In our latest Broker Spotlight, we’re excited to interview Nathan Zito, an associate at Interra Realty. Join us as we explore Nathan’s journey, uncovering what inspired him to become a real estate broker and how he found his way to Interra Realty.
What drew you to the commercial real estate industry and what do you find most rewarding about your work?
I fell in love with real estate while I was working in commercial construction. My prior job duties included designing and inspecting foundations for ground-up developments all around the Chicagoland area. The architecture and engineering in Chicago is so fascinating. The most rewarding part is contributing to my clients business goals and being apart of each unique vision.
What brought you to Interra Realty and when did you join?
I joined Interra in early May of ’22. I felt most aligned with Interra due to the professionalism and personalities I experienced through the hiring process. My mentors, Pat Kennelly and Paul Waterloo, grew up in the same area as me so we understood each other. The numbers speak for themself and I was most impressed with the amount of output Interra does year after year.
What is something that you learned in your first year working as a broker for Interra Realty?
The primary lesson I learned revolved around the art of conducting business. With numerous brokers vying for attention and securing listings, it can be quite a challenge to stay top of mind. Through my personal experience, I’ve discovered that adhering to traditional principles proves to be the most rewarding approach. As a broker, it is our duty to act as the fiduciary and fulfill our obligations to the principal. I firmly believe that Interra exemplifies this responsibility, and I consider it the key to success in this industry.
What is a goal you have set for yourself both professionally and personally?
I really enjoy things that involve a step-by-step process. Among these, the pizza making process holds a special place in my heart. So much so, that I have set a personal goal to open a high-end pizzeria called “Zito’s Za.” Interestingly, this personal aspiration perfectly aligns with my professional objective of acquiring apartment buildings, with the intention of eventually operating my pizzeria within a mixed-use complex. I find harmony in happy tenants and good pizza!