From Humble Beginnings to Realty Superstars
Writer/ Josh Brown
Chris Schulhof moved to the Geist area 33 years ago, but it was humble beginnings for the owner of one of the most successful RE/MAX franchises in all of Indiana. When Schulhof moved to Geist in 1984 it was “all cornfields and woods.” He quickly found work at the Geist Marina — pumping gas for boaters as they pulled in.
“It was a lot of fun,” Schulhof says. “Today, a lot of those people I was pumping gas for, I’m now selling their homes.”
After graduating from Purdue, Schulhof began his career at Dow Chemical but quickly grew tired of constant travel. He then found his passion in realty. Today, he is the lead broker and owner of RE/MAX Realty Services in Indianapolis and The Chris Schulhof Home Selling Team. Schulhof’s team has been the number two RE/MAX team in Indiana for 10 of the last 15 years he has been selling real estate.
“We are a unique, boutique RE/MAX franchise,” Schulhof says. “We don’t have 20 different agents. It is a small group, but our group is a powerhouse in the Fishers and Geist area. When you approach a typical agent to list your house, the challenge is that agent maybe has one administrative person. We have a whole team of resources that are constantly helping our clients.”
The Schulhof team consists of experienced realty professionals including Jamie Boer a listing, buyer and staging and re-designed certified specialist, listing and buyer agents Martin Russel, Joy Harris and Cathy Wheeler and client care managers Sandy MacLean, Tracey Kemp and Mark Chase. Both Russel and Boer have been with Schulhof for 11 years, while MacLean has been on board for six years.
Schulhof says it’s the hard work of his team that has made RE/MAX Realty Services in Indianapolis what it is today, and they have the tremendous power of the RE/MAX Brand behind them.
Another unique offering of his team is the Trade Program. He will buy someone’s home so they can trade-up to a client’s home he has for sale. It takes the fear of buying before selling and, in many cases, the hassle of selling a home out of the equation.
“Any good organization is made up of great team members, and that is what I’ve got,” Schulhof says. “I’ve got a dynamic set of strong individuals in our group and we are here to support our clients seven days a week.”
Schulhof has stayed ahead of the game by not only advertising in print mediums such as Geist and Fishers Magazine and Executive Portfolio but also in online mediums like Zillow, Realtor.com, Facebook and the Towne Post Network. He also has FAA certification to fly their drones for aerial photography — a much safer alternative to the cherry picker he previously used for aerial shots!
The goal for Schulhof with clients who are selling is to get their home as much exposure as possible. He says his team has the resources to get that needed exposure compared to what the competition can offer.
But, he warns, it is more than simply posting the listing for your home online.
“Anybody today can put their house up for sale by owner on Zillow,” Schulhof says. “That gets the house some initial exposure, but the challenge is what happens after that. What people don’t realize is what is going on behind the scenes. We help you make the most return on investment.”
Whether you are buying or selling, challenges are bound to occur along the way. Schulhof’s team is prepared, and their track record speaks for itself. Very seldom is the Schulhof Team thrown off guard.
“Having sold more than 1,500 homes in this area, we’ve been there, done that many, many times,” Schulhof says. “We are rarely surprised anymore. Most of the challenges we’ve been confronted with would be huge obstacles for other agents, but we have the experience and know how to handle those tricky and challenging situations.”
More than anything, Schulhof says the goal is to always go to bat for their clients. Judging by strong Zillow reviews and a continuous flow of client referrals, The Schulhof Home Selling Team is doing just that.
“We really make sure we are doing the absolute best we can for each client,” Schulhof says. “You never want to underestimate the experience we bring to the table when you are buying or selling a home.”
Contact Schulhof and his team today at 317-842-4747 or visit them online at IndyPlace.com.