Don’t be fooled by her friendly demeanor—Megan McCleary is a commanding presence in Hinsdale real estate. You may not be able tell by looking at her, but those who know her agree that when it comes to real estate, McCleary is fiercely competitive and a strong advocate for her clients. She can relate to buyers new to the western suburbs. “I was reluctant to leave my life in the city for the suburbs,” says McCleary.
“But I quickly fell in love with the charm and allure of Hinsdale.” McCleary began her career in advertising before transitioning her creative skills to the real estate industry. As a self-proclaimed long-time lover of real estate, McCleary’s career shift began as a slow evolution. After a city loft renovation and building two new construction homes in Hinsdale, she decided to focus on a career in real estate sales. According to McCleary, the key to a successful home sale is “properly preparing the home for the market and pricing it right. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Make it a good one.”
McCleary has a sharp eye for style and design and understands what appeals to buyers. As a certified staging consultant, coupled with her strategic business background, McCleary knows how to competitively market and sell homes. “We have a lot of resources we bring to the table to help get the house camera-ready,” says McCleary.
McCleary, a mother of two, is very socially active in the community and can speak knowledgeably about the local schools, community activities, and social opportunities. “My kids have gone through all the schools. I know what the appeal is in these communities,” says McCleary. “We can also relate to people who move to the area from the city because we went through that as well.”
Her business, the McCleary Group, a real estate team within Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff, has also evolved. Several years ago, her husband, Tom McCleary, joined Megan as a business partner. Tom brings another element to the business after spending 29 years in the financial markets. As The McCleary Group has grown, a third agent, Claudia Parrillo, has joined the team. Parrillo is a life-long resident of the Hinsdale/Oak Brook area.
Given that there are many realtors in the area, one thing these agents want you to know is that they pride themselves on really high-quality personal service. “That’s where we differentiate ourselves,” explains McCleary. “We stay intently focused on the client from day one.”
That personal attention has paid off. McCleary is one of the top realtors in Hinsdale, having consistently achieved huge success since her first year in the business. During that first year, she was named “Rookie of the Year” for the Chicago area suburbs. Subsequently, McCleary has been ranked among the top agents in Hinsdale and DuPage County. Most recently, McCleary was honored with the Berkshire Hathaway’s “Best of the Best” Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for being in the top one percent of agents in the nation and a “2015 Top Producer” by Chicago Agent Magazine.
Awards and accolades aside, McCleary says the most rewarding aspect of selling homes is the sentimental side. Unlike commercial real estate, McCleary enjoys the emotional journey she takes with clients through the sale process. “People are impacted in so many different ways when buying or selling a home,” says McCleary. “I feel privileged to be a part of that.”
This story was sponsored by McCleary Group. For more information, please visit mcclearygroup.com or email [email protected] or call 630-780-1913.