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Toys For Tots

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McColly Companies, on behalf of McColly Charities, is hosting its annual Marine Toys for Tots drive- now through the first week of December. Collection boxes are currently available at each of the 23 McColly Real Estate, McColly Bennett Real Estate and McColly Rosenboom Real Estate offices throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland. Toys collected will be distributed to the children of Porter, Lake, Jasper, Newton and LaPorte counties of Indiana and Will, Cook, Iroquois and Kankakee Counties of Illinois. 

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources- our children; to unite members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future. 

For more information please visit mccolly.com. Also, feel free to follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@mccollyre) for updates. 

 

Looking Forward to Celebrating 45 Years as a Local Leader in 2019

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In 1974, Ron McColly founded McColly Real Estate in Merrillville with just one office and four agents. His overall approach was to start a company that helped to sell and market real estate in a way that had never been done in this area before. Around that time, John Rostankovski was working for an insurance company in the very same building as the newly founded McColly Real Estate. “Ron McColly talked me into joining him so I went and got my real estate license and I’ve been here ever since,” says Rostankovski. “It [the business] was a lot different back then.” Fast-forward to 2018, McColly Real Estate now has nearly 500 sales associates with 22 offices spanning both Indiana and Illinois. For the last four years, McColly Real Estate has been voted Best Real Estate Local Company/Team in the Times Best of the Region. Last year, McColly had 4,728 total transaction sides closed with $845 million+ in open sales volume, ranking #137 in the Top 500 Brokers in the U.S.

Staying Ahead of the Curve

“We had no computers, no internet and no copy machines when we started,” says Rostankovski, who remembers that the first mobile phones came in big bags that you draped over your shoulder. “It’s like coming out of the Dark Ages,” says Realtor Diane Cline, who has worked for McColly Real Estate for 36 years. “Before there were computers and the online Multiple Listing Service (MLS), we had MLS books, which came out every two weeks and listed the homes for sale. That was before lockboxes. Now you’re in touch all the time and buyers can see the houses online.” 31 years after joining McColly, Realtor Elaine Eich remembers how Realtors worried when listings became available online. “They thought clients wouldn’t need us anymore, but that’s not true,” she says. “What is true is if I didn’t keep up with technology, then younger people wouldn’t stay with me. They want to text, they want to communicate instantly and that’s one of the factors that make McColly Real Estate so successful. In order to keep growing, you’ve got to keep ahead of what’s going on,” says Eich. “We really do that here. Nobody likes change, but if you don’t adapt, you won’t be able to give your customers the best service.” In addition to expanding the number of sales associates and keeping up with technology, McColly Real Estate has also adapted their business services with the evolving needs of their clients — adding the McColly School of Real Estate, Community Title Company, an affiliation with Diamond Mortgage, Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, McColly Insurance, a New Homes Division, First Developers of Indiana, Inc., award winning mccolly.com website, Luxury Portfolio International®, and McColly Bennett Commercial Advantage.

We’re a Family, Not a Franchise

Rhonda McColly-Fleener, Ron McColly’s daughter says, “We’re family not a franchise”. McColly-Fleener started working at the office when she was in middle school and was given the assignment of organizing a large closet crammed with what seemed like 900,000 message pads (no voicemail back then) and MLS books. Though McColly-Fleener graduated with a teaching degree, her father offered for her to work, at least temporarily, for the business. That was more than three decades ago. “At first I did public relations for the company,” says McColly-Fleener, McColly Real Estate’s Chief Operating Officer, noting that one of her earlier advertising gambits before internet advertising was to dress up like a giant Easter egg and hand out candy at the McColly Real Estate kiosk in Merrillville’s Century Mall. Another pre-internet advertising campaign was when she organized a contest to find the oldest Better Homes & Garden cookbook when McColly was part of the Better Homes & Garden franchise (McColly went independent in 2003, when they were asked to be a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. LeadingRE gives McColly associates compelling global exposure for their listings and the most prolific referral network in the industry, with a qualified client introduction occurring somewhere in the network every five minutes.). “I’ve been here a long time so I obviously think it’s a great company,” says Cline. “Most Realtors move around, changing companies, but at McColly we’re a very tight, family owned company. It’s McColly’s business savvy as well as how employees are treated that have led to their success whereas other agencies have come and gone.” “My dad treats everyone fair,” says McColly-Fleener, who says that her father’s family, who lived in the Glen Park area of Gary, always had an entrepreneurial knack, owning businesses like a corner grocery, a bowling alley and laundromat. “We attend the weddings, the memorials, and as many special events as possible.” McColly also supports their agents by offering an extensive training course called “McColly University” every six weeks to all new and experienced agents desiring to participate. In addition, monthly company-wide meetings are held that bring in experts from various aspects of the real estate community as special speakers as well as community organizations that are vital parts of the Northwest Indiana and Illinois Region.

