Melanie Carlson

Melanie Carlson

Broker                   

Testimonials

Overall 5 star rating out of 173 reviews



"Melanie is a consummate real estate professional. I would describe my housing search with Melanie like hanging out with a best friend. They want what’s best for you, are very easy to talk to, and will provide valuable, transparent feedback while looking for a home. In every regard, Melanie exceeded my expectations. She was able to apply her deep knowledge of the Chicago real estate market to help me find a place that was right for me. As one would expect from an excellent real estate agent, Melanie conducts all communications with professionalism and timeliness, always making sure important documents and communications are handled securely and appropriately. In many ways, Melanie makes sure you enjoy the housing search while she takes care of the rest. I can’t say I felt much of any stress during my housing search journey, which upon reflection is a pleasant surprise. I would recommend Melanie with enthusiasm to anyone looking to rent, buy, or sell real estate in Chicago!"



"Melanie was great at helping shortlist apartments that met my needs, and getting the right place in the right price range. Also she is super nice to work with and helps answer all questions!!"



"Highly recommended for any real estate needs! I relocated 2000+ miles to Chicago arriving with very limited knowledge of the real estate scene and was extremely luckily to be connected with Melanie during my apartment search. Melanie was super responsive, and highly knowledgeable, making my search stress free and seamless. Melanie went out of her way to meet my changing interest/needs in the apartment finding search, providing ongoing advice and lending her expertise throughout the process. I remain extremely grateful for Melanie's guidance in helping me land an amazing apartment and highly recommend her for new Chicago residents."



"Melanie always had a smile and was so quick to respond and get the job done. She answered every question and gave good advice. We moved to the US from abroad and felt in good hands. Melanie did a great job and we will defenitely recommend her."



"Melanie helped me during my move from oversea to Chicago. She provided very professional services step by step and showed in-depth knowledge of the local market. Very grate to have Melanie to support me in this process!"



"Melanie is great! She is responsive, diligent, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and highly respected. Most importantly, she is honest and trustworthy. I highly recommend her."



"I can't say enough, she's the best. She's helped us find two places we love and already know we will be partnering with her when purchasing a new home. She's literally more than an agent, we consider her a friend."



"It was a pleasure working with Melanie, she really give us a service above our expectations. As expatriated, it was crucial to work with someone understanding the type of house we were looking for as well as having a perfect local knowledge."



"As a first time home buyer, Melanie made the process incredibly simple and provided critical feedback on certain properties that I was unable to recognize given my inexperience. Melanie is highly responsive and an overall joy to work with. I will use Melanie for all my future real estate needs!"



"Melanie helped me find an apartment after relocating from Austin to Chicago. By paying attention to what was important to me - Melanie was able to source apartments for me and navigate quickly and efficiently through the showings we attended (i.e.: expressing to the leasing agent what was important to me and prioritizing the time to show me finishes, access to the 'L', etc). My experience with Melanie was great and I 100% recommend her as a partner. She is also very easy to talk to and made the drives and walks to the showings so easy and fun!"



"Melanie is a fantastic real estate broker, that I worked together to find my homes in Chicago twice.

- Melanie gives realistic feedback to you. I moved to the states a couple of years ago from Korea, without much knowledge about US property scenes. I was very ambitious to find a new home in Chicago, with a variety of expensive features that I used to have in Korea (in-unit laundry, elevator, attached garage, big living room yet 1 bed room, modern interior with big window, gym, hard floor, and etc) yet with limited budget. Melanie was very transparent to share the break-down of each feature (what to give up to stay in the budget, how much budget to stretch to get everything), so that I can prioritize the features to stay within the budget.

- Melanie recommends something you actually like. She is willing to know me better to provide more options that would wow me. As she knew that I wake up with the sun rise and love to cook, she tried to recommend those properties after reviewing the photos. When I found a place online, she could already tell ‘I don’t think you’d like the place because of xyz reason’ or ‘I don’t think this place can accommodate your big dining table’. That’s why I feel she consults more like one of your friends who knows you well.

- Melanie is very responsive and reliable in follow-up. She responses her emails very quickly, I never had to chase her to answer. Even when I had to deal with very slow management team, she was the one who chased them after, not me.

I strongly recommend Melanie Carlson who wants to make ‘finding home’ as an enjoyable journey and to work with a broker who can be your friend. Welcome to ‘Melanie fan club’!!!"



"Melanie was very helpful in finding me an apartment when I only had one weekend to come look. She talked me through which neighborhoods made sense given my needs and brought me to a number of buildings that were all great matches form me. I would recommend her to anyone searching for a new home and look forward to working with her again when I'm ready to move."



"Melanie has been my key contact for Real Estate in Chicago. She knows everything and makes finding a property very easy. Her knowledge and expertise gives security to customers. I just bought a new condo and it was very easy. She also provided good contacts that were useful through all the process. I will definitely recommend Melanie for Real Estate agent and will reach out to her for future investments."



"Melanie was phenomenal to work with. She was responsive and helped me to easily buy my place from out or town - doing FaceTime showings, providing top notch referrals to lawyers/cleaners/painters in the area. Would recommend Melanie to anyone looking for a place in Chicago."



"We had nothing but a great experience with Melanie! She was so understanding of our budget and helped us find an apartment with everything we wanted! She was even able to negotiate our monthly rent. She was very quick to respond and book tours of apartments. She was personable and easy to talk to. We enjoyed working with Melanie and would definitely recommend and use her again in the future!!"



"We had a great experience working with Melanie on our relocation to Chicago. She understood what it was we were looking for and gave us a good range of options that hit what we needed. She also hussled to get around our timeline (I had flown in for a couple of days just for house viewings) and we managed to get a place which we still love a few months on within those couple of days."



"I was assigned to Melanie as part of a relocation service from one city to another, and I could not have been more pleased. For someone who seemingly appears so young, she is easily one of the more tenured brokers I've ever worked with. She knows the Chicago market very well, and has a great disposition. She was the highlight of an otherwise stressful move, and helped us to source an apartment that's perfect for us, and a great value in the marketplace. I recommend her without reservation."



"I’ve done many moves is the last few years, not only within the United States but also internationally and very few times I’ve encounter someone like Melanie. She is not only knowledgeable about the local market but her engagement and responsiveness is absolutely unparalleled."



"Melanie is a lovely person with a deep knowledge of the real state market, she was very kind and attentive to all details and aspirations of my family while patient and kind during the process to make the best choice according to our needs, I do recommend her for other people as our experience with her was much better than our expectations!"



"Melanie is great! She selects the best homes according to your desire! She has great experience with forigners and is happy to explain how all the process works! I really enjoyed working with her and I’m very satisfied with my new home!"



"Melanie is an incredible professional, delivering a service above all our expectation. It was a pleasure, as expatriates, to work with her, as she understood really fast the type of house we were looking for, showing us her perfect local knowledge."



"Melanie and her team assisted me in relocating from St. Louis to Chicago, helping me to select a neighborhood, apartment, and gave me good insight on my new town."



"Melanie is an incredible professional, delivering a service above all our expectation. It was a pleasure, as expatriates, to work with her, as she understood really fast the type of house we were looking for, showing us her perfect local knowledge."



"Melanie is an incredible professional, delivering a service above all our expectation. It was a pleasure, as expatriates, to work with her, as she understood really fast the type of house we were looking for, showing us her perfect local knowledge."



"Melanie was excellent to work with and took the time to get to know us, our tastes and our budget. In the process, she helped us identify a home we love through her personalized approach. She went above and beyond to ensure we had the best chance possible to go in with a successful offer and calmly guided us through the process from start to close. We are grateful for her insights into the Chicago market and would recommend Melanie to everyone without hesitation."



"Melanie, you where great to work with!! We've never even met & I feel you have my back. Thank you for all the work you did.!"



