with 17 years in the real estate biz, Shawn Bergeman has seen it all
When in the market for a house, people have no shortage of questions about the tricky and often confusing process of home ownership. How do you start the pre-approval process? How does the inspection process work? What is a contingency, and how does it play a role in the home-buying process?
“Specializing in commercial, multi-family, investment, residential, development and new construction properties.”
When it comes to Shawn Bergeman, managing broker of Eau Claire Realty, answering these questions is a piece of cake. His knowledge of the real estate industry through 17 years of hands-on experience makes him stand out among other real estate agents.
“Making sure our clients are happy and feel comfortable during the home buying and home selling process from the start to finish, brings the most enjoyment to our team. We treat you the way we would want to be treated with attention to detail, open communication & dedication.”
Before becoming a real estate agent in 2004, the Chippewa Falls native worked a handful of blue-collar jobs after graduating from Chi-Hi. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years as an airplane mechanic — serving in the Desert Storm, then worked at Leinenkugel’s brewery, the Eau Claire airport, Pepsi Co., in the siding and roofing industry, and he even went to school for becoming a police officer. In March of 2000, Bergeman got in a bad car accident that caused him to reevaluate his career; he pivoted to real estate and hasn’t looked back since.
Now, Bergeman retains his jack-of-all-trades skill set as he specializes in commercial, multi-family, investment, residential, development, and new construction properties.
“There isn’t much I don’t do,” Bergeman said. “There’s not much that I haven’t seen or done or been involved with in this business. That is a big reason why I took the position as managing broker at Eau Claire Realty; to be a resource to other agents, to help guide them in their business so they can become the best resource to clients. No one agent can help every single person in the Chippewa Valley, but if I can help educated other agents, it will benefit everyone.”
It’s this experience that has landed him in the top ten in the MLS for sales in the past 15 years. Bergeman said many homebuyers feel immensely reassured by his experience, as he helps guide homebuyers to make educated decisions about the home or investment that is right for them.
“They’re dealing with somebody that is going to be there and be able to answer most every question that could ever possibly come about,” he said. “That makes them feel incredibly secure with the decision that they’ve made to work with me.”
Bergeman’s experience is something his team at Eau Claire Realty affirms, with their team motto that it’s not about the number of homes sold but the quality of service that truly matters.
“(Bergeman) has unbelievable knowledge of the real estate industry and always takes the time to educate buyers, sellers, and other realtors as well,” said Katie Warner, fellow realtor. “From the day a property is listed to closing day, it’s all about teamwork. Real estate agents, no matter what brokerage they work for, all work together — and by helping each other, it makes the process smoother and less stressful for all parties.”
Bergeman has always stressed the importance of communication. Being a real estate agent is a 24/7 job, especially in today’s market when properties are flying off the market within 24 hours. “If you have worked with me, you know, you will never have to worry about me not getting back to you in just a short period of time.”
When Bergeman isn’t navigating the real estate industry, he enjoys spending time with his wife of 27 years, Karen, and three children: Breanna, Brooke, and Bailey. He also enjoys hunting and fishing, and pontooning on Lake Wissota.