Rules Were Meant to be Broken

by Chicago Agent

There is no mystery to my life philosophy: rules were meant to be broken – just be sure not to get caught. One rule I do abide by is Fair Housing. You know why? Because there is no way in heck a seller of mine is going to refuse a qualified buyer for any reason whatsoever. In this wacky market, or any market, a buyer is a buyer and if you don’t want to sell because of someone’s race, religion, or their inexplicable love for Justin Bieber, then screw you I’m out. A seller shouldn’t give a rat’s butt about who is buying the property, because they’re moving. So what if your family members live next door, maybe they should learn to tolerate others. And why are you moving away from your family in the first place? That’s the real question.

I know that all you readers THINK you know who I am. But the truth is you have no idea. I’m a healthy mixture of Nigerian, Liechtensteiner, Panamanian, Alaskan, Egyptian, Puerto Rican, Irish, Jewish, Southern Baptist, Muslim and a few other treats thrown in there. If anyone in my family had been prejudiced I wouldn’t be here, and you’d be gossip-less.

Gail Payonk, formerly with Wiseman-Hughes Enterprises, has formed The Builder Network focusing on remodeling and home maintenance for builders and consumers. Give her a high-five when you see her.

Lincoln Park 2520 celebrated their newly received construction loan on Sept. 14 at Café Brauer with a $2,500 prize given away to a lucky agent attendee. I wasn’t the winner, so I don’t have much more to say.

Fifth Third Bank hosted three Brian Buffini seminars on Sept. 15 – Sept. 17 around the Chicagoland areas. The CA booth was quite popular thanks to an array of candy. I did hear that after the CAR Installation on Thursday night, one CA staffer was looking a little disheveled early Friday morning in Oakbrook Terrace.

CAR hosted their Inaugural Gala at the Marriot on Sept. 16 as they installed Mabel Guzman as the new president. The gowns and video tributes I expected, but the tropical after party was a new one. Can’t complain about getting lei-d.

NSBAR hosted their Annual Awards Cocktail Party at the Glen Club on Sept. 23. I’d tell you more, but what happens at the Glen Club stays at the Glen Club.

Koenig & Strey Real Living will launch their new website on Sept. 27. Speaking of new websites — did you know Chicago Agent is launching their new website on October 1? That’s right, October 1. And yes I do get paid extra for every shameless plug.

Erin Mandel officially announced her move to @properties in true real estate style with a party at Hub 51 on Sept. 21 complete with industry elite, sushi and cocktails. The party was way better than the Office Depot dinner going on in the basement.

Odyssey Lofts, now run by MCZ, has been renamed 770 Lofts and is represented by @properties. They will be showcasing the new pricing, newly designed model units and lobby by Carrie McCormick to the broker community on Sept. 30. My guess is the name change is an effort to avoid reminding potential buyers of 7th grade English class.

From September through November, Coldwell Banker broker Lisa Farrell is hosting Homebuyer Seminars through the Oakton Community Colleges Alliance for Lifelong Learning. Lifelong learning is the best kind.

Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Initiative will host the 2010 Leadership Series at The Chicago Club on Oct. 5 with CA as media sponsor. Speaking of CA, did you hear about their new website? Cha-ching!

Gagliardo Realty’s Susan Maienza will host a “Meet the Builder” event with Levy Custom Homes at her listing at 1425 Franklin Ave. in River Forest. Builders don’t bite unless you want them to, so go ahead and stop by.

On Oct. 6, Agent Reboot, produced by Inman News with Chicago Agent as media sponsor, is heading to the Chi. The lucky reader who won tickets through CA will be announced this week! For those that didn’t win remember to use the promo code found on our new website for reduced tickets. That’s right! New website…

Birthdays! Barbara Matthopoulos, the BlackBerry Queen of the Chi, will celebrate her birthday on the same days as Timmy McShane on Oct. 1.

Agent X
Keepin’ the “real” in real estate


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  • Mabel says:

    True about about Barbara Matthopoulos as the blackberry queen…. Blackberry is prized resident and has a satin pillow for which it can rest upon. Happy Birthday to the berry queen or as I call het GGB!

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