Agent talk: How my mentor helped me learn and thrive

Real estate mentorship works, but don’t take it from us. These three rising agents shared with Chicago Agent how their mentors have inspired them, helped them and set them up to succeed, even in this challenging housing market.

Closings begin at The Reed as doors open to residents

The Reed, the latest residential tower by developer Lendlease, is officially open for move-ins. Condos have begun closing, priced from the low $400,000s to $1.4 million.

Tommy Choi looks back to move forward

Tommy Choi’s Facebook page is an industry gold mine: A hot spot for the latest real estate events, not only in Chicago, but also on the national stage. He’s always posting with a smile — and, sometimes, with advice.

From team member to team lead: Andrew Castillon shares his experience with each

Andrew Castillon cut his teeth in the real estate industry in team environments before moving on to launch his own team this year: The Lincoln Advisory Group.

Lending a hand: How Wintrust’s Bill Katsoolias works with first-time homebuyers

When it comes to financing a new home, not everyone is ready for the first conversation. That’s what Bill Katsoolias has learned after nearly 30 years in the lending business.

TikTok tale: How one Chicago agent is using short-form video to boost her business

TikTok has more than 150 million users in the United States, putting the social media app on par with Instagram and Facebook as a business tool to reach customers. That’s especially true in real estate.

Luxury home sales — they’re more than just a price point

What, exactly, counts as luxury in real estate? Jenny Ames, CEO and license partner at Engel & Völkers Chicago, has a unique view on the hot topic.

CrossCountry Mortgage’s newest team: a story of collaboration and friendship

Jamie Franz, Bradley Rasof and Scott Schneiderman have been in the mortgage business for decades — and they’ve been friends for almost as long. Now, they’ve teamed up formally at CrossCountry Mortgage.

National Association of Home Builders Chief Economist Robert Dietz on the state of new construction

A wave of homebuilding is expected to start up in 2024 and run through the end of the decade, according to the NAHB.

RE/MAX NEXT gets a new Motto

RE/MAX NEXT just celebrated its five-year anniversary and the brokerage is expanding in more ways than one.

Two Lendlease developments make headway in Chicago

In spring of this year, Cirrus opened its doors to residents. Now, another Lendlease development is making substantial progress in Chicago: The Reed.

How to stay safe while working with clients: A cautionary tale about cyber-stalking

Katie Gambla had only been working as a real estate agent for about a year, when in spring of 2018, she got her first phone call from a man posing as a potential homebuyer.

MoveEasy expands, broadening services with new dashboard for homeowners

With the recent launch of its homeowner dashboard, the online platform MoveEasy is working to expand the connection between agents and their past clients.

Engel & Völkers Chicago shops honored with Global Network Award

At the company’s annual EVX ceremony, held in Las Vegas on March 8, the Engel & Völkers Chicago shops received a special, surprise honor: the Global Network Award, one of four Pillar Awards bestowed for accomplishments beyond sales.

Motto Mortgage thrives in fast-changing market

When deciding to start their business, Davina Arceneaux and her husband Kelly Jackson hoped to provide Illinois homebuyers with individualized, yet streamlined, options for lending.

Realogy: Strength in Numbers

There were 6.46 million homes sold in the United States last year, according to the National Association of Realtors, and agents from a single company represented well over a million of those buyers and sellers: Realogy. 

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