Jim Holder
HomeSmart Connect Real Estate

3030 Salt Creek Lane Suite 145, Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Testimonials, Endorsements, Reviews

With the hundreds of clients that used my services, I will share some of their acknowledging comments. I believe they express the level of my commitment and their level of appreciation. Please read these comments below:

Jim should be your go-to guy if you’re looking for a house in the area. We’ve dealt with Jim a couple of times so far, and things couldn’t have been easier. He’s been in the business a long time and knows his stuff, but he also keeps up with the latest updates. Buying a house can be a stressful experience but he really makes things go smoothly. Perhaps the best thing I can say about working with him is that you can trust that everything is always under control. He’s very responsive and always keeps you up to speed as you go through the process. And I should also note that he’s quite the negotiator, too. On our last sale, we sold about $25k higher than we were expecting! If you’re in the market, I can’t recommend him highly enough!                 
Mark LeWright    2023                                                                                 

My husband and I met Jim Holder a couple years ago as our landlord for the property we were renting. Because of our established relationship and his reputation, we decided to also hire him as our real estate agent when we were looking for our first home. As first home buyers, Jim really took his time to walk us through the process of home buying. He was very knowledgeable about real estate especially in the areas we were looking at, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Schaumburg, and thus was able to suggest specific neighborhoods that were ideal in those cities. As first time home buyers we were not entirely sure of what we wanted in a house. Jim really took the time to get to know us as clients by looking at a variety of styles of houses and responding to what we did and did not like in each. With the pandemic, we took a couple of months off from looking at houses. During that time, Jim was patient with us and was ready to resume the search when we were most comfortable. 
When we resumed our search, my husband and I compiled a list of 8 different houses that we wanted to see and Jim was able to schedule all of those showings in 1 day. One of the best qualities of Jim as a real estate agent is that he is very accommodating to the needs of the client. As he was scheduling our showings, Jim was very flexible with the time and hours that he showed us properties to best match our work schedules. As we saw new properties come up, Jim was able to schedule these showings promptly and sometimes even for the day-of so that we would never miss out on a home that might sell quickly. All in all, my husband and I saw over 30 homes with Jim before we settled on the one we wanted. Jim spent a great deal of time not only showing us the properties but also researching the properties we saw and new properties that would best match our interests. Throughout the entire process, Jim was prompt when we wanted to act fast on a property and patient when we were still uncertain.
After settling on a house, Jim completely had our best interests at heart when we went in to make an offer. Even though we were okay with a higher offer, Jim said that he was still going to try his best to continue to negotiate the seller down and was ultimately able to negotiate the price down by $4,000. We were also able to use his variety of connections to hire a mortgage broker, lawyer, and inspector that were as knowledgeable as Jim in their individual fields. Overall the process of home buying was as painless as it could be and that is due to Jim Holder's experience, flexibility, and care for the client.
D & K England. August 2020

We enlisted the realtor services of Jim Holder when my wife and I moved to the Chicago Northwest suburbs from Florida.  We didn’t know anything about the area and intended to rent for a few months while house hunting for a place to purchase.  After selling homes in this area for over 40 years, Jim’s in-depth knowledge of every corner of the suburbs helped guide us into the exact location and home we were looking for.  Not to mention his historical knowledge of neighborhood evolution, local architecture, building materials and methods, and unseen pitfalls (of the cost persuasion).  Our search criteria was very specific, and our knowledge of “living up north” was very limited.  While other agents could have sold us ten homes in the time it took us to find the right match for our family, Jim was determined not to let us buy the wrong house for us...in terms of what we said was important to us, present value, and rehab ROI.  Here’s what you get with Jim Holder as your agent: a walking encyclopedia of Chicago suburban real estate, a dedicated advisor for your investment best interests, and a steadfast advocate of your home-buying wants and needs.  August  2018
Scott Girard, Arlington Heights

Jim has extensive knowledge of Arlington Heights and surrounding areas. He has a vested interest in finding a house that truly works for your needs, not just selling you any house. He found our home for us in Arlington Heights, specifically zoned for D25 schools. Would recommend!!
08/23/2018 - Kellin Girard
Bought a Single Family home in 2018 in Arlington Heights, IL.


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) D. Cartwright

"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 Daryl Jamison

"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 A.Sarmiento family"

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
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.
September 24, 2016

Jackie Gray-
I'd like to offer a few words about my experience working with Jim. I've worked with other realtors over the years (when I purchased my first home in Chicago 14 years ago and as I searched the market for home rentals, etc.). The vast differences between the skills and follow-through of these realtors became evident the day I started working with Jim. I met Jim years ago when searching for a home rental in Arlington Heights. Home rentals don't net the realtor much more than peanuts in compensation; if you look at the # of hours Jim spent helping me against what he was paid, it would be a loss leader. However, what Jim didn't earn in $, he made up for by earning my trust. He showed incredible negotiation skills and follow through, helping me to find a home to rent in a tight market and short timeframe. I contacted other realtors at the time and none showed Jim's initiative. People who don't call me back don't get my business. Jim won my trust and I chose to work with him when I was ready to purchase my home. Jim held my hand through the process, used his vast knowledge of the area and the process to make it the best, most stress free experience. Buying a home is stressful (did I make the right choice? can I afford it? what if I discover bad things after I've purchased the house? etc.), As a busy professional, I didn't have time to spend scouring the neighborhood visiting tens of houses. Jim asked me pertinent questions, understood what was important to me in a home purchase, brought up other considerations, and put together a list of available properties that met my criteria. I think I walked into no more than 6 homes. He coached me through the process of negotiating my offer and purchase contract. He put me in touch with a lending agent, inspector, attorney - all of whom he's worked with for years and respected their expertise. Recommendations go a long way in finding the right people. I trust Jim and trust him to put together a solid team of supporting characters. Jim also asked me to write a brief statement for the seller, something that works to build a relationship with the seller so they want to sell to YOU. It builds a bridge, helping the negotiations to go more smoothly. This is but a small example of how Jim uses his experience and expertise to direct the process. In the end, there were no surprises, I found the perfect home, the process was actually enjoyable and I felt that an expert was in my corner the whole time. If you're looking for a great realtor, I'd recommend Jim Holder, hands down.



