Since the age of 16, Adam Zagata has been working sales-related jobs. When he decided to pursue real estate three years ago, he was seeking to utilize the skills he had gained in over a decade of sales, while establishing direct control over his future and the chance to sell the way he desired. Today, Zagata is a real estate agent with d’aprile properties and serves clients in the Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs. He works with all types of buyers, sellers and property investors, though the majority of his clients are first-time buyers and sellers.
Known to set unrealistic goals for himself, Zagata was proud to exceed his personal target last year when d’aprile properties granted him a Diamond Award. Of the company’s 300-plus Realtors, he was named a top two agent in 2017. Over the past year, Zagata transitioned to working exclusively from business based on referrals relative to web-purchased leads. He credits his ability to make this shift in part to his mentor, Ryan D’Aprile, who has demonstrated the importance of both creating and nurturing client relationships. “It is not about the sales and leads; it is solely about caring for people and maintaining relationships,” Zagata says. “And business is just a byproduct of mini habits that are conducted on a daily basis.”
Zagata’s clients are often impressed with his dedication to their best interest and the effort he makes to keep in touch after closing. Through the entire real estate transaction, from point A to point Z, he does not sugarcoat. Determined never to settle for being “average,” it is no surprise that Zagata was named Rookie of the Year by the Chicago Association of Realtors in 2015 and has gone on to be named a Top Producer every year since. Most instrumental to his success has been Zagata’s mindset. “The goals I set for myself are way higher than another individual would set for me,” he says. “I keep striving forward and learn to appreciate the mistakes I made in the past to become a better person and Realtor.”
Outside of work, Zagata serves as a Chicago Scholars mentor, helping first-generation college students from under-resourced communities in Chicago. He also supports Misericordia, a community of care that maximizes potential for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities.