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Jennifer Ames
President of Jennifer Ames Chicago, Illinois (20 years experience)
76 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Staging

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Expertise

A 20-year veteran with more than a billion dollars in career sales, Jennifer Ames is Chicago's leader in residential real estate. Together with her full-service team, she offers clients an unmatched level of market knowledge, service, and integrity. Having sold nearly $150 million in 2013, her team has surpassed their previous year's records and now leads the city in sales in 2014. Nationwide, The Wall Street Journal has ranked Jenny among the top 50 agents, and she is #8 within Coldwell Banker.

From first-time home buyers to CEOs to some of the city's finest builders, the team's client base is as diverse as the properties they represent. They have extensive experience in the condo, co-op, loft, townhouse, single-family home, and new construction markets. Although they have sold homes as far north as Evanston and as far west as Oak Park, they specialize in the city's near north side including the Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, River North, Streeterville, Bucktown, and Roscoe Village neighborhoods. They also assist clients who are moving out of the area by introducing them to top agents in other communities.

Jenny's team makes a significant investment in the properties they sell. Before putting a home on the market, they work with their sellers to optimize the presentation of their home, to identify their target market, to develop a strategic marketing plan, to analytically assess market value, and to prepare customized marketing materials including brochures, floor plans, and photography. Once listed, they offer a comprehensive mix of high-quality print and web-based advertising venues as well as email feedback after each showing.

Background

Jennifer Ames started selling residential real estate in 1994 and quickly rose to the top. She has been recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors as one of Chicago's Top 10 residential agents every year since 1997, and by The Wall Street Journal as one of the top 100 sales agents in the U.S. for her sales in both 2009 and 2010.

Jenny has been interviewed as an industry expert by writers for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, The Wall Street Journal, and People magazine, she has appeared on a number of television venues including CNN, Fox Thing in the Morning, ABC 7 Chicago, and the Fine Living Network, and she has been featured on the covers of Realtor Magazine, Chicago Agent Magazine and Real Estate Executive.

Jenny is carrying on a family tradition of excellence in residential real estate that was started in the 1880s by her great-great-grandfather, Gold Coast developer Nathaniel Fairbank, and by her step-grandfather (and founder of Sudler & Company Real Estate), Louis C. Sudler, Sr.

Jenny's love of Chicago runs deeper than her real estate connection. She was raised with the understanding that it is important to give back to the community and has been active on charitable and civic boards for more than 25 years. She is currently a member of The Board of Directors of the Lincoln Park Zoo and The Auxiliary Board of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Prior to her career in real estate, Jenny graduated from Yale University and worked as an investment banker and then as a film producer.

Jenny enjoys fly fishing and travel. She is also an accomplished photographer and writer. She lives in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood with her husband and three boys. Languages

German and French

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Listings & Sales
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Active Listings (63)
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6 Bed / 7 Bath
$4,750,000
9 Bed / 8 Bath
$1,495,000
5 Bed / 5.5 Bath
$3,879,000
    Past Sales (450 all-time)
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    08/14/2014
    $313,000
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    08/08/2014
    $1,302,500
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    08/08/2014
    $2,075,000
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    08/07/2014
    $275,000
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    07/30/2014
    $580,000
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      Ratings & Reviews
      - Highly likely to recommend
      10/17/2011 - LPFamily
      Sold a Single Family home in 2004 for approximately $1.225M in Sheffield Neighbors, Chicago, IL.
      Jenny helped us find our new home in Lincoln Park which is perfect for our family. She also was instrumental in selling our old loft in downtown Chicago. Her extensive knowledge of the neighborhood and homes for sale are unmatched and made the search so much easier for us. We continually recommend Jenny to our friends whether they are interested in buying or selling their home. She is simply one of the best realtors in this market.  MoreLess
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      11/19/2011 - Lincoln Pk Homeowner
      Sold a home in 2009.
      Jennifer Ames is the best in her business. When my husband and I got married, Jennifer sold my condo in the Gold Coast, my husband’s condo in Lincoln Park and, at the same time, helped us find a townhome in Lincoln Park. She consistently does top-quality work.

      Jennifer is an expert and experienced in residential real estate. She is always professional and a pleasure to work with. Her team is skilled, friendly and responsive. Promptly after each showing of the properties we were selling, Jennifer or one of her team members e-mailed us detailed feedback. When it came to inspections, closings and other matters, they were there to guide us and answer all of our questions and concerns. Jennifer’s marketing is one of the qualities that really sets her apart. Her photographs, descriptions of each property (including a detailed floor plan, nearby amenities, and selling points) and resulting marketing brochure are high-quality, classy and the best we have seen. When it comes to strategy and negotiating, thanks to her extensive experience, Jennifer provided useful advice which led to our two sales and one purchase. We like her so much that we recommended her to our own family and she is currently the agent for my in-laws’ co-op.

      If we need a real estate agent in the future, we will certainly choose Jennifer Ames. She is truly the best.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      10/20/2011 - Christine J.
      Sold a home in 2009.
      Jenny Ames is the gold standard of real estate brokers. She is a professional in every sense of the word and is committed to representing her clients in the best possible way. She knows her real estate, she knows the market trends, she knows what is needed to get property in shape to sell and then she gets it sold. In a very difficult market, Jenny sold our high end co-op apartment. Yet, beyond her professional skills, Jenny has a personality that is so enjoyable and comfortable to work with. Her interpersonal skillls are a real asset when negotiating through the real estate process. Bottom line, Jenny knows every aspect of buying and selling real estate property and I believe she is the best!  MoreLess
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      Professional Information
      Jennifer Ames
      Address:
      Coldwell Banker
      1840 N. Clark St.
      Chicago, IL  60614
      Office:
      (312) 440-7525Click to view
       
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      (312) 440-7535Click to view
       
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      Screen name:
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      Member since:
      07/22/2008
      Licenses:
      • 476-344-4-26 (Illinois)