Jim Murrin, Koenig & Strey GMAC, North Clark Street Office

What was your first job in the realty industry?
Real estate sales associate

Who inspires you?
My mother

What is your favorite free-time activity?
I enjoy most outdoor activities and have just started running competitively. It’s a great way to push yourself and continue to challenge your mind and your body.

How did you learn the business?
The best way to really learn the real estate business is in the field. I have been fortunate to work for Koenig & Strey GMAC and to have partnered with Brant Booker. I continue to learn and uncover new ways to offer the best service to my clients.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job?
Managing multiple projects and clients while trying to continue to grow my business and maintain a high level of professionalism

What was your worst job, and what did you learn from it?
While bussing tables at a restaurant after graduating college, I learned that my talents, education and drive were not well served working in a restaurant. Live and learn and then make better choices!

Where do you go to network and meet new clients?
Various professional user groups and the internet have provided me with networking opportunities. I have built my business on referrals and view networking as an ongoing effort that happens at every point in your day.

What has been your greatest accomplishment?
Maintaining a balance between work, play, family and friends

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read?
The Departed

What is your favorite restaurant?
Red Light

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago?
Tribune Building

What kind of car do you drive?
Audi Q7

BlackBerry, Palm or paper?
Black Jack

What is your favorite city after Chicago?
Heidelberg, Germany

What is your personal motto?
Live each day to its fullest and never settle for anything less than exactly what you want.

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry?
Network within your sphere of influence and ask for referrals

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