TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN ILLINOIS SARAH LEONARD
Growing up, Sarah Leonard often found herself at outings and events alongside her mother, a leader at the local Board of Realtors. As a teenager, she also worked part-time at various real estate offices, earning firsthand experience and getting a sense for the industry’s ins and outs. Those experiences proved to have a profound influence on Sarah, as she went on to earn her license straight out of college, at the age of twenty-one. After a few years working as a buyer’s agent, she went solo in 2011, going on to close the most sales for any REMAX agent in the MLS just a few years later in 2014. That year, she also made the leap to start her own team and has since grown to lead seven agents. At the core of Sarah’s meteoric rise? A genuine investment in her clients’ successes and a proven ability to deliver results.
Primarily serving the greater Cook, Kane, and McHenry Counties—with a service radius that extends roughly seventy miles—Sarah heads a team that closes approximately 430 transactions per year. Utilizing streamlined systems, teamwork, and excellent communication, Sarah and her team ensure that each client receives ample personal attention. “It’s not just a job or a transaction,” Sarah says. “We really want every client to feel that they’re our only client, and the feedback we receive tells us we’re responsive and help make the process seamless. We don’t take our responsibility lightly.” What’s more, Sarah and her team are supported by seven in-house assistants who ensure each transaction progresses with care and efficiency. Likewise, a strong team dynamic ensures clients enjoy round-the-clock accessibility and transparency throughout the buying or selling process. “Our goal is to make sure that no questions go unanswered,” Sarah explains. “We continue learning from every experience and every transaction, so we have a good understanding of what makes clients nervous or concerned. That way, we resolve issues before they arise. We also try to minimize stress by setting expectations up front and making sure clients are filled in every step of the way.”
Aside from steadfast communication and a personable approach, Sarah also adds value to her services through her native understanding of the area, its neighborhoods, market trends, and inventory. With over half of the team’s business generated by referral clientele and an additional 15% generated by repeat clientele, Sarah and her office have cemented their track record as real estate leaders in their area. When it comes to listing properties, Sarah relishes the chance to put her marketing expertise to the test. “I love figuring out new ways to advertise homes, getting properties to the public, and capturing the interest of buyers,” she says. To accomplish this, Sarah incorporates staging, high quality photography, print marketing, broker outreach, and high visibility on the top digital listing sites and social media platforms. To keep in touch with her vast network of clientele, Sarah applies her patented personal approach by throwing client appreciation events throughout the year—bringing families together through parties, movie nights, and charitable opportunities.
To extend her spirit of service to the local community, Sarah and her team stay involved in Food for Greater Elgin, a non-profit that allows those in need to shop at a donated grocery store style food bank. During the year, she and her team members rotate volunteer shifts there, while reaching out to other community organizations on a monthly basis to give back by donating resources. Some recent causes include local animal rescue organizations and sponsorship opportunities for kids headed back to school and in need of uniforms and supplies. As for her free time, Sarah most enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and loved ones, especially her Mastiff puppy.
Looking ahead, Sarah has plans to continue building her brand, incorporating emerging technologies to best serve aspiring buyers and sellers, while supporting her evolving team. At the end of the day, what Sarah enjoys most about her work is the ability to forge bonds with those she services. “I love building relationships with our clients,” she finally reflects. “Our goals are to simplify a process that’s often stressful, help people achieve their goals, and encourage them to enjoy the experience along the way. Anyone can put a sign in a yard, but we take careful steps to build relationships of trust with our clients. To us it’s more than just a transaction.” Now, with more than a decade of experience behind her and a determined eye on what’s to come, the future is bound to be bright for Sarah Leonard and her team.