Chicago Real Estate Broker @properties Celebrates 10th Anniversary

June 13, 2010

Chicago real estate broker @properties, the #1 real estate brokerage firm in the city and one of the largest in Illinois, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary capping a decade of growth and innovation.

Co-founders Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong started @properties in 2000 after a multi-year run as the top-producing agents among the Chicago Association of Realtors’® 15,000 members. Today, the firm has more than 900 licensed agents, 60 employees and seven Chicago-area offices.

In its 10th year in business @properties brokered more than 4,400 real estate transactions totaling approximately $1.8 billion. The company added more than 200 agents; grew its market share by 28 percent in the city and 18 percent in the region; opened its first office on Chicago’s North Shore and acquired a property management firm. It also established a charitable foundation – the @properties Friends & Neighbors Community Fund – to coordinate and manage its extensive philanthropic activities.

“We’re very grateful to the people of Chicago, the North Shore and the local brokerage community for the support we’ve received during our first 10 years in business,” said Wong. “The story of @properties is one of hard work and innovation, and that will continue for a long time to come.”

“Our intention never has been to grow for growth’s sake but rather to continually address the needs of our clients and agents. Following that path has led us to where we are today,” added Golden.

Although the real estate market is decidedly different at the outset of @properties’ second decade in business, Golden and Wong believe that today’s challenging conditions give them ample opportunity to demonstrate their firm’s advantages to clients.

“We can’t control the market, but fortunately we are in a position to control how we deal with it, and we’re going to continue to be aggressive and do the things we’ve done to power our rapid growth,” added Wong.

Over the past ten years, @properties and its principals have received numerous awards and honors including: Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000; Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, Fast 50 and Largest Privately Held Companies; UIC College of Business Administration Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame; and the Lincoln Park Builders Club Impact Award.

@properties has seven downtown and North Shore Chicago locations: Winnetka, Evanston, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, River North, Streeterville and Lakeview. For more information, visit http://www.atproperties.com.

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Peter Olesker is the EVP, Developer Services and Corporate Communications at @properties. He has 12+ years of experience in marketing and communications for real estate ventures including residential and commercial brokerage; residential and commercial development; commercial and consumer real estate finance; architecture and construction.

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