James Barclay

James Barclay

2012, 2015 Top Producer, Awarded by the Chicago Association of Realtors

Many people, when they think of Realtors, imagine one of the characters from "Glengarry Glen Ross". There is Jack Lemon's character: out of touch, desperate to make a sale for his own survival, pathetic. There is Al Pacino's character: arrogant to the point of revulsion, out to make as much money as possible with little regard for anyone but himself. Then there is Alec Baldwin's character: just an a**hole.

Me? I don't fit into any of those stereotypes. I'm just a regular guy. And a nice guy to boot.

My job, and I take it very seriously, is to help people. Usually that means assisting them in buying or selling a home. It often involves educating them to the way the process works and informing them of all their options. It frequently includes explaining the current market conditions and referring them to an attorney, lender, home inspector or moving company whom I trust. Sometimes it even means telling them now is not the time for them to buy or sell and helping them construct a long term plan to achieve their goals.

I began in the industry in 2005 and have seen my business grow steadily each year--despite the current market challenges. By serving both buyers and sellers, I gain valuable insight to the needs and motivations of each. That, in turn, allows me negotiate for my clients strategically and effectively--getting them the best possible deal for their money.

In addition to working with sellers and "move up" buyers, I particularly enjoy helping first time home buyers realize their goal of home ownership. I am the organizer of the First Time Chicago Home Buyer's Group on Meetup.com and I host a series of regular workshops designed specifically for first time home buyers.

My background is somewhat atypical for a Realtor. I hold a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas and for ten years I made my living solely as a professional drummer. I have recorded, performed and toured throughout the US and Europe. Many people are surprised to learn this but for me the path to success in both careers has been the same: hard work, honesty and integrity. Most importantly, when given the opportunity to perform — on stage or as an advocate for a buyer or seller — I do the best job I possibly can and completely exceed expectations.

By doing so, I have been able to build my business largely on the referrals of past clients who appreciate the work that I did for them. Don't just take my word for it. Read for yourself what people are saying about me in their testimonials and on Yelp.com.

...and yes, I still do perform on the drums as time allows. It's a thrill to invite my clients to a club gig or a theater show I'm in and let them see the "other" me.

Jaymee Sohmer

Jaymee Sohmer

What does home mean to you?

Charles Dickens: “Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.”

Maya Angelou: “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

Pierce Brown: “Home isn't where you're from, it's where you find light when all grows dark.”

Finding and creating a home may be one of the greatest journeys in our lives. You deserve an expert guide as you embark on that journey.

Jaymee has been guiding people in home ownership as a real estate broker since 2012, and is proud to work with Dream Town as a partner on the Agent Barclay Team. Formerly an elementary school French teacher, Jaymee now applies her skills as an educator—including clear communication, empathy, and an ability to listen and adjust—to helping clients buy and sell their homes. She offers particular expertise to first time home buyers, running a workshop several times a year for people who are interested in home ownership. Jaymee’s talent for adding a knowledgeable perspective to any transaction has resulted in successful sales and satisfied clients, and helped earn the Agent Barclay Team the Top Producing Team award from Chicago Association of REALTORS.

Jaymee has resided in the Irving Park area since 2005, and is always ready to help clients navigate the dynamic markets of the city’s northwest side. Outside of her real estate career, Jaymee enjoys raising two toddler boys, Egan and Ryker, improving her home and garden with her husband, Ashby, taking in as much fresh air, sunshine and nature as Chicago and its weather can offer, and exploring Chicago’s robust theatre, comedy, music and “foodie” scenes.

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