Your 2018 Guide to Everything Real Estate

Now may be the best time to act on those real estate plans you’ve always dreamed of. Read about professionals in every field of real estate-related markets who are eager to serve you.


Home buying, building and remodeling are vital to our community. Many parts of our local economy are positively affected when these sectors are growing.

That’s just what is happening now in the greater Rockford region. The effects of the housing crash of 2008 lingered because what followed was the slowest recovery of the American economy since the end of World War II. Today, GDP growth shows surprising signs of strength. That, coupled with new highs in the stock market and stronger job gains, provides reason for optimism that the positive signs we’ve seen will continue.

This brings us to our reason for this special section titled “Everything Real Estate.” Our intent here is to highlight all of the good things happening in our local real estate-related markets.

Of the many models that economists tout to explain economic growth, perhaps the most important one is the ‘Confidence Model.’ The basic premise is that if people believe the economy is going to improve, they will undertake economic activity that leads to this result. We believe there really is much to be positive about in our real estate-related markets. This belief is based on fact.

There are many reasons to believe we are on the ground floor of increasingly better times in our real estate markets. There are good reasons to sell a home today and move up to that new home you desire.

And the reasons to remodel are, perhaps, stronger than ever. Depending on your price category, building the new home of your dreams is more doable than at any time in the past decade.

In this special section, you will find professionals in every field of real estate-related markets who see the possibilities and are eager to serve you. So, go ahead and dream. Read on and prepare to take that next big step in your life.

Gambino Realtors

Gambino Realtors is one of the oldest and largest real estate firms in the area, serving the Rockford region since 1923.

We are equipped to assist you in your search for a residential or commercial property. Our associates are experienced agents who will go above and beyond to help you find the perfect Rockford area real estate.

Our commitment to honest, professional client representation is demonstrated by the vast number of repeat and referral clients that we have the pleasure to serve year after year.

When you trust Gambino Realtors to help you find homes for sale in the Rockford area, you work with professionals who take much more into consideration than just price range and square footage.

Gambino Realtors is the only local real estate firm to be accredited by the Better Business Bureau, and we are proud to have earned an A+ rating.

Although we are a long established firm, we are always on the cutting edge of new and innovative marketing efforts and client services. Our listings receive far more electronic and print exposure, which leads to quicker sales and better results.

Our professionals pay special attention to the type of community and environment you want to inhabit, and we work hard to find options that match your preferences. Finding a new home is a big step, so you need the right people by your side. We invite you take the journey with us.
You’ll see the difference that nearly a century of experience can make.

If you have plans to buy or sell real estate in the future, give us a call to find out how we’re the best choice!

Members Alliance Credit Union

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions, and likely largest investments, you will make in your lifetime.

MembersAlliance is a smart choice for home financing. The area’s largest locally owned credit union and this year ranking in the top 3 mortgage lenders in The Rockford Register Star’s What Rocks in the Rock River Valley, (additionally ranking 1st in Best Credit Union and Most Philanthropic categories) MembersAlliance Credit Union carries a full line of great mortgage products with friendly terms designed with you in mind.

Our skilled team of local loan representatives strives to fit our members’ needs, determine how much house they can afford, and fit them with the right product, quickly and efficiently. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, changing locations, or downsizing for your retirement years, your loan representative always has your best interests in mind. With competitive market interest rates and consumer friendly repayment terms, plus lower fees and closing costs, our mortgage specialists will be with you every step of the way. People helping people, that’s the credit union difference.

Apply for your home loan online or stop in to any of five convenient locations. We’ll answer your questions, work with your realtor or builder, and make the process smoother for you.

Loan products available: Fixed-rate mortgages (8-30 year options), ARMs, Construction and End Loans, FHA, HARP Refinancing, Home Equities & Lines of Credit.

Gambino Building & Remodeling

Since 1923, Gambino Homes has been building and remodeling homes. Whether your interest is in a custom home, a semi-custom home, or quality home remodeling, Gambino Building & Remodeling is the preferred choice of the people living in Winnebago, Boone, DeKalb, Ogle and Stephenson Counties.

From their beginning, the Gambino Family has built and remodeled thousands of homes for families like yours. In fact, Gambino also was the first developer to create and develop Rockford’s first planned community and has been one of the leading land developers for residential communities. The Gambinos have developed and built homes in Guilford Country Club Estates, Shaw Woods, Prairie Ridge, Deer Woods, Eastwood, Willowbrook North, Harmony Acres and more.

Frank joined the company is 1983, worked under Joe Gambino, and took charge of the building division in the late 1990’s. Since that time Frank has become one of the most knowledgeable builders in the area. If you can dream it, Frank can build it, and do so in a way that exceeds your expectations. That’s because with Gambino Building & Remodeling you deal directly with the owner of the company who cares about making your vision come true. You’ll appreciate how from the inception of your idea for your home, until completion of your project, Frank is onsite working with you and his contractors to provide a quality of service and attention to detail that few builders can match.

Another very important advantage you get when you build with Gambino is that, as the general contractor, Frank has worked with many of his subcontractors and tradesmen for decades. Gambino’s plumbing contractor, for example, has been doing excellent work for Gambino Homes for more than 40 years, and Frank’s carpenter crew has been on the job for more than 20 years. Because Gambino believes in quality and consistency in his product, he insists on using those trades he knows will do outstanding work for you.

