- Title: Home Services Coordinator
- Hometown: Chicago
- Current home: Glendale
- Favorite local hang-outs: Bluebird Bakery and Piccolo Wine Room in Glendale
As a home services coordinator with Sibcy Cline, Linda Damato is part matchmaker, part problem solver. When homeowners call Linda with a need—a renovation or repair—she knows exactly the right vendor to connect them with. And with 17 years of experience in matching homeowners to vendors, she has more success stories than she can count.
“We look at the service needed and the time frame, along with other factors, and provide a match with a vendor. Then we follow up to make sure the client is pleased,” Linda said, explaining the process of coordinating services for Sibcy Cline clients. The goal is to gain “clients for life” by giving buyers and sellers of homes support through every stage of their homeownership journey.
Sometimes that support can come in the smallest of ways, like recently when Linda assisted a seller whose home was vacant and being prepared for showings. “The basement light was out and the agent called us,“ She said, “And I knew a handyman who was painting in a home near there who could run over and fix it quickly. Within an hour, the basement light was working. That’s the beauty of it—we knew who was nearby and could help.”
Another success that Linda enjoys is seeing clients who remain with Sibcy Cline for years, even when their original agent is no longer with the brokerage. “They stay with us because they love the brand. That makes me so happy.”
Although Linda admits that she didn’t know what a “home services coordinator” was when she applied for the job, she now loves what she does. “The very best part of my job is helping buyers and sellers through their adventure. I love the excitement of a first-time buyer telling me their ideas for making this house their home. It’s rewarding to be a small part of making the client feel comfortable with their choices.”
Being involved with helping buyers and sellers is something that isn’t new to Linda—she was a REALTOR for 8 years in Chicago (her hometown) before moving to Cincinnati with her husband Joe for a job transfer. “It was between St. Louis and Cincinnati,” she said, “and we chose here.”
Linda now lives in Glendale in a 100-year-old home. “I’ve done a lot in the last year—painted every room, [renovated] the bathroom—and used Sibcy Cline vendor partners for all of it,” she says. “I was like most people during COVID, who were home all the time, looking around, thinking: what can I do to make my home better?”
One of Linda’s favorite “hangouts” is in her garden. “Whether pulling pesky weeds or making lovely flower arrangements for friends, I find it therapeutic,” she said. She also enjoys cooking for family and friends, a pursuit she once channeled into teaching cooking classes at the Glendale Lyceum and owning a deli/wine bar business called Taste of Tuscany. “It was everything I love—cooking, eating, wine—but it wasn’t the same as doing it for friends and family.”
With her strong appreciation for making a house a home, Linda is not surprised that there has been such high demand for home renovations in the past year. “When your home looks good to you and feels comfortable, it just makes you feel better,” she said.
If you are looking for help in renovating your home, you can reach out to Linda or any of our coordinators through our Home Services website.