To whom it may concern,
Jill Hartke represented my family on the sale of our home in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. We undertook the sale of our home at a time of significant market contraction. Homes on our price range simply weren’t moving.
We interviewed a broad range of agents and initially selected an agent that promised quick and profitable results. After nearly 6 months, our home remained unsold and it was clear our property wasn’t a priority for our agent.
After we made the difficult decision to change representatives, we were again disappointed to learn that the agent we’d selected experienced issues which precluded the marketing of our home and many others.
Frustrated, confused and not sure whom to believe, we met Jill Hartke. Jill’s energy, enthusiasm and willingness to roll-up her sleeves and get involved made all the difference.
Ms. Hartke was a pleasure to work with, kept us informed of progress and leveraged every aspect of her network, marketed our home in every conceivable way and ultimately found a buyer for our property. Jill didn’t stop there. She was active in every aspect of the sale, represented our interest professionally and handled all the details--making the final chapter in our journey successful.
Our family offers our unreserved recommendation of Jill Harke.
She’s a professional that knows what she’s doing and she’s earned our trust.
on behalf of The Kaplan Family
– Jeffrey Kaplan, August 2017
Selling our home with Jill was an absolute breeze. She was fantastic to work with, patiently answering questions and easing any and all of our concerns throughout the entire process. Because of her experience and guidance, we accepted an offer within a few days of listing for more than we ever expected to receive. I would, without a doubt, recommend Jill to anyone looking to sell their home.
– Nathan Pritchard, June 2017
"Home sale is a daunting ordeal and Jill made it very seamless. Jill is a wonderful person to work with. Her expertise in this field is outstanding and her patience is commendable. For every small detail that came up Jill had an answer or got one at the earliest. We will definitely recommend her to all our friends and family. Thank you Jill!!!! It was our pleasure working with you."
– Naren & Shweta, April 2017
As first time home buyers, we had no idea what to expect. From talking to friends & family, it was to be expected that the process was going to be long and dreadful. However, in our experience- that was not the case! From the moment we started looking Jill was super patient with us, especially when it came to showing us houses around my husbands work schedule, even later in the evening. During these visits, we brought our 1 1/2 yr. old son and Jill would play with him while we took our time looking through the house imagining the possibilities. She has been super helpful and truly made this experience enjoyable! I would definitely recommend Jill to everyone who needs a home!
– Joel & Geralyn, March 2017
When we started the journey of relocating our family from Oregon to Iowa, we were definitely anticipating a stressful experience. However, Jill helped to keep the process as smooth and pain-free as possible. In addition to identifying multiple houses that met our strict criteria, Jill also supported our search for a temporary rental, so that we had a place to live until we closed on our new home.
Jill was incredibly flexible to work with throughout the home buying process. From quick responses to accommodating our busy lives when scheduling showings and meetings, working with Jill was a great experience. Jill was also very detailed oriented and helped keep track of critical communication, which is necessary with buying a new home, especially a new construction home. Finally, Jill made the home buying experience enjoyable. She always had a positive attitude, was happy to help, and we felt as though she was genuinely excited for us. While we hope that the home we purchased will be our forever home, we would absolutely work with and recommend Jill for any future moves!
– Dale & Mackenzie Maxedon, March 2017
Relocating our family to Cedar Rapids, we had very few insights into the area, least of all any references to a high quality Realtor. By luck, our relocation company matched us with Jill Hartke of Skogman Realty. We could not have chosen a better Realtor ourselves. Jill was extremely quick to pick up on our family's expectations for our next home, and genuinely assisted us in finding the right area and home for us. Jill was very accommodating of our schedule for home viewings, and when the time came to close on our house, Jill went out of her way to help us line up inspectors and conduct the final walk through of our home even as we could not be on site yet. We would highly recommend Jill Hartke to any prospective home buyer in the Eastern Iowa area, and are eager to utilize her services again the next time we ever need a Realtor.
