Ben Broughton

11 years of work experience
Re/Max Connections II
402 E Grant Hwy
Marengo, IL, 60152
(815) 575-9184

Ratings & reviews (28)

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Highly likely to recommend
05/16/2014
schulmancl
Helped me buy home
Ben was excellent and very knowledgeable. He made me feel like I was his only client as he always had time for me no matter what. I would highly recommend Ben to anyone looking to buy or sell! Honest, hard working realtor!
Highly likely to recommend
04/09/2014
jakat
Helped me buy home
Ben is fabulous! A pro in his field! He is very knowledgeable in many different areas; from neighborhoods, types of homes, as well as what buyers and sellers both need. I've already referred him to family and friends. He made the whole process very easy. He helped me not only find a home I wanted but helped me find a tenant for my condo all within a matter of a five months. He was very patient and definitely willing to hear what we wanted. His staff was also great! Melodie is a great assistant and is also very knowledgeable about the market. She worked very hard to make sure we were also comfortable and put our mind at ease many times. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
02/25/2014
marcus the red
Helped me buy home
Ben was very easy to work with and very knowledgeable about real estate in general and the northern Illinois marketplace in particular. He was patient with us and never made us feel like an imposition, even though we were buying at the bottom end of the housing spectrum. I would happily use Ben again, though I suspect I'll be in the house he helped us find for many years.
Highly likely to recommend
02/19/2014
AnnTereseMarotta
Helped me buy home
It was a good experience working with Ben. I felt very comfortable talking with him and asking him questions. He was available to meet at times that were convenient for me and he and/or his assistant responded to me quickly and pleasantly.
Highly likely to recommend
11/14/2013
brichardson539
Listed and sold a home
Ben was a great resource for us through the sale of our house. His knowledge of the market was very impressive. He was responsive to our inquiries and mindful of our priorities. I would highly recommend Ben as a real estate professional.
Highly likely to recommend
11/09/2013
laurasmallhorn
Listed and sold a home
Ben is a great realtor, i would recommend him to anyone. He sold my house to the first person he showed it to. He makes every effort to make the transaction as seamless as possible. He knows the market and sets reasonable expectations.
Likely to recommend
08/21/2013
user78378009
Listed and sold a home
Looking back on it, we would like to have seen a net sheet earlier on in the listing process. When our showings slowed down after a few months, my wife prepared a marketing brochure to point out the upgrades made to our home over the ten years we lived there, and we ended up getting an offer from the very next showing. It may have helped to have that done sooner in the process. Regarding "negotiating skills", we dropped our list price after things slowed down but not as far as was suggested...I think that may have been due to Ben thinking that he could move our house quicker that way. Fortunately we accepted an offer based on our slightly reduced price instead of the lower price that was suggested. When a couple of items came up during the home inspection, as far as I know there really wasn't any negotiating and we were advised to pay for everything the buyers wanted without discussing whether they were actually warranted. Again, we all wanted to close the deal and at that point we just did as advised, but overall it seemed like whenever there was an issue the answer was always for us to pay more money or drop our list price more. There seemed to be a stigma with the builder of the house we sold, and I think some of these observations and our overall experience may result from a negative perception by local realtors that these homes are simply worth less irrespective of how much they've been upgraded. This was our first time selling a home so we don't have a basis for comparison...just providing this information for whatever it's worth. Generally speaking, Ben definitely was extremely knowledgeable about the local market and was very good to work with. If I had the chance to do it over again, I would still want Ben as my agent and we probably would have done a few things differently based on this experience. Melodie is absolutely wonderful and when Ben left for a brief vacation, our transaction did not skip a beat with Melodie in charge, so we definitely appreciated that. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
08/21/2013
user53272065
Listed and sold a home
Ben and his assistant Melodie were very helpful in selling my house. All calls or correspondence were answered within minutes of my inquiry. Ben is well informed on all market situations, and what is needed to sell a house. I highly recommend Ben and the Century 21 personel.
