30 Under 30 Honorees of 2004

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Matthew I. Difanis
RE/MAX Realty Associates
RE/MAX Realty Associates,
2009 Fox Drive Suite G
Champaign, IL
United States
Individual volume: 
$5.3 million
Individual sides: 

“Harness technology to make day-to-day operations efficient.”

While attending law school full time in 2003, Difanis managed to close 40 transactions worth $5.3 million. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law last month.

Technology edge: Juggling school and work pushed Difanis to become efficient. “With a broadband connection, I can work anywhere,” he says. His content-rich custom Web site attracts new clients, with such information as current listings, frequently asked questions (Don’t real estate practitioners make a fortune? Not on average, he responds), and a real estate financing and area resource guide.

Case closed: With a thriving real estate business, Difanis no longer plans to make law his career. But he uses his legal skills when he eyeballs a contract.