Vice President of Sales
Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
Lauren Schuh believes part of her job is to alleviate stress and focus on a seller’s needs. She has honed this trait over her 15 years in real estate, but calming and reassuring people is something she practiced long before ever going into the business. Schuh’s first career was as a massage therapist at a chiropractic office. She focused on injury massage treatment. The skills she learned as a massage therapist translated over to her real estate business. “When people are moving, it can bring out the worst,” she says. “I would say my skill is to help them as much as possible and keep the stress level as low as I can. My clients know I have their back, so they can relax.”
As the vice president of sales at Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty, Schuh focuses her business on sellers but also deals with occasional investors and buyers on referrals. She was named in the top 1 percent of Realtors in the Chicagoland market by the Chicago Association of Realtors in 2016, won the Silver Level Achiever Award for residential sales volume and the Bronze Level Achiever Award, both awards from the Chicago Association of Realtors.
Schuh’s biggest sales accomplishment last year was taking on a property that wasn’t receiving any offers and turning it around as a successful sale in less than three months. “I took on a listing at 132 E. Delaware Pl. that had been listed at $2.3 million for eight months with another broker. The sellers told me they were barely getting showings or feedback. They didn’t understand why their property wasn’t selling,” she says. “I took the listing and the challenge without lowering the price. I just changed the marketing.” On Christmas Day, she says, the property was under contract with a cash offer of more than $2 million.
Schuh’s hard work and compassion is how she gets her reputation among clients. When asked how clients would describe her, she says: “They would say I’m not in it for the money; I’m in it for them.”