@properties broker Michael Mandile has only spent a year in the real estate industry, but his wide variety of work experience has already allowed him to make waves.
In 1999, Mandile was in junior high when his father opened a restaurant. Mandile eventually went on to graduate from DePaul and would oversee the restaurant’s day-to-day operations. His 80- to 100-hour weeks were spent handling customer requests, booking events and growing the business. But by the time his family decided to leave the business behind, Mandile instantly knew where his life would take him next. “It was hectic, but it taught me so much about business, responsibility, ethic, relationships, etc. In late 2016, we sold the restaurant and the real estate attached to it,” he says. “Upon this happening, I knew the time was right to jump into a full-time real estate career.”
Since obtaining his license and joining @properties, Mandile has been able to enjoy a career that allows him to work with clients all across the board. He services buyers and sellers at all price points, as well as first-time buyers, developers and investors. Mandile’s quick strides in the business earned him the 2017 Chicago Association of Realtors Rookie of the Year Award. “The listings I started with were great,” he says. “I was just learning MLS and being a broker in general. I put in countless hours applying my marketing knowledge and work ethic. The phone started ringing, I could not believe how blessed I was right out of the gate.”
Mandile’s positive attitude and prompt responses to clients have led him to his initial success. Above all, Mandile aims to let clients know that he has their attention and best interests at heart. “If a client wants to see a property tomorrow, I know that property can disappear and it could be my fault that our goal is not being accomplished,” he says.
Outside of work, Mandile enjoys spending time with family, as well as playing hockey. He also travels to Italy each year and loves to touch up on family roots, explore and cook. Within the past year, Mandile and his girlfriend purchased a River North timber loft that had been sitting on the market. They completely gutted the property and were able to transform it into their own unique home. “What should have taken five to six weeks took roughly four months, as we managed the project ourselves,” he says, “but the end result is our dream home.”