As the leaders of RLKK Residential at Compass, Kimberly Kappelman and Ryan Lee apply their combined 30 years of experience to helm their top-producing team of real estate experts. “We never want our clients to miss out on an opportunity so we love having team members who we can trust to step in when we have another commitment,” says Kappelman.
A former accountant at Deloitte and Touche, Kappelman transitioned to working with a real estate investment trust in Oak Brook in 2009, and ultimately left her accounting role behind to become an active real estate agent in 2015. In addition to being a Realtor, she is also the owner of the interior design company Studio Mak and has years of experience as a real estate developer and investor for everything from single-family homes to multi-unit apartment buildings. “When I work with buyers, I am able to help them imagine what they can do to a house and then execute their vision down to the final finishes and furnishings,” she explains, adding that her expertise as an investor and CPA, makes it possible to analyze home values and appropriately advise buyers and sellers.
Joining the real estate industry fresh out of college 15 years ago, Lee began his career working with renters before becoming a buyer specialist and finally, a listings specialist. “I do a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare and ensure an efficient and fun transaction,” he explains. “I want my clients to feel that I’m really listening to everything they say. Ranked among the top 1% of agents in Chicago and a CAR Top Producer since 2012, Lee has a vast network of industry peers and a referral-based clientele who enable his ongoing success. He is a member of the Young Professionals Network and the Women’s Council of Realtors.