Jen Ortman Real Estate Agent at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate

Jen Ortman

Real Estate Agent at
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate

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  • First Time Home Buyers
  • Relocations
  • New Construction
  • Luxury Specialist
  • Retirement Specialist
  • Investment Properties
  • Sellers

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Agent Highlights

Jen sells properties fast - selling more than 61% quicker than the average Arlington Heights agent.
Jen is a SFH expert - working with over 86% more single family homes than the average Arlington Heights agent.
Jen was spectacular in helping us get our dream house. She was patient when we looked at house after house, never rushing us or pressuring a decision. She pointed out the good and the bad at every hou...

Jen's Transactions

  • 713 N Pine Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Arlington Heights
    Single Family Home
    3 bed / 2.0 bath
  • 51 E Clare Court 51, Palatine, IL 60067
    2 bed / 4.0 bath
  • 1319 N Walnut Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Arlington Heights
    Single Family Home
    3 bed / 3.0 bath
  • 512 S Stuart Lane, Palatine, IL 60067
    Single Family Home
    3 bed / 2 bath
  • 325 E Carpenter Drive, Palatine, IL 60067
    Single Family Home
    4 bed / 3.0 bath
  • 1225 Luther Lane 465D, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Arlington Heights
    1 bed / 1 bath
  • 3240 N Carriageway Drive, Arlington Heights, IL 60004
    Arlington Heights
    Single Family Home
    2 bed / 2 bath

More about Jen Ortman

Jen Ortman has seen it all in her 20 years in the Real Estate Industry. She has been a Real Estate Investor, Single Agent, Team Lead, Managing Broker and Owned a Real Estate Franchise. Having worked all aspects of the business she decided to focus on what she loves best; working with buyers and sellers. Her clients can benefit from her vast knowledge of Real Estate law, market trends, building construction and local area knowledge. Jen truly believes the client always comes first. Working with both buyers and sellers, she understands the different needs of each side of the transaction. She is a true believer of putting her clients first and working tirelessly to help them either find the perfect home or sell their home at the best possible price. In order to provide unparalleled service and unique insight to her clients, Jen has completed her Staging Consultant ...
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Top Producer 2021


University of Iowa


2020 Berkshire Hathaway Chairman's Circle Platinum, 2019 Berkshire Hathaway Chairman's Circle Platinum, 2018 Berkshire Hathaway President's Circle, 2017 Berkshire Hathaway President's Circle, 2016 Berkshire Hathaway President's Circle, 2015 Berkshire Hathaway President's Circle, 2014 Berkshire Hathaway Leading Edge Society, 2013 Prudential Leading Edge Society, 2012 Prudential Leading Edge Society, 2011 Prudential Honor Society, 2010 Prudential Honor Society, 2007 RE/MAX Directors Circle Award, 2005 RE/MAX Platinum Award, 2004 RE/MAX 100% Club Award, 2003 Coldwell Banker Sterling Award

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Jen Ortman's Reviews & Ratings

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  • Jen helped me buy a home

      Jen was spectacular in helping us get our dream house. She was patient when we looked at house after house, never rushing us or pressuring a decision. She pointed out the good and the bad at every house, and has a great eye for floor plans and renovations. Jen even recommended the house that we just closed on, knowing that we would love it. She kept us in the loop every step of the process and we felt very well taken care of. I highly recommend Jen to anyone looking for a new home in Arlington Heights or the surrounding areas.

    • Jen helped me buy a home

        We worked with Jen on finding our new home and she was amazing every step of the way! We hit a bit of adversity along our way and she was there to talk us through it, give professional advice, and help us find our dream home in Arlington Heights. I would highly recommend her! If we ever go to sell/buy we will definitely be calling her!

