McColly Real Estate Company Logo

Our Blog

Natural Language Search

Media Releases

America's Best Agents

  • By
  • Posted

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

  • By
  • Posted
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 www.mccolly.com to find the McColly Real Estate Office nearest to you.

Gentlemen, spread the word to your significant others too!

CLEAN OUT THOSE DRESSER DRAWERS for a Great Cause!

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

  • By
  • Posted

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.”

To learn more about the McColly Real Estate, visit mccolly.com.

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.com

McColly Real Estate Hosts 11th Annual Performance Plus Breakfast

  • By
  • Posted

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®. mccolly.com

McColly Real Estate Website Recognized for Excellence

  • By
  • Posted

McColly Real Estate has been awarded the Website Quality Certification (WQC) from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a global community of more than 565 high quality independent real estate firms in 65 countries. The certification was presented in recognition of excellence in website design, content and functionality.

McColly Real Estate’s website, www.mccolly.com, received high marks in a variety of critical areas relating to website performance, including usability, design, content, interactivity, customer service and mobile responsiveness. The evaluation was conducted by Virtual Results, LLC, a real estate internet and social marketing firm selected by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® to review the websites of participating members.

The specific measurements for the WQC are updated each year to reflect the most current online marketing strategies, as well as evolving consumer preferences. Companies must be re-certified every two years to maintain the certification.

“The 135 companies that earned the WQC this year offer consumers engaging websites with effective design, deep local content and the most current information on homes, not only in their local markets, but also around the world. We are delighted to recognize them for offering a superior online experience for consumers and supporting them further with exceptional customer support,” said Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® President/CEO Pam O’Connor.

McColly Real Estate is the Northwest Indiana & Chicago Southland representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 565 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.1 million real estate transactions each year. 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.

About McColly Real EstateMcColly Real Estate was established in 1974 and has grown to be the largest residential independent real estate firm in Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland with over 500 sales professionals in 24 offices. McColly has realized phenomenal growth since joining the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® network as an independent firm in March of 2003. To search homes locally and globally, visit mccolly.com.

McColly Real Estate Wins Marketing Award at Global Real Estate Conference

  • By
  • Posted

SCHERERVILLE, IN – March 10, 2017 – McColly Real Estate was presented with a marketing award from Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, a selective global community of the highest quality independent real estate firms. The award was presented during the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® Conference Week, a series of events that drew an impressive audience of 2,000 real estate professionals from 25 countries.

The award-winning entry in the Best Video category was chosen for excellence in creativity, quality and overall presentation and effectiveness.

McColly Real Estate was presented the Best Video award for originality in consumer video.

“It is an extreme honor to be recognized on an international level for our marketing excellence again. The McColly Companies Marketing Department continues to raise the bar for our clients,” said Monica Decker, Director of Marketing & Technology of McColly Real Estate.

“We are pleased to recognize the winners of our Marketing Contest for creating distinctive materials and campaigns that convey the unique character of their companies, with a focus on compelling content, original graphics and effective delivery,” said LeadingRE President/CEO Pam O’Connor. “Our visual display of these award-winning materials is always a highlight of our conference, providing inspiration to all of our members.”

McColly Real Estate is the Northwest Indiana and Chicago Southland exclusive representative of LeadingRE (www.LeadingRE.com). With a global membership that spans six continents, LeadingRE connects more than 550 firms and 130,000 sales associates who produce over 1.2 million real estate transactions each year. 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.

McColly Real Estate Hosts Tenth Annual Performance Plus Breakfast

  • By
  • Posted

SCHERERVILLE, INDIANA – February 1, 2017 - Awards were presented at McColly Real Estate’s Tenth 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 $291,195 were distributed to those McColly Real Estate participants who qualified based on production in the calendar year 2011.

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.

McColly Foundation Joins The Marine Toys For Tots Program as a Donation Location

  • By
  • Posted

DECEMBER, 2016– McColly Real Estate, on behalf of the McColly Foundation, would like to thank everyone who participated in our Toys for Tots drive. Because of your efforts, the McColly Foundation was able to donate hundreds of toys to support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

The unwrapped toy collection began in November, and continued through December 10, 2016. The collection boxes were available at 17 McColly Real Estate offices in Northwest Indiana and the Chicago Southland area. The toys that were collected will be distributed to the children of Porter, Lake and Jasper counties of Indiana and Will and Kankakee counties of Illinois.

If you would like more information about the McColly Foundation, please visit mccollyfoundation.org

chairs overlooking sunset

Find Your

New Home.