The Apartment Source

Tyson Schutz, Managing Broker

Chris Pezza, Sales Director

Honesty and transparency have been instrumental to the success of Tyson Schutz and Chris Pezza, because without them, they say, nothing else really matters. “Our reputation among landlords and their friends is the gift that keeps on giving,” says Schutz.

A full-service real estate brokerage, The Apartment Source specializes in apartment rentals and multifamily investments. Schutz and Pezza assist renters, landlords, first-time homebuyers and investors in inner-city neighborhoods and throughout northern Illinois and are currently operating in seven counties.

Tyson and Chris both live in the Bucktown/Logan Square area, but they say their knowledge of Greater Chicagoland “comes from a grassroots position of loving this city, its intricate architecture, cultural diversity, and amazing restaurants and institutions.”

Pezza’s entire family works in real estate, either as lawyers, brokers or developers. “Originally, I wanted to be an architect, but my lack of drawing skills quickly shifted me into brokerage,” Pezza jokes.

After 16 years, Pezza still just loves the new challenges and relationships each day brings. In 2018, he was Roosevelt University’s Most Outstanding Student in Real Estate. The Chicago Association of Realtors recognized him as a top producer in the rental category in both 2018 and 2019, and last year he won the association’s Realtor Achievement Award. He is also a member of the Illinois Realtors’ board of directors after having served a similar role with CAR between 2015 and 2019. Pezza calls the awards he’s won “just reminders of all the people I have helped to be happy at home.”

Both have artistic passions outside of real estate; Pezza had a three-year side job as a house comic, and Schutz is a musician, having toured all over the world. But real estate offers both a fulfilling path forward. “It’s a giant sandbox full of different tools,” Schutz says. “You can learn to use one and build the same thing over and over again, or you can learn to use each tool to create a more elaborate structure.”

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