Kate Varde

Kate joined Essex Realty Group in 2007 and focuses on the sale of multi-family and mixed-use investment real estate throughout Chicago and the Suburbs. Kate has been involved in the sale of over $1 billion of investment property, including approximately 9,000 apartment units.

Kate has been recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors as Chicago’s top investment real estate broker and selected by Real Estate Forum as one of Commercial Real Estate’s Women to Watch in 2018 and a Woman of Influence in 2019. In addition, she was recognized as one of Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Commercial Real Estate. Most recently she was selected by Bisnow as a Leader of the Year in 2023.

Kate has also acquired more than $150 million of apartment properties and is a Partner in Back Nine Apartment Investments which provides investment solutions for 1031 exchanges.

Prior to joining Essex, Kate was a Foreign Exchange Trader, responsible for analyzing and interpreting market conditions. She also played professional softball for the Chicago Bandits.

Kate graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Psychology and was inducted into the Cornell University Sports Hall of Fame.

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