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The Real Estate market is booming! Whether you look in the suburbs or the city, Chicago continues to expand, creating incredible opportunities for those in the know.

We’ll connect with Chicago’s Real Estate Moguls to bring you the wisdom and expertise to help make your next real estate move a lucrative one; on the Real Estate Moguls Podcast.

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The Real Estate market is booming! Whether you look in the suburbs or the city, Chicago continues to expand, creating incredible opportunities for those in the know.

We’ll connect with Chicago’s Real Estate Moguls to bring you the wisdom and expertise to help make your next real estate move a lucrative one; on the Real Estate Moguls Podcast.

    Sean Lyons on Resilience, Success, and the Power of Consistency

    Sean Lyons on Resilience, Success, and the Power of Consistency

    In a recent episode of "The Real Estate Moguls Podcast," host Nick DeGregorio sat down with Sean Lyons, founder and partner of Triad Real Estate Partners and Jackson Dearborn Partners, to delve into the principles that have propelled Sean and his companies to remarkable heights. This conversation is a treasure trove of wisdom, filled with actionable insights for anyone looking to excel in the real estate industry or any field.
    Sean Lyons' journey is a testament to resilience and persistence. As Nick and Sean discuss, Triad Real Estate Partners has completed an astonishing $6.8 billion in real estate valuations, with over a billion in total closings. Since its inception in 2017, Jackson Dearborn Partners has undertaken 11 development projects totaling over $650 million in capitalization. These numbers are impressive, but the story behind them is even more compelling.

    Sean attributes much of his success to a mindset of persistence and focusing on controllable factors. "Our business is really challenging, like a lot of businesses are," Sean notes. "We can really only focus on the things that we can control, and I think by doing that, we've been able to make progress year over year." This mindset has not only sustained his business but has also forged strong professional relationships built on mutual respect and shared values.

    Nick guides the conversation towards the importance of daily habits and routines. Sean's approach, inspired by Darren Hardy's "The Compound Effect," emphasizes the power of small, consistent actions. "Do the little things every day," Sean advises. "The belief that if you continue to do the same things day in, day out, those efforts compound over time and ultimately produce positive results."

    Education and early career experiences also play a crucial role in shaping one's professional journey. Sean reflects on his time at Boston College and Marcus & Millichap, highlighting how these experiences laid the foundation for his current success. "Every step along the way was a necessary step in order for me to be sitting here talking to you now," he tells Nick.

    A significant part of Sean's philosophy revolves around maintaining a work-life balance, a lesson he learned through his role as a father of four. He emphasizes the importance of controlling one's time to prioritize what truly matters. "Time is the one commodity that none of us get any more of," Sean explains. "To me, that's the definition of success."

    For those aspiring to transition from brokerage to development, Sean offers invaluable advice: find a mentor. Teaming up with someone who has walked the path before can provide the necessary support and legitimacy. "We wouldn't have been able to do the majority of what we've been able to do to date without the help of our partner Chris Saunders," he shares.

    As the episode concludes, Sean leaves listeners with a powerful piece of advice: focus on what you can control. "When something comes at me, a challenge or an issue, I immediately put it into one of two categories: can I influence or control the outcome here in any way? If the answer is yes, it goes to one side of the ledger. If the answer is no, it goes to another side."

    This conversation with Sean Lyons is a must-listen for anyone seeking to navigate the complexities of real estate with resilience, strategy, and a focus on what truly matters.

    • 26 min
    Sherri Jordan on Transforming Lives Through Real Estate and Resilience

    Sherri Jordan on Transforming Lives Through Real Estate and Resilience

    Sherri Jordan, the dynamic force behind Suite 527 Realty Group, brings a compelling narrative of resilience and transformation to the Real Estate Moguls Podcast. Growing up in Chicago’s Englewood, Sherri experienced the true essence of community and witnessed firsthand the impact of home ownership.
     Her journey from a 15-year-old witnessing her mother’s first home purchase to becoming a real estate broker is nothing short of inspiring. Sherri’s story is one of overcoming adversity, marked by her personal experience with predatory lending and the 2008 market crash.
    These challenges fueled her passion for educating others about the importance of home ownership, particularly in black and brown communities. Through her brokerage, Sherri is dedicated to not just transactions, but transforming lives by fostering financial literacy and generational wealth.

    Her message is clear: With education and perseverance, anyone can achieve their dreams. Tune in to hear Sherri’s full story and gain valuable insights for your own real estate journey.

