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Buying, selling or renting a home is both a business transaction and a highly personal endeavor. Bari Levine has built a successful real estate practice by guiding her clients through both sides of this process with a rare combination of market expertise, marketing savvy, patience & empathy.
Bari joined @properties in 2004 and was one of the firm's first 200 agents and is consistently ranked within the top 1% of all agents in Chicago, and was even featured on an episode of House Hunters. She currently leads the Bari and Elena Real Estate Group, which has grown to become one of the top 5 teams within @properties with over 80M in sales in 2017. The group works collaboratively to offer clients a single-source solution to long-term real estate needs across a range of housing types and locations in Chicago.
Bari has been involved in more than 650+ real estate transactions since she began in the business in 2004. She works with buyers, sellers and renters in prime Downtown, North, South, and West Side Chicago neighborhoods. She maintains an in-depth knowledge of current market conditions and values, not only neighborhood by neighborhood but block by block and building by building.
Bari also devotes a great deal of time and energy to marketing. She leverages the full arsenal of @properties' marketing resources to generate maximum exposure for her seller-clients, and is hands-on in everything from developing marketing concepts to writing property descriptions.
Bari loves the personal aspect of real estate. She wants her clients to have fun, be comfortable and enjoy the meaningful experience of buying or selling a home. To that end, she delivers on her promise of frequent communication, honest feedback, patience and attention to detail.
A Deerfield, IL native, Bari is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in marketing. She currently resides in River North with her husband, Mike, and daughter, Dylan, and spends her free time playing guitar and piano, volunteering for the @Gives Back charity program, or playing tennis.
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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
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A home is one of the most important assests you will ever buy.
With over 10 years of experience in negotiating, contracting and closing deals, Stacy is committed to delivering the highest level of service in order to earn her clients trust, respect and future business. Clients appreciate her organization, patience and peace of mind she offers throughout each transaction.
Stacy is a member of the Bari and Elena Real Estate Group with @properties, a boutique team of top producing agents with over 30 years of combined experience. Involved in hundreds of transactions across Chicago ranging from single family homes and condos, to co-ops and multi unit properties, this team is ranked as a Top 1% producing team by the Chicago Association of Realtors. The team sells properties twice as fast as typical Chicago agents, with an average market time of 20 days and for an average of 98% of list price.
An experienced licensed real estate professional, Stacy has a firm knowledge of the Chicago market and has resided in a variety of neighborhoods including Lincoln Park, Lakeview, South Loop and Lakeshore East. She provides a keen attention to detail and is known for her around the clock work ethic and quick response time, which stems from her background in the customer service industry. Neighborhoods of expertise include (but are not limited to): The Loop, Gold Coast, River North, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Old Town, West Loop, South Loop, Lakeshore East, Bucktown and Wicker Park.
Prior to moving to Chicago, Stacy studied Interior Design and Business Communications at Western Michigan University, in her home State of Michigan. Currently residing in the Lakeshore East neighborhood, she spends as much of her time at the Lakeshore and surrounding area. A few of her passions are interior design, traveling and exploring the City in her spare time with friends and family.
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A trustworthy agent possesses strong morals and values. If you asked my closest friends and family what a few of my strongest qualities are, they would say honesty, compassion, and intelligence, and my clients would agree. An honest agent gives you the answer you need to hear, even if it's not necessarily the answer you want to hear. A compassionate agent understands that buying a home is a major life decision that goes beyond crunching numbers, it's a personalized process that can evoke many emotions. An intelligent agent brings forth knowledge from dedicated research to fully inform their client, all with the client's best interest in mind.
As an experienced agent in the Chicagoland real estate market, I'm extremely driven to provide the highest quality of service to my clients. Working for @properties on The Bari and Elena Real Estate Group, one of the top 1% teams in Chicago, our group's unique combination of skills has helped us find amazing success, while our passion and dedication truly sets us apart from the average Realtor. Our commitment to understanding market trends along with providing outstanding customer service is unparalleled.
Established in 2015 by cofounders Bari Levine and Elena Tamillo, the group was formed with the goal of providing clients with the highest level of home buying and selling services throughout the city and is accomplished via their well-supported network of agents and systems. Having sold $80 million in 2017 alone and over $275 million throughout their careers, their continued growth has come with admirable recognition and a high level of client satisfaction in the Chicago market.
Utilizing @properties' complete suite of marketing strategies, technological advancements, and forward-thinking philosophies, we are undoubtedly the most trusted source for buying or selling a home in Chicago.
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Eve Aywaz, a first generation born Chicagoan, was raised in the northwest suburbs. After graduating from Arizona State University, with a degree in Communications, she moved back to the city and bought her first condo in the Gold Coast where she currently resides. Eve has over ten years of sales experience and has focused on the real estate industry in the last five years. She was recently the on-site leasing manager for the successful lease-up of a highly anticipated luxury building in the heart of Streeterville.
Eve's experience in the property management and luxury leasing industries has given her knowledge to navigate the competitive and diverse downtown rental market. Her expertise extends beyond the luxury rental market to include the sale and purchase of homes in Chicago and up along the Northshore into the Northern suburbs. Eve is dedicated to providing her clients with the best customer service while making the process enjoyable and fun.
