McCauley-Dames, RE/MAX Broker, Builds Her Real Estate Legacy
Anyone who knows the real estate industry in Will County can’t help but recognize the name Kathy McCauley-Dames.
Not only has she consistently been one of the top Realtors in the area since she was licensed in 1984, but she has repeatedly been honored for her success stories in the field of real estate.
For more than a decade McCauley-Dames was ranked as the No. 1 Realtor in Will County and she has consistently been in the top 10 since 1992. In 1999, RE/MAX International honored her for her sales achievements in closing more transaction sides (311) than any other agent in the entire RE/MAX of Northern Illinois system.
In 2007, Dames aggressively enlarged her scope of knowledge as she became certified in short sales! Since then, she has closed nearly 70 short sale transactions.
“Negotiating with lenders to achieve my clients’ debt forgiveness gives me great pride that I have helped them through these tough times! I have a proven team of lawyers and personnel who help our success ratios,” Dames said.
All of this success in the real estate field initially started as a hobby for McCauley-Dames, who graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1981 and had positions with several Fortune 500 companies before earning her real estate license.
“I started out part time in the real estate industry while working another job and quickly learned that I could not serve two masters,” McCauley-Dames said. “Real estate (my clients) was where my heart was.”
McCauley-Dames began her real estate career with Spring Realty and joined RE/MAX Realty of Joliet in 1986.
“At first, I was scared because I was around the best in the business at RE/MAX,” McCauley-Dames said. “Then my dad told me I should either quit or become like or better than those around me, so I stayed at RE/MAX—and at real estate. The rest is history.”
And that history is all her other accolades, McCauley-Dames was the youngest member to be inducted into the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame in 1994 and she was ranked third among all RE/MAX agents in the United States in 1999 for closed transaction sides.
McCauley-Dames has also utilized her marketing degree and experience in the real estate field, as she has been personally responsible for marketing such communities as Devonshire, Lake Forrest, Cambridge, Olde Mill Crossing, Grand Prairie, Hunt Club, Townhomes on the Lake, Fox Bend, Courtyards of Woodside, Kipling Estates, Courtyards of Kipling Estates, Kipling Townes Walnut Trails, Westminster Gardens and currently Timber Oaks. Currently she is responsible for the William Ryan new home models in River Crossing of Shorewood.
On the residential side, McCauley-Dames excels at resales. Her yearly sales volume of $40 million plus in mostly derived from resale homes and the clients she has served for over 27 years. She credits much of her success to knowing how and where to price and market a home to receive its optimal exposure and value.
“On the listing/marketing side of real estate it is a team effort between myself, the home’s seller and the marketplace,” Dames said.
“I attempt to keep communication open with my clients and work daily at the successful sale of their home.” McCauley-Dames prides herself on understanding the personal and financial importance of buying or selling a home, which has gained her respect and referrals. “I pride myself in the fact that many of my clients past and present, have referred me to family and friends and co-workers alike. That is the greatest compliment,” she said.
Besides McCauley-Dames’ other achievements and honors, she is also a member of the RE/MAX Platinum Club, Who’s Who in Illinois Real Estate and the RE/MAX 1% Club and has received the Illinois Lifetime Diamond Award. She is also a lifetime achievement winner in the upcoming RE/MAX Circle of Legends!
McCauley-Dames has several full time assistants.
Diane Thomas, Executive Assistant, has a background as a legal assistant working with real estate contracts. “Her attention to detail is remarkable. She brings a lot of knowledge to my team!”
Lesa Zonsius, Director of Marketing and Interactive Media, is responsible planning, development and implementation of marketing strategies, including print and interactive media as well as managing Kathy’s listing integration to over 40 web-based marketing sites. Lesa also manages Kathy’s large social networking presence to obtain higher sales ratios. “Lesa has been a tremendous asset since joining the Dames team. Her knowledge of Internet marketing is amazing,” Dames said.
Barbara Kurz, Administrative Assistant/Transaction Manager, brings 20+ years of administrative experience to the table. “Barbara keeps the office running seamlessly. Her ability to keep the transactions of the entire office on track is unfailing,” Dames remarked.
Michael Mulligan, Marketing Intern, specializes in Video and Virtual Tour creation of Kathy’s listings and loading them to the internet and Kathy’s website.
Dena Schulz, Administrative Assistant, manages many of the general office duties and works as assistant to Barbara Kurz.
Kathy McCauley-Dames resides in Shorewood. She can be reached at: (815) 693-8336.