Gwen Farinella and Erin Ward, Nick Farnsworth and Ami Bumia
Sales Team Brokers
The South Loop Luxury by Related team is a group with extensive luxury experience, knowledge, passion and a desire to best represent themselves and their company at all times.
“Choosing to join Related Realty and its South Loop Luxury team has been the best career move I could have made,” Nick Farnsworth says. “I am able to contribute to our success using my 12 years of industry experience, particularly in the development area, and received the Chicago Association of Realtors top producer award last year as a result of my hard work.”
Fellow broker Gwen Farinella was likewise a top producer – three years in a row – and the born and raised Chicagoan has used her former management experience in the women’s apparel industry to add value for her clients.
“After 15 years in real estate and 12 in apparel, I’ve developed strong organizational skills and an ability to calmly navigate challenging situations,” she says. “These strengths help me as I focus on both the development side and resale side of the industry, working with first- time buyers, luxury buyers and empty nesters.”
For Ami Bumia, the Association of Professional Women’s 2011 Woman of the Year, a turning point came in 2010 when the “trifecta” of sellers/developers with great products, potential qualified buyers and financing all became in sync.
“I was able to work on a new high-rise (Silver Tower) and see the market changing for the better,” says the new construction specialist and 2013 top 1 percent producer. “In pricing the units correctly, they all were sold at a quick pace, which kept my clients happy. I was proud to be a part of that.”
When Erin Ward first started in the business 13 years ago, she was dedicated to learning whatever she could about real estate. Whether it was taking classes, shadowing a top producer or receiving guidance from several mentors throughout the years, her dedication to education has never subsided. It has helped her achieve a sales volume exceeding $160 million in residential sales and recognition as a top producer by the Chicago Association Realtors several years in a row.
“In this business, you are in trouble if you ever become complacent,” says the Chicago-born high-rise expert. “I never close a door on a window of opportunity, be it knowledge- or sales-related. I once began talking casually with a man and his son while out for dinner with my husband, which led to me representing them in multiple real estate transactions totaling over $7 million. You never know who you are going to meet and where, so it’s important to be prepared!”