    • 36 min
    Blake Zack's Journey from Rejection to Real Estate Success with Nick DeGregorio

    Blake Zack's Journey from Rejection to Real Estate Success with Nick DeGregorio

    In the latest episode of The Real Estate Moguls Podcast, host Nick DeGregorio sits down with Blake Zack, a dynamic figure in the commercial real estate industry. Blake’s story is one of perseverance, strategic networking, and the relentless pursuit of growth. His journey from humble beginnings in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, to becoming a key player at Select Leaders is filled with inspiring lessons and actionable insights.
    Blake's path to success was not straightforward. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a degree in communications and a minor in marketing. He was deeply involved in various organizations, including serving as the president of Hillel, where he honed his leadership and networking skills. Reflecting on his college years, Blake shares, “Eastern Michigan taught me a lot of different skills that I never thought I would learn in the classroom. It was through involvement in organizations and hands-on experiences.”

    After college, Blake faced his first major career challenge. He started at United Wholesale Mortgage during the pandemic, a time of great uncertainty. Blake recalls, “The environment of sales and mortgages wasn't something I was passionate about, but it was an opportunity I took advantage of during COVID.” His tenure at the mortgage company was marked by significant learning and growth, setting the stage for his future endeavors.

    The turning point in Blake’s career came with a rejection from BizNow, a leading commercial real estate news and events company. This setback, however, fueled his determination. “Rejection motivated me,” Blake says. He eventually secured a role at BizNow and relocated to Chicago, a city he now calls home. His move to BizNow allowed him to leverage his skills in sales and networking, ultimately leading to his current position at Select Leaders, where he plays a strategic role in executive recruitment.

    Nick DeGregorio, the charismatic host, expertly navigates the conversation, highlighting Blake’s resilience and adaptability. Nick’s engaging style brings out the best in his guests, and this episode is no exception. He delves into Blake’s experiences and extracts valuable lessons that are applicable to anyone aspiring to succeed in their careers.

    One of the standout moments in the episode is Blake’s discussion about the importance of preparation and persistence. “Preparation is everything. If I'm not prepared, I'm not going to be successful,” he emphasizes. This principle is evident in Blake’s meticulous approach to his work and his dedication to continuous learning.

    Blake also shares his passion for community building and collaboration. His initiative, Catapult CRE, aims to propel young careers in commercial real estate to the next level. “It’s about getting people back out there, not just sitting at home being remote,” he explains. This initiative underscores his belief in the power of networking and face-to-face interactions.

    Throughout the episode, Blake’s humility and gratitude shine through. He credits much of his success to his supportive family and mentors. “I would not be here without my family and everyone who has been supportive throughout my career,” he notes. This sense of appreciation and the recognition of the role of community in personal growth is a recurring theme in Blake’s narrative.

    Nick’s insightful questions and ability to relate to his guest make for a compelling episode. He draws out practical advice from Blake that listeners can apply to their own lives. Whether it’s using social media for networking or being persistent in the face of rejection, the lessons are clear and actionable.

    Blake’s final words of wisdom resonate deeply: “Advocate for yourself. If you're not happy, speak up. And always be prepared.” His story is a testament to the power of resilience, strategic networking, and continuous...

    • 20 min
    Grigory Pekarsky: Mastering Real Estate and Life

    Grigory Pekarsky: Mastering Real Estate and Life

    In the latest episode of the Real Estate Moguls Podcast, Grigory Pekarsky, co-founder and managing broker of Vesta Preferred Realty, offers a rich tapestry of insights that interweave the hard-earned truths of the real estate industry with the personal growth that accompanies entrepreneurial ventures. 
    Grigory’s journey from a potential veterinary path at Michigan State to leading a top real estate team in Chicago paints a vivid picture of how adaptability and resilience pave the way to success.

    His story is one of transformation and tenacity. Born in Moscow and raised in Detroit before making a leap to Chicago, his initial career aspiration was to become a veterinarian. However, his true calling lay elsewhere. Grigory realized, “I love animals, not so much the pathway of being a veterinarian,” a revelation that led him to pivot towards finance and eventually real estate.

    His philosophy extends beyond mere business metrics, focusing profoundly on personal fulfillment and mental well-being. Grigory’s approach is encapsulated when he explains, “It's almost like you have these alter egos; one of them is Party Greg, but there’s also Work Greg and Family Greg. You got to go all in for all of them.” This philosophy highlights the importance of balance and the understanding that success in any field requires a holistic commitment.

