- Dream Town Realty - Northwest Chicago
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Ira Berke has always had an interest and passion for Chicago real estate, and he enjoys passing that passion and knowledge along to others. His real estate career began when a family friend mentioned that he wanted to get into the real estate investment business and wanted Ira to represent him. Ira jumped at the opportunity and began the process of obtaining a real estate license. Prior to beginning his real estate career, Ira attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, majoring in Telecommunications. During his studies he was an intern in the Indiana University Athletic Department and interned in a number of areas within the athletic department. He was also a member of and served on the board of the Student Athletic Board (SAB), which is the go-between the athletic department and the students and helped promote athletic events. After college, Ira worked in several aspects of the Chicago Sky organization, including marketing, events, promotions, sales, and community relations. These experiences in sports marketing and management helped him build his communication, organization, planning, and execution skills, as well as instilled in him the value of teamwork. This has in turn informed his work in real estate, as he often has to work with multiple parties to bring a deal to fruition. Ira has also been involved in construction management when he worked for a small construction and design company, which helped him learn how to negotiate between the different trades and parties involved in the process of home remodeling. Here he also learned the value of a remodeled home and the happiness it brought to clients. Ira strives to bring clients the highest level of service possible, which he provides in part by being a very strong listener. Whether dealing with a first-time homebuyer or an experienced seller, Ira will be there every step of the way—he believes in keeping himself available and in constant communication with clients and other parties involved in the transaction. He also keeps himself knowledgeable and up-to-date on real estate news and trends, and is ready to work with sellers, buyers, and renters. Ira grew up in Lincolnwood, a north suburb of Chicago, where he still resides. The convenience of being close to the city yet still living in a suburban setting is one of the reasons he enjoys calling it home. Chicago and real estate remain prominent interests in his leisure activities as well, but outside of real estate, Ira enjoys cheering on all Chicago sports teams and his IU Hoosiers, as well as traveling, music, trying new restaurants in Chicago and the suburbs, and spending time with family and friends. Ira also volunteers his time in the basketball operations department with the Chicago Sky of the WNBA. To Ira the most rewarding part of being a Dream Town broker is making clients happy, whether they’re a buyer or seller. He appreciates the resources available at Dream Town and being able to bounce ideas off of fellow brokers and gain knowledge from them, since everyone on the team is eager to help.