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Samuel Pergande
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Having personally developed and contracted multiple buildings in Chicago, Samuel has a keen eye for properties that pose potential and would constitute a solid investment.

Prior to developing a full time career in real estate, Samuel was a classically trained ballet dancer, working for elite companies such as American Ballet Theater, The Joffrey Ballet and Cirque du Soleil. Through the nature of previous work experience Samuel has developed an energetic, hardworking and creative approach, all of which would be present in every aspect of working alongside a client. Having travelled extensively and lived in other countries across the globe, for example Russia, Canada and the United Kingdom, Samuel has developed a vast knowledge of architecture and design. With this said, his passion for real estate has brought him back to Chicago; As Frank Lloyd Wright stated Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world....

Samuel's artistic spark and high attention to details allows him to provide a tailored approach to each client's needs and creates a unique buying, selling or development experience. Samuel utilizes his expertise to proactively address matters head on ensuring he delivers insightful advice with integrity throughout each aspect of a real estate transaction. Samuel's ability to breakdown and tailor information alongside his knowledge of Chicago's market, provides an uncompromising ability to meet the desires and needs of his clients. Samuel's key skills and assets mirror that of @properties: where ethics, experience and expertise are always delivered and at the forefront of each and every individual real estate transaction.

Samuel's work ethic delivers a professional and personable experience with invaluable advice.


Aliya Esmail
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I'm here to help you find the best possible real estate investment. 

I believe real estate is an asset everyone should have the opportunity to own, and I am dedicated to providing the highest quality information and service to get my clients the value they deserve. Having invested in real estate, and spent extensive time rehabbing Chicago properties, I have expertise in multiple property types investment strategies, and financing tactics.    Having graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Economics and Psychology, I enjoy evaluating investments, but also prioritize understanding my clients needs holistically.    Having lived across 2-3 continents and invested in real estate across California, Chicago, and Oregon, I have cultivated a keen eye for opportunity. Moreover, I have a well-rounded understanding of real estate as well as digital trends, and I'm always experimenting with new ways to add value and improve my client's purchase, sale or rental. 

Tim Lorimer
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As a native Chicagoan, Tim has lived in many of the city’s beautiful and robust neighborhoods.  This, coupled with his expansive knowledge of financial and economic markets and being on both the buy and sell side of a property transaction, ignited a strong passion for real estate.

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After graduating from Bradley University with a degree in Finance and Economics, Tim went on to work for one of the top options market making firms in Chicago.  Having spent over 10 years in the trading industry, Tim developed strong analytical skills and a great deal of knowledge about financial markets. His expansive network, dependability and attention to detail will ensure a smooth real estate transaction process.

In his spare time, Tim enjoys trying many of Chicago’s great restaurants and entertainment offerings with his wife and friends.  Attending sporting events, golfing and hosting barbecues are some of Tim’s top interests.


Jeanne Keating
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Jeanne Keating has a enviable head-start in the industry, working in real estate tax law for a decade, representing and advising someof the most well-known high-rise structuries in Chicago.  Her hard-won insider knowledge positioned her perfectly as she became an agent specializing in high-rise properties in Downtown Chicago.  Since then, Jeanne has masterfully crafted a career based on transparent communication, cultivating long-lasting relationships, and precise execution.  What's more, Jeanne has graced Top Agent Magazine in 2014, 2015 & 2017 and is among the top producing brokers in Chicago, earning the Top Producing Broker designation yearly from 2007 through 2016.

As part of one of the Chicago's top-producing teams, Jeanne and the fifteen others she works alongside are tighknit, capable, and dominate a competitive market whose interests span the globe.  Working with highly coveted properties in one of the most desirable American locales, Jeanne knows well the importance of forthright communication, a tenet she prizes highly.  It matters to her deeply that she listen and figure out exactly what a client is looking for in a porperty, or what their goals are in a sale.  Everyone's tastes and aspirations vary, but she applies a straighforward, transparent approach, so that there are no surprises and clients are well-informed throughout the buying or listing process.

With a 90% rate of repeat and referral clients, Jeanne's professional philosophy indicates her resolute satisfaction with her work.  Jeanne's empahsis on ethical candor lends itself to her frequent work with relocating, out of state, and international clients -- where communication is more important that ever. Jeanne's motto is to do the right thing by her clients -- be kind; exhaust all remedies; be truthful.  It is not just about the sale, it is about the relationships as well.

As for Jeanne's marketing efforts, she goes above and beyond to ensure that each listing makes a memorable impression, utilizing professional stagers and decorators, in addition to professional photography.  Likewise, her website has national and international reach and she makes a sharp use of a range of digital listing platforms, recognizing that the modern buyer begins his or her home search online.  Jeanne's business has continued to flourish, despite the market becoming even more fast-paced and competitive. 

