Ever wondered what being a luxury leasing agent is like? Here’s what you need to know!
Although some luxury leasing consultants work with both MLS listings and high rises, some just work with high rise buildings. These high rises are seldom listed on MLS. Through years of mutual relationship building, Downtown Apartment Company (DAC) has gotten the privilege of non-exclusively representing over 200 high rises in downtown Chicago. High rises appreciate working with DAC because we bring them qualified clients, that is– client’s whose wants, needs, price ranges, and preferences match what the building has to offer.
Most high rise apartment buildings have dedicated on-site leasing teams. On-site team members have extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of their particular building. DAC’s luxury leasing consultants work to have extensive knowledge of the overall market as a whole, strong familiarity with each building, and get a deep understanding of the client’s wants and needs. DAC’s leasing consultants and on-site building teams have strong relationships and stay in regular communication so both parties can give the client all the information they need and find them the best suited options. This allows DAC leasing consultants to act as matchmakers between clients and on-site teams.
If there’s a great deal or rare unit on special, on-site team members will be the first to alert DAC’s leasing consultants. Similarly, when a client reaches out with specific search criteria, a DAC luxury leasing consultant will use their market knowledge to narrow the options from over 200 downtown high rises to a selection of 5-8 buildings. Then, the DAC leasing consultant will get in touch with the on-site experts to see which layouts in the building will be best for accommodating the client’s move date, price range, view and lighting preferences, and furniture quantity.
The chief responsibilities of a leasing consultant at DAC are to (1) know all there is to know about your client’s wants and needs, (2) know all there is to know about the market, an (3) know all there is to know about your inventory, all so you can serve your clients’ best interests. The market, pricing, and availability can change on a day-to-day, or even moment-to-moment basis, so staying on top of current information takes ongoing initiative. It takes a village to know the city!
At DAC we value character above all else. There’s a misconception that you need to be “tough” or “cut-throat” to succeed in real estate. That could not be further from the truth. The people who are most likely to succeed at Downtown Apartment Company embody professionalism, kindness, great listening skills, patience, and integrity for two reasons: (1) it just feels good to be a good person, and (2) being a good person is good for business. You only do a high quality job when you’re looking out for your client’s best interests. When you find your client a great deal that is exactly what they’re looking for, they will naturally refer you to their friends. Your clients want to help their friends, not expose them to a “cut-throat” agent who doesn’t really listen.
The Chicago real estate industry also feels pretty small. Over time, you’re bound to run into the same agents again and again. Being kind and professional with other agents is a must. Each interaction is an opportunity to plant the seed for another positive interaction in the future. No deal is ever worth jeopardizing a relationship.
If you’re someone with integrity, professionalism, a desire to learn, a good attitude, and an interest in being part of a tight-knit team, we’d love to talk with you, regardless of whether you have any real estate experience! If you’re interested in learning more about leasing and real estate careers contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to learn more.
Here are some of our favorite deals on luxury apartments downtown this week.
Best Studio Apartment Deal
West Loop Property 36: $1470
Property 36’s studio apartments offer abundant closet space. Coming in just shy of 600 square feet with a square layout and separated kitchen area, these studios feel more like the open version of a 1 bedroom apartment. A variety of finishes are available, ranging from carpet and black appliances, to hardwood with stainless appliances. The best priced studio is currently $1470.
Best Convertible Apartment Deal
Streeterville Property 43: $1673
Convertibles at property 43 offer great separation at a lower price point than a traditional 1 bed. With layouts up to 647 square feet, these convertibles are quite spacious. The bathroom, linen closet, and desk nook are accessible via the living space as well as directly from the bedroom via a traditional hinge door.
The bedroom and living space are separated by two French doors. The amenities in this Streeterville apartment building are unparalleled. Between the indoor tennis courts, sprawling fitness center, pool, hot tub, sundeck, co-working lounge, and more, there are plenty of spots to get out of your apartment without leaving your home.
Best 1 Bedroom Apartment Deal
West Loop Property 161: $2022 Net Effective
Great concession alert! This new construction property is offering up to 3 months free! Property 161 is a brand new boutique building with high end finishes, in-unit laundry, quartz countertops, hardwood floors throughout, and glamorous amenity spaces (that feel more like a high-end Manhattan hotel than a residential building).
The 1 bedroom layouts have spacious closets and bathrooms, many of which even have an additional panel of under-sink storage as well as a linen closet. Check out property 161 for 1 to 3 months free!
Best 2 Bedroom Apartment Deal
South Loop Property 14: $2544
Looking for a spacious two bed, two bath with in-unit laundry? This layout is available up to 1300 square feet plus a balcony! Property 14 is walking distance to three major grocery stores, target, and the CTA red line, making this building centrally located for daily convenience. Check out the floor plan below!
Looking for great deals on luxury apartments for rent near downtown Chicago? Contact us today! We’d be happy to keep you in the Loop!
Winter is a great time to rent in downtown Chicago. If you’re looking for 2 bedroom apartment deals in River North, Lakeshore East, South Loop, or the Loop, check out the hot units below!
This 2 bedroom apartment’s star feature is its expansive balcony over 130 square feet. The bedrooms in apartment 78 are comparably sized, each with a walk-in closet, and the shared bathroom is in the middle, making this an ideal layout for roommates. The built-in kitchen island with outlets and in-unit laundry offer convenience. This Lakeshore East property is also steps from a semi-private 6-acre park (outfitted with public wifi) and Mariano’s grocery store.
Layout: 2 Bed/1 Bath + Balcony
Price: $2606 + 1 month free on a 12 month lease (nets at $2389)
In Loop apartment 46 you’ll find Energy Star stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, cherry cabinetry, and an energy efficient washer and dryer. Floor-to-ceiling windows, large bedroom closet space, and spacious amenities are a few notable features.The convenient Loop location is ideal for anyone who works downtown and wants to keep their commute as minimal as possible.
Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath
Price: $2855 + 1.5 months free on a 13 month lease (nets to $2526)
South Loop apartment 18 has an open loft layout with in-unit laundry and a large balcony. This luxury apartment was part of a condo deconversion. Therefore, the finishes are on par with most condos in the area. This prime location is steps from Target, Whole Foods, and many other shops and boutique fitness studios.
Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath + Balcony
Concrete wall accents, an all white kitchen, and high ceilings give this River North apartment 97 a striking modern interior. Appliances include a full-sized GE washer and dryer, stainless steel kitchen fixtures, garbage disposal, and Nest thermostat.
The lenient pet policy makes this rental ideal for owners of large dogs, German Shepherds, or Huskies.
Layout: 2 Bed/2 Bath + Balcony