Council of REALTORS®, The National Association of REALTORS®, Illinois REALTORS®, Large and Small Real Estate Companies and Associations across the country. The National Young Professionals Network as well as local networks. Powell has been a featured Who’s Who of Chicago, Crains Business, & the cover of the Chicago Agent Magazine. Powell is also apart of a Co-Teaching team with Joli Waldeck out of Las Vegas under the Sam & Joli brand. They are available for hire to speak in person, hybrid or Zoom on tons of topics related to the Real Estate Industry as and all of the GREAT tech and tools that are available at our fingertips.
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