She was more than willing to help us with whatever we needed. We must have seen 50 homes over the course of three months. She taught us about foreclosures, too, although we didn’t end up buying one. Very personable and easy to relate with and have a conversation with. She never once complained about us going to see more and more places without making a final decision.
This is my second round of buying with Sara (she’s the greatest)! Sara found a “best fit” condo for my daughter a few years ago and now has done the same for me.
Sara is enthusiastic, hard-working, smart, fun to be around, and true to her word. She understands the market and the particulars of a neighborhood. Sara went the extra mile by pulling together a team for me that followed through. What a relief!
Thank you, Sarah!!!
Helped us look around for a place and gave very useful advice and tips.
Sara was great – she knows a lot more about houses than I do, so she was extremely helpful in asking the right questions of the other agents/sellers. She also did a great job of keeping in contact with us and with other agents. When a house we were interested in went under contract but didn’t close for a long time, Sara was on top of it to keep reminding the sellers that we were still interested.
Sara helped my husband and I find the perfect home! We weren’t sure what we wanted but she showed us tons of places and helped us narrow down our options. She was also great at helping us through the process of buying it. I would highly recommend her!
Sara was my agent for the purchase of my condo. It was a short sale, so she graciously put up with me for about 7 months while we found the condo and then waited for the short sale review process to run its course. At times, I was in uncharted territory because of the ridiculousness of the short sale negotiations. That being said, I never felt like I was going it alone because Sara was always there in person, by e-mail, or by phone to answer any questions or to calm me down when I would start to get antsy. She was able to recommend a great attorney and mortgage broker, and the whole team she assembled for me made the experience as easy as possible. Sara patiently showed me a ton of places all over the city, and she knew the ins-and-outs of each neighborhood and helped me to decide not only what I was looking for in a condo, but also in a neighborhood. I have already recommended her to a couple of my friends that might be in the market to buy a house because I know they will be in good hands with her. You will be, too, if Sara is representing you. -Zak
Sara is great, she is the best agent that I have worked with and I have worked with many. She takes that time to understand your needs. She is flexible and always makes sure that she answers all of your concerns. She ask the right questions without being intrusive. She is a straight-shooter whose knowlegde is unsurpassed.
Sara is an excellent real estate agent . Since I am from out of town she was able to co-ordinate and show us numerous properties in a short amount of time and tailor it to our needs. She is quite knowlegable in handling transactions and we were able to get good deals on two apartments. We were very lucky to have Sara help us navigate our property search and ultimately find condos that best meet our needs. I strongly recommend her to any one looking for properties in the chicago area.
It was a pleasure working with Sara. She was extremely responsive and approachable. She was also very knowledgeable and was good in explaining everything in detail !!!
I have been working with Sara the past few months looking for an affordable Condominium in the South Loop area for my two sons who will be attending college. Sara has tirelessly shown my wife and I many potential Condominium’s that fit our requirements. We found a perfect Condominium but it had multiple offers. Sara did her research and recommended to us the proper asking price that gave us the winning bid. Sara was committed from the start in finding a place that was affordable and which met all our requirements. She never gave up with us. Sara constantly followed up and went the extra mile to get our unit closed on time for our sons to move in. I would highly recommend Sara to anyone interested in great service.
Sara was fantastic to work with. We had a few issues come up (on the seller’s side) and Sara was always a text/call away to ask a question to, get advice from, or to let me know what was going on with everything. She stayed on top of the entire situation and I would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for a home purchase.
Sara is one of the the best realtors you can find in the Chicagoland area. One of my friends recommned her and I’m glad that he did. She guided me through every step of the home purchase. She helped me buy a short sale at cheaper price than it was listed for. She also has good contacts with the attorneys and the mortgage companies. She had answers to every question I had regarding buying a home. She provided me with valuable guidance when I was in doubt. She is like a one stop shop for your home buying needs.
Honestly, I can’t recommend Sara enough! She responded to my email inquiry within 30 seconds and even after hearing our bizarre circumstances and serious time crunch (not to mention our zero knowledge of real estate dealings) she was still willing to take us on. Within 24 hours of contacting her, she had a full day’s worth of showings for us, followed by another full day the next day (after further refining what it was we REALLY wanted, and not just what we THOUGHT we wanted). Basically, after 2.5 days of looking at places, we were ready to make an offer. And, after a brief bidding war (skirmish more like) we had our new home. As an added bonus, we could really identify with the name “Exit Strategy.”
