Mark Bowers

10 years of work experience
Berkshire Hathaway Snyder RE
1 Brickyard Drive
Bloomington, IL, 61701
(309) 807-0252

Ratings & reviews (29)

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Highly likely to recommend
06/30/2014
karri fudacz
Listed and sold a home
Mark and his team are AWESOME! He listed and sold my property in a day at list price!!!! He is very knowledgable about the market and is totally honest with you. I would highly recommend him!
Highly likely to recommend
06/30/2014
SteveIL
Helped me buy home
You want to use Mark and his staff to help you find and negotiate your home purchase. We were not first time buyers, so we had a level of expectation going into the process. He knows the area well, takes the time to understand your needs, and makes the time to be available. His staff is on top of it and get things done, not only well, but in a way that looks out for your interest (quality and cost).
Highly likely to recommend
05/14/2014
Groganmyers
Helped me buy home
It's been a little over a year since Mark helped us find our ideal home. He was excellent at listening to what we wanted in a home (features) and the location. We especially appreciated that he pointed out any pros and cons he saw in each place with a great concern for our long term needs. Mark was also very helpful at helping us understand the process of finding the right banker to set up financing and communicated well about the bidding process, helped us find an wonderful (detailed and thorough) inspector, closing and everything else to expect once we find the right place. All of this made what may have been a stressful time very easy. We love our home. It's exactly what we wanted and needed. Since then, I've recommended him to a friend and will continue to do so in the future. Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
Thank you so much. I'm glad you are happy with your home. Any referrals are always much appreciated!
Highly likely to recommend
04/28/2014
AP05
Helped me buy home
I purchased my first house in 2013 and would definitely recommend Mark Bowers as your realtor! Mark was very patient with all of my questions and helped me through each step of the process. His assistant, Ashley Brownfield, was great to work with as well! Mark is very knowledgable, honest, friendly, and works very hard to make you happy! I highly recommend Mark and his team!
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks for the kind review of myself and my wonderful assistant, Ashley Brownfield. She keeps our team so organized!
Highly likely to recommend
04/14/2014
djstolz07
Helped me buy home
Mark Bowers' agency was very helpful in finding the right home for me and my family. Mark's licensed assistant, Ashley Brownfield, was able to show us multiple homes at times that worked best for us and give us honest details on each home to make sure we ended up in the home we wanted and deserved. When we found the home we wanted we asked to meet with Ashley that day and even after she had been in a car accident she still kept our appointment to see the house. THAT'S DEDICATION!!! Within an hour of seeing the house, Ashley helped us submit an offer that we felt gave us a great opportunity to make the home ours. Within the same night we accepted a counter-offer that Ashley went through with us to make sure we understood each aspect of the agreement. After the offer was accepted, Ashley brought us in and has been great during the whole process and was very passionate about making sure the inspection repairs we needed done were done by the prior homeowner. Mark has stayed in contact with us regarding the process and has verified all the information with us to ensure we know how and when everything is to happen. I often hear horror stories about the home buying process and all the issues that come with the process but we have not ran into any of these. We are first-time homebuyers and I cannot stress enough that without Mark Bowers and Ashley Brownfield we would not have had such a great purchase experience and may not have been set-up to move into a home that we love. Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
Wanted to congratulate you on your new home. I know you closed today and Ashley did a fantastic job helping guide you thru the process. Let us know if we can ever be of assistance.
Highly likely to recommend
04/11/2014
tlyoder64
Helped me buy home
We have bought and sold homes with Mark and he has provided us with great service and satisfaction. Mark knows the market and is excellent when it comes time to negotiate. We would not hesitate to recommend Mark for your real estate transactions.
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks Tom. Really appreciate your business and the review. Your home is beautiful. Always enjoy showing in Founders Grove as you see so many unique homes...your's is especially nice.
Highly likely to recommend
04/11/2014
sbxly
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark took an aggressive approach to selling our home. At a time when the market was down he was able to find us a new home and help us to sell our existing home in only a few weeks. We couldn?t have been happier with the experience. Any time we had a question or concern, Mark quickly followed up with us. His high level of service included offering to assist us with lowering our property taxes after the new home purchase. We?d definitely recommend Mark to our friends and family.
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks again for the kind review....and the referrals. They are much appreciated.
