Growing our presence in Chicago has been a top priority for several years, and it is rewarding to see that effort delivering results
Chicago, IL (Vocus) April 4, 2010
The growing impact of the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network on home sales in the City of Chicago were confirmed by the results of the recent Chicago Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.) annual sales awards. The number of RE/MAX agents earning C.A.R. annual honors for sales success in the Chicago real estate market last year increased by 74 percent compared to the prior year.
“Growing our presence in Chicago has been a top priority for several years, and it is rewarding to see that effort delivering results,” said Jim Merrion, regional director of the RE/MAX Northern Illinois real estate network. “We have worked with our agents to make sure they have the expertise to handle not only traditional transactions but also help clients deal successfully with the nuances of the distressed properties market, whether that involves helping a homeowner complete a short sale or working with an investor interested in foreclosed properties being sold by lenders.”
RE/MAX agents earned six Achiever Awards, C.A.R.’s most prestigious sales honor, up from four won last year. Linda O’Donnell of RE/MAX Signature, 2901 N. Clybourn Ave., was one of just nine agents honored with the Platinum Achiever Award for sales of 200 or more units. Her total was in excess of 400 units. She also earned the Gold Achiever Award for sales of $30 to $49 million.
Others winning Achiever Awards based on unit sales were Angel Aguilar of RE/MAX Platinum, 1931 S. State St., who won a gold award for selling 100-199 units; Robert Padron of RE/MAX Cityview, 6430 N. Central Ave., who captured a silver award for sales of 66-99 units, and David Piché of RE/MAX Signature, who received a bronze award for sales of 50-65 units.
A Bronze Achiever Award also went to Marlene Granacki of RE/MAX Exclusive Properties for closing sales of $15-$19 million.
In addition to the Achiever Awards, C.A.R. also recognized other top producers for both unit sales and closed sales volume, with some agents recognized in both categories. The number of RE/MAX agents recognized in this way more than doubled last year’s total.
C.A.R. also honored agents for being the top producers in either unit sales or sales volume in each of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods, and RE/MAX agents captured 12 of these awards, six in each category.
Connie Abels of RE/MAX NorthCoast, 1225 W. Morse Ave., led the Rogers Park neighborhood in both categories. Julie Anderson, Juanita Flores and Barb Gembala, all of RE/MAX Select, 6124 W. 63rd St., also earned similar double honors. Anderson won twice in both West Elsdon and Clearing; Flores did the same in West Lawn and Gembala followed suit in Archer Heights.
In Lake View, Marlene Granacki was tops in sales volume, while in Auburn Gresham, Chris Lebiecki of RE/MAX City, 7020 W. Higgins Road, topped all agents in units sold.
RE/MAX saw its share of listings sold in the city rise from 6.5 percent in 2008 to 8.2 percent in 2009, based on data compiled by Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. Among the seven brokerage firms with the largest city market shares, RE/MAX achieved the greatest increase, while four of its major competitors saw their share of the city market decline.