Giving Back

McColly Charities is a big part of the organization. They are currently finishing up their McColly Coat Drive in partnership with the Salvation Army and have participated with Toys for Tots. However, year round, Ron McColly is very active with numerous charities, such as recently donating $100,000 for the Southlake YMCA expansion in Crown Point. “We have a lot of charities and Ron is very involved in the community--I can’t go to a charity event without seeing him,” says Cline, adding that she had recently attended the 17th annual Pink Ribbon Society Breast Cancer Awareness Tea and saw that McColly Charities had donated a pair of diamond earrings valued at $2,000. “He never talks about those things.” If agents are active in a charity, McColly-Fleener says they’ll help in supporting them.

Old Fashioned Values

“The only thing that’s really changed is the technology,” says Rostankovski. “But McColly Real Estate’s business model is the same. It’s about following a code of ethics and always following through with what you’re supposed to do and what you said you’d do. That’s what working with Ron has been like all these years.

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McColly Annual Christmas Party Celebrates a Strong Year

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It was another banner year for the McColly Real Estate team, and they celebrated in style on Thursday with their Annual Christmas Party at Innsbrook Country Club.

The party was not only a celebration of the real estate agency’s business achievements over the year, but also a way for the McColly leadership to recognize and honor the brokers and staff across Northwest Indiana, Chicago Southland and Central Illinois who make everything they do possible. Featuring almost endless waves of gourmet food from the Innsbrook kitchen, live performances from the Wheeler High School Choir, and an appearance from St. Nick himself, the evening showcased everything that makes McColly a special place to work and grow.

“I think people really like this, we’ve been doing it now for about 25 years,” said Ron McColly, Founder of McColly Real Estate. “If I were to boil our work culture to one thing it’d be ‘family.’ What we’re trying to do is create one large family. I’d just like to wish that family the best holiday season ever.”

The Holiday Party is a mainstay of McColly’s culture, and some of their veteran brokers have been attending it for well over a decade. The leadership always strives to be more than just a workplace; they look to perfect work-life balance by not only granting their team the time they need for their families and personal interests, but also by making sure there is always something to look forward to on their calendar.

“What we try and highlight with this holiday party, and any of the various appreciation luncheons or dinners that we do throughout the year, is the idea that we want people to have a true work-life balance,” said Drew Ranich, Director of Broker Relations. “We want to make sure that our brokers can provide for their families and live their best lives while spending as much time with their family as possible and pursuing the thing that they’re passionate about.”

Aside from enjoying food and drinks, attendees also lined up for pictures in front of Innsbrook’s many Christmas trees. Sounds of holiday classics were also enjoyed thanks to the Wheeler High School Choir.

While many of the brokers loved the chance to sit back and enjoy dinner with friends and family, others were so excited about the McColly team’s achievements this year that they could not help but talk shop.

“The McColly leadership is on the bleeding-edge of technology, when we’re the number one company out there, why would brokers consider going anywhere else,” said veteran broker Mary Jane DiMichele. “But even though I say that, there’s a social aspect to our business. It’s not always ‘business, business, business.’ Thanks to events like this, we get to know people on a social and personal level. It’s about families and us getting to know each other, and that’s very important.”

From the newest agents to veterans of over two decades, there was a common theme mentioned when asked what it is that makes McColly Real Estate a special place to do business: every single broker is a whole lot more than just another team member.

“What I love about working for Ron McColly is that he cares about every agent, not just succeeding this year, but succeeding for a lifetime,” said Brenda Versnel, one McColly broker. “He cares about our future, our retirement, he invests in us as people.”

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McColly Charities Coat Drive a Huge Success!

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December 3, 2018 – McColly Charities would like to send out their sincerest ‘Thank you’ for sharing the Gift of Warmth! It truly warms the heart to know how much our local communities care. Due to an overwhelming response, over 450 adult and children’s coats were collected!

Once again, McColly collected hundreds of clean new and gently used coats to benefit the Salvation Army.

McColly Real Estate, on behalf of the McColly Charities, sponsored a coat drive beginning on October 15, 2018 and continued through November 15, 2018. All McColly Companies offices throughout Northwest Indiana, Chicago Southland & Central Illinois collected clean, gently used coats. Coats of all shapes and sizes were welcome.

