We’re grateful for all the success we’ve had in our 162 years, and 2017 really seems to stand out. It’s almost hard to believe everything that happened, and not just with our residential sales company, but with our mortgage and title companies, too. This success makes it clear just how much easier we’ve been making real estate for our clients.
It’s also clear that the people who work here are empowered to be their best every day. We won Top Workplace in our industry for the sixth year in a row from the Chicago Tribune and #1 Top Workplace in all of Chicago. The $8.8 billion in sales and more than 32,000 transactions we did last year is evidence that our clients and our agents across Chicagoland are onto something.
This past year was beyond our expectations in terms of growth. 567 new and experienced agents joined us in 2017, and we opened three new offices in Algonquin, Cary, and Downtown Libertyville. 239 Baird & Warner agents hit the beach in Mexico as winners of our 2017 Listing and Sales Contest “Sea You in Cancún.” Our company won three Agent’s Choice awards from Chicago Agent magazine, including Best Brokerage Website (watch for an even better new site launching in February).
The other businesses in our family had impressive results, too. Key Mortgage Services, Inc. won 2017-2018 top employer from National Mortgage Magazine, and Baird & Warner Title was rated one of the Top 3 Title Companies in Illinois by Fidelity National Title Group. LeadingRE honored Baird & Warner with the 2018 Website Quality Certification Award, and last but not least, we’re one of the 27 companies out of 550 to win the prestigious RELO® Quality Certification Award.
We’re also proud of our philanthropic arm, the Good Will Network, which donated $24,000 each to five housing-related nonprofits across Chicagoland, as part of its 24K of Solid Good campaign.
But we don’t plan to stop there. By continuing to do the right thing for our clients and for each other, we’re looking forward to a 2018 of even more growth and more giving back to our communities.