Friday, March 27, 2015

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Honors RE/MAX Suburban Group, Plus Offices in Lisle, Chicago, Antioch and St. Charles for Top 2014 Sales Results

CHICAGO, March 26, 2015 – The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network recently gave special recognition for 2014 sales achievements to four offices and one multi-office franchise for delivering outstanding sales results in 2014.

Top Company, Closed Transactions & Closed Sales Volume
RE/MAX Suburban
Jim Nelson, Jr. & Jim Nelson, Sr. accepting.  Not pictured, Bob Baker
RE/MAX Suburban received recognition as the region’s Top Company for Closed Transactions and Closed Sales Volume. Its seven offices closed 3,458 transactions last year with a total sales volume of $907.6 million. The company has offices in Arlington Heights, Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg and Wheaton, Ill.

Gary Jacklin
RE/MAX Action
RE/MAX Action of Lisle, Ill., was named Top Office, Closed Transactions and Closed Sales Volume. The office closed 1,486 transactions in 2014, or more than four each day, and its closed sales volume was $358.4 million.

Martin Lata
RE/MAX City
Honored as Top Chicago Office, Closed Transactions and Closed Sales Volume, was RE/MAX City. The office completed 1,046 transactions and generated $196.7 million in sales volume.

RE/MAX Advantage Realty of Antioch, Ill., was named Top Small-Market Office, Closed Transactions. The brokers there closed 654 property sales last year.

The award for Top Small-Market Office, Closed Sales Volume, went to RE/MAX Great American North of St. Charles, Ill. In 2014, its brokers closed sales totaling $137.8 million.

Larry Fales
RE/MAX Advantage Realty
The awards were presented at the 38th Annual RE/MAX Northern Illinois Awards Ceremony held on Feb. 20.
Tim Binning
RE/MAX Great American North

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.
Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 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

Thursday, March 26, 2015

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Honors Its Top Commercial Brokers for 2014

CHICAGO, March 26, 2015 – RE/MAX recently honored its affiliated brokers in northern Illinois whose commercial property sales achievements in 2014 earned them special recognition.

Each year RE/MAX recognizes its Top Three commercial brokers and Top Three commercial teams, as well as the broker or team earning the year’s largest commercial commission. A team involves the combined efforts of two or more licensed brokers.

Dave Shalabi of RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park, Ill., led the No. 1 team for 2014, while Richard Dawidiuk of RE/MAX Central, Roselle, Ill., ranked as the top individual broker. The complete list of RE/MAX Commercial Top Three teams and individuals is as follows:


Dave Shalabi
RE/MAX Synergy,
Orland Park
COMMERCIAL TEAMS
1. Dave Shalabi, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
2. Vallejo Team, RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
3. Batinick-Ulfig Team,RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville, Ill.

All three of these commercial teams were also recognized by the worldwide RE/MAX network for ranking among the Top 50 RE/MAX commercial teams in both the United States and worldwide. In the worldwide ranking, which includes brokers in more than 90 nations, Shalabi ranked 15th, Vallejo 32nd and Batinick-Ulfig 34th.

In the RE/MAX U.S. commercial Top 50, Shalabi ranked 7th, Vallejo 21st and Batinick-Ulfig 23rd. Also in the commercial Top 50 is the Cindy Banks Team of RE/MAX Cornerstone, West Chicago, Ill., ranked 42nd.

Richard Dawidiuk
RE/MAX Central, Roselle
COMMERCIAL INDIVIDUALS
1. Richard Dawidiuk, RE/MAX Central, Roselle;
2. Sana Samawi, RE/MAX 10, Oak Lawn, Ill.;
3. Danny McGovern, RE/MAX Properties Northwest, Park Ridge, Ill.

Saluted for earning the year’s largest commercial sales commission was the mother/daughter team of Georgia Colovos and Vickie Soupos of RE/MAX Destiny, Elk Grove Village, Ill. They earned their winning commission for helping the Nobu Hospitality Group, co-founded by film-
Georgia Colovos & Vickie Soupos
RE/MAX Destiny, Elk Grove
star Robert De Niro, acquire the space needed for a parking facility to serve its newly announced restaurant and boutique hotel near Randolph and Halsted Streets in Chicago.

In 2014 RE/MAX was named among the 25 leading commercial networks in the United States by National Real Estate Investor magazine for the fourth year in a row.

