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.”
“I think it’s really satisfying to own your own business, and to be able to connect with people as they pursue what is often their largest and most personal investment,” Kira explains, noting that she finds it particularly rewarding when she’s able to work with and expand her own network and personal community as they build their lives in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. In a business that is driven by referrals and relationships, Kira focuses on “building relationships with each person, and continuing to nurture those relationships beyond the closing of the sale,” with previous clients frequently returning when it’s time to sell and purchase a new home.
Kira was drawn to the real estate business because of the opportunity to “design exactly what your career looks like. Every day is completely different, and presents new clients and projects to focus on.” Embracing those challenges and meeting them with clear and consistent communication — with both her clients and the agents and buyers or sellers on the other side of the transaction — is a major factor in Kira’s continuing success. She focuses on being “a good listener and a strong communicator.” Even in a business where a large network is key to success, she’s able to “connect with each client on an individual level and cater to them,” ensuring that each home search or listing comes to a successful end that meets all of the client’s needs.
Early in her career, Kira learned that selling real estate means wearing a number of different hats. Her business involves consistent and constant networking, marketing, seeking out new clients, staying in touch with former clients, and analyzing market trends while also attending to active transactions. Time management is key.
Kira has used her skills to get great results from each of her clients, recalling in particular an occasion in which she was able to help a client beat out 12 other offers to secure a dream home. When asked what piece of wisdom she has carried with her throughout her career, Kira responds “frequent and clear communication with every client is key. Your role as a broker is to advise and educate the client, manage expectations and advocate effectively on their behalf.” Kira also is aware that the search for or listing of a property can occasionally be stressful with an element of uncertainty, so she makes sure to infuse humor and levity throughout the process. Kira ensures that her clients understand the pros and cons of any transaction they pursue, and she focuses on building a relationship as an advisor that goes well beyond a single home sale or purchase.
When it came time to choose a brokerage, Kira focused on one with a communicative and collaborative atmosphere. “In a business that is so individualized, Baird & Warner’s Lincoln Park office has a really collaborative atmosphere. There’s no sense of competition, everyone is willing to support one another in their business. I’m able to learn from agents who run very different businesses, which allows me to pick up tips and tricks that I apply to my own practice. The atmosphere here is very friendly and open, and I enjoy watching agents develop their business in an environment that encourages the success and growth of peers”
When she’s not hard at work, Kira enjoys traveling as much as possible! She also has been an active volunteer over the past five years serving on the Associate Board of Working In The Schools, a Chicago-based nonprofit that focuses on building critical student literacy skills and “developing positive self-identity through teacher led professional development and volunteer powered mentorship programs.” In Chicago, Kira enjoys spending time at the lake and in the Lakeview area, taking tennis lessons, and checking out restaurants and events in the area.
You can connect with Kira by following her on Instagram, or checking out her website. Curious about how the training, support, and services at Baird & Warner – Lincoln Park can help take your business to the next level? Reach out to us today to get the conversation started.