"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."



"Melanie was very friendly with me during the house hunting process. I really appreciate the fact of sharing her very best opinions when we where visiting places and also her point of view about the neighborhoods."



"Melanie was super helpful and knowledgeable when my family and I moved over from Ireland to Chicago last year. We didn't know the city and she gave great advice and insights and made the apartment-hunting process as smooth and seamless as possible."



"Melanie is the best. Super helpful and more importantly super honest. We looked at a few places that other realtors might try to sell you on, but Melanie was upfront and told us that it wouldn't be the right fit."



"Melanie is a total professional.
She is calm, always positive, very organised and it was a joy to work with her.
We appreciated her skills in understanding the local market, managing our expectations, identifying exactly what we wanted, negotiating and closing very swiftly all while communicating with two parties in different parts of Europe. For example, within an hour of identifying the apartment she had made a 10 minute video answering my numerous questions on the state and condition of the apartment.
Next morning I flew from London and went straight to a viewing she had set up. Next day she had closed and the following day I was there when the survey was carried out. Four days from start to finish and none of this would have been accomplished without Melanie's dedication and professionalism.
We really appreciated all the help that she gave us in successfully completing this transaction."



"Moving from a different country to Chicago is a daunting concept. After spending a morning with Melanie she found me my perfect property that met all the the criteria. Melanie got a sense of who I was. What I was looking for and matched properties to my needs and personality. She made me feel very comfortable throughout the entire process and asked the ‘killer questions’ that I didn’t even know to ask. Would definitely recommend her services to anyone moving or looking for properties in the Chicago area."



"Melanie continues to exceed expectations as a realtor. We have used Melanie a few times now and don’t plan on changing that in the future! She is great at getting to know you and your lifestyle, which ultimately leads to her being able to help guide your real estate decision on a more personal level. Melanie listens to her clients instead of just selling them something that’s on the market. She is amazing!"



"Melanie was fantastic during the entire process from starting our search until the day we moved in (even after that!). Her local knowledge and general expertise made us feel extremely comfortable and on top of everything during the entire process. We highly recommend her to help you out for your next home purchase!"



"Melanie was wonderful to work with. Thoughtful, on point and helpful throughout the entire purchase process. We were first time buyers and Melanie helped us understand the entire process and provided us with all the contacts we needed to get the condo under contract and eventually acquire it."



"Melanie is genuinely fabulous and an absolute pleasure to work with! She provided clear guidance throughout and was very responsive. Patiently explained each step of the process and answered all questions without judgment. Was committed to helping me find something I loved; sent a variety of options but did not push me to consider properties that didn't meet my preferences.

Melanie is wonderful and will be my go-to for any future real-estate needs!"



"THE BEST!!!!!! Great local knowledge, responsive, patient, and overall amazing!! We moved from out of state and Melanie did a great job showing us multiple houses during our trips to IL. She listened to everything we were looking for and made the buying process extremely easy! Our daughters loved her as well!"



"I was so fortunate to have been introduced to Melanie when I was looking to buy my FIRST Home. As a realtor, she is the most through person I have met.She gave me great advise, helped negotiate, and just keep me sane throughout the entire process. She is super helpful, available to answer any and all questions you may have while buying.

I cannot say enough good things about her and her professionalism.

I recommend her without any hesitation to all my friends and family.

And I do plan on working her in the future :)

Thank you Melanie !!!!"



"Melanie was such a great help throughout the entire process of our home search. She was professional, but she made us feel comfortable and at ease with the process. Melanie walked us through the steps and provided us with great referrals for our lawyer and home inspector. I would highly recommend using Melanie for your next home purchase!"



"Melanie helped to find a appartment to rent. The experience was very smooth. She quickly understood what I was looking for and directed me to the right building, and saved me precious time. It only took 1 afternoon of visits for me to find what I was looking for."



