Wednesday, June 22, 2016

15 RE/MAX Brokers in the Chicago Area Rank Among Top 250 Latino Agents in U.S. Recognized by NAHREP

CHICAGO, June 22, 2016 – Fifteen RE/MAX brokers in Chicago and its suburbs ranked among the Top 250 Latino Agents in the United States in the 2016 annual assessment by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals® (NAHREP). The assessment is based on the number of real estate sales the brokers closed during 2015.

The 15 RE/MAX Northern Illinois brokers in the 20-16 NAHREP ranking is more than double the seven included last year.

The following is a list of RE/MAX brokers in the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network named to this prestigious group listed by their position in the ranking. The number appearing after each name is the number of transactions the brokers complete:

#46 – Luis Ortiz, RE/MAX Partners, Berwyn - 123

#62 – Mina Munoz, RE/MAX 2000, Crete - 105

#110 – Gloria Ulloa, RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn - 79

#120 – Israel Ballesteros, RE/MAX Horizon, Elgin - 75

#122 – Luigui Corral, RE/MAX United, Round Lake Beach - 74

#135 – Stewart Ramirez, RE/MAX Center, Grayslake - 71

#143 – Maria Cendano, RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Shorewood - 68

#156 – Zeferino Martinez, RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn - 64

#157 – Pablo Galarza, RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn - 64

#181 – Tomas Gomez, RE/MAX Showcase, Waukegan - 59

#208 – Alberto Avila, RE/MAX 10, Chicago - 54

#213 – Jacqueline Dix, RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville - 53

#222 – Robert Padron, RE/MAX Cityview, Chicago - 51

#223 – Juanita Flores, RE/MAX 10, Chicago - 51

#230 – Martha Lozano, RE/MAX City, Chicago - 50

“The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network includes top sales producers representing many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The Hispanic community is large, diverse and an integral component of our region and nation. We are honored to see so many of our brokers recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals for their sales achievements,” said Jack Kreider, executive vice president and regional director of RE/MAX Northern Illinois.

For the second consecutive year, RE/MAX was the most highly represented brand on the NAHREP 250 honor role, with 61 brokers.

RE/MAX agents consistently rank among the most productive in the industry. In 2015, RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents averaged 18 transaction sides. RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989 and is continually growing. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 106 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app, available for download at www.illinoisproperty.com, provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 104,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Metro Chicago Housing Market Continued Spring Advance in May, RE/MAX Reports

CHICAGO, June 21, 2016 – The metro Chicago housing market backed up strong April results with solid gains in May, RE/MAX reports. Home sales in the seven-county area rose 9 percent in May compared to May 2015, with 11,616 units changing hands. The median sales price climbed 5 percent to $235,000.

The average time homes sold in May spent on the market before finding a buyer was 87 days, down from 99 days in April and 94 days in May last year. The declining market time was caused in part by a limited inventory of listings. At the end of May, 37,696 homes were listed for sale in the seven-county metro area, 9 percent more than a month earlier but 5 percent fewer than May 2015.

“I’m optimistic we’ll see an expanding inventory, especially in the middle ranges of the market where supplies are the tightest,” said Jack Kreider, executive vice president and regional director of the RE/MAX Northern Illinois network.

“Chicago-area home sales activity so far in 2016 is at its highest level since the pre-recession year of 2006. Prices are rising but haven’t fully recovered area wide. The median sales price in May this year was below the May 2008 median of $255,000, but well above the $201,000 recorded in May 2009,” he said.

The RE/MAX analysis of Chicago area home sales uses data for the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will collected by MRED, the regional multiple listing service.




