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2017 Has Been Good to Us

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.

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Award-Winning Industry Mortgage Experts Join Key Mortgage Services, Inc.

CHICAGO (January 10, 2018) — Award-winning mortgage experts Fritz Julien and Kevin Napoleon joined Key Mortgage Services, Inc. in November. These industry experts bring almost 30 years of combined experience in loan and mortgage origination.

“What we’re most proud of looking back at 2017 is the quality of the loan originators that want to come to Key Mortgage,” said Esther Phillips, senior vice president at Key Mortgage.


Top producing Fritz Julien, with 12 years of experience, found that Key Mortgage’s team environment inspires him to create and cultivate even more of the relationships that matter. Winner of the 2016 Chicago Agent magazine Who’s Who in Real Estate and five-time winner of Chase’s National Achiever Award, Julien is a problem-solver with big plans to take advantage of the resources and flexibility Key Mortgage offers. “The best thing about working at Key Mortgage, is that you can say yes — way more than you can say no,” Julien said.


Five-time winner of Chicago Magazine’s Five Star Mortgage Professional Award, Kevin Napoleon, also joined Key Mortgage in November. With 16 years of experience in the mortgage banking industry, he made the move for Key Mortgage’s supportive culture, valuing person-to-person relationships as a vital part of the path to growth. He found the company’s commitment to loan officers, agents, and clients to be the best fit for his approach as a loan officer. “having the consumer thank their real estate agent for being introduced to me — that’s one of the highest compliments I can get,” said Napoleon. With his extensive industry knowledge, he makes mortgage easier for his clients, so they can make the best choices possible.

About Key Mortgage Services, Inc.

With a rich history rooted in Chicago since 1855, Key Mortgage Services built a reputation for delivering a flawless, client-focused experience through the entire loan process. Known for superior customer service, low mortgage costs, and expertise in every area of mortgage lending, Key Mortgage provides real estate professionals, builders, and individual homebuyers with a responsive and integrated experience.

Key Mortgage is a full-service mortgage company that consistently ranks among the top lending institutions across the state. For more information, visit MyKeyMortgage.com.

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Baird & Warner Schaumburg Office Announces New Managing Broker

Former Top Baird & Warner Broker to Lead Sales Team

CHICAGO (January 4, 2018) — Baird & Warner is proud to announce that Rebecca Cleal McDermott is the new managing broker of the company’s Schaumburg location. Previously McDermott was a top producing real estate agent in Baird & Warner’s Edgebrook office. Now she will head the Schaumburg sales team as well as manage the day-to-day functions of the office. “I’m so excited to take on this new role and represent a company with such a rich history and tradition of innovation in the real estate industry,” said McDermott. She is a 21-year veteran of the industry and winner of a Chicago Association of Realtors sales award who has been with Baird & Warner for 17 years.

“Rebecca is a top sales professional and a true student of the always-changing real estate industry — we couldn’t have asked for a better candidate,” said Laura Ellis, president of residential sales and executive vice president of Baird & Warner, Chicagoland’s largest, locally owned independent residential real estate services company. “We needed someone with the experience and knowledge to lead the Schaumburg team, so it was important to us that the new manager has deep roots in the Baird & Warner family.”

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About Baird & Warner Real Estate, Inc.
Established in 1855, Baird & Warner is Chicagoland’s largest locally owned independent residential real estate services company. The Baird & Warner brand has been synonymous with experience, innovation, and integrity for more than 160 years. Steve Baird, the firm’s fifth-generation owner, has been consistently recognized among the industry’s most influential leaders. Baird & Warner was named the No. 1 Top Workplace in Chicagoland by the Chicago Tribune in 2017, and No. 1 in real estate for the sixth consecutive year. With more than 2,300 broker associates in 29 offices and comprehensive mortgage, title, and relocation services, Baird & Warner consistently ranks among the nation’s top real estate firms. Learn more at www.BairdWarner.com.

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