Chicago Realtor/Developer Joins Dream Town Realty
Chicago real estate company Dream Town is pleased to welcome Alan Candea to its team of residential specialists. Mr. Candea joined the brokerage this January. In addition to being a licensed real estate agent, he is a licensed general contractor and developer in the Chicagoland area.
Before getting into real estate sales and buyer representation, Mr. Candea had a hand in home construction and residential development. He co-owns and operates his own development company, which specializes in small-scale condominium construction and luxury home building. In the last six years, Mr. Candea has completed two dozen condo projects, including gut rehabs of 4 to 6-unit buildings. His custom home ventures are generally high-end residences in the price range of $1 million to $3 million.
"The fact that I'm a general contractor allows me to help my real estate clients in a way the average agent cannot," said Mr. Candea. "I know what it's going to take to fix up a place to sell or how much it would cost a buyer to improve something they purchase, especially clients interested in potential rehabs, properties that need work, and land acquisitions."
Mr. Candea combines his background in development and experience in zoning changes and variances with a robust knowledge of the various Chicago neighborhoods and housing markets. Having grown up in Chicagoland with a family vested in rental and commercial properties, he has a long-established understanding of the local landscape and ever-changing nature of real estate values.
"Chicago home prices vary from street to street, block to block," Mr. Candea said. "I am constantly researching home sales data and verifying comps to give my clients the most accurate, up-to-date information on which to base their decisions."
The Dream Town web site publishes up-to-the-minute home sales statistics on over 170 distinct Chicago communities. Consumers can view average list price, sale price, market time, and price/sq. ft. from the past three years for both detached and attached properties in any Chicago neighborhood they choose. Monthly, quarterly and annual figures are pulled from the Chicago MLS and displayed in bar graphs and tables on the company's site, DreamTown.com. The statistics are updated every 10 minutes, offering "real time" data on residential property sales for the entire city of Chicago at www.dreamtown.com/stats
Consumers can locate properties currently for sale on DreamTown.com's proprietary Interactive Map Search. The function allows house hunters to designate their search area using interactive Google map technology. All active listings in the specified area will pop up on a map of Chicago with clickable links to property details, photos, and other info. There are also property searches by suburb, address, zip code or neighborhood www.dreamtown.com/neighborhood_search.do
"Dream Town is known for its advanced online features and I'm excited to be able to offer my clients the best in the business," Mr. Candea said of his new company's award-winning web site.
Mr. Candea has a B.A. in Marketing and Minored Management from University of Illinois where he also played baseball for the Flames. He joined Dream Town in January. View more information about Alan Candea at www.dreamtown.com/agents/alan-candea.html
About Dream Town Realty
Dream Town is largely recognized as the leader in online Chicago real estate. Its top-ranked website receives tens of thousands of unique visitors weekly. The company has developed proprietary technology and applications to improve online house hunting and offer the most advanced Internet home search available to Chicago buyers today. Dream Town Realty provides residential buyer and seller services, as well as commercial and international divisions and REO sales. The company also has a new home construction and renovation branch called Dream Town Builders and Remodeling.