Jeanne has been a licensed real estate agent since 2006 and joined @properties in 2012.  She enjoys building rapport with her clients, exploring the possibilities different homes have to offer, and seeing clients’ eyes light up once they find their perfect home.  Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced seller, her approachable demeanor and professionalism will make for an enjoyable experience.  
 
In addition to serving Chicagoland buyers and sellers and being the Chicago Rep for Jeanne.Highrises.com, Jeanne's real estate expertise includes sales of residential condos and well as leasing throughout Chicago's downtown area.  Please check out her website at Jeanne.Highrises.com as it correlates with the MLS.

Jeanne is originally from Joliet, Illinois (yes, Joliet Catholic football with 14 state wins under their belt) and attended Southern Illinois University where she earned a BA in Computer Science and Political Science.  She was a Saluki Volleyball player for Southern Illinois University and has always dreamt about being tall.  She currently resides in the downtown Chicago neighborhood and has many favorites of Chicago, one being the energy of the City life, the lakefront and the diversity of people, food and neighborhoods.  Her hobbies are spending time with her family and friends.


Rafael Murillo
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Rafael Murillo proudly represents buyers, sellers, and renters in the Downtown Chicago area specializing in the River North, Gold Coast, Streeterville, The Loop, West Loop, and South Loop neighborhoods. As a native of Chicago, Rafael Murillo began his career in real estate in early 2012, where he joined Evolve Bank & Trust as a mortgage banker helping people fulfill their dream of owning a home. This gave him valuable insight on market trends and an edge when it came to understanding his client's needs. Whether representing buyers, sellers, or renters. Rafael looks out for his client's best interests and makes sure that each transaction is handled in a very professional and efficient manner. In 2015, he proudly joined a small boutique real estate firm. Rafael specialized in luxury rentals and was able to build strong relationships with the developers and property managers of buildings that he visited frequently. Most recently, he joined The Skowron Group a division of @properties to focus and specialize in the luxury real estate market. The Skowron Group has established themselves as one of Chicago's most successful luxury brokers. The Skowron Group has received numerous industry awards, represented high profile clients including CEOs, entertainers, athletes and is one of the highest-producing teams at @properties. Prior to real estate, Rafael worked in the hospitality industry specifically in the Client Relations department at The Mid, ROOF on the Wit Hotel, and most recently, at Parliament and The Kensington Roof Garden & Lounge.


Alex Neri
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    Alex Neri's 9 years experience in Chicago properties includes helping investors, buyers and home owners in the step-by-step process of real estate transactions. As a Certified Property Manager (CPM) and expert in Chicago neighborhood trends and demands; she can provide the best advice on your investment whether its your home, rehab or long term rental property.  Alex's passion for real estate began at an early age.  She started in the Bucktown neighborhood and then moved on to own and manage 2 boutique brokerages in Berwyn and North Center.  Now as part of The Skowron Group, one of Chicago's top-producing teams, Alex and about 20 others dominate a competitive market.  Working with highly coveted properties in one of the most desirable cities in the country, she understands the importance of communication, essence of time, and listening skills that it takes to be able to match clients with their perfect property.

Ryan Christopher Stavros
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As a Chicago native, Ryan takes pride in showing clients what Chicago has to offer. Before entering the real estate industry, Ryan worked for a public relations firm working on multiple accounts. He also spent two years as a futures trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Since 2004, Ryan has been servicing clients needs including leasing, purchasing and selling real estate. He holds a Broker License and specializes in residential sales of both new construction and re-sales as well as first-time home buyers.Ryan carefully manages each transaction and he is dedicated to making the process a smooth one for all parties involved.

Jillian Granato
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As a Chicago land native, Jillian loves her hometown. Jillian is energized by the dynamic landscape of Chicago real estate and is excited by the opportunity to guide others seamlessly through the process and become their trusted advisor. Her driving force is to add value for the clients she serves. Her warm disposition, analytical approach, and fervent drive provide the perfect mix for any client that wants a knowledgeable agent who can make the process of buying or selling a home streamlined and enjoyable.

Jillian started her career in Commercial Banking at Wintrust where she went through an intensive two-year credit-training program underwriting loans for middle market companies and private equity transactions. She went on to manage and grow a $150MM loan portfolio in Wintrust's Nonprofit and Healthcare banking group. Jillian also has experience in Financial Planning and Analysis for a fortune 500 company.