      • Jen listed and sold my home

          We had to sell my Moms condo. I interviewed 3 agents from different real estate companies. All of them were professional but I found that I related best with Jen. She was very easy to talk to and seemed very honest and straightforward. The condo that I was selling had previously been under contract so all of the furniture had been removed. When the potential buyers reneged I was left with an empty place to sell. The other agents wanted to take pictures & work computer magic to have furniture in the pictures. I felt that doing that would still not show my condo in the best way when potential buyers came to see it. Jen also estimated the listing price almost $10,000 higher than the other 2 agents. (It’s easy to sell cheap.) Jen had furniture & accessesories that she placed in the condo to really stage it. The pictures matched what buyers would see when they entered the unit. That was an important differential for me. The unit sold in a few weeks but the new buyers were difficult to deal with. Jen stood her ground to keep the price as high as possible. Jen is a professional and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend using Jen Ortman!

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        • Jen helped me buy a home

            Cannot express how great it was to work with Jen as our realtor to find our new home in the NW suburbs in Fall 2018. She is an expert on single family homes in the Arlington Heights/Mount Prospect area (where we were interested) but also has a much wider range in Chicagoland. She was so thourough and attentive to searching new listings, scheduling tours around our crazy schedule and ultimately helping us find just the right home for our young family! Jen really listened to our needs and gave her thoughtful advice on all things real estate. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a new home!

          • Jen helped me buy a home

              I am very satisfied with her service. She is very knowledgeable and helpful through out all the home buying process. Highly recommend to everyone !

            • Jen helped me buy a home

                Really enjoyed working with Jen! My husband and I are first time buyers and I had a ton of questions. She is very knowledgeable and always explains everything super detailed. When we go to see the properties, she will also help us keep an eye on potential issues and let us know what options we have if we were to proceed with that property. That made it a lot easier for us to determine whether we want that property and deal with a potential issue or just pass. Will definitely work with Jen again, really trustworthy!

              • Jen helped me buy a home

                  Jen was above and beyond better than what we even hoped for. She made a difficult process easy, and we felt great knowing that she had our best interests in mind. We never once felt pressured to make a purchase, and she actually encouraged us to fight for a lower price when it would have been easy for her to push for a quick sale. We can't say enough great things about her, and we would easily recommend her to anyone in the Arlington Heights or Mount Prospect area.

                • Jen listed and sold my home

                    Jen is hands down a top tier agent in the Arlington Heights area. She has an expansive knowledge of the area, a great ability to recognize value, and some serious negotiating savvy that really make the experience a lot less stressful. Jen was always available, even at unreasonably late hours when we’d reach out to her. She really makes you feel like you are her only or most important client. We love our new neighborhood, but if we ever feel the need to move again, we will surely be reaching out to Jen.

                  • Jen listed and sold my home

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                    • Jen helped me buy a home

                        My wife and I are first time homebuyers and the stress of finding a good realtor were overwhelming in the beginning. We weeded through many mediocre ones before finding Jen Ortman. Throughout the entire process, she's amazed us by her high level of professionalism and overall competency. Benefits: - She's accommodating. She replies to your messages within minutes. - She answers all your questions with precision and insight. The more you hear her talk, the more you'll learn. - She constantly helps you untangle all the misconceptions in your head. - She is blunt in a good way: she tells you what you actually need vs. what you think you need. If there's a house you're in love with but she doesn't think it's good, SHE WILL TELL YOU and she will explain how it will be for your own good to dodge that bullet. Personally, this speaks volumes to her character as opposed to most agents who will tell you any house is great as long as they can close the deal. If you need an agent, look no further.

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                      • Jen is an amazing agent. She is smart and creative in her advice. She went above and beyond to help meet our needs and get our house sold. We drew multiple offers on the first day our home was on the market, and we credit that largely to Jen's pricing and staging advice. She was extremely responsive to our questions and communicated with us via text, phone, and email throughout days, nights and weekends. She continued to advise us through the inspection and negotiations and was tough on our behalf when we needed her to be. We can't imagine going through this process without Jen!

                        - Jenn Licato
                      • Jen represented us for the sale of our old home and purchase of our new home. She had a very difficult job as she ended up being a dual agent. She handled this responsibility professionally and carefully and in the end got our house sold which turned out to be a long difficult process. She was put into tough situations representing both parties but I think we both ended up feeling like we came out ok. Jen was really amazing when it came to helping us find a home. She was always patient even though we needed to look at many homes and she always made herself available even with short notice. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to sell or buy a home.

