TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN ILLINOIS JEANNE KEATING
Jeanne Keating had a enviable head-start in the industry, working in real estate tax law for a decade, representing and advising some of the most well-known high-rise structures in Chicago. When a friend asked if she was interested in transitioning to become an agent, Jeanne initially nursed some skepticism, before deciding to rise to the challenge, put her expertise to use, and earn her license. Her hard-won insider knowledge positioned her perfectly as she became an agent specializing in high-rise properties in Downtown Chicago. Since then, Jeanne has masterfully crafted a career based on transparent communication, cultivating long-lasting relationships, and precise execution. What’s more, Jeanne has graced Top Agent Magazine’s pages before—in 2014 and 2015—and is among the top producers in Chicago, earning the designation yearly since 2008.
As part of one of Chicago’s top-producing teams, Jeanne and the fifteen others she works alongside are tightknit, capable, and dominate a competitive market whose interests span the globe. Working with highly coveted properties in one of the most desirable American locales, Jeanne knows well the importance of forthright communication, a tenet she prizes highly. “I’ve worked with people from all over the world, and each client is different,” Jeanne reflects. “It matters to me deeply that I can listen and figure out exactly what a client is looking for in a property, or what their goals are in a sale. Everyone’s tastes and aspirations vary, but I apply a straightforward, transparent approach, so that there are no surprises and my client is well-informed throughout the buying or listing process.”
With a 90% rate of repeat and referral clients, Jeanne’s professional philosophy indicates her resolute satisfaction with her work. Jeanne’s emphasis on ethical candor lends itself to her frequent work with relocating, out-of-state, and international clients—where communication is more important than ever. “My main focus is to do the right thing by my clients,” she recounts. “Be kind; exhaust all remedies; be truthful. Those are the words I live by. It’s not just about the sale, it’s about relationships, too.” In that vein, Jeanne keeps in regular close contact with clients both past and potential, whether staying connected through e-mails, newsletters, mailers, and personal calls, or face-to-face—taking a client to lunch at a restaurant in their new neighborhood or showcasing to a client all that Chicago has to offer.
As for her marketing efforts, Jeanne goes above and beyond to ensure that each listing makes a memorable impression, utilizing professional stagers and decorators, in addition to professional photography. Likewise, her website has national and international reach and she makes sharp use of a range of digital listing platforms, recognizing that the modern buyer begins his or her home search online. Jeanne also ensures that her work with potential buyers is considered and methodical, connecting with clients on a personal level and establishing trust, so that she can provide tailored and effective results no matter their ownership goals.
Extending her spirit of service to the local community, Jeanne also makes it a habit to give back. She and her husband, a former Deputy Chief of Police, have a tradition of service, spending Thanksgiving volunteering at soup kitchens, participating in food and coat drives, and serving her clients off the clock, as well. Since her last feature in Top Agent Magazine, Jeanne’s business has continued to flourish, despite the market becoming even more fast-paced and competitive. Looking ahead, she has plans to expand her team, continue her business’s upward trajectory, and foster up-and-coming agents as they ascend the ranks, lending her years of experience to a rising generation of agents. With decades of real estate experience from all angles, and an ethos fixed on client care and the delivery of results, the future is likely to usher in many more successes to come for Jeanne Keating.