Jim Holder, REALTOR EMERITUS, ABR,ePRO,CNC,SFR, (HomeSmart Connect) Real Estate Agent



Jim Holder
location_on Arlington Heights, IL — HomeSmart Connect
Get to Know Jim Holder

Active practicing Realtor since 1973. Holds Managing Broker's License with previous experience as real estate branch office managers. Have handled mass corporate moves (Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks to Maryland). Former #1 Sales Agent in local Multiple Listing Service. Bank Foreclosure Agent, Short Sale Specialist, Achieved Advanced Designations for Real Estate Agents thru Professional Organizations and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) held by fewer than 2% of Realtors. (It's an accreditation for representing home buyers). E-PRO (EPRO) certification for course work as the electronic internet agent (fewer than 2% of Realtors have earned this designation). Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Realtor certification for short sales and foreclosure specialty. Certified Negotiation Counselor. (CNC) Designiation earned thru demonstrating advanced negotiation skills for clients in real estate transactions. Exclusive services include Market Value Estimates, net equity analysis, home preparation guidance, guaranteed services, buyouts, pre-sale professional home inspections, home warranty coverage for major components, presale mortgage appraisals, and International Relocation Assistance for HOMES SELLERS & BUYERS. Pre-purchase mortgage approvals in minutes, archive property information search, home inspections, mold inspections and remediation, lead paint hazard evaluation, flood hazard evaluation, property tax assessment evaluation, radon and other envirnomental hazard search, No Money Down Mortgages for qualifying HOMEBUYERS. Home closings in 2 weeks when necessary. "Up to the minute" market information on ALL available homes for sale in Northern Illinois thru multiple listing services and contributed by over 70,000 member agents.In addition, a 25 year client data base of future sellers. "Exclusively by Referral" Network of Clients.

Selecting the Right Real Estate Agent

How do you measure Competence??


How does one do it? Make sure Your Agent Can Explain this to You--Priceless!

For a home seller, it maybe as easy as placing a sign on his property (not).

For a home buyer, it maybe as easy as driving by a home with a ''For Sale'' sign (never).

But what about:

 Earnest Money, Real Estate Tax Proration, Title, Liens, Assessments and association fees, Plot of Survey, Encroachments, Drainage, Home Inspections, defects, mold, radon, termites, Property Insurance, Flood Insurance, Appraisals, Environmental issues, Leaseholds, Mortgage application, Truth in Lending, RESPA, TRIN,Legal Review, Homeowner Association rules, regulations, by-laws, declarations, reserve studies, financial statements, Deeds, Land Trust, Liens,Title Insurance, Agency closing. Whose on first?


Unless you understand all of the implications of these terms, you are at a significant disadvantage and huge financial risk. Offsetting this risk is important (like insurance)..

Consider these ALL these terms and subjects as an IMPORTANT checklist before considering a real estate professional. They should be able to provide an accurate explanation with ease! Don't settle for less......