Giving the gift of warmth is just one goal of McColly Charities, the philanthropic arm of McColly Real Estate, on behalf of the McColly Charities.

“Working with McColly is wonderful as they have a great presence in Northwest Indiana and are very well-respected,” says Kevin Feldman, director of development for The Salvation Army in Lake County, noting the longstanding collaboration with the independent real estate brokerage. “Because they have so many locations, it’s easy for people to drop off coats. We then go and pick them up and they’re distributed to local people, both adults and children, in need.”

Over the past 40+ years, McColly Real Estate has annually contributed to the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, American Heart Association and the Special Olympics of Illinois, to name just a few great causes. In 2011, McColly Real Estate formally established the McColly Charities to benefit families in need in the local communities that McColly Companies serves.

Such giving back to the Region is a cornerstone of McColly’s business philosophy.

McColly Charities sponsors charity drives throughout the year. Pantries / charities who’d like to be considered for our current list of benefactors, please fill out the online application at McCollyCharities.org.  Please include detailed information in terms of pantry/charity name, areas served; contact person and hours open for donation deliveries.

McCOLLY Charities Announces October Coat Drive

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October 1, 2018 – SHARE THE GIFT OF WARMTH! Here is your opportunity to make sure that nobody goes without such a basic necessity as a coat this winter.

McColly Real Estate, on behalf of the McColly Charities, is sponsoring a Coat Drive beginning on October 15, 2018 and will continue through November 15, 2018.

All McColly Real Estate and McColly Bennett Real Estate offices throughout Northwest Indiana, Chicago Southland & Central Illinois are collecting clean, gently used coats. Coats of all shapes and sizes are welcome.

McColly Charities has made donating a coat simple. Just bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to any McColly Companies office during the collection. (For a list of collection sites, please go to www.mccolly.com, under the Find an Agent / Office tab.) McColly Charities will take care of the rest. All donated coats will be given to the local Salvation Army for distribution to local people in need.

Over the past 40+ years, McColly Real Estate has annually contributed to the March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, American Heart Association and the Special Olympics of Illinois, to name just a few great causes. In 2011, McColly Real Estate formally established the McColly Charities to benefit families in need in the local communities that McColly Companies serves.

McColly Charities sponsors charity drives throughout the year. Pantries / charities who’d like to be considered for our current list of benefactors, please fill out the online application at McCollyCharities.org. Please include detailed information in terms of pantry/charity name, areas served; contact person and hours open for donation deliveries.

McColly Expands Commercial Reach with Commercial Advantage Merger

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They’ve done it again. “Local, yet global” McColly Real Estate is expanding to better serve Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland.

McColly Bennett Commercial Real Estate has merged with Commercial Advantage, Inc. to form McColly Bennett Commercial Advantage.

Celebrating its 20th year, Commercial Advantage is known for its expertise in attracting businesses to and spurring economic development in Northwest Indiana. The company has also played an integral part in creating a positive image for Northwest Indiana.

The merger creates a new powerhouse, which will add to the commercial capacity in Northwest Indiana to expand local business opportunities.

“The merger between McColly Bennett Commercial and Commercial Advantage, Inc. brings together two companies committed to Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland in Kankakee County, Illinois at a time when there is tremendous momentum in the marketplace,” said principal Jeff Bennett. “We feel it allows us to better serve the activity in the region.”

Lori Tubbs, president of Commercial Advantage, Inc., is known for her successes in bringing jobs to Northwest Indiana as a commercial and industrial broker. American Bar and Hoist Liftruck in East Chicago are among the companies she helped obtain state and local incentives to get them to locate in Northwest Indiana. Each of these moves brought several hundred jobs to the Region. In addition, her work with Patriot Rail resulted in the purchase of five miles of rail line in Lake County along with the South Shore freight railroad, which bought 300 acres in two counties.

The benefits of the merger are limitless. “McColly knows all the specialized aspects of the Commercial, Professional and Industrial real estate markets. With offices on both sides of the border, McColly Bennett Commercial Advantage is tailor made to help businesses in Illinois who want to come to Indiana, said McColly Director of Marketing, Monica Decker. “Northwest Indiana’s proximity to downtown, International shipping port in Burns Harbor, rail options, and tax incentives are just a few reasons why businesses are finding the ‘Grass is Greener in Indiana’. It’s actually a shorter commute downtown from Northwest Indiana than it is from Naperville or other Illinois suburbs.”

