Melanie is a seasoned real estate consultant at @Properties and is affiliated with the Bari & Elena Real Estate Group, a boutique team of top-producing brokers with over 62M in sales in 2016. A keen understanding of the real estate market and extensive knowledge of Chicago's diverse neighborhoods allows Melanie to provide clients with an elevated level of service. Melanie's attention to detail, trustworthiness, and personable demeanor have enabled her to establish a successful real estate career, with over 150 transactions to date. She treats each deal with the highest level of care and commitment and imparts continuous accessibility to each client. Melanie uses cutting edge technology and supportive @properties tools to be a trusted advisor and resource to her clients.
In addition to selling to local Chicagoans, Melanie has also found a niche dealing with domestic and international relocation clients. Melanie and her team provide luxury relocation services for buyers, sellers, and renters alike. This service includes school guidance, efficiently and securely obtaining personal documentation needed, as well as having a book of preferred vendors for her client's use when they move to the city. Neighborhood expertise includes (but is not limited to) The Loop, Lake Shore East, Streeterville, West Loop, River North, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Lakeview, Lincoln Square, South Loop, Bucktown and Wicker Park.
Buying or selling a home is not only a business transaction but an emotional experience which is something Melanie thoroughly appreciates and her clients are quickly comforted to realize she understands all the factors at play. Melanie works diligently to guide each client through both the emotional and transactional aspects of each deal and always keeps her clients best interests in mind. She provides honest feedback and assured counsel- but also makes sure there is some fun had along the way!
Melanie grew up in the west Chicago suburbs and currently resides in the West Loop. She enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, reading, and trying out new restaurants in all corners of the city. Her favorite way to start and end the day is with her dog and running buddy, Harley. She is also passionate about interior design and decorating.
In 2011, Melanie received a bachelor’s degree in Choral Music Education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. After graduation, she started her professional career in teaching before establishing herself in real estate. She is also an active member on the @gives Back board and volunteers weekly at the Lurie Children's Hospital.
"To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured by money, and that is sincerity and integrity"- Douglas Adams
Clients are saying:
"Melanie is incredibly detailed and very attentive to all of our needs. She helped us find our first rental and eventually our home in the same area. She goes the extra mile - always!"
"Melanie is very friendly and always accommodates our schedule. I enjoyed working with her when we were looking for rentals in the area.
My only concern was, some of the places that we were shown were not that nice. At end we ended up doing our own search on Zillow to finding a rental property that we liked. We got lucky because that place had a good deal going on at the time. It’s not her fault since we gave her a limited budget."
"Melanie was great and very knowledgeable when it came to finding me my rental property! She was patient and helped show me several houses and adjusted her schedule around my work."
"She is the best! Was very helpful throughout the entire process and was pleasant to be around while we were looking into apartments. Made sure that we were happy and that we found an apartment that I fell in love with."
"I was moving from California to Chicago and was unable to physically be here to see the my apartment choices. Melanie went to about five different locations for me. She took pictures and videos. It was an extreme weight off my shoulders and with her help, I am living in a beautiful place!"