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Fair Deal Home Buyers renovates and sells homes in Wisconsin

Who Are Fair Deal Home Buyers?

At Fair Deal Home Buyers, we are definitely on a mission. That's because we care about each individual we serve. We also care about the big picture: We’re willing to take a step outside ourselves and are conscious of what we bring. We feel if we can serve one person the best we can, we will be making positive waves that will impact the area where we live. We feel that our values are reflected in an hour interaction with our clients. By holding ourselves accountable and being our word, we’re always confident we can deliver our promise and give our customers peace of mind.

Our Values

Loyalty

Faithful adherence to a team and a cause. “Loyalty is the strongest glue which makes a relationship last for a lifetime.”

Generosity

The quality of being kind. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Ownership

Commitment to accepting responsibility for one’s actions in a transparent manner. “Accept responsibility for your actions, be accountable for your results, take ownership of your mistakes.”

Creativity

Innovation and progress coming from creative minds. “Creativity gives us a competitive advantage to find a solution for any situation.”

Excellence

The quality of being outstanding or extremely good. To display hunger, relentlessness and continuous improvement. “Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better.”

Fellowship

A company where everyone feels like friends and family. “True friends who can hear you out, share your joy, and provide help when you need it.”

HOW IT ALL STARTED

When Amir Erez and Erez Acuca were growing up together in Israel, they could not have imagined that decades later in 2012 they’d establish what would become the biggest home buying company in southeastern Wisconsin--Fair Deal Home Buyers.

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Although they came from the same hometown, they took different paths to get here.
Amir, the CEO of Fair Deal, moved to Philadelphia in 2006 with only $365 in his pocket. In 2009, he settled in Milwaukee and opened a locksmith business. As a result of the housing crisis, Amir had the unenviable job of changing the locks on foreclosed homes. One day he encountered a sobbing man who had just been evicted because of foreclosure. Amir was deeply affected by the man’s story, as well as other stories he heard from people going through similar situations.
“I wanted to help these people, but I didn’t know how,” said Amir. “So, I started researching. I discovered there are ways people can avoid foreclosure and the pain that comes with it. If you are facing foreclosure, you can sell your home for cash and avoid having a terrible stain on your credit history. I also realized that buying distressed homes for cash was not only a business opportunity, but a way to help people in a difficult situation.”
Erez, who heads the restoration department of Fair Deal, had a slightly different journey.
“I started doing property renovations as a little kid with my dad,” he said. “I was always entrepreneurial and I knew there were bigger opportunities in America. So, in 2007, I moved to Brooklyn, New York.”
With English being a struggle at first, Erez migrated toward what he knew best--renovations. By 2008, he began flipping apartments and realized that was what he wanted to do. Meanwhile, Amir had become well acquainted with the real estate market in Milwaukee.
As Erez recalls: “Amir and I started talking about how we could team up, since our skills complemented each other. We pooled all our hard-earned money and bought a house in Bayview. We fixed it up with our own hands and sold it. I knew we were on to something. So, a year later, I moved to Milwaukee.”
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Meet the Team

Amir Erez

CEO
As the CEO of the company, my role is to make sure we’re always moving forward. I’m constantly creating strategies to give our customers the highest level of service possible. My other role is that of team leader. I’m here to support the team and push everybody—including myself—to achieve our highest potential. I also push myself physically because I’m a health freak. I eat vitamins like popcorn and sleep in a barometric chamber (kidding, kind of). I’m a husband, father, and lifelong learner. I hope you have a great experience working with us!

Peter Jilk, Home Buying Specialist

I’m Peter Jilk. I was born and bred in Milwaukee. Also, my last name rhymes with milk. And silk. But that’s not important. What’s important is I’ve worked in real estate for many years and in various roles. At Fair Deal, my job boils down to helping people. People come to us because they need to sell their home. But selling a home can be stressful. It feels good to simplify that process and help people solve their home-selling situation. In my free time I enjoy rooting for our local sports teams, attending festivals, concerts, and spending time with my family in our newly remodeled “family cave” in the basement.

Albert Medrano

Administrative Assistant/Transactions Coordinator
I help the team in innumerable ways—from coordinating transactions, answering sellers’ questions about the closing process, to making lame jokes during meetings. (Just kidding; my jokes are funny.) After a long day of work in front of a computer screen, I like to play video games in front of a computer screen. To prevent my brain from turning into total mush, I make sure to spend quality time with my friends and family.

