Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life. With this in mind, Rick approaches each client’s transaction with enthusiasm, experience, understanding, and diligence. Rick’s unique approach comes from years as an executive in the hospitality and restaurant industry. His interpersonal skills have helped him appreciate not only the business practices of buying and selling, but also the emotion involved in the process. His consistent communication, dedication and ability to relate to his clients helps provide ease and comfort throughout the entire process of the real estate transaction. Rick’s is a true advisor who advocates for his clients before, during, and after a transaction closes.
Rick made the move to @properties in 2010 excited to give his clients the benefit of Chicago’s #1 real estate brokerage. Rick’s success in real estate is driven by his professionalism, outgoing personality, communication skills, and most importantly his dedication to achieving his client’s goals. Rick enjoys providing his clients the benefit of his experience in traditional sales, foreclosures, short sales, and auctions. Rick ensures he stays on top of market trends and changes in the industry through continuing education. He holds several designations, including ABR (Accredited Buyer Representation) and SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource). Real Estate Investor is another title Rick proudly enjoys calling himself. He has gutted and remodeled several homes bringing the added benefit of his construction and remodeling experience to his clients. Rick’s flair and devotion for remodeling homes was recognized by HGTV’s show Bang for YourBuck. Rick’s main home was one of the finalists for the show. Owning and managing his own rental properties is also something Rick has done in the past and proposes to continue in the future.
Rick was born and raised in the beautiful and majestic city of Santa Barbara, California. Rick was introduced to real estate as an adolescent. As a Commercial Real Estate Broker, Rick’s father was able to teach Rick the fundamentals of the real estate world, including surrounding each client with experienced and well qualified attorneys, inspectors, and leaders thus leading to smoother transactions.
While living in California, Rick attended Fresno Pacific University majoring in Business Administration/Organizational Studies. After leaving California, Rick moved to the great state of Texas where he lived in Austin. While living in Texas, Rick would go on “get away” vacations to Chicago where he fell in love with the city. To this day, the love affair with Chicago has continued to grow with the events and excitement in which the city continues to offer.
In his free time, Rick takes pleasure in spending quality time with his partner and 4 golden retrievers. Rick adores taking his dogs on long walks exploring the astounding neighborhoods that Chicago and the North Shore have to offer. Rick is keen on attending various musical productions. He especially loves to attend concerts at Ravinia and The Chicago Theatre. Participating as a volunteer is also something Rick enjoys. Rick supports The Chicago Spirit Brigade and has served on the Professional Board of P.A.W.S.
Rick is extremely delighted to be teamed up with The Vogel Team and working with the leading real estate company in Chicago!