"Melanie was a fantastic realtor! She worked with my wife and I to find an apartment in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area. We were moving to Chicago from NYC and wanted something in an urban area that was convenient for public transit. She did not disappoint. We were also on a time crunch and only had one day to look at 9 locations. She scheduled everything for us and even drove us between our appointments. It was the best experience I've ever had searching for an apartment! I would recommend working with her again and again."



"Melanie is very efficient and knows the area very well.
My needs and constraints were very well understood and taken into consideration.
She made the whole process seamless and worry-free for me.

Thank you again!"



"We were newcomers to the US and Melanie was excellent in pushing to get what we wanted and the price that we needed. Dedication to task 10/10. I'll definitely be reaching out when we feel like a change and would recommend you contact her and see for yourself"



"Melanie was not only super knowledgeable about the West Loop, she was a pleasure to work with. She masterfully coordinated nearly a dozen viewings during the one weekend I was in town and she helped me find a winner. Her response time is impressive. I would work with her again without hesitation."



"Knowing nothing about Chicago coming here Melanie was an absolute dream corner. She worked with me every step of the way. She recommended around 20 properties that fit my criteria, arranged viewings of the best and helped get the lease signed (after some great negotiation on dates). All within the span of a couple of days. I can't recommend Melanie enough for anyone wanting to rent in the Chicago downtown area."



"Melanie is always very patient and helpful in finding the right home for you. Regardless of different requests and changes, she always listens to you carefully and was trying to match you with the best she could find. I like her smile and composure as I faced some back and forth in finding my rental home. She is someone you can trust and with strong professional knowledge."



"I was relocating from Amsterdam to Chicago and was determined to get out of my temporary housing and into a permanent home as soon as possible. After 10 years of renting, I was ready to put down roots and make the investment in Chicago real estate and Melanie was a pro at narrowing down neighborhoods based on my interests (without even meeting me!) and in the end, found me a pre-listed condo with all of my requirements within my 30 day deadline. She also recommended my mortgage broker and various other house services for me which were foreign concepts for a first-time home buyer. I highly recommend Melanie for her professionalism, charisma and knowledge of the Chicago market."



"Melanie was fantastic to work with. Having moved recently to the US we were completely new to buying property here and we felt very well supported throughout the entire process. We would not hesitate to use Melanie again next time we sell or buy."



"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!"



"Melanie was wonderful! She was extremely organized and professional in scheduling the visits and she truly considered our requests when selecting the apt we would visit. I strongly recommend her!"



"Melanie assisted me and my wife with finding the right apartment. She is a professional with excellent knowledge of Chicago and the housing market. She asked the right questions to us and other estate agents; you will not face any surprises with her on your side. She is also very pleasant to get along with and surely not intrusive. I can recommend her services to everyone in need of an estate agent: We have at found a very nice apartment and I thank her for her help! Bob & Marina (moved from Amsterdam to Chicago)"



"Melanie Carlson is great! I moved to Chicago from out of state and Melanie helped me find a great apartment in a great location. This was especially important since I was not familiar with the area. After helping me find my apartment she stayed involved to ensure that the various amenities were working correctly. I plan on employing Melanie for any future services I may require and would highly recommend her to anyone. She is very friendly, easy to work with, and is highly responsive."



"Melanie is an end to end professional who gets the job done, persisting when needed and delivers, a real pleasure to work with and look forward to working with her again"



"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!"



"I’ve worked with a few realtors in Chicago, but Melanie was by far the best! She was on top of everything and was so easy to get a hold of. We had a rough time with the landlord on the other side of the deal, but she spearheaded every issue that came up and made the process as easy as possible for us. Not only was she a great business partner, but she took the time to get to know us and make the whole experience personal. I won’t be using another realtor in Chicago because Melanie has won all of my business."



"Melanie understood exactly what I was looking for. I’m new to the city so she took the time to introduce me to a variety of neighbourhoods and to find me an excellent apartment. I’m very grateful to have worked with Melanie!"



