Jim Holder, REALTOR EMERITUS, ABR,ePRO,CNC,SFR, (HomeSmart Connect)

3030 Salt Creek Lane

Suite #145

Arlington Heights , IL 60005

Helping Clients Acquire the American Dream for 40 Yrs!

Get to know Jim Holder

Active practicing Realtor since 1973. Holds Managing Broker's License with previous experience as real estate branch office managers. Have handled mass corporate moves (Brotherhood of Railway and Airline Clerks to Maryland). Former #1 Sales Agent in local Multiple Listing Service. Bank Foreclosure Agent, Short Sale Specialist, Achieved Advanced Designations for Real Estate Agents thru Professional Organizations and the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) held by fewer than 2% of Realtors. (It's an accreditation for representing home buyers). E-PRO (EPRO) certification for course work as the electronic internet agent (fewer than 2% of Realtors have earned this designation). Short Sale & Foreclosure Resource (SFR) Realtor certification for short sales and foreclosure specialty. Certified Negotiation Counselor. (CNC) Designiation earned thru demonstrating advanced negotiation skills for clients in real estate transactions. Exclusive services include Market Value Estimates, net equity analysis, home preparation guidance, guaranteed services, buyouts, pre-sale professional home inspections, home warranty coverage for major components, presale mortgage appraisals, and International Relocation Assistance for HOMES SELLERS & BUYERS. Pre-purchase mortgage approvals in minutes, archive property information search, home inspections, mold inspections and remediation, lead paint hazard evaluation, flood hazard evaluation, property tax assessment evaluation, radon and other envirnomental hazard search, No Money Down Mortgages for qualifying HOMEBUYERS. Home closings in 2 weeks when necessary. "Up to the minute" market information on ALL available homes for sale in Northern Illinois thru multiple listing services and contributed by over 70,000 member agents.In addition, a 25 year client data base of future sellers. "Exclusively by Referral" Network of Clients.

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How does one do it? Make sure Your Agent Can Explain this to You--Priceless!

For a home seller, it maybe as easy as placing a sign on his property (not).

For a home buyer, it maybe as easy as driving by a home with a ''For Sale'' sign (never).

But what about:

 Earnest Money, Real Estate Tax Proration, Title, Liens, Assessments and association fees, Plot of Survey, Encroachments, Drainage, Home Inspections, defects, mold, radon, termites, Property Insurance, Flood Insurance, Appraisals, Environmental issues, Leaseholds, Mortgage application, Truth in Lending, RESPA, TRIN,Legal Review, Homeowner Association rules, regulations, by-laws, declarations, reserve studies, financial statements, Deeds, Land Trust, Liens,Title Insurance, Agency closing. Whose on first?


Unless you understand all of the implications of these terms, you are at a significant disadvantage and huge financial risk. Offsetting this risk is important (like insurance)..

Consider these ALL these terms and subjects as an IMPORTANT checklist before considering a real estate professional. They should be able to provide an accurate explanation with ease! Don't settle for less......

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Testimonials for Jim Holder

  • D. Cartwright

    Jim was our realtor on a recent home purchase in Chicago's northwest suburbs. He prides himself on matching people with the right home and strives to build long term relationships in his community. Jim is an educator by nature. With over 40 years in the business, it would be difficult to stump him. Definitely take advantage of his local knowledge. In particular, his property tax acumen proved very useful. Not sure you're ready to buy a home or can't decide on the right neighborhood? Jim is a patient agent. He'll find you a rental that will help you discover the area based on where you are in life (eg. young family, investment income property, best schools for your kids, down sizers). While not limited to these townships, Jim clearly knew his stuff in Barrington, Rolling Meadows, Inverness, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Arlington Heights, Prospect Heights)

  • Daryl Jamison

    "Jim is a thorough professional. He follows every detail of the sale, inspection through the closing. He is an excellent communicator who keeps you up to date on a continual basis. We did an out-of-state sale with him and had a tenant at the time of the showings and he did a very good job of balancing the entire process and we accomplished it in a very timely basis. Jim also provided service to us previously and stayed in touch over the years until we were ready for this transaction. Simply a consummate professional."
    June 22, 2017

  • Arnel. Sarmiento Family

    "When we were looking for a real estate agent, my wife researched many and then told me to call this one, Mr. Jim Holder. When I called Mr. Holder, he gave me step by step answers to all my questions I asked about buying a new house. Not only did he find us a new place, but he educated and guided us to find a great home. With his many years of experience in the real estate market, he made it easy to find the right home. His extended team of Mr. Guy Stanek (mortgage expert) and Mr. Tom Myer (home inspector) helped us sort through the complexities and learned what was most important. We Highly recommend Jim to all our friends who are looking for a new house. Now, we not only have a great real estate agent, we also have a good friend. May 9, 2017