Jillian is actively involved in the Chicago Community by volunteering her time with many nonprofit organizations including City Year Chicago serving as Recruitment Chair on their Associate Board and Chicago Commons serving on their Emerging Leadership Council.

In the last five year Jillian has lived in Old Town, Lincoln Park, and Lincoln Square. Her first hand knowledge of the Chicago Real Estate market makes her a remarkable asset. Whether a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, Jillian is excited to put her expertise to work for you and your next property.


Phil Skowron
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Your home is not only a place to live, but also it defines who you are, the successes you’ve had and the lifestyle you lead. From modern condominiums with expansive views to elegant brownstones gracing tree-lined streets where you choose to call home is the ultimate reflection of you.

Phil Skowron has the ability to offer you the finest choices in Chicago real estate that transcends many of the world’s finest properties. Whether you wish to grace a luxury unit at Trump Residential Towers with river and lake views or would prefer the elegance of a brownstone on Chestnut in the Gold Coast, rest assured Phil has the knowledge, experience, and capacity to turn your dreams into extraordinary reality.


Ethan Kessler
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Starting his career at Chicago Apartment finders, Ethan Kessler proved to be a consistent hard working member of the company. From the beginning, Ethan began to make strong connections and formed relationships with every client he worked with. Calculating the optimal pathways for his clients’ well-being, Ethan’s prudential approach to real estate has been fostered through his ability to navigate the flux of the market as per his clients real needs and expectations.

Growing up in Morton Grove, Illinois and helping people find homes all over Chicago Ethan has an expanded knowledge of the city as well as the north suburbs. With his experience and extreme competence Ethan is a great fit to help find your next home or condominium.


Megan Kinnahan
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A native Washingtonian, Megan relocated to Chicago after having graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Communications.  She began her career in the financial services industry before venturing into the world of information technology, representing clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to boutique start-up firms throughout the process.  With over 10 years of sales, marketing and client management experience, her transition into real estate was seamless.  Megan's personal and professional passion for real estate combined with her strong and honest work ethic has earned her a reputable trust among both her client base and colleagues.  Megan is currently a member of a Top Producing @properties team, with a focus on Residential Sales and Luxury Leasing, proudly serving the downtown Chicago market and surrounding suburbs.

Average Selling Price to List Price Ratio: 99.5%

Average Days on Market: 12

Testimonials:

“Megan is highly detail oriented and works diligently to provide the best options available. Her negotiation skills and understanding of the Real Estate market offer an asset that is second to none. She is excellent at understanding the needs of her client and works to fulfill them rather than convince to compromise to close a sale. She is integral and surrounds herself with excellent contacts to assist in every aspect of a sale or rental.

Megan, I can't thank you enough for all you've done for me and the residents of my building.” 

Top qualities:Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

- Dave Gelfand

“I would recommend Megan to anyone looking to buy/rent real estate in the Chicago area. She was very patient with me as my mind changed time and time again until she found the right place for me. During the (long) short-sale process Megan was always up-to-date with the latest news and worked diligently to make sure I had all of my ducks in a row. Now that I have relocated, I again turned to Megan to list my property for rent; and because of her I can successfully say that I am a landlord beginning in June! I am very thankful for Megan and all of her hard work and attention to detail since I hired her in 2009...Great job Megan!”

Top qualities:Personable, On Time, High Integrity

-Jim Conlin

“Megan was an absolute pleasure to work with. Even when provided with a stringent list of criteria to work with during my apartment search, she was able to compile a sizable list of options in rapid time and at very reasonable rates. During the apartment viewings, she was personable and informative, and at every other step of the process, she was there to offer support, suggestions, and additional information. A highly organized professional, invested in her clients, and who remained in constant contact through every step of the process, Megan is a first rate real estate consultant. I cannot recommend her services enough.”

Top qualities:Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

-Jillian Davis


Peter Kozak
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As a longtime Chicago resident, Peter Kozak has the passion, knowledge and drive to find, sell or develop property in this city.


As a designer and contractor in home renovations, Peter not only sees the value in a home, but has an acute understanding of its aesthetic and structural potential. Additionally, Peter is direct and very good at communicating what you can and can't do with a home. He is able to offer his clients a 360 degree view, a valuable resource when making important decisions about buying or selling homes.


Prior to his career as a designer and contractor, Peter was a professional ballet dancer working with some of the top companies in the world, including the Joffrey Ballet and Lyric Opera of Chicago.

