Thursday, October 23, 2014

Festivities Mark Grand Opening at RE/MAX Elite Homes in Moline




CHICAGO, Oct. 23, 2014 – RE/MAX Elite Homes held an exuberant grand opening celebration on Oct. 10 at its newly opened office, located at 1485 41st St., Moline, Ill.  Broker/owner Rich Bassford and his team welcomed nearly 200 guests, including representatives of the City of Moline and the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.

The festivities were multifaceted and included a ceremonial ribbon cutting.  Also on the program were games and a bounce house for the younger set, while adults enjoyed entertainment by the Funktastic Five, hors d’oeuvres and a selection of local brews from Bent River Brewery, along with hourly prize drawings.  The famous RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon was also on hand, offering tethered balloon rides to the guests.

“It was a wonderful party and a great way to mark our arrival in Moline,” said Bassford, an experienced and highly successful Quad Cities real estate professional who had long dreamt of opening his own brokerage.

RE/MAX Elite Homes welcomed guests to its all-new 2,500 square-foot facility that includes seven private offices, five work cubicles, a reception area and a cafĂ© room that includes meeting space, large screen TVs and computers.  It will serve as a multipurpose area where brokers can work and meet with clients.

“This is an existing building that we effectively put through a gut remodeling,” Bassford explained.  “Our goal was to create an office space that reflects our name – RE/MAX Elite Homes.  So we’ve crafted an elegant interior, using top-level finishes, such as granite countertops and solid cherry woodwork throughout.”

An artistic highlight of the office is the 9-by-8-foot copper waterfall with the company name that Bassford built by hand.  Another special feature is a window created by a local craftsperson that spells out RE/MAX Elite Homes.

The new office is now home to four brokers and a three-person support staff, and Bassford expects the number of brokers affiliated with RE/MAX Elite Homes to grow rapidly.

“Our timing is excellent in terms of the local housing market,” he noted.  “We’re seeing solid employment growth in the Quad Cities area, which is the key to a thriving residential real estate market.  Both home prices and home sales activity have been on the upswing, and the increase in home values has been especially notable.

“What has impressed me,” Bassford added, “is that 2014 has personally been my best year ever in terms of sales activity, with more than 100 sales closed so far, even while handling all the work involved with opening this new office.  That says a lot about the strength of the market.”

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 2,000 sales associates and 100 individually 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, LLC, a global real estate organization with 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network


CHICAGO, Oct. 22, 2014 – A prominent real estate brokerage in affluent Hinsdale, Ill., has joined the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network and parted ways with ERA.  Now known as RE/MAX Signature Homes and located at 22 N. Lincoln St., the brokerage, formerly ERA Team Feinstein, was the most successful ERA office, not only in the Hinsdale market, but in the metro
Chicago area.  It has a staff of approximately 40 affiliated brokers, a support staff of five and 2013 closed sales volume of  $217 million.

Broker/owner Linda Feinstein said that her decision to join RE/MAX was based on the organization’s progressive approach to all facets of the real estate business.

“I was especially impressed with the technology that RE/MAX provides,” said Feinstein.  “It is light-years ahead of the competition.  I see this as an opportunity to grow my own business, but more importantly as a way to grow the business of every broker in our office.”

Feinstein began working in real estate 27 years ago and has been among the top brokers in Hinsdale for much of that time.  Moreover, she ranks among the nation’s top 120 brokers in terms of annual sales.  Feinstein and her husband, who is a physician, raised their seven children in Hinsdale, and two of their daughters now work at the brokerage.

“I decided to get my real estate license when our sixth child entered pre-school.  It was just going to be a part-time thing,” Feinstein recalled.  “But I loved it from the start and still do.  I enjoy all the aspects of the business, including some that most brokers dislike, the pressure in closing sales and even the rejection that we all experience at times.“

After achieving success as an agent, where her clients over the years have included entertainment and sports celebrities and international clientele, as well as hundreds of more typical families, Feinstein opened her own office with a partner in 1999 as an ERA franchise, and she became the sole owner in 2009. 