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D. Cartwright
Jim was our realtor on a recent home purchase in Chicago's northwest suburbs. He prides himself on matching people with the right home and strives to build long term relationships in his community. Jim is an educator by nature. With over 40 years in the business, it would be difficult to stump him. Definitely take advantage of his local knowledge. In particular, his property tax acumen proved very useful. Not sure you're ready to buy a home or can't decide on the right neighborhood? Jim is a patient agent. He'll find you a rental that will help you discover the area based on where you are in life (eg. young family, investment income property, best schools for your kids, down sizers). While not limited to these townships, Jim clearly knew his stuff in Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Inverness, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights)
Daryl Jamison
"Jim is a thorough professional. He follows every detail of the sale, inspection through the closing. He is an excellent communicator who keeps you up to date on a continual basis. We did an out-of-state sale with him and had a tenant at the time of the showings and he did a very good job of balancing the entire process and we accomplished it in a very timely basis. Jim also provided service to us previously and stayed in touch over the years until we were ready for this transaction. Simply a consummate professional." June 22, 2017
Arnel. Sarmiento Family
"When we were looking for a real estate agent, my wife researched many and then told me to call this one, Mr. Jim Holder. When I called Mr. Holder, he gave me step by step answers to all my questions I asked about buying a new house. Not only did he find us a new place, but he educated and guided us to find a great home. With his many years of experience in the real estate market, he made it easy to find the right home. His extended team of Mr. Guy Stanek (mortgage expert) and Mr. Tom Myer (home inspector) helped us sort through the complexities and learned what was most important. We Highly recommend Jim to all our friends who are looking for a new house. Now, we not only have a great real estate agent, we also have a good friend. May 9, 2017
Sameer Zai
Sameer Z. Jim is very knowledgeable in all things real estate, he knows and is well respected among everyone involved in the real estate transaction. We got in touch with Jim while we were out of state and were planning to relocate to Chicago for a new opportunity, being close to the family, Jim kept us updated on the market trends and also the desirable areas within our budget, he reminded us time to time when to act in order to benefit most from the market/personal situations all considered. Then finally, when we were ready to purchase, Jim was always available to show us any property that we requested to be shown and was always willing and available (any time, any day of the week) even though it might be something which would not fall in our criteria to begin with. We finally found a home in Arlington heights, Jim followed through the whole process and made sure the transaction goes through smoothly and he made sure any opportunity to negotiate/re-negotiate was not missed. All in all Jim is excellent at what he does and he can get it done for you successfully. December 2016
Patricia Horvath
Jim Holder is the kind of realtor that comforts your concerns and takes you off the ledge in stressful situations. I was thoroughly pleased because he updated me with information so I would not be stressed and provided an education on the process and answered all of my questions with patience and clarity. I would give him an A plus and recommend him for experienced and new buyers. My experience in selling my home was rewarding because of Jim. Thank you for your leadership and interpersonal skills.
George Weber
You will recall that 1981 was a rotten time to sell a house, due to the high interest rates (CD's paying 20%) and Carter's destruction of the economy. So when Dorothy and I decided to sell our house at 508 S, Ridge I asked the agent that I used to handle the 50 to 75 employee transfers GTE Directories made every year to give me the name of the best realtor serving Arlington Heights. Since I was the V P Controller of the company I was sure that he would name a top notch realtor. He did and you were the guy! You sold our house due to your Knowledge of the market, attention to detail and your financing suggestions that allowed me to avoid funding a second mortgage for the buyer. Then you found the perfect ranch house for us. You also did the following around that time to help our daughter, Joan, and our son-in-law Craig: • Found them a house in Arlington Heights. • Sold that home. • Found and sold a home in Algonquin. • Sold two condos for Craig's mother. All of these transactions were handled expeditiously, professionally and to our complete satisfaction. So when we decided to sell the house that we bought in 1981, we chose you and had a full price offer in three days. Why? Because of the following abilities that you bring to the real estate selling process: • Knowledge of all aspects of the real estate market. • The ability to set a realistic price for the property. • Contacts with honest, reasonably priced, reliable contractors, inspectors, lawyers etc. • Follow up to insure that all parties to the deal are performing their duties on a timely basis. Jim, it is unlikely that I will be ever be in the real estate market again, however I'll continue to mention your name to anyone seeking an exceptionally qualified agent. Thanks again.
Lesley Randolph
Jim was a wonderful realtor to work with he really knew the market well and made me feel confident that the money that I was willing to spend was going to work with the house that I wanted I feel like he has a sixth sense about the house I chose he made me feel very secure in my choice I will work with him again in a heartbeat on future endeavors and make sure I passed the word good people are hard to come by and I know I found one in Jim Holder.
Michael Kelly
I met Jim in 1988. He was my agent when I sold my house in Arlington Heights in 1994. So, when looking to buy a condo in Arlington Heights in 2016, I immediately thought of Jim. He is attentive and responsive to all of my requests and questions and with his experience and knowledge of real estate transactions, he was able to guide me through all potential scenarios involved with my purchase. If you are looking for a thorough and knowledgeable real estate expert, I would recommend you give Jim a call.
Gloria Ryan
I chose Jim based on several criteria that were important to me and the sale of our property. When we met, Jim was able to offer us a number of suggestions (which we took) that enabled us to prepare and sell our property in a very short amount of time. During the contract phase, Jim kept us apprised of the status on a regular basis, up to and including the closing. I would recommend Jim as a very competent and professional realtor.
Randall Larson
My wife and I moved from the west coast to the Northwest suburbs of Chicago - ready to buy a home. We knew a little about the area and our target price range. I called Jim Holder and he immediately went to work orchestrating the process of finding the right neighborhoods, home styles and quality we were looking for. As first-time homebuyers, we were more picky than the typical buyer - we wanted our dream home - and Jim helped us get it! During the search process, Jim showed flexibility, patience and matched our demands. Jim has a wealth of experience, and when we needed it, he actually helped us from making the wrong decision. When we found our dream home - we knew it right away. Jim is extremely knowledgeable about the offer and buying process. Jim gave us an accurate idea of next steps along the way, always followed up with a phone call to be sure we understood, and helped us remember any due dates or upcoming milestones that were important to our success. Home buying can be overwhelming, and Jim goes the extra mile to make the process easy and understandable for you. I wholeheartedly recommend Jim Holder as your real estate agent who will take the time with you, represent your best interests, and make your home purchase a success! A few months in, and we really love our home, the area and our pool!!
Ursula Sowa
I recently selected Jim Holder to help me with my recent real estate purchase as I was confident that he had the knowledge, skills and experience to help after my interview with him. He helped lead me through the process by evaluating properties that I had initially suggested for viewing. During the process he made valuable comments that helped evaluate each property. He provided the advantages and disadvantages as well as strength and weaknesses about the properties I was interested in. Jim was frequently in contact with me; and was always there respond to my questions and concerns. The closing attorney I used was one of his suggestions; I am grateful for that. I intend to use Jim Holder on my next real estate transactions; and would recommend him to others who are serious about having the most competent real estate professional. Thank you Jim!
Jackie Gray
I recently worked with Jim Holder to find a new rental home in the Arlington Heights area. I was referred to him from my HR person at work who sang him high praises for helping them find their home and years later, helping to sell it. The one thing that struck me first about Jim was his knowledge of the area (even down to the specifics of houses that have sold in the area over 20+ years). While i'm not sure what kind of $$ agents make in helping people find rentals, he treated me like a million dollar client. He provided me with listings, offered his expert opinion on things i should be considering based on my needs, helped me to negotiate the terms of my lease so that my daughter could have pets in a non-pet friendly lease (my daughter thanks him). Not only was he thorough, but the follow up was priceless (no waiting for call backs, no unanswered questions). Jim will be on my list when i seek to purchase a home; he is extremely knowledgeable. thanks for helping me to find a lovely home for me and my daughter!!!
Mike Nottoli
Jim, you are a fantastic Realtor and Re/Max should consider themselves lucky to be associated with you! For anyone reading this who has found Jim Holder as your Realtor for your upcoming real estate, consider yourself in excellent hands. I was lucky enough to locate Jim to help me with my first ever home sale. Throughout the entire real estate process Jim was able to provide extensive knowledge as to the market conditions that existed in my area. In addition, he always provided excellent tips and suggestions as to how I might improve the likelihood of selling the home at or above the price I was seeking which was greatly appreciated. It was evident to me that Jim had extensive experience in real estate transactions. I would most certainly be contacting Jim in the future to handle all my real estate dealings as the level of professionalism, knowledge and guidance is unmatched in my opinion.
Lindsey Sorensen
We chose to work with Jim Holder because he is a seasoned expert in the real estate industry. We knew he was a top resource for Arlington Heights but we also trusted him to help us take our search west. With each property we evaluated, Jim provided valuable insights on advantages and disadvantages. What impressed us the most about Jim, was his integrity. When we wanted to move forward on a home that he felt was a poor investment, he was very honest and encouraged us to continue looking for the right property. Jim found our home in La Grange and we could not be happier. Jim is a true professional and we highly recommend him as expert in the real estate market.
Kellin Girard
Jim has extensive knowledge of Arlington Heights and surrounding areas. He has a vested interest in finding a house that truly works for your needs, not just selling you any house. He found our home for us in Arlington Heights, specifically zoned for D25 schools. Would recommend!! - Kellin Girard Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Arlington Heights, IL.
Scott Girard
We enlisted the realtor services of Jim Holder when my wife and I moved to the Chicago Northwest suburbs from Florida. We didn’t know anything about the area and intended to rent for a few months while house hunting for a place to purchase. After selling homes in this area for over 40 years, Jim’s in-depth knowledge of every corner of the suburbs helped guide us into the exact location and home we were looking for. Not to mention his historical knowledge of neighborhood evolution, local architecture, building materials and methods, and unseen pitfalls (of the cost persuasion). Our search criteria was very specific, and our knowledge of “living up north” was very limited. While other agents could have sold us ten homes in the time it took us to find the right match for our family, Jim was determined not to let us buy the wrong house for us...in terms of what we said was important to us, present value, and rehab ROI. Here’s what you get with Jim Holder as your agent: a walking encyclopedia of Chicago suburban real estate, a dedicated advisor for your investment best interests, and a steadfast advocate of your home-buying wants and needs. August 2018 Scott Girard, Arlington Heights

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