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Sold a Single Family home in 2014 in Bloomington, IN.
Jim helped me sell my dad's house while I was living in another state. He assisted me with finding local contractors for repairs, which was a huge help since I was out of town. He was very responsive and willing to guide various decisions throughout the process. Thanks Jim!
Jim helped us buy and sell our unit in Bloomington, first in 2007, and then in 2015.
He proved to be very knowledgeable, responsible, and friendly. It was because of him that we managed to buy a place we loved, and sell it quite quickly when we moved on.
Jim also offered expertise when dealing with the buyer's inspectors, proved extremely helpful when we needed little maintenance things arranged while we were already out of town, and charged us nothing for advice or friendly neighborhood help.
When we were represented by him, his care for our interests felt as if we were relatives.
He was so relaxed and assured of our mutual success that he even forgot to call us promptly when he closed the sale of our property, for which he apologized. For him, it was an obvious, doubtless result, and he almost wondered and our excitement. That only proves that he is not only used to successful representation of his buyers/sellers, but also low-key, reliable, and calm.
Jim did an excellent job listing our property and I was very impressed with the online pictures of our home. We also received good feedback from him and I really appreciated the weekly feedback he gives his clients.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $200K in Bloomington, IN.
The best choice I made at the beginning of my home search was making Jim Sprague my buyer's agent. I was a first-time home buyer and his advice at every stage of the process was extremely valuable. Jim was straightforward and served my interests well.
Bought a Single Family home in 2014 in Bloomington, IN.
Jim helped us with our first home buying experience from start to finish. Among other qualities he was exceptionally patient as we figured out what we were really looking for and what we could afford, taking us to see at least 25 houses in person both from our list of houses and from his own list based on ones he thought we would like. The process lasted months (our fault) but he stuck with us and was always in a pleasant mood.
Having worked in the area for 25+ years his local knowledge was very helpful. Jim was always able to make a recommendation about a particular neighborhood or things like price per square foot for the area and whether something was particularly high or particularly low and if something warranted looking further into as a result.
He was also very responsive and willing to work with us at any time. It was not unusual for us to call him up to explain that we had found a few places online that looked promising on paper and for him to have the showings scheduled a day or two later along with his own additions of similar houses. This greatly facilitated the process and helped us ultimately purchase our house.
Lastly, as first time home buyers there were lots of steps and scenarios that we had never gone through before. Jim always had a honest opinion but was not pushy or salesmanship-y about it. If he felt that a house was overpriced or that the flooring was particularly cheap he would let us know about it. When it came time to do offers and counter offers or get the mortgage loan or the housing inspection he always had a recommendation. Overall he was frank, honest, and helpful.
Thanks in large part to Jim's efforts we now own our first house and are absolutely happy with it. Thanks Jim!
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Bloomington, IN.
Jim was very helpful while I was shopping for my first home. He made the whole process smooth when it could have been overwhelming. I will definitely use him again the next time I want to buy or sell a home.
Sold a Single Family home in 2013 in Bloomington, IN.
Jim is great, and I would highly recommend him. He helped us sell our house and downsize to another. He is an expert at what he does. He knows the Bloomington market inside and out, from decades of experience--he knows the history of the market in individual neighborhoods, even down to the construction methods of the various developments around town. He even knew the thickness of the walls in condo units and the amount of insulation they used (re: potential noise from the adjourning unit). He also knows all the agents and their proclivities.
I put our house on the market at the end of July, relatively late in the season. I asked when we could expect to sell it--he told us hopefully by the end of August. I thought that was way too optimistic, but that was exactly what happened. I can't imagine anyone with better knowledge or more experience.
Be prepared: he will be "brutally" or totally honest with you. This is especially important regarding your asking price if selling, and about the price being asked if buying. If you are looking for something to buy, he is already thinking about how easy it will be for you to sell the next time. He has your interests at heart. He will give his opinion about various properties and strategies, and will offer his advice--and occasionally he has strong opinions. However, he will support you in any decision you make. He is there to help you.
I am personally put off by salesmen in general and mindless small talk. But Jim is NOT slick or a hard-sell---and he is not incessantly chatty. He is a genuine, nice human being who is easy to talk to. Ask his opinion and he will give it, but he will also leave you alone if that suits your mood. We felt guilty because we probably saw every house in Bloomington at least twice--but Jim was always upbeat and encouraging.
Jim is smart, full of common sense, and down-to-earth; there is nothing phony or put-on about him. I really can't recommend him highly enough.
Bought a Single Family home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Bloomington, IN.
Jim helped us through the process of buying our first home. He was professional, helpful and always accessible. Based on a home we asked Jim to show us, he suggested we look at another in the same neighborhood. That's the house we ended up buying!
Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $175K in Bloomington, IN.
I worked with Jim Sprague for well over a year. A prerequisite to my buying a home in Bloomington was the sale of my home in Brown County. Explaining that Brown County was not his area of expertise, Jim declined to list my home there but recommended an excellent realtor for that area.
Because of the location and size of my home in the county, it took some time to sell my home there. Jim was never impatient about the passing time and always willing to show me homes in the city. He quickly learned my tastes and never attempted to interest me in a purchase that was outside my preferences. He was also very candid about shortcomings of properties I found on the internet. His in-depth knowledge of properties in Bloomington was impressive and I quickly learned to rely on his experience in the area.
When the buyer for my home in Brown County had some financing problems, Jim was very adept at negotiating the delay of the closing date for the home on which I had made an offer.
Throughout the course of our working together, Jim was always quick to respond to any questions I had. He would also contact me periodically as offers on my home in Brown County failed to be realized.
In a word, Jim is one of the best realtors I have ever worked with. Perhaps the thing I admire most about him is the lack of the superficial hype one sometimes gets from realtors. He was always honest and straightforward in our dealings and never attempted to push me in the direction of any particular home.
I feel very fortunate to have worked with Jim and recommend him with no reservations to any one in the process of buying or selling a home in his area.
Bought a Townhouse home in 2013 in Bloomington, IN.
we had contacted jim though online correspondence and he was very prompt in his response and with information we had requested. Jim is very thorough in his approach and is very professional. He is very patient and gave us the correct advise and showed us a lot of properties to choose from. I would definately recommend anyone to go with jim as thier agent for any purchase or sale of propety. we eventually purchased a property in bloomington indiana thru Jim Sprague. He is very sincere and dedicated to his job in which he has a lot of experience.