From the rigors of the dance world and from experience in renovating homes, Peter offers his clients numerous distinguishing qualities:

- Effective communicator, with the ability to convey and break down complicated processes
- Extreme attention to detail, with high standards and measures for success
- Drive and commitment to fulfilling client expectations
- Confidence working with a wide range of people to understand their unique needs


"I would definitely hire Peter again. Peter brought tremendous value to my kitchen and balcony upgrades. He provided me with excellent advice, and his craftsmanship was stellar. He went above and beyond during the entire process and I trusted him in my home."   

- Sarah Barnes, Chicago, IL 

 "Peter did an excellent job -- from design to construction -- remodeling our bathrooms.  From the start, Peter's attention to detail was clear.  Peter's excellent taste shows in every tile, piece of wood and fixture he chose; and he was careful to keep the aesthetic of the bathrooms within the design of the rest of our home. His attention to detail also shows in the fine quality of his work. Peter is trustworthy and often went above and beyond to ensure things were as we mutually expected.  We will use Peter again and highly recommend him to anyone looking for a remodel."           

- Kelly Short, Evanston IL


Karen Delgado
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Karen Delgado is a young, vivacious, and passionate Real Estate professional. She is a designated agent with The Skowron Group of @properties, a team of individuals with more than $550 Million in sales since 2010.

Karen began building her presence in the field since the tender age of 19. She began as an intern at an upscale boutique R.E. Law firm in Chicago while completing her B.A. at Dominican University. Here she learned the grueling work involved in handling contracts, short sales & foreclosures, title work, and much more. It was during this time that she learned to navigate through the Cook County legal system. She acquired excellent skills in corresponding with other Real Estate professionals including title companies, attorneys, mortgage lenders, clients, and banks. As a native Spanish speaker, Karen was appointed to serve Latino clients assisting with translation of all legal matters and educating them along the way.

After years as an established legal assistant, she went on to join Real Estate brokerages across the Chicagoland area and Western suburbs. As a transaction coordinator and executive assistant, Karen learned to tackle the hectic and demanding lifestyle of top producing agents and specialized in handling groups of agents and lenders within the brokerage.

From there Karen obtained her Real Estate license and joined a team of agents where she was in charge of managing listing and pre-listing logistics. Here she refined her client relation skills and learned to manage demanding schedules of the team and transactions.

Karen holds a Bachelor's degree in Corporate Communications, Sociology, and Criminology. While achieving her goals of graduating with a triple major and high honors, she accomplished her dream of studying abroad in the country island of Cuba. She presented her studies on Culture, History, and Politics at the annual Dominican University Women & Gender Conference before graduating.

This polished professional is continuously and passionately striving to give the best possible Real Estate experience to each and every client she serves. She believes open and honest communication is top priority and looks forward to successfully pursuing your Real Estate goals.


Jen Furlong
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A New York native, Jen moved to Chicago after graduation and was immediately drawn to the city's charm and atmosphere. As someone who combines an accomplished networking and marketing background with in-depth property management knowledge, Jen relishes the dynamic landscape of Chicago real estate and is excited by the opportunity to guide others through the process. Her unique skill set, coupled with a lively personality and fervent drive, provides the perfect mix for any client that wants a knowledgeable agent who can make the entire process enjoyable and stress-free.

In the last four years, Jen has lived in Lakeview, Lincoln Park and River North. She knows both the frustration of moving and how to avoid it. Whether a first-time buyer or a seasoned investor, Jen is excited to put her expertise to work for you and your next property.


Chris Pertile
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As a Chicago native, Chris’s passion for real estate began at a young age.  Working for numerous general contractors in various trades while in his early years, Chris learned the inner workings of development and residential real estate.  Always eager to learn more about the assortment of neighborhoods and properties, Chris devoted his time to research and investment in the real estate market and he takes great pride of his knowledge of the dynamic Chicago real estate environment.  As a resident of Streeterville, Chris has extensive experience with luxury residential properties in the downtown and surrounding areas.

Prior to joining @properties, Chris began his career at a privately held management consulting firm.  During his six-year tenure, Chris built a strong analytical foundation and mastered the art of communication.  As a Senior Consultant, Chris developed due diligence and time management skills, while also learning how to deliver an exceptional work product in a fast-paced environment.  Each client can rest assured knowing they have a dependable and knowledgeable agent at their side, who will represent their interests and ensure each transaction is an enjoyable process.

Chris graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.  With his background in finance, Chris offers a unique skill set to @properties and each individual client, and is excited to navigate his clients through their real estate needs.

In his free time, Chris enjoys trying new cuisine and wine, traveling, outdoor activities along the lakefront, golfing, skiing, and basketball.


