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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®.

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