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Steve Horvath is the founder of CRE Advising, a real estate company that exclusively services the commercial sector. With over 22 years of commercial real estate experience, Steve Horvath, has executed over $2 billion dollars of closed sales and leasing transactions.  He has consistently completed over 100 transactions annually. Steve specializes in investment sales, 1031 exchanges, net lease investments, ownership and tenant/landlord representation for office, industrial and retail properties, development/site selection, property assemblages and a variety of other real estate advisory services.

Steve started his career as a licensed real estate appraiser before transitioning in 2004 to a full time broker with a focus on ownership and tenant representation. From 2004 to the present, he has successfully leased over 3 million square feet of office, industrial and retail space.

Steve is a member of the United Nations, NAIOP, NICAR, MORe commercial alliance, Arizona State University alumni club, Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and life member of the International Police Association. Steve is also a season ticket holder of the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, and he enjoys relaxing weekends in Lake Geneva and Hayward, Wisconsin going golfing, fishing and water skiing. He is a member of both the Big Foot Country Club in Lake Geneva, WI and the Wawashkamo Golf Club in Mackinac Island, MI.

Awards and Leadership

  • Recipient of the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) award for outstanding service in commercial real estate

  • Named one of Crain's Most Influential Commercial Real Estate Brokers in Chicago

  • Conducts seminars on negotiation and commercial leasing strategies

  • Former Chairman of Main Street Organization of Realtors® (MORe) Commercial Committee

  • Former Co-chair for the Community Alliance of Chicagoland Realtors® (CACR)

  • Former Review Committee for MORe® BOD Investment/Finance

  • Expert presenter for the Alliance for Regional Development's annual Summit on Regional Competitiveness

  • Faculty presenter for the Practising Law Institute's annual Commercial Real Estate Institute

  • Moderator for Bisnow panel “The Future of the West Suburbs and Beyond”

  • Moderator for the Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago’s panel “Housing, Restaurants and Hotels: Forecasting Economic Performance”

  • Member of the Small Business Advocacy Council (SBAC) policy committee

  • Bridge Communities Property Grounds Committee Member

  • 2023 member of Mayor Brandon Johnson's transition team on economic equity and vitality committee

  • Winner of Illinois REJournal's Real Estate Awards Broker of the Year 2022

  • Nominated as an Illinois REJournal's Real Estate Awards finalist for most significant lease transaction in 2022

  • Nominated as an Illinois REJournal's Real Estate Awards finalist for Most Significant Investment Sale Transaction in 2022

  • Winner of llinois REJournal's 2020 Commercial Real Estate Award for Retail Transaction of the Year in regards to the facilitation of the Brooklyn Boulders' lease at 2121 N Clybourn 

  • Principal and managers recipients of Midwest Real Estate News’ Best of the Best Top CRE Broker three years in a row from 2019-2022

  • Principal and managers named as a finalist for the Illinois REJournal's Real Estate Awards Brokerage Firm of the Year 2022


Education and Associations

  • Arizona State University, BS

  • Chicago State University, MS

  • NAIOP member

  • ICSC member

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