Recently, Eve has joined the Women's Council of Realtors Chicago network and will be serving on the 2018 board as their Membership Director.
Outside of focusing on her real estate career, Eve is passionate about both health and fitness, creating her own art, which she also sells on Etsy, and traveling the world as often as she can.
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Alexandra Solak has nearly ten years of experience marketing and sales. Her passion for real estate and working with people drew her to @properties. Alex was born and raised in Chicago's northwest suburbs, graduated with a Business Marketing degree from DePaul University, and is now living in the River North neighborhood of the city; suffice to say, she knows the city she loves very well. Alex has developed an expansive network in Chicago, and loves working with her clients to find them homes they truly love. Alex is part of the Bari & Elena Real Estate Group, which was named a Top 1% Producer Team by the Chicago Association of Realtors, and closed over 85 million in residential sales in 2017 alone.
Alex specializes in assisting both buyers and sellers in all of Chicago's hottest neighborhoods, and surrounding suburbs; and limits the number of clients she works with at any given time in order to guarantee the highest quality of service to each of her clients. Her dedication to sellers, buyers, and developers has resulted in 100% of her business coming from referrals. She is always eager to go above expectations to meet her clients' needs with a strong focus on communication; and with both her business knowledge and the support of her team, her clients have a decisive edge in strategic planning, marketing and the negotiation process.
Furthermore, with a passion for aesthetic and design, Alex has a strong interest in fashion, photography and interior design. Her love of travel has taken her all over the world from the peaks of Mt. Kilimanjaro to sky diving in New Zealand to floating in the Dead Sea. When she's not traveling, she can be found around town with her French Bulldog Pierre or at the latest restaurant opening (her clients enjoy exclusive access to her coveted restaurant list); and stays active with yoga, pilates, skiing and working hard to improve her golf game.
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With over 10 years of sales, media, and advertising experience working for News, Lifestyle, and Home Design publications, Diana brings a wealth of strategic marketing expertise and extensive client service to her real estate practice. Formerly a successful Senior Account Executive in the digital media space, Diana is no stranger to knowing what it takes to engage an audience. Over 90% of buyers begin their home search online and Diana’s digital background gives her clients an immense advantage in attracting those buyers at the onset of their house hunt. She is well-versed in the latest technology, social media platforms, and advertising opportunities to efficiently and effectively market properties for maximum exposure.
Known for her tireless work ethic, can-do attitude, and energetic personality, Diana is passionate about guiding buyers and sellers through every step of what can be a complex and often emotional process. As a recent homebuyer herself, she appreciates the magnitude of her clients’ investment. Her goal is to make each buying or selling experience as seamless, successful, and enjoyable as possible. Priding herself on a career built upon honesty, frequent communication, and advocacy for her clients, Diana also has immense experience in navigating and negotiating complicated deals involving many parties, with her priority always being to keep her clients’ best interest at the forefront of every transaction.
Diana is a member of the Bari and Elena Real Estate Group, a boutique team of top-producing agents with over 30 years of combined experience. Involved in hundreds of transactions throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods and across a range of housing types, from single family homes and condos, to multi-unit properties and co-ops, this team is ranked by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® as a top 1% producing team, with more than $70 million in transactions in 2016 alone. The team sells property twice as fast as typical Chicago agents with an average market time of 20 days, which is 43 days faster than the average and for an average 98% of list price. She is also a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Illinois Association of REALTORS®, and Chicago Association of REALTORS®.
A graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Diana has a degree in Business and Marketing and has called Chicago “home sweet home” for the past decade. She currently resides in the Old Town neighborhood with her husband Matt, enjoying every ounce of what the Windy City has to offer in her spare time! When not working with buyers to discover that perfect home, or with sellers to showcase their property for the highest return, you can find her honing her “green thumb,” trying new restaurants with friends, testing out the latest work out class, and whipping up some culinary creations in her kitchen.
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As a member of one of America's largest and most successful home building families, Meghan Pulte brings integrity, enthusiasm and a unique understanding of the real estate industry to all of her clients.
Meghan prides herself on providing exceptional service and is committed to ensuring a seamless buying and selling process. Her hard work, dedication, and professionalism are what set her apart and attract her exceptionally loyal clients.
With extensive knowledge of the Chicago market, Meghan works with a wide range of clients; helping renters, first-time homebuyers and Chicago natives alike. She is passionate about the needs of all of her clients and specializes in finding buyers the perfect home to fit their lifestyle.
After graduating from Miami University in 2013 with a BA in early childhood education, Meghan spent three years as a kindergarten teacher in Old Town. While molding young minds, Meghan perfected her negotiation, organization and management skills, and chose to pursue a career in real estate in 2016. She earned her real estate license in 2017.
Prior to joining the Bari and Elena Real Estate team at @properties, Meghan was a member of The Ian Schwartz Team at Coldwell Banker.
A native of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Meghan has called Chicago home since 2013 and currently resides in Lincoln Park. When she's not brunching at Nookies or rooting for her favorite Michigan sports teams, you can find her playing tennis at Oz Park or taking photos for her lifestyle blog, Lake and Luxury Chi.