How confident are you in your brokerage’s ability to meet its goals in 2016?
Janet Owen: A brand like Berkshire Hathaway is as recognizable throughout the world as Apple. I am very confident in my brokerage’s ability to meet our goals.
Mike Golden: We are very confident. We feel good about our growth and our ability to manage growth. We are focused on innovation that benefits our brokers and our clients. We thrive in a dynamic environment and that is what we have right now in our industry. We are very comfortable with our team and our momentum. So we feel very good about 2016. We see no reason why we can’t continue along our current trajectory.
Laura Ellis: I’m very confident that 2016 will be just as successful, if not more so, than 2015. Nearly 500 new and experienced real estate professionals joined us in 2015, and our brokerage, mortgage and title businesses all have plans for significant growth in the next year. Our people are empowered with the tools, systems and support they receive to thrive both professionally and personally. Thanks to our outstanding company culture, we were just named the No. 1 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune, our fourth consecutive Top Workplace Award.
Keith Hancock: If the upward trend we’re seen since 2012 continues, I feel our conservative goal setting will be met or possibly surpass expectations in 2016.
Lynn Madison: I think our brokerage firms are well positioned to handle almost anything that gets thrown at them. They weathered the worst of 2008 and its aftermath and many have retooled to ensure that they are ready for whatever comes next.
Chris Feurer: I’m more confident than in any previous year. The quality of our offering package has increased dramatically and our international reach is becoming much more important to our market.
Jeanine McShea: Our team consists entirely of full-time brokers who are committed to achieving our firm’s sales goals, so we are very optimistic going into 2016. We recently opened our second Chicago office, located along The 606 trail in Bucktown, and plan to hire approximately 75 full-time brokers over the next 12 months. We’re on track to have sales of $500 million this year, up from $300 million in 2014, and are confident we’ll be able to build on this momentum in the new year.
Leslie McDonnell: I’m very confident. We have set similar goals for 2016 as 2015, when our business saw about a 15 percent increase.