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!
Investment 20 years old when first purchased condo Understood the importance of investing at an early age
Construction Wood work Brick layer Drywall Going from construction side of real estate to sales side
Military Joined Sept. 2002 Deployed to Afghanistan Combat engineer Leadership courses Field-grade promotion to sergeant Received combat action badge
Large family One of nine children, 3 of which reside in the West Loop Born and raised in small town 60 miles outside of Chicago
Born and raised in a small town sixty miles outside of downtown Chicago, Steven Powers has thoroughly enjoyed making the transition from rural to urban living in the West Loop after having gained significant experience in finish carpentry and residential construction as well as having served in the Illinois Army National Guard for 8 years. Since purchasing his first home at the age of 20, Steven realized the importance of investing in real estate and decided to pursue his passion for sales after returnin
g from an active duty deployment to Afghanistan in 2009.
Stevens extensive experience in building custom homes helps him to identify and target properties that make sound investments. His talent to visualize cosmetic changes, room rearrangements, and design upgrades allows him to help his clients see what their home can become.
Having joined the Army in September of 2002, Steven dedicated himself to his fellow comrades and his country. Stevens leadership and discipline were recognized while serving in Afghanistan where he received a field-grade promotion to sergeant. His commitment to the military has carried over to his clients needs. He encourages an open line of communication so that the clients experience is rewarding, informative, and pleasant.
One of nine children, Steven fully understands the importance of family. A family gathers, celebrates, and makes memories in a home. By choosing a knowledgeable realtor like Steven, you can ensure that you will find the perfect fit.
Designations - ABR
Real Estate Area of Expertise - Residential, Commercial
Market Specialization - Chicago, Surrounding Suburbs
Education - Associate Degree in Marketing and Accounting, Acredited Buyer Representative courses, and Certified Residential Specialist courses
Luminita - Portrait of a real estate Professional
Luminita Ispas is one of the most dedicated and committed real estate agents in the Chicagoland area. Century 21 SGR has been doing business in Chicago and Suburbs since 1989 and has grown to one of the most successful real estate companies. Luminita Ispas is a important component of our team.
Luminita earned an Associate Degree in Accounting and Marketing. In addition to English, Luminita is fluent in Romanian. She not only handles all the technical aspects of your real estate purchase or sale but also looks after your personal concerns. Luminita is an excellent listener and is fully committed to providing exemplary service to every customer and client.
Luminitas training includes special real estate courses in Real Estate Investments, Financing, Property Management, Economics, Marketing, Legal Aspects, Exchanges, Real Estate Practice, and Creative Financing.
We are fortunate and proud to have Luminita Ispas associated with our sales staff. Luminitas customers and clients continually comment on her warm personality and personal commitment in making their real estate transactions a seamless experience.
If you are looking for Professionalism, Integrity, Experience, Knowledge, Sincerity and Personal Service in a real estate agent, Luminita Ispas has them all.
If your future requires counseling in the purchase or sale of real estate, we highly recommend you contact Luminita at our office or call her at 773-392-2906.
Other Awards & Recognition:
Member of National Association of Realtors
Member of Illinois Association of Realtors
Member of Chicago Association of Realtors
Member of Multiple Listing Services
Member of Chamber Of Commerce of Oak Park
Member of Darryl Davis Real Estate Organization
Member of Todd Bates Real Estate Organization & Training
Bachelor in Business Administration
Acquiring Real Estate Broker Licenses
Annette Shelton, a native Chicagoan, currently residing in Oak Park for 6 years. Real Estate has been her passion for over 5 years. Annette has over 15 years sales experience with global leaders such as Pitney Bowes and Sysco.
As a Real Estate professional, my goal is to inform you of all aspects of the transaction from start to finish, and become a life long partner and friend of all of my clients. Intergrity and honesty is always a priority. If youre looking for a professional, personable, negotiator, Annette is that and more.
First-Time Home Buyers
Superb Negotiator and Communicator
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.
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.