"I was so surprised that Jim was so down to earth and such a cool guy! It made it much easier to ask questions and ask for help. It was obvious that he was trying to help as much as possible, so I wasn't worried about whether he was leading the buying or selling process in directions that were more to his advantage than to mine. He was always very honest, and he gave me his opinion on condo details without being too pushy. Since I'm only 25 and I don't know anything about real estate, he could have easily been more bossy and made the experience stressful and intimidating, but instead he walked me through everything and was very patient. I really appreciated his help with renting out my condo even though he doesn't usually do rentals. Also, when I moved to New Jersey, he was there to take care of the things that I couldn't do, which was great. Basically he did a ton of extra little stuff that he didn't have to do, from offering to let repairmen into the condo to helping me out last minute when I accidentally scheduled furniture removal for a day after the closing, which would have been very, very bad. Oh and also, for the celebration after the condo was sold, he showed me a really cool brewery! I would definitely recommend him to anyone I know who needs a real estate agent. Dreamtown is pretty cool."
"Jim Barclay and Jamie Somners were a fantastic duo! After a horrible experience with a previous realtor, Jim and Jamie took the challenge of selling our house and never looked back. Selling a home over the winter months can be very trying, but Jim was able to provide a steady stream of potential buyers ultimately closing the deal within a very short period of time. We couldn't be more pleased with his efforts. Jim provided great communication, honest opinions and overall great service, I would highly recommend Jim and Dreamtown. Bart and Jenny Pfanenstiel"
"Given the complete plethora of agents you can choose from in Chicago I ended up trusting Yelp's reviews and going with Jim, and boy was everyone else spot on with their recommendations.
Jim is genuinely honest and forthcoming at all times. Better yet, he listens to what you are looking for, looks for relevant listings, and lets you make decisions for yourself. I was surprised that we walked into several units and he pointed out multiple negative things that I wasn't even thinking about. It never felt like he was trying to force anything on me while we looked at units. He was always constructive in pointing out the strengths and weaknesses of a unit and could tell that he really does care that the unit you buy will be perfect for you.
I also purchased a short-sale that took several months to close on due to issues negotiating with the bank. At one point my attorney wasn't able to get a response out of the agent at the bank for several weeks and was worried the deal wouldn't happen. On Jim's own initiative, he called the bank, managed to get a hold of the agent, and conferenced my attorney in to resolve the issue at hand to keep everything moving.
You really can't go wrong with Jim. If you haven't decided on a realtor yet, do yourself a favor and call him.
Rob Ritchie, Ravenswood"
"I worked with Jim Barclay in buying my first condo in Roscoe Village. Jim was always available and took the extra time to explain every step along the way. I always felt like I had someone in my corner and he made the process manageable with my hectic schedule. I would recommend anyone looking to buy in Chicago to give Jim a call. Thanks Jim!
Nate Adams, Roscoe Village"
"I recently found and closed on a condo with Jim's help, and I would highly recommend working with him. He was great at helping me identify exactly what I was looking for, providing honest opinions on what we saw, and answering any questions I had (which were numerous). As a first time home buyer, I found the process to be clearer and less intimidating with his help.
Andy S., Lincoln Square"