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@properties Co-founder Thad Wong Named Innovator of the Year at 2018 Inman Connect Conference


@properties Co-founder Thad Wong Named Innovator of the Year at 2018 Inman Connect Conference

Chicago real estate entrepreneur recognized for innovative marketing and technology solutions

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, July 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Thaddeus Wong, co-founder of Chicago's No. 1 real estate brokerage firm, @properties, was honored with the Innovator of the Year award at the 2018 Inman Connect conference, held the week of July 16 in San Francisco. Inman, a real estate information and media company, based in Emeryville, Calif., produces the Inman Innovator awards program to recognize and celebrate the most innovative companies, organizations and individuals in the real estate industry.

Wong and co-founder Mike Golden started @properties in 2000 and built it into the largest residential brokerage firm in the Chicago area and the 11th largest brokerage firm in the nation in less than two decades.

The duo also developed one of the industry's first proprietary end-to-end technology platforms for agents, with digital tools and resources for customer relationship management, transaction management, comparative market analysis and marketing.

Wong and Golden are also active investors in real estate technology, having made early-round investments in more than a half-dozen startups including: Konverse, an internal communications app; TurboAppeal, a property tax appeal platform;, which uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help agents connect with potential home sellers; and PointDrive, a presentation application that was acquired by LinkedIn.

"It is a huge honor to be recognized as the Inman Innovator of the Year, especially among the group of trailblazing organizations and individuals at this conference," said Wong. "Mike and I have made innovation part of the DNA of @properties, and we have continuously worked to improve the products and services that allow our agents to run their businesses more productively and efficiently."

Wong said the focus on technology has fueled the growth trajectory of @properties, which had over $9 billion in sales in 2017, and has achieved 20 percent market share in the city of Chicago and Chicago's North Shore market.

About @properties
Established in 2000, @properties is the No. 1 residential brokerage firm in Illinois and one of the top 11 residential brokers in the U.S. @properties has more than 2,450 licensed brokers in 26 offices throughout downtown Chicago, surrounding suburbs, southwest Michigan and Lake Geneva, Wisc. For more information, visit


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