Jean L. Metzler is a Broker Associate who consistently ranks as a top-producing Chicago Realtor and is the leader of Jean Metzler & Partners at Compass. She has worked in real estate sales for 16 years and, prior to that, spent 12 years working in corporate communications, marketing, public relations, and advertising for many of the highest performing companies in the world. Most recently, Jean held the position of Manager of Strategic Communications for McDonald's Corporation.
The marketing, persuasion, negotiation, client service, and general people skills that Jean developed in the corporate world, combined with her genuine interest and enthusiasm for real estate, uniquely position her to succeed in real estate sales. She specializes exclusively in the purchase and sale of residential property (including rental property) throughout Chicagoland and its surrounding suburbs with more than 90% of her business originating from repeat or referral-based clientele.
Jean earned the Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) designation (the benchmark of excellence in buyer representation) and has been a Chicago Association of Realtors® Sales Award Winner every single year she has been in the real estate industry. She has also won multiple Five Star Professional awards and sales awards from Century 21 (her former brokerage firm), including achieving Century 21 Premier Agent status (a designation only bestowed on the top 1% of Century 21 agents nationwide). Jean has been featured as a Chicago real estate expert in a variety of professional publications and on television in HGTV's program, Good Buy/Bad Buy.
Jean completed a dual Bachelor's Degree in English (Professional Writing) and Psychology at The University of Redlands (Redlands, CA) and later earned a Master of Science in Communication Degree from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She is an active member of the National Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors, and Chicago Association of Realtors as well as the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois and Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council.
When it comes to real estate in Chicago, there is nobody I trust more than Jean. I met Jean back in 2004 when I was moving to Chicago and looking for a place to rent. No other Realtors would give me the time of day, but Jean was extremely generous with her time, teaching me and my wife about the various neighborhoods, setting up countless visits and helping us navigate the entire process. She did this all for a rental! Fast forward 12 years and Jean has since helped me buy my first condo in Lakeview, sell that condo 7 years later, buy my first single family house in Ravenswood and sell that same house 2 years later. Each experience has been better than the last. She is extremely smart, hard working and professional and got us great outcomes in each circumstance. Unfortunately, my most recent home purchase was out in the far western suburbs (Jean does most of her work in the city and closer suburbs). However, Jean made a great recommendation for a Realtor to use for that purchase and even served as a sounding board and adviser as I worked through that process. My wife and I consider ourselves lucky to have met Jean and fortunate to have had her on our team for our many important decisions over the last 12 years. Could not recommend someone more highly!
Matt L. - Chicago and Hinsdale
Jean has represented me, my friends and family on both buy and sell sides of real estate transactions. Jean has also helped me find a rental property for my family while in between homes. She has been an awesome and powerful asset to have throughout all steps on the process each time! I highly recommend her to anyone buying or selling real estate in the Chicago area.
Michael M. - Chicago and Oak Park
Jean is a smart, savvy, trustworthy realtor who came highly recommended by a close friend. She was a pleasure to work with and went above and beyond throughout the home-buying process to ensure every detail and consideration was addressed. Her unwavering patience, guidance and counsel over the course of several months truly set her apart from the rest of the pack. I'd highly recommend Jean to both buyers and sellers.
Blythe P. - Chicago
I can't recommend Jean highly enough. In an emerging real estate market in the South Loop, she was able to not only get our property (and us) whipped into shape in a small period of time, but she was able to get a cash offer for the property after being on the market less than a week. Extremely professional and put together, and pulls no punches about expectations. I would recommend her to anyone selling (or buying) in the Chicago area.
Sean M. - Chicago
Jean is absolutely wonderful to work with in selling and buying homes. She walked me step by step through the entire process of what needs to be done to both sell and buy a new home. She has this way of making you feel completely comfortable and well informed on making the right decisions on sales and purchases. She is extremely knowledgeable about the market place inventory as well as pricing on properties. I highly recommend Jean to anyone who is looking for the white glove treatment for any real estate needs.
Mari M. - Chicago
I've known Jean for years and knew that when we needed to list our condo she was the only one I would trust with the sale. Jean walked through all of the details on the sale process and what we needed to do to get our place ready to sell and where to price it. She was very thoughtful and thorough and sold our place within 8 days on the market. Jean helped us negotiate a great deal and took care of everything. I will definitely recommend her to any friends who are looking to buy or sell their home.
Lisa M. - Chicago
Jean helped us to find and purchase our condo, the first time we had bought property in Chicago. I found Jean through a friend's glowing reference, and I couldn't agree more. She is extremely organized and on top of things, you will never feel like she's dropping the ball or forgetting you. Jean is the perfect agent for people with busy lives. She uses your time efficiently, while always making sure that you understand everything and taking the time to explain things if needed. She has a good eye and strong knowledge of the Chicago housing market, and she gives you her honest opinion about properties, without being overbearing. From the beginning stages of evaluating neighborhoods and understanding what we really wanted, through negotiating price and closing the deal, Jean was so valuable to us.
