Having lived in a host of wonderful homes myself that truly reflected my character, I have a deep passion to help Chicagoans find the perfect homes for them, too, where they can create unforgettable memories!
December 04, 2017
Chicago Property Finders, a Chicago luxury apartment service that specializes in finding upscale Chicago luxury properties in the 11 neighborhoods surrounding the Chicago Loop, has recently been acquired by Kari Blankenship, MBA, under whose leadership the company has added 25 new properties to its sizable inventory of managed buildings throughout the city, and continues to move forward as real estate developers break ground on residential high-rises.
“With the recent boom in new construction of luxury apartment high-rises, we hope to meet the needs of a larger client base,” Blankenship noted. “Thousands of new luxury apartment units are expected in downtown Chicago over the next two years, which will appeal to a wide range of professionals seeking a prime downtown location with convenient access to work.” She added, “Most apartment finding services offer no specialization, while we cater to their specific lifestyle needs & provide an exceptional level of customer service that is hard to find from what other Chicago apartment locater services offer.”
Blankenship enters the Chicago luxury real estate market after having spent 20+ years in corporate finance, where she found success building service-oriented teams. “I am a previous CFO who wanted to get out from behind ‘the desk’ to use my historical business experience, including a 10-year stint working for the Koch brothers, to add value to my own company,” Blankenship remarked. “I now have the pleasure of helping clients find the perfect home they long to return to at the end of every day.” She added, “My number one goal is that each and every client gets exactly the property they are looking for, whether they’re interested in finding their dream luxury apartment home, or in exploring the many Chicago luxury condos that are available to them.”
Since Blankenship’s acquisition of the company in 2016, in addition to forming new relationships with attractive, newly developed managed buildings and revitalizing the company’s dedication to luxury leasing, she has added brokerage to the firm’s repertoire of services. “We will always stay true to our leasing clients and to providing exceptional customer service to the luxury leasing industry,” Blankenship stressed, “but just as we foster strong relationships with our clients, we hope to be there for them as they transition into homeownership.”
Chicago Property Finders holds partnerships with 100+ managed buildings in the 11 neighborhoods surrounding the Chicago Loop. These relationships allow the company to offer attractive leasing specials to prospective tenants in desirable Chicago luxury neighborhoods, in upscale Chicago luxury apartment buildings, which offer glamorous amenities packages. The company continues to form relationships with new buildings, as real estate developers break ground on new residential buildings.
The company’s unique, individualized approach and complimentary service are rooted in Blankenship’s altruistic mission. “Having lived in a host of wonderful homes myself that truly reflected my character, I have a deep passion to help Chicagoans find the perfect homes for them, too, where they can create unforgettable memories,” remarked Blankenship. The company boasts a consultative process. This process is designed with clients in mind. Agents first build deep understandings of client lifestyle needs, and wishes, prior to taking over the client’s entire home search process. The end result is getting to find a new apartment or condo without the stress involved of a traditional home search.
Blankenship has also enhanced the company’s website, including improved search navigation and internal pages, to improve the overall user experience. According to Blankenship, the company, in keeping with its devotion to directly serving its clientele, will soon be listing rentals on the behalf of landlords, to help open communication between landlords and qualified tenants.
Under Blankenship’s leadership, the company is poised to enter a new, prosperous chapter of its history. Remaining competitive, the company continues to form new relationships with building managers, as real estate developers break ground on new residential buildings, which will equip them to attract larger volumes of luxury leasing clients than in previous years. Additionally, its newly developed brokerage services will equip the company to meet the needs of their loyal leasing customers, as they transition into homeownership, as well as to attract new brokerage clients.
About Chicago Property Finders:
Chicago Property Finders specializes in finding upscale properties in the 11 neighborhoods surrounding the Chicago Loop. The company offers an individualized, consultative approach and streamlined process for finding suitable residences in target neighborhoods, ensuring that the lifestyle needs of clients are met; these services are also complimentary, providing value to these clients.
Formerly founded by Chicago real estate professional Garrett Steve in 2011, Chicago Property Finders was acquired by Kari Blankenship, MBA in 2016. Blankenship enters the Chicago luxury real estate market having spent 20+ years in corporate finance, where she found success building service-oriented teams.
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