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President / Managing Broker
A.R.E. Partners Inc.
CCIM, BPOR, SFRAntje Gehrken, CCIM
President | Managing Broker
Newly Awarded! Chicago Association of Realtors President's Award
2015-20 Chicago Association of Realtors Board of Directors
2017-19 CAR Foundation Board of Trustees - 2019 Treasurer
2017-2019 CAR Finance Committee
2019 Illinois Realtors Commercial/Industrial/Investment Committee
2019 Illinois Realtors Public Policy and Government Affairs Group
2016-18 Chair - CAR Professional Development Advisory Group
2016-17 CAR Executive Committee
2015-16 Mentor – Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Real Estate Initiative
2014 Entrepreneur of the Year – Women’s Council of Realtors
"Antje and her team are extraordinary!!! She sold the property for us in short order AT A NICE PROFIT. Unbelievable." - Julie & Rick S. (estate sellers)
"Finding and purchasing our first time home was a daunting process, but with Antje's help we've done it all, easy peasy! She's simply the best!" - The Podgorskis (first time buyers)
"Antje is by far the best broker I have ever worked with" - American Enterprise Bank (as seller)
"Great job like always." - USBank (as seller)
"Antje far exceeded our expectations" - PNCBank
"Antje was absolutely fantastic throughout the process. . I'm so glad I didn't try to go it alone." - John B. (lessor)
Antje Gehrken, CCIM, is the owner and managing broker of A.R.E Partners, a boutique brokerage that developed the Mach 3 approach to real estate. Previously spearheading a southern rock / country band managed by Reba McEntire’s company and signed to Taylor Swift’s record label (think: if ZZ Top and The Dixie Chicks had a baby), Antje retired from the music business to turn her full attention toward real estate. But, as her reputation will attest, she never actually stopped being a rock star; she brings all that attitude to work for her clients and team as she builds A.R.E. Partners to be one of Chicago’s hottest real estate brokerages. And, with an eye for the needs of investors, buyers and sellers as they consider many factors including a lower cost of living and lower taxes, Antje recently expanded A.R.E. Partners into NW Indiana.
Antje has over 17 years of experience representing investors/developers, home buyers and sellers, institutional clients, and property owners, and approaches each real estate deal like she’s writing a song – each has its own story and personality. As a result, she takes a hands-on approach with the operations of A.R.E., creating a go-to market strategy specific to each client.
She has brokered the sale of single family homes, multi-family properties, mixed use, commercial, industrial, vacant land and everything in between. Her expertise is as wide and diverse as her listings, which range from luxury high rise units in Chicago to strip malls in western Illinois to restaurants downstate. Her properties have been featured everywhere from ‘Crain’s Chicago Business’ to FOX News. And all this elbow grease has paid off: in 2014, Antje was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Women’s Council of Realtors; has served as a Director of the Board for the Chicago Association of Realtors since 2015 to include a year-long stint on its exclusive Executive Committee; was recently nominated and elected to the CAR Foundation Board of Trustees, which serves as the charitable arm of the Chicago Association of Realtors; has served for two years as Chair of CAR’S Professional Development Advisory Group; and was selected to be a mentor for the Goldie B. Wolfe Miller Women Leaders in Commercial Real Estate Initiative. Antje was also recognized as a Sterling R President’s Circle Major Investor in the Realtors® Political Action Committee by the National Association of Realtors. RPAC is a national bipartisan grassroots-based political advocacy organization that works to protect the real estate industry and the dream of homeownership for Chicago area residents and across the country.
An expert in the valuation and disposition of bank-owned and distressed properties, Antje counts many institutional clients as her base and developed A.R.E. Partners to become a preferred vendor for the City of Chicago's troubled buildings initiative.
In 2016, Antje was designated as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), which recognizes her as an expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. The CCIM designation is held by only about 6 percent of commercial real estate professionals, making them an "elite corp" of brokers, leasing professionals, investment counselors, asset managers, appraisers, corporate real estate executives, property managers, developers, institutional investors and other professionals.
Born and raised in Chicago, Antje lives a work-hard play-hard life and, when not providing real estate services to her clients or guidance to A.R.E.'s team members, enjoys tennis a LOT, reading, being outside on warm days, new challenges, and spending time with her family. Her newest venture: a 16-acre horse farm in Indiana.
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