One of our founding members, Lori has over 25 years of real estate experience in Brokerage and Development.Starting with fix and flips in the early 90’s, Lori caught the bug for building early. Transitioning to new construction development sales was a natural progression, and subsequently resale homes. In 2010 Lori was asked to help turn around a struggling brokerage firm. From 2010 to 2017, she was able to take three offices from failure to success. During this same time,Lori entered the Airbnb market over 5 years ago with one property and managed to build their portfolio and increase their ROI every year. Lori was a charter member of the South Side Builders Association, and now sits on the Board of
Directors. Lori has extensive rehab experience and has renovated and developed over 25 properties over the course of her career.If you are looking for a professional with a unique skill set of construction, management and sales, look no further.
Derek has a great knowledge of real estate, he is a broker focusing on Airbnb, fix and flip and small developments. Derek started off his real estate career working for the largest broker in the midwest, Coldwell Banker / NRT, managing their midwest internet marketing strategy for 10 years. Derek not only learned real estate from a digital marketing platform but also worked directly with agents, offices, and national executive management to understand real estate from a broad perspective. After Coldwell Banker Derek continued in the same field working with real estate tech start-ups, agents and with a CE/pre-license company while getting his broker license. Derek and his partner own 6 Airbnb properties in Bronzeville on the South Side of Chicago. Derek has grown Real Estate Growth Partners Airbnb revenue by over 400% in 5 years by focusing on content and pricing strategy. The most recent flips are a 3 flat and gut rehab of a 1890 single family home.
Derek is a member of the Southside Builders Association and BARC. Derek has given many presentations to investors and builders about Airbnb and is considered an authority on Airbnb in Chicago. Derek loves soccer, lifting, has 3 kids and an MBA from Radford University in Virginia.
Commercial and Investment Broker
Certified through the University of South Africa as a property appraiser whilst working in commercial investment sales and management. A proven track record in all facets of property utilizing my skills to successfully manage, analyze and ensure maximum return on investment of assets. I follow my fiduciary duties as a Realtor with integrity to deliver first-rate start-to-finish service for my clients. My long standing relationships with clients, vendors, landlords and tenants is a testament to my ability to adapt and engage with superior ease and empathy.
My sphere of excellence is in the Multi-family sector of property within the Chicagoland area, bringing buyers and sellers together for maximum benefit. I confidently assist clients in handling the property process to make closing seamless.
I have lived and worked in South Africa, England and the USA and discovered a love of architecture and history through extensive travels which led to an interest in real estate and preserving the integrity of buildings over the years as well as the development of new styles.