Cory Tanzer, Broker-Owner

Option Realty Group

Purchasing a home can be a daunting experience. That’s why Cory Tanzer works tirelessly to connect with clients and identify their unique needs, making the process as smooth as possible.
Tanzer is an owner of and broker for Option Realty Group. His team works throughout Chicagoland but he specializes in University Village, the South Loop and the West Loop. Tanzer draws on his past experience in other industries to help form his career in real estate. He worked as a manager in retail before moving to the food service industry at Chipotle. His previous experiences helped him further develop his passion for helping people, which eventually led him to move into real estate. “But still to this day, I can roll a burrito like no other!” he says.

Throughout 2018, Tanzer enjoyed the continued growth of Option’s downtown Chicago office. Thanks to the company’s extensive training offerings, three of its agents saw their numbers grow by more than 500 percent by the end of the year. For Tanzer, one of the most rewarding aspects of the business is seeing his agents utilize systems he has taught them — the same systems he uses on a daily business.

“They fit our core values, which makes me so proud of leading such a great group of agents,” he says.

Last year, Tanzer set seven sales records for condos in University Village. Not only does he specialize in the area, he’s a resident himself, so the win was both a professional and personal accomplishment.

He also maintained business growth during his son’s first year of life — despite the lack of sleep. The challenge has shaped Tanzer for the better, he says, and he couldn’t be happier. “He is going to be one heck of third-generation real estate agent in the future,” he says.

Tanzer treasures his free time with his growing son, Theo, and his supporting wife, Sara. He says taking the time to read his son a book and teach him new words — especially ones that pertain to Tanzer’s love of Chicago sports — is the best part of his day. While real estate is his passion, the connections Tanzer makes with clients, family and friends make it priceless.

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