I hope this email finds you well as we approach Halloween, my favorite time change informally known as "Fall Behind", cooler temps, and autumn colors. Time is flying by so quickly so I only just now decorated my front porch here in Chicago's Irving Park neighborhood with some spooky lights and ghosts and other props to help kids know that I will be home and handing out candy on Halloween. This year, I'm dressing up as the sister who always raids my closet. What about you?

I'm randomly sending you a picture of my first car, a 1976 Buick Electra 225 (aka Deuce and a Quarter) that my father gave me after he no longer needed such a large family car. I could fit all my friends in that car! I learned to park in the city with that beast and I lay claim to the title of one of the best parallel parkers you've ever known! I ended up selling it for $75 to the junk man. That was a sad day. 

My next car was a late 90s Geo Metro (1/4 the size of my 225) and, long story short, I blew a rod through the engine block and ended up selling it for $400 to a junk man in Tucumcari, New Mexico after trying to get from Chicago to LA in that itty bitty thing. I think I would've had more luck taking a lawn mower. Oh, but the memories!
My first car: 1976 Buick Electra 225 (aka Deuce and a Quarter). Please note, this is a stock photo. I grew up in an apartment IN the city: no garage, no driveway. I found parking everywhere I went, sometimes by force. 

I also wanted to share something I did earlier in October that was SUPER fun and involved one of my favorites things: eating. I was a guest on the new video podcast called Breaking Bread With Brian, hosted by and featuring real estate attorney Brian Tierney. We went to Mama Luigi's in Bridgeview and ate and talked about everything. Catch the edited version here (which also links to the full version). I'd love to get your feedback. 

And, finally, you may recall me mentioning this previously but I'm still reeling from the honor I received in September as the recipient of the 2018 Chicago Association of Realtors President's Award. Why me? Well, the plaque says "for your dedication, passion and leadership, within our organization and the industry as a whole." Which, in other words, means, here's this award for just being you. Again super honored and really humbled. While unexpected and completely unnecessary, it is sure is nice to be recognized and the plaque looks great in the A.R.E. space in Irving Park. Come by and see it! 

I would love to hear how you are and what you're planning on doing for Halloween. Drop me a line. And, of course, if I can be of any assistance with your real estate needs or you know someone in need of a a dedicated broker with a fantastic team, please don't hesitate to reach out. 

Antje Gehrken, CCIM
President | Managing Broker
Newly Awarded! Chicago Association of Realtors President's Award
2015-19 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

A.R.E. Partners
Licensed Realtor® in Illinois & Indiana

office: 312-300-7237 x.216
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