For all of these very same reasons, Gambino is the smart choice to handle your next remodeling project. Whether it’s a large addition, built properly to fit your home’s style, or the kitchen of your dreams, or that new bath you need for your growing family, Gambino Building & Remodeling will not only build it, but will also warranty every aspect of your project’s unique remodeling process.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

As an agent representing one of the most dynamic real estate brands in the country – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Crosby Starck Real Estate – you can expect Brian Molloy to provide the utmost professionalism and dedication to all of your real estate needs.

From the very first meeting to the final closing, Brian provides you with best-in-class service to help you buy or sell a home. Equipped with the finest tools and technology, he’ll guide you through the real estate transaction, every step of the way.

Brian is a recent transplant himself to the Rockford area and has lived here for eight years. Before that, he spent his entire life living in Chicago and working for his family’s surveying business. While living in Chicago, Brian personally bought and sold a number of homes and understands what it is like to be a buyer. He looks at a property not only as an investment, but as a way to have a comfortable home.

Every buyer can benefit from Brian’s personal experience and determination to find the right place to call home. Brian is the type of real estate sales professional that puts himself in your shoes and lifestyle in order to find the perfect fit. And, he keeps his eye on the investment side to help you make a great financial decision in your home purchase.

Finally, don’t let Brian’s short time in Rockford fool you into thinking he doesn’t know the area. Being a newer resident of the Rockford area gives him the excitement of exploration. Brian has taken a genuine liking to his new hometown and is getting involved in the community as much as he can. He’s become a true Rockfordian.

“Let’s discover all the possibilities together.” – Brian Molloy.

Matt Humpal

Matt Humpal grew up in the real estate business but never anticipated a successful career as an agent. His father launched the family imprint back in 1975, and after college, Matt pursued a corporate career in Chicago. In 2001, he decided he was ready to take control of his own destiny, returning to his hometown of Rockford to follow in his father’s professional footsteps. Today, Matt has established himself as a forward-thinking professional with a reputation for integrity, indispensable industry knowledge, and an authentic spirit of service.

Serving the three-county area surrounding the greater Rockford region, Matt spearheads his work under the banner of The Humpal Group of RE/MAX Property Source, which his father continues to lead today. All told, the Humpal Group is spread across four area offices – in Rockford, Belvidere, Byron, and Rochelle – and is home to roughly 30 agents. For his part, Matt is supported by a full-time assistant and works as a partner alongside Wesley Willows/Peterson Meadows communities, helping those over 60 make the multifaceted transition to a senior community.

While Matt has demonstrated an abiding commitment to serving the greater Rockford area’s senior community, he’s also established himself in the realms of new construction, existing residential, and alongside first-time homebuyers. When it comes to listing property, Matt’s approach is strategic and draws heavily upon emerging technologies. “I’m an experienced, youthful realtor. I’ve grown up in the digital era and I’ve always been on the cutting edge of how technology is used in this business,” Matt says. “I know how to access and communicate with that audience.”

Conversely, in guiding buyers through the house-hunting process, Matt creates an atmosphere of calm and security by applying his years of experience and positive outlook. Likewise, he understands the power of remaining accessible and responsive in today’s fast-paced, competitive marketplace. “I have a charismatic personality and I provide exceptional service and negotiating skills on behalf of my clients,” Matt says. “First and foremost I’m giving my clients expert advice so that they can make an informed, educated decision.”

Considering the future, Matt plans to continue growing his client base and providing pivotal guidance to aspiring buyers and sellers of all ages in the Rockford community. The Humpal Group also hopes to expand to new service regions and continue its steady growth. Finally, with nearly two decades of first-hand experience behind him, Matt Humpal considers what he values most about his career. “I love interacting with people,” Matt says. “To me, it doesn’t feel like work. Every day is rewarding.”

Knopp Construction

Knopp Construction Inc. has been providing home improvement, remodeling and residential construction services the right way for Northern Illinois homeowners since 1976. Owner, Paul Knopp has lived in the Rockford area all his life. “Every job no matter how small or large is important,” says Knopp. And, Paul’s philosophy of “you are my friends, my neighbors and my extended family,” embodies his approach to providing excellent service.

Our focus is on the satisfaction of our customers. Every job is treated Honestly, Fairly, with Quality and Integrity. Through decades of outstanding work, and having carried an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau for many years, Knopp Construction has built a reputation of quality and trust. “We take your trust in us seriously,” says Paul Knopp. Just ask a couple typical customers about their past experience.

Knopp Construction excels at home remodeling and various home improvement projects, including Kitchens, Bathrooms, Sunrooms, and more. “I take a personal interest in and responsibility for your project,” says Paul Knopp. “It’s our goal to help achieve your vision and we do so by employing only the best craftsmen who are proud of the work they do.”

People often look to kitchens and baths first, but you can also add a front porch, expand your functional space, add a bay window, attach that separate garage to your home, add a spare bedroom, update your front door, and expand the entrance to your home.

There’s a lot you can do to enrich the space in which you live, but people often forget that remodeling can deliver an excellent return on your investment. In addition to creating a beautiful living space with increased comfort, security, and energy savings, Knopp Construction will work with you to maximize your return on your remodeling investment.

To discuss whatever you need for your home: move a wall to open up a room, screen in a porch, fix some rickety stairs, or treat your home to a long needed makeover, Knopp Construction will provide you with creative ideas, diligent follow-through, expert quality and a friendly, stress-free experience.

Start your planning now with a call to Knopp for a no-obligation, no charge consultation & estimate. We’ll help create the home you’ve always wanted. Call us today!