Elgin, IL, June 25, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- As the metro Chicago real estate market continues on the road to recovery, two RE/MAX agents with a vision of better days ahead have taken the reins at RE/MAX United in Wheeling, Ill., and have moved the office to a new location at 401 S. Milwaukee Ave. Gary Aver and Luigui Corral have both been affiliated with the office for several years, and now they are making it their own. Former broker/owners Alla Aizenberg, Mila Friedman, Igor Groysman and Oleg Moldavsky remain with the office as sales associates.
“We felt this was a great opportunity to acquire an office that was already doing well and take it to the next level of success,” said Aver, who will serve as managing broker and has nearly 20 years of experience in real estate. “Luigui and I have an extremely complementary set of skills, with my background in managing real estate offices and his skills in finance, computers and Internet marketing.”
Aver, a resident of Vernon Hills, Ill., joined RE/MAX in 2000 and opened his own office, RE/MAX Advanced, in Deerfield, Ill., in 2003. That office merged with RE/MAX United in 2008. Corral worked in financial marketing and computer programming until starting his real estate career in 2007. The next year he won the RE/MAX Rising Star Award as the top first-year agent in the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network. He currently lives in Round Lake, Ill.
Their newly relocated RE/MAX United office initially will be home to 24 agents and a two-person support staff.
According to Aver and Corral, the focus of their efforts going forward will be the Internet.
“So much of the process of finding and buying real estate, especially for younger buyers and sellers, has migrated to the Internet over the course of the last decade that the industry has taken on an entirely new shape,” said Corral.
“I’ve been able to use my computer skills to build a strong personal business based on the Internet market, and now, working with Gary, I see a way to utilize what I’ve learned in a broader context by helping all the agents in our office. What’s especially nice is that the entire RE/MAX network shares that appreciation for the central role of technology in delivering client service, so we feel like we are very much at home with RE/MAX.”
The new 2,000-square-foot office is designed to accommodate agents who work primarily from home or their vehicles but use the office for client meetings, professional education and marketing.
“We are creating a platform focused on technology because it delivers the tools that let agents maximize their productivity,” said Aver. “The real estate market has endured several difficult years, but I’m confident the worst is behind us. The current market is considerably stronger than it was even six months ago, so we feel as if this was the perfect time to step into an ownership role and benefit from the market rebound that will unfold over the next three to five years.”
RE/MAX is the leader in northern Illinois real estate sales and has been number one in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market since 1989. In 2009, the RE/MAX network in northern Illinois closed more than $6 billion in sales.
The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network consists of 2,500 associates and 120 individually owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide residential, relocation and commercial real estate services throughout the northern one-third of Illinois. The network’s websites, www.illinoisproperty.com and www.remax.com, are two of the most popular real estate websites in northern Illinois and nationwide, respectively, according to Compete.com, Comscore and Hitwise, which are online intelligence services.
RE/MAX Northern Illinois is part of RE/MAX LLC, a global real estate organization with nearly 100,000 sales associates in 80 nations.