I interviewed a handful of realtors before deciding on Sara. I picked her because first and foremost, she has a background as a real estate lawyer and I am the type of person who has so many questions and concerns. So, she is very knowledgable, also very approachable, patient, and very quick to respond to my emails and my calls. I truly enjoy time with Sara.
Sara is quick to response, on top of the latest information and great to work with. She is our go to Realtor. We had a tricky sale of selling our condo and buying a house. She was able to help us out with both, even the coordination and timing of the sell and buy.
Sara was awesome to work with and very helpful throughout the entire buying process. We spent months trying to find the right place, and as soon as we found it, she did everything she could to get us in our new place as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend Sara to anyone for their real estate needs, she’s a very hard worker, friendly, and knowledgeable.
Sara registered a tricky offer into the system faster than any realtor I’ve ever dealt with. She was relentless in this process. Very pleased with her results and tenasity.
Sara has been an amazing resource for me. As most realtors will put your house on the market and let it sit there, Sara will advise against selling until you can get the price you want. She has helped me find a leasing agent to rent my property until I can sell it. She is responsive and knowledgeable about the market. I give her the highest recommendation!
Sara worked very hard for us in our search for an affordable condo near IIT and UIC. She was always pleasant, honest, and genuinely helpful. She conducted detailed research on the market in the area of our search and gathered information about units that would not have known enough to even inquire about. Sara referred us to an excellent lawyer for our closing. She is an incredibly hard worker and follows through on her commitments no matter how difficult it is. We appreciated her friendly, kind demeanor as well as her tough negotiating skills. You will not find a better real estate professional in Chicago. We highly recommend Sara McMurray!
Sara is very nice showing us around different homes. She responses our questions and requests immediately, understands our needs and suggests homes that fits my need the best. She is very knowledgable about the neighborhood. Although it didn’t work out at the end but we had a good experience with her. I would definitely recommend her to my friends or contact her later if I ever want to buy or sell a house.
Sara did an amazing job helping us find our new home. She takes the time to understand what you are looking for and works tirelessly to help you find it. She was always available to answer our questions or concerns. Sara has great knowledge of the city and is someone you can trust. Definitely would recommend her.
Sara was recommended to us from someone else who worked with her previously and we are so happy that we went with the recommendation! We were out of towners and first time buyers in Chicago and Sara was so accommodating to our schedules and our needs. She was always very responsive to emails and very attentive. After spending a day with us looking at places, she had a great understanding of what we were looking for and was able to find us the perfect home. She took care of a lot of things in our place and it always felt that she was an advocate for us. Very competent and gets things done! Great people skills too. Will be back to work with Sara if we move again.
Sara is great at what she does. She is very patient and learns about your needs and works hard to find the right fit.
She also knows great local contractors and can help you determine if any remodeling fits in with the cost of your real estate and the current market.
I highly recommend her for buying or selling real estate.
Sara is incredibly patient in the process and willing to make arrangements to make you feel comfortable. I have seen may realtors who were little more than used car salesmen or women wearing better shoes; Sara is not one of these people (oh, her shoes are fine). I would highly recommend Sara to anyone who wants to purchase prudently and not be pressured before they have weighed their options. We are hoping to buy with her soon.
Sara helped me purchase my first property. It was a very low priced, fixer-upper and I doubt it was an especially lucrative deal for her but in spite of that she was incredibly helpful and responsive. The entire process lasted over a year (not unusual when dealing with short sales) and over the course of that year I would email Sara a great deal and she would always respond promptly, no matter what time. Sara exceeded every expection I had, doing so knowing she wouldn’t make a lot money. I recommended her to my brother and he also couldn’t have been happier with her performance. I highly recommend using Sara for your real estate needs and I look forward to dealing with her in the future.
Sara, was awesome she knew so much about the local neighborhoods and trends. She has a great legal perspective and was very helpful in negotiations, honestly it was a lot of fun checking out places with her.
We have a dear friend who lives in Racine and doesn’t drive due to physical limitations. Because mass transit has been slashed in Wisconsin, he has been largely a prisoner in his home and has had to rely on other folks to go pretty much anywhere. He wanted to move to a safe place that had quick access to public transportation, and shops and grocery stores conveniently located in the immediate area. Sara found him an ideal condo, at the right price, and in a wonderful area of Evanston. Kindness, patience, listening, and dogged determination were the hallmarks of her service. We were dazzled by what a remarkable job she did!
Sara sold our condo in Evanston in less than a week. On top of that, she was very knowledgeable about the local area and was a genuinely nice person. Selling a place is stressful, but Sara made every interaction a positive and pleasurable one. Thanks Sara!
