ABOUT CAROLYN ANAVI
Live Here was founded in 2008 by Carolyn Ridge Anavi. Carolyn has a rich history in the real estate community. She began her career in Real Estate in 2000. After working with buyers and sellers at The Habitat Company and Century 21 Carolyn took a position as the Listing Director for the Apartment People in Chicago. She held this position for seven years.
Landlords and management companies sought out Carolyn for her keen sense of the market and her ability to get their properties rented quickly. Her attention to detail and her wealth of knowledge in the market was unparalleled in the rental industry. Carolyn’s strong work ethic and her no-nonsense approach to making things happen caught the eye of an associate at Chicago Title and she began her career as Title Specialist. Carolyn enjoyed learning this aspect of the Real Estate.
Her daily interactions with builders, mortgage brokers, and real estate attorneys rounded out her knowledge of the real estate process. After several years Carolyn left Chicago Title to pursue her dream to own and manage her own Real Estate firm. In 2008 Carolyn opened her first branch in Wicker Park with the intention of filling a niche in the market that landlords and renters were craving.
Carolyn took her uncompromising work ethic and created an apartment rental agency where customers were treated to the highest level of respect and personalized service. Renters quickly responded to the unyielding attention to their needs and request. Landlords raved about the professional and efficient manner in which their properties were being rented. Taken out of the equation is the run around that has been too common in the real estate industry.
Each customer’s appointment was and still is carefully created after detailed conversations with a highly trained leasing specialist or Broker. The company’s model was so successful that one year to the date after opening their first location in Wicker Park, a Lakeview branch was opened at 3021 N Lincoln Ave. As the needs of its Brokers, landlords and tenants grew so did the company.
Live Here Chicago grew organically to service the needs of landlords looking to sell their buildings or condos, tenants returning to buy vs rent and customers wanting to learn the ins and outs of either purchasing or renting. Live Here Chicago puts the customer first and thrives on delivering the best customer service in the industry.
Carolyn Anavi and her management team have over 40 years of combined experience, which is unmatched in the Chicago area. She is also one of only a few female real estate brokerage owners in Chicago and has been passionate about industry for decades.
Carolyn is a Chicago native and has lived in the neighborhoods of Sauganash Park, Edgewater, Wicker Park, Lakeview, Streeterville and Gold Coast. Carolyn falls in the middle of 10 brothers and sisters and attended Queen of All Saints School on the Northwest side of Chicago. Carolyn studied Graphic Design at the prestigious school of Visual Communications at Northern Illinois University as well as Salzburg College in Austria.
Upon graduation Carolyn entered into the private gallery industry in Chicago. At the age of 25, Carolyn was appointed as the youngest Gallery Director in Merrill Chase’s history. She took a failing gallery and turned it into the top producing gallery per square foot amongst the company’s network of five locations. She sold well known Pop artists such as Warhol and Lichtenstein and traveled the country buying art glass from well known artist such as Dale Chihuly.
Carolyn caught the eye of Atlas Gallery in Chicago and after seven years with Merrill Chase, moved to Atlas Gallery on Michigan Ave. There Carolyn landed an all time record sale for the company. Carolyn used this commission to pursue her dream of being in real estate and has never looked back.
Carolyn has been married to a native Argentine, Ignacio Anavi for 19 years and is raising two sons. Many vacations are spent traveling back and forth to Buenos Aires to visit family. Her passions include friends and family, paddle boarding, kayaking, traveling and the health and welfare of children less fortunate. Carolyn strongly believes that being a real estate agent is one of the greatest careers that one can have. She takes tremendous pride in mentoring both men and women looking to begin or better themselves in a real estate career.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Who's Who in Chicago Real Estate 2018
Acredited Buyers Repsentative (ABR)
Sellers Representative Specialist (SRS)
Chicago Association of Realtors Outstanding
Leasing Achievement Award for 2016
Chicago Association of Realtors Outstanding
Leasing Achievement Award for 2015
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