Springfield business ranked top in the state

Springfield business ranked top in the state

The Real Estate Group is having a fantastic 2016. Not only has it merged with two firms, but it was also ranked the number one independent real estate company with the largest number of agents under one roof in the state of Illinois – beating its competitors in Chicago. 

Mike Buscher, Managing Broker, The Real Estate Group

Mike Buscher, Managing Broker, The Real Estate Group

The Group, based in Springfield, was also fourth in the nation, for single office independent companies as well as ranking seventh of all real estate companies in Illinois by closed units, just shy of half a billion dollars in sales last year, according to the 2015 Real Trends report. 

Mike Buscher, managing broker, said it had been a great year so far with Grady Realtors, Inc. and Wrightsman-Musso, Ltd. mergers bringing the number of agents at The Group to 144. 

“To have achieved such high rankings not just in Illinois, but for the entire country is a testament to our continued success,” he said. 

“It comes down to the fact that our agents have the autonomy to run their own business, but at the same time have the support they need from our management team and those who have the luxury of decades of experience.” 

At the same time as growing its numbers, The Group is planning for the future compared with others where, in some areas of the country, there is expected to be a shortage in realtors due to an aging population. 

According to the National Association of Realtors, the typical realtor is 57 years old. However, at The Group, 26% of its agents are between the ages of 40 and 49. Of the firm’s 144 agents, more than half are under the age of 50.

“Between continuing education opportunities to provide growth and development within our agents’ careers, as well as working together to better understand the different kinds of needs people have here in central Illinois, we care about our agents. We want them to succeed.”

The Group is offering Buffini & Company’s new training program, Peak Producers, with classes beginning on October 3rd, 2016. The 12-week course, developed by industry expert Brian Buffini and top producer Joe Niego, is designed to help real estate professionals develop the habits, attitude, and skills they need to serve buyers and sellers at a deeper level and build a fundamentally sound business by successfully executing the roles of CEO, COO, and CFO.

The classes will be facilitated by Mike, along with Pat Selinger, delivered through a series of DVDs featuring Brian Buffini. 

For additional information or to join a Peak Producers class, contact Pat Selinger at The Real Estate Group by calling 217-787-7000 or via email at pselinger@thegroup.com.

The Real Estate Group, located at 3701 W. Wabash Ave., Springfield, IL 62711, provides residential and commercial sales, expertise in new construction and recreational and farmland.