Highly likely to recommend
07/31/2013
user7925905
Helped me buy home
Ben grew up in the area and is very knowledgeable about Marengo. He was able to provide a detailed history of the city as well as future plans for expansion. Ben also negotiated a terrific price on the home we are buying and has been very patient with us and our lender and the grueling loan approval process. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking to buy a home. He has been a dedicated advocate to my husband and I during this entire process.
Do not recommend
07/02/2013
user593579
None. We connected, but it did not work out.
I had emailed Ben Broughton in regards to a listing, I had two simple questions. He simply responded with forwarding the listing to the house instead of giving me a detailed answer to both questions/request. I sent a follow up email again asking for assistance as I had an interest in the property and never heard back. Twice now I've seen the same house drop in price because they couldn't find a buyer for that property. Not only would I not recomend him but I"d never inquire about a house that has his name on the listing. Less ... More
Response fromBen Broughton
Let me respond by first saying I apologize for not meeting this buyers expectations. As much as I would like to say I'm perfect, I am not. I did respond promptly to this buyers first email, but I completely missed his 2nd and that is my fault. The home in question has been under contract since April. As you can see from my other reviews I have a good track record. I'll continue to work hard to provide the best service possible.
Highly likely to recommend
06/12/2013
bheinke
Helped me buy home
Ben was instrumental in helping us find our new home! He was patient, knowledgeable and responsive and he and his staff worked tirelessly to make sure that our home buying experience went off without a hitch. Thank you Ben and Melodie!!!
Highly likely to recommend
05/07/2013
user14429615
Helped me buy home
Ben was the best realtor! It took us longer than a year to find our perfect house and he was so patient with us. He never took us somewhere that we wouldn't feel safe At. He really did everything he could to help us. I would recommend for anyone to use him for your realtor!
Highly likely to recommend
12/13/2012
user0685845
Helped me buy and sell homes
Ben was exactly the realtor I was looking for. I'm all about statics and numbers and he comes to the table with everything. (With the understanding that are just numbers too.) He has been very patient and helpful with every question and concern that I had. I wanted to sell fast and he laid it on the line exactly what I had to do. The list is long for everything that he does but some of the key points is that he keeps you completely up to date in a timely fashion. He participates in every aspect of the buy and sell, he was there for inspection, appraisals and any questions in between.. He also comes with a toolkit of resources if you need a quick handyman, painter, etc... I feel he is the first realtor that earned every cent of commission and rightly deserves it and probably more :). My hat's off to him and his team and hope that everyone get's the pleasure to work with him. Less ... More
Likely to recommend
11/06/2012
user2636949
Helped me buy and sell homes
My house search with Ben and his office was a positive experience.Ben is a very personable person and made the entire process a pleasant one. His knowledge of the community helped us find the house and neighborhood we were looking for.
Highly likely to recommend
11/05/2012
user093014
Helped me buy home
I would refer Ben to anyone in a heartbeat. Ben's character is rare in the real estate business, he will actually tell you his honest opinion of a property and if he thinks it's worth your hard earned money; he's not just trying to make a sale. He can spot potential problems with a home that the average homebuyer would be unaware of. Ben is patient and will work with you to find the best home for you and your family.
Highly likely to recommend
08/05/2012
user7744160
Helped me buy home
Ben Broughton's knowledge and responsiveness helped my husband and I find a new home in a short period of time. Ben was enjoyable and very easy to work with throughout the whole home buying experience.
Highly likely to recommend
07/11/2012
user505475
Listed and sold a home
Ben and his office staff are wonderful to work with, I was updated on a regular basis and was explained in detail every step of the way. Ben and his staff stand head and shoulders above the competition in terms of professionalism and approach.
Highly likely to recommend
03/26/2012
Michael Sasso
Helped me find a home to rent
Ben did an excellent job identifying our needs and knowing the local market to get us into the home we had been seeking. He is thorough and patient and although he has a laid back approach does a great job!