“Linda has all the characteristics of a strong and successful RE/MAX Broker/Owner,” said Brian Reagan, president of RE/MAX Northern Illinois.  “We had no doubt that the conversion would be most advantageous to her and her sales associates.  Given the stability and long-term outlook for the continued success of RE/MAX in all regions across the globe, we saw the conversion as the ultimate vehicle for maximizing her business potential.  We look forward to a long and productive partnership with her in the Hinsdale market.”

Reagan’s personal involvement in the negotiations played a key role, according to Feinstein.

“Talking to Brian was inspiring in helping me make the decision to join RE/MAX.  I could sense that they really have a vision for the future of our business,” she said.

The RE/MAX Signature Homes office is located in a vintage home, giving it a distinctive look and feel highlighted by such features as a conference room fireplace.

“The setting is traditional, but our approach is extremely contemporary,” noted Feinstein, who serves as managing broker and is ably supported by Gail Jensen, the administrative manager.  “Modern wireless communications have revolutionized the real estate business over the last decade, radically changing the way brokers work, and our office is in tune with that change.”
The office is also in tune with its community.  On Oct. 23, RE/MAX Signature Homes is holding a pumpkin pickup at the office, with hundreds of pumpkins available free of charge, one per family.

Feinstein personally hosts a series of special fund raising events each year for different charities, such as the local animal shelter or food pantry, as well as causes with a broader scope, such as breast cancer awareness.

“I encourage all our brokers to play an active role in their community,” Feinstein said.  “For me, that meant playing an active role in the Hinsdale Chamber of Commerce for many years and making contributions elsewhere.  We know that RE/MAX has long been a major supporter of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and we welcome the opportunity to be part of that effort.”

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 2,000 sales associates and 100 individually 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, LLC, a global real estate organization with 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RE/MAX Northern Illinois Network Launches Redesigned Illinoisproperty.com Website


 
CHICAGO, Oct. 14, 2014 – The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network recently introduced an extensive redesign of its popular website, www.illinoisproperty.com.  The site has a new look and feel, with millions of high resolution photos that dominate the site, a tablet friendly search and INRX Drive TimeTM, a search tool that allows consumers the ability to search properties for sale by desired drive time.  The website provides access to all northern Illinois multiple listing services (MLSs) so users can search the most accurate and current inventory of properties for sale and for rent.  Users can also retrieve detailed information on sold and rented properties, plus those under contract.


The newly redesigned website provides a host of new features and enhanced functionality that is intuitive and easy to use, making the real estate search process enjoyable and efficient.  Much of the existing information on the website has been streamlined so users can access more comprehensive information immediately.


Some of the newest features on www.illinoisproperty.com were built specifically to meet the needs of buyers, sellers, investors and renters in today’s market.  The home page provides extensive search tools for finding rentals or luxury, foreclosed and commercial properties for sale.  Consumers can also download the new RE/MAX Northern Illinois Real Estate App, which allows users to enjoy an integrated search experience and take the in-depth search options, user friendliness and photo quality of the illinoisproperty.com website with them wherever they go. 


“Illinoisproperty.com is an attractive, yet functional website that is rich in photos and content.  It delivers exactly what consumers need to navigate today’s real estate market,” said Casey Reagan, Chief Technology Officer for the RE/MAX Northern Illinois network.  “The site will grow and evolve as we continue to provide search platforms and features that are relevant and meaningful to the demands of our customers in any given real estate market.  This is the first phase of enhancements designed to meet the ever increasing demand for a mobile-centric design, one that can easily scale from a desktop search to a tablet or smart phone search.”


The www.illinoisproperty.com website has long been one of Chicagoland’s and northern Illinois’ most accessed real estate websites and has received industry awards for its popularity based on technological innovation and ease-of-use. 


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 2,000 sales associates and 100 individually 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, LLC, a global real estate organization with 90,000+ sales associates in 90+ nations.