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Continuing the Family Legacy: The Next Generation of McColly Real Estate

Family owned and operated has always been a point of pride for McColly Real Estate. Over the company’s robust history, McColly Real Estate has emerged as the largest independent residential real estate company in Northwest Indiana, Central Illinois, and the Chicagoland area. Now, as they continue to thrive on a solid legacy and foundation, they also look to the future and the next generation of McCollys who will continue it.

Ronald McColly, president and broker, started the firm and grew it into a full-service company that still maintains the family-owned and operated philosophy. McColly Companies include Community Title, McColly Bennett Commercial Advantage, Luxury Portfolio International® and the McColly School of Real Estate. In all, there are eight members of the McColly family currently working for the firm, split by generation. Ron McColly, his brother, Tim McColly, his daughter, Rhonda McColly-Fleener and son Greg McColly. Then there’s Greg's wife Sandy McColly, Ron McColly’s granddaughter, Heather, grandson-in-law Drew Ranich, and grandson Reece McColly-Fleener. 

As children, Heather and Reece were exposed to the family business at an early age. 

Growing up, Heather was surrounded by everything real estate, which is why the family business is like second nature to her. It helped prepare her for her role as the Director of Career Development today. 

“Growing up, I had no idea about the true scale of our family’s company. I viewed corporate just as a place that always had sweet treats, a computer to play on, and familiar faces,” Heather said. “McColly is a place where everyone is valued. A place where we’re all on the same team and we help each other to grow and learn. With these qualities, trust and long-term relationships are created. With the right tools, support, and training, our agents can offer the best service to our clients and customers.”

“I have been with Community Title, a McColly affiliated title company since May of 2018, so a bit under two years. I have always had an interest in the work I've seen my family do, so I feel I naturally gravitated to the company after graduating from college,” Reece said.

After graduating from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Heather said her grandfather, Ronald McColly, suggested she return home to take part in the family business. 

“I politely declined and told him I wanted to learn another industry and live in Cincinnati, Ohio,” Heather said. 

She spent the next three years working in the wholesale apparel industry until she decided to make the leap into the family business. 

“I decided to join the company to learn from the best, my grandfather, who’s spent 45+ years building McColly Companies. So I called him and said, ‘Is that job you offered three years ago still available?’’’ she recalled. “Every day here at McColly brings something different, and I feel lucky to have such a great support system, not to mention our awesome agents who make coming to work a true pleasure.”

Since joining the team in April, Heather also has taken on the New Homes Division at McColly Real Estate. During her short time at McColly Real Estate, Heather has been a part of some big milestones for the company. 

“We’ve launched an innovative new technology platform for the company,” Heather said. “Including a new broker website, agent website, an agent-branded real estate search app, real-time listing presentation tool, customer relationship management system, and an automated home valuation module for sellers to use.”

When asked about his belief on how being locally owned and family operated benefits clients Drew, who is both Director of Relocation / Outgoing Referrals and the Director of Broker Relations, replied, "I like to always think that deep roots are the strongest. Not only has McColly Real Estate been around for 45+ years, but the McColly family, including Ron's grandparents, have been providing service through family-owned businesses for generations in Northwest Indiana. We bring that same philosophy to all 23 real estate offices we operate.  In every one of those locations, our Brokers are deeply involved in the communities they serve.  Whether they can suggest cleaning services, home stagers, furnace repair, roofers, etc. we rest assured our Brokers are in touch with local vendors who can go above and beyond to help our clients and positively affect each local economy we are part of as a result."

The McColly family has some big plans for the real estate firm.

“My biggest personal goal and company goal moving forward is for those of us newly entering the business to continue learning from and engaging with those around us to help ensure our success in the future,” Reece said. 

“I would most certainly say that overall growth is, of course, an important part of what we continually strive for.  But I am also very excited to be a part of a company that (as a result of our robust company infrastructure) is at the forefront of an ever-changing market and industry in our area. That presence uniquely positions us to have a huge impact in terms of servicing the growth Northwest Indiana itself is about to experience,” Drew said. “As we continue to offer our signature excellent service and the expertise McColly Brokers bring to our markets, we look forward to being a mainstay for our clients who look to us as their trusted real estate advisers.”

“Long term, I hope to see McColly remain a place where residential and commercial agents have the necessary resources, support, and environment to grow business,” Heather said. “By further providing these tools, our agents can give their clients and customers top-notch service.” 

Working with family isn’t always easy and can be challenging, especially during times of growth, but Heather and Drew have some solid advice.

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and try new processes, even if they fail,” Heather said. “After all, if we aren’t changing, we aren’t growing.”

“Listen, learn, and remember to be humble about the opportunity you have. Most family businesses are in operation long-term because of incredible people (related or not) who have been with the company for years and are amazing at what they do. Strive to attain their level of knowledge and model yourself after their work ethic,” Drew said.

