Primary Specialty: Residential transactions for buyers and sellers. Area of expertise = South Loop, north to Rogers Park and from the lake west to Western Avenue. But there are <always> exceptions! I also work with many investors and understand their needs when purchasing/owning rental properties as I'm also an investor (7 rentals!).
Secondary Specialties: Commercial and multi-family/investment properties.
Areas: Wrigleyville/Boystown, Lakeview, Uptown, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Roscoe Village, Old Town, Edgewater, Rogers Park and Gold Coast.
46th Ward (Uptown/Lakeview) Zoning Committee - Real Estate Advisor
Most agents claim to provide 'superior service' but do they REALLY? 90% of my business in any given year is from referrals of clients/business from past clients. Why? From the time of our initial communication to the closing and beyond--- I try to anticipate questions before they're asked and take action immediately. I feel that I'm more of a Risk Manager, Consultant, Counselor, Advisor and/or Educator rather than a sales person.....
I think I'm also a good/great communicator = I never end a day without emails/vm's answered and promised actions are taken proactively. Typically I've my done my follow-up before I'm asked for a status update. MOST importantly, I study the Chicago market several times EVERY day. How else would I be able to advise clients? :)))
The above is a summary of why I think I'm GREAT at what I do. If you want to know more, call me/email me/text me to find out for yourself. I would appreciate and enjoy the opportunity. My goal is plain and simple honesty---I think that is what people appreciate.
Oh, I'm also a 'stakeholder' in the area -- I've owned /operated RE/MAX Edge in Lakeview for 14+ years, have owned my own home in Uptown/Buena Park since 1998 AND I also own 7 rental properties in the area.
The market is strong here in Chicago. Prices are still low -- 44% above the bottom of the market, but 5% below the peak. Rates--WOW. Why isn't everyone buying??? I'm an 'oldie' and remember when rates were 10%+. Unemployment is down, consumer confidence going up AND rents....still going up 5-10% annually. Investors aren't buying as much anymore as returns have dropped from 20-25% to 3-5%. Also--many condo buildings, faced with increasing number of rentals --some @ 50% -- have limited the number of rentals allowed in their buildings = putting MORE pressure on the rental market. On the north side, we haven't built many rentals---so it's not a GREAT time to be a renter. Better to buy. Problem is too many late 20 something's/early 30's year old's are still living at home. This can't last forever, right??? Oh, ask me about the condo Deconversion RAGE. Ha.Professional Qualifications
Previous professional experience: General Electric (Finance/Accounting) & Andersen Consulting/ Marketing.
Involved in: Buena Park Neighborhood Association, Uptown Neighborhood Council, Uptown Theatre and Center for the Arts, Uptown Chicago Commission, Disney Magnet School, Northalsted Merchants Association, East Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, SSA #18 as a Commissioner
Licensed as Broker in Illinois--manage office of 25 agents (I get all the TOUGH questions....) / $100 million in sales 2018
Currently operating RE/MAX Edge as Broker/Owner--14+ years (first boom, then bust---looking for something in the middle..) surviving happily
RE/MAX Career Awards:
>Presidents Club: 2003 (1st year selling)
>100% Club (sales above $4 million annually): 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
>Platinum Club (sales above $10 million annually): 2017, 2018
>Hall of Fame 2010
>Broker/Owner of the Year 2015