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 was wonderful. I contacted her, spoke with her on the phone, and received apartment listings to look at on the first day. She was responsive throughout the entire process and always willing to answer any questions that we had. When we were looking at apartments, she was able to add last minute listings we found to our tour that day. I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking."
"I found Melanie well prepared for a very busy schedule of property visits and we efficiently covered them all in alan afternoon. She demonstrated great insight. She also negotiated a good deal for me in a tight time frame. And even after securing the deal provided great support. Fab!"
"Melanie helped my husband and me to buy a condo as part of an international move from the UK. She was quick respond to emails which was crucial for us to stay in touch from abroad and offered guidance throughout, another important aspect for us as we didn't know the US process or Chicago neighbourhoods. She is friendly and knowledgeable, and I would highly recommend Melanie."
"Melanie was fantastic to work with- she listened to our feedback on the various properties and quickly helped us hone in on a building that we wanted to live in. Then to cap it all off she helped us negotiate to the right price as well. Thank you for your help."
"Melanie went above and beyond to help with our every need during a time when we needed help the most - looking for a place to live in an unfamiliar place. She was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. Melanie answered every single question that I had and always responded in a very timely manner. I would definitely recommend her for any home-finding needs.
Thanks again for making a potentially stressful time into an enjoyable experience!"