Highly likely to recommend
04/10/2014
paicklen1
Helped me buy home
Mark is the best. I used a few other agents before meeting Mark and they did not measure up to him. He actually listened to what I wanted and the price range I had to work in. He sent me many links of houses I might be interested in to choose from. He called or texted me back when I tried to contact him.Mark is knowledgeable about housing questions such as foundations, appliances, plumbing, and updates to name a few. He stays updated on current trends and market values. The house I chose needed some updates and Mark even recommended a handyman I could call, Which by the way, I am still using. Mark is still available to me when I have questions. If I ever need to move I will most certainly use Mark again. Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
I am so glad we found you the home that you are happy in. Jeff is a great handyman and he will definitely take care of you. Thanks for the review.
Highly likely to recommend
04/09/2014
auth91
Listed and sold a home
Mark went above and beyond our expectations as our realtor. He was able to find us our dream home with all our "must-haves" while making the entire process seamless. Mark was always in touch with us as he worked very hard to get us our new home while selling our old one. We would highly recommend Mark to anyone who wants to buy or sell a home.
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks so much for the good words! Very happy I could make your move a reality. You have a beautiful new home on the lake now...and I'm glad you are a happy homeowner.
Highly likely to recommend
04/09/2014
user0668516
Helped me buy home
I am so glad we found Mark at the beginning of our home buying process. Mark was always helpful and there to answer questions but never came across as pushy. Most importantly he was honest at every step of the process. Being that we were buying our first home and had just relocated to the area we had a lot of questions, and Mark always took the time to discuss them with us. I would recommend anyone looking for a house to seek out Mark's advice!
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks for taking the time to do the review on me. It really helps and being that you hit two groups that I serve a lot (1st time home buyers and relocation), it means even more. Glad to be of service.
Highly likely to recommend
04/08/2014
jandcbruce
Listed and sold a home
About 4 and a half years ago, my husband and I were looking to move out to the Tri-Valley school district since we were starting our family and knew we wanted our kids going to Tri-Valley. Mark was an awesome realtor and one of the main reasons we were able to purchase our current house and sell our house in Normal so quickly. It's always a little more stessful when you have put an offer in on the house you want without having your current house sold. Thanks to Mark and his committment to what he does, he was able to get ours sold so that we could make the move to Downs. The selling and buying process went as smooth as it possibly could and I have no doubts that is due to Mark's job as a FANTASTIC realtor - hard-working, always available, knowledgeable. Mark Bowers is the realtor I recommend to friends looking to buy/sell their homes. Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
Very, very honored to have been chosen to help you with the move....and even happier to have you in Viking land! Thanks for the nice comments.
Highly likely to recommend
04/07/2014
shanin87
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark not only helped us find a house, but for sold our house super quickly. Highly recommended and the best in Bloomington-Normal! Very personable and direct, he will tell you what needs to be done to get your house sold.
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks so much for being a homeowner that listened to my recommendations. It truly helps a lot when I tell a seller some things that need to be done, and they get them done in quick fashion. It truly helps my job a ton.
Highly likely to recommend
04/06/2014
kellygoben
Listed and sold a home
Mark Bowers is the best! He helped us sell our house in less than a week! He and his team took care of EVERYTHING and all we had to do was show up for the closing. I highly recommend Mark for all your real estate needs!
Response fromMark Bowers
Thank you Kelly for the kind words! We dearly miss you guys out here in Tri Valley land!!
Highly likely to recommend
04/04/2014
clintonlakemarina
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have worked with Mark on several transactions. He really knows how to sell real estate. He is very knowledgeable about the market and knows how to help people get the right and best financing when buying. If selling, he knows what needs to be done and how to showcase the property to get the optimum price. He and his staff make the entire process very simple. He is willing to go out of his way to make the deal work. He has many contacts if work is needed prior to buying or selling a house. In this area I would not consider using anyone else whether I am buying or selling. Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
Thank you very much for your review. Really appreciate always working with you on transactions and I'm glad I can be of service to you. I hope the boating season brings you good business this year down at the Marina!
