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Apartment Lease-Up Experts was founded in 2002 by Santiago Illia as boutique leasing firm with a hands-on approach. All team members get personally involved to quickly learn about each new property and research each marketplace to help clients lease their available units in record time.
In November 2019, VP Sasha Ezquerra joined the team, and she quickly enacted a new business model to allow for tremendous growth of the company.

Santiago and Sasha lead an in-house team that guarantees a high rate of success with a proven track record and endless testimonials from happy clients. Profits are shared with all team members allowing them to hire and retain the best sales and leasing experts in the industry.

Apartment Lease-Up Experts will boost your profiles by maximizing occupancy, generating cash flow, and increasing property value, many times by millions of dollars.

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President & Founder, Santiago Illia

Santiago Illia, President & Founder of Apartment Lease Up Experts, is an active member of NAA, FAA, SEFAA and AAGO. For the last 6 years he had been advocating in Washington DC for NAA and Tallahassee for FAA for the Multifamily Industry.

In 2002 he began his career in the Multifamily Real Estate industry where he worked with several companies completing lease ups for their properties. After five successful years in the field, he started his own company, aiming to bring a new approach to the market. Always present and involved with each project, Santiago has a hands-on approach and encourages the same for all his staff.

Apartment Lease Up Experts has worked with over 300 Multi-Family projects all over the country – from Class A, B, C, Student Housing, Senior Housing and others.

Partner & Vice President, Sasha Ezquerra

Sasha Ezquerra, Partner & Vice President at Apartment Lease-Up Experts, is a top-rated professional with 25-years of sales and marketing experience with demonstrated ability to lead diverse business teams to new levels of success in highly competitive markets. Sasha has worked with the top luxury real estate firms in the U.S. including Douglas Elliman, One Sotheby’s and The Agency. With her proven ability to analyze critical business requirements and needs, Sasha adds her unique talents in helping Apartment Lease-Up Experts fulfil its goals on all projects.

Based in South Florida, Santiago and Sasha, both from Argentina, are trilingual in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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