Accomplished realtor Susie O. Johnson was selected to become one of five founding Compass real estate agents for St. Louis in June 2021. Now, she, along with her daughter and partner Lindsey Jacobs, are leading their Susie O. Johnson team from a newly constructed, state-of-the-art Compass office located on the former Schneithorst's Restaurant & Bar property in Ladue.
Susie says Compass occupies the first floor on the south side and a large portion of the second floor of the office complex at 1608 S. Lindbergh Blvd. Compass is an American-headquartered, real estate company with 25,000-plus independent agents across the United States who use the company's proprietary, branded online tools and real estate technology as an advanced marketing medium.
"Compass really stepped up and created a wonderful office environment. It's a sophisticated setup that provides progressive tools. It even has indoor phone booths for making private calls," Susie shares. "We're able to offer clients even more cutting-edge technology and unparalleled service."
Compass Concierge services enable sellers to get home improvement costs fronted by Compass to expedite a property's readiness for market and to lessen the selling cycle. Concierge services may include cleaning, painting, flooring, remodeling, updating and staging, if applicable. The option works through Compass providing access up to $30,000 to qualified sellers.
Susie says Compass' streamlined business model and national network among agents are two more bonuses of working with their team.
Susie and Lindsey, certified relocation specialists who reside in Chesterfield, say on average the Susie O. Johnson 10-member team sells a house every two days. Lindsey says this team has the longevity advantage of most of them working together for 15 to 18 years. "Our team has collectively handled $200-plus million in housing sales over the past four years alone," Lindsey adds.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Susie says she was reminded of how important it is to inspect every nook and cranny of properties. "Some clients had to move from out of state without being able to see prospective homes in person. We became their true eyes and ears. I looked at homes like I was buying them, and we got down to the nitty-gritty of pointing out everything we saw during live walk-throughs," she recalls.
Susie began her real estate career in 1997. She's a certified marketing specialist, relocation specialist and certified previews specialist (luxury home market). She served on the Youth In Need board of directors for 30-plus years and volunteers for many organizations. She's spoken nationally at top agent conferences, including Chicago, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and Naples, as well as local conventions.
Susie predicts the housing market during this fall will remain in a mode of transition. "Because housing inventory tightened across the country, pockets of the United States have escalating prices. The median price in some cities averages more than $500,000. St. Louis is just over $300,000 for the median price, so remains one of the most affordable markets in the U.S.," she says.
Interest rates are still good, she adds. "We believe we'll continue seeing ups and downs in the market. But as the economy gets better, homeowners will have money from equity, and we're ready to help guide them through how to capitalize on their personal financial situations."