TOP REAL ESTATE AGENT IN ILLINOIS KEVIN KALBACH
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Kevin Kalbach got his first taste of the real estate industry more than twenty-nine years ago. Back then, he was working as a 911 operator before transitioning to real estate for a year. Ultimately, he decided to pursue other passions—attending seminary school and heading a career as a firefighter before an injury on the job sent him in search of new horizons. Then last year, he returned to his roots in real estate, reestablishing his license and setting out to fulfil his lifelong calling of serving others. Today, Kevin is in the process of carving out a sterling reputation for people-driven service that delivers results. As a result, he recently earned his office’s 2017 Top Salesman position.
Primarily serving southern Lake County and northern McHenry County in Illinois, Kevin works solo, with the support of an administrative assistant who recently joined his roster. To date, 20% of his business is generated by referral clientele—a robust figure for a relative newcomer in the industry. At the root of Kevin’s strong start is a commitment to serving his clients’ needs above all else, fulfilling the role of advocate while building relationships that are both deep and lasting. “It’s all about communication—getting to know people and making relationships,” he explains. “We also attend all the training and education we can get, including all the seminars, conventions, and events where we can continue to learn and share that knowledge with our clients.”
Aside from his proactive, can-do attitude, Kevin is adept at comprehensive marketing and client relations. Though keeping in touch with his network is often an organic process—from sending out cards on birthdays and anniversaries, to catching up naturally once becoming friends—Kevin also leverages new technology to streamline his business. This means managing a contact management system that secures him top-of-mind status with clientele. This systematic method also informs his approach to marketing. In that arena, Kevin utilizes top placement on the leading digital listing platforms, social media, and targeted ads that source the ideal buyer. What’s more, he makes use of print and in-person publicity through billboards and ads that raise awareness of his services. Kevin also nurtures a well-established presence in his community, which makes sourcing new clients, keeping in touch, and publicizing listings an optimized process. While he’s been able to make an impact on the local real estate scene in only a year’s time, Kevin never forgets the personal commitment to service that inspired his career in the first place. “It’s about helping people,” he reflects. “At the end of the day, if you’re not helping people then you’re not doing anything worthwhile.”
To direct that spirit of service toward his community, Kevin is involved in a variety of charitable and civic causes. At his church, he serves as a Youth Group leader, and as part of the First Impressions and Wellness teams. As part of the Wellness Team, Kevin reaches out to community members experiencing illness, sharing a meal and checking in on their health and wellbeing. He’s also involved in the area’s mobile food pantry, which hosts annual events to reach out and supply those in need. To support his professional community as a businessman, Kevin is involved with the McHenry County Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce. In his remaining free hours, he most enjoys time spent with his family and loved ones, playing board games or enjoying boating and fishing out on the water.
Looking ahead, Kevin has plans to continue building his business and expanding his industry knowhow through professional development and ongoing education. He also fosters a goal of opening a satellite office by 2020—all with the aim of serving more members of his community on the path to homeownership. Now, with an optimistic and ambitious eye ahead, the many years to come are sure to be promising for Kevin Kalbach. “We set ourselves apart by going the extra mile for our clients,” he says. “Beyond closing a deal or moving in to a new home, we want people to feel good about themselves and help them grow their families and lives through homeownership. It’s our passion to help our clients feel inspired by where they are in their lives.”