CNE - Broker
Rich Neal was named @properties “Rookie of the Year” after working for the company for only six months. While relatively new to real estate, Rich’s previous experience in, and commitment to, sales and exceptional customer service transferred seamlessly to this industry. Rich has quickly developed a proven track record for selling properties faster and at a higher price than the industry average.
Rich honed his business skills through success in retail. From the sales floor, to store management, to buying offices, the Champaign, Illinois native learned the buying, selling and negotiating skills that helped him market a $100M category of luxury retail goods. The common thread throughout has been his passion for customer service – Rich was designated a Customer Service All-Star, the highest honor at Nordstrom.
Rich brings a global perspective to the Chicago real estate business. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Marketing from the University of Illinois, and spent a life-changing year studying at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France. While his career has afforded him the opportunity to inhabit some of this country’s most exciting cities (including New York, San Francisco, and Boston), he has always considered Chicago his home. Here, he’s lived in various neighborhoods, from his urban pioneer days in Wicker Park in the early ‘90s, to Uptown, the Gold Coast and Lakeview, where he currently resides with his partner, interior designer Ben Stringfellow, and Gigi, their French Bulldog.
Chicago is a huge source of inspiration to Rich, from its history and architecture to its incredibly diverse and vibrant neighborhoods. He loves working with both buyers and sellers to help fulfill their real estate goals – from first-timers to those searching for their dream home.
Clients are saying:
"My wife and I hit the jackpot with Rich Neal. Always helpful, always friendly, always responsive, Rich is the best agent in the business. Buying a home is stressful but Rich made every step in the process easy to understand and manage. He went above and beyond to find us our dream home, and we couldn't be happier that he was on our side."
"Rich is a consummate professional. He represented us both on sale of our home and the purchase of our new one. Rich began our engagement with a market assessment on our property and weighed the pros and cons of various listing prices. His knowledge of the market and depth of research is impressive. He then went on to consult with us on staging our home, and finally marketing it in a beautiful way-- complete with a music video! On the buy side, Rich set up alerts and showed flexibility on guiding our evolving search. Finally, at close, Rich could not have been more generous in welcoming us into our new home. Best agent we've ever had (this is our 8th house we've purchased)."
"Rich was a wonderful help as I moved from Boston to Chicago. Since I wasn't in town, he was able to be very flexible with my schedule and what my needs were. I really appreciated how he helped me get to learn the neighborhood I was looking in better. So grateful to have his expertise as I navigated this process. Highly Recommend."
"Rich is a complete professional. He took us through the whole process from start to finish. He made it painless. I would highly recommend him."
"Rich did a great job from start to finish. He understood what our needs were and worked patiently with us. He knows the market very well and filled with a wealth of knowledge. I would highly recommend Rich to anyone."