November 25, 2013
November 18, 2013
Some comment’s from Baird & Warner‘s Elizabeth McGrath
Baird & Warner is excited to announce winning Chicago Tribune’s Top Workplace award for the second year in a row. This award is based on confidential surveys completed by employees about their workplace. A total of 126 companies and organizations in Chicago were included. This year Baird & Warner won the #2 workplace in Chicagoland.
In 2012 Baird & Warner was the third best place to work. This years jump to second is very exciting and has been credited to the work ethic, culture and boom of new professionals within the company.
“Company culture and integrity have been cornerstones of Baird & Warner going all the way back to our founder, my great- great-grandfather Lyman Baird,” said Steve Baird, president and CEO of Baird & Warner. “The work ethic and dedication that our brokers, loan officers and employees have shown throughout this year has been exceptional, and because of that, we have attracted the largest number of new professionals and recorded the highest sales in five years.”
Top Workplaces conducted the confidential surveys. Top Workplace is a program was set-up to recognize companies that have a great workplace. They believe that the most successful companies are the ones the employee believes in.
November 11, 2013
Chicago Agent Magazine asked brokerages, agents and lenders around Chicagoland to vote for their eighth annual industry awards. Baird & Warner is happy to announce winning Best Brokerage Website along with Key Mortgage winning Lender of the Year from Chicago Agent Magazine. You can see full results, including best dressed, industry MVP and more here.
November 4, 2013
Some comments from Baird & Warner‘s Elizabeth McGrath
After surveying the country for the best cities to invest in real estate, Realtor.com named Chicago second in the nation.
Why? The benefits of living in a world class metropolitan city – top museums, food, arts, culture, sports – combined with short term housing needs have created a hot and vibrant rental market.
Beyond the numerous reasons renters flock to cities ( short term job plans, wanting to spend time experiencing all that Chicago has to offer, etc.) Chicago is also home to some of the top colleges and universities in the country drawing a consistent and continuous student rental market. The student market is a always turning over and many students find the benefits of renting a property given that it grants them the freedom outside of resident halls. (Side note: US New’s National University Rankings ranked University of Chicago at #4 and Northwestern at #12.)
The high demand for rentals can cause higher rental prices. (Simple economics there). Pair that with low median mortgage bills and an investment property in Chicago has the potential to pay itself off much sooner than expected.
The other cities that topped the best rental town list share similar characteristics with Chicago – a metropolitan area filled with or surrounded by colleges and universities. Boston barely beat Chicago coming in at first in the study. Pittsburgh, Princeton, and Atlanta followed in the third, fourth and fifth spots.