Gisselle De Leon

Customer Success Manager
When people are looking to sell their home, oftentimes I am the first person they will talk to at Fair Deal. My job is to understand each person’s unique situation and pave the way for them to have an in-depth conversation with one of our Home Buying Specialists. In my spare time I love cooking, a skill I learned from my father who is an international chef from the Philippines who has traveled all over the world. I’m also one year shy of graduating from law school.

Jess Anthonye

Lead Management Coordinator
I’m originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, which means I’m special 😉 and fun to be around =). After all, we Brazilians are famous for our passion for life! I also have a passion for real estate, with over 13 years of experience in almost every facet of the industry. What I love about Fair Deal is getting to use my knowledge to help educate our clients to make informed decisions when selling their homes. When I’m not working in real estate, thinking about real estate, or playing Monopoly and trying to buy all the real estate, I love to be outdoors with family and friends, relaxing on a beach, or dining at new restaurants.

Zak Mazur

Customer Success Manager
When I began working at Fair Deal, I didn’t just start a new job—I started a new career. Never would I have imagined my writing background would translate well in my role at Fair Deal, but it has! I really enjoy “interviewing” our clients and getting to know them as the unique, multidimensional people they are. It’s gratifying to help people find solutions to their home-selling situations. In my free time I love to read and learn. I have a passion for percussion and perform with a Brazilian samba percussion troupe. I also care for my menagerie of pets—domestic, aquatic, and exotic, i.e., reptiles!!!

Erez Acuca

Restoration Division Executive
My job is to make sure the houses we purchase from our sellers are transformed into somebody’s future dream home. I oversee our project managers and contractors to help them create unique, outstanding living spaces that will last for years to come. I love spending time with my family and helping to raise my two young sons, which I think I’m getting good at. When I’m not working or parenting, I enjoy DIY projects of all sizes. Tinkering is like meditation to me. But enough about that. Let’s get to work!

Tim Mackey

Transaction Coordinator
I’m originally from Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University. Now, Milwaukee is my new home. I have a real passion for real estate. It’s so satisfying to work with our clients and help them find the best solutions to their real estate situations. I enjoy being active outdoors or enjoying Milwaukee city life. Sometimes, though, I miss Iowa. I miss the corn and soybeans, the cattle, and hogs 🙂 But I digress. I love this team and our clients!

Jeanne M. Kautz

Transaction Coordinator
I’m originally from Southern California but moved to Wisconsin about a year ago partly for the weather (California heat waves are no joke!). I’m the point of contact between all the departments at Fair Deal. Basically, I make sure all our transactions are executed smoothly and efficiently. When I’m not at work or furthering my education, I enjoy being in nature or relaxing at a park with my two kids and our dog. I also enjoy cooking, baking, crafting, and reading. This SoCal girl is looking forward to a snowy winter! I think.

Jordan Stehofsky

Trainee
I started working at Fair Deal as an intern in the summer of 2021. At first, the only thing I knew about houses was that people live in them. In just a few short months, however, I’ve learned TONS about real estate. Most surprising is how good it feels when I’ve helped somebody solve their home-selling situation. Even though I’m back at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, studying sales and marketing, I still work part time at Fair Deal. In my spare time I like to play soccer, hangout with friends, or do any activity that involves cars, except racing random people at stoplights. I would never do that because you can get a hefty speeding ticket.

Shiva Ji

Digital Marketing Specialist
I really love marketing. In fact, I started marketing when I was only 16 years old. I like to say that ignoring the power of online marketing is like opening a business and not telling anybody. I studied at Chandarigh University in India and obtained a degree in computer science. In my spare time I love to travel and spend time with my family and friends, although I admit sometimes it is hard for me to tear myself away from my laptop! I just can’t stop digital marketing!

Mollie Sheridan

Home Buying Specialist
I’m Mollie! I live in Madison with my fiancé and have two children. I’m passionate about real estate and making the home-selling process easy and hassle-free. My goal is to create win-win situations between our clients and the company. Prior to working at Fair Deal, I was a real estate executive at a marketing firm. In my free time I love taking my kiddos to the park, running with my dog, spending quality time with family, traveling, and DIY projects.

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