Like many real estate brokers, Michael Hall’s path to success took some twists and turns along the way. Michael didn’t start out wanting to be in real estate, in fact, he pursued an academic road, teaching at the University level and pursuing a PhD when he decided to start a business while still teaching. In an early indicator of Michael’s entrepreneurial spirit and future success, his business took off, opening multiple locations and causing Michael to rethink his pursuit of academia.
A conversation with his grandfather, a real estate investor, helped him to make the decision to pivot to a career in the real estate business. Michael’s grandfather pointed out his sales skills and entrepreneurial inclinations, and identified the industry as one where Michael might find success and satisfaction.
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The dynamic, award-winning brokers of Baird & Warner’s Keller Group Chicago, Kara and Jon Keller, are among Chicagoland’s most trusted, top-producing real estate agents. They credit their thriving practice to their creative problem-solving approach to meeting their clients’ needs and ensuring beneficial closings for both buyers and sellers.
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From the television industry to real estate, Director of Agent Development Hunter Andre’s unique experience gives his clients a distinct advantage.
An alumnus of Chicago’s prestigious DePaul University, Hunter received his degree in media and began his career as an assistant at the Food Network. After more than a decade as a producer, writer, and director with communication giants like Comcast, he wanted to pivot to something completely different.
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For Baird & Warner Lincoln Park broker Kira Moscowitz, it’s all about connection.
Kira started her career in the nonprofit space, organizing and guiding international trips for students and young adults. After taking 6 months off to travel in Southeast Asia and India, she decided when she returned to Chicago that she wanted “to be thoughtful about what I wanted to do next.” After some research, Kira opted to get her real estate license, finding the industry attractive because it offered her “the opportunity to work directly with clients as an educator and advisor, as well as the opportunity to partake in a career with ample growth trajectories.”
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For Sara Linton, the path to a career in real estate was paved early on in life. “I always wanted to be a real estate agent. When I was young, my family moved from a small town to Columbia, South Carolina, and I loved our realtor, who had a zipline in her backyard.” From that early dream, Sara has always pursued an entrepreneurial path, starting out in startups before traveling the world, and eventually pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a real estate broker.
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With more than 11,000 real estate agents serving the Chicagoland area, choosing just one agent to represent your interests when you’re buying or selling a home can feel like a daunting task. Luckily, when you work with superstar Baird & Warner Lincoln Park agents John Irwin and Jackie Lafferty, you don’t have to choose just one agent. John and Jackie are independent brokers who maintain a consulting relationship — when you hire one, you’ll receive the accumulated knowledge, experience, and wisdom of both.
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Courtney Welsch, a real estate star who ranks consistently in the top 3% of all Chicagoland brokers, has known the real estate business from a young age. As the daughter of a Chicagoland top broker, Courtney’s seen the business from all angles, and knows more than anyone what it takes to generate consistent success for her clients.
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Scott Curcio wasn’t in the real estate business when he bought his first property, but that purchase sparked an ongoing interest and put him in the “real estate mindset,” as he tells it. In fact, prior to embarking on his career at Baird & Warner Lincoln Park, Scott was an events and marketing professional, skills that have undoubtedly contributed to his rise to the pinnacle of his profession, as one of the top 1% of Realtors in all of Chicago. Scott’s hardworking, meticulous approach sets him apart from the crowd and has allowed him to create a successful, results-oriented practice for each and every client he serves.
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As any licensed real estate professional knows all too well, no two days in the real estate business are ever quite the same. However, even though this business requires — and rewards — a certain amount of flexibility and adaptability, the most successful brokers are the ones who make sure their schedules include time for the most important parts of their business every single day.
While there is no “typical day,” just about every broker’s day will include lead generation and follow ups, business servicing, and training and learning opportunities. All of those pieces work together to form a structure. I think the biggest mistake that people make is that they don’t give themselves a structure to follow. Those who do set a structure and approach each day with intent are going to see a more consistent level of growth, and a faster path to success.
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For Broker Associate Lyn Harvie, simplifying the process is always at the forefront of her dedication to client service. An experienced investor, Lyn explains that she first obtained her real estate license “to buy properties for myself. I had no intention of selling real estate full time.”
Now, with nearly a decade of experience as a professional in the real estate business, Lyn has a wealth of experience and a diverse skill set that translates into fantastic results for her clients. The recipient of Baird & Warner’s Chairman’s Club Award, Lyn has an unparalleled ability to build relationships and close deals for her clients.
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