Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty
What Terry Ann Schwartz likes most about real estate is the fact that no two deals or transactions are alike.
“Just as every buyer or seller has individual wants, needs and desires, every neighborhood, building and home has unique characteristics and features,” says Schwartz, a broker with Jameson Sotheby’s International Realty. “Matching the parties to the right property is a constant and interesting challenge.” She serves luxury buyers and sellers, and is extremely knowledgeable about the markets she works in: Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Lakeview and West Town.
Before entering the real estate industry, Schwartz was an insurance broker in Chicago and New York for 33 years, insuring residential, commercial and industrial real estate portfolios on behalf of her clients.
When the insurance agency was sold, everyone told her she would be great in real estate. She soon decided to make the leap.
Schwartz is an Accredited Buyers Representative and Seller Representative Specialist. Listening carefully to her clients, she thoroughly researches, analyzes and evaluates prospective properties before presenting them for their consideration. Clients applaud her for being kind, hardworking and genuinely concerned about their best interests.
Clients appreciate her willingness to work 24/7 to achieve their goals on their timeline. “I’m totally dedicated and committed to achieving my clients’ wishes in the sale or search for their dream home,” says Schwartz, who increased her commission in the past year by 59 percent.
It was a proud moment, one that came at a difficult time in her life. She lost both her parents within eight months of each other and had to sell their respective homes. “Staying focused and objective from the beginning to the final walkthrough, at the same time closing the door on so many memories, was challenging,” she says. Caring for her terminally ill mother while simultaneously working with four clients and closing her largest deal was another particularly rewarding accomplishment.
A big fan of arts and all the culture Chicago offers, including the theater, dance, symphony and museums, Schwartz is a longtime supporter of Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Art Institute and the Chicago International Film Festival. She loves working out, classical concerts and golf.