This media release originally appeared on NWI.LIFE  and was written by Kole Rushmore.

Toys For Tots

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. 

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Northwest Indiana Business & Industry Hall of Fame: Ron McColly helps people find their dream home 

Ron McColly's strong work ethic goes back to his early years growing up in Gary.

McColly, 75, president of McColly Real Estate and a 2019 inductee into the Northwest Indiana Business & Industry Hall of Fame, began his work career at an age when most youngsters are just starting school.

"I worked as a stock boy in the grocery store at age 6," McColly said.

His grandparents, Cora and Fred McColly, owned Gary a grocery store called Belmont Grocery and a bowling alley called Ridge Lanes. McColly worked at both.

"I got into a working habit and a saving habit at a young age," he said.

McColly started working at the bowling alley in his teens, first performing general duties then later bartending. McColly later also worked for a family-owned funeral home called Linton and McColly Funeral Home in Glen Park.

At the funeral home, McColly's work included ambulance trips and parking cars when there were funerals.

As a youth McColly also had a paper route.

"I liked collecting the most," he said of that job.

McColly, who graduated from Lew Wallace High School and attended Indiana University, said his success hasn't been fueled by just his strong work ethic but also by his habit of reading.

"The number-one thing in life is reading. You need to educate yourself every day," McColly said.

Reading even played a role in his quest to receive financial assistance from his grandmother in 1974, when McColly wanted to start his real estate business.

"The ironic part was when I asked my grandmother for a loan she said she only had one stipulation: that I subscribe to the Chicago Tribune," McColly said, adding,"I read three newspapers to this day. I think reading is a big part of life."

Some fellows he met at the bowling alley who were in the real estate business talked him into getting his real estate license.

"They told me if I got my real estate license they would train me," McColly said.

McColly began working in real estate at age 24 and started his own company at age 30.

McColly Real Estate, now the largest independent residential real estate company in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland, is part of McColly Companies, which includes Community Title, McColly Bennett Commercial, McColly Insurance, McColly Auctions and the the McColly School of Real Estate.

It is an exclusive member of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a prestigious global network that includes Luxury Portfolio International, according to the company's website. McColly Real Estate is annually recognized among the top brokers in the U.S. in the RealTrends 500 Broker Report, ranking No. 161 nationally for closed transaction sides for year-end 2018.

McColly Real Estate includes 23 offices, with 470 broker associates and 100 employees.

Lifelong learning

Newspapers, including the reading of columnist Ann Landers, continued to play a part in McColly's adult life.

McColly lists Landers among the people who have influenced him the most.

"I'd start with Ann Landers. I read her column for 25 years," McColly said.

Others McColly considers mentors include Albert Einstein and Jack Bogle, founder and retired chief executive of the Vanguard Group.

McColly said Bogle is also responsible for one of the quotes he likes to keep in mind: "Don't look for the needle in the haystack, buy the haystack."

"It you learn on a continuous basis, good things will happen. Mentors are so important," McColly said.

Investors Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the late Dean White, whom Forbes magazine called a "real estate and advertising kingpin," are also among 

"One of the biggest mistakes I see is learning from our experiences instead of learning from others," McColly said.

After opening his real estate business in 1974, McColly joined a national franchise in 1976.

His company joined the Better Homes and Garden network in 1986 and in 2003 became an independent company.

Between 2007 to 2011, the real estate business in general went through some tough times with the Real Estate bubble," McColly said.

"They made sub prime loans and everyone qualified," McColly said.

Things started to change in 2012 for the better.

"There's a shortage of homes right now," McColly said, adding, "Anything close to the state line is hot right now including St. John, Crown Point and Munster. We're lucky to be in close proximity to Chicago," McColly said.

In his spare time, McColly enjoys golfing and reading and also attending conventions and educational seminars.

"What I get the most satisfaction from is being successful and learning things I need to learn. You probably learn more from the mistakes you make than the good things you do," McColly said.

McColly said he also gets a great deal of satisfaction out of helping others become successful.

"That's because the people I met in the bowling alley helped me," McColly said.

In addition to starting his own real estate company, McColly in 2004 purchased Innsbook Country Club in Merrillville.

"Myself and a partner purchased it and did extensive improvements," McColly said.

Why go into real estate? McColly said the three biggest necessities in life are food, shelter and clothing.

"Shelter is the best. It's a big thing and will never go out of style," McColly said.

What sets McColly Real Estate apart from other companies?

"What makes us different is we're independent. There is brand loyalty," McColly said.

What set apart him in his early years as a Realtor?

"Forty-eight out of 52 Sundays I had an open house. I'd say those open houses were the No. 1 thing to start out. You have to get out and meet people. That's what makes the difference," McColly said.