– Peeter & Shannon Soot, March 2017
Jill was wonderful to work with, very attentive, professional, and caring. She worked hard to get our house sold! I would recommend Jill to my family and friends. She really cares about her clients!
Trista and Matt Mutert
– Trista and Matt Mutert, December 2016
Our experience with Jill Hartke was fantastic from the moment we met her! Jill made the listing and sale process of our home very comfortable and easy. We also appreciated Jill's directness, honesty, and vast experience. Jill made herself available to our barrage of questions and always got back to us very quickly. Overall everything was well orchestrated leading to the sale of our property much quicker than we could ever have anticipated. We would not hesitate to work with Jill again.
Ben Randolph & Carrie O'Connell
– Ben and Carrie, November 2016
Working with Jill Hartke as our real estate agent was a pleasure. She gave us lots of information on the new area we were moving to, from city demographics to activities our kids could participate in. She was very patient with us as we narrowed the criteria down of what we wanted in our home and was always flexible with her schedule in showing us homes. We highly recommend her to anyone moving to the area or looking to relocate locally. Renae and Jeff Zolnowsky
– Jeff and Renae, November 2016
I can't say enough about Jill's professionalism and knowledge. She definitely brought these qualities to the table when selling our house. Jill was committed to selling our house in the time frame that worked for my family. Jill was very thoughtful and understanding of my family's unique situation and was very respectful and cognizant of this thought the entire selling process.
There were plenty of repairs around our house from electrical to drywall when we were wanting to put it on the market. Jill helped us immensely in preparing our house to sell by sharing her knowledge and resources so that our house was ready for the market. Jill helped us with anything we we needed and answered any questions we had.
I have sold one other house before and the process was not nearly as smooth or as enjoyable as working with Jill. Jill's knowledge of the market helped us sell our house quickly and at a very competitive price. Jill was patient with us when there was something we needed to do to help with the sale. It was definitely nice to have a Real Estate agent with good humor and that was personable and understanding. If I ever had to sell a house in the Cedar Rapids area again Jill would definitely be the first person I would call.
– Cody & Nicole, October 2016
We recently worked with Jill to buy our home in the Marion, IA area and there are not enough nice and positive things that we can say about her and the job she did working with us to relocate from out of state. Not only did she help us find our beautiful new home but she also made us feel welcomed and informed on the area that we were moving to. During our home search Jill was able to schedule showings on the weekends and evenings and was always early to our appointments, ready to meet us with a smile and a greeting that made us feel like we could be walking into our new house. Once we found “the one” she worked tirelessly to get the paperwork, inspections, and walk throughs done on our timeline. She was very helpful and thoughtful throughout the process and whenever we had questions or concerns she responded quickly and provided everything we needed to move into our new home. We wholeheartedly recommend Jill when you are buying or selling a house.
– Tim and Michele, October 2016
Jill was delightful to work with. She did an excellent job of preparing a list of comparable homes that allowed us to set our asking price. She was accessible and responsive throughout the time our home was on the market, and she was able to guide us toward new homes that met our expectations. Most importantly, by taking the time to understand our needs and desires as home buyers, she helped us through the decision-making process when the time came to make a decision on which new home to buy. We became very close with Jill and are thrilled we had such a good experience with her.
Michael & Karen
– Michael & Karen, November 2015
"My husband and I recently moved to Iowa from Chicago and we wanted to buy a house. We procrastinated a little bit because we knew the process of buying a house would be stressful, time consuming, and a headache. If there's one thing I learned about house buying, it's easy when you're working with Jill. She is such an amazing woman to work with! My husband and I gave her a list of things we wanted and she helped us buy the house that met all of our expectations. We not only bought a home but we developed a friendship with Jill as well. If we have questions, concerns, or guidance - Jill was there to make the process as smooth as possible. Now, I know Jill already helped me buy a house but I refer her to everyone I know because I think they should have the experience I had when buying a house. Nice job, Jill!"