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

RE/MAX Names Northern Illinois Residential Top 20 for 2014: Schaumburg Broker Associate and Lake Bluff Team Take Top Spots

CHICAGO, March 25, 2015 – The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network recently honored its associates whose 2014 residential sales achievements earned them coveted spots in its year-end Residential Top 20.

Each year, the network gives special recognition to its Top 20 individual residential brokers and Top 20 residential teams, as well as its Top Three individual commercial brokers and Top Three commercial teams.

The No. 1 rank among residential teams went to Jane Lee of RE/MAX Top Performers, Lake Bluff, Ill., who won that honor for a remarkable 11th year in a row. A team involves the combined efforts of two or more licensed brokers.
Jane Lee Team
RE/MAX Top Performers, Lake Bluff

TOP 20 RESIDENTIAL TEAMS
1. Jane Lee, RE/MAX Top Performers, Lake Bluff;
2. Leslie McDonnell Team, RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville, Ill.;
3. Homes by Marco Team, RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville;
4. Kombrink-Lobrillo Team, RE/MAX Great American North, St. Charles/Wasco, Ill.
5. Cindy Banks Team, RE/MAX Cornerstone, West Chicago, Ill.;
6. Becker Group, RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch, Ill.;
7. Hausman Team, RE/MAX Experts, Buffalo Grove, Ill.;
8. Lance Kammes, RE/MAX Suburban, Wheaton, Ill.;
9. Team Hackel, RE/MAX Synergy, Flossmoor, Ill.;
10. Wells Group, RE/MAX of Barrington, Barrington, Ill.;
11. Thomas Domasik, RE/MAX 10, Palos Park, Ill.
12. Cobb Team, RE/MAX of Naperville, Naperville, Ill.;
13. Kohler Group, RE/MAX Excels, Geneva, Ill.;
14. Jim Starwalt, RE/MAX Center, Grayslake, Ill.;
15. Pickard Group, RE/MAX Suburban, Arlington Hts., Ill.;
16. Robert Wisdom, RE/MAX Horizon, Elgin, Ill.;
17. Connie Scott Team, RE/MAX At Home, Rolling Meadows, Ill.
18. Alex Rullo, RE/MAX Great American North, St. Charles/Wasco;
19. Rosemary West Team, RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville;
20. Reuter Team, RE/MAX Excels, Geneva.

Sarah Leonard
RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg
Sarah Leonard of RE/MAX Suburban in Schaumburg, Ill., claimed the No. 1 ranking among individual residential brokers. It was the first time she has achieved that distinction.

TOP 20 INDIVIDUAL RESIDENTIAL BROKERS
1. Sarah Leonard, RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg;
2. Steve Malik, RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville;
3. Hasani Steele, RE/MAX Premier Properties, Chicago;
4. Marlene Granacki, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties, Chicago;
5. Larry Leibovitz, RE/MAX Experts, Buffalo Grove;
6. Mimi Burke, RE/MAX of Barrington, Barrington;
7. Edward Lukasik, Jr., RE/MAX Professionals, Bolingbrook, Ill.;
8. Danny McGovern, RE/MAX Properties Northwest, Park Ridge, Ill.;
9. Anna Klarck, RE/MAX Showcase, Long Grove, Ill.;
10. Christine Lee, RE/MAX Showcase, Long Grove;
11. Kristi Gunther, RE/MAX Exclusive Properties, Chicago;
12. Ralph Binetti, RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg;
13. Rita Neri, RE/MAX Vision 212, Chicago;
14. Kathy Maykut, RE/MAX All Pro, Bloomingdale, Ill.;
15. Sophia Su, RE/MAX of Naperville, Naperville;
16. Sharon Falco, RE/MAX Central, Roselle, Ill.;
17. Dawn Dause, RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Shorewood, Ill.;
18. Jeff Stainer, RE/MAX Action, Lisle, Ill.;
19. Debbie Pawlowicz, RE/MAX Action, Lisle;
20. Cherie Smith Zurek, RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Lake Zurich, Ill.

Several members of the RE/MAX Northern Illinois Top 20 were also recognized by the worldwide RE/MAX organization for ranking among the Top 100 sales producers of 2014 either network-wide or in the United States.

In the worldwide ranking of RE/MAX teams, Jane Lee was #18, the Leslie McDonnell Team was #48, the Homes by Marco Team was #72 and the Kombrink-Lobrillo Team was #75. Among U.S. RE/MAX teams, Lee was #11, McDonnell was #31, Homes by Marco was #42, Kombrink-Lobrillo was #46 and the Cindy Banks Team was #88.

