The Perfect Storm for Recovery

tricia-robertoTricia McEneaney-Riberto, Managing Broker/Branch Manager, Coldwell Banker La Grange

It was the fourth quarter of 2008 when all of a sudden my phone stopped ringing.  I had been working as a Realtor through the real estate boom and had become accustomed to a solid pipeline of clients.  But when the financial crisis hit, and the stock market crashed, all of a sudden my pipeline was dry.

I did what any single gal trying to make a living would do.  I put a plan in place for my business to survive the recession.  One of the key commitments that I made was to attend as many seminars as I could to stay educated on what was happening in the markets. Read More

Everyone gets a ribbon!

Chris_Haran– Chris Haran, Director of Strategic Planning and Initiatives

In real estate, everyone is number 1. No kidding…no matter how big or how small the company, I guarantee they are number 1 in something. It might be for most ranch homes sold on the even numbered side of the street between January and February, but they will have the big #1 in their ad. Read More

It’s so much more…

DSC_6328 – Amy Eiduke, Communications Director

The last time I posted I was in awe of the $180,000 we all raised together! Agents, staff, leadership, communities, everyone chipped in. But, what I didn’t mention is that we did so much more than raise money, especially for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Take a look at the list of ways we supported the RMHC families this year: Read More

Customer Service Lessons from Taxi Terry

taxi-terryAt the City Expo last week, Jennifer Ames, discussed the importance of customer service and loyalty. She featured a video that told the story of  Taxi Terry and how regardless of your profession truly remarkable service will guarantee clients for life. Take a look for yourself:

The Dream of Giving Back

givehousing-ss– Amy Eiduke, Communications Director

The Coldwell Banker Foundation started as a dream…a dream to give back, a dream to make a difference, a dream to work together to help those in need. And, since 2007 we have done just that. This year was exceptional! Together we raised over $180,000 for our charitable partners! Amazing!!!

Now on the new you can hear from all of the people we help. There are inspirational videos and stories of the many, many people who have been helped by our partners. Click here to read how Justyn and Jordyn were helped by Bridge Communities or how Colleen was so moved by her time at Camp One Step and a Time that she became a counselor or how Chicago givehousing-ss2House supports people struggling with HIV and AIDS by providing safe, secure and affordable housing, and so many more…

These stories and these people in need are why we do what we do…why we are so proud of everything you have done to truly make a difference. Thank you!

Dream Man Caves for the Big Game


11097 Marquette Dr, New Buffalo, MI

– Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Blue Matter

This weekend is the big game. Scratch that. It’s THE game of the year. Whether or not you could care less about the Ravens or don’t know how to spell the last name of the QB on the 49ers, chances are you’re watching this football game. Even if it’s just for the ads.

Games as big as the this require a larger than life experience. You want a really big TV, some exceptional snacking options and an incredible place to watch the game. We went hunting for just the right type of room to watch the game on and came across 848 homes currently for sale that have the term “man cave” in the property description. Read More