Chicago-based real estate firm @properties is nominated for its groundbreaking app that facilitates communication and cooperation among the company’s 1,900 brokers, and has reduced internal e-mails by more than 30 percent.
@properties, Chicago’s largest independently-owned residential brokerage firm, has been selected as one of the top 100 finalists, among 535 nominees, for the 14th annual Chicago Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate the most innovative new products and services in the Chicago region across all organization sizes, sectors and industries. The winners will be announced on Oct. 27 at Chicago’s Harris Theater before an audience of 1,500 business and civic leaders.
Meghan Hallagan and Tim Watts’ four children, ages one through ten, got the surprise of their summer when the managing broker of @properties’ Lake Forest office, Amy Corr, called Meghan to tell her that their family had been chosen among hundreds of entries to win @properties’ “4th of July Playhouse Raffle” held at the annual Lake Bluff parade.
With a team comprised of developer and architect Rick Swanson of Lake Forest and builder Emory Patterson of Emory Construction in Lake Forest, along with the helping hands of several brokers from the Lake Forest office of @properties, the crew worked tirelessly to build the one-of-a-kind playhouse, complete with cedar shake roofing and siding.
Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of Chicago’s #1 real estate firm @properties, was recently honored with the 2015 REALTOR® Community Service Award by the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. Wong was recognized for his outstanding contributions to the greater Chicagoland community as an active member of the association.
Throughout his real estate career, Wong has been active in a number of philanthropic causes that have benefited dozens of organizations. In 2009, he co-endowed the @gives back Community Fund, a 501(c)3 that was created out of the desire to inspire charitable outreach among @properties’ brokers and strategic partners. Each year, @gives back holds a number of events to raise money for local organizations with an emphasis on providing shelter, education and youth development in local communities. This year’s beneficiary is Noah’s Arc Foundation, an organization founded by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah and his mother Cecilia Rodhe that provides art and sports programs for at-risk youth.
In addition to his community service through @gives back, Wong co-chairs the annual Beelzebub Halloween Bash and Fundraiser, and has served as a mentor to young people through Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and the Harold Eisenberg Foundation.
Chicago-based @properties earned the No. 12 ranking among the nation’s top-producing residential brokerage firms in RISMedia’s 2015 Power Broker Report published this month. @properties had closed annual sales volume of $5.7 billion in 2014 – the highest among independently-owned brokerage firms in Illinois.
John D’Ambrogio, CRP, GMS, executive vice president of relocation and corporate services for Chicago-based @properties, was inducted into Leading Real Estate Companies of the World’s Hall of Fame Award at this year’s annual Global Real Estate Conference held in Las Vegas. He is the sixth person to ever receive this honor.
Floral Avenue, a new-home community that is ushering in a movement of urban-scale housing in American suburbs, has reached an important milestone, welcoming its first homeowners. The community, which is located in Skokie, Ill., about 10 miles north of downtown Chicago, features 20 custom-tailored single-family homes ranging in price from $495,000 to $850,000.
Chicago-based @properties dominated Chicago Agent Magazine’s list of the top 20 brokerages in Cook County in 2014 based on closed annual sales volume. The company was the only brokerage with five office locations to make the list.
@properties’ Lincoln Park office took the No. 1 spot with $1.08 billion in annual sales, based on 2,260 total transactions. The firm’s Bucktown office was No. 2 with $929 million in annual sales. Both offices were also the No. 1 and No. 2 offices in Chicagoland’s entire nine-county region. Other @properties offices to make the list were the company’s Streeterville, Winnetka and Lakeview locations, which took the No. 9, 11 and 13 spots respectively.
Chicago-based Smithfield Properties and its exclusive sales and marketing agency, @properties, have announced the start of sales for 400 West Huron, a new high-rise condominium development located at the corner of Huron and Sedgwick Streets in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.
The 15-story high-rise features 26 condominiums ranging from 2,144 to 4,931 square feet. Plans offer two bedrooms plus a den to four bedrooms plus a den, 2-1/2 to 4-1/2 baths, and large balconies or terraces with up to 2,650 square feet of outdoor living space. Floor plans are limited to either two or three units per floor. Base prices range from $1.25 million to $4 million, which includes a private two- or three-car garage, per plan to initial buyers.