METRO CHICAGO REAL ESTATE MARKET HOME SALES
MAY 2016 VS. MAY 2015










5/16

5/16

5/16



Total
%
Detached
%
Attached
%


Sales
Change
Sales
Change
Sales
Change








Metro

11,696
+9%
7,340
+9%
4,276
+9%
Cook

6,356
+9%
3,386
+11%
2,970
+8%
DuPage

1,521
+13%
1,007
   +14%
514
+11%
Kane

769
+5%
580
-3%
189
+40%
Kendall

280
+13%
205
+7%
75
+36%
Lake

1,104
+16%
878
+18%
226
+9%
McHenry

559
+8%
460
+10%
99
-1%
Will

1,027
-2%
824
-1%
203
-7%
Chicago

2,923
+6%
1,029
+8%
1,894
+6%










May home sales rose in six counties and Chicago; three counties posted double-digit gains. Lake led with a 16 percent increase from May 2015, while DuPage and Kendall were up 13 percent. Cook gained 9 percent, McHenry 8 percent, Kane 5 percent and Chicago 6 percent. Will had a 2 percent decline.

The median sales price rose in all seven counties, led by McHenry, with a year-over-year gain of 13 percent. In Cook, DuPage and Kane, the gain was 4 percent. The median rose 8 percent in Will, 5 percent in Kendall and 3 percent in Lake and Chicago.

Detached Homes

Detached-home sales across the seven-county area totaled 7,340 units in May, up 9 percent from the year-earlier level. The median sales price rose 6 percent to $250,000. Average market time was 98 days, down from 104 days.

Gains in sales activity were spread unevenly. Four counties had double-digit increases, with Lake up 18 percent, DuPage up 14 percent, Cook up 11 percent and McHenry up 10 percent. Kendall gained 7 percent and Chicago rose 8 percent, but sales fell 3 percent in Kane and 1 percent in Will.

Increases in the median sales price of detached homes in May were led by an 11 percent increase in McHenry. Results elsewhere were: Cook up 8 percent, Kane and Will up 7 percent, Kendall up 5 percent and Lake up 1 percent, while Chicago gained 9 percent. DuPage fell 2 percent.

Attached Homes

Sales of attached homes increased 9 percent over May of 2015 to 4,276 units, and the median sales price advanced 5 percent to $200,000. Average market time was a speedy 68 days, compared to 77 days a year earlier.

Unit sales rose in five counties and in Chicago, but results varied widely. The biggest gains were 40 percent in Kane and 36 percent in Kendall, while DuPage gained 11 percent, Lake 9 percent and Cook 8 percent. Sales rose 6 percent in Chicago. However, attached sales fell 7 percent in Will and 1 percent in McHenry.

The median sales price rose in six counties: 13 percent in McHenry, 11 percent in DuPage, 10 percent in Kane and Kendall, 8 percent in Will and 5 percent in Lake, while Chicago gained 1 percent. Cook County recorded a 1 percent decline.

The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 106 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 104,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

Friday, June 17, 2016

RE/MAX Synergy Continues Expansion; Opens Its First Chicago Office in South Loop

Renaud and Laurence Biscarrat
CHICAGO, June 17, 2016 -- RE/MAX Synergy, a leading real estate brokerage in the south and southwest suburbs of Chicago, is continuing its expansion with the opening of its fourth office, at 1345 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago’s South Loop.

The nearly 1,800 square-foot office is located just south of the busy intersection of Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue and within walking distance to major public transportation. With its large frontage on busy Michigan Avenue, this new office is built around an open concept with fully equipped stations allowing agents to stop by and work or simply relax enjoying a cappuccino or a glass of wine between appointments.

John Sackett, a long-time member of the RE/MAX Synergy management team and a South Loop resident, manages the office.

“The South Loop real estate market has recovered nicely. The area has quickly become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Chicago and continues to offer a great opportunity for growth. There’s a buzz in the South Loop again,” said RE/MAX Synergy Broker/Owner Laurence Biscarrat.

“We have brokers and clients who currently live and work in the South Loop. Adding this office location will allow RE/MAX Synergy to better serve both those groups, as well as attract additional clients and add skilled brokers to our organization. We look forward to expanding our presence in the South Loop and neighboring communities.” said RE/MAX Synergy Broker/Owner Renaud Biscarrat.

