I got a press release last week from some South Loop realtors that sounded sort of unusual. And also sort of cute. I skimmed it. Looked at the pictures. And thought to myself, I wished I could have been there.
It seemed like a group managing sales at The Grant, a super-luxurious high-rise on Roosevelt, just east of Michigan--a building I did a sort of review of back in October--had invited 30 kids from the west side's esteemed Off the Street Club to the building to learn about real estate careers. Some Related Realty employees are committed to supporting the Club in various ways, including tutoring, I learned.
I thought the real estate careers the release mentioned meant real estate brokering. Careers having to do with sales and marketing. And commissions.
Alas, I skimmed the release too fast.
I must admit that I thought it a tad odd to bring kids striving to pull themselves away from an environment of gangs and drugs and poverty into a world of real estate mavenship. At least at this point in their lives.
But this morning, I read the release more carefully. And I found that in fact, the kids learned--against a backdrop of top-of-the-line decorating, stellar views of Grant Park, a barbecue with all the trimmings, tours of the luxurious models and oodles and oodles of high-end building amenities--about careers in architecture, construction and design.
Not a mention of real estate commissions. At least in the release….
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