Without his one true constant, Alan Meyerowitz would not be where he is today.
Freshly married and coming off successful careers in different industries, Alan and his wife Joni decided to get into Real Estate. They have not looked back since.
After 13 years with @properties, Alan still has a true passion for educating his clients and creating the best experience possible.
At Home with Alan Meyerowitz
@properties: How do you start each day?
Alan: In this business, weekdays and weekends are very similar. My typical morning is a coffee first thing (I’m not picky, I make my own) and helping my kids get ready for the day.
@properties: Describe your own first home.
Alan: After college, I bounced around the city of Chicago for 10+ years from Lincoln Park to The Gold Coast, Lincoln Square to Logan Square, Evanston and back to River North, then, on to what I consider my first “real” home in Ravenswood with my new wife.
It was a beautiful, 4 level, 3 bedrooms, 2.1 bath townhome where we lived for 2 years before heading to Highland Park 11 years ago.
At Play with Alan Meyerowitz
@properties: What do you love most about Highland Park?
Alan: Tough one…I love the trees, large sized lots and the park across the street, but most of all, my neighbors who walk on the sidewalk by my house on the way to the park, rain, snow or shine, with a dog or without, every day.
@properties: Where is your favorite local restaurant?
Alan: Abigail’s American Bistro in Highland Park. The burger with onion marmalade is fantastic.
@properties: How do you stay involved in your community?
Alan: Since I have 2 kids in the Highland Park school system, I try to get as involved as I can in school whether it’s a PTA event, library helper or lunch helper.
I even had a kid tell me, “I’ve never seen a dad library helper before.”
@properties: You have a full free day in your town with no obligations and cost is no object. What would you do?
Alan: If I’m alone, I’d go fishing or to a Cubs game. If I’m with my family, I’d try to convince them to go fishing or to a Cubs game.
@properties: What is your proudest achievement to date?
Alan: Starting a new business from scratch without knowing the first thing about it, and becoming successful. I’m also proud to be the funniest dad ever to the 2 greatest kids on earth.
At Work with Alan Meyerowitz
@properties: How did you decide that real estate was the right career for you?
Alan: My wife and I were both looking for a career change. We had just gotten married and both had successful careers but decided to mix it up and start our new lives in a new career together, real estate.
@properties: How did your previous experiences prepare you for real estate?
Alan: Prior to real estate, I was a future and options trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Having worked for myself for a majority of time on the trading floor, I learned what discipline really meant.
Staying calm and collected was the key to success in that “crazy” environment and surely carries over into real estate where emotions, anxiety, and tension runs high.
@properties: What is your favorite part of the job?
Alan: Educating my clients is one of my favorite parts of the real estate process. Whether buying or selling your first, second, fifth or tenth home, there is always something new to learn.
I also enjoy the art of negotiation. It’s a great feeling when I get what my clients want, especially when the other side thinks they “won”. I truly believe there are no winners or losers in real estate transactions, just compromises.
@properties: What is one thing you literally could not do your job without and why?
Alan: This is easy…There is no way I would be where I am now, in life or career without my wife, my true constant.
Besides being the Chief Operating Officer of @properties, she keeps everything, and I mean everything in our household, organized. I don’t know how she does it and I’m glad I have her.
@properties: What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Alan: Someone is always watching you, looking for the right person to do business with.
@properties: What is one piece of advice you’d give to a new real estate agent?
Alan: Picking the right brokerage and team to work with is critical. When I started, I joined @properties 13 years ago and it was the best decision I could have made.
Picking an experienced agent to work with is also extremely Important. Personally, I enjoy mentoring new agents and I encourage them to ask as many questions they can think of.