"Melanie went above and beyond for my boyfriend and I during our apartment search! She was so incredibly helpful and made the process so easy. I can't imagine how we would have done it without her. I highly recommend her for any rental, home purchase or home sale in Chicago. The best of the best!"



"We recently worked with Melanie during our relocation from the UK where she helped us find a rental in the city and it was an absolute pleasure. I received daily updates on the current inventory where I was able to select which properties I wanted to view. Melanie arranged a full day of viewings and was extremely knowledgeable and patient. She followed up diligently with agents made the whole process easy and seamless. We would not hesitate to work with Melanie again in the future and would thoroughly recommend."



"Melanie was very helpful and professional throughout my search. She provided information regarding many more rental units than expected and allowed me to narrow them down to select ones that truly met my preferences. Our time spent viewing these units was very efficient, and overall the experience was excellent."



"As a first-time buyer, it was critical to me to find a real estate agent who made me feel comfortable and helped me understand every step of the process. I couldn't have found a better agent than Mel. She was extremely patient and took the time to explain everything to me from how to choose a lender, the advantages/disadvantages of each neighborhood in Chicago, to how to structure an offer letter. Mel made an extremely stressful and scary process seem easy and fun. I would highly recommend Mel to anyone who is looking for a real estate agent you can trust - I promise you will be in good hands."



"We used Melanie to find an apartment. She was easy to contact, clear with details, always on time, professional and friendly. Even after signing our new place she checks in from time to time, I would recommend to everyone!"



"Contracted Melanie for help in looking for rentals and she recommended me multiple locations in downtown Chicago. She was really responsive and provide guidance as it was my first time moving to another place."



"We were moving from Atlanta to Chicago, while we had never been in the city. Melanie was fantastic in helping us understand the different areas of the city and what would be better for a young couple. She was also very transparent when showing us different options and laying out the pros and cons of each one. 100% recommended!"



"Melanie supported my international relocation to Chicago, helping me to become familiar with the local neighbourhoods and amenities I was looking for to settle into my new home."



"Having lived on the east coast my whole life, finding a home to rent in Chicago was a total unknown. Melanie is super friendly and easy to talk to. She helped make this process far less daunting by openly sharing her knowledge of the local area in accordance to our needs and wants in a home. When we had a potential place picked out, I felt Melanie did well representing my partner and I to the landlord so negotiating was not a stressor for us."



"Coming from Europe, I had no idea where to find an apartment that fit my needs. Together with Melanie I visited a few apartments that she selected based on my requirements. These apartments were exactly where I was looking for. During the whole process, Melanie was very helpful and gave me the advice I needed to find my new home."



"We could not be more pleased with our experience. Melanie worked with us to find a great unit on a very tight timeframe. She was always full of energy, professional, upbeat, and very matter of fact--everything you could hope for in a realtor. We ultimately decided to rent, but had such a terrific experience working with her that we are now pursuing the perfect unit for purchase with her."



"Very responsive and friendly
Very helpful and mindful - will come up with questions during viewings that you might forget asking after several viewings and simply questions that you didn’t think of asking"



"Having just moved to Chicago from abroad, I really needed someone who could provide detailed knowledge of the city as well as knowledge of the individual neighborhoods. Melanie delivered on these needs perfectly. She was also really flexible with her time and very accessible for any queries I had. I would highly recommend her services"



"Melanie was extremely helpful in helping me find a rental property in Central Chicago. Being an international expat moving here, careful planning and reliability as to viewing schedules was key. Highly efficient, knowledgeable and overall very professional, she helped to get a lease signed very quickly. 5 stars!
Thank you, Melanie!"



"We could not have asked for a more professional broker. Melanie has helped my husband through a challenging and exhausting rental process. She was more than patient and kind and helped us find our dream apartment! Melanie advocated for us and made the process smooth. We are so grateful to have had her insight and expertise and cannot wait to utilize her services when we are ready to purchase!"



"Melanie was great and super helpful. Some realators will try and fit you in every space that you see. Melanie gave us her honest opinion and that really helped us trust her when making a final decision."



