As we close the books on our 163rd year, we continue to take great pride in our collective success — and 2018 was no exception. Looking back on what we checked off our list, we’re blown away by everything our team was able to accomplish together, in every corner of our company.
Of course, it all starts with making sure we’re a place where our people are empowered to be their very best. That focus on support and a strong culture is what led to our seventh Top Workplace award from the Chicago Tribune — and what drew an additional 500 new and experienced broker associates to join our fiercely independent family.
We also took home three Agents’ Choice Awards from Chicago Agent Magazine, including Best Managing Broker in the City. And, we sent over 260 winning agents to Mexico in our annual listing contest. Combined with $9.2 billion in sales and more than 33,000 transactions across all our businesses, it’s more than enough to know we’re doing right by our agents and our clients.
We didn’t just see success in residential sales, though: Key Mortgage Services was named Top Employer and a Best Military Lender by National Mortgage Professional Magazine, and it made the Top 100 Originators List by the National Association of Minority Mortgage Bankers of America. And, we’re still the only Chicagoland company to earn RELO® Quality certification.
True to our roots, we couldn’t consider it a successful year without giving back to our communities. Our agents, loan officers, and employees donated thousands of volunteer hours, and our Good Will Network gave more than $248,000 to housing-related Chicagoland nonprofits last year alone.
By all measures, 2018 was outstanding — and we’re not slowing down. Here’s to another year of doing right by our people, our clients, and our communities, and delivering an easier real estate experience to homebuyers locally, nationally, and around the world.
Source for sales and transaction data: Baird & Warner Real Estate Inc. residential sales, mortgage, and title companies.