Buyer’s Agent, Listing Agent, Relocation, Consulting
University of Iowa, Bachelor’s Degree, Marketing/Marketing Management, General
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"Sarah has the energy of a teenager and the smarts of a seasoned professional. We were very blessed to have her as our realtor! She helped us find a lovely home within the short time frame we had to work with moving from out of state." - Dan
"We had a wonderful experience listing our home with Sarah! She was warm, responsive and gave great feedback. We appreciated her offering input without being pushy. She communicated right away for every showing request and made sure she was there to personally show prospective buyers our home. We loved her positive attitude and and her ability to get things done quickly! My family would highly recommend Sarah to anyone looking for a personable, professional, and effective broker to sell their house."
"Sarah cares deeply about her clients on a personal level, is tasteful and deliberate when asked for her opinion, and does all she can to make things simple."
"Sarah was AMAZING to say the least! I was pretty nervous about moving to Chicago because I had never spent time here before, but Sarah was extremely knowledgeable about the city and all of the different neighborhoods and cool spots, and she helped me to pick the the perfect neighborhood for me. I flew in from MN to look at apartments for the day, and I didn’t have a car, but Sarah drove me all over the city — we saw 15 apartments in one day! She showed me a variety of apartments in different neighborhoods, and helped me weigh the pros and cons of each of them before we agreed on my perfect little walk up in Gold Coast! Sarah was even sweet enough to visit me at my apartment once I moved in, brought me a house warming gift — she felt more like a mom than she did a broker. Sarah helped me to find the perfect home, and I would not have been able to do it without her!" - Summer
"She was very knowledgeable about the area and fun to work with. The day of showings was organized and we made the best use of the time looking at condos. We were never waiting around and she prepared and planned well for the day. I also liked how she found what i was looking for but also gave options that i might not have considered myself. Would highly recommend!" -Gabrielle
"Sarah is very helpful and patient. She knows the local community very well and ubdstands my needs to very detailed level such as school and commute. She does all she can to help her clients to get their dream property and has shown me more than 20 different properties before we can confirm the final offer. Highly recommend her!"
"We had the pleasure of working with Sarah during the process of buying our condo, and then again when selling 5 years later. I can't recommend Sarah highly enough! She is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. She expertly priced our condo when selling. It was only on the market for a week and we made a great profit!"
"Sarah’s energy and knowledge of the North Shore market are outstanding! Sarah is always accessible and honest and dedicated to her clients. Sarah was our listing agent in selling our home, which for personal reasons, we then chose not to sell at the time. You will be in excellent hands with Sarah as your realtor!"
"Sarah was great in advising and closing the sale of our home. She has excellent knowledge of the North Shore market and was tireless in marketing our home. It was a pleasure working with her and we would recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell on the North Shore."
"Sarah was the BEST REALTOR! She educated us on the area, community, schools, every little detail of the home! She was personable, caring, helpful, thoughtful and efficient and effective! Thank you for your all your time, energy and gift of helping us find the perfect home!" - Elizabeth
"Sarah created a beautiful marketing campaign for our house - complete with pictures, social media effort and open house for realtors. Sarah helped us think thru pricing, contracting and comparables in our area. She has such a positive attitude and great energy always. She also worked well with the buyer’s realtor- always respectful and fair."
About Sarah Elder
Sarah loves selling real estate on the North Shore | Chicago because she believes
wholeheartedly in the value of the community. Her family has thrived and she is
blessed to call it home. It is her goal to help you and your family find the happiness
and success that is possible in this community.
Sarah grew up in Mason City, Iowa, where her great-grandfather founded a
lumber company in 1903. Her family helped build the town, and her dad was a
Civil Engineer and Architect. Sarah’s childhood was spent in new construction
projects and developments; surveying land, holding measuring tapes, reading
Architectural Digest and watching her Dad design amazing homes for people.
Property development and real estate are in her genes. After graduating from the
University of Iowa, she went on to work in advertising, marketing and sales for BBDO, Fallon Worldwide, Dun & Bradstreet.
This base of experience has helped her create quality advertising and marketing
programs for her sellers’ listings and is an important point of difference in her
work. She is a seasoned broker with 14 years of experience in the real estate industry having worked for Coldwell Banker (5 years) and
@properties (9 years) before joining Compass Real Estate
For the past 30 years, she has raised a family, been an active community
volunteer and participated in all the aspects of community sports and performing
arts. Sarah knows all the programs the North Shore has to offer to families! Her
community leadership experience includes: Chairman of the Board for The Joyful Noise Preschool at
The Kenilworth Union Church, PTA President Greeley School Winnetka Chair of the Winnetka Public
Schools Foundation Phone-a-Thon, Chair of Washburne Graduation, Member of
the Board of Directors of the Children’s Theatre of Winnetka & was a producer for
Fiddler on the Roof and Oliver. She taught Sunday School at The Kenilworth
Union Church for 12 years and currently sings in the church choir, participated in
the New Trier Parent Board Association for 4 years, and has been an active
member the past 14 years on the Rush University Women’s Auxiliary Board of the
North Shore Cooks Tour most recently helping with Simpson Academy for Young
Her family has been active in various sports and performing arts
programs to name a few: New Trier High School Varsity tennis, soccer, lacrosse,
crew/rowing, basketball teams,. New Trier Musical Theatre programs: Choir Opera.
Semester at Sea. She has had 3 daughters graduate from New Trier High School that have gone on to attend | graduate from:
Vanderbilt University, Boston University and The University of Texas-Austin.
Sarah has run the New York Marathon 2X, Chicago Marathon 2X, Rock and Roll
1/2 Marathons 3X. She equates finding or selling a home to a marathon; it is a
journey that requires perseverance, patience, and hard work to achieve your goal
of finding the best home for your family. Fun Fact: her daughter Elizabeth Lyons is a Country Musician -
opening for many of the big artists such as Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton, Sam
Hunt, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town. One of her favorite country songs is Miranda
Lamberts: The House that Built Me because it speaks to how important your
home is to you.