    A cornerstone of Grigory’s success is his emphasis on the ‘why’ behind actions rather than just the outcomes. “We never focus on results... You can't control your results,” he states, underscoring a philosophy that values process over product. This mindset shift is crucial, especially in an industry as volatile as real estate.

    Vesta Preferred stands out not just for its business achievements but for its rigorous selection process, emphasizing attitude and work ethic over mere experience. Grigory is clear on this, noting, “I don't care if you did $20 million in real estate... I’d rather take somebody that's fresh out of college, that is just hungry and wants to learn.” This approach ensures that the team remains agile and aligned with the company’s core values, fostering an environment where every member contributes to and benefits from the collective success.

    The discussion also delves into the complexities of leadership within such a high-stakes industry. Grigory acknowledges the challenges and potential pitfalls of partnerships and recruitment. He candidly shares lessons from previous failures, emphasizing the growth that comes from them: “Fifteen years of failure will get you there... We've been pretty on fire for the last five years.” His story is a testament to the idea that enduring success often follows numerous trials and errors, each providing valuable lessons.

    Moreover, Grigory’s narrative is a compelling reminder of the importance of authenticity and adaptability in leadership. His strategies for recruitment and team building, particularly in leveraging social media and digital platforms to enhance Vesta’s brand and attract the right talent, illustrate a forward-thinking approach to modern real estate practices.

    Grigory Pekarsky’s episode offers more than just a glimpse into the life of a successful real estate broker—it provides a blueprint for personal and professional growth. His journey encourages us to embrace change, prioritize mental health, and always strive for a balanced life, lessons that are applicable far beyond the realm of real estate.

    • 27 min
    Cinny Chui: From Classroom to Closing Deals

    Cinny Chui: From Classroom to Closing Deals

    Dive into the inspiring journey of Cinny Chui
    From mastering her studies to mastering the market, Cinny's story is a lesson in ambition and success.

    Discover how she turned her real estate dreams into multi-million-dollar realities.

    Don't miss out on her invaluable insights and tips!

    • 24 min
    Jennie Raymer and Bob Tierney: Blueprint to Real Estate Success

    Jennie Raymer and Bob Tierney: Blueprint to Real Estate Success

    In an inspiring episode of The Real Estate Moguls Podcast, Jennie Raymer delves deep into the world of real estate with her guest, Bob Tierney, who shares his remarkable journey from working in construction to becoming a real estate investor. Bob's story is not just a narrative of personal triumph but a roadmap filled with insights, wisdom, and actionable advice for anyone looking to navigate the complex world of real estate investing.
    Bob's tale begins in the trenches of manual labor, where his passion for craftsmanship and architecture was born. He recounts the hardships of his early life, a testament to his resilience and determination.

    It's through these formative experiences that Bob discovered the transformative power of real estate, not just as a means to personal wealth but as a way to make a meaningful impact on others' lives.

    Jennie, with her keen understanding and genuine curiosity, guides the conversation to uncover the layers of Bob's success. One of the most poignant moments is when Bob discusses the epiphany that shifted his perspective: job security is an oxymoron. This realization propelled him into the world of real estate investing, where he learned to navigate the market's ups and downs with savvy and strategy.

    Bob emphasizes the importance of education and mentorship in his journey. 

    "We're limited by our own perspectives and what we think is true," he shares, highlighting the value of challenging one's beliefs and assumptions. His advice to Jennie's audience? Dive into learning, be open to new opportunities, and most importantly, surround yourself with people who have walked the path you aspire to tread.

    The conversation takes a practical turn as Bob shares his strategies for success, from the power of short sales to the cash flow benefits of buy-and-hold real estate. Jennie skillfully extracts lessons from Bob's experiences, presenting them as relatable insights for her audience. It's clear that Bob's approach to real estate is about more than transactions; it's about transformation—of properties, lives, and communities.

    Bob's story, as presented by Jennie, serves as a beacon for aspiring real estate moguls. It's a narrative filled with challenges, learning, and growth. "Focus on building a business that creates cash flow," Bob advises, encapsulating his philosophy in a simple yet profound statement. 

    This episode is a treasure trove of wisdom, not just for real estate enthusiasts but for anyone seeking to build a life of purpose and prosperity.

    • 29 min

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