Jennifer Bachman Real Estate Broker, Baird & Warner

What was your most interesting job before going into real estate? I owned my own cleaning company for over 20 years.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Brookfield, IL

Growing up, what did you want to be? Growing up, I wanted to be a legal secretary or a paralegal.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? I spend time outside, hiking and working out.

What is Chicago’s best-kept secret? Many people think that Chicago is a dangerous place to live, but I believe it is a city just like many other big cities that has it’s good and it’s bad points. In my opinion, it is a fun, exciting, interesting and entertaining place filled with so many things to do and to see, which I believe outweighs the bad things that we’ve seen going on in recent months.

What do you love most about the industry? The things that I love about my job are probably what many agents will tell you – I get to meet a lot of people, and I get to see a lot of lovely homes, and I get to make up my own schedule (well, at least some of the time…). But truthfully, I primarily love my job because it is so challenging and because I’m never bored!

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I stay in communication with all parties involved, and I put my clients needs first in each deal. I pride myself in that because it ensures that nothing falls through the cracks and deals go smoothly.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The most difficult part of my job is not really difficult — it is more of a concern with safety. I work alone at times and I am pleased that ShowingTime now has a safety feature that sends out text/emails to my emergency contact person if I don’t respond to an automatic message/prompt when I’m showing homes.

What’s your best advice for generating new leads? The best leads come from satisfied clients and people in my sphere so my advice is to make your calls! Calling on a regular basis lets the people that you know, or have worked with know, that you care about what is going on in their lives.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment in my career will always be starting up my own business while still in high school at the age of 17. I owned and operated my company until 2007, when I sold it at a profit. I traveled for a year all over the world and then decided I was way to young to retire, and that is when I became a Realtor! :). As a result of hard work, I also bought my first home when I was 19!

What are you binge-watching/reading/listening to lately? I’m really liking some of the PBS programming that is on Amazon Prime right now or newer westerns on Netflix. I read anything I can get my hands on about real estate and the market, and I listen to a lot of radio since I’m in my car a lot…

What’s your favorite meal in Chicago? Greek Islands in Chicago or in Lombard has a wonderful Spinach Pie or Chicken Riganati.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? Right now I’m loving the new Vista Towers – 101 stories high.

What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you on the job? The weirdest thing that happened was when a walk-in buyer came to the office, and I took him out to see a couple of homes. This was when I was brand new to the business. A couple of days later he sent me a book that he wrote and propositioned me in a letter tucked inside the book!

What’s one thing people are surprised to learn about you? People are surprised when I tell them that I started a business when I was 17.

What is your favorite vacation spot and why? My favorite vacation spot is Paris because I spent a week there on my honeymoon.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Keep up with ongoing training and make your calls.

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? My favorite iPhone app is Facebook Messenger because everyone seems to use it lately.

Who are your favorite people to follow on social media? I follow Donald Trump, Barbara Corcoran and the other Sharks, and a few entertainers like JLO and Madonna because I’ve seen them in concert. Of course I follow my kids, family and friends too.

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