In the worldwide ranking of individual RE/MAX brokers, Sarah Leonard was #61, while in the U.S. ranking, Leonard was #19 and Steve Malik was #48.

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and www.illinoisproperty.com provide 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

Friday, March 20, 2015

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Presents Special Sales Production Honors to Brokers In Antioch, Schaumburg, Lake Bluff, St. Charles, Naperville and Glen Ellyn

CHICAGO, March 19, 2015 – The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network recently presented four of its broker associates with special honors for sales productivity in 2014. Three winners were recognized for closing the most real estate transactions last year, while the other was honored for a single transaction.

The award for Most Closed Transactions, Individual, was presented to Sarah Leonard of RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg, Ill., for closing 208 transactions last year.

The award for Most Closed Transactions, Team, went to Jane Lee of RE/MAX Top Performers, Lake Bluff, Ill. Her team closed 376 sales in 2014, more than one per day. A team involves the efforts of two or more licensed brokers.

The Kombrink-Lobrillo Team of RE/MAX Great American North in St. Charles, Ill., captured the Most Closed Transactions, Small-Market Team Award by completing 364 sales last year.

Named as winner of the Most Closed Transactions, Small-Market Individual Award was Larry Fales of RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch, Ill. Last year, Fales completed 75 transactions.

Steve Malik of RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville, Ill., was honored with the Largest Single Residential Commission Award. He represented the seller of an estate home in Oak Brook, Ill., once the residence of Chicago White Sox baseball legend Frank Thomas.


Also receiving special recognition was Cindy Purdom of RE/MAX Suburban, Glen Ellyn, Ill. She received the Largest Single Referral Commission award. The winning transaction involved the purchase of a vacation home in Michigan.

The awards were presented at the 38th Annual RE/MAX Northern Illinois Awards Ceremony held on Feb. 20.

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and www.illinoisproperty.com provide 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

RE/MAX Honors Leaders of Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge and Moline Offices as Industry Trendsetters

CHICAGO, March 19, 2015 – The RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network recently honored two of its broker/owners for their role as industry leaders, presenting both with the prestigious Trendsetter Award during its 38th annual awards ceremony. Receiving the awards were Ed Lukasik, Jr., broker/owner of RE/MAX Professionals, with offices in Bolingbrook and Burr Ridge, Ill., and Rich Bassford, broker/owner of RE/MAX Elite Homes of Moline, Ill.

The Trendsetter Award recognizes individuals who are consistently ahead of the curve when it comes to industry trends and whose progressive outlook and actions benefit their office and the entire RE/MAX organization.

Ed Lukasik, Jr.
Lukasik acquired the Bolingbrook office, where he had been a top salesperson, in 2010, at a time when the industry was contracting in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. He then opened a new office in Burr Ridge in 2014. Both offices are strategically located near I-55 for easy access. Though the two markets are different in many key respects, Lukasik found success in both, recruiting a strong group of broker associates and quickly expanding the RE/MAX market share in each area.

Rich Bassford
Bassford was honored for his success in revitalizing the RE/MAX brand in the Moline portion of the Quad Cities market. He had ranked as the top producing Realtor® in the Quad Cities for four consecutive years based on total closed sales volume before opening RE/MAX Elite Homes last year. Previously he had been affiliated with a RE/MAX office in the Iowa portion of the Quad Cities area. The office opened last May and already has a sales force of 17 brokers.

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and www.illinoisproperty.com provide 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

RE/MAX Offices Honored for 2014 Fundraising Efforts to Aid Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago; $150,000 Raised Last Year

CHICAGO, March 18, 2015 – Offices in the RE/MAX Northern Illinois network raised $150,000 in 2014 in support of Lurie Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH). That brings to nearly $2.4 million the total that RE/MAX Northern Illinois offices and brokers have contributed to the hospital since 1992 when RE/MAX became a corporate sponsor of CMNH.

At the RE/MAX Northern Illinois 38th Annual Awards Ceremony, held Feb. 20, five of its multi-office companies and 53 of its offices were honored for their 2014 charitable efforts. The awards they received featured artwork created by young patients at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Each of the five multi-office companies RE/MAX honored that evening received a CMNH Outstanding Citizen Award for its efforts. As a group, the contributions of these companies accounted for approximately 55 percent of the total donated by RE/MAX Northern Illinois in 2014.

The 53 offices honored as Miracle Offices reached that status because every real estate broker in that office met at least the minimum donation requirement to CMNH for 2014. Miracle Offices account for 52 percent of the RE/MAX offices in the northern Illinois region, setting a new record for office participation.

