As the owner of Biros Real Estate for nearly four decades, Bill Biros said he’s actually been in the business of family.
The Morgan Park resident first closed a sale to put a roof over a local family’s head in 1977. He founded Biros Real Estate in 1982. The firm later expanded with the Prudential Real Estate network, and in 2014, it became Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Biros Real Estate.
Along the way, the common thread of change and growth was guided by a singular focus: the business of family.
Three of Biros’ children have worked as agents, Amie, William and Karen. Bill Biros’ sister, Sharon Biros Koerber, is an agent, and Loris Pfeiffer Ryan is his niece. Even more relatives have been on the team.
“All my kids were secretaries at some point,” Bill said.
A master of details in researching, finding and selling homes for clients, Biros excelled in assisting clients with credit and financing needs “because it helped families.” It was also a subject he knew best.
Families seeking his services hailed from the places where Biros built his reputation—on the indoor and outdoor basketball courts in St. Sabina parish and Leo High School, in the classrooms of St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind., in the confines of Mendel Catholic High School as a teacher and coach, and in the offices of the Illinois Bureau of Investigation as a special agent.
“Connecting and reconnecting with friends and helping them with the dream of home ownership is one of the most satisfying careers imaginable,” said Biros. “Family structure is the undeniable fabric that keeps our world spinning and holds us together from generation to generation.”
That emphasis on family values guides the Biros staff.
Each year, the talents of additional agents enhanced the thriving real estate company as they followed the Biros way of relationship building across generations. During the decades, real estate agents such as Bob Fitzpatrick brought in their family members, taught them the profession and encouraged yet another generation to provide services for their peers.
Cheryl Clifford Cronin brought in her daughter, Jennifer, to become an agent with the firm.
Cronin and Fitzpartrick witnessed Biros navigate the growth of his company over the years from Biros Real Estate to Prudential and then Berskhire Hathaway.
“Bill always had everybody’s best interest in mind,” Cronin said. “It wasn’t about personal gain; it was about keeping that family feel.”
Decades in the real estate business have brought success for Biros in many ways.
“Relationships formed from friends and family are a reflection of trust,” said Biros. “I hadn’t realized it until recently, but it feels good to know that the importance of family is what defines us.”
Family teams within the organization include the Fitzpatrick Team, comprised of Bob and daughters Mary Duleba and Jeannine Fitzpatrick. The Freeman Group, led by Manager Laura Freeman, has worked together just like a family over the years with Freeman being a mentor to Susan Romano and Erin Cotter.
Dedication to family values in real estate has been the continuous business model for Biros and his staff, and it was ideal for creating synergy with the professionals at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.
Not one to stand in the way of growth, Biros recently completed an expansion and merger with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.
“The Biros name has done well, but the change to ‘Chicago’ will build on strength, tradition and leadership,” he said. “Those are the same qualities that we instill in our professionals.”
While the commitment to service remains paramount for Biros and his staff, he said the merger increases their resources and market reach in the real estate business.
Biros said he’s not ready to enter full retirement, and in the coming years, he will remain the face of local real estate at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago office at 3580 W. 95th St., in Evergreen Park.
He’s proud that his family business will continue to grow as the market leader in the communities it serves.
“After 39 years, the business stays the same,” Biros said. “We were lucky to meet the people from the Berkshire Hathaway Chicago office because they have the same ideas about how to treat people with an open-door attitude.”
Biros and his wife, Regina, have 16 grandchildren, and the youngsters’ activities have sparked their patriarch’s desire to attend less real estate closings and more openings—as in opening day for their baseball games and season openers for basketball where the Biros name will be as prominent on sports jerseys as it has been on “sold” signs.
For more information, call Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago at (708) 422-0011 or visit the website at bhhs.com.