Always interested in the industry, Andrew Scheibe remembers reading “Real Estate Investing for Dummies” when he was just 17 years old. Still, he didn’t enter the field right away. For a few years after college, he worked in radio broadcasting and magazine publishing, then joined the construction industry, repairing old water towers and servicing new ones. But he’d always wanted to start his own business, so eventually he decided to change careers and venture out on his own.
Now a broker with Main Street Real Estate Group, Scheibe assists a variety of clients. Though he initially focused on first-time buyers and new investors in Chicagoland, his customer base is widening. “Now that I have been in the industry for a while, I’m selling a lot of those first-time buyers’ homes and helping them upgrade,” he says.
Ranked among the top producers in his company for the last two years and named a Top Producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors in 2018, Scheibe sets lofty goals each year and is obsessive about tracking his progress. “The ability to communicate with and relate to my clients has helped me build long-term relationships with them, resulting in returning clients and referrals,” he says.
To market properties, Scheibe spends a lot of time figuring out the best way to reach different audiences. His medium of choice is video marketing. Whether it’s property tours, drone videos or on-site shots taken with his cell phone, he pushes it out there.
Scheibe’s biggest accomplishment this year was assisting the mother of a past client who was having a hard time selling her home. “She had the home listed with two other agents for more than a year and was barely getting showings,” he recalls. “I listed it, had multiple offers within a week and sold it two months later.”
As someone who enjoys sports, Scheibe supports the Special Olympics. “I know the importance of competing and the feeling of accomplishment and camaraderie that comes with playing,” he says. Also an accomplished musician, Scheibe recently released an EP with his band and started recording a separate full-length album he hopes to release later this year.