Highly likely to recommend
02/09/2012
nash1999
Listed and sold a home
We can not begin to say enough great things about our recent experience working with Ben. He was extremely knowledgeable, patient with our questions, exceptionally responsive to our concerns, and went well above and beyond to complete our transaction. We cannot thank him enough! We have always and will continue to recommend Ben to anyone in need of a professional realtor.
Highly likely to recommend
08/14/2011
awthomas85
Listed and sold a home
Ben was extremely knowledgeable regarding the local market and was able to get our home sold in record time. We then unexpectedly had to quickly find our dream home. Using our likes and dislikes, Ben directed us toward properties we had overlooked and we are glad he led us to the home we are in now. Both closings went through flawlessly 40 days later and we could not be happier.
Highly likely to recommend
08/03/2011
PeterM in Marengo
Helped me buy home
I was not in the market to purchase a house but happen to come across an ad for a house for sale in Marengo that I liked. Ben and Debra from the Century 21 office were so helpful and willing to make several trips to the house for viewing and help with providing quality references for lawyers, mortgage and inspection services. Even after the closing, they went our of their way to help with zoning questions on the property and help by talking with local city officials. Very pleasant to deal with and I would highly recommend them. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
07/17/2011
foxbody95
Helped me buy home
Ben broughton helped me purchase my first house I was inexperienced in the whole process and stressed at times. Ben did an excellent job informing and teaching me about how to buy a house I would have been completely lost with out him he went above and beyond all my expectations. I can honestly say he did find me my dream house and I'm glad I listened to him when he informed me to wait or the fact if he couldn't see me in a particular house. We looked at quite a few houses together and he hit a home run on the house I purchased. Ben was very easy to deal with I felt I could trust him to find the house that fits me best and there never was any pressure. My experience with Ben was great probably something I will not forget I would recommend his services to anyone I know. -adam Lawrence Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/18/2011
Huffman3
Helped me buy home
We are 100% fully satisfied with Ben Broughton. With him we never felt in the dark about anything. He was always attentive to our needs and made sure all of our questions and concerns were fully answered and taken care of. Very knowledgeable and friendly! We highly recommend Mr. Broughton.
Highly likely to recommend
06/17/2011
Grateful One
Helped me buy and sell homes
My husband and I will always mention Ben Broughton to anyone interested in selling their home or purchasing. We have the highest regard in his professionalism and knowledge of the industry and all that it includes. He brought interested buyers to our home and succesfully handled the selling process. He has exemplary customer service skills. He listened to our needs and gave sound advice based on his knowledge and experience. He exceeded our expectations with his promptness and courteous care. We are forever grateful! Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
06/02/2011
ADAndrews
Helped me buy home
Ben was a professional at all times and worked dilligently for us in a very difficult situation. He was a great asset in our purchase and would recommend him to anyone selling or purchasing a home.
Highly likely to recommend
05/21/2011
jarobinson001
Listed and sold a home
My experience with Ben Broughton was very short because he sold my house in four days despite a very unfavorable market. In that small time frame, from first discusions through closing, the process was handeled by Ben very well. I appreciated Ben's insightfulness in promptly taking care of my specific concerns in a very timely matter. I would not hesitate to recommend Ben to any family or friends for their real estate needs. Jim Robinson
Highly likely to recommend
05/13/2011
zoe prop
Listed and sold a home
I've had the pleasure of working with Ben over the last eight years. He has helped me sell some properties ,buy investment properties, in which he found tenant's and screen them for me.Over all he has always been a pro in all are dealings.He is not a good agent he's a great agent.
Highly likely to recommend
05/13/2011
nnni
Listed and sold a home
Ben listed my horse farm while 3 other Realtors failed in a better marketplace! He was a pleasure to deal with. I had no issues & he was very a pleasure to deal with.