"If you have ever had the pleasure of speaking with Eli Morales you are familiar with his trademark chuckle. And chances are it is as infectious for you as it is for everyone who's met him.
“You laugh, I laugh,” he says. “Having a relaxed and cheerful disposition just comes easy to me.”
In fact, if you spend any amount of time with him, whether he’s speaking with a client, a friend, neighbor, or aiding an employee, hardly a person can be in Eli’s presence without his laughter following. But more than that, Eli knows his clients and employees on a deeper level. Born and raised in the west side of Chicago, he comes from a large family and appreciates people for their differences. “I love working in big groups. I prefer people, community involvement. I relate that to being from a big family.”
Eli is a true Jack of all trades. Having once been in property maintenance, a medical assistant, a mechanic, and a computer hardware technician, he did not begin his journey with property management/real estate until 1997. With the encouragement of his father, who was also in the property management business, he was intrigued by a career that would be ever-changing and continuously rewarding.
He was awarded Maintenance Supervisor & Assistant Property Manager of the Year, as well as Volunteer of the Year by the Chicago Apartment Association. That was the beginning of many awards and recognition for Eli, including Employee of the Year, twice recognized by a property management company. His desk displays multiple trophies, all shapes and sizes, reminiscent of a city landscape. Eli paused in thought, trying to recall the best compliment he had ever received, and then a smile crossed his face. Alan King, Chief Operating Officer of a property management company, visited Eli’s property. After speaking with Eli, Alan says, “You have an analytical way of thinking. Have you ever considered becoming a Property Manager?”
That brought him to Austin, TX. Eli brought a fresh approach to property management as he can bridge the gap between the office team and the maintenance team. He empowers his employees and motivates teamwork that constantly interweaves from one employee to the next. He is now a RE/MAX 1 real estate agent and helps families reach their dreams of owning their own home.
On the weekends, you can catch him riding his motorcycle, tinkering with computer hardware, fishing or catching a few Star Trek reruns. A lesser known fact is that he may throw a musical in or catch a theatrical play. Being a devoted husband and a father of four, maintaining his work/life balance is quite impressive. “Never lose momentum. Don’t procrastinate on things you can do today. Complete the task and free up your time. With free time, I can share knowledge with my team which is truly rewarding. If my team is growing, I can leave each day focusing on the time I spend with my family.”
He is open, receptive to information, and constantly improving the team around him. “I got here, how can I help others get here?”