30 Years and I Still Love My Job

Tom Sykora - Coldwell Banker

– Tom Sykora, Assistant Manager, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Mequon

It is hard to believe that December will mark my 30th anniversary in real estate. I can still remember my first transaction like it was yesterday. That one transaction with Elroy led to at least 8 others over the years. I learned early on that to be successful in this business it was about relationships and trust. Over the years I was fortunate to be surrounded by people who helped guide and mentor my career. They showed me the importance of giving back to the industry and community. I love going to work every day and the challenges of listing and selling real estate. Over time, what I found is that I got much more satisfaction out of helping others become successful, which led to a natural progression into management and training. Helping agents develop their skills and watching them succeed in an industry that I love is the greatest feeling in the world. Having the opportunity to manage and train in the Coldwell Banker Mequon Office has been my dream job, working everyday with agents who give back, help each other and care about the integrity of this industry is priceless. I look forward to loving my job for another 30 years.

Go Green or Go Home!

– Brooke Balco, Communications Specialist, Coldwell Banker Central Region

Today is the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, a day when billions of people across the world will raise awareness and take action for environmental protection. It is a reminder that EVERYDAY should be Earth Day, because all it takes are small gestures and modifications to how we live to make a difference, and a good place to start is in our homes.

There are many innovative ways to go green whether it’s recycling, installing tankless water heaters or updating to ENERGY STAR appliances. When it comes time to sell, these eco-friendly features can also help your home stand out amongst the competition.

RES-1649 Dublin Court Inverness IL-outside

Need inspiration? Check out this Inverness Lake home recently listed by Bob Untch in the Barrington office. Overlooking the Inverness Lake, this 7,300 square foot prairie style home was built with numerous energy efficient features that have proved to keep utility bills down significantly. A concrete roof with overhangs was designed with an angle to allow the winter sun to enter the home, but to be reduced in the summer. Included throughout the house are double and triple paned Pella windows, some with low-emissivity glass, creating an extra coating to reflect heat energy making it cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The home is listed for $1,299,500. To view the full listing with images, click here.

I challenge you to make an eco-conscious change in your life, big or small, starting today. Ready, set, GO GREEN or go home!

RES-1649 Dublin Court Inverness IL

At Home on the Green

Break out your green jackets for the 2013 Masters Tournament April 11-14 at Augusta National Golf Club. It may be too late to turn into the next Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, but buying one of these luxurious homes could definitely help work on your handicap.

Just in time for the Masters, home for sale with a golf simulator room Home for sale with a golf simulator room

This stunning Illinois home has graced the covers of national magazines and features a golf simulator room where you can fix your slice or have a cocktail at the gorgeous bar. If there’s a lull in the Masters, retire to the elegant recreation room for a game of billiards (another game from across the pond).

Listed by: Dawn McKenna, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
4118 Woodland Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558
$2,995,000 USD
6 bedrooms 6 baths/1 partials
Find more info here 

Home with a golf putting green    Home with a golf putting green

They say that the short game of golf is the most difficult and deadly component. In this Wisconsin country club setting you can perfect your short game with your very own putting green. After you “master” your short game (pun intended), go relax in your heated swimming pool or practice for Wimbledon on your very own lighted tennis court.

Listed by: Katie Falk, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
12037 W Bonniwell Rd
Mequon, WI 53097
$2,175,000 USD
4 bedrooms 2 baths/1 partials
6020 Sq Feet | 559 Sq M
Find more info here

Home for sale on golf course    1723 Amen Corner Ct Chesterton, IN 46304

Do you need more golf course experience to get into Masters shape? Then we recommend this waterside property in Chesterton, Indiana. It’s located next to Sand Creek Country Club offers 27 holes of Championship Golf. After you’ve finished 18 holes, go relax poolside in your amazing outdoor entertaining space and catch a gorgeous sunset.

Listed by: Dawn Bernhardt, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage 
1723 Amen Corner Ct
Chesterton, IN 46304
$1,249,000 USD
4 bedrooms 6 baths
4872 Sq Feet | 453 Sq M
Find more info here 

Are you looking for the perfect golf retreat to practice for 2014? Click here to contact one of our incredible agents. Enjoy the Masters!

Coldwell Banker Award Winner Videos – Dawn McKenna


Dawn McKenna from the Hinsdale office was a designer before she was a Realtor and brings that passion and knowledge to Coldwell Banker. Learn the secret to her success on this short video created for our 2012 Awards. Thank you Dawn for being an amazing part of the Coldwell Banker Team!

Expanding the Ronald McDonald House in Wisconsin is a Dream Come True

Judy HearstJudy Hearst, Regional Vice President

Last year the RMHC in Eastern Wisconsin had to turn away families, because they simply didn’t have enough rooms to meet the demand. In order to help even more families the house has launched the ‘Opening More Doors’ Campaign which will assist in doubling the number of rooms in the current house to bring the total to 75 rooms!

As proud supporters of RMHC, Coldwell Banker is proud to pledge $25,000 towards this expansion. Our pledge will assist in creating the ‘Coldwell Banker Foundation Family Atrium,’ a beautiful space where parents can relax or work as their children play in the neighboring playroom or participate in art therapy.

Our offices have great fundraising plans and hope to see many of you at upcoming fundraisers (more details on those coming later). We are looking forward to helping this renovation become a reality. To learn more about the RMHC of Eastern Wisconsin, as well as all of our Foundation charities visit givehousing.com.