Christian Arai

I work with property owners, investors, developers, and business owners to maximize their commercial real estate investment goals. Over 20 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of market trends provide me with the necessary insights for creative solutions to deliver successful outcomes for my clients in various market conditions and segments.

My knowledge and experience spans across property analysis, acquisitions, dispositions and leases. I am in the final stages of the CCIM designation, furthering my commitment to excellence and continued learning. My focus is providing my clients professional, ethical, and personalized service while building long-term value and lasting relationships.

Buran Shakjiri

Buran embarked on his journey in real estate during his college years at Michigan State, where his passion and commitment quickly made a mark. In just his first 12 months, he orchestrated over 20 successful transactions, demonstrating an exceptional aptitude for the industry.

Upon graduating, Buran set his sights on the vibrant real estate landscape of Chicago. Here, he has honed his expertise, specializing in the strategic acquisition and disposition of multifamily and retail properties spanning the dynamic Midwest region. With a proven track record and an unwavering dedication to delivering value, Buran continues to be a driving force in the real estate arena.


Auction Services

Since its inception nearly two decades ago, CRER has solidified its standing in the commercial real estate world.

Through the years, the landscape of commercial real estate auctions has evolved, and we’ve thrived by embracing those changes, learning from each experience, and most importantly, by prioritizing our clients. Our longevity in the business speaks volumes about our reliability, the trust we’ve built with our clientele, and our unwavering commitment to excellence.

CRE Auction Solutions Tailored for You

Every property and client comes with a unique set of needs and expectations. At CRER, we understand this distinction. Our experts evaluate every property, understand market nuances, and strategize the best auction methods tailored to meet specific objectives. With CRER, you’re not just getting a service; you’re gaining a partner who invests time and effort into ensuring that every auction is a resounding success.

The Power of a Dedicated Team

Behind every successful auction is a team of dedicated professionals working to achieve the desired results. CRER’s team is its backbone – a mix of seasoned experts and dynamic young professionals who bring with them a wealth of knowledge, innovative ideas, and a commitment to serving clients.

Our collaborative approach ensures that every aspect of the auction process, from marketing to final sale, is handled with expertise, and dedication.

Stay Ahead with CRER’s Insights

In the ever-evolving world of commercial real estate auctions, staying updated with the latest trends, insights, and strategies is crucial. CRER is not just about executing successful auctions; we’re about equipping our clients with knowledge and insights to make informed decisions.

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Victor Cornelio

Victor Cornelio is an experienced retail broker who worked for more than eight years at a national brokerage firm prior to joining CRER. During his tenure, he has helped transact more than $230 million in real estate for his clients.

A true Chicagoan, Victor focuses on the Chicago area and Midwest market but keeps an eye on the national scene.

He has many career objectives: to provide market research, advisory services, financing, investment sales and dispositions assistance. Victor’s clients benefit from having his many skills at hand while further adding value to their own businesses.

What sets Victor apart? His ability to develop and retain client relationships while providing an array of excellent services. He’s energetic, results-driven, and works well under pressure.

Victor graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northeastern Illinois University, studied abroad in Rome, and worked as a credit analyst before joining the brokerage industry.

Anthony Conforti

As a lifetime resident of Chicagoland, Anthony has always taken an interest in real estate. From an early age, Anthony began working in his family real estate business. Working alongside his father and mentor, he gained invaluable knowledge and insight into the business. During this time he learned about everything from construction and remodeling to property management and investment strategies. This foundation led the way for his passion for real estate.

After attending college, Anthony knew that real estate was meant for him. In 2011 he earned his real estate license and hit the ground running. He began working with buyers and engaging in property management. Anthony developed an intimate understanding of the real estate transaction and the importance of client relationships. After gaining knowledge and experience, Anthony adapted to an ever changing market and began working with sellers and investors. His understanding of the market and ability to find off-market and distressed properties make him an asset to first time home buyers and seasoned investors alike.

Anthony is knowledgeable in all facets of real estate and continues to hone his skills. Himself an investor in real estate, Anthony understands the importance of finding the best deal for his client and exhausts all resources to do so. Anthony takes pride in providing the best possible service to all of his clients, and his attention to detail proves to be an invaluable quality time and time again. Anthony looks at a business relationship more like a partnership that will last a lifetime.

In his free time, Anthony enjoys traveling, playing golf and hockey, and finding new restaurants around the city. If you are interested in any of Anthony’s services, contact him today.

Ian Luscombe

Ian Luscombe began his real estate career in 2015 at Marcus & Millichap. The personal nature of this relationship-driven business enabled him to close many transactions. In early 2021, Ian Joined CRER (Chicago Real Estate Resources). During his first year at CRER, Ian represented clients in multifamily and mixed-use transactions of more than $22MM. 

In April of 2022, Ian took on an opportunity to take on a more managerial role at Matthews REIS in Chicago. During the next year and a half, he helped grow the Chicago office by recruiting several agents in the industry. Although being a manager was a valuable experience, Ian realized that his true passion lies in the sales side of the business. Ian returned to CRER as a Senior Director to focus on investment property sales on the North Side of Chicago with deal sizes ranging from $500,000 to $10,000,000. 

The keys to his success? Taking pride in providing client satisfaction, perfecting his communication and people skills, and keeping his clients happy with a consistent deal flow stemming from his best effort. 

Ian graduated from Butler University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. 

At Butler, Ian played D-1AA football, his team winning Pioneer Football League Championships in both 2012 and 2013. As a student athlete, he developed a hard-working attitude and ability to tackle any obstacles in his way. It is how Ian still gets results, as his clients will attest. 

Finley Askin

Finley Askin is a licensed managing broker who specializes in the sale of multifamily properties in the Chicago metropolitan area. Since 2019, Finley has led the execution of over 100 transactions and sold in excess of $250 million in real estate assets. Prior to joining CRER, Finley was at a national brokerage firm where he ranked as the top multifamily broker in 2023.

Clients appreciate Finley’s honest and direct approach as well as his expertise as a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Prior to real estate, Finley worked at Ernst & Young in the Transaction Advisory Services group where he assisted Fortune 500 companies in multibillion-dollar international acquisitions.

Finley graduated with honors from the University of Northern Kentucky where he received his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. Outside of real estate, Finley is a sports enthusiast and enjoys traveling, running, and spending meaningful time with family and friends.