Berkshire Hathaway, @properties and Coldwell Banker welcome new additions; Interfirst reenters mortgage market

by Alessia Girardin

@properties welcomes The Hajdu Group

Last week, The Hajdu Group announced it will be teaming up with @properties, joining the firm’s office in Park Ridge.

Team leader Nicole Hajdu started the group at Dream Town Realty, where she’s been affiliated for more than five years and also served as the firm’s director of new broker training. The team specializes in residential and investment properties on the Northwest Side and surrounding suburbs.

“We’re thrilled that Nicole and her dynamic team have partnered with @properties,” Stephanie Szigetvari, the vice president of brokerage services for @properties, said in a press release. “The Park Ridge office is the perfect fit as it allows them to provide cutting-edge marketing tools and materials to their city clients as well as surrounding suburban markets.”

Berkshire Hathaway welcomes Courtney Elko

Last week, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brought on Courtney Elko, previously with Baird and Warner, to the Northbrook office in Chicagoland. Recognized for her skills in decluttering and staging, Elko will certainly offer comprehensive services to clients in the company.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Courtney to our office. She is a talented broker who is known for her professionalism, excellent communication skills and market knowledge. She offers clients education, counsel and guidance. I look forward to helping her achieve the next level in her career,” Katie Roberts, managing broker of the Northbrook office, said in a press release.

Elko notes the benefits of the company’s tools which give her good reason to move.
“I chose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago because the marketing and technology tools they offer are second-to-none and will be a significant benefit to my clients,” Elko said. “For many clients, the purchase or sale of a home is a significant life event. I want them to have the best tools available to streamline the process and ease any stress they may feel.”

Coldwell Banker introduces new suburban management

On Monday, Coldwell Banker welcomed two new branch managers to the company. Elizabeth Sperry, previously with @properties, has joined the Lake Forest office. And, David Dornbos, formerly with d’aprile properties, joined the company’s west DuPage office.

The company highlighted Sperry’s leadership experience and insights as advantageous to the company’s marketing resources. Furthermore, it’s hoped that Dornbos’s extensive history of broker management will serve the company’s agents in Naperville, Glen Ellyn and Downers Grove.

Interfirst reenters mortgage market

After exiting the mortgage market in 2017 “due to increased uncertainty and early warning signs, including oversaturation and overvaluation,” Chicago-based InterFirst is jumping back in. Last week, the company announced its relaunched operations will include a new proprietary loan origination technology platform and an expanded business model.

Mark Freedle, executive vice president of production at Interfirst Mortgage Company, cited serious disruptions to servicing markets in 2020 as a reason for the move. “The industry disruption has also created an opportunity for private equity-backed Interfirst to acquire consumer-direct call centers and strategically located licensed conforming/government wholesale mortgage operations that have Ginnie and/or Fannie Seller Servicer tickets… 2020 represents an unprecedented opportunity for a mortgage lender with real experience and substantial equity capitalization, no legacy challenges, and the capability to build a proprietary online experience,” Freedle said in a press release. “Interfirst is focused on transforming the way consumers obtain mortgages. Our objective is to enable our mortgage broker partners and loan originators to operate efficiently and friction free through a technology-driven model based on service, speed, competitive products/pricing and sustainability.”

Currently licensed in 13 states including Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, Interfirst is looking to expand across the rest of the county in order to maintain production levels and decrease the company’s risk to regional downturns.

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