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Meet Mario Greco of The MG Group on the North Side

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mario Greco.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Mario. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Back in early 2002 – while still practicing law full-time – I decided to leave the law after practicing for 6+ years and start my own real estate brokerage. Greco Realty & Brokerage was then acquired by a local office of a national franchise in late 2002. I changed the name to The Mario Greco Group in 2003, and it grew from just me, a car and a phone to its present iteration of 20+ salespeople and office staff. We are now known as The MG Group and are part of the Berkshire Hathaway group of real estate brokerages.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been mostly smooth but growing pains in the beginning – and “maintenance pains” throughout – have been challenging. Be it either a sales person who doesn’t understand that this is a long-term relationship business and not a “get rich quick” arena or an office staff member who doesn’t quite understand that this business is not-at-all “9-5 weekdays only,” there have been some tough adjustments to make. Finally, recruiting – and retaining – top-notch sales people is a constant grind.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
The MG Group is a full-service real estate brokerage group dedicated to helping buyers, sellers, developers and investors buy and sell property throughout the city and N and W suburbs.

What were you like growing up?
I am the son of immigrants – and that initially colored my view on what kind of job I envisioned myself having. My parents expected me to be a lawyer or a doctor so I went that route. I was an only child for my first 7 years and my parents were in their very early 20’s when they had me so I had all of the attention I could want and that has carried over into my adult life where I expect people to rely on me and I take that responsibility very seriously.

I went to Northwestern and expected to go to medical or law school – and then detoured into Chemical Engineering eventually earning a second degree in Environmental Engineering. My parents were surprised and confused but eventually came around when I told them I was going to law school.

I was always independent growing up so I didn’t let their confusion – or persistence in trying to guide me – deter me from doing what I felt would make me happy.

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