                        - Kim Salzman
                      • Jen was an absolute pleasure to work with. I found out about her through the recommendation of a friend. She was a great balance of professional yet laid back so we always felt very comfortable speaking and dealing with her. One of the things I loved about Jen is that she wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She was the first person to start lifting up the carpet to see if there was hardwood underneath and inspecting the filthiest of crevices to check for mold, mildew, cracks, etc. She was extremely knowledgeable about how much additional work that would be needed to get a house in the condition that we wanted. She never made us feel rushed when we looked at homes, even on the trips when we looked at 15+ houses in a day. I would definitely recommend Jen to anyone looking to buy a new home.

                        - Joanne Leynes
                      • I have worked with Jen the past few years to buy a number of properties for investments. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional. She goes the extra mile to obtain much-needed market analysis, saving me countless hours of research. I highly recommend Jen to anyone looking to buy or sell a property.

                        - Tony Van Dijk
                      • I have had the pleasure of working with Jen Ortman through the sale of 3 homes. We replaced a Realtor with Jen to sell my Father's home when all the previous realtor was doing was lowering the price. Jen came in and we sold home over the original list price. She is amazing! Is a true professional with extensive knowledge and wonderful to work with. I am pleased to be working with her again on the sale of my home. Thanks, Jen! I look forward to our working relationship as well as our new friendship. Since I am moving out of state my only regret is not working with her again!

                        - Kathy Podgorniak
                      • I can't speak highly enough about Jen Ortman. She was a pleasure to deal with but more importantly she is a true professional and knows the real estate business and the market extremely well. She gives you her honest opinion whether good or bad. She had some very good advice regarding staging, what to expect and insight on how the entire process would go in selling our home. She also helped me find the right professionals to do work on the home that needed to be done which was a huge help. I was kept well informed the entire time I dealt with her. I couldn't have asked for anything more out of an agent. I would recommend Jen to anyone, you have to try her you will not be disappointed.

                        - Barb Morgan
                      • Jen was great when looking for a single family house. We must have looked at over 40 properties. Eventually, we found everything we were looking for. Jen was very creative in closing the deal ensuring we wouldn't lose the property to another offer. Don't hesitate her group was there throughout the whole experience.

                        - David O'Ponnell
                      • Although in an excellent market for sales, Jen Ortman's service was key to price the home at the right point and show the home at its best with professional photographs and advertising. The house sale was quick but without Jen's diligence our buyer would have lost out as their realtor failed to meet response deadlines.

                        - Kristen Meek
                      • I would use Jen Ortman in a heartbeat to either sell my home or help me find a home. She clearly understood the type of property I was looking for and what my criteria was and she made sure to show me only properties that fit that description in the areas I was interested in living. She is pleasant, knowledgeable and truly knows real estate and the industry. I highly recommend her to anyone who is either considering to sell or interested in purchasing a home.

                        - Bonnie Clyde
                      • Jen was incredibly helpful - and so patient - as we ventured out to purchase our first home. She knows the market, quickly caught on to what we were looking for, and soon introduced us to our new house. We give Jen our highest recommendation.

                        - Jon Seidel
                      • Jen is very knowledgeable of the current market conditions and does a great job in keeping us appraised of listings and closings of properties similar to ours.

                        - Bob Sanders
                      • Jen was the listing agent on the house we purchased. We had used a friend on our side, who is no longer in the area. I found Jen to be very collaborative in answering our questions and meeting our needs with inspections, etc. Since that time, we've come to know Jen through our children's school and sports activities and really enjoy spending time with her. I have a great deal of personal respect as well as professional respect for her and her deep knowledge in local real estate / expertise in buying and selling.

