Steve made his career path into the real estate business by way of Wall Street. Steve earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and then spent several years at JP Morgan structuring and selling derivatives products to the bank’s corporate and institutional clients. After leaving the bank, Steve spent five years as a trader at a hedge fund, where he successfully managed and grew the firm’s relative-value focused convertible arbitrage trading strategy.
In 2006, Steve made the leap from the financial industry to luxury real estate by joining Heritage Luxury Builders, and later @Properties as a licensed Illinois realtor. Steve spent seven years at Heritage Luxury Builders developing the luxury custom construction and real estate business at Heritage. During his years with Heritage, Steve gained extensive knowledge of new construction and the North Shore real estate market, from the grass roots level to putting entire deals together.
Today, Steve has capitalized on all of his past experience and founded Newgard Custom Homes, a new type of residential building company that puts the client first and focuses on innovation in residential construction. Steve brings a client-focused, highly organized, and detail-oriented approach new construction. Steve’s ability to seamlessly guide clients through the custom building process and make the construction of clients’ dream homes into an efficient and hassle-free experience is what distinguishes Newgard from other residential home builders on the North Shore.
Steve’s financial background and new construction expertise gives him a particularly unique vantage point in advising client’s about their biggest investment, their home. Steve is focused on exceptional client service.
Having grown up on the North Shore and graduated from New Trier, Steve has returned to the North Shore to raise his family in Glencoe. Steve is committed to better living on the North Shore and improving and serving its neighborhoods. Steve has been involved in coaching baseball with the Glencoe Baseball Association, and other local charitable organizations.
Steve is a licensed Illinois Realtor and is a member of the Newgard Team at @Properties North Shore.
Clients are saying:
"Victoria and Steve were a delight to work with - they inspired us to think differently about our space and our home, managed our overall budgets, aligned our taste with their thoughtful aesthetics, followed up on all the small critical details, and performed an extremely high quality of work, right down to the nitty gritty managing the trades on a daily basis. Our home is now almost complete thanks to Victoria and Steve and we wouldn't hesitate to use them on any future projects."
"We have worked with Victoria & Steve on many remodeling projects in our home. The attention to detail, communication, timeliness and quality of work is extraordinary. They adhere to timelines and budgets. Their vision and execution are spot on. We will definitely use Newgard Homes for any future home projects."
"From the beginning, Steve and Victoria have embraced us and our dream. We are particularly impressed by their notable combination of patience, integrity, experience, and high quality standards which distinguishes them from others. Without hesitation, we recommend Newgard to anybody who is considering home construction."
"Steve and Victoria are an amazing team to work with. They both are very trustworthy, knowledgable and have an extensive background in custom building and design. They listen to your wants, needs and suggestions. They provide great quality work in a timely manner and made the building process easy. We were so glad to have them bring our dreams to a reality. We highly recommend Newgard Custom Homes."
"Steve and Victoria are warm and caring professionals who get the job done. Responsive to questions and knowledgeable about the are, they take the time to make sure things go smoothly. The home is top notch and your relationship with them lasts beyond the sale. Questions about the home after the purchase are always answered quickly. You can't go wrong with Steve and Victoria."