Kiser Group announced the official formation of the Birk | Sklar team. Since 2015, Noah Birk and Aaron Sklar have been working together to help their clients on the acquisition and disposition of multifamily properties throughout the South Side of Chicago.
According to CoStar, Birk and Sklar have sold more apartment buildings than any other broker in Chicago since 2015. Kiser Group’s Birk | Sklar team now extends its representation of clients to the West Side of Chicago and additional neighborhoods.
“It is critical to Kiser Group’s future that top producers, like Noah and Aaron, are able to build their businesses in a way they deem strategic for obtaining greater market share. When Noah and Aaron first proposed the concept, we did not yet have adequate guidelines, protocol and structure for team formation,” said principal and managing broker, Lee Kiser. “Since then, we have been working with Noah and Aaron to establish a system for creating their team and a template for future teams. Kiser Group’s success as a company comes from recruiting and training the right personnel, then supporting their goals for broader market share.”
“We’re excited for the opportunity to continue growing and serving more clients,” said Birk, a partner. “The team formation helps us leverage the success and market share we’ve established on the south side into a strategy for expanding our geographic footprint.”
“So far in 2020, our team has brokered 22 buildings and 550 apartments. While the economic effects of COVID-19 have impacted many multifamily brokers, our team is as busy as ever,” said Sklar, a partner. “There is no indication that our market areas will slow down, with most properties experiencing low vacancy and high rent collection.”
During the past few years, the pair have hired support staff to accommodate their growing book of business. Today, in addition to Birk and Sklar, the team comprises a new broker, two analysts and a senior associate.
Jack Petrando worked at Kiser Group as an analyst for Birk and Sklar and recently became the team’s first broker addition in May 2020. Petrando’s focus is growing the team’s market share on Chicago’s West Side.
“We couldn’t be more pleased with Jack Petrando’s launch to broker. He has several recent listings on the West Side of the city and is already an important part of the team’s trajectory,” said Kiser.
Analysts Austin Parker and Adam Lenchner joined Kiser Group to support the team with market research, cold calling and showings. Justin Turner joined Kiser Group in 2018 as an analyst. Today Turner is a senior associate and manages the team’s analysts and deal flow.
The team is seeking additional staff and brokers to support their growing market presence. The Birk | Sklar team currently operates from Kiser Group’s South Loop office.