Real Estate Brokers: Stephanie Pellegrino + Andrea Quinones

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When you're starting a new business, it can be hard to find the right partner. You want someone who shares your vision, but you also want someone who brings an entirely different set of skills and experiences to the table.

Meet Stephanie Pellegrino and Andrea Quinones, the two real estate moguls and partners at Platinum Partners Realtors. While they both have been working together since 2019, Stephanie and Andrea come from very different professional backgrounds.

Stephanie’s journey in real estate dates back to her high school days.

“I actually started in high school when I worked for a new home builder and liked it. Then I did more after I graduated from college with a developer in the city, some high rises in the south loop, Evanston, the North Shore.”

Although her passion was in real estate and had very good relationships with the industry, she went to college for a different course.

“I saw people making a lot of money quickly and I love working with people because I love people. And so I always liked the industry, but I went to college for marketing and communications.

After graduation, Stephanie spent several years in the corporate world, working for several companies, before finding her way to Platinum Partners Realtors.

Andrea on the other hand was busy with her hair business at the time, and Stephanie became her loyal client. It didn’t take long for them to realize they shared a lot in common: married at the same time, both had twins at the same time, and knew a lot of the same people. They were simply on the same page in life. One conversation led to another and then the real estate topics caught Andrea’s attention.

“As my kids were growing, I was getting interested in real estate. I had friends that were lenders, also other Realtor friends, and it started to interest me. I was looking to make more money, but still stay in the hair business. Stephanie started to talk to me about it and told me Platinum Partners was offering classes and she would be willing to mentor me if I decided to go that direction.”

There are so many benefits of starting a business together as a team rather than going into it all along. With Andrea and Stephanie partnering right from the beginning, it was easier for them to run their real estate business, even with their respective family responsibilities.

“I think in our situation where you have a family and you're trying to balance everything, having a partner just makes everything easier for both the client and for us. So we can always accommodate the client because one of us is usually available.”

To date, Stephanie and Andrea have worked with all forms of clients, including helping others rebuild their credit scores. They have experienced firsthand how bad credit is affecting the younger generation and insist that there’s a need to educate the youths about finances right from school levels.

“If we could develop a program and implement it in the schools, just teaching the basics of finance and saving, I think it would go a long way. Our kids both go to private schools, so they don't necessarily have that funding for those types of classes. We're hoping somewhere down the line, when time frees up, we'd like to go into some of these schools and develop some kind of course, even if it's once per month or once per quarter.”

Tune in and learn more about the real estate industry, how it can be a huge investment and source of revenue for you and more on different ways you can teach your kids about financial literacy.

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