HUNTLEY – It took less than a month for Dennis White to feel at home in Huntley and now he hopes to give more people the opportunity feel the same.
White, co-owner of Re/Max Unlimited Northwest, celebrated the opening of his newest location last week at 2376 Princeton Drive in Huntley. The real estate agency is the fifth location for White and his partner Mike Origer who also have Re/Max offices in Algonquin, Palatine, Lake Zurich and Crystal Lake.
After only five weeks in business in Huntley, White said the village, chamber of commerce and residents have embraced the business.
“We’ve already had a couple events at Sun City,” White said, noting it was one of the housing areas along with Del Webb that made the area attractive. “We’re excited to be here and have been very welcomed.”
Huntley’s rapid growth and potential to continue to expand was the main reason for opening an office in the area, White said. According to the U.S. Census, the village’s population was at 5,730 people in 2000 before tripling in eight years and reaching the current level of more than 24,000 residents.
White said his neighboring offices have shown the housing market is beginning to rebound, especially with single-family homes in the Crystal Lake and Algonquin markets and multi-family homes near Palatine.
“Short sales and foreclosures are stabilizing and property values are increasing,” White said. “The number of days a house is on the market is decreasing and we are beginning to see multiple offers on homes again.”
The new 2,000-square-foot office features an open floor plan and a large conference room, allowing agents to meet with clients in a more comfortable setting, White said. It will also feature work spaces that business professionals and the public can use to access the Internet, he said.
Agents will also teach technology classes at the location to help people gain better understanding of their devices to improve professional and personal connections.
Joanne Levicki is the manager of the Re/Max Unlimited Northwest Huntley office. She could be joined by roughly 20 additional agents, both new and those transferring from other locations, in the next two years.
“We have about 85 agents among all our offices and they are all very experienced and capable,” White said. “We’re continually looking to add to our agent base.”
White said if the success of the existing locations is any indicator for the Huntley office, he would likely look to continue expansion in the area.
“If the right situation comes along, we definitely want to keep growing,” he said.
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