You will recall that 1981 was a rotten time to sell a house, due to the high mortgage (18%) 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 contact 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.
                                                                                                       June 2016

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.                      May 2, 2016

Patricia H.

Jim Holder is a consummate professional that demonstrates confidence and skill in
his knowledge and interpersonal capabilities. When you are single and
trying to sell your largest investment and retire in a short time you want
a realtor like Jim. Jim explains your options, listens very carefully to
your needs, makes recommendations to get your house ready for showing and
shares feedback from potential buyers. My experience with Jim's expertise
has been invaluable and the financial advisor who recommended Jim feels the
same way. I will endorse Jim and tell anyone looking to buy or sell that
Jim is a dedicated realtor to his clients. Thank you for your hard work
and experience. April 29, 2016

Jim has excelent customer service skills and huge life long knowledge of real estate dealings. We are very happy with the purchase of our investment propery. We concider Jim, more like a friend now! Thank you for all your help, Ursula and Adrian Sowa 2-17-15

Mike K -

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.  April 15, 2016

Lindsey Sorensen-
We chose to work with Jim Holder because he is a seasoned expert in the real estate industry. We knew he was a top resource for Arlington Heights but we also trusted him to help us take our search west. With each property we evaluated, Jim provided valuable insights on advantages and disadvantages. What impressed us the most about Jim, was his integrity. When we wanted to move forward on a home that he felt was a poor investment, he was very honest and encouraged us to continue looking for the right property. Jim found our home in La Grange and we could not be happier. Jim is a true professional and we highly recommend him as expert in the real estate market.

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.
Carol Guther -
We have bought two homes from Jim holder. A true professional in every way. We have highly recommended Jim to anyone seeking a realtor in the Northwest Suburban area.
jackie gray -
Jim helped me earlier in the year to secure a house rental. With very little in the market (it was January), he combed through the possibly available properties and arranged for very quick property viewings. His knowledge of Arlington Heights properties is quite extensive. He offered guidance on things I should look for in a rental property (or any property for that matter). He was prompt, efficient and found me a home that I love.
thanks Jim.
randall Larson -
Jim Holder

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!!
ursula sowa -
I recently selected Jim Holder to help me with my recent real estate purchase as I was confident that he had the knowledge, skills and experience to help after my interview with him. He helped lead me through the process by evaluationg properties that I had initially suggested for viewing. During the process he made valuable comments that helped evaluate each property. He provided the advantages and disadvantages as well as strenght and weaknesses about the properties I was interested in. Jim was frequently in contact with me; and was always there respond to my questions and concerns. The closing attorney I used was one of his suggestons; I am greatful for that. I intent to use Jim Holder on my next real estate transaction; and would recommend him to others who are serious about having the most competent real estate professional. Thank you
K. Koeneman
Jim found us the perfect house we were looking for! Jim gave us a great deal of his time and made sure we were happy with our decision before moving forward. He cares about his clients.
Nov. 11 , 2010

Joey Sesso -
Jim Holder is one of the finest agents in Chicagoland. Nobody is as knowledgeable of the Arlington Heights area as Jim. He has more than 30 years of real estate experience in the area, and literally knows every street in Arlington Heights. If you're looking to buy or sell in the Arlington Heights area, you need to call Jim Holder

Frequent Transferee
"With our short time frame for the move, you more than met our expectations for what a Realtor can do. In fact, we agree that you had done the best job that we had ever seen in selling a home."
Jim is down to earth
"I believe Jim is a very down to earth person who sincerely has his clients interests at heart."
Buying and Selling
"Thank you for your expertise in finding a house to buy, and then listing and selling my home in the short time that was necessary for me to be able to get into the new home on time. Going above and beyond what was required to help me out."
Jim is a good listener
"Jim listened very carefully to our needs & quickly grasped what type of home we were looking for."
Thank You
"Thank you for all your hard work and support in handling my recent real estate transactions. Your marketing approach, knowledge of the area, and past sales record convinced me that you were the best Realtor to represent me."
"If we hear of anyone preparing to sell their home we will certainly recommend your services. Thanks again for your services, it made our move a real success."
Learning Experience
"Our association with you has not only been a pleasure but a learning experience, and we would recommend you most favorably to anyone considering a Realtor."
"Your suggestions on minor updates undoubtedly helped sell the house quickly and at a fair price. Who would as for more from a professional?"
Above the Crowd
"Jim, we can't thank you enough. You are one salesman that proved to be Above the Crowd."
"If in the future you are requested to furnish reference, be assured of an unqualified endorsement from us. Thanks for your guidance and counsel. It was a pleasure doing business with you."

Personal Touch
"Rarely today, does one find someone who not only has the professional skills required, but also has that personal touch that makes the transaction so much easier. We would certainly extend our highest endorsement of your service."
"Thank you for your professionalism in handling our recent purchase and sale of homes. You advice was direct and well thought out."
"You made me feel comfortable, making the entire experience a pleasant one. Your extensive knowledge of the industry helped in minimizing costs. I will recommmend you to anyone in search of a "true professional."

Dream ComeTrue
We are so thankful for all your help that you offered us, and by helping us to make our DREAM COME TRUE. You were part of this and we truthfully appreciate it."