I have been published more than the average REALTOR. A story about one of my domain names was syndicated by The Wall Street Journal online and was all over the Internet. Because of that article, I was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune, The Southtown-Star (who even sent a photographer) and participated on a radio show.
I have been interviewed for quite a few real estate related articles in the Southtown-Star. I'm not the only one in the family that has been published. My husband Jimmy Herter appeared in a full page article in The Homer Horizon and my daughter's cat Keeper just appeared as Pet of the Week in the same publication.
I had been contacted by Chicago Magazine but I really didn't understand it. In fact, I truly thought they were just trying to sell me something, as agents get constant solicitations from different service providers. I also wasn't that excited because I assumed it was an article about agents that work mainly in Chicago, and I work in the southwest suburbs. I didn’t realize they listed different service areas – I was listed as a Five Star Agent for Orland Park real estate.
Only when I received my first phone call from a friend that had seen my name in the magazine did I become interested enough to purchase the magazine (I am not a subscriber). Then a couple of relatives were extremely impressed when they saw my name listed. Hey, people actually read the list!
I had to read the beginning of the list as I still didn't understand how I was chosen. And yes, I could have paid extra to get a photo and blurb put in, with different prices for different sized ads. OK, so there was money involved, but I didn't pay a thing.
Here is a partial quote of how I was chosen:
- Five Star Professional surveyed Chicago area residents who purchased a home priced at more than $150,000 within an 8-month period (3/11-11/11).
- The final list of 2012 Chicago Five Star Real Estate Agents is a select group, representing less than 2% of real estate agents in the area.
- The 2012 Five Star Real Estate Agents do not pay a fee to be included in the research or the final list.
I even received a package from a For Sale By Owner who is trying to sell on his own but also cooperate with agents. He congratulated me on being recognized in Chicago Magazine. I will definitely keep this issue and hope it continues to come in handy in my business with future clients.
The issues should still be on the stands if you didn't get one yet. I had to visit several south suburb stores to find an issue. I purchased mine at Barnes & Noble and found out it is also sold at Dominick's. If you'd like to work with me to buy or sell your south suburban home just call me at 708-536-8200 or use my Contact Form.