A lifelong Chicagoland resident, @properties Christie’s International Real Estate broker Ilana Steelman brings vast experience and knowledge of the city to the aid of her first-time buyer and veteran clients alike. Steelman grew up in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago but more recently has lived in the city itself. She’s always had a deep love of Chicago’s culture, and that’s one of the driving forces behind her goal of helping clients feel welcome.
With a background in public relations, Steelman is an expert in marketing. Having worked for top agencies to manage social media strategies and help companies advertise their products, she’s able to find great success in each listing. “I spent time working in PR and social media,” she says. “Both have given me a keen understanding of personal and client-centric branding, exposure and full-realm marketing.”
In just one year in the industry, Steelman has been able to generate all her business through referrals from previous clients. She attributes this to her dedicated and personal approach, which her clients say goes above and beyond. “Being human is my biggest strength,” she says. “I can talk to anyone but also truly listen and ensure they feel heard.”
When she isn’t helping her clients carve their own little niche for themselves in Chicago, Steelman describes herself as a huge foodie, always on the lookout for a good cappuccino or a new spot for lunch. “I always know the best new restaurants, as well as the old gems,” she says. “I, of course, give all this intel to my clients, and it really helps those new to Chicago understand the area that suits them best.”