'A stalwart business leader'

Pat Huber, former president of the Crown Point Community Foundation, said she delayed her retirement to help with the fund-raising campaign for the newly launched Dean and Barbara White Southlake Family YMCA in Crown Point.

Ron McColly was one of those individuals Huber knew she could count on to contribute.

"Because I knew quite a people I reached out to Ron McColly," Huber said.

Huber called McColly a visionary.

"I think he sees beyond just like Mr. White or any entrepreneur," Huber said.

Recreational amenities, like the new YMCA as well as good school and good hospitals, are a wonderful incentives to draw people into communities and good tools to be used by Realtors.

"Those are huge pieces to get people to move to Northwest Indiana. It's a huge point for Ron McColly. He is a really smart man. He is extremely intelligent and very well read," Huber said.

"He (McColly) is just a great community guy. He always calls you back," Huber said.

Peoples Bank Executive Chairman David Bochnowski called Ron McColly "a stalwart business leader in Northwest Indiana."

"His business has moved so many people into their dream homes. Their presence has been a dominant one as far as home sales," Bochnowski said.

"Ron is just an honest, trustworthy guy and that translates into all those who work for him," Bochnowski said.

His firm has a well-deserved position in the community, Bochnowski said.

"He is so modest for a guy who has been so successful. Whenever I might meet him he has a new idea about how Northwest Indiana can propel itself forward. Improving the quality of life and place is always at the top of his mind for him whether its in a casual setting or formal," Bochnowski said.


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  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 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 Foundation seeks support for their "Project Push-Up" Summer Charity Drive

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The McColly Foundation is proud to announce our first Project Push-Up Bra Collection Drive!

From now until September 15th, the McColly Foundation will be collecting clean, softly used bras to be recycled for women in need in our local communities. Any size, type and color are accepted in these women’s garments. ('Big or Small, we take 'em all!') As this is our first drive of this type, we’re asking for everyone’s full ‘support’.

The Bra Recyclers is a company that has partnered with Bra Recycling Ambassadors, including the McColly Foundation, to recycle over 1 million bras to help women in need.

The McColly Foundation tote bins are located at all local McColly Companies office locations, which are collection sites. Visit to find the McColly Real Estate Office nearest to you.

Gentlemen, spread the word to your significant others too!


Leading by Example & Paying It Forward – Make McColly Real Estate Number One

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Knowing their markets and being out in the community are several of the many reasons McColly Real Estate was voted the Best Real Estate Local Company/Team in this year’s Times Best of the Region for the fourth year in a row.

McColly Real Estate isn’t just another agency selling houses in Northwest Indiana—it’s an integral part of the communities they serve.

“We’ve been a family owned business who has been active in the local community since 1974,” says Monica Decker, director of marketing and technology. “We started as a single office in Merrillville and have grown to 24 office locations between Northwest Indiana, the Chicago Southland, and Kankakee and Iroquois Counties in Illinois. Whether buyers are looking for property in LaPorte, Indiana or farmland in Paxton, Illinois and any type of real estate in between, our agents have the local expertise to best serve our clients' needs, since we live in the same locales.”

With 24 state-of-the-art offices throughout Northwest Indiana and Illinois with over 465 trained real estate professionals, no matter where you are in the region, you’ll find a McColly agent close by to help make the process go smoothly. And, even if you’re moving out of the area, McColly can help.

“Our affiliation with the infrastructure of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network and their Luxury Portfolio International®, with headquarters in Chicago, London, and Singapore, creates a dominant global presence. LeadingRE is the most productive real estate and relocation services network on the face of the earth. Only 1 in 5 brokerage applicants is granted membership into this exclusive, by-invitation-only organization,” said Decker. “With clients moving due to employment opportunities, moving to be closer to loved ones or looking to purchase a second home, the relocation division is there to assist.”

“Whether you are moving into or out of our area, Our Relocation Department can help. Our agents are trained to work with transferees and provide quality service to meet the needs of the whole family. It's not just about buying or selling a house, we know our markets and our Communities including healthcare, schools, culture, local sports, special events and more.” According to Deborah Horton, director of relocation & referrals.

General Manager Tracy Parus, who has worked for McColly Real Estate for 22 years, is a prime example of the company’s commitment to community.

“Being a Realtor is so much more than just selling homes,” she says noting that McColly’s mission is to create long-term relationships and trust with their customers and clients in order to develop a culture of sharing and caring for the communities they serve.

That’s important to the McColly staff says Parus because the McColly Charities gives their Broker Associates the opportunity to become an integral part in making the lives of others better.

Since she first started working as an agent in 1995, Parus has seen an exponential expansion of their market share and locations.

“The growth that I have been part of through the McColly Companies and through our affiliation with the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® has been exciting for me,” says Parus. “Our footprint has been enlarged through the success we are experiencing in Indiana and also with the growth we have had the pleasure to experience in Illinois.”

