""Realtors don't get much in the way of kudos, and they do more for their clients than a lot of people realize. A good one is equal parts therapist, business advisor, negotiator, diplomat, silver-tongue, horse (human) whisperer, cat herder, and pit-bull. You want them on your side. And this particular Realtor deserves ALLLLLL the kudos. We are in a beautiful new home that exceeded anything we ever thought we could get...in the middle of a pandemic. And I exaggerate not at all when I say that without Stephanie Sullivan, this would never, ever have happened. I won't regale you with the messy, infuriating, craziness of the first place we were going to buy. Know that Stephanie was an indefatigable, intrepid rock who absolutely would have made that happen if we'd insisted. But we listened to the universe and figured out that place was not for us. And moved on. And this new place just sang to us. Stephanie moved heaven and earth to market and sell our place (again – PANDEMIC). And this new place? It was a multiple offer situation where the other offer was...almost identical. Two things got us this place: a letter we wrote to the sellers, which Stephanie insisted we write, and the agent on the other side, who just plain trusted Stephanie to work through the deal with her. And from there, Stephanie talked us off ledges about six times, played go-between for us with the sellers, the agent, the attorneys, and even our mortgage broker when things near the end just got too confusing for us to deal with. She counseled, she smoothed, she ran interference. She made things happen, and when necessary, she played hard-ball. When you want to buy or sell? This is a person you want to work with. We owe her a TON."
"So, let's talk about Stephanie. Is she a seller's agent, or a buyer's agent? YES (that's my dramatic way of saying she's both).
Six years after buying our first house (which she helped us buy), my family and I outgrew it. We needed to sell our house, and buy a new place, and do it at the exact same time.
How was that possible? Stephanie Sullivan.
She staged our house so it looked like the beautiful hip gem we always thought it was (she made it look so good we wanted to stay!) She got word of mouth going amongst her peers and potential buyers. She got us beautiful pictures and 360 video, so our potential buyers could imagine walking around inside.
And it sold within. . .. 4 hours. With multiple offers. Because she put in the prep work, the hustle, the strategy to sell it.
Since she did all that, we could buy comfortably and with more time than we expected; we could find the exact right house for us to move to. And since she got us a price above our listing, we had some more buying room for our new house.
Is she a realty ninja? A design and staging genius? A kind, calm, confident hand on the tiller, soothing my selling and buying anxieties?
Stephanie is the ideal of a seller's agent, and the ideal of a buyer's agent. I cannot recommend her highly enough. If they had a 6-star rating I'd be clicking on that."
"Stephanie Sullivan is truly the best agent I have had the pleasure of working with! She goes above and beyond as a Realtor, communicating every step of the way, explaining the whole process/transaction and being your best advocate. I have worked with many other Realtors and hands-down Stephanie is the best! I highly recommend her! Thank you, Stephanie!"
"Stephanie was the best! I would highly recommend working with her to anyone. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable and patient with educating me through the whole process. She was also very attentive and always available to answer any of my questions either by text or email.
"I was terrified by the prospect of becoming a first-time homeowner but Stephanie made everything a lot easier than I thought possible. She was extremely patient with me and all those involved in my final decision and was always extremely considerate and honest about every step of the process.
I never felt any pressure whatsoever and knew I could count on her giving me unbiased feedback about each home we viewed. We went through the arduous process of bidding on 2 different foreclosures and losing to bidding wars, but each time Stephanie stayed on top of the other realtors (who were frustratingly aloof at times). Each time she gave me solid advice on how to handle the flurry of bidding and reassured me that if I put my best bid forward and lost, it was not meant to be.
Well, she was right and losing out on those homes was a blessing because the home I finally purchased was superior in every way. She dealt with my OCD texting and googling and I never once felt like she was annoyed with me. Basically, Stephanie is a dream-come-true of a realtor and I will be using her in the future for all my buying and selling needs.
Megan Russell, Logan Square"