To best serve their clients, Tubbs and her team moved from their existing office in Merrillville to the second floor of the McColly sales office at 850 Deer Creek Dr. in Schererville, IN. Jeff Bennett and his commercial team will operate out of the Bourbonnais, IL and Valparaiso, IN offices.

McColly Real Estate is the largest independent residential real estate firm in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland. Since 1974, McColly has provided exceptional services for first-time, luxury, and resale homebuyers and sellers, plus land, new construction and commercial investors. That continued commitment and dedication are evident by total sales as well as the stellar success of its agents. The company’s technology plays an integral role in the strength of its Realtors’ efforts. McColly’s award-winning marketing, real estate app, Search Engine Optimized listing websites and mccolly.com are updated every 15 minutes to provide the latest information. Other entities under the McColly umbrella, including McColly Insurance, Community Title, McColly Rosenboom Land Division, McColly New Homes division and McColly Relocation and Referral Services provide its agents with all the tools they need to meet their clients’ needs and achieve their own goals. “We can do everything in-house, from the listing to the sale, the title search and the closing,” notes Decker. “This makes the process easier.” McColly has its own School of Real Estate and is an exclusive member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a prestigious global network that includes Luxury Portfolio International®. As a member of LeadingRE, McColly Real Estate provides a quality real estate experience, global marketing reach and access to top real estate professionals in virtually any market worldwide.

With offices in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties in Indiana and Cook, Will, Kankakee Iroquois and Ford Counties in Illinois, McColly has a finger on the pulse of each individual community. As Decker said, “McColly is local with deep community roots.”

McColly Charities Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive A Great Success

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive 2018

Schererville, IN – McColly Real Estate, care of McColly Charities, held a Peanut Butter & Jelly drive and successfully collected 100+ jars of PB&J! Peanut butter and Jelly is a great staple for families in need. Peanut butter is one of the most needed items for all food banks due to its popularity, long shelf life and high protein amount. The collection drive began on June 1, 2018 and continued through June 30, 2018. Thank you for the extreme generosity of staff, agents, clients and community. The food collected was donated to the following pantries and shelters in Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland.

-Salvation Army, Munster, IN (Schererville, Beecher, Chesterton, Crete, Crown Point, Highland, Lowell, Portage, Tinley Park, Winfield)

-Salvation Army, Kankakee, IL (K3 Counties in Illinois)

-Portage Township Food Pantry, Portage, IN (Portage, Porter County)

-Good Neighbor Food Pantry, DeMotte, IN (DeMotte & Fair Oaks Address in Jasper County)

America's Best Agents

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Advertorial: McColly

What’s the big word in real estate? Local company, McColly Real Estate has once again been recognized on a national level for their dedication and achievements. Monica Decker, McColly Real Estate Director of Marketing and Technology is proud to announce that a group of local agents have been named to the 2018 REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals. “This honor is awarded to America’s most productive sales associates,” said Decker, “and we’re very proud the list includes McColly brokers.

REAL Trends America’s Best Real Estate Professionals ranks over 13,800 residential real estate professionals solely based on their excellence in real estate sales during the past calendar year. “This group of highly successful real estate sales agents represents less than one percent of all real estate practitioners in the United States,” said Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends, a privately-held, Colorado-based publishing, consulting and communications company specializing in the residential brokerage and housing industries. Adwerx one of the nation’s most prominent digital advertising companies has partnered with REAL Trends as a sponsor of the 2018 America's Best Real Estate Professionals.

To qualify for this prestigious list, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2017. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

“The average residential real estate agent in the United States closed 8 transactions in 2017 and had less than $1.3 million in sales,” said Murray. “Those who make the list are truly exceptional sales professionals.” The McColly Real Estate regional brokers who have earned this award are Brenda Versnel, Estela Lopez, Lisa Grady, Brent Wright, Kelly White and Julie Elisha. “I always try to go the extra mile because this is the biggest financial decision a person will make in their life. I’ve tried to go the extra mile for 18 years since I started in real estate,” said Brenda Versnel, Broker Associate for the McColly Winfield, IN office. “I try to exceed people’s expectations and make them as comfortable and happy as possible.” Versnel added that she could not have realized this milestone without her team, which includes her daughter, whom she said is, “awesome.”

