About Be Realty.

Leading clients, brokers, and colleagues to confidently be where they want to be: physically, financially, and emotionally through the development of lifelong relationships rooted in exceptional service.

Be Realty Group is committed to developing lifelong relationships rooted in exceptional service. This means letting someone go through their learning process. Trust takes time and we are willing to take that time. In order to support our clients’ diverse real estate needs, and to provide opportunities for the highest caliber real estate talent, we have developed complementary and comprehensive lines of service. We have teams dedicated to real estate brokerage services for both residential and commercial transactions.

Our property management division delivers excellent results and ongoing advisory services for investors. And our global team is positioned to support real estate transactions across international borders. Every division and every team member is focused on exceptional service and ongoing stewardship of each project that supports our client’s real estate goals.

Our History

Andrew Wendt and Ian Carswell founded Be Realty in 2012. Their roots in real estate had been developing many years prior as Ian first invested in real estate in 2004, and Andrew’s career in real estate brokerage began in 2006. The two met in 2009 as career-focused and entrepreneurially inclined participants in the Young Professionals of Evanston. Both served terms as president for that organization, and they bonded over the shared experience. Ian’s career focus was on technology, innovation, and professional services. Andrew’s focus was on honing expertise in real estate brokerage.

After working with Andrew as broker in the purchase of a small multifamily, Ian suggested they develop a partnership—combining their talent sets to form a group prepared to creatively respond to the changing real estate industry. This led to the launch of Be Realty in 2012. Initially limited to residential real estate brokerage, Be Realty Group now comprises four divisions including residential, property management, commercial and global real estate. Be Realty’s community of clients includes investors, landlords, residential buyers and sellers, renters, commercial clients, global inbound and outbound clients, and clients of specialty advisory services such as the Cannabis industry. Together this team of talented professionals assures that their collective vision: Leading clients, brokers, and colleagues to confidently be where they want to be: physically, financially, and emotionally through the development of lifelong relationships rooted in exceptional service.

Our Management

Be Realty Group is led by a management team that brings both deep real estate expertise as well as perspective, business acumen, and track records of success from a diverse set of prior industries.

Andrew Wendt, Founder and President of Be Realty Group, guides direction and growth with his 15+ years of expertise in the real estate industry. Andrew has served as lead broker on residential and commercial transactions, including over $100MM in real estate sales. In developing our property management division, he successfully leveraged his prior experience in development and construction. This diverse and comprehensive set of real estate experiences serve Be Realty Group well. Andrew leverages his emotional acuity and communication skills to bring the most out of the organization and guide toward opportunity.

Ian Carswell, Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Be Realty Group, brings 20 years of real estate investment experience, and 10 years of real estate brokerage experience. Mr. Carswell previously served as Executive Vice President for Cardinal Intellectual Property, where he led business development, application development, and back-office services. He is also a named inventor of over a dozen technology and business method patents.

Joe Sutton, Principal and Chief Financial Officer, brings 10 years of real estate brokerage experience. Formerly CFO of Morningstar, Inc, in that role he oversaw growth from 24 to more than 600 employees. Joe has also served as a small business consultant and advisor for the past 20 years.

Mikus Kins, Principal and Managing Director of Be Realty Commercial, is a capital
markets veteran with over 18 years of experience in both domestic and international financial markets. Now with 8 years of commercial real estate brokerage experience, Mikus continues to work closely with banks, developers, institutional, and high net worth investors.

Lynn Wendt, Principal and Designated Managing Broker for Be Realty Residential, believes that superior customer service, trust and respect are the best ways to build long-lasting relationships with clients, industry colleagues and business partners. Lynn joined Be in 2013 after a 30-year career as an Information Technology (IT) project manager for fortune 500 companies. 

Karen Sandvoss, Director of Be Realty Management, oversees the all aspects of the property management division. Karen brings decades of experience in operations and finance. Prior to joining Be, Karen served as finance coordinator at Medithrive, one of the oldest cannabis dispensaries in San Francisco.

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