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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.”

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