                        - Sheryl Terril
                      • Jen Ortman was our agent for both the purchase of our new home and the sale of a home. She was an incredible agent on both accounts. She knows the Arlington Heights area so well and was able to work with us regardless of time/day of the week. Her insight and knowledge were amazing as she was able to point out items of consideration for us to ensure we made the best decisions for us. She is also very knowledgeable in terms of home remodeling, therefore, an added benefit for anyone looking to buy a home that requires some updates as she is able to provide guidance to ensure you make an informed decision. She is very personable, responsive and easy to get a hold of. Jen always made herself available for last minute showings of a new listing. She clearly has a passion for what she does and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Thanks for all your help!

                        - Lourdes Lischett
                      • Jen was a terrific help in purchasing our first home. She did the upfront work to find out what properties would be good to look at and pointed out issues or nuances with certain homes that I may not have noticed. She was really easy to communicate with and always good for a prompt response.

                        - Joe Colmone
                      • This is the second home that Jen helped us purchase. She is great to work with and very knowledgeable. She also sold our home and walked us through the entire home selling process. I recommend Jen to all of my friends looking to buy or sell a home in the Arlington Heights area.

                        - Krista Seidemann
                      • Jen was very helpful getting our townhome to sell quickly with few changes and updates. With her help, we were able to sell our place quick and found our dream home.

                        - Mike Grote
                      • Jen is a real class act. She helped us through the process, was transparent when she needed to be and buffered us from the complexity when appropriate. We have worked with other realtors in the past, and Jen stands out. Ultimately we had a solid buyer in a very short time-frame and closed slightly higher than expected. All this, and such a nice person to work with. We recommend Jen to anyone who is considering buying or selling in the area. Well done - thank you!

                        - Daragh Fitzpatrick
                      • Jen Ortman was a terrific partner when we were looking for a home. She did a great job right from the start by asking us the right questions about what we were looking for. Then she pulled a nice list of homes for us to review online. We went through the homes and selected the ones that we liked the best. We spent one entire day with Jen going to see the homes that she found for us, and in that one day, we found the home that we ultimately purchased. She supported us through the entire process, guiding us and explaining things along the way. In our case, we were buying a home from a short sale. We had no knowledge or prior experience with a short sale, but Jen explained right up front what we could expect and the steps we would have to go through. She handled our negotiations beautifully and kept us informed at every step of the way. From beginning to tend, Jen was a great resource and a perfect real estate broker and partner to us. We would highly recommend Jen to anyone looking to purchase a home. Her knowledge and expertise were invaluable to us.

                        - Lori Eppel
                      • Jen is a godsend for the entire home-buying process. This is not an exaggeration. She made purchasing our first home a breeze; I still can't believe everything she did for us-- recommendations, advice, expertise. I can't say enough about Jen's greatness. Work with Jen. The end.

                        - Katie Darsella
                      • I live 3 hours south of the Chicago area and was left 2 properties from my brother who had passed away. I was referred to Jen by my daughter's realtor in the Southwest suburbs. It was impossible to make the trip to Chicago as often as was required but Jen made the whole process much easier. Her knowledge and recommendations of local vendors for repairs and arranging delivery/home access appointments was invaluable. She even brought in the garbage cans, turned on the water faucets to drip on frigid nights and set up and executed items to be sold/donated on her web page. All in all, her compassion and professionalism made this difficult process much more manageable. I would strongly recommend Jen for your real estate needs.

                        - Andrew Ledet
                      • Jen was great. We used her for both the sale and purchase of each home. She was very professional in her approach which helped through both processes. We would highly recommend her as she was level headed, knowledgeable and easy to work with during both transactions.

                        - Maria Dwyer
                      • Jen helped us buy our first house, and we got through it better than I had hoped. We love our house but will end up moving again soon, so we'll ask her to help us again. We've kept in touch via Facebook over time and she has always been very outgoing and helpful with random questions about local real estate.

                        - Pete Buelow
                      • I sold my townhome near the beginning of 2013 as a short sale. Jen's expertise in the market and knowledge in working with this type of sale made it fairly easy to get a bid on the home. It took some negotiating with the bank but in the end, we were able to make the sale happen. Jen and her associates were very professional with setting up the showing times around my schedule since and handling all of the necessary paperwork for the sale. I would highly recommend Jen as she was a delight to work with.

                        - Michelle Spacone