McColly’s investment in its Realtors shows in their professionalism and dedication, resulting from a number of training and support tools available to them, including in-house coaching, online tutorials, continuing education classes, agent websites, personalized apps, free signage and ongoing professional development seminars.

McColly, which last year, had 4,728 total transaction sides closed with $846 million+ in open sales volume, ranking #159 in the Top 500 Brokers in the U.S., has expanded in other ways as well including growing the connection to the community through the McColly Charities.

“Since 1974, owner Ron McColly has privately been a local philanthropist. In 2011, we formally created the McColly Charities,” says Decker, noting that McColly Real Estate, as a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, sells more homes globally than any other real estate organization.

“The foundation was borne out of the philanthropic spirit of Ron McColly, my father and Founder/Owner of McColly Realtors, Inc., and our family,” says Rhonda McColly-Fleener, McColly Real Estate’s Chief Operating Officer. “It only makes sense that being a family owned and operated company, whose roots have always been in Northwest Indiana, is to give back to our community and support the many organizations that are ‘in our own backyard’. Over the last four decades we have made significant contributions to charities and organizations throughout the communities that have been such an integral part of making us the #1 real estate firm in Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland.”

Ron McColly donated $100,000 on behalf of the McColly Charities for the construction of the Southlake YMCA expansion being built in Crown Point.”

The 80,000 square-foot addition will include a six-lane lap pool, a zero-entry warm water pool with a slide and other water features, an outdoor pool with a slide, two new gyms as well as walking/running track and six program studios for cheer, dance and group exercise.

"I was born and raised in Northwest Indiana,” says founder Ron McColly. “I feel it’s important to lead by example for my own family, to give back to strengthen our communities and see them continue to prosper and grow. Affordable recreational facilities in the region are important to the quality of life."

Among the many organizations supported by the foundation are the Crown Point Community Foundation, Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and 14 other regional chambers as well as the Methodist Hospital Foundation, Riverside Hospital Foundation, Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Indiana, Asian-America Medical Society, Forest Ridge Academy, Chesterton Little League, Opportunity Enterprises along with dozens of others.

“Additionally, we have had several collections through each of our offices including food drives to benefit our local food pantries, community baby showers--in support of babies that are born into families that need baby care items, Toys for Tots, winter coat collections, eyeglass drives, and people helping pets,” says McColly-Fleener. “Our last drive was a Project Push-Up Bra Collection Drive which my youngest daughter, Rylee, did for her high school senior service philanthropic project and has joined forces with the McColly Charities. Nearly 800 bras were collected and will be distributed to area women’s shelters. I’m very proud that each time we announce a McColly Charities event or drive that our agents and staff rally around it and give 100% to make each and every one of our projects a success.” McColly Charities’ is excited to announce their Peanut Butter & Jelly drive begins June 1st. Peanut butter and jelly will be collected for local food pantries that go empty in the summer months. Collection sites will be at each of McColly Real Estate’s 24 office locations through August 15th.

Realizing that training is crucial to every agent’s success—and customer satisfaction is another reason why McColly is number one.

“Offering real estate pre-licensing classes seemed like a natural progression for McColly Real Estate--the largest independently owned and operated real estate Company--and thus the McColly School of Real Estate was born,” says McColly-Fleener. “Over the past 20-plus years, theMcColly School of Real Estate has taught thousands of students and assisted them with attaining their dream of becoming a Realtor. Our goal is to make sure that each of our students has a positive experience in our pre-licensing class while preparing to successfully pass the broker exam and ultimately obtain a license to sell real estate. Our Director of the McColly School of Real Estate, Tim McColly, who is also my uncle and Ron’s brother, has several years of experience and is ready, willing and able to answer questions and offer assistance.”

”For All Purpose Real Estate, McColly is ready to help make your dream a reality.”

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McColly 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 Real Estate Hosts 11th Annual Performance Plus Breakfast

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SCHERERVILLE, INDIANA – February 1, 2018 - Awards were presented at McColly Real Estate’s 11th Annual Performance Plus Breakfast at Innsbrook Country Club on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Ron McColly gave a detailed overview of the program and of Berkshire-Hathaway A and B stocks, which is where the money is invested. (Berkshire-Hathaway co-founders are Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.) Bonus checks totaling $441,078 were distributed to those McColly Real Estate participants who qualified based on production in the calendar year 2017.

The Performance Plus Bonus Program is a tax-deferred program for Associates of McColly Real Estate who meet the terms and conditions of the Program. The purpose of the Program is to further long term relationships by offering long term incentives to those people who are loyal and are largely responsible for the company growth.

Other companies may talk of "revenue sharing", but only McColly Real Estate truly cares about the long-term futures of their sales associates by creating the industry’s first program that is similar to a 401(k) plan.

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®.

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