Sarah Leonard started her career in real estate, specifically at RE/MAX, at the front desk in 2002, and since then can confidently say that she’s worked in literally every real estate role imaginable. By 2013, she had a Number One Agent Award under her belt. That award came when she closed 208 homes in the MLS—the most homes closed by a single agent. “I should have been excited and happy, but I was inundated with working 100 hours a week as the service started to grow,” she says. “That’s why I decided to start my own team to make sure that my clients would still get personalized attention as our business continued to build.” In 2014, she started her own RE/MAX team, the Sarah Leonard Team, which, like Sarah, has been award-winning right out of the gate. In their first year, the team was ranked in the top 10. Since then, they’ve received both a RE/MAX Hall of Fame and a RE/MAX Circle of Legends Award, were named the best team by Chicago Agent Magazine in 2019 and featured on the cover of Top Agent Magazine. In 2020, they ranked as the top real estate team in Illinois and eighth in the entire U.S. among all medium-sized teams. And they’re not done yet.
“We’re still growing,” Sarah says. “We have people that want to apply within our team, but we grow very cautiously and are very selective of our team because we hold them to a very high standard.” To Sarah and her colleagues, real estate isn’t just a job. “Selling your home isn't any small event....it's a major life experience! Not to mention, you're dealing with one of the largest assets people will have in their lifetime, so it is important that each client feels like they're our only client during their selling/buying process.”
It’s that personalized care that keeps clients coming back as well as referring friends and family. With 500 transactions in 2019 and 600 in 2020, despite the pandemic, it’s truly a testament to Sarah and her team’s dedication to keeping that personal connection. Currently, the team of nine has eight locations throughout the Chicagoland suburbs, and specializes in all kinds of residential sales, including new construction, bank-owned, investment, and retirement properties. She enjoys all aspects of real estate, from the marketing and pricing to the special relationships she gets to form with each client, some of which span over a decade.
A Chicagoland native herself, Sarah keeps in touch with her clients throughout the year, hosting social events like movie screenings, mani-pedi parties, wine tastings, and pumpkin patch visits that allow her to connect with them and their families on a level beyond business. “When people ask me why we’re different, it’s not any one thing,” she says. “It’s a combination of just my entire team truly having a passion for the people that we help, our clients. They work nights and weekends and are empathetic to what they’re going through. I love my job. I think that enjoying what you do and finding pleasure in what you do, it’s a lifestyle for me, not a job.”
Broker/Leader — Sarah Leonard RE/MAX Team