They call her Bulldog because she’s blunt, honest and persistent. But Holly Connors is also approachable, accommodating and eager to do everything she can for her clients.
“I will talk you out of a house if it isn’t the right fit,” she says, adding that many of her buyers and sellers return because they appreciate her transparency and her willingness to use every resource available in order to see a transaction come to fruition.
Originally a founding member of @properties, Connors focused on the Chicago market since 2003 before moving her business to Arlington Heights in 2009. It’s taken constant on-the-job training to become one of the most recognizable realtors specializing in the northwest suburbs, especially where she calls home in Arlington Heights. “I’m not afraid of failure,” she says. “When the market crashed in 2008, I fell face first and couldn’t sell anything. But when we moved from the city to the suburbs, I went from having zero volume to becoming one of the top earners in the area.”
In 2017, Connors saw an 8 percent volume growth and 22 percent unit growth, an accomplishment she attributes in part to constant on-the-ground training and her ability to adapt to her clients’ needs and the realities of the market.
Serving a range of clients including families relocating to the suburbs from the city, first-time condo buyers and experienced investors, Connors has become an award-winning top producer. “I can help buyers and sellers negotiate the best deal and make the most money, while finding them the home of their dreams,” she says.
Connors was named the 2003 Rookie of the Year at @properties, Chicago’s Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in 2004, and the Best of Trulia in 2014. She was also named an @properties Road to Rolex winner in 2009.
Along with memberships to the National Association of Realtors, the Illinois Association of Realtors and the Chicago Association of Realtors, Connors volunteers with the PTA at her kids’ school, as well as the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce and the ABC25. This past year, she organized her neighborhood’s Easter egg hunt for more than 80 families, and has previously planned charity runs, wine tastings, family game nights and block parties in order to meet new people and engage with her community.