Chicago’s Essex Realty Group elects new principal

Chicago’s Essex Realty Group, Inc. has elected Kate Varde as a principal and managing director of the firm.

Varde joined Essex in 2007, and has been involved in the sale of nearly $500 million of investment property, including about 5,000 apartment units. She has been honored as Chicago’s top investment real estate broker and is a board member of the Edgewater-Uptown Builders Association.

Varde graduated from Cornell University and played professional softball for the Chicago Bandits. She has also been inducted into the Cornell University Sports Hall of Fame.

Essex focuses on the sales of investment real estate throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. Its 2017 pipeline included about 140 transactions totaling nearly $500 million.