Jaime D. - Chicago
Jean has represented us on FIVE separate occasions. She personally guided us through the entire buying and selling process and provided insightful market expertise. She is a true professional dedicated to achieving her client’s objectives and is a pleasure to work with. We recommend her to everyone!
Rebecca B. - Oak Park
Jean is the most capable, intelligent, professional, and caring real estate professional with whom I’ve ever had contact. She’s a master negotiator and a dedicated service provider who really cares about her clients. We were the first in our building to receive an offer despite the handful of other units for sale. Jean walked us through every step of the process, reassuring us, advocating for us, and providing the information that we needed to make informed decisions. I have already hired her twice and wouldn’t hesitate to do so again.
Jennifer G. - Chicago
My husband and I worked with Jean during the purchase of our first condo, and we greatly appreciated her willingness to walk us through each step of a process with which neither of us had experience. Jean is such a lovely person, very personable and enjoyable to work with, and she demonstrated patience with our concerns throughout our search. Jean was recommended to us by a former client, and deservedly so — we would recommend her to others and would certainly work with her again in the future.
Nicole S. - Chicago
We hired Jean after the real estate agent we were working with failed to sell our condo after almost 7 months on the market. Jean had us under contract at a good price within 10 days. She also helped us to find our new home and negotiated our sellers down further than they had gone on other offers. I would hire Jean again in a second and highly recommend her for buying and selling of any property. She is always on time, extremely knowledgeable about many different neighborhoods in Chicago and is an all-around nice person to work with!
Laurie M. - Chicago
I have known Jean for more than 10 years. Jean was the listing agent on a townhome I purchased in 2005. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the market, ability to stay on top of a deal, friendly but very professional demeanor and conscientious work ethic. Although I had a buyer’s agent I was working with on this purchase, I can honestly say without Jean’s follow through and wealth of information she provided on neighborhood amenities and local home values I would not have chosen that town home to purchase. I never regretted that purchase, but without the help I received from Jean, the seller’s agent, I would have kept looking. Knowing how good she was, I have referred her to countless friends and colleagues over the years. I have never heard anything less than a glowing report on the experience of working with her on either buying or selling. When my job took me out of state Jean rented my town home for me. She did this in record time and was able to make a deal that started with a lot of loose ends come together. You are getting the very best in a real estate agent when you work with Jean.
Megan B. - Chicago
Being a Chicago native, Jean Metzler is an expert in area real estate. I was a first time homebuyer and she helped me through the process – making it a fantastic experience. She is a true professional and I have recommended her to my personal friends as the best representative in Chicagoland real estate.
Wellesley B. - Chicago
Jean was an excellent partner for me when I purchased my home. Her knowledge of the real estate market and the home purchase/sale process was invaluable and ultimately led to great results. Jean’s professionalism and responsiveness were truly appreciated.
Elizabeth T. - Chicago
In 2004, I first met Jean at an open house and knew instantly that I wanted to work with her to help me find my first condo. Since then, Jean has helped me buy and sell my condo in Bucktown, and most recently (2012) purchase a single family home in the Chicago suburbs. My wife and I trust Jean completely and know without any doubt that she has our best interests in mind. She truly cares about her clients, not as business opportunities , but as people. Her ability to empathize with her clients and help them figure out what is truly important to them in a home made her invaluable in our home search and purchase process. If you are looking for a real estate agent/broker who will go far above and beyond just providing you with the stats you can find online by yourself, I’d highly recommend you work with Jean.
Matthew W. - Chicago and Highland Park
I can’t say enough good things about Jean Metzler. I would recommend her in a heartbeat and already have! We contracted Jean to sell our condo and she did so in just five showings in seven days for list price. We were prepared to be on the market for months with multiple reductions in price, but thanks to Jean’s expert advice, phenomenal marketing, and market savvy, our place sold and closed without a single hitch. We are truly grateful for Jean’s help and couldn’t speak more highly of her work!
Courtney B. - Chicago
Jean was the BEST Realtor I have ever worked with! She helped me sell my current condo, which turned out to be quite a complex sale, and find the perfect new place! Her tenacity, impeccable work ethic, and excellent negotiation skills are a true asset to real estate. I highly recommend her.
John C. - Chicago
Jean is a high quality Realtor who sold my condo in Chicago. Start to finish was less than 2 months. She was able to get an offer within less than a week of listing at the market price. She provided no nonsense support throughout the process leading up to the closing. The buyer was particularly difficult and Jean was an asset in managing them in a professional way while keeping my best interests top of mind. I would recommend and work with Jean again.
Michael S. - Chicago