Melanie Carlson

Melanie Carlson

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Bari Levine
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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 2018. 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 Lincoln Park 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.


Alexandra Solak
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Alexandra Solak has nearly ten years of experience in 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 2018 alone.

Alex specializes in assisting both buyers and sellers in Chicago and it's 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 investors 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 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, skiing and working hard to improve her golf game.


Elena Theodoros-Tamillo
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Elena Theodoros is a competent and enthusiastic professional who can help you negotiate buying or selling your home in the Chicago housing market. Keeping her client's best interests always at the forefront along with genuine care and concern, she is dedicated to providing uncompromised customer service. 
 
Elena joined @properties in February 2010 as a licensed assistant to one of the company's Top Producing agents which allowed her to learn the business in a short period of time.  In 2013, Elena sold over $13M and was recognized as a "Top Producer" from the Chicago Association of Realtors.

With a B.S. in Business Marketing from Miami University of Ohio, her personality, education, experience, and passion all go to work for her clients. Her professional goal is to provide client satisfaction through loyalty, dedication, and trustworthiness.

The Elena services buyers and sellers alike in various Chicago neighborhoods including, but not limited to:

Loop, South Loop, West Loop, River North, Gold Coast, Old Town, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, West Town, Ukranian Village, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square, Lincoln Square, Ravenswood, & Uptown.
Types of properties include Condos, Townhomes, Multi-units, Single Family Homes, New Construction and vacant land.

In her spare time, Elena is an avid golfer and tennis player. Elena lives in a loft in River North's old Montgomery Ward warehouse with her puggle pup, Julius. She cheers for all Chicago sports' teams including the Bears, White Sox, and Blackhawks. Her heritage boasts of great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents having been born and raised in or near the "windy city." These strong ties give her a great sense of pride for helping people find their homes in the place her family has called "home" for generations!


Diana Grinnell
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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 Roscoe Village with her husband Matt and son Gavin, 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.


Stacy Terpsma
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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. 


Eve Aywaz
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Eve is a seasoned real estate agent affiliated with the Bari & Elena Real Estate Group, a boutique team of top-producing brokers with over 85M in sales in 2017 alone. Eve has over 10 years of sales experience and has focused on the real estate industry for the last 8 years.  She started her career in luxury leasing in downtown Chicago and was the sales manager for the successful lease-up of a highly anticipated luxury building in the heart of Streeterville.  Her expertise extends beyond the luxury rental market to include the sale and purchase of homes and works with first time home buyers, sellers, renters and investors all throughout Chicago. Eve is dedicated to providing her clients with the best customer service while making the process enjoyable and fun.  

Curretly, she serves on the board for Women's Council of Realtors Chicago network as their 2018 Membership Director.

Eve resides in the Gold Coast with her dog Riley, and enjoys health and fitness, creating her own art, which she also sells on Etsy, and traveling the world as often as she can.


Erin Weaver
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Erin's real estate career began in Indianapolis, where she earned a stellar reputation as a top producing agent for six years. Upon expanding her business to Chicago, Erin hit the ground running with a contract on her first day and she hasn't slowed down since. Erin brings a well-rounded approach to real estate transactions due to her history of working with a diverse client base, ranging from new construction condos to 100-year old single family homes.

Erin's passion for real estate stems from her father, a contractor with over a decade of full home renovations. Working alongside her dad in the family business helped Erin develop a keen eye for design and functionality. Her clients appreciate her ability to visualize a space and maximize their return on investment.

A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, Erin holds degrees in Speech Communication and Marketing. Her understanding of communication as an art, and its role in negotiating, has greatly contributed to her success as a realtor. Erin's invaluable interpersonal skills lead to seamless and stress-free transactions for not only her clients, but all parties involved.

Erin's philosophy is all about intertwining her career with her real life. She knows that every real estate transaction is unique to that specific client, and she approaches each deal with a tailored and personalized strategy. Whether it be downsizing, purchasing your first home, relocating, searching for an investment property, or desiring more space for a growing family, Erin gets to know her clients on a personal level to help them achieve their goals. Her fresh, energetic approach to real estate has proven very successful, with a large majority of her business coming from referrals and repeat clients.

Erin grew up in Carmel, Indiana, and currently resides in Lakeview. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, crossing restaurants off her never ending list, and walking along the lakefront with her pit bull/boxer mix, Zoey.

Erin 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 and closed over $85 million in residential sales in 2018 alone.


Eleni Pappas
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Eleni joined @properties in 2021 as a new real estate agent affiliated with the Bari & Elena Real Estate Group, a boutique team of top-producing brokers with over $112 million in sales in 2020 alone.

Eleni graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management with emphasis areas in marketing, merchandising, and business. After graduation, she started her professional career in the fashion industry as a Forecast Analyst before establishing herself in real estate. Her hard work, charisma, and determination allowed her to make a quick turnaround in her career and her passion for real estate landed Eleni her first job at the #1 real estate firm in Chicago!

Eleni was born and raised in the North Shore suburbs of Chicago and is now focusing on building her business in the city. She prides herself on her strong communications skills and perseverance and is committed to providing her clients with the highest level of quality service, agility and integrity. Her collaborative spirit and desire to grow will make your buying or selling experience personalized, successful, and enjoyable! Her mission is to provide full transparency, guaranteed communication, and real results!


Brian Scherpenberg
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Brian Scherpenberg's relentless work ethic and commitment to serving his clients is what sets him apart from other real estate brokers. He takes pride in building long-standing relationships and providing an unmatched level of service to all of his clients. Brian prides himself on being able to listen and understand his client's needs—allowing him to continuously deliver results above and beyond their expectations. He is passionate about the real estate industry and truly enjoys helping clients achieve their real estate goals.

Brian is part of the Bari & Elena Team, one of the top 3 teams at @properties with over $112M in sales in 2020.

Brian grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived in downtown Chicago with his wife for the past several years. Brian graduated from Arizona State University's W.P. Carey School of Business with a bachelor's of science in Business Management. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, hiking and mixing craft cocktails.