Jill Stehnach started in the real estate industry thirty years ago but began working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices about fourteen years ago. That experience is just one of the reasons she was voted the 2018 Readers’ Choice Gold Award winner for Best Real Estate Agent in the Sewickley/West region.
“We strive to do all the right things on behalf of buyer/seller clients,” Stehnach said. “About eighty percent of our business comes from client referrals. People know that we are going to treat them well by making the process as smooth as possible.” She and her team, deal predominantly with properties in Sewickley, Ben Avon, Franklin Park and Moon Township.
Despite the focus in these areas, they still show and sell throughout Western Pennsylvania. They try to find the best fit for the client. “We ask a lot of questions in the initial interview to find what makes the most sense for our clients,” Stehnach said. “If it’s a family, we focus on school districts and what it can offer for that family.”
With her team behind her, Stehnach works to provide the best buying services to her customers. “Our forte from a buyer’s standpoint is accessibility,” she said. “We are highly accessible. Part of the reason that we have a team is so we can accommodate our buyers’ schedules.”
In addition to helping buyer clients, Stehnach’s team also provides services to those seeking to sell their homes. Their selling services put a stronger emphasis on marketing strategies. It gives them an advantage over their competition, because they invest more into advertising and online marketing in order to facilitate sales.
Stehnach’s previous experience as a real estate executive with Hallmark Cards has helped provide a platform for her team’s strong marketing and negotiating skills. “I’d like to stress to people that this business is highly competitive, so if you are considering selling your home, you should focus on a realtor who does a lot of marketing for you. Most agents will post a listing and put a sign in the yard, and that’s it,” Stehnach said. “But we are working every day to advertise and build an online marketing presence for your home.”
Stehnach has a strong passion for the industry and the work she does. She has a number of certifications, including Relocation Certification, Luxury Homes Specialist, Buyer Agency E-Certified, Accredited Buyer Representative, Graduate Realtors Institute, Chairman’s Circle, E-PRO and Accredited Seller Representative. When asked what she loves about the industry, Stehnach said: “I love the fact that every day is different. I don’t sit 24/7. I’m in and out of the office three or four times daily and love meeting a lot of new people.“
She recognizes the support that she and her team receive from the community because of the work that they do for clients. “We are very thankful to the community and for the recognition with this award,” Stehnach said. “We would be very honored to work with anyone who would like to put their business in our hands.”
Stehnach’s office is located at 421 Broad Street in Sewickley. You can find her on Facebook as Jill Stehnach, Sewickley Realtor.