Highly likely to recommend
04/04/2014
acarby
Listed and sold a home
Mark does a great job listening to his client's and finding the right fit for their needs. He'll even try to find that next level deal that he and his clients can make fit within their budget. If Mark doesn't like a property himself, he will not push it to his clients. Mark will get max dollar for your property. He works well with other agents and has a great network which brings more traffic to your property for viewing. 5 Stars!!!
Response fromMark Bowers
Appreciate the reply Mr. Carby! You do a great job yourself running Prairie Signs in Normal. Its nice to have a review from a successful business man like yourself. Thanks again and glad your family is happy in their new home.
Highly likely to recommend
04/02/2014
herbie c09
Helped me buy home
Contacted Mark for relocation realator needs, short shopping window, poor time of the year for prime buying and we looked high and low until we found just the right house. Highly recommend.
Response fromMark Bowers
I really appreciate the kind words. I'm glad I could assist you with your move and glad we found you a home in good ole Leroy. Much appreciate the referral as well to the McHugh's...very nice folks.
Highly likely to recommend
04/02/2014
user8852961
Helped me buy and sell homes
I have used Mark Bowers when I bought both of my homes. I just recently used him to sell my house and buy my new house. He was able to sell my small town home in a month during the worst winter that the Midwest has seen in years! Not a lot of realtors are able to do that. :)
Response fromMark Bowers
Glad we could get your home sold in Leroy, and I'm even more happy that we got you what you wanted in your move back to Bloomington. You have a beautiful home there in Old Farm Lakes.
Highly likely to recommend
04/02/2014
jujubrown2
Helped me buy and sell homes
After completing a renovation on a small ranch in Normal (which was an interim move due to job relocation), I started to search the market for a larger home just outside the B-N area. Knowing the market was HOT for the "Buyer" I was a little hesitant to sell my home for fear of taking a loss due to our lack-of longevity, but once I found a number of homes on the market in my preferred price range I decided to explore my options. I reached out to another realtor in the B-N market who had assisted me with 2 prior home purchases. Unfortunately, this realtor did not take my inquiry seriously and without seeing the updates to the home since assisting me with the purchase, he advised that my home had not increased in value enough to recoup my commissions paid. Ideally this would have been a good business practice, however the realtor did not take into consideration that this home was purchased at a lower-than market value in a desirable neighborhood based on the "as is" condition. In addition to the low purchase price, the realtor did not factor-in that my husband and I were able to invest our time and talents into updating and repairing the home with very little out of pocket expense. None-the-less, I persisted and asked that this realtor schedule a showing for one of the homes of interest. He failed to schedule the appointment. Luckily, Mark was the listing realtor on the home we ended up purchasing, so I called and scheduled an appointment with him to see the home...BEST DECISION! Mark was full of information on this home, the area, and the school district. He was able to address our concerns for living in a farm house surrounded by land that was "farmed" by someone else, by providing us the family history of the home due to the farmer growing up in the house. Mark had driven the commute from the homes location to B-N a number of times and also advised the easiest and fasted routes to my office and my husband?s college. In addition, Mark contacted a colleague for a quick quote on a much needed garage for the property (while we were viewing the home). Ashley was also extremely helpful and kept the preparation for closing as painless as possible!!! She stayed one step ahead of my Mortgage Company with their document preparation and was relentless with keeping the appraisers, termite, Radon and home inspectors? appointments coordinated within the allotted closing timeframe. (For BOTH properties). The sale of our home was amazing!!! Mark knew his clientele so well that he was almost certain that he had a buyer prior to even showing our home. Based on this notion, Mark was able to negotiate an offer on the purchase agreement of the new home that gave us an additional week to prepare our home for the market. The listing photos were amazing! I received over a dozen calls to show the home the first day it was on the BNR site...unfortunately for them, the house was already SOLD to the 1st person Mark had shown the home to. I believe this was due to Mark's impeccable relationship building with his clients. Mark was able to look at our home and match the features to a client whose wish list would be fulfilled. Thank you, Mark and Team!!! Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
Julie...you are the best! Thanks so much for the very kind words. I'm glad you are happy.
Highly likely to recommend
04/02/2014
s allen woodward
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark was awesome to deal with. He was very responsive, he constantly sent me new links of houses to look at, and was great at negotiating for my current house and selling my old home. It was a very painless experience.
Response fromMark Bowers
Always nice to hear kind words from a former student. Honored you used me in your move and glad you are happy with your sweet new pad.
