One of the top listing agents in the country, Steve Koleno has been a top 1% producer with the Chicago Association of Realtors for the past four years. Koleno, president of The Koleno Group at RE/MAX Legends, is the only agent in the history of CAR to win top awards for both residential sales, with 298 units in 2019, and rentals, with 989 units in 2016. His innovative sales and marketing techniques, combined with in-depth knowledge of the marketplace, have positioned him as the No. 1 individual agent in Illinois according to REAL Trends. Also, he was ranked nationally as a top 10 agent in The Wall Street Journal. Utilizing his years of executive management experience in the private equity and institutional single-family rentals industry has made him a leading authority in residential real estate sales, rentals and property management.
“My background in business has equipped me with the professionalism, organizational skills, sense of urgency and knowledge of systems critical to managing a highly productive real estate business,” says Koleno. He holds a master’s degree in management and a real estate license in seven states, where he assists rehabbers, private-equity companies and large institutional investors with their real estate needs. Most recently, he rolled out an aggressive plan to serve hundreds of For Sale by Owner clients annually. Highly regarded in the industry, Koleno often shares his market knowledge with consumers on real estate podcasts and once provided tips for other agents on WGN Radio.
Last March, The Koleno Group moved after three years with a boutique brokerage to RE/MAX Legends in Oak Brook. Koleno says the company shares his vision of the ever-changing industry. Made up of several full-time and part-time employees, including his wife, Katie, who specializes in marketing, The Koleno Group was an early adopter of Matterport 3D tours and floor plans, and of social media, two approaches critical to its success.
To give back, Koleno supports the Children’s Miracle Network with a donation with each successful closing. He is an avid athlete, having completed 15 marathons and one Ironman triathlon.