In July and August, we’re headed to Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana for our second annual @properties Home for the Summer tour. While we’re excited to give you a sneak peek of some of the beautiful properties we have to offer in these resort home communities, we’re also excited to spend some time in the sun.
Sometimes, food tastes better by the water. Luckily for residents and visitors in Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan, there are plenty of opportunities to dine al fresco or with a Lake Michigan view.
Whether it’s breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, here are four spots to enjoy your next meal with a view.
There are three things close to @properties broker Christie Ascione’s heart: her kids, the beach, and real estate. If you ask us, we think that’s a pretty sound trifecta of greatness.
From Times Square to spin class, get to know Christie in this week’s Agent Spotlight. That said, we’re not responsible for any mouthwatering that may occur when discussing pancakes & pizza. Read at your own risk!
When Cha McDaniel bought her first home in Winnetka on Chicago’s North Shore, the process was anything but smooth.
The former estate settlement administrator, who felt that buying a home should be a happier experience, saw an opportunity to follow the natural progression of her career into real estate.
“I had been selling real estate properties out of estates for many years, so getting into real estate as a career was a natural progression,” she said.
Here’s a riddle: what do a passion for art, lifelong dedication to community and a past career in high-end fashion have in common?
The answer is Michelle Browne, a 31-year real estate industry veteran who landed at @properties two years ago after a stint as a journalist and selling luxury designer shoes at Neiman Marcus.
Armed with sales training and communication skills, Michelle began her career in investment real estate and has worked the gambit studying investment analysis, financial planning, price/finish analysis, price/value analysis, design, complicated negotiation strategies and marketing.
What does all of that mean? Michelle Brown is the real deal.
Home is where the heart is, but for some, it’s at the workplace too.
Love has always been an enormous part of the @properties culture, from the iconic love mural painted on our Bucktown office to #thelifeweshare campaign encouraging people to celebrate the beauty in everyday moments.
While some of our real estate brokers found love where they least expected — while selling real estate — others have found real estate success teaming up with their spouses or significant others.
A passion for home design and decor, a green thumb that can grow up to 300-pounds of heirloom tomatoes in her own backyard and experience as an on-camera spokesperson for national and international media.
With 12 years of real estate experience under her belt, including the sale of the ubiquitous “Home Alone Home” in Winnetka, Marissa is consistently focused on giving her clients and colleagues 200% — and staying healthy and active while doing it.
When Phyllis Stellato decided to leave her first career, she knew without question where she would end up next.
The former advertising executive had worked as a part-time secretary for a residential real estate brokerage during high school, so it only made sense take her advertising and brand marketing skills back to her roots.
“I had been considering a career change for quite some time,” Phyllis said. “I wanted to spend my days doing something I really enjoyed. That brought me back to real estate.”
The spring season is a peak season for real estate and despite the current sub-freezing temperatures, it is just around the corner.
A midlife crisis doesn’t always mean a shiny new sports car.
When Jason Feldman, Chicago real estate broker, experienced what he called his “self-designed midlife crisis” he traded his brand marketing career for a shiny new real estate license instead.
Soon, he used his well-honed branding skills to create Chicago Pet Friendly Real Estate, designed to help pet owners find pet-friendly homes throughout Chicago.
“I want to have a direct impact on the lives of people,” said Jason. “Having grown up in Lincoln Park, I have a very intimate knowledge of the city. It also helped that my mother was an architect so I was influenced by her ability to see the potential a property could have.”