My journey as a Realtor® and Chicago real estate investor started back in 2005 when I bought a 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo. I lived in one bedroom and rented out the other unit. Things were going great for a while. I picked up a dozen more properties over the next few years.
Then the mortgage market hit. As a mortgage broker and investor, it was a double whammy. I was able to get out and swore off real estate for a while. Why would you work with someone who swore off real estate for a while? Well, I have a problem with the truth. According to my wife, I am too honest. I will never say that real estate is easy or a fast path to riches. Instead, as your agent, I will point out the benefits and drawbacks of every deal. Then I will do my best to help you achieve your goals.
After leaving the real estate industry, I learned this approach worked and started my own digital marketing agency. I started working for small business owners and entrepreneurs and eventually transitioned to working for Small-to-medium sized businesses, nonprofits, and larger enterprises. Over the past 10 years, I made a career in being ahead of the curve on digital marketing technologies. It paid off.
My move into digital marketing all started with an accidental $800 investment (Ask me more about the accidental part when we meet) on Facebook Ads, where I did not get one single call, email, or sign-up from these early efforts. After swearing off the platform for 6 months, I went back in with a plan. The rest, as they say, was history.
I then spent the past ten years building my agency, speaking at large digital marketing conferences, interviewing on several media outlets ( such as Fox News, WGN & AM 560), managing $500K Google and Facebook ad budgets and working with clients around the world to develop countless leads and clients.
Even more important from a real estate perspective, I learned how to write. If you have gotten this far, you know I am not Shakespeare or Hemmingway. However, I developed an interest in copywriting and blogging after writing 1,000 pages of content and copy for this blog (see here).
Over the past 4 years, I had the opportunity to work at a large technology company where I put my skills to use as a Digital Marketing Executive.
There was just one wrinkle in my marketing endeavors. One of my first marketing clients, Bernie, drew me back into real estate investing. He kept telling me about the properties he was working on and the deals he completed. That is why I am here today, talking about real estate.
I still love digital marketing. However, I am excited to put my digital marketing experience and tech know-how to use as your real estate agent to help you find your next investment property, sell your current investment, and find tenants for your rental properties.
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about my journey! I hope it helps you understand more about how I can help you with your real estate endeavors. I want to learn more about your real estate goals. Schedule a free consultation so we can talk.