Shawn’s Story

Ziggy (Sigmund, my grandfather) moved our family to McHenry in 1948. An entrepreneur at heart, he launched a successful auto parts store, Community Auto Supply, that I grew up in. Watching his honesty and integrity running his business and interacting with his customers is the foundation of my own business today.

I tried “corporate America,” and quickly learned that my grandfather’s traits I adopted were relatively rare and driving me out of the cubicle.

In 2003 I decided to shed the corporate skin and take real estate classes after helping sell the family’s commercial property. Timing is everything – the company I was working for was sold and left me unemployed two weeks before I received my real estate license. At the time my wife, Stephanie, and I had two very young boys at home. I needed to make a decision – and quickly. Find another job or plunge full-time into real estate?

Thirty days later I had listed and sold my first home and the rest is history. I had finally found what I believed was my place in life. Buying and selling homes was such a great opportunity to provide for my family while still being an entrepreneur and helping people.

That was more than ten years ago.

We survived the craziness of the market crash, learned very quickly how to help people get through short sales by becoming a Certified Distressed Property Expert and helping them recover from some very tough situations. Thankfully we have done all this while continuing to grow our business and helping people with everything from residential buy and sell deals to commercial sales, rentals and property management.

My wife and I, along with our boys, Ryan and Dylan, love to spend time outdoors. We enjoy riding horses, playing and coaching lacrosse here in our community and giving back wherever we can. I have a great deal of passion about Brazilian Jiujitsu and martial arts. So when I’m not working I am usually on a mat somewhere training.

I believe in honesty & integrity. I believe in helping others. I believe in always doing your best. I want to do business with people who believe what I believe.

With gratitude,

Shawn Strach

Shawn H&S09