"Melanie went above and beyond for us! We couln’t have done it without her!"



"Melanie was knowledgeable and very helpful! She answered my many questions in a very timely manner and helped me find a great place!"



"Melanie was brilliant, she had lots of insights about all the neighborhoods we visited and quickly built up a picture of what we were looking for. Both organised and fun, we really enjoyed our days looking at properties with Mel. Thank you for all your help"



"Melanie was great - very attentive and new our needs. She located a property before listing and we were able to purchase the property before listing! Melanie was also able to provide insights on new construction and is good with relationships with all parties. We trusted Melanie and that made the transaction smooth for us."



"Really helpful, responsive, and helped us navigate an unknown market. Thanks!"



"Melanie was a terrific help to finding my new apartment in Chicago. She was incredibly helpful, nice and professional. She welcomed any and all questions that I had about the area or the apartment in general. This was especially helpful when I was out of town on vacation and she continued to send me links to apartments I might like. In fact, the eventual apartment that I am living in was not even on my top 5 apartments based on their listings, but Melanie had a feeling that the pictures did not do the place justice, and she was right! Could not have been happier to have Melanie as my realtor."



"Melanie helped me to get a great place that fitted all the needs that were set. Beyond that, the price was really good even that i don't have a history of credit score because i'm a newly expat."



"Melanie was great (and very patient) at finding a range of properties that suited our brief, and then helping us refine that as we viewed them. She guided us through the various admin and process pitfalls, and her energy and enthusiasm was wonderful when going through what could become a very tedious process!"



"Melanie helped me find an apartment when moving to Chicago. She’s super fast to respond and had a great sense of what I was looking for. She was also great at managing my over the top follow ups. Thanks, Melanie!"



"We were in quite a bind and needed a place to rent ASAP. Back in 2014, Melanie helped us find somewhere. Even when things in the process did not go smoothly, she was right there every step of the way to make sure we were taken care of. She was always professional when dealing with other realtors/sellers. And she was just a phone call away whenever we needed her. She did more than help us find a new place to live. She added a personal touch and treated everyone in the process with the utmost respect. She calmed our worries and helped us through the process. You can't go wrong with Melanie!"



"Melanie was very kind and helpfull. When I met her I have just moved to city, she helped me to find a place but also provided me with useful advise while cheering me to enjoy my new circunstances :-)"



"Finding an appartment with Melanie was very easy. She managed quickly to find many options that met all my requirements and made the process very easy for me."



"Melanie helped me out a lot when I was relocated to Chicago. She made all the arrangements and scheduled many showings one Saturday morning. She understood my preferences, needs, and budget to help me find my current home. Great professional, great person. I highly recommend!"



"Melanie took me on an extensive apartment hunt tour around Chicago when I moved here in January 2016 - she was very personable and helpful, worked well with other leasing agents - seemed mature beyond her years in terms of knowing the ins and outs around Chicago - we found the perfect apartment for me within one day and I signed a lease within a week for slightly less than it was originally listed. Highly recommend her to anyone - I think I might have even tried to take her on a date after ;)"



"Melanie was very responsive in helping my fiance and I find our first home. She helped us see a lot of different options in order to find what we really wanted. She connected us with a lot of different resources which made the process go well."



"Melanie helped my parents sell their home and purchase a new home. Not only was she professional and responsive to their many questions, she personally made sure that they were cared for in every aspect of both transactions. Cannot tell you how reassuring that was for all of us!"



"Melanie helped us get the first place we saw that we fell in love with! At first, another couple was also interested. However, when circumstances changed for them, Melanie was the first to know and was very quick to help secure us the place we loved. She also was very patient and thorough with showings. Thank you so much for all your help!"



"Melanie was amazing! She showed me a lot of great flats, was always super enthusiastic, realistic about my options, and knew a lot about the city. If I ever need to find a home in Chicago again, I'd definitely go through her."



