Agent Snapshot: Jan Morel, Broker, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Hinsdale


Jan Morel is a broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Hinsdale

What was your first job in the realty industry?
Real estate development project management

Where did you grow up?

Growing up, what did you want to be?
A highway builder

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed?
Play paddle or basketball

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why?
Any current or former Secretary of State of the U.S., as I think this is the most difficult job in the world. I would love to understand how they work with all the different cultures to advance our interests and the interests of allies, and those who do not have any representation.

Where is your favorite place to hang out?
DJ’s in Westmont

What do you love most about the industry?
Every day presents a new set of challenges, and I love the thrill of working through them to my clients’ satisfaction.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents?
Creative advertising and true commitment to my clients’ success. My clients feel this commitment.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Giving clients the bad news about their property value. There are still many people who own homes not worth what they were back in 2006.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Starbucks and village functions

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Professional: Entering the CB President’s Club
Personal: Raising three beautiful kids with my wife

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
“Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Meg Meeker

What is your favorite restaurant?
Stray Dog in New Buffalo

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
The Smurfit Stone

What kind of car do you drive?
An Acura RDX

Smartphone or paper?

What is your favorite city after Chicago?

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Be ready to work hard and smart to succeed.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app?
The SentriSmart App, so I don’t have to carry my keycard to do showings

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter?

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