Clarity, Communication & Diligence
Meredith Banta joined @properties in 2006, and soon after teamed up with Anne Connolly Rief. During that time, Meredith participated in over $100 million in sales, with both buyers and sellers alike. She leverages her creative eye and a background in home design and sales to offer clients a full range of services: from full staging consultation, and facilitation if needed, to her comprehensive understanding of the many neighborhoods and markets throughout Chicago. Meredith's credentials include certifications in Staging Homes for Sale (ASP), Negotiations (CNE), and Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) allowing her to assist a wide range of discerning clientele.
Meredith is a passionate real estate professional, who finds satisfaction from helping her clients navigate the sometimes overwhelming buying or selling process. She has a particular passion for first time buyers, and also seniors making a change, as both of these clients are making big life decisions that can be both scary and overwhelming. Meredith brings both concern and caring, as well as all the knowledge and experience necessary to make the transition feel less stressful, and more exciting, as it should.
Prior to joining @properties, Meredith was a theatrical producer, founding both not-for-profit and commercial production companies in Chicago. She had great success, including having her first company listed in Richard Christiansen's coveted annual year end list of Top 100 theatre artists and companies to watch, in the Chicago Tribune.
Switching industries but retaining her love of design, she spent 8 years in the retail fabric and custom furniture businesses, and enjoyed helping clients create their personalized dream home. This sparked her love of preparing homes for sale. Today more than ever, sellers need to prepare their home for market in the best way possible, to ensure that buyers see the home of their dreams. Homes that are appropriately staged are proven to sell faster, and at a higher price!
Meredith grew up in Deerfield, went to college in Lake Forest, and has been a Chicago resident for 32 years; living in Lakeview, the Gold Coast, Edgewater and Rogers Park. She currently lives in Wrigleyville. She is an avid theater and restaurant goer, and loves Chicago's spectacular lakefront for walking and biking.
Clients are saying:
"Meredith Banta was an incredibly calming guide for my first purchase as a home buyer. Although I was pretty limited in my price point and area, she was able to show me a myriad of properties and bring alternative possibilities that exceeded my expectations. She went through every step of the way with me from showings to closing and everything in between. I highly recommend Meredith Banta, a knowledgable, bright (in every way), and personable broker."
"Meredith Banta is magnificent! Not only is she a consummate professional -- she knew what sort of properties were best for me, and how to navigate the challenges of a short sale-- but she cares. She truly does. She truly wants to help people find their way home -- a splendid mix of business acumen and zen-like sensitivity and perspicacity. I know that I received advising from her of the highest caliber-- her ethics are impeccable. I trusted her implicitly and consider myself very fortunate that I met her at a open house 2 years ago, and she understood my situation as a first time (and older) buyer. Her patience and sense of humor made this process a joy. I am so very very grateful to her. I wouldn't have succeeded without her."
"Meredth did a super job for us. She went the extra mile and took care of all the details as we were traveling at the time of the closing. I have recommended her to my friends and colleagues"
"Meredith was an outstanding realtor! She got to know us and focused on the "absolutes" while making sure our location was on point at what we were looking for in Chicago. We would highly recommend Ms Banta for anyone looking to purchase real estate in the Chicago area. She has a life long relationship with the city and knows all the "ins and outs" that make her clients very happy. We are very fortunate to have found such a caring and knowledgeable individual."
"Ms. Banta was professional, courteous and knowledgable. She did a lot of research to help us find the right price point for our house. She gave us wonderful suggestions for staging our house so it would have a greater curb appeal. She came out to the house several times before we actually listed to go over everything and to make sure we understood what steps were being taken on her part to prepare for our first Open House. She sent us weekly updates of all web interest in the house and contacted us with any feedback offered by potential buyers or their Realtor. She also gave us some referrals for a couple of different small jobs that we needed service for the house. It all worked so easily and so much smoother than we could have hoped for. We are very happy to recommend Meredith and her team to anyone looking to sell or buy a house. She is fantastic!"