Scott Straus

    Scott Straus

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    Having worked in Chicago Radio Broadcasting and Media for over two decades, I'll be the first to tell you that communication is the key to everything.

    It wasn't long before my tenacious work ethic spawned instant success in real estate. In 2018, I was presented with the Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Star Homes "Emerald Star" award, an honor achieved for reaching top sales agent status in the BHGRE® Grayslake office.

    My incredible broker/owners then decided to take things a step further, and we joined forces to create The Jim Starwalt Team in 2019. Our success continues to be supercharged, as we quickly earned the highly coveted "Emerald Elite" status, a corporate honor that is bestowed upon the top 2% of affiliated sales associates and teams in the entire BHGRE® national network.

    We take a tremendous amount of pride in our work. We understand what a real estate transaction means to you and your family, and that's a task that we don't take lightly. Our bar of expectations has been set extremely high, and our execution is literally award winning. You'll quickly see why we're praised most often by our clients for our enthusiasm, patient approach, and unwavering loyalty. It's about getting it right for YOU. If the process has always seemed intimidating or stressful, then it's probably time we talk...

    In my spare time, I can be found at my "second home" that I affectionately call Wrigley Field, or enjoying a nice cruise out on my motorcycle.

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    (19 reviews)
    Overall star rating: 5.0
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    Randy gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott is amazing! He truly knows what’s happening in the market. I knew within five minutes of our initial meeting that he was the right realtor to sell my home. His communication skills are outstanding, he answered every question I had no matter how small. I highly recommend Scott Straus!
    Evan gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Working with Scott was an absolute pleasure. He made the entire home buying process so much less stressful than I could have ever imagined. Scott really goes above and beyond to answer any questions someone may have to make sure his clients are always happy.
    Chris gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott did an amazing job both with getting us the house we wanted and also selling our current home. We only had to make an offer on one place as scott got the job done first time! And for selling the house, he laid out the plan and it went almost exactly to plan, we signed the deal in 48 hours! Overall I don't know that I could have asked for a smoother buying and selling experience, thank you Scott!
    Nina gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott is an exceptional realtor. His friendly demeanor and vast real estate knowledge make him an absolute pleasure to work with. If you need a job done, he is the man to do it! He worked tirelessly on my home purchase, which had its challenges as well as a tight time line. Scott responds almost instantly and gets results. This was my first time buying a home and I could not imagine going through this process with anyone else. He walked me through the whole process, answered my many questions, was extremely patient, and put my anxiety at ease. If I could give him six stars, I would!
    Kateryna gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    It's been a while since we bought a townhouse with Scott's help...almost 6 months... And now, we are even more certain we wouldn't have done it without him. He spent 8 months assisting us in home searches; countless showings, emails, calls, he was always ready to help and answer all our questions. He did never push us to buy! As a result, we found a great house which met our requirements. If you are still looking for a real estate agent, don't think anymore, Scott is the best! Experienced, professional, great negotiator, and human being!
    Raymond gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott was so incredibly helpful it was unreal. He made it seem like we were the only people he was working with, giving us tons of recommendations, making us feel so at ease. I can't recommend him more!!
    Chris gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    My husband and I were inexperienced in the housing market. We knew we wanted to buy a home, just didn't know where to start. We whole HEARTEDLY would not have been able to complete this process without Scott! He made our first home buying experience memorable. He is honest, intuitive and a very knowledgeable realtor. There was a moment we were taking Scott all over tim buck too. He didn't care, but his intuition knew something was wrong. He respectfully pulled us aside when he realized there was a problem. Our focus was off. He saw it. He redirected us. We found and put an offer on a house at our next viewing. He will give you his advice and never stop trying to find a home that meets your needs and wants! My husband and I strongly recommend Scott to help you find your "forever" home! Thank you, Scott!
    Marjorie gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott was such a pleasure to work with and he got the sale completed ridiculously fast. I would highly recommend him.
    Meena Mary gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott was a pleasure to have as our real estate agent. From house picking to giving us honest advice to costs and expenses, he never left any questions unanswered and always responded promptly. As a busy working family, he made sure to keep us updated and helped us through all our queries as first time home buyers. He saw us through all the way to closing and went the extra mile to with his calm and friendly nature kept all our anxiety at bay. I would highly recommend Scott and his great team who helped us through our home buying journey flawlessly.
    Vera gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Need a realtor? Hire Scott! This guy will take care of you like your family. Scott was recommended by a close friend and could not be happier with his work. The process of buying and selling was smooth and easy. Amazing how quick he was at answering my questions via email or text and always kept us updated on everything. Scott is very knowledgeable and knows his stuff!! Our house was sold in 9 hours and we purchased a beautiful house in location we wanted. Scott, you rock, will miss our jokes and giggles!!!