A Grand Opening event will take place on June 23 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the office. For further information, call the RE/MAX Synergy South Loop office at 312-313-7000.

RE/MAX Synergy has offices in Chicago, Flossmoor, Frankfort and Orland Park. For more information visit www.illinoissynergy.com

RE/MAX agents consistently rank among the most productive in the industry. In 2015, RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents averaged 18 transaction sides. RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989 and is continually growing. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 106 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app, available for download at www.illinoisproperty.com, provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 104,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Welcomes Newest Members to Its Pioneer Club, Celebrating 25 Years with Real Estate Brokerage Network


CHICAGO, June 15, 2016 – RE/MAX recently welcomed 39 brokers in its northern Illinois real estate network to its Pioneer Club, which recognizes those affiliates who have reached their 25th anniversary with the RE/MAX network.

Real estate professionals often work for a variety of brokerages over the course of their career. Twenty-five years spent with one organization represents a significant commitment and indicates continued satisfaction with the professional environment.

“Each of these brokers has established an outstanding track record serving their clients and their community. Their professionalism and dedication are major reasons so many thousands of buyers and sellers across our region choose RE/MAX,” said Jack Kreider, executive vice president and regional director of RE/MAX Northern Illinois.

Those receiving the Pioneer Club Award are from the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will.

COOK COUNTY
Jane McClelland, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors, Oak Park;
James Thomas, RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn;
Sam Memeti, RE/MAX City, Chicago;
Janice Weiner, RE/MAX Suburban, Arlington Heights;
Sheila Brunetti, RE/MAX Suburban, Arlington Heights;
Lynn Stone, RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg;
Lowell Stone, RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg;
Heidi Engel, RE/MAX Suburban, Mount Prospect;
Michael Clendenning, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
Michelle Beckers, RE/MAX 1st Service, Orland Park;
Dave Manson, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
Michael Dolce, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
Jack Gawron, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
Sharon Rago, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
Clifford Rago, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
Christine Eul, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park.
DUPAGE COUNTY
Leslie McKenzie, RE/MAX Action, Lisle;
Pamela Kouimelis, RE/MAX Action, Lisle;
Robert Briant, RE/MAX Action, Lisle;
Ron Coluzzi, RE/MAX of Naperville, Naperville;
Marsha Kelleher, RE/MAX of Naperville, Naperville;
Bernie Cobb, Jr., RE/MAX of Naperville, Naperville;
Rose Pagonis, RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville;
Vanamali Shetty, RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville;
Sue Hedlund, RE/MAX Suburban, Wheaton.
KANE COUNTY
Jay Rodgers, RE/MAX Excels, Geneva;
Vicky Rullo, RE/MAX Great American North, St. Charles;
Brian Reagan, RE/MAX Northern Illinois, Elgin;
Debbie O’Leary, RE/MAX Northern Illinois, Elgin.
LAKE COUNTY
Patricia Ciko, RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch;
Kevin Walsh, RE/MAX Showcase, Long Grove;
Alise Luke, RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville;
Hope Korn, RE/MAX Top Performers, Lake Bluff;
Cherie Smith Zurek, RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Lake Zurich.
WILL COUNTY
Marc Freeman, Broker/Owner, RE/MAX of Joliet, Joliet;
James Mance, RE/MAX 10, New Lenox;
Kim Noonan, RE/MAX 10, New Lenox;
Jeffrey Kaplan, RE/MAX Professionals, Bolingbrook;
John Knudson, RE/MAX of Joliet, Joliet.
RE/MAX agents consistently rank among the most productive in the industry. In 2015, RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents averaged 18 transaction sides. RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989 and is continually growing. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of more than 2,250 sales associates and 106 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app, available for download at www.illinoisproperty.com, provides comprehensive information about residential and commercial property for sale in the region. The northern Illinois network is part of RE/MAX, a global real estate organization with 104,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.