  • Sameer Zai

    Sameer Z.
    Jim is very knowledgeable in all things real estate, he knows and is well respected among everyone involved in the real estate transaction. We got in touch with Jim while we were out of state and were planning to relocate to Chicago for a new opportunity, being close to the family, Jim kept us updated on the market trends and also the desirable areas within our budget, he reminded us time to time when to act in order to benefit most from the market/personal situations all considered.
    Then finally, when we were ready to purchase, Jim was always available to show us any property that we requested to be shown and was always willing and available (any time, any day of the week) even though it might be something which would not fall in our criteria to begin with. We finally found a home in Arlington heights, Jim followed through the whole process and made sure the transaction goes through smoothly and he made sure any opportunity to negotiate/re-negotiate was not missed. All in all Jim is excellent at what he does and he can get it done for you successfully. December 2016

  • Patricia Horvath

    Jim Holder is the kind of realtor that comforts your concerns and takes you off the ledge in stressful situations.
    I was thoroughly pleased because he updated me with information so I would not be stressed and provided an education on the process and answered all of my questions with patience and clarity.
    I would give him an A plus and recommend him for experienced and new buyers. My experience in selling my home was rewarding because of Jim.
    Thank you for your leadership and interpersonal skills.

  • George Weber

    You will recall that 1981 was a rotten time to sell a house, due to the high interest rates (CD's paying 20%) and Carter's destruction of the economy.

    So when Dorothy and I decided to sell our house at 508 S, Ridge I asked the agent that I used to handle the 50 to 75 employee transfers GTE Directories made every year to give me the name of the best realtor serving Arlington Heights. Since I was the V P Controller of the company I was sure that he would name a top notch realtor. He did and you were the guy!

    You sold our house due to your Knowledge of the market, attention to detail and your financing suggestions that allowed me to avoid funding a second mortgage for the buyer. Then you found the perfect ranch house for us.

    You also did the following around that time to help our daughter, Joan, and our son-in-law Craig:

    • Found them a house in Arlington Heights.
    • Sold that home.
    • Found and sold a home in Algonquin.
    • Sold two condos for Craig's mother.

    All of these transactions were handled expeditiously, professionally and to our complete satisfaction.
    So when we decided to sell the house that we bought in 1981, we chose you and had a full price offer in three days. Why? Because of the following abilities that you bring to the real estate selling process:

    • Knowledge of all aspects of the real estate market.
    • The ability to set a realistic price for the property.
    • Contacts with honest, reasonably priced, reliable contractors, inspectors, lawyers etc.
    • Follow up to insure that all parties to the deal are performing their duties on a timely basis.

    Jim, it is unlikely that I will be ever be in the real estate market again, however I'll continue to mention your name to anyone seeking an exceptionally qualified agent. Thanks again.

  • Lesley Randolph

    Jim was a wonderful realtor to work with he really knew the market well and made me feel confident that the money that I was willing to spend was going to work with the house that I wanted I feel like he has a sixth sense about the house I chose he made me feel very secure in my choice I will work with him again in a heartbeat on future endeavors and make sure I passed the word good people are hard to come by and I know I found one in Jim Holder.

  • Michael Kelly

    I met Jim in 1988. He was my agent when I sold my house in Arlington Heights in 1994. So, when looking to buy a condo in Arlington Heights in 2016, I immediately thought of Jim. He is attentive and responsive to all of my requests and questions and with his experience and knowledge of real estate transactions, he was able to guide me through all potential scenarios involved with my purchase. If you are looking for a thorough and knowledgeable real estate expert, I would recommend you give Jim a call.

  • Gloria Ryan

    I chose Jim based on several criteria that were important to me and the sale of our property. When we met, Jim was able to offer us a number of suggestions (which we took) that enabled us to prepare and sell our property in a very short amount of time. During the contract phase, Jim kept us apprised of the status on a regular basis, up to and including the closing. I would recommend Jim as a very competent and professional realtor.

  • Randall Larson

    My wife and I moved from the west coast to the Northwest suburbs of Chicago - ready to buy a home. We knew a little about the area and our target price range. I called Jim Holder and he immediately went to work orchestrating the process of finding the right neighborhoods, home styles and quality we were looking for.

    As first-time homebuyers, we were more picky than the typical buyer - we wanted our dream home - and Jim helped us get it!

    During the search process, Jim showed flexibility, patience and matched our demands. Jim has a wealth of experience, and when we needed it, he actually helped us from making the wrong decision.

    When we found our dream home - we knew it right away. Jim is extremely knowledgeable about the offer and buying process. Jim gave us an accurate idea of next steps along the way, always followed up with a phone call to be sure we understood, and helped us remember any due dates or upcoming milestones that were important to our success. Home buying can be overwhelming, and Jim goes the extra mile to make the process easy and understandable for you.

    I wholeheartedly recommend Jim Holder as your real estate agent who will take the time with you, represent your best interests, and make your home purchase a success!

    A few months in, and we really love our home, the area and our pool!!

    Service Areas (7)
    • Arlington Heights, IL
    • Palatine, IL
    • Mount Prospect, IL
    • Inverness, IL
    • Barrington, IL
    • Schaumburg, IL
    • Hoffman Estates, IL
    • Arlington Heights, IL
    Specialties (14)
    • Auctions
    • Buyers
    • Condos/Townhomes
    • Investment Properties
    • Luxury Homes
    • New Construction
    • Relocation
    • Renters
    • REO/Bank Owned
    • Residential
    • Sellers
    • Seniors
    • Short Sales
    • Seller Financed Transactions
    Languages (1)
    • English