The following are the RE/MAX multi-office companies honored as Outstanding Citizens for their generous donations to CMNH, all of which benefited Lurie Children’s Hospital. They are listed in order based on the size of their donation, with the largest first:

  1. RE/MAX Suburban, with offices in Arlington Heights, Glen Ellyn, Libertyville, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg and Wheaton.
  2. RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, with offices in Algonquin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Huntley, Lake Zurich and Palatine.
  3. RE/MAX Showcase, with offices in Gurnee, Long Grove and Waukegan.
  4. RE/MAX All Pro of Bloomingdale and Sugar Grove and RE/MAX Great American North of St. Charles/Wasco.
  5. RE/MAX of Barrington and RE/MAX NOW, both located in Barrington.


The 53 RE/MAX Northern Illinois Miracle Offices for 2014 are listed below, grouped by the county in which the office is located:

Boone County

  • RE/MAX Property Source, Belvidere.

Cook County

  • RE/MAX 10, Chicago, Oak Lawn, Palos Park;
  • RE/MAX All Stars, Niles;
  • RE/MAX City, Chicago;
  • RE/MAX Countryside, Hoffman Estates;
  • RE/MAX Exclusive Properties, Chicago;
  • RE/MAX in the Village, Realtors®, Oak Park;
  • RE/MAX NOW, Barrington;
  • RE/MAX of Barrington, Barrington;
  • RE/MAX Properties, Western Springs;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Arlington Heights;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Mt. Prospect;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Roselle Road, Schaumburg;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg;
  • RE/MAX Synergy, Flossmoor;
  • RE/MAX Synergy, Orland Park;
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Bartlett;
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Palatine.

DuPage County

  • RE/MAX Achievers, Lombard;
  • RE/MAX Action, Lisle;
  • RE/MAX All Pro, Bloomingdale;
  • RE/MAX Professionals Select, Naperville;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Glen Ellyn;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Wheaton.

Grundy County

  • RE/MAX Top Properties, Morris.

Kane County

  • RE/MAX All Pro, Sugar Grove;
  • RE/MAX Great American North, St. Charles/Wasco;
  • RE/MAX Northern Illinois Regional Office, Elgin;
  • RE/MAX Town & Country, Aurora.

Lake County

  • RE/MAX Advantage Realty, Antioch;
  • RE/MAX Center, Grayslake;
  • RE/MAX Plaza, Wauconda;
  • RE/MAX Showcase, Gurnee;
  • RE/MAX Showcase, Long Grove;
  • RE/MAX Showcase, Waukegan;
  • RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville;
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Lake Zurich.

McHenry County

  • RE/MAX Connections II, Marengo;
  • RE/MAX Plaza, McHenry;
  • RE/MAX Plaza, Richmond;
  • RE/MAX Plaza, Woodstock;
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Algonquin;
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Crystal Lake;
  • RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest, Huntley.

Ogle County

  • RE/MAX of Rock Valley, Oregon;
  • RE/MAX Professional Advantage, Byron.

Will County

  • RE/MAX 1st Service, Homer Glen;
  • RE/MAX All Properties, New Lenox;
  • RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Plainfield;
  • RE/MAX Ultimate Professionals, Shorewood.

Winnebago County

  • RE/MAX Property Source, Rockford.

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and www.illinoisproperty.com provide 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

Leslie McDonnell of RE/MAX Suburban, Libertyville, Receives Highest Career Achievement Honor

CHICAGO, March 18, 2015 – Leslie McDonnell, a broker with RE/MAX Suburban, 1344 S. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, Ill., recently received special recognition from the RE/MAX worldwide network, which named her a Luminary of Distinction.

That honor was created by RE/MAX to recognize the most elite sales producers in its global network. Luminary of Distinction recipients have been with RE/MAX for at least 20 years and have during that time earned gross commissions of $20 million or more.

McDonnell joined RE/MAX in 1991 and since then has built a remarkably successful sales team. Based on 2014 sales by RE/MAX teams, the Leslie McDonnell Team ranked #2 in Northern Illinois, #31 in the United States and #48 in the worldwide RE/MAX network.

RE/MAX has been the leader in the northern Illinois real estate market since 1989. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network, with headquarters in Elgin, Ill., consists of 2,200+ sales associates and 105 independently owned and operated RE/MAX offices that provide a full range of residential and commercial brokerage services. Its mobile real estate app and www.illinoisproperty.com provide 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 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.