Highly likely to recommend
04/02/2014
eabreu37
Listed and sold a home
Mark helped me sell two of my private properties when others could not. Mark is a very professional and experienced realtor. I highly recommend his services when selling or buying private property.
Response fromMark Bowers
Dr. Abreu...thanks again for your kind words. Always a pleasure to help you in anything you need. Your new dentist office off of Ireland Grove is a great spot....hope you are staying busy! Good luck my friend.
Highly likely to recommend
04/01/2014
dlover68
Helped me buy home
Mark is very knowledgeable about the local real estate market, and how to price for both sellers and buyers. He showed me a number of houses and was able to give detailed reasons that a particular listing's value was at or above "real" market price. He discussed the property in terms of resale value, which you don't always fully consider when you really like a house. Mark is a great negotiator as well.
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks so much for the kind comments. Always a pleasure to work with you and as always, let me know if I can be of service.
Highly likely to recommend
06/30/2011
rollermeister
Helped me buy home
Mark did a fantastic job working with my wife and me to find the perfect home. He gave us plenty of options and was willing to continue looking at houses until we were satisfied. He was also very knowledgable of the various neighborhoods and took our situation into account when finding a suitable place. He knew that this was just going to be a starter home for us, so he selected areas where he knew we wouldn't have trouble selling the home in 10 years. Once we chose a house and put in a bid, he did a great job negotiating a fair price and also did so very quickly (negotiations were done in about 5 hours). When we go to sell this current house and upgrade to something more approriate for a family, we will definitely be going back to Mark. I would highly, highly recommend him. Less ... More
Response fromMark Bowers
Thanks again for the kind words Mr. Roller and I hope the classroom is treating you well.
Highly likely to recommend
06/26/2011
sparkplugs16
Helped me buy home
Mark did an awesome job helping us find our first home. He made sure we were informed and understood each step. He was patient, understanding, and very friendly. His knowledge and negotiation skills were very helpful in helping us get an awesome deal! His confidence and experience made us feel secure in our decision. I highly recommend Mark to anyone looking for an amazing real estate agent!
Highly likely to recommend
03/31/2011
jelinekj
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark is a great guy. He makes buying and selling a house a very easy and exciting experience. I have used Mark?s services to buy two houses and sell one. Mark is very knowledgeable about the housing market and gives great advice to help you sell your home. Mark never pressures you into purchasing a home and is always interested in your wants and needs for a house. Mark truly listens to his clients and because of this I will continue to use Mark for all of my real-estate needs.
Highly likely to recommend
03/22/2011
mhawk19
Helped me buy home
Mark is very knowledgeable about the market, and is highly skilled in negotiation. Mark did a great job for me, and I would highly recommend him.
Highly likely to recommend
03/21/2011
markbowers
Helped me buy home
Mark; was able to help us out with a house that we really liked. He took care of setting everything up (termite inspection, home inspection, loan) and he showed us the property several times. We enjoyed our experience of buying a new home thanks in large part to Mark's knowledge and understanding of the process.
Highly likely to recommend
03/18/2011
bk1620
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark did an excellent job negotiating for a price that was well below what I had anticipated having to pay for our new home and ensuring that was a smooth process. Highly recommended.
Highly likely to recommend
03/16/2011
markedmundson
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark went the extra mile to help us sell our house and get the house we were interested in purchasing. He is extremely knowledgable of the Bloomington/Normal area housing market. He used this knowledge to guide us through our transactions. The part we really liked and respected was the fact that he asked us what we wanted to do in terms of selling and purchase price, with no pressure on either one. Mark is perfect for the novice/first time home buyer, or a buyer/seller who knows what he wants but needs assistance in getting it done. Less ... More
Highly likely to recommend
03/16/2011
brian_2411
Helped me buy and sell homes
Mark was great to work with. Mark is gives what I believe is honest feedback in both the buying and selling process. I was able to email, call, or text and Mark responded no matter the time. He's not one of the agents that just throws a sign in the yard and waits for the buyer to find your home. It was worth the time that I did not have to spend worrying about my home selling. A big part of our decision making revolved around the schools. Mark is a former teacher, and was able to guide us to the right location and a good school for our kids. Less ... More