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Challenge Ted Kuhlmann to a game of Chicago trivia and be amazed. He cannot lose.
Kuhlmann, a broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, grew up in Chicago and followed his late mother, a popular local real estate broker from 1983 until she passed away in 2014, into the industry. “My mother was easily my biggest asset and fan,” he says. “Having her in my corner, I learned at a young age what the industry entailed and how to succeed.” And succeed he has.
Kuhlmann has been a Chicago Association of Realtors Top Producer since 2010, an annual recipient of the Five Star Award since 2011 and a member of the Top Agent Network since 2014. He was also selected as a Most Influential Real Estate Broker by Crain’s in 2018, an honor reserved for only 96 Realtors in Chicago.
A Certified Negotiation Expert, Kuhlmann recently listed and sold a $2.75 million unit at 340 E. Randolph Street, the largest sale of his 14-year career. His primary areas of service are the North Side of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Clients appreciate that he is a local guy, born and raised in the city and knows the North Side like the back of his hand. They also love his personality. “Blue-collar Chicago people don’t enjoy stuffy, New York-style businessmen,” he says. “They want someone who wears the suit, but also loses the tie and can be relatable.”
Kuhlmann is proud that he continues to have a strong work-play balance. He works hard when he needs to and makes sure he has enough time for himself. “As a local guy, I grew up watching my father play 16-inch softball. Once I was old enough, I did the same.” He notes that softball is a lifestyle for true Chicagoans, not just a hobby. “I consistently play four nights a summer. I could easily dedicate that time and make more money, but life is too short to not have fun, right?”
After realizing he had a knack for finding clients great values, he became an investor himself and has since bought a few buildings. He plans to continue to increase his net worth and retirement portfolio by adding annually to his collection.