Estela Lopez, Broker for the McColly Schererville, IN location echoes Versnel’s humility. “I am experiencing a great deal of emotion about this award and our team feels honored to have made the list.” Lopez’ team includes her husband, Manny Lopez, Nicholas Smith and two part-time agents. “One of the main things in this business is working hard and being available for your clients,” she said. “Also, being honest and dedicated to our business makes us successful.” “It’s always humbling to be recognized,” noted Lisa Grady, Broker in the McColly Schererville office. “I mean that sincerely, since there are a lot of great agents in this area.” Grady said she feels fortunate that people still refer her after so many years. “I don’t take my business for granted; I am so blessed to get so much repeat business.” She is appreciative of the support McColly provides to improve marketing and help agents become more successful. “Ron McColly is an incredible leader and a very smart man, who always helps agents,” said Grady. “I respect the company and Ron a lot.”

Brent Wright of the Portage Willowcreek, IN location has been a McColly Broker for eight years. “Being a real estate agent is my way of helping people. I’ve always been really great with finances and problem-solving, so I’m happy I am able to bring those traits to my work and help people.” Wright also attributes his success to the McColly group. “Our managers are always ready to help and support us with office availability and locations to the tools and resources they provide us. It is a great place to work.”

Kelly White, who is also a Broker at the Portage Willowcreek office, said, “It’s an honor really that I have so many loyal clients and customers that put their trust in me as they make one of the biggest decisions in their lives.” White, who is a 36-year veteran of the real estate industry said she now serves multiple generations of her clients’ families. “It’s great to have new and old clients who continue to come to me and even send their children and grandchildren to me.” White is thankful for her assistant who helps her with all of the buyer and seller paperwork so that nothing gets left behind. “Everything is always updated, so my clients and I know what is going on.”

Julie Elisha, another Broker in the Portage Willowcreek location sums it all up. “This comes from years of hard work, so it’s a real honor to be included with my fellow agents,” she said. “I work in a great environment and with great people, and I love helping my clients. It’s truly my passion.” “When you surround yourself with great people in the type of environment McColly has, you will be able to succeed,” Elisha said. “Our managers always support us, our marketing department is excellent and my assistant is amazing.”

Additional congratulations are in order for the Michelle Arseneau Team and the Schreffler-Winterroth Team in the McColly Bennett Real Estate location, each in Bourbonnais, Illinois.

McColly Real Estate is the largest independent residential real estate firm in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland. Since 1974, McColly has provided exceptional services for first-time, luxury, and resale home buyers and sellers, plus land, new construction and commercial investors. That commitment and dedication continues today and is evident by total sales as well as the stellar success of its agents. With offices in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties in Indiana and Cook, Will, Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford Counties in Illinois, McColly has a finger on the pulse of each individual community. For the latest properties for sale, visit mccolly.com.

McColly Awards Ceremony Breakfast

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More than 300 people gathered at “Innsbrook Downs” on Tuesday, June 5th for the “44th running” of the McColly Derby. It was the culmination of the triple crown of real estate – listings, referrals and sales – with many stepping into the winner’s circle for their 2017 achievements.

McColly Director of Marketing, Monica Decker said the group represented Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Jasper Counties in Indiana, as well as Cook, Will, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois Counties in Illinois. They were treated to breakfast at Innsbrook Country Club in Merrillville, a speech by President, Ron McColly and an awards ceremony.

The realtors’ run for the roses was adorned in theme-appropriate décor, made possible by Operations Coordinator, Rhonda McColly-Fleener, who worked with Merrillville Florist to transform the ballroom into a small version of the Kentucky Derby. Men in bow ties and seersucker suits, and women in organza hats and floral fascinators came together to celebrate a year of successes.

According to McColly, the awards ceremony recognizes top producers and offices and features a new theme each year. “I’m very proud,” he said. “A lot of people make this work and I attribute the overall success of the company to the agents.”

McColly-Fleener opened the ceremony and Mary Jane DiMichele of the Highland office provided the invocation.

McColly spoke about the state of the industry and what makes the company and the entities that operate under the McColly umbrella – McColly Bennett Commercial, the New Homes Division, McColly Auctions, McColly School of Real Estate, Community Title, the McColly Charities and the newest addition, Diamond Mortgage – successful. He also emphasized the importance of networking, referrals and learning from others’ experiences.

The McColly family of real estate, including its other brands, Bennett and Rosenboom have served three generations of clients. McColly noted how fortunate the company is to be a part of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, which sells more homes globally than any other real estate organization in the world.

Greg Leutloff, #1 Individual Producer – IL, of the Bourbonnais Heritage office has sold commercial real estate for 17 years with McColly Bennett. “I work hard, and I love it,” he said.

