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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.
"I really enjoyed working with Rich to purchase my first home. He made the process manageable and easy -- he was quick to answer my questions and calm my nerves. Through every step Rich was accessible and on top of things. I would absolutely work with Rich again." KN