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THE RADAR | REALTY Emily Sachs Wong & Thaddeus J.R. Wong HER Broker-Agent with Playing House Meet four couples dominating the real estate scene in Chicago. But whether they’re closing deals together or competing for the same properties, love trumps all. | By Korey Huyler | Karen & Bob Ranquist for Koenig & Strey Real Living and co-owner of Ranquist Development, exclusive listing agent for Ranquist Development homes HIM Co-owner of Ranquist Development, known for building some of the city’s most innovative and modern homes. He earned Builder Magazine ’s Builder’s Choice Award in 2009 for the “Project of the Year” Urban Sandbox, an all metal and glass mid-rise development in Bucktown. TOGETHER SINCE 1996 HOW THEY MET At a Freddy Jones Band show at Otis’ bar in Lincoln Park THEIR FAMILY Charlie, 9; AJ, 7; and two Weimaraners, Ebbett and Shea THEIR HOME A 100-year-old former funeral home in Ukrainian Village, their seventh home in 12 years, all of which Bob built THEIR HANGOUTS La Scarola, e House of Blues, Hawks games Karen & Bob Ranquist HER Broker-Associate Grace Sergio & Jim Banks Banks Real Estate, which specializes in residential and new construction sales HIM Attorney, one of the busiest zoning lawyers in the city TOGETHER SINCE 1993 HOW THEY MET A blind date at an Italian restaurant called Gianotti’s. He proposed at the same restaurant 10 years later. THEIR FAMILY One child, four ducks, one turtle and one gold sh THEIR HOME A high-rise condo on Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast THEIR HANGOUTS Tavern on Rush, Four Seasons Bar, La Scarola and their summer home in ree Oaks, Michigan Grace Sergio & Jim Banks HER Owner of Sergio & Craig Hogan & Rudy Zavala Broker at Keller Williams Gold Coast since 2007, Broker of the Year in ’08, Growth Partner of the Year in ’08 (top recruiter of agents), sitting member of the Grievance Committee for the Chicago Association of Realtors RUDY Associate at Keller Williams Gold Coast, top 5 or 10 producer for KW every year since 1999, known for luxury listings. Currently has the Henry Rohkam House on the market, which is a National Historic Landmark home. TOGETHER SINCE 1996 HOW THEY MET Craig asked Rudy out one hour after meeting at a cocktail party of a mutual friend THEIR FAMILY A 13-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Ruby THEIR HOME A South Loop loft with a 600-square-foot outdoor terrace THEIR HANGOUTS e bars at e Peninsula and e Ritz. Out of town: Nantucket and Santa Fe CRAIG Managing Koenig & Strey Real Living, head of Emily Sachs Wong Luxury Chicago Real Estate, No. 1 in individual sales volume among Koenig & Strey’s 1,200 agents in 2002, ’03, ’05, ’07, ’09 and ’10 Emily Sachs Wong & Thaddeus J.R. Wong of @properties Residential Brokerage, Chicago’s largest residential rm TOGETHER SINCE 1998 HOW THEY MET At a property that ad had listed in Bucktown on Palmer Street. ey named their fourth child after that meeting spot. THEIR FAMILY Four kids: 8, 7, 5 and 3, and a mini Goldendoodle, Moxie THEIR HOME A Lincoln Park vintage three-at that is next door to their former home: a limestone single-family home that they built THEIR HANGOUTS Simply It, Icon eatre, CorePower Yoga, Mon Ami Gabi, Paris Club HIM Co-founder Rudy Zavala & Craig Hogan 60 | | August 2011

The Radar Realty

Korey Huyler

Playing House<br /> <br /> Meet four couples dominating the real estate scene in Chicago. But whether they’re closing deals together or competing for the same properties, love trumps all.<br /> <br /> Emily Sachs Wong & Thaddeus J.R. Wong<br /> <br /> HER Broker-Agent with Koenig & Strey Real Living, head of Emily Sachs Wong Luxury Chicago Real Estate, No. 1 in individual sales volume among Koenig & Strey’s 1,200 agents in 2002, ’03, ’05, ’07, ’09 and ’10 <br /> <br /> HIM Co-founder of @properties Residential Brokerage, Chicago’s largest residential Firm <br /> <br /> TOGETHER SINCE 1998 <br /> <br /> HOW THEY MET At a property that Flad had listed in Bucktown on Palmer Street. They named their fourth child after that meeting spot.<br /> <br /> THEIR FAMILY Four kids: 8, 7, 5 and 3, and a mini Goldendoodle, Moxie T<br /> <br /> HEIR HOME A Lincoln Park vintage three-Flat that is next door to their former home: a limestone singlefamily home that they built <br /> <br /> THEIR HANGOUTS Simply It, Icon Theatre, CorePower Yoga, Mon Ami Gabi, Paris Club<br /> <br /> Karen & Bob Ranquist HER Broker-Associate for Koenig & Strey Real Living and co-owner of Ranquist Development, exclusive listing agent for Ranquist Development homes <br /> <br /> HIM Co-owner of Ranquist Development, known for building some of the city’s most innovative and modern homes. He earned Builder Magazine’s Builder’s Choice Award in 2009 for the “Project of the Year” Urban Sandbox, an all metal and glass mid-rise development in Bucktown.<br /> <br /> TOGETHER SINCE 1996 <br /> <br /> HOW THEY MET At a Freddy Jones Band show at Otis’ bar in Lincoln Park <br /> <br /> THEIR FAMILY Charlie, 9; AJ, 7; and two Weimaraners, Ebbett and Shea <br /> <br /> THEIR HOME A 100-year-old former funeral home in Ukrainian Village, their seventh home in 12 years, all of which Bob built<br /> <br /> THEIR HANGOUTS La Scarola, The House of Blues, Hawks games<br /> <br /> Grace Sergio & Jim Banks <br /> <br /> HER Owner of Sergio & Banks Real Estate, which specializes in residential and new construction sales <br /> <br /> HIM Attorney, one of the busiest zoning lawyers in the city <br /> <br /> TOGETHER SINCE 1993 <br /> <br /> HOW THEY MET A blind date at an Italian restaurant called Gianotti’s. He proposed at the same restaurant 10 years later.<br /> <br /> THEIR FAMILY One child, four ducks, one turtle and one goldfish<br /> <br /> THEIR HOME A high-rise condo on Lake Shore Drive in the Gold Coast <br /> <br /> THEIR HANGOUTS Tavern on Rush, Four Seasons Bar, La Scarola and their summer home in three Oaks, Michigan<br /> <br /> Craig Hogan & Rudy Zavala <br /> <br /> CRAIG Managing Broker at Keller Williams Gold Coast since 2007, Broker of the Year in ’08, Growth Partner of the Year in ’08 (top recruiter of agents), sitting member of the Grievance Committee for the Chicago Association of Realtors <br /> <br /> RUDY Associate at Keller Williams Gold Coast, top 5 or 10 producer for KW every year since 1999, known for luxury listings. Currently has the Henry Rohkam House on the market, which is a National Historic Landmark home.<br /> <br /> TOGETHER SINCE 1996 <br /> <br /> HOW THEY MET Craig asked Rudy out one hour after meeting at a cocktail party of a mutual friend <br /> <br /> THEIR FAMILY A 13-year-old Miniature Pinscher named Ruby <br /> <br /> THEIR HOME A South Loop loft with a 600-squarefoot outdoor terrace<br /> <br /> THEIR HANGOUTS The bars at the Peninsula and the Ritz. Out of town: Nantucket and Santa Fe

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