I started in real estate sales on November 26th, 2018, after spending 30 years in residential construction. Long story short, the human body can build for so long before it starts to break down from the daily wear & tear. I appreciate everything about a house, from all the intricacies to the tiniest details, from the concrete to the shingles. I will see your home on a different perspective than most other agents. I know how it all came together, all the steps it takes to get to the final outcome. When it comes to listings, I am more than happy to recommend things that will make your home its most marketable, ultimately getting you the most money possible. With buyers, I am happy to explain possible renovation, or remodeling possibilities, and give you an idea on pricing.
Real estate was such a natural fit for me because it allows me to mostly use my mind and give my body time to repair. I will continue to build, but on a much smaller scale. It’s like the mafia; once you’re in it, you’re in it for life! Whether you are selling or buying, you’ll have my full commitment.
After my first year as a realtor, I was one of four agents from my previous firm that was awarded Rookie of The Year. New agents eligible for this award consisted of a 100-mile radius from Minocqua. I was also awarded the Bronze Medallion for sales and a third award for receiving all 5-star ratings from clients or customers. I guess I’m most proud of the 5-star rating award as it’s filled out by the people whose lives are impacted from the sale or the purchase of their home. In most cases, it’s their dream you’re helping bring to reality.
I would like to share my most recent post-closing survey, as it touched me quite a bit because it was from an 84-year-old woman who reminded me of my mom who passed in 2019.
“I appreciated the fact that when I would call Jerry, he would pick up and talk to me about my concerns. If he wasn’t able to take the call, and I went to voicemail, he would call me back promptly. I was also impressed that he took the initiative to contact me to list with him. We previously had the property on the market a few years ago with another real estate firm and it didn’t get many inquiries, or a single offer. Jerry knew it was going to be a good year to sell (sellers market) and convinced us to get our listing active, and he worked up a free Comparative Market Analysis to see where it should be priced at, with the ever-changing market. One setback right after we decided to put the property up for sale is that there was an incorrect lien on the property. Jerry sorted that out for us with little effort on our part. I was very pleased with the final outcome; we received the amount that we were hoping to get from the sale price. We were glad to see that the process only took five months from start to finish. The closing process was very simple and quick. Also, at several points during the summer, Jerry arranged to have the grounds mowed, and even paid, to help give it more curb appeal for future showings, as we live in Illinois. My son in law Mark, also had great things to say about Jerry as he was the main contact. ” Jerry was very prompt with text messages and information regarding showings and forwarding customer/agent feedback throughout the entire process. It was great to work with a Realtor with a very extensive home construction background when it came to fixing some of the flaws of the cabin. Jerry understood what type of time, money, & effort could get top asking price and where our family should concentrate efforts to make the property more marketable. All in all, we have nothing but positive comments about our experience with Jerry Garrou, and highly recommend him to anyone listing, or buying.
Thanks Alice, & Mark!