5 for Friday – Michael Thanasouras, Managing Director of SVN | Chicago Commercial

Happy Flashback Friday! This week, we are reflecting on the insights shared in 2017 by Michael Thanasouras of SVN | Chicago Commercial, where he serves as Managing Director and acts as CFO and COO. Michael specializes in the sale of retail, land and multifamily property throughout the Greater Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan Area. 


1. What advice would you provide to an aspiring advisor who is new to the industry?

Learn a market and a product type, try to walk through an area, and get on the phone!

2. What does the SVN Difference mean to you?

Doing the right thing for our clients by maximizing their property’s exposure within the market and getting them the best deal.

3. What learning tools would you recommend to your colleagues to further their knowledge and enhance their careers?

S4G is the best place to start. I also recommend using Google Alerts and registering for local real estate news that gets pushed out to you daily!

4. What inspired you to open or join an SVN franchise?

I joined SVN in 2008 to help conduct more investment transactions. It took a couple years due to market conditions, but we knew the route would help us expand. Learning from our peers allows us to accelerate rapidly.

5. What was your most memorable deal and why?

A small commercial condo. The buyer was unrepresented at first, then ended up with a broker.  We paid the co-op broker without question. I got the leasing and he offered me the property management, too.


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