RE/MAX Deal Makers

Celebrating 5 Years in Business

RE/MAX Deal Makers is celebrating its 5th anniversary in the real estate business serving the Hampshire area and beyond.  If you are looking to put down roots, either for your home or commercial business, the team at RE/MAX can help find the right deal for you.

Before opening the RE/MAX office at 113 W Oak Knoll Drive, Bruce Burklow had been a part of his father’s business, which specialized in building homes and neighborhoods in the surrounding area since the 1960’s.  Bruce said he decided to get into the real estate business because it was a natural segue from the building work he had been doing.

“We were building properties and people would come up and say they needed a realtor.  I thought it would be great to open my own agency and continue to help people that way,” he said.

Bruce and Robbi opened their real estate business on April 8th, 2016.  The couple said they chose the RE/MAX franchise because of their recognizable brand as the number one seller of homes in the United States. 

“Their slogan is, ‘Nobody sells more real estate than RE/MAX,’ and we thought the notoriety of that reputation was one less thing that you have to explain to customers,” Bruce said.

While training for the franchise in Denver, Colorado, the couple had the opportunity to meet with RE/MAX founders and found them to be “down to earth” people who made them feel valued within the company.

“We knew the company had a heart and soul in it and they treated us as equals,” Robbi said.

“With RE/MAX, you are in business for yourself, but not by yourself.  The franchise gave us the support we needed, like a family.  You get so much training, we felt it was the best place to be,” Bruce said.    

Of the transition from builder to realtor, Bruce said there were parts he did not expect.

“It was the same, but different.  I like the relationships I have built and the friendships that being a realtor has created,” Bruce said.

RE/MAX Deal Makers is a full-service real estate office that offers service to home sellers and buyers as well as having a commercial division.  He said the commercial part was a natural progression for him in this business.

“I had a lot of commercial experience with the family business developing land.  We would buy a farm to develop with housing and end up with 10 acres across the front and we would develop that for commercial use,” Bruce said.

Bruce has worked in the Village since 1988.  He and Robbi have lived in Hampshire since 1993 and have raised their three children in the Village.

“We want to continue to grow our office and grow within this community, to establish relationships with people,” Robbi said.

For all you real estate needs, contact RE/MAX Deal Makers at Bruce.Burklow@gmail.com or call (847) 683-9200.  You can also visit their website at www.ILDealMakers.com.

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Century-21 New Heritage

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Three Generations of Success

As a cornerstone business in the heart of Hampshire, Century-21 New Heritage celebrates 43 years of service to the village and the surrounding communities.  A woman-owned and managed business from the onset, the real estate brokerage began in 1978 when Lynn Klein opened her first office on State Street. 

Over the years her office has grown to include branches in Huntley, Marengo and West Dundee. The Hampshire office is now located at 120 W. Oak Knoll Drive. The company has expanded in other ways as well, with her eldest daughter, Lisa Rossow, becoming co-owner and general manager in 2018; and her daughter, Christine Klein, managing the commercial division. 

“Christine holds a CCIM license, which is difficult to get and very few brokers have that designation in Illinois,” Lynn said.

CCIM stands for Certified Commercial Investment Member and denotes that the broker has completed advanced coursework in financial and market analysis and demonstrated extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry.

The company celebrates another milestone with the addition of a third-generation family member and realtor to the office.  Lisa’s daughter, Abbie Decker, 2020 graduate of Illinois State University, obtained her real estate license and joined the family firm in 2020. 

Abbie majored in interior design and now uses the skills she learned to create CAD designs that help show investors and other property buyers the potential of a home should they choose to remodel it. 

“Her degree feeds well into the real estate career. It is an advantage and part of the service she provides to her clients.”

One of the hallmarks of success at C-21 New Heritage is the culture Lynn and her daughters have worked to create in the office.  Lynn says the focus of her business has always been providing exceptional service to the client and going the extra mile. 

“We do not recruit just to have more agents in the office.  We hire people and we help them build their dreams.  We know our business lines.  We reach out to customers and we excel at helping people find and sell homes,” Lynn said.