I have used Sara and her team of agents for 3 real estate transaction within the past 2 years and every single one of them has been successful, smooth and painless, and professionally-managed. Thanks to her years of experience and comprehensive market knowledge, we were able to navigate the purchase of a foreclosure with ease, find tenants within for an investment property within one month, and find a place for me to call home! I highly recommend working with Sara and her team and will continue to do so for myself in the future!
Sara was invaluable to me as a first-time home buyer. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her to someone…in fact, she came recommended to me! She was very patient answering all my questions. Her vast expertise and her responsiveness made the process go much smoother than I could’ve ever anticipated. I will definitely seek her out in the future should I ever move and am recommending her to any one I know who may be looking to buy or sell. I love the place she helped me find. Thanks Sara!
We needed to purchase a condo in Chicago quickly and I saw Sara’s name on the Zillow website and contacted her. What a stroke of luck! We have bought and sold a lot of real estate and Sara was by the far the best realtor we have ever worked for! She was quick to respond to my request and continued to be totally dedicated to helping us find the perfect place. She is very knowledgeable on all the areas we were interested in, and always ready in a moment’s notice to show us a property she thought would suit our needs. She gave us honest feedback on any questions we had and ultimately we found the perfect place! On top of all that, she is very warm, friendly, and easy to talk to. We give Sara 5 stars all the way!!
It was very difficult to to find the right place because I have the most difficult long criterias to follow in other to find the right place suitable for my son and I. So, we travel from one distance to another to look for the right place. I worked with different realtors and Sara McMurray is wonderful to work with. I know my case was very different with special needs and she worked with me for the longest time. It was great to worked with Sara, she is very dedicated to her clients and her work. Her attitude was very pleasant and I enjoy her presents every time we have to drive together. Everywhere we when you can tell that is very knowledgeable about the areas. I did have a lot of questions and she seems sincerely to answer any questions. Unfortunately, we didn’t find our place with her; however I do recommend to work with her. She is wonderful to work with, warm, very open, sincerely, friendly, and patient to work with, 5 starts
Sara knows her stuff. She was able to smoothly guide us through the process of buying our home. It is always a great pleasure working with her. I highly recommend Sara.
Sara was simply wonderful to work with. She was professional and always available for showings and questions. She knew exactly how to approach the negotiation and got me an amazing deal. I especially liked signing all of the documents electronically.
Sara was very helpful and knowledgable in all aspects of our transaction, from educating us about the market to knowing when we needed to act. At the same time she was also patient with us as we ramped up our search process – we began looking in July 2015 and made an offer in late February, 2016. We would recommend her to anybody.
When we first spoke with Sara we were impressed with her background and level of experience. Things only got better once we started working with her. Not only was Sara great at asking the right questions, she was great at translating our slightly vague answers into the features and styles of houses that we were looking for. Once we had nailed down what we wanted, she was able to help us look (and look and look) for the right place. Sara was also able to work around my work schedule. She made scheduling home tours easy. Whether we wanted to get in and out of a house in 5 minutes or walk through every room and take notes, we really appreciated her flexibility. We never felt like she was too busy to work with us, and she was always available by phone, email, or text whenever we had a question. Sara helped us navigate negotiations and counter offers and redid the paperwork very quickly when the sellers had messed it up. We really felt like she was on our side throughout the whole process. We truly enjoyed her down-to-earth approach to things, and we honestly just had fun while we were working with her. We highly recommend Sara if you are hunting for a home. We miss house hunting with her already!
Sara was the perfect agent for us. She always made herself available for us and worked night and day to find us the perfect spot. Sara was able to get us in contact with some awesome individuals (inspectors, attorneys, etc..) which made the process that much easier.
Sarah was a dream to work with. My fiance and I were first time home buyers, and Sarah was exactly what we needed. She was always responsive – day or night – and quick to schedule viewings. She was also honest with us and was invested in finding us the right home, not just any home to make the sale. She was able to recommend a good team for us – inspector, mortgage broker, etc. When it came down to the negotiation process she offered great advice and stepped in to help make sure our interests were represented. I think we’ll be in our new home for a while, but the next time we need a real estate agent Sara will be my first call.
Sara was great to work with. She was able to give me breakdown of neighborhoods and price options. Put me in contact with a great loan officer and lawyer to walk me through the entire process to help me understand all the nuances of my purchase. Would recommend her to anyone, especially a first time buyer.
Sara is a thoughtful and caring human being with amazing in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market. She was creative, enthusiastic and helpful in my home search.
