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2015: Year of New Beginnings | Commercial Main N State
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2015: Year of New Beginnings

2015: Year of New Beginnings

This will probably be the most personal post I have ever written. If you have followed me via here or my various social media accounts you have noticed I have been absent from the virtual world for a few months. Obviously I am still alive in reality but reality has taken a lot of my time and attention. So here we are in March of 2015, 2 months down and I am hoping more than any other year that 2015 will be a great year. It is at minimum a year of new beginnings.



In 2006 I was married, in 2008 had my first son and in 2010 had twin daughters. Over the past few years life has been tough with business and family life. Unfortunately the marriage suffered and in 2014 my wife and I decided to part ways. Due to income we stayed living together until that hit a hard point and she moved out in December. Now we are meeting with attorneys and going through the divorce proceedings. So a new chapter of my life awaits once the divorce is finalized. One new beginning for 2015.



September 2012 I joined Schulz Properties, Ltd. after roughly 10 years at The Alter Group to become a 1099 broker. My first experience with taking on the full risk of independent contractor, eating what you kill 100%. Things were good but over the 2 years there were a couple snags. Half way through 2014 things started to crumble in my personal book of business. Deals were not getting done, property activity was lagged and money was short. Many things I am sure contributed to all this: fall of marriage, economy and the world at large. Though I fought for every deal and tried all I could I was not getting things done. In early February this year my managing broker and I decided it was time for me to make a fresh start somewhere else. It was not personal and there is no ill feelings, it was just the time.


I met with Bryan Barus of Suburban Real Estate Services and gave him an overview (more in depth) of the past 8 months of my life. So he knew where things stood for me. I of course was looking to join his firm and it was only right to be upfront and honest. I love commercial real estate and I want to make it in this business again, but he had to be armed with the truth. That said, he understood and graciously brought me on board to his team. A new beginning for 2015.


I am excited to be part of Suburban Real Estate Services (SRESI) and look forward to learning where I went wrong, learning new ways to tackle the challenges and a fresh start. The obstacle I will be fighting on top of creating a new book of business is because of the past 8 months and divorce funds are scarce. So I have had to get a full time midnight shift warehouse job. Not ideal but allows me to have my day hours to meet with prospects and build back my CRE business.

Forward Ahead 2015

I had a crummy 2014 to say the least and though I am no where out of the hole that I made I try to hang on to faith that 2015 will be a stepping stone to lessons learned and new brighter beginnings. My family and friends have been such a support to me, without them I would have given up by now. Of course it is hard going to a warehouse 5 nights a week lifting heavy boxes for 8+ hours but then I think of my kids and I know they are the reason I need to do more. Sleep is scarce as I try and focus on building my CRE career during the day, again as I think of my kids I get motivation. One day they will ask why I couldn't see them as often as I was before and why I wasn't always at their school functions and I will share with them that to get where you want to be you just work hard and you do what you have to do. I hope to teach them where I went wrong so maybe they won't have to endure the same struggles as I have.


Some have said they are proud of me for all I am trying to do here in 2015, I ask, don't be proud of me yet... It's a long road ahead be proud of me when I get out of this hole and never fall again.


Kristian Lee (84 Posts)

Kristian is a licensed Illinois Commercial Real Estate broker with over 10 years’ experience working with small to medium sized businesses locally and nationally as well as owners of real estate from office, retail to industrial at Suburban Real Estate Services, Inc.. in Lisle, IL. Kristian specializes in branding each property he represents through different marketing tactics, boots on the ground and the latest technologies gained from his experience of marketing rock bands to commercial properties. For each tenant representation assignment he becomes his client's "in-house" broker walking them through the process from initial meeting till occupancy. He is the founder of Commercial Main N State, a blog providing tips and market rental trends to small businesses on #CRE. He currently is the 2014-2016 Chair of the Mainstreet Organization of Realtors® Commercial Alliance.

8 thoughts on “2015: Year of New Beginnings

  1. Kristian please know that my husband and I will hold you and your family in our prayers. We pray for a shifting for 2015. One thing I know for sure is that when everything in our life unravels and we get on our knees to our real source, GOD promises to move on our behalf and turn things around. Be encouraged. HE has plans and purposes to fulfill in each of us, and through the tough times, we really are strengthened…our faith, our focus and our drive. Gratefulness displaces doubt, fear and frustration and creates positive attitude and outlook, bringing hope and the joy can roll back in again. Cheering you on my #cre friend!!

  2. Kristian,

    I think you are a tremendous, smart and talented person. On top of that you are doing what you need to do to get the job done, which is 99% of what it is all about! If it takes 3 jobs you have to do that. I think it is what our country needs. People who pick themselves up by their bootstraps and forge ahead. I know you have good genes and your parents raised you to be the person you are! I commend you for writing this blog and I just read it for the first time and apologize for not seeing it sooner. I think by this blog it is apparent you will make it in whatever you decide to do. It does not matter what industry you go with and you will also be in good physical condition as well. I know most people go home and watch tv or other mindless stuff and they are not getting ahead, but you are out there working hard to get ahead and that is the best therapy you can do right now. Work is healing and you will look back on this and say you are so glad you did it yourself and you made it! Keep up the good work and I am proud to know you and help you with whatever I can do.

    I am looking forward to seeing you in June!


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