Broker | CNE | PSA
A native of the Chicago North Shore, Melissa Dondalski has lived in the Buena Park, West Loop, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Wicker Park neighborhoods after attending the University of Notre Dame. She graduated with degrees in Marketing and Spanish from Mendoza College of Business, the #1 ranked undergraduate business school by Bloomberg Businessweek. Before joining @properties, Melissa held marketing and sales positions at General Mills, OfficeMax, General Motors, and Paycom. She brings this experience, her drive for results, and a client-centric focus to every residential real estate transaction.
As a top real estate broker, Melissa strives to make her clients feel they are heard, understood, and take comfort, knowing that they have a true partner in the process. It is this philosophy, and her deep knowledge of the city and suburbs of Chicago, that makes Melissa a trusted advisor to an array of clientele, representing sellers, buyers, investors, and renters.
Her strengths in market analysis, technological applications, and her negotiating prowess has allowed sellers to sell their homes in 28 days on average, as well as achieve 99% of their home sale price-to-list price ratio. Her buyer clients save an average of 3% off the list price of their home purchase. Melissa Dondalski Real Estate Partners' clientele is 90% referral and repeat clients due to this ideology and client experience.
While working with clients is Melissa's passion, she is actively involved with Notre Dame and is Executive Co-Chair of Notre Dame's Real Estate Forum of Chicago. When she's not cheering on the Fighting Irish, Melissa attends many of Chicago's charitable and cultural events that make this city so vibrant. Also, as a self-proclaimed foodie, you'll be sure to catch her at the newest restaurant or hidden hotspot in many of Chicago's neighborhoods. Noble Square is the neighborhood she calls home and hopes to help you find yours.
Market Overdrive: radio talk show featuring real estate expert advice
Guaranteed Rate Educational Videos: selected broker to educate the public on the real estate market, purchase/sell strategies, and investment strategies
@properties Top Producer
Chicago Association of Realtors Top Producer
Certified Real Estate Negotiation Expert
Pricing Strategy Advisor
Zillow 5 Star Agent
Clients are saying:
"Melissa was by far the best broker I've ever worked with. She was knowledgeable, responsive, and helpful in more ways than I can count. Throughout every speed bump that comes with these types of transactions, Melissa was the calming influence that helped ensure I maintained my sanity. I can't recommend her enough!"
"Melissa and her team were amazing to work with. We had a fairly narrow window of time to find our first home and Melissa made the process seamless and fun. She is diligent, hardworking and energetic and surrounds herself with a strong network of partners who can assist with every aspect of the home buying process. We highly recommend Melissa as a real estate agent and will be using her again for our next purchase."
"My husband and I worked with Melissa to sell a condo and buy a SFH in Chicago and had a wonderful experience with her. Melissa marketed our condo extensively and hosted two open houses the weekend it hit the market, which resulted in an above asking price offer. She was also phenomenal during the buying process. Our home search was long and horrible due to a seller backing out of a verbal offer and then a closing falling through due to an unresolved mold issue, but Melissa was the bright light during the tough times and helped us eventually find the perfect house. Although our house search ended up taking months, she did not encourage us to settle and continued bringing new options to the table. Overall, Melissa goes above and beyond, and her professionalism and responsiveness (she will even respond late at night!) allow her to be an incredible asset to her clients."
"Saying Melissa Dondalski is good at her job is an understatement. She was the best Broker I have worked with, for many reasons: always available, Sun-Sat, day or night, an expert in Chicago real estate and the city/neighborhoods themselves. Melissa is the whole package because she also has a stellar team to assist with other matters that may come up during a transaction (lender, lawyer, contractor, etc). If I buy or sell again in the Chicago area, Melissa will get my business."
"I met Melissa while on the opposite side in a real estate transaction. As a buyer or seller's attorney, I'm always hoping that the brokers will be courteous, timely, and on top of the deal. Melissa was all three -- and extremely friendly. It's obvious she knows her job and does it well. Her client was appreciative, and she made the deal go forward smoothly."