Love Your Home $50,000 Sweepstakes!

McCleary Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices are thrilled to be teaming up with HGTV and the hit show Love It or List It for the “Love Your Home” Sweepstakes.  Now through June 17, 2016, you can enter to win a chance at $50,000 to update your home!  There are also 12 weekly prizes of $2500!

To enter and for official rules, please visit
Good luck!



First Time Home Buyer Tips

First Time Homebuyer Tips

Buying your first home can be daunting.  It’s a huge financial commitment which requires a lot of research and intimate market knowledge.  From getting your loan pre-approved to understanding the MLS, there is a lot to navigate.  McCleary Group has been involved in residential real estate for nearly 2 decades and can help first-timers through the process.

Below are 5 important tips first time home buyers should consider.  McCleary Group also recommends this Chicago Tribune real estate article which has several additional suggestions when looking to buy your first property.

Hire a Real Estate Agent
Though the internet has made it easy to scan homes for sale, hiring a real estate agent is critical when you are a first time home buyer.  She or he will know the true market value for a home and be able to negotiate when it comes time to write a contract.  Plus, real estate agents often get leads on pocket-listings.  These can come from colleagues with clients about to sell a home, but is not yet on the market, and thus not yet online.

Get Pre-Approved
We recommend getting pre-approved for a home loan before you start looking.  This way you will have a realistic budget to work with and won’t waste time touring homes which are financially out of reach.

Make a List
Create a list of your must-haves and deal breakers.   Consider how long you anticipate living in this home.  Do you need garage parking and central air? Could you live without laundry in your place?  Be honest as you ask yourself critical home buying questions.

Manage Your Expectations
As you make your list it is best to let this sink in early: No one gets 100% of their must-haves.  Even with a large budget, home buying is always a compromise.  If location is key, you may have to settle on a smaller property.  If you are working within a specific budget (and who isn’t) you may have to remodel. Be realistic now so you can make the most out of your hunt for a new home.

Consider Resale
While managing expectations is important, be mindful on the resale value of the home you are buying.  You don’t want to settle too much.  Is the home’s layout is giving you pause? When will the roof need to be replaced?  If the property has been on the market a while, there may be a reason.  Real estate agents are a great resource when it comes to resale.  They will be able to help you weigh the pros and cons of your first purchase.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff is No. 1!

Award WinnerMcCleary Group is pleased to share excited news about our real estate brokerage! Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group has just been named the #1 brokerage in the Midwest and #3 nationwide.  The honors were announced at a recent awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas and were based on rankings across the BHHS residential real estate network.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices holds an annual convention each Spring. Below are highlights from the announcement.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff CEO Nancy Nagy, President Michael Pierson and Chairman Emeritus Chris Eigel were present to accept this honorable distinction.

Awards like this are just one reason McCleary Group works with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff.   Our clients also benefit from the best resources in the business!  From premiere luxury marketing for all listings, to the latest digital tools and real-time market data, we would love to put our team to work for you.

If you are considering listing your home in Hinsdale or elsewhere in the western suburbs, please feel free to reach out to us.  You can contact the McCleary Group here.