    Ivelina gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    My husband and I found our realtor Scott Starus online. We are so happy with our choice. We loved a house that was off market and Scott did his miracle to find the seller and negotiate the price. I know it sounds unbelievable, but it is true. The communication with Scott is so easy - he is very friendly and responds within minutes no matter if you text him or send an email. All my questions were answered, all my concerns disappeared as we had such a professional leading the process of buying a house. We highly recommend his services! Now we live in our dream home! Thank you, Scott! You remain our Realtor!
    Cary gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    All I can say is that Scott is an awesome realtor! He is truly a professional in the industry from his knowledge in the market place to dealing with people and referrals is outstanding! I would highly recommend him to everyone I know. Thank you for you tenacity and persistence and patience with Nedret and I in getting us a great house! You will definitely have us for the our next endeavor buddy!!!!!!!
    Kathy gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott really enjoys creating a plan that is special for each person. When you factor in his market experience and bright personality, it's no wonder people enjoy working with him. Before you do anything in the real estate world, make sure you talk to Scott first!
    Hallie gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    I found my dream home! And it was all thanks to Scott Straus! Scott was amazing throughout the entire process. It's hard enough taking a client to over 20 homes, putting in offers on 2 in the same neighborhood before finding the perfect one, add the element of being the realtors wife! All Bias aside he stuck with me with a smile on his face, through homes that the smell alone could knock you unconscious and homes that you left scratching your head because the layout was like a funhouse. We saw it all! The process was amazing and his preferred vendors were on point! Everything from start to finish was smooth and everyone had great communication.
    Chad gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Scott was very helpful and flexible in helping us find our home. We were sometimes in a hurry to look at a home when it came on the market and Scott was as anxious to get into them and check them out as we were. We appreciate his flexibility, knowledge and enthusiasm in helping us find our home. Scott was great to work with and he even pulled in some of his team to help when the situation called for it. Great work and thank you so much!
    David gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Extreamly pleased with Scott and his team! I am not your ordinary first time home buyer and i picked the perfect realtor for my hunt for a historic, old house! Scott has an awesome personality and he has the anwsers i need and if he doesnt have them all, he will get me them quickly! I could not be more pleased with my experiences with him, he has earned the opportunity to be my realtor for every house / property that i will ever purchase in my life and i will recommend him to anyone i know that is in the same position! First time home buyers, 5th time home buyers, final home buyers this is the realtor you want on your team! Thank you Scott for your help in this interesting, once in a life time experience YOU ROCK!!!
    Scott gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    I've known Scott for a long time now, and so I knew going into buying my first house on how he'll handle everything. My wife and I went with a previous realtor, who didn't have the time nor day for us. We always did the leg work and got nothing in return. I convinced my wife to call Scott and talk with him. After being on the phone with him for an hour, afterwards he got us in to the NMLS and was on the ground running. We looked at 3 houses, and sure enough, we were sold on the 1st one. The neighborhood was perfect and all of the neighbors were welcoming to us. Even the previous owners left us a nice gift and wished us well! Working with Scott has shown me that he has the passion, the drive and the know how to get the impossible done. In less than a month, my wife and I got our house and closed with literally no issues whatsoever. Do yourself a favor, and call Scott immediately. Don't hesitate as he will talk (and explain in great detail) on the process to make sure that your first home buying experience won't be too complicated or scary. He will be there to help you every step of the way. We just celebrated our 1 year in our new home, and we couldn't have done it without Scott.
    James gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    WOW! We are extremely pleased with the service and communication from Scott throughout our home buying process. We just closed on our house and we can say that from our very first email to Scott until the moment when he handed us our key, his knowledge and communication were both spot on and ridiculously efficient. At the beginning of our process, we had been casually working with a friend in the real estate industry, just to see what was available and what our next steps were. Ultimately, she wasn't very helpful or responsive and we decided we needed to part ways with our friend if we wanted to fully pursue buying a home. We found Scott's name, sent him an email, and within the hour (maybe actually twenty minutes), we had everything we were looking for - a list of potential homes, the story behind each of them, and a confirmation that we were going to see a few of them that weekend. Meeting Scott a few days later, we knew that we had made the right choice in the person to help us get into our first house. He shoots straight, moves quickly, answers all of our questions (including both the ridiculous ones and the ones we had to ask two or three times because we forgot the answer). One of the things that stood out to us the most about Scott was his availability. When you are buying a home, you have tons of questions, and you (selfishly) want them answered as quickly as possible. Scott went way above and beyond this. He was immediately available with every text, email, and phone call. Scott also took the initiative to check in with us frequently and share insight on where things were in the process. We never felt unsure or uninformed. When it comes time for negotiations, you want an agent who can keep your best interests in mind. While we were communicating back and forth during the negotiation period, Scott never pressured us into a purchase decision, in fact, he was more than happy to walk away from the deal if it wasn't where we wanted it. We HIGHLY recommend choosing Scott to help you with your home purchase. He is thorough, efficient, communicative, and made our home purchase fun and easy!
    Scott gave Scott 5 stars out of 5
    Hi, friends! Just remember, you'll get 5-star service from me from the moment we first connect, all the way through your closing!

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