Kirk Giannola
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Real Estate was not the original career path for Kirk, but has proven to be an industry that he thrives in.   After attending Purdue University as a flight major, he came to Chicago in hopes of pursuing a career as a pilot.  He initially worked as a flight instructor but unfortunately did not have enough students to make ends meet and was forced to pursue another path.  That path turned out to be in Real Estate.

Starting from the bottom, as a field representative (or “gopher” as it’s often called) he got to know the City of Chicago quite well while driving to all areas of the city for property inspections.   Quickly moving up in the company, he was promoted to an office position where he worked in many areas from property preservation to pre-marketing to sales while ending as an office manager.   Kirk moved out of the office when he received his broker’s license. 

As a Licensed Broker, Kirk started in residential and multi-unit sales specializing in short sales and foreclosures.  From there he moved his focus toward investment properties finding prime rental properties and SFR rehabs (one of his rehab sales was featured on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters).  Finding a niche in real estate investment, he started working for the Chicago property acquisitions division of largest real estate private equity firm in the world.  As one of their Brokers and investment analysts, Kirk brokered over a 100 property sales all over the Chicago area and gained an even more intimate knowledge of the city and its suburbs.

Now with @properties, Kirk is the newest member of The Skowron Group.   He promises to be a vital asset to the team bringing his extensive knowledge and Real Estate experience specializing in emerging Chicago markets.  Currently, he is focusing on the booming Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village neighborhoods and hopes to be @properties go to man in these areas soon. 


Alex M. Entratter
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Alex has an inherited passion for real estate having grown up in a family that has been a long established force in the Chicagoland real estate market. He continued on with this legacy during college as a marketing intern for one of the top real estate firms in Chicago. This experience provided him with a great understanding of the business and how to most effectively market real estate to the right consumer.

Alex graduated from Boston University with degrees in both Finance and Marketing. He first began his career in advertising working in client services on Fortune 500 companies like McDonald's & SC Johnson. This experience has provided Entratter with a wealth of knowledge on relationship management and an understanding of the commitment needed to build life long relationships with prospective renters, sellers, buyers, or investors. This background in client services, finance, and marketing has proven to be instrumental in ensuring that finding a home is a seamless experience for his clients. Alex prides himself on providing an unparalleled level of service to his clients and having a vast understanding of the Chicagoland market place. He is committed to ensuring that there is always an open line of communication where clients feel comfortable and informed throughout their search for a new home.

Leigh McGinnis
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As a successful Advertising Sales Planner, Leigh worked on both TV and Digital accounts that rounded out to $10 million+ in revenue annually. Over the course of her employment with a cable television network, Leigh handled 100+ accounts with individual care, from initiation of the proposal through completion. Leigh has utilized the dedication, loyalty and sales skills she learned in the advertising industry to propel her into a vital partner when renting, buying or selling a home in the Chicagoland area.
  After graduating from University of Iowa with a BA degree in Communication and Entrepreneurship, Leigh moved back to Chicago in 2014, where she expanded her knowledge of a variety of neighborhoods across the city: Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, West Loop and River North. As a member of a top producing team, with over $20 million dollars in sales this year, she brings an unparalleled knowledge and love for this city and business to @properties. Leigh believes that buying or selling a home is a process that should be enjoyable from start to finish.
  As a Park Ridge native, Leigh appreciates all of the zest and energy that Chicago has to offer. From the restaurants to the skyline, Leigh truly takes advantage of what the city has to offer. When Leigh isn't selling real estate, you can find her devouring new dishes across the city's newest restaurants, on her yoga mat burning off those scrumptious calories, snuggled up with her Kindle or trying to find the perfect outfit on the Magnificent Mile.   If you are seeking an effortless transition from your current home to a new space, or simply a good dinner recommendation, contact Leigh. As an explorer of all things Chicago, Leigh loves to build friendships with her clients that expand beyond a real estate transaction.

Michael P Mandile
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Michael P. Mandile, a graduate of DePaul University with a double Major in Business & Political Science, has an extensive background in real estate sales, property investments, and property management. Being raised in a family of real estate investors, Michael has gone from observing the family business, to working his way into the world of real estate and has joined @Properties as a driven real estate broker in Downtown Chicago.

Michael is best known for his incomparable customer service and takes pride in his C.L.I.E.N.T philosophy which stands for Customer Service, Loyalty, Integrity, Energy, Negotiations, and Triumph which are 6 actions he guarantees his client to receive from him.

A downtown Chicago resident since 2007, Michael is an enthusiastic member of the community & enjoys traveling, catching a Blackhawks game, dining out, and showing his clients the best of what Chicago has to offer. When real estate comes to mind, Michael is your guy.