Lou Fernandez has a multi-faceted knowledge and experience in the field of real estate, as well as a background in related financial fields. Lou and his wife co-founded Independence Properties, LLC, a residential and commercial redevelopment company focusing on purchasing distressed properties, redeveloping them and marketing them at retail, providing solutions for sellers and buyers and value for investors. Lou is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Licensed Developer in the City of Chicago—so getting his own broker’s license and building a realty practice has been a natural progression in his career. As a broker, Lou specializes in representing both sellers and buyers in retail sale/acquisition, single family residences, investment properties, and distressed properties requiring extensive rehab. As a financial professional and licensed developer, Lou is very well versed in all aspects of real estate transactions including negotiation, financing, legal and tax implications. His years of experience in corporate boardrooms has taught Lou the interpersonal skills necessary to serve his clients and be an effective advocate on their behalf, while recognizing the needs of both parties in a transaction in order to find compromise and make successful deals happen. Lou has been a client service professional for much of his career and recognizes the need to thoroughly understand his clients’ goals and objectives so that he can exceed their expectations. Moreover, he brings his own experiences to assist him in anticipating those additional special needs that clients may not even have thought of themselves. Lou grew up in Streamwood and Park Ridge in Illinois, and he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University in Bloomington and an MBA in Finance & Business Policy from the University of Chicago. As an experienced Audit, Finance and Entrepreneurial executive who has worked for both Fortune 1000 companies and small to medium sized businesses, he is a hands-on professional with experience working around the world and in a variety of cultures. Lou also speaks three languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese, owing to his Cuban heritage and his wife’s Brazilian roots. Lou has five kids ranging from 11 months to 24 years old—while the oldest is a third year medical student, the youngest is just learning to walk! Lou swears they all keep him young. To add to the bunch, Lou and his wife also have two happy-go-lucky Golden Retrievers named Mario and Leonardo. Besides his family, Lou loves traveling, cooking, and anything related to Disney! Since 1988 Lou has lived in Lake County in communities like Lake Zurich, Mundelein, and now Long Grove; but he still enjoys the city. When he visits, his favorite activities include Sunday Brunch at the Signature Room on the 95th Floor of the John Hancock Building, watching a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, ice skating at Millennium Park, and taking a walk along Michigan Avenue. Lou finds that the most rewarding part of being a Dream Town real estate agent is knowing that he has helped a family sell their home so they can move on to the next chapter of their lives, or helped someone find their new—possibly first—home where they, too, can raise a family, start a business, or simply escape to their personal oasis.