Brent Wright, #1 Individual Producer – IN, in the Portage Willowcreek location said he owes his success to the support and understanding of friends and family, especially his wife, Emily, his mentor, Kelly White, his office and most importantly, his clients for trusting him to help them with their real estate needs.

Lisa Grady Team, #1 Team Producers – IN, of the Schererville agency emphasized the “incredibly knowledgeable managers and support staff and McColly’s cutting-edge marketing trends and market analyzation to help ensure we give the most accurate guidance to our clients.”

Buck Tamblyn, Runner-Up Producer – IL, of the Bourbonnais Heritage office said, “I could not have closed these transactions without the help of our McColly Bennett Commercial Team. Together we finalized projects that will have a positive impact on our local communities for decades to come. I believe the infrastructure offered by McColly Real Estate is unparalleled in our industry.”

Kelly White, Runner-Up Producer and #1 Individual Total Sides Closed of the Portage Willowcreek, IN, agency noted, “With its marketing, legal and referral departments, lenders, and insurance, home warranty and title companies, McColly is a one-stop shop. This gives me an edge and allows me to provide my clients with the best service possible.”

Michelle Arseneau Team, Runner-Up Team Producers – IL, in the Bourbonnais Heritage location said, “I love that you can pick up the phone and corporate is there to help with whatever you need.”

Cyndi Piontkowski, Rookie of the Year – IL, at the Bourbonnais Heritage office explained, “It’s not work if you love what you’re doing. With McColly’s wonderful resources, McColly Bennett’s energetic and welcoming atmosphere, fellow agents, and our amazing Managing Broker, Andy Czako, I definitely love what I am doing.”

Bill Rathjen, Rookie of the Year - Jasper County, in the DeMotte agency added, “As a new broker, McColly has provided the name recognition needed to build confidence with my clients. Support from others in my office has empowered me to become a better broker.”

Lynn Randazzo, #1 Total Sides Closed – IL, of the Bourbonnais Heritage office noted she has made many friendships over the years while helping people sell, relocate or achieve their dream of home ownership. “It’s so rewarding when my clients are sitting at the closing table after finding their perfect home,” she said.

Julie Elisha, Runner-Up Total Sides Closed, in the Portage Willowcreek location said, “This is a demanding job, with hours that can put your life in a tailspin, but it’s a job I love, with clients that become friends. More importantly, my assistant Rachael Lockwood deserves recognition for keeping up with me.”

Estela Lopez Team, Runner-Up Team Producers – IN of the Schererville agency believes McColly is a one-of-a-kind, reputable company that offers outstanding results due to what they offer and their top-notch agents. “The variety of services: titles, lending, insurance, auctions, commercial, luxury homes – you name it, we have it,” she said.

Award winners recognized include: Greg Leutloff - #1 Individual Producer - IL, Brent Wright - #1 Individual Producer - IN, Schreffler-Winterroth Team (Susan Schreffler and Kelly Winterroth) - #1 Team Producers - IL, Lisa Grady Team - #1 Team Producers - IN, Buck Tamblyn - Runner-Up Producer - IL, Kelly White - Runner-Up Producer & #1 Individual Total Sides Closed - IN, Michelle Arseneau Team - Runner- Up Team Producers - IL, Brenda Versnel Team - Runner-Up Team Producers - IN, Cyndi Piontkowski - Rookie of the Year - IL, Laura Sexton - Rookie of the Year - Lake County, IN, Bill Rathjen - Rookie of the Year - Jasper County, IN, Lynn Randazzo - #1 Total Sides Closed - IL, Sandy Boyer - Runner-Up Total Sides Closed - IL, Julie Elisha - Runner-Up Total Sides Closed - IN, Estela Lopez Team - Runner-Up Team Producers - IN

About McColly Real EstateMcColly Real Estate’s local reputation and expertise are backed by its selection as a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global community of over 565 real estate companies awarded membership based on rigorous standards for service and performance. This distinction ensures that McColly Real Estate clients are working with exceptional local professionals who also deliver connections to buyers and quality real estate companies across the country and around the world. Our strength in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland is mirrored by our fellow Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® members. From London to Beijing to Johannesburg and beyond, McColly Real Estate is proud to work with the very best companies across the globe. Every five minutes a quality client introduction is made within Leading Real Estate companies of the World®. As a member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, McColly Real Estate combines authentic, local expertise with global connections to the highest quality real estate firms worldwide. We’re Local. We’re Global®. mccolly.com

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