A lifelong Chicagoan, Armando received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Real Estate has been one of his passions for the last 8 years. Prior to joining Century 21 S.G.R., Armando was the director of finance at Jones Lang LaSalle, an international commercial real estate firm.
He managed a 70 property, 3,500,000 square feet real estate portfolio for ComEd in addition to providing due diligence, process improvement, and benchmarking analysis for McDonalds, Harris Bank, Citibank, Hewitt Associates, and others. Looking for a morepersonal connection to real estate, he joined Century 21 S.G.R. in 2004 to pursue residential sales which he thought would allow him to make more of a difference in peoples lives.
Armando brings his complex business background, analytical skills, passion, and positive energy to his clients. His love for the city and urban living is evident in his knowledge of emerging neighborhoods and their attributes. As he has said "I love thistown and truly appreciate the character of each neighborhood.
He sees obstacles as an opportunity to demonstrate his value and always has his clients best interests come first. His problem solving and analytical skills gained in his career are evident during each phase of buying and selling a home, including marketing the property effectively, matching the right property with the right buyer, negotiating the contract, and ensuring an efficient, hassle-free close.
He attributes his success to high ethical principles, having a plan and willingness to constantly make adjustments along the way. Armando is also a commercial and residential property manager as well as controller of Operation Homelink, a non-for-profit organization devoted to providing free computers to the families of our soldiers serving around the world.
Armandos other passions are his family, baseball, jazz/blues, traveling, and beach volleyball. When not working, youll catch him around town at restaurants and North Avenue Beach.
If youre looking for a full service, highly skilled, and results driven Realtor with a positive attitude, look no further and give Armando a call!
I was born in Chicago, raised in a single parent home to a mother who taught lifes rewards are the product of your own actions. The belief in education and hard work propelled me to a 20 year career as chief financial officer for a midsize Chicago company. Now in 2008, by joining Century 21 S.G.R., I hope to help the firm and my clients make a financial difference in the communities in which we live and work.
Education:Bachelor of Science Accountancy, University of Illinois - Champaign Urbana- 1983Certified Public Accountant - 1985
Agent Activities/Interests:Residential sales; first time buyer and employer assisted buying programs; Personal interest includes travel, cultural arts, physical fitness, and real estate development;
Personal strengths:Analytical; hardworking; self starter; commitment to excellence; ability to manage multiple tasks efficiently under time deadlines; an open attitude; trustworthy;
Areas of Expertise in Chicago area:Residential sales
Chicago is a city that has seen tremendous growth over the years. It is now known as one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. Being a native Chicagoan I have seen the changes that the city has experienced. The expansions and development of the South Loop, Tri-Taylor Area, Humboldt, Wicker, and Lincoln Park have out surpassed anything we would have imagined twenty years. My knowledge of the city goes well beyond the buying and selling aspect of real estate. Having attended local area schools throughout my entire life allows me to provide my clients with the tools necessary to make appropriate decisions when buying a home with a growing family. And with family all across the Chicagoland area there are not many areas that I am not familiar with, and am always willing on learning and researching new areas to meet the needs of my clients. In my 12+ years of experience I've been blessed with meeting so many wonderful people that many have become close friends. I'm always honored when my clients become friends as it is another testament that I've served their needs very well and have definitely earned their trust.
As a lifelong Chicagoan, Faustino loves exploring his city and everything it has to offer. After receiving his Bachelor's Degree in Economics from The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Faustino returned to Chicago and started his career at Sidley Austin, one of the nation's leading corporate law firms, where he worked for eight years as an analyst. Faustino employs the analytical and problem-solving skills he developed while working in Big Law to provide the highest customer service andnavigate tough negotiations.
Faustino is a "high-octane, high-protein" realtor whose persistence drives results for his clients. Faustino's passion is to serve individuals and negotiate the best deal possible. With patience and the heart of a teacher, Faustino empowers his clients with the necessary knowledge to make the best decision for themselves and their family.
Faustino's other passions include playing tennis, baseball, spending time with his family, and exploring Chicago.
Brian has over 14 years of experience in the real estate industry. Working for a local title company, Brian managed several departments there. Starting as the manager of the title research and examining department and eventually becoming the Finance Manager of the company.
Brian is a lifelong Chicagoan growing up in Chicago's Beverly neighborhood. He graduated from St. Ignatius College Prep and has an MBA with a Finance Concentration.
Brian's background in finance and real estate gives him unique qualities to provide excellent advise whether you are a first time home buyer or a seasoned real estate investor.