Editor's Note

Business planning 2021
Business planning 2021

“In this issue, we rounded up strategies from three Chicagoland real estate agents who are personal experts in business planning, and who other agents in their respective offices turn to.”

Looking into the crystal ball
Looking into the crystal ball

And in looking ahead to 2021, we’ve asked the Chicagoland real estate experts about their expert predictions — from a new presidency to COVID-19 (hopefully) being contained, what can buyers and sellers expect?

Managing Brokers: Leading Offices Through COVID-19
Managing Brokers: Leading Offices Through COVID-19

In this issue, we asked three managing brokers what it means to be a leader in 2020.

Giving Back
Giving Back

In this issue, you’ll get to learn about just a few of the many wonderful charities and organizations within the Chicagoland community that agents support.

Much deserved recognition
Much deserved recognition

“In 10 days of voting, we received a record-breaking 65,000 votes cast, and every single finalist, and winner, should be proud of their hard work, accomplishments and determination throughout this year. In short, we all deserve a pat on the back.” — Lauren Green, Broker, Main Street Real Estate Group

Strong New Agents
Strong New Agents

“For our cover story, we heard from three rookie agents who gave us insight into their backgrounds, how they came to be agents, and the challenges — and opportunities — that being a rookie agent in 2020 hold.”

Raising the bar
Raising the bar

“The bar must be constantly raised, and that begins with setting client expectations and stressing the value of the partnership between the agent and the client.”

Talking About Tech
Talking About Tech

“From the perspective of agents, brokerages and venture capitalist firms alike, our cover story discusses which tools agents should use on a day-to-day basis, as well as how tech companies decide to leverage investments.”

Time for adaptation
Time for adaptation

“Creating new housing has become more expensive over the past few decades, with costs for land, labor, materials and regulatory compliance continually rising.”

Rising to the top in year like no other
Rising to the top in year like no other

While this year has been unlike any other in recent memory, it underscores that fact that those who succeed in real estate tend to be the people who find a way to thrive no matter what the market is like. The best in the industry know how to adapt and meet the challenges ahead.

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