We were a bit nervous as we had not gone through the purchase process of a home for 24 years. Sara was a huge help in smoothing our concerns with the transition. Her knowledge and expertise was a great asset in coaching us through this process. We would highly recommend Sara for any of your real estate needs. Mat and LaDonna
Sara is PHENOMENAL! She genuinely cares about her clients, listens to their needs and works tirelessly to find a home that meets all of their needs. She works around the clock with her team and has an experienced and friendly network of lenders, attorneys, handy-men, cleaning companies, etc. who make the home buying process as stress free as possible. She advocates for the buyer, has your best interest at heart and will negotiate to get you the best deal for your future home. As a long time Chicago resident and attorney, she knows the city like the back of her hand and lends you her expertise as a Chicagoan and a lawyer to help inform your home purchase. I highly recommend Sara to anyone looking to buy in the Chicagoland area.
We cannot recommend Sara highly enough! She is extremely knowledgeable of the Evanston & North Shore area, responsive, and goes above and beyond to help her clients. She is great during negotiations and making sure all parties involved get the answers they need. We WISH we had gone to her initially, and quickly learned our lesson! You will not regret enlisting Sara for your real estate needs. She is truly a pro, and kind and compassionate to boot!
My note to Sara says it all: Sara, Thank you so much for the work of you and your team in the sale of our condo unit. I very much appreciated that you helped us price it right to sell quickly for a fair price and that you were there and very responsive through the whole process. Everything from referring us to the great attorney, the guidance when needed, the communication with the buyers agent and attorney and especially the extras like doing the walk-through of the unit with my former tenant when he moved out. Working with you was a great experience and I will definitely refer you to anybody that I know that is looking for an agent in Chicago.
Sara was great. She is extremely professional, hard-working, and effective. She’s also very friendly and responds quickly to all communications. I am very happy I chose Sara to help me sell my condo.
It was incredible to work with Sara. She helped me narrow down my home search and was very patient as I chose which Chicago neighborhood was right. We ultimately found the most amazing property – I moved in a month ago and could not be happier. I took a chance on a rehab project and Sara helped me every step of the way with decisions from floor stains, lighting, countertops, backsplash and paint colors. I am so glad she was by my side through the process! She was looking out for me every step of the way. Beyond her real estate counsel, Sara was a lot of fun to work with. I can’t recommend her highly enough!
I highly recommend Sara. Her experience as a lawyer and her awareness of the market was extremely helpful to our purchase. Sara will do a thorough upfront research on Comps that most realtors won’t do unless asked — even then, it won’t be as complete — particularly if you are looking in Evanston or Chicago. She is also very responsive and resourceful when it comes to needing good lending partners and real estate attorneys. All exceptional and reasonable !
Sara is an excellent communicator, and is extremely helpful. Whenever we had questions or requests of her, she was very quick to answer them or go the extra mile to complete tasks. We appreciated her help with the process immensely.
Sara is really wonderful. She knows the market, is extraordinarily responsive, is patient with my numerous questions, and will give you her honest opinion. We bought our house with her several years ago and just sold a condo with her. She is invested in helping you get what you want – and it doesn’t matter if the property is big or small – she will do the work. Easy to work with.
We contacted Sara to be able to plan a move to Illinois from Texas – without being able to visit before purchasing or renting. She gave us in-depth insight on neighborhoods, buildings, pricing, transportation, everything. We spent about 2 months brainstorming and emailing regularly – she answers lightning fast and has so much knowledge on specifics (co-ops, condos, HOAs, anything). We had a few last minute ‘virtual’ skype showings that she would work in to her extremely busy schedule for us. We were finally able to go up and see about 18 places in the one day we were able to fly to Chicago. We were able to put an offer on a property from states away and every contact with her made us feel like her most important clients. She did so much digging to be able to help us find the choices we went to see and it was greatly appreciated. I can’t imagine moving here WITHOUT being able to work with Sara. Great experience – greater person. Thanks again!
I did not work with Sara directly but rather with her colleague, Gerardo Tapia. Gerardo did a wonderful job of finding me properties to look at that fit my specifications – he was clearly highly motivated to find me the perfect home to buy. I’m also pleased with the sale price he negotiated. Where he could use some improvement was in the final closing process – filling out all the paperwork/dealing with the lawyers, etc. – as a first time buyer, I needed some guidance and didn’t feel that I had his full attention for those aspects of my real estate purchase. However, I am still very grateful for all the help I got from him in the most critical phases of the process: finding my new home and making sure I paid a reasonable price for it. Could not have done it without him!