Clever Bear, LLC is a real estate investment company buying, rehabbing and renting multi-unit properties in Lake, McHenry and Northern Cook counties, Illinois. Our focus is on multi-unit residential and commercial properties, including homes, small apartment buildings and neighborhood strip malls in the $500K to $3MM price range.

What Clever Bear is All About

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Offer “Win-Win” Outcomes

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Create Beautiful Spaces For People to Live In

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Be Good to People

Contact us to sell your property, learn more about your options or just to say hi ;)

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About Scott


Hi, I’m Scott Skinger, owner of Clever Bear. I started this company because I have always been interested in real estate and it makes me feel good inside to help people out and give back to the community. My mission at Clever Bear is to find great properties, fix them up and give people beautiful places to call “home”. By the way, I really love all things eco-friendly, so we try to incorporate “going green” into all our rehabs and new developments (future).

On the personal side, I love my wife Amy (she’s a real estate agent) and 3 kids (Brady, Ben and Sophie). Playing hockey, skiing and climbing mountains are my passions. My home is in Barrington, Illinois but my heart is in Colorado.

A few years back I was in the Information Technology field. I ran 3 different tech companies in the EdTech space (unless you are a fellow nerd you might not know what EdTech is, click here if you care). TrainSignal was my longest and most successful venture. I had a great time, met a lot of great people and learned A LOT about living life as an entrepreneur. I’m hoping to bring a fraction of these skills forward into the world of real estate and make a small dent in the world.

Do you have questions or need help with something? Seriously, I’m happy to help you. Hit me up at


Contact Us

If you want to sell your property or are thinking about it, you can give us a call on 847-323-5895, email us at or fill out the contact form below. We will get back to you within 24 hours, usually the same day.