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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

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