Lucy Hilt of Pagels Group at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago in Downers Grove Enters Her 50th Year in Residential Real Estate

Mar 20, 2024

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – March 8, 2024 – Lucy Hilt, residential real estate broker with the Downers Grove office of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago, is entering her 50th year in the business.

Terri Doney, managing broker of the firm’s Downers Grove office, said, “It is such an honor to congratulate Lucy on 50 amazing years as a residential real estate broker. Her longevity in this business really speaks volumes about her as a person and as a professional. Her impeccable reputation has been built over decades, earning her the respect of her peers and the trust of her clients. Lucy has been an incredible role model to her daughters Elaine and Laura, both brokers, as well as Sharon, a real estate attorney, and granddaughter Brita, a broker. It goes without saying that for them, Real Estate is a wonderful family affair.”

Elaine Pagels, Lucy’s daughter and founder of Pagels Group (in which Lucy is now a team member), had the privilege of learning the ropes from her mom and working with her for over 20 years. Now granddaughter Brita Pagels, Elaine’s daughter, has joined them as well!

Elaine Pagels said, “It’s a joy to work with my Mom. I have been blessed to see her in her element, to learn from her and know the work we are doing together makes a difference in our clients’ lives. We are helping them find their home, a place where they will make memories and live a beautiful life. My Mom has been a great role model, not only to our family, but to many Realtors. We’ve been humbled by the many referrals, often multiple generations within a family, which are the result of the legacy she has created.”

Lucy Hilt began her real estate career in 1974 and was a top producer with Baird & Warner. She specialized in Chicago and the western suburbs. She then owned a Hinsdale-based boutique real estate firm that was later acquired by the predecessor of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago. Her total commitment to her clients’ real estate interests generates a high percentage of life-long clients who refer family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. Lucy was a Chicago Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent in 2015 and holds the Certified Staging Consultant (CSC) designation.

Pagels Group’s closed real estate transactions consistently place them among the best in their local market and rank them in the top ½ of 1% of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services agents nationally, earning them the prestigious Chairman’s Circle Diamond designation. Pagels Group comprises Elaine Pagels, Lucy Hilt, Brita Pagels, Dan Wood, Sara Schutte and Lynn Hill.

Pagels Group has received the following awards and recognition for their work: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ 10 Year Legend (2021); Nextdoor Neighborhood Favorite (2021);REAL TRENDS America’s Best Small Teams by Volume & Transaction Sides (2020-2021); Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle-Platinum (2018, 2020);Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle-Diamond Small Teams Total (2020, 2021) and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Chairman’s Circle-Diamond (2015-2017).


Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago is a full-service real estate firm with more than 1,300 real estate professionals and staff in 22 offices serving customers throughout the Chicago metropolitan area, the North Shore, West and Southwest communities, Southern Wisconsin, Northwest Indiana and Harbor Country, Michigan. Recognized as a Top Workplace in Chicago, their local roots are complemented by the extensive global reach of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the nation’s leading real estate brands. Clients can experience all-inclusive homeownership services from their affiliated companies: Prosperity Home Mortgage, Fort Dearborn Title and HomeServices Insurance. Visit

Lucy Hilt, Pagels Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

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