Thaddeus Wong began his real estate career in 1996 and quickly established himself as one of the most successful Realtors® in the city of Chicago. During the early years of his career, Wong personally recorded more than $300 million in sales and earned three consecutive Golden Eagle Awards from the Chicago Association of Realtors as the top-producing agent among the organization’s more than 17,000 members.
In 2000 Wong and business partner Michael Golden co-founded @properties, and in 10 years have grown the company from $40 million to almost $2 billion in annual sales. Today @properties is #1 in market share in the city of Chicago and #3 in market share in the Northern Illinois region. The company has seven Chicago-area offices and separate divisions for residential brokerage, commercial brokerage, development marketing, relocation, property management and REO / institutional services. @properties ranks 42nd on the Real Trends list of the largest real estate companies in America.
A highly energetic and creative entrepreneur, Wong is focused on implementing his vision for a real estate company in which both the agent and client experience the highest level of service and support. He is primarily responsible for the recruitment and retention of @properties’ 900 agents, as well as the development and implementation of the firm’s ever-evolving marketing and branding programs. He also recently oversaw the development of an entirely new website platform hailed as a paradigm shift for local brokerage firms.
Wong also created and manages the company’s distinctive Training, Education and Performance Coaching programs utilized by hundreds of agents per year. His focus on professional development is reflected in the firm’s top local ranking in several key performance categories including: Volume per Producing Agent, Average Days on Market, and Ratio of Selling Price to Original Listing Price.
In addition to his work with Realtors, Wong is also one of the industry’s most valued advisers to developers of new-construction and condominium conversion projects in the Chicago area. He takes an active role in all facets of his clients’ projects, working closely with developers, architects, financing sources and strategic partners to address project feasibility, product design, promotion and sales. Under Wong's direction and leadership, @properties has successfully marketed more than 140 developments representing more than 5,000 units valued at over $2 billion.
Wong’s accomplishments have been widely recognized by the real estate industry and the broader business community. Honors include: the “ Inc. 500” and “Inc. 5000” list of fastest growing companies in America; Crain’s Chicago Business “Fast Fifty” list of fastest growing companies in Chicago; Crain’s “40 Under 40” list of top young executives; Crain’s largest privately held companies in Chicago; Inman News’ “100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders”; Chicago Area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame inductee; and Lincoln Park Builders Club Impact Award for contributions to the Chicago real estate community.
Wong and @properties support a number of philanthropies and civic organizations through the @properties Friends and Neighbors Community Fund. Past and present beneficiaries include: Christopher House, Teen Living Programs, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Y-Me Race Against Breast Cancer, CARE, Rebuilding Together, and the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). He recently led @properties’ fundraising efforts which resulted in $35,000 for Haiti earthquake relief. Independently, Wong sits on the board of NFTE, participates in the Chicago Public Schools annual Principal for a Day, is a member of the Eisenberg Foundation and co-chairs the annual Beelzebub Halloween Bash and Fundraiser. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and forums.
Wong resides in Lincoln Park with his wife, also a successful Realtor, and their four children.