Sarah Leonard Team / RE/MAX Suburban
Recognized as the No. 1 RE/MAX agent in Northern Illinois in 2014, and listed among the country’s top 1 percent of agents by the Wall Street Journal, Chicago suburb native Sarah Leonard has an impressive record. This honoree and member of the RE/MAX Chairman’s Club and Hall of Fame recipient truly enjoys her career. “I feel extremely lucky every day that I get to do what I love for my career,” she says. She puts more than a decade’s worth of experience to work helping clients navigate the ever-changing market.
Growing up, Leonard’s family moved every couple of years. Her father had a knack for building, and her mother eventually managed the local board of Realtors. Leonard worked for RE/MAX as a teen, answering the phones before moving on to support marketing projects and work as a loan processor. She wasted no time in earning her real estate license at the age of 21. At this time websites like Zillow were beginning to emerge, and Leonard leveraged her own technical knowledge to carefully analyze market trends.
She describes her team, which specializes in Cook, Kane and McHenry, and DuPage counties, as “rockstars” for their hard work and commitment to excellence. These attributes earned Leonard’s team distinction as the No. 3 RE/MAX team in Chicagoland in 2015. Leonard is proud of how much she has grown her team in such a short time. Refusing to compromise on client service and experience, she grew her business by adding staff to specialize in various parts of each transaction, so that no detail is overlooked. “I will never let myself, my friends or my family settle for less than we deserve, so that’s the philosophy I have when it comes to supporting our clients,” she explains. Sarah helps sellers prepare their properties to ensure the greatest return possible prior to listing. In fact, this Five Star Award recipient sold more than 75 listings in the first three months of this year, a clear testament to her
skill and know-how.
Featured in the Daily Herald’s Feb. 2016 edition of “Professional Women in Real Estate,” Leonard and her team volunteer at the Animal House Shelter and Food for Greater Elgin. “It’s so important to give back to the community. We’re all in this life together and should help one another whenever possible,” she says. She also appreciates the opportunity to recharge whenever she can by working out, spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors. “Being able to unplug and have quality time for myself makes me that much more productive,” Leonard says, “and that means I can serve my clients even better because I’ve taken the time to appreciate my many blessings.”
Thanks to Heidi Seagren for letting us use her beautiful listing for our photo shoots.