– Erica West, May 2015
"It was great working with Jill. Buying a our first home is supposed to be the exciting. Our process with the VA was long and time consuming. As well as our process with the construction. She was on top of everything and stuck it out with us, through the delays and not knowing. We'd definitely recommend her as a Realtor!"
– Eric and Jennifer Andert, August 2014
Jill Hartke was a joy to work with and we are extremely pleased with her attentiveness to our needs. I had never sold a property and she was able to sell my late mother's condo within 4 months. She really was very knowledgeable and was able to sell it for more than we thought we could get. After meeting with her I knew we were in good hands. Thank you, Jill!! I will definitely recommend her to others. She was the perfect realtor for us!!
– Val Terpstra, July 2014
We were very pleased with our interactions with Jill and would recommend her. Jill adapted to our schedule. She was timely in her responses to all our questions. If she didn't know the answer, she knew where to get it. Jill aggressively and professionally marketed our condo unit which was listed for only a short time, then sold.
– Ed & JOni Tomka, June 2014
Our agent Jill Hartke was phenomenal in selling our house. Since we have the habit of relocating often, we have met our share of realtors and can recognize a gem. Her genuine kindness and helpfulness in the process was so needed in a stressful transition. Jill communicated frequently on timing of events and feedback from potential buyers. She is incredibly resourceful and had contacts that could assist in lawn care, handyman work (all which were also excellent). We had relocated to another state a month after listing, so she was diligent at checking on the house and coordinating all the issues. She even went to the house, picked up a package a week before Christmas that was not forwarded to our new address and sent it to us so our daughter could have her American Girl doll on Christmas Day! With any other realtor in our past experience--this house would have been a grand disaster; Jill took on a lot of our stress through all of this. Forever we will feel so blessed to have found her. Thank you so much Jill.
Desmond and Heather Waters
– Heather & Desmond Waters, June 2014
We were extremely fortunate to have Jill Hartke work with us to sell our home. Jill scheduled all meetings at our convenience and was very considerate of our special requests to gradually expand advertising of our home as we were in a unique situation. She always made certain all showings and open houses were as convenient for our family (including pets) as possible. She provided a very thorough profile of the house for potential buyers. Once we gave Jill the thumbs up to move forward at full speed, she promptly presented our house in every way possible and we had a sound offer within two weeks. Jill has a great understanding for contract details, negotiating etiquette and documentation which made the entire process extremely simple for us. Jill is an outstanding professional and working with her made a stressful process a wonderful success!
Jim and Julie Koeppel
– Jim & Julie Koeppel, February 2014
I attempted to sell my home on my own initially and did not have many people even come to look at my house. I had a flyer on my door when I returned home from work one day from Jill. As I was not having any success on my own, I decided to contact her and requested she do a market analysis on my home. Jill was pleasant and very professional to deal with. I listed my home with her and it was sold within 60 days.
My home was a nice mid range dollar home and Jill provided tips on how to make it more appealing to a buyer. She also went above and beyond when we had an issue and she knew someone who was able to resolve it prior to the close.
I would recommend Jill to anyone. She made the process of selling my home effortless, although I know she put in many long hours to get my house sold!
– Ron Nott, February 2014
Purchasing a home can be stressful. I was a first time home buyer with a deadline, and ended up with a lot of hiccups with the financing process. Without Jill, I don’t know that I would have kept my sanity.
From the beginning, Jill listened to what I wanted and needed for my family. Any question I had, she found the answer. Any problems that arose, she dealt with them quickly. It felt really good to know that she had my back. Her easygoing personality made it a pleasure to work with her. Because of her, I can happily say that we have been in our home for six months and we love it! Jill truly goes above and beyond what I would expect from a realtor. ~Rachel Kimble
– Rachel Kimble, February 2014
Our experience in selling our home with Jill Hartke was outstanding. Jill did an awesome job of listening to our game plan, gave us great personal attention, and was always available to answer all of our questions and concerns. We could not have picked a better realtor and were completely satisfied in selling our home
Amber & Jim Dostal
– Amber & Jim Dostal, January 2014