2021 marks the year of change in the real estate business, according to Lynn.  She said that due to the pandemic, every aspect of her business has changed.  The realtors worked from home, and typically, only one realtor was in the office at a time, but they never closed the office, ensuring that clients could be served. 

From virtual open houses and video tours of every home, the staff at Century-21 have been able to pivot the way business gets done in order to serve the needs of clients. 

But one thing hasn’t changed, the New Heritage family of realtors is still closely linked. 

“We have zoom meetings every few days so we can see each other.  We are still the New Heritage family.  We have changed the way we do things to maintain our culture,” she said.

For all of your real estate needs, contact Century-21 Hew Heritage at 847-683-2000, or stop by the office at 120 W. Oak Knoll Drive, to speak to a realtor in person.

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Past Blogs and News

What a Year It Has Been!

Staying afloat in business during this pandemic has meant being able to pivot our business models to follow the mitigations of our government and continue to meet the needs of our customers and employees.

Remote work, curbside service, carry-out and Zoom meetings have helped keep our collective doors open. As business owners, civic leaders and community members we can be proud of our community and the way we have worked together during this pandemic.

Our community has grown tighter and shown its support in numerous ways, helping to support our businesses with a shop-local focus and, in turn, our member businesses have been responsive to the needs and expectations of the community.

Through it all, the Chamber of Commerce has grown in its membership and experienced more business owners taking an active role in Chamber activities. We are exceedingly grateful for the leadership and efforts of all of our members! The value of our partnership in growing our member businesses cannot be overstated.

My hope is that we enter 2021 wiser and less fearful than we were at the start of the pandemic. Together we will weather the storms and celebrate the achievements that are sure to mark the coming year.

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Featured Business Opportunity

The Chamber is offering a new promotion for Featured Businesses! This opportunity is open to all members and will give you the chance to highlight your business through all of our Chamber promotional channels for a full week! The cost for this promotional package is $150 and includes the following benefits to businesses:

Members who take advantage of this promo will enjoy:

*A promotional post at the top of our social media pages ($50 value)

*Ad featured on our web scroll at the top of our main web page ($100 value)

*A professional blog/article written and posted on the Chamber website and emailed to our entire email list. ($150 value)

*Your message on the Community Bulletin Board at State & Route 72 for the selected week. ($50 value)

For more information, please contact the Chamber office 847-683-1122 or email hampshirechamber@gmail.com.

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5 for 50 Promotion

Our promotion in partnership with the Village of Hampshire continues through December 31st or while supplies of gift cards last. Dine at any 5 of our participating restaurants and submit your sales receipts to the Chamber office to select from the available $50 Gift Cards for the restaurant of your choosing.

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Board Member Opportunity

We are looking for a few good business owners/members to help shape the direction of the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce. If you have a heart for service and would like to be considered for a board position, please email hampshirechamber@gmail.com for an application. We would love to hear from you!

The board generally meets once per month. Board members are leaders and are expected to contribute financially to Chamber initiatives and to participate in Chamber committee efforts. Board appointments are 2-year terms and members can be reappointed for a second consecutive term.

In return for your commitment, board members benefit from increased business promotion and exposure, build credibility and visibility in the community and enjoy opportunities to network and face-time with new customers and increase business contacts.

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5 for 50 Gift Card Promo

Minimum purchase $10 per restaurant.

Support 5 local restaurants- get a $50 Gift Card!

Choose any 5 from these participating restaurants:

Allen’s Corner

Chick n Dip

Copper Barrel

Dairy Queen

Mama Toom Thai

Red Ox

Rosati’s

Rose Garden

Subway

Submit your receipts from 5 of the above restaurants to the Hampshire Chamber, 113 W Oak Knoll Drive, Hampshire, and choose your gift card!

Gift Cards awarded on a first come, first served basis. Promotion ends December 31, 2020. Participants choose from available gift cards while supplies last.

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News and Updates from our Members

For access to the links in this document, download the pdf below:

Chamber News and Updates May 20

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