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Our Story & Meet the Team

Pagels Group

Pagels Group is a powerhouse real estate team encompassing three generations of family and carefully selected colleagues known for their skill, experience and results. Since its formation nearly 12 years ago, the team has continually evolved. They are nimble, adapt to change easily and are always at-the-ready to skillfully guide their clients through the process of buying and selling, no matter how complicated the transaction. And if Pagels Group cannot directly help you, they know who can!

Pagels Group

Pagels Group Team Members

Elaine Pagels
Brita Pagels
Lucy Hilt
Sara Schutte
Dan Wood
Lynn Hill
Real Estate Broker

Nationally ranked among the top ½% of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agents, Elaine is a long-time recipient of the BHHS Chairman’s Circle Award. She's a results-oriented, collaborative leader who fosters her team's success. She's built her own success by continually providing her clients key market and property information throughout their real estate transaction to help them make informed decisions.


Brita was educated as an urban planner and art/architecture historian. This training, paired with her vast knowledge of the Chicago and suburban markets, makes Brita an ideal broker for relocation clients, buyers and sellers of all life stages, plus investors and developers. She also has hands-on experience with moving, having relocated regionally, nationally and internationally both in childhood and adulthood.


Lucy Hilt has been a real estate broker in the Chicago metro area since 1976. Lucy specializes in buying and selling in DuPage and Cook counties, plus relocations domestically and internationally. Lucy's complete commitment to her clients' real estate interests, hardworking nature and positive attitude has resulted in lifelong clients who refer her to family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.



Sara has spent her entire career in training for the multifaceted job of real estate! From working with pre-teen deejays in radio (problem solving) to being an advertising account executive (nurturing client relationships) to copywriting for John Deere (marketing prowess), Sara can handle the many moving parts of real estate with ease and confidence.


Dan is a lifelong resident of Illinois with more than 20 years of small business ownership, where he worked with clients in the entertainment industry and deaf and hearing-impaired communities. This is where Dan honed his skills in client commitment and communication. He listens carefully to his clients, building relationships based on trust and customer satisfaction.

Director of Operations

With the amount of transactions Pagels Group generates, the team could not function without its Director of Operations, Lynn Hill. With more than 15 years' experience in the real estate industry, Lynn is an invaluable team member. She manages team operations including transactions, marketing, client engagement, and high-level planning and strategy.

Pagels Group Services

B2B & Relocation

Pagels Group utilizes proven sales strategies and cutting-edge marketing techniques to precisely position properties in order to achieve maximum exposure locally, nationally and globally. Pagels Group team members specialize in single-family homes, multi-family homes, condominiums, townhomes, apartments, new construction, estates, vacant land, historic dwellings, landmark dwellings, green buildings, luxury listings, relocation clients and investment clients. Whether you're buying, selling or renting, Pagels Group is never too busy for you or your referrals.

Utilize proven sales strategies and cutting-edge marketing techniques to position properties, achieving maximum exposure to buyers locally, nationally and globally.

Connect buyers to properties that fit their needs by leveraging the team's advanced search capability and their long-standing relationships with associate brokers.

Ensure rental candidates are qualified by helping them complete the required steps prior to signing a lease.

Assist rental clients in identifying and touring rental properties. They will then guide clients through the application process and provide information on the most current fair housing laws.

Work with developers to identify a buildable site with the highest ROI and utilize cutting-edge marketing techniques to position the development in order to achieve maximum exposure locally, nationally and globally.

Connect buyers and sellers who are moving away from the Chicagoland area with a trusted real estate professional in their new city, state or even country.

Work directly with companies' human resources departments to ensure the process of corporate relocation within or outside the United States is simple and beneficial to current and new employees.

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Client Testimonials


Elaine Pagels and Brita Pagels have been dream realtors for us. It's clear they work very cooperatively rather than competitively with the real estate community and are respected for their know-how, mentoring and high ethical standards by all who know them...Elaine and Brita have been available to us for advice at every turn even now that the house is under contract and they must be terribly busy with other properties...We couldn't recommend them more highly.

Lillian and Michael M


We listed our house for sale with Elaine Pagels. She and her team are true professionals. Whenever we had a question or issue, they were very responsive and helpful, and they went out of their way to make sure everything was resolved to our satisfaction.

Carolyn S


Pagels Group is the place to go when looking for a property. I have recommended Lucy Hilt to family members and friends, and no one has been disappointed in her ability to make the process successful, enjoyable and so much fun!

Sherry S


I was referred to Dan Wood of Berkshire Hathaway by a family member and he was great! Always quick with booking showings and never too busy to help you through the grueling process of finding a new home.

Calvin C


Pagels Group helped my son's family find their home. This team is knowledgeable but, even more importantly, friendly and caring. They listen to the clients' needs and produce excellent results!

Marybeth D


Sara Schutte did an incredible job for us! Highly recommend her! Sara keeps a cool head and is very helpful in negotiations. She listens to her clients and buys into their vision. Sara is a great realtor who knows her stuff!

Dan Z


When we started our search for an agent to list our home, our priorities were to find someone with strong local market expertise, savvy marketing and pricing skills, and a great personality. If you’re ready to list your home, you can’t go wrong with the Pagels team.

Julie C


Pagels Group was stellar in helping us buy our first home. My wife and I relocated from Oregon this summer and owe it to this group. We thought we had a pretty good grasp on the home buying process - we quickly found that we did not.

John B

Awards and Recognition

Examples of Pagels Group accomplishments, memberships, and certifications individually and as a team:

Crain’s Chicago Business

Notable Residential Real Estate Brokers

Real Trends

America's Best Teams

National Association of Realtors®

Certified as Luxury, GREEN, Negotiator, Staging Consultant

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national

Chairman’s Circle, Platinum and Diamond

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national

Chairman’s Circle, Diamond Small Teams Total

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

Office leader awards

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago

Best of the Best Award

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices national

5 and 10 Year Legend Award

National Association of Realtors®


Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS®


Chicago Area REALTORS®


Women's Council of REALTORS®


National Association of REALTORS® GREEN


Giving Back

Pagels Group team members are passionate about their communities and the concept of home. They actively support organizations that make our world a better place, focusing on shelter, health, animal and human welfare, material reuse and sustainability. No matter the organization’s most-needed resources, the team is ready to help.

American Cancer Society

Best Buddies

Be the Match

BHHS Chicago Kindness Foundation

Bridge Communities


Digs with Dignity

Downers Grove Area Fish (Food Pantry)

Kiwanis Downers Grove

Linda Kunze Food Drive


ReBuilding Exchange

Salt Creek Ballet