celebrating mothers By Jennifer Mitchell
One of the biggest misconceptions about the real estate team of Christie and Lynn DelGreco is that Christie followed her mother into the industry. In fact, it was Lynn who followed her daughter’s lead, and started taking classes to earn her real estate license after Christie signed up.
For both Lynn and Christie, real estate is a second career. Lynn worked as a residential landscape designer, and was the co-owner of a nursery.
“I loved meeting people and hearing about what they would like to see and the types of plants they liked before creating a landscape and hardscape plan,” says Lynn. “I would hand-select all the plants myself to ensure I was providing quality material to the job, which was very important to me.”
Christie was an equity options trader on the trading floor at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Much like in real estate, she liked that no two days on the trading floor were ever the same.
Unfortunately, Christie saw many of her colleagues were being laid off and that the industry was rapidly changing. Deciding to take her fate into her own hands, she spoke with her mother about a career change.
“My mom asked me, ‘If you could do anything you wanted and money didn’t matter, what would it be?'” remembers Christie. “And I answered immediately with ‘real estate.’ So, she told me to go get my license.”
Around the same time, Lynn was contemplating a career change of her own.
“Christie was taking classes to earn her real estate license and needed to take the El home alone at 9:30p.m.,” notes Lynn. “I didn’t like the idea of her traveling alone at night, so I decided to sign up for the same class and get my license too. I don’t know that she was crazy about the decision at the time, but it all worked out in the end.”