Chicago Real Estate Firm @properties Hires Wayne Kouf To Manage Gold Coast/Streeterville Office

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Kouf is a veteran Chicago real estate broker with extensive management experience and a track record for recruitment and sales growth.

Chicago Real Estate broker Wayne Kouf @properties

Wayne Kouf, Vice President of Brokerage Services, @properties

I’m excited to work with the market leader, a company that not only is number one in sales but also is at the forefront of residential brokerage in terms of marketing, training and technology.

Chicago real estate firm @properties announced today that it has hired Wayne Kouf as vice president of brokerage services for the company’s Gold Coast/Streeterville office. @properties’ co-founders, Michael Golden and Thaddeus Wong, made the announcement.

Kouf, 58, has built a strong track record for sales growth and recruitment during a 12-year career in residential real estate brokerage. Prior to joining @properties, Kouf was managing broker at the Lincoln Park/Halsted office of Prudential Rubloff. He also has held management positions at two other independent real estate firms in Chicago, as well as the largest real estate company in Canada.

At @properties, Kouf will be responsible for transaction management, recruitment and training/coaching in the firm’s Gold Coast/Streeterville office, which currently has over 200 licensed agents and has closed more than $225 million in sales, year to date.

“Wayne represents a new breed of managing broker in our industry. He’s a natural motivator, has a systematic approach to agent development and puts people very much at ease,” said Golden.

“Agents thrive under Wayne. He knows what it takes to be successful in this business and, just as importantly, he knows how to impart that to a variety of individuals at different stages of their careers,” said Wong.

“I’m excited to work with the market leader, a Chicago real estate company that not only is number one in sales but also is at the forefront of residential brokerage in terms of marketing, training and technology,” said Kouf.

Kouf grew up near Seattle, Wash., and graduated from City University of Seattle. He was a vice president of sales for two large publishing companies before getting into real estate. In his first full year in the business, he closed over $15 million in sales. A short time later, he earned his broker’s license and was promoted to managing broker.

Wayne currently lives in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood with his wife, Karen, and son, Ethan. He enjoys coaching youth football, wine collecting, discovering new restaurants throughout Chicago and spending time with his family.

About @properties
Established in 2000, @properties is the No. 1 Chicago real estate brokerage firm by market share and the fastest-growing brokerage firm on Chicago’s North Shore. The company offers residential and commercial brokerage; property management; sales and marketing for new-construction and condominium conversion developments; and institutional services for distressed and REO property. @properties has more than 1,000 licensed brokers in eight city and North Shore locations: River North, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Bucktown, Streeterville/Gold Coast, Evanston, Winnetka and Lake Forest. For more information, visit


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