@Properties Real Estate
expert John Morrison expands his team.
WORDS BY TRICIA DESPRES
photography by robin subar
In the past year, the Morrison Family moved to a new home, had a baby, and expanded their already thriving real estate business.
“Some of the most stressful events you can have in ones life… we have had in the last four months,” chuckles @properties real estate expert John Morrison, who now resides in a new home with his young and still growing family. “Yet, life is sweet. I couldn’t imagine having it any other way.”
With over a decade of experience within the real estate industry, John Morrison is known as one of the most successful agents in not only Barrington, but the entire state of Illinois. In fact, John has been awarded as the #1 Real Estate Broker for closed volume since 2010 in Barrington, and is now building off that continued success to embark on a new business venture with the Morrison Home Team at
Embarking on this new venture with the Morrison Home Team are Broker Associates Elizabeth Sincox and Crystal DiDomenico, as well as Sales and Marketing Director Lisa Moeller. “Not only are they experienced and talented, they are also Barrington natives who know the area well,” remarks John.
“My goal has always been to form a team that would increase the level of service we provide to our clients, encompassing all of their real estate needs,” explains John, whose office is now located at 508 S. Northwest Highway in Barrington. “Essentially, we have created a boutique real estate team which allows each of us to specialize in our individual strengths, and therefore, serve our clients much more efficiently. This team truly covers all the bases and gives us much more face time with our clients.”
These undeniable ties to the Barrington area mean much to John, who first moved to the area when he was just a sophomore at Barrington High School. “It’s funny how when you grow up here, you are always looking to leave, but once you leave, you come to have this deep appreciation for what a great area it is and what a phenomenal place it is to call home and raise a family,” says John, whose wife also grew up in Barrington and even worked in the local school district before starting their family. “Through the years, we have lived in many different areas of Barrington. In fact, we have moved three times in the past five years…so I am pretty sure my wife is about to kill me,” laughs John.
This personal knowledge of the area has helped John excel within the real estate industry and give his clients an inside look at all the Barrington area has to offer.
“What I like about Barrington is that there is a little bit of something for everyone,” John says. “Take Barrington Hills, for example. It’s perfect for people who appreciate more acreage, privacy and the equestrian lifestyle, while the historical village offers the walkability to the train, schools, parks, and shops that so many people love. Add that to the fact that we have award-winning schools and a highly ranked hospital, and it makes Barrington a great place to live for all lifestyles.”
Working within the town he loves gives John the chance to make each real estate deal so much more than a business transaction. Through the years, John has established strong relationships with his clients and many have become true friends of his long after signing on the dotted line. “Every year, we go over and analyze our entire business and establish our goals, our marketing plans, and our budgets,” explains John. “Every year, we continue to see that nearly 85 percent of our business is all repeat and referral. It really is great to work with clients who appreciate our service.”
Heading enthusiastically into 2015, John says he feels very optimistic for the year ahead. “All signs in the past year and a half have pointed towards a strong recovering market now and value appreciation ahead,” says John. “Our team closed just under $40 million in volume in 2014, and we are very optimistic that the Morrison Home Team will be able to increase our growth to $55 million this year.”
But until then, John believes in giving back to the Barrington community and watching his children grow up in the town he has loved since he was just a teenager. “I’m having so much fun watching my kids and my business grow and develop,” says John. “Life is good.”
The Morrison Home Team is located at 508 S. Northwest Highway in Barrington, 847-409-0297, morrisonhometeam.com.