"Great agent, great attitude and very hard working. Would recommend to anyone. Helped my family find a great place at 5% less than average rental rates in that building."



"Melanie helped me find the perfect apartment! Very knowledgeable and helpful. I was able to rent exactly what I wanted, an affordable apartment with an amazing view of Lake Michigan. I highly recommend!"



"I worked with Melanie twice, first to rent and then to buy, and I was always very happy with her work. She is very professional, always available and very thoughtful in her selections."



"Melanie is a pleasure to work with and stays on top of everything from start to finish. A rock star and true pro in the Chicago real estate market. Highly recommended."



"Melanie is experienced in working with first-time buyers. My husband and I were new to the process of buying a condo, and we had a lot of questions. At the beginning, she took us to a lot of different condos to get a sense of which neighborhoods we preferred, what kinds of layouts we liked, and what were deal breakers. She responded to our emails and phone calls quickly and really listened to what we were looking for in a home. As a result, Melanie never sent us listings that were out of our budget or in neighborhoods outside of where we wanted to live. As our search progressed, she provided us with reliable and trustworthy referrals when we applied for a loan, hired an attorney, and had our future condo inspected. Overall, Melanie is knowledgeable, reliable, and trustworthy, and she made our search for a home a fun and smooth process!"



"Melanie is professional, thoughtful and overall a great realtor. She helped up rent an apartment when we first moved to Chicago and we were impressed with how helpful she was and decided, right away, that when we were ready to buy that she was the person to help us. She is honest and goes out of her way to help and support you when you are making such a big decision."



"Having arrived from overseas, Melanie was quick to understand our needs. She was fantastic in helping us understand the areas, finding and securing our rental home in Lincoln Park. She helped us assess the potential properties and was a great coach when we were making our final decision, thank you so much Melanie!"



"Melanie was amazing to work with and I’ve referred her over and over again and she has already found homes for 3 of my friends. She listens to your concerns and searches hard to find options within your budget. She is also very easy to reach and quick to respond to requests and send more options should your search parameters change. All in all, I highly recommend!"



"I really liked working with Melanie and I can highly recommend anyone that is in search for a real estate agent. She delivers quickly and listened to my needs; she gave me what I wanted in a short amount of time. On top of that she's a pleasure to deal, I would choose Melanie again without hesitation"



"I got Melanie to help me with my move to chicago from Ireland. The online profile she set up and the apartements and houses that she suggested were all exactly what I was looking for. We spent a full day going around to the properties she suggested as she pointed out various local spots along the way. I found the exact apartment I wanted that day, the process was straight forward, stress free and it was quite obvious she did a much better job than I could ever have done on my own!"



"Melanie did a great job in helping me find an apartment. She was very organized and professional about the whole process. I would definitely recommend her."



"Melanie helped my family and I find a rental home in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago. She lined up several properties to view in the area within our budget and meeting our specific requirements. She was able to secure the property of our choice. Melanie is very professional, proactive and personable. I would highly recommend her."



"Melanie Carlson was highly recommended to me by a coworker when I moved to Chicago, and since then, I have highly recommended her to others. She helped me find the condo I have been living in for the past 3 years and is helping me now to find my new home. Melanie is a delight to work with; she’s knowledgeable, dependable and responsive, and makes the house hunting process go much smoother."



"My family and I truly enjoyed working with Melanie. We knew mostly what we were looking for in an apartment, but lacked local knowledge in Chicago neighborhoods. Melanie and her partner showed us around to get a lay of the land (patiently with our toddler in-tow), helped us narrow down specific areas and buildings to look at and offered helpful local insight so that we could make the best choice for the rent we were willing to spend. We’ve recommended Melanie to a few friends already and if we were staying in town, we’d certainly work with her again."



"Working with Melanie was great! We were not living in the city at the time, so she booked a ton of places for us to see all in one day so that we didn't have to travel in multiple times. We also happened to be traveling out of the country during the closing process, and she was able to handle everything for us while we were away. Would definitely use her again."



"I love real estate shopping and Melanie is the best person to shop with! She helped us explore numerous neighborhoods in Chicago before settling on our dream home. She was as happy to help us look for rentals as she was to help us find a place to buy. My wife and I have used Melanie twice and absolutely love her!!! We wouldn't even consider using anyone else for our Chicago real estate needs."



"Melanie is an excellent professional in Real Estate. I put a lot of requirements in what I was looking for and she found multiple alternatives, all meeting my expectations. She is really easy going and supportive with all what the client needs. I strongly recommend her whenever you are looking for Real Estate guidance."



"After an August 2017 move, I wanted to wait until at least 2019 to purchase a property but Melanie was able to find the right place for us, a bare-bones construction I fell in love with. Good Job, Melanie !"



"Melanie allowed me to be honest about the properties we visited and helped me find the perfect place for my standards"



"I highly recommend Melanie to everyone!! She was wonderful and very knowledgable about Chicago's real estate! She took the time to learn exactly what I was looking for in an apartment and delivered. She made me feel like I was her friend rather than just a client looking for an apartment. Melanie always asked the right questions when viewing listings. I will definately recommend Melanie to anyone who is moving into the city and looking for a place."



"Amazing support from Melanie Carlson. She is available, understand perfectly our need and reacts super fast!"



"Melanie did an excellent job of understanding my needs. She showed me a wide range of neighborhoods to help me narrow down an area. Then based on my feedback on our first day, she was able adjust the properties she showed me the second day. Working with Melanie made finding a home an easy and stress free experience. I'd work with her again in a heart beat."



"Melanie was easy to work with, quick to respond to emails and provided great rental property options for us to view!"



"Melanie did a good selection of properties available, planned the visits well. We found our in a couple of days. That too always smiling."



"Melanie went above and beyond for us during our search and during the move in process to make sure everything went smoothly. She made the rental process much easier than if we had tried to tackle it on our own. I would highly recommend her!"



"Found exactly what I was looking for on a first try. Closed everything out the day of and answered all my questions."



"Melanie is an absolute pleasure to work with. She listened to my requirements for an apartment and I ended up with a fantastic place in a perfect neighborhood. Since I am moving from New York to Chicago I was not familiar with the market, but Melanie educated me on the various neighborhoods as well as the Chicago property market in general. I am renting for now, but will be using Melanie in the future when I decide to move forward with a purchase. I highly recommend Melanie for all your property needs in the Chicago area."



"Melanie was incredibly responsive and effective in helping us get our place rented quickly! Thank you, Melanie! We would absolutely use her again."



"Melanie was great - very attentive and new our needs. She located a property before listing and we were able to purchase the property before listing! Melanie was also able to provide insights on new construction and is good with relationships with all parties. We trusted Melanie and that made the transaction smooth for us."



"Melanie did a great job for us in renting out our condo. She is extremely knowledgeable of the housing market. She was very thorough and kept us informed during the entire process."



"Melanie did a great job for us in renting out our condo. She is extremely knowledgeable of the housing market. She was very thorough and kept us informed during the entire process."



"Really helpful, responsive, and helped us navigate an unknown market. Thanks!"



"After an August 2017 move, I wanted to wait until at least 2019 to purchase a property but Melanie was able to find the right place for us, a bare-bones construction I fell in love with. Good Job, Melanie !"



"Melanie was great (and very patient) at finding a range of properties that suited our brief, and then helping us refine that as we viewed them. She guided us through the various admin and process pitfalls, and her energy and enthusiasm was wonderful when going through what could become a very tedious process!"



"Melanie allowed me to be honest about the properties we visited and helped me find the perfect place for my standards"



"Melanie was very professional and supportive throughout the searching and buying process. It was not an easy transaction, with us overseas for much of it, but she closed the deal very professionally and kept us calm throughout with her energy & good humour. Her initial analysis and ability to close the deal without over-paying when there were competing bids were excellent."



"Melanie did a great job from start to finish - finding a large