Top producers join @properties Hinsdale and RE/MAX Legends, new VP at GRate and more

by Meg White

Top producer returns to @properties

J Maggio has left Compass and is now with @properties’ Hinsdale office, according to a press release put out by the Chicago-based firm late last week. Maggio joined Compass in 2018 as part of Compass’ acquisition of Conlon, but had spent five years with @properties prior to his time there.

“I came back to @properties because the tools and systems are top notch,” Maggio said in the press release. “The culture and leadership are great, and I’m excited to work with the @properties team to grow my business.”

Once a futures trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade, Maggio racked up more than $25 million in real estate sales over the last 12 months, according to the release, and @properties is hoping the addition will help drive more growth in the western suburbs, an area where the company said it increased its closed sales volume by 70% in 2019.

“We’re very happy to have J back at @properties,” said @properties co-founder Thad Wong. “His success speaks for itself, and he represents the caliber of agents that we’re able to attract and support through our culture and innovative technology and marketing programs.”

Steve Koleno, a top producer from Worth Clark joins RE/MAX

RE/MAX Legends added a new top producer to its ranks: Steve Koleno officially joined the Oak Brook office last week.

Koleno was previously president of The Koleno Group at Worth Clark Realty. There, he not only served two stints as the office’s managing broker, but he also built a book of business that served investors, rehabbers, private equity companies and large institutional investors in real estate transactions, a specialty he and his team plan to expand on in the new location.

“We are thrilled to partner with such a highly valued brand along with one of the most progressive local management teams in the industry,” Koleno wrote in an email to Chicago Agent. “RE/MAX Legends shares our vision for the future of this changing industry and we look forward to our continued growth while elevating our overall client experience.”

Michael Bencks moves to GRate

Guaranteed Rate announced today that Michael Bencks will be joining the company as a vice president of mortgage lending. Most recently a producing branch manager at Neighborhood Loans, Bencks brings more than 15 years of mortgage experience to his new role.

“Michael embodies our company’s core values and is a great addition to the team,” Guaranteed Rate Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth Jamie Franz said in a press release announcing the hire. “Our ability to build strong relationships within the community and provide borrowers with the best possible service relies on hiring seasoned loan officers with a proven track record.”

CoreLogic scoops up former Compass, NAR exec

Property data and analytics firm CoreLogic announced that Selma Hepp would be its new deputy chief economist last week. Hepp came over to CoreLogic from Compass and Pacific Union International, where she served as chief economist and vice president of business intelligence. She’s held similar roles at Trulia, the California Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.

Hepp “brings extensive expertise and thought leadership around key topics like housing and urban economics; domestic and international housing markets; the mortgage market; demographic trends and more,” Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, said in a press release.

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