Kelly Smith Named Partner at Chicago's Urban Real Estate

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Expert In working with clients building their real estate investment portfolios named Partner

Kelly Smith

"Kelly Smith has patience, tenacity, and a broad investment perspective which make him the stellar practitioner he is."

Urban Real Estate (Urban) is expanding its leadership team, announcing Kelly Smith as partner at the Chicago-based real estate brokerage.

Mr. Smith has been with Urban since 2012. Smith’s clients rely on him for his expertise in helping them with their real estate investment portfolio. Often, his clients will count on his guidance in building short- and long-term goals for acquiring single-family or multi-family properties, and create a plan for their rehabilitation, rental and/or resale. Smith is keen on identifying opportunities that help meet the needs of his clients, garnering them stable, solid investments. In addition, Smith advises on best rental practices, ensuring his clients are meeting the requirements of local, state and federal laws when serving their tenants.

Smith began his career in real estate in 2003 in land lease and billboard advertising before obtaining his Illinois real estate license in 2008. Kelly has also actively built his own investment portfolio, buying and renting properties since 2004.

Matt Farrell, managing partner at Urban Real Estate, is honored to be welcoming the new partner to Urban and says, “Kelly Smith has patience, tenacity, and a broad investment perspective which make him the stellar practitioner he is. Kelly’s hard word is respected by his peers at Urban, and across the industry, and we couldn’t be luckier to have him with us at the helm, guiding the trajectory of our projects here at Urban.”

“I am truly thrilled to be moving into my newest role as partner,” Kelly Smith says. “I have seen our brokerage grow in response to the values our brokers and clients seek in us most. We have the right energy in our brokerage to further develop our business, and I am committed to being the best asset I can to my fellow partners, and the brokers who count on us most to better serve their clientele,” Smith adds.

Senior partner Michael Emery adds, “Urban’s growth relies on the unique talent we have working with us today and in the future. Kelly’s expertise is critical as we explore the expansion of our own real estate investments, as well as the development and marketing of other third-party projects. We couldn’t be more fortunate to have the added benefit of Kelly’s skill set and solid professionalism on our team.”

About Urban Real Estate:
Urban Real Estate is a full-service brokerage focused on integrating the most cutting-edge technology with the best of real estate to better serve its clients and agents. Broker areas of expertise include serving the downtown Chicago, north shore and western suburbs in residential sales and leasing. Urban brokers also focus on investment sales and portfolio management, luxury sales, distressed/short sales and working with international clients. For more visit us at

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