Along with her family, Qizhong immigrated to the United States when she was fourteen. She received her Bachelors of Art in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining Century21 SGR, Qizhong worked for two non-profit organizations in Chicago. She was a HUD certified counselor and provided pre-purchase counseling to prospective homebuyers. By joining Century21 SGR, Qizhong extends her experience, knowledge and work ethics to the real estate business. As an immigrant, Qizhong unde
rstands the significance of home ownership: pursuing the American Dream, the sense of pride, and more important, to be rooted in the foreign land.
In her years as an executive with one of the top consulting firms, Ivana became adept at fostering and maintaining relationships with her clients. She brings the same dedication, diligence, research capability and organizational skill to her clients in the residential, rehab and investment property markets. An avid problem-solver and negotiator, she will be your advocate in helping you find and close the best deal possible. Her pledge to clients:" I will always protect and promote your best interest abo
ve any other consideration."
As a real estate investor herself, Ivana likes the entrepreneurial aspects of her career as a Realtor. She offers an in-depth knowledge of Chicago, particularly in the South Loop, West Loop and Gold Coast neighborhoods, enabling her clients to be well informed and effectively buy and sell their properties.
In her spare time, Ivana is a world traveler who seeks adventure. She runs, hikes, rafts, scuba dives and has even attempted snowboarding. Ivana is also actively involved with her community.
Agent Education: Ivana graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign - Urbana with a degree in Economics.
Area of Expertise in Chicago Area: South Loop, West Loop and Gold Coast.
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!