As a first generation Italian from the DePaul area in Chicago, Barry's strong work ethic began when he was very young. While growing up, his family constantly struggled to make ends meet. Therefore, he began working at the young age of 10. His first jobs consisted of delivering groceries and flowers- which got him through paying his own grammar and high school tuition payments. After high school, he was lucky enough to land a job at a local printing company. He remained a printer for 11 years- when one day he decided to make a serious change in his career path.
Not knowing where his future was headed, in 1972 he was offered a real estate sales position by an owner of Ben Friend Realty. With virtually no experience he became the #1 agent in Northwest Chicago in his second year on the job. During his third year in the industry, he met Robert J. McMullen, owner of McMullen Realtors [established in 1945.] Barry partnered with Robert and ran the small 3-agent office and grew it to 7 agents in a few short years- until Mr. McMullen retired in 1980- at which time Barry remained the sole owner of the company. At this time, Barry along with General Manager John Guest, grew the company into 15 agents and moved to larger quarters. It was in 1983 when Barry bought a CENTURY 21® franchise.
And the rest is history. Over the course of 30 years, Barry built up CENTURY 21 McMullen Real Estate, Inc. to what it is today: the #1 Century 21® Office in the state of Illinois- and in the top 25 Century 21®Offices in the county- with billions of dollars in lifetime sales. Today the company has over 150 licensed agents, an experienced Management Team and a full-service support staff that is housed in a beautiful, state-of-the-art, 16,000sq.ft. building that Barry himself developed and rightfully named "Tuscany Terrace"- to honor where his parents were from in Italy. The company prides itself on its customer-centric business model- where superior customer service lies at the root of its business. And, with the help of Barry's youngest daughter Angela, the company continues to make advances in marketing and technology- keeping it not only a prime choice for agents to establish a career at- but a fierce competitor in today's market.
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!
Born in Belize, Nigel, along with his family, emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 5. Growing up just a stones throw from Wrigley Field, Nigel quickly adapted to city life and considers Chicago his home.Beginning his career in retail bookstore management , Nigel was able to blend his passion for reading along with his natural affinity for people, sales, and business. Capitalizing on his interest in the history of Chicago and talent for research, Nigel became a licensed Realtor in late 2006. Since becoming
a Realtor, Nigel has worked with many 1st time homebuyers as well as both residential and commercial clients.Specializing in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Avondale, Lincoln Square, Edgewater, Tri-Taylor and Oak Park, Nigel is undaunted by the challenges of t he dynamic Chicago Real estate market.
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.
It's no surprise that after 28 years in the industry, Doris E. Rivera has distinguished herself as one of the top producers in the Chicagoland real estate market. As the daughter of a Central American mother and father, Doris has spent considerable time in both the United States and El Salvador. She is not only fluent in Spanish but is also bicultural and moves effortlessly between the Latino and American communities. As a broker, Doris is an expert in the Chicagoland area as well as in the Northwest suburbs. Her former clients will attest to the fact that she is detail-oriented and can be relied upon to make transactions as seamless as possible. Doris has been described as an "advocate for her clients" for good reason: she brings a sincere, honest desire to serve the needs of her clients to each and every interaction.
When Doris is not working with clients, she spends her time visiting the elderly that may not have any family or friends to visit with them. She truly cares for them and spends quality time with them by reading to and having extensive conversations with them. Doris also hosts many FREE seminars not only to gain new clients but to educate the Latino community on how to keep their homes, make modifications, etc. Her decision to take this journey and begin a career in real estate has been a blessing. It is truly rewarding helping those in need of finding their perfect home, and helping current/future business owners accomplish their dreams of having the perfect location for success!
Bienvenidos a Century 21 McMullel Real Estate, Inc. Su fuente de Bienes & Raices en Chicago!
In todays competitive real estate market, timing and communication is everything. Speaking Spanish and English allows me to do both better than most in the area. Many good homes are sold before they are ever advertised. Beat other homebuyers to the hottest new homes for sale in the Chicagoland Area with my New Listings Notification!
I hold a Bachelors Degree in Marketing with a 12-year sales track record in national and international markets. Having worked in highly competitive markets, I have learned the importance of identifying customers needs. My focus is uncovering those needs coupled with prompt follow-up and excellent customer service. To me, this is fundamental to ensure my customers satisfaction.
Having resided in the Chicago area since the age of six, I have come to appreciate all that this great city has to offer. Chicago and the surrounding suburbs are truly the greatest places to live. The area offers a myriad of living styles. Whether youchoose to live in a skyscraper, an apartment building, a modern subdivision, residential complexes or a historic neighborhood - you will find all of them in Chicago!
Whether you are buying or selling real estate, hire someone like me, who wants to earn your business. I invite you to contact me as I would be happy to assist you with this important transaction. In addition, if you have general questions about buying or selling real estate in the Chicagoland Area, I am more than willing to help.