Primary Specialty: Residential transactions for buyers and sellers--area of expertise -- South Loop north to Rogers Park and the lake west to Western. As an owner of rental properties, I also work with many investors and understand their needs when purchasing/owning rental properties.
Secondary Specialties: Commercial and multi-family/investment properties.
Areas: Wrigleyville/Boystown, Lakeview, Uptown, Lincoln Park, Andersonville, Edgewater, Rogers Park and Gold Coast.
46th Ward (Uptown/Lakeview) Zoning Committee - Real Estate Advisor
Board Member - Northalsted Merchants Association
Board Member - Lakeview Pantry
Most agents claim to provide 'superior service' but do they? 90% of my business in any given year is from referrals of clients. Why? From the time of our initial communication to their close and beyond--- anticipate questions before they're asked, never end a day without emails/vm's answered and I study my market....seriously. Call me and ask me about the GREAT properties and then also the ones to avoid---I'll tell you. Ask me about my favorite props or others I would avoid at all costs. Plain and simple honesty---I think that is what people appreciate. Just call and ask/test me---I enjoy a challenge or
I'm also a 'stakeholder' in the area -- I've owned /operated RE/MAX Edge in Lakeview for 8+ years, have owned my condo in Uptown/Buena Park since 1998 and own 5 rental properties in the area.
The market is gaining momentum 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 coming down, consumer confidence going up AND rents....still going up 5-10%. Investors aren't buying as much anymore--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??? Could Boom II be coming????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
Licensed as Broker in Illinois--manage office of 25 agents (I get all the TOUGH questions....) / $75 million in sales 2013
Currently operating RE/MAX Edge as Broker/Owner--9+ 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: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
>Hall of Fame 2010
>Best year of career = 2012 $10.6 million in sales!