"So glad that I did my homework before hiring a real estate broker. I found Barbara Tarr to be knowledgeable, attentive and highly respectful of my needs. I was selling my deceased mother's home and was unable to be there as much as I wanted, Barb was great! She knew the value, helped in making it 'show' worthy, and advertised it well. The brochure she created highlighted the home to perfection."
"Barb helped me find the condo I just purchased. She sent me many listings and one of the things I really appreciated was that she only showed me homes that met my criteria. She was readily available; I never had a problem reaching her. The seller was not easy to deal with, but Barb was always my advocate. For example, when we found out that the freezer door of the refrigerator in the home I was buying wouldn't open all the way she told the seller's agent that this was completely unacceptable. This may seem obvious, but the seller was actually arguing against doing anything. Ultimately a satisfactory resolution was achieved: the old refrigerator was removed and I got a credit for a new one. Barb gave me names of possible inspectors and real estate lawyers and the ones I picked were excellent. Barb never pressured me and it was a pleasure to work with her. Beyond all this, I always felt that Barb cared about me as a person. It was clear that she was interested in my finding a home that would suit me and that I would be happy in. And that's just the way it's worked out."
"She was extremely helpful and was always responsive to any questions or concerns we had. Barbara did a fabulous job of marketing and staging my parents' home, and we were very happy with the price that we received. The best part of all….Barbara sold our house before it officially went on the MLS! I highly recommend using Barbara Tarr!"
"We started working with Barb to casually look at houses. She was very accommodating and easy to work with when we spontaneously wanted to see some houses. As we started to look more seriously, she was very open to listening to our interests and discussing with us what to look out for. We found the house that fit all of our needs, and Barb was quick to get our offer in, beating out other offers. Barb was with us every step of the way and checked in with us often even after we closed on the house. Although the housing process is very stressful, Barb was there to talk us through it and keep us calm. Barb was great to work with, and I would highly recommend her!"
"Barbara gave me great advice all the way through the process. She was always friendly and easy to talk with. Her insightful understanding of the market and the selling process helped me a lot. I am satisfied with the price received for the sale of my property."
"We had a great experience selling our home with Barb. She helped us price the house correctly, prepare it for sale and staged it herself without additional expense. As a result of her expertise, the home selling process was surprisingly smooth."
"She was so easy to work with, was extremely helpful and best of all sold our home in a very speedy manner. I would highly recommend her. You can't go wrong using Barbara!"
"You are a professional, knowledgeable, good-hearted woman, who provides exceptional, creative solutions in reaching the goal to sell a house. You persevere. You achieve. You deliver. You are thoughtful. You help your clients. You are an icon in your field, and I'm very happy to have chosen you as our real estate broker. In our situation, without your efforts, today's close would never have occurred. Thank you very much for all your hard work. It's appreciated."
-- Irv K.
"She's been a delight to deal with. She has extensive familiarity with the local market, and is savvy about pricing. She is quite familiar with staging property, and makes excellent suggestions that are cost effective and help promote sales. She has been very responsive to our concerns along the way and patient with us when we become indecisive or ambivalent, gently guiding us in a very helpful way. The two homes she helped us sell sold within a just a couple weeks of their listing. She has never been pushy or demanding, and has always been focused on the priorities we put forth. We've strongly recommended her to friends and relatives, and will continue to do so."
-- Steven F
"She knows the area as an expert realtor with decades of experience on the North Shore. Plus she helped negotiate a great price in a very competitive situation. She made the seller's market work in the buyers favor and saved us thousands without compromising our purchase."
-- Buyer, Wilmette
"My wife and I decided to sell our Northbrook town home and look for a something that was a better fit in Highland Park . A friend recommended Barbara Tarr of Coldwell Banker as a real estate agent, and we enlisted her help. We couldn't have been more pleased. She was extremely helpful in finding us just the right place to buy, as she was very understanding and sensitive to our needs. She really knew the market, and knew what to show us. Once we found a place we liked, she offered expert guidance in the negotiation process as well, and was invaluable in facilitating the purchase. She clearly had her finger on the pulse of the market, and this was to our advantage. She was equally outstanding in helping us sell our Northbrook home, and once again demonstrated a profound expertise. She did an outstanding job helping us stage our home to maximize buyer interest and show it to its best advantage, in determining the appropriate market pricing, and guiding us among the multiple offers we thereafter received. She played a most valuable role in completing the sale. All through the buying and selling process, she was friendly, responsive, easy to work with, accommodating, skilled, very diligent, and always professional. We would have absolutely no hesitation recommending Barbara to others looking to buy or sell a home in this area, and in fact have already done so."
-- Wendi and Steve S
"Barbara helped me sell my townhouse in Fort Sheridan and was very helpful and extremely knowledgeable. She helped me stage my townhouse in the best possible light. She guided me from the beginning of the sale through the purchase. Her expertise was really appreciated. I felt very comfortable with her and she was always available with any questions or concerns. Barb is a real professional and has a very pleasant personality. I trusted her to look out for my interests and negotiate on my behalf. I was very satisfied with Barb's work. I highly recommend her as a real estate agent."
-- Seller, Highland Park
"Because Barb's been in the business for so many years, she was able to answer all our questions. Barb also has an artistic background. She is able to help with the layout of furniture, rugs, paintings, etc. to show the house at it's uncluttered best. We did not have to go the expense of hiring separate people to do the staging. Years afterwards, she provided us with numerous home improvement referrals. Her personality is calm and positive which one definitely needs when going through the stressful ordeal of selling or buying a home (she helped us with both)."
-- Seller, Deerfield
"A big load off my mind, in very large measure due to you, is that my house is sold--and the closing went smoothly and easily! Now I can move forward in completing my move back to Chicago and building out my new condominium. Thank you so much for your patience with me (and all involved parties), your expertise throughout the whole selling process, and for understanding the disability complexities involved both in marketing my home and in getting much done before I could possibly move. Your advice and diligence paid off. You really went the 'extra mile' in helping with the special 'non-broker' issues I had and staying involved. I am so grateful and know I couldn't have handled it without you. Your patience and tolerance are seemingly inexhaustible! So thank you again for your business acumen, your dedication, and your friendship."
-- Ginger Lane
"Barbara was recommended to us by friends and was professional and helpful throughout our lengthy home buying process, always keeping our needs foremost. She patiently worked with us to locate the right property in the right location, spending many weekends searching the Northern suburbs before we settled on a unique mid-century modern home in Lincolnshire. Barbara helped guide us through the offer and home inspection processes. We highly recommend her for her Real Estate knowledge and collaborative manner."
-- Buyer, Lincolnshire
"Before placing our home on the market my husband and I constantly questioned our motivations and the implications of our decision. We had consulted Barbara Tarr during that time period and she patiently and informatively educated us to market conditions, residential options, and post-sale issues. This process took us quite a long time given the housing market's downturn. When we finally did decide to sell Barbara helped stage our home to show optimally. She approached the sale with professional standards that were second to none, covering all her bases from developing an outstanding web display, networking with other realtors, and negotiating with the buyers and their attorney. Barbara did such a good job our home sold very, very quickly. She made herself available to us at every turn and made an emotionally charged transition a positive experience. She has the highest expectations of herself when it comes to standards and integrity. She knows her field thoroughly and is honest and forthcoming in her dealings. We could not have been more fortunate than to have chosen Barbara Tarr as our realtor."
-- Helane and Bruce A.
"Barbara was a tremendous asset for us in purchasing a home. She is well versed and educated on current market conditions. Additionally, she's responsive, diligent, and, most importantly, an excellent listener. Purchasing a home can be stressful, but she helps move the process along expeditiously. Whether a traditional sale, a short sale (like us), or a foreclosure sale, I would highly recommend her and believe she is extremely capable on both the sell-side and buy-side. We could not have purchased our home without her assistance. I not only consider her my agent, but even more so, a friend. Thanks, Barb!!!"
-- Eric and Staci S.
"Barbara Tarr was amazing to work with from the very onset of helping me stage my Mother's house through the quick sale and follow up. My mother had lived in her house 17 years and had accumulated lots of furniture along with a full basement cluttered with everyone's stuff. Barbara showed me how to neutralize the house and simplify each room. I walked through the entire house with Barbara with my punch list. After spending 2 weeks taking down pictures and excess furniture, my mother put the house on the market. Barbara recommended a price range and we took her advice. The house sold in an astonishing 3 weeks! Barbara is professional and has a sweet demeanor. After many years working in residential real estate, she knows the market well. She was also thorough in all the details of preparing for the closing. I would highly recommend her."
-- Ellen L
"I was more than happy with the service that you provided. In the most stressful of situations you kept your cool, kept your heart, spoke honestly and kept the process focused. You brought calm into a stressful situation and your "staging" advice was perfect. Your timing on the sale was amazing. No one could have sold our home faster than you. Your patience with your clients was perfectly executed and completely appreciated."
-- Jan W
"Barbara was very professional, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with!"
"Recently we had the great pleasure of doing business with Barbara Tarr. She worked quite diligently to get our home at 1509 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, sold. Barbara showed our home with great passion and I do believe her enthusiasm was instrumental in the sale of our house. She was always accessible to us whenever we bombarded her with our many questions, since this was our first experience in selling and then purchasing a new residence. She made the transition for us quite easy, including all of the paperwork and finding the proper legal advice. Barbara is a very charming woman dedicated to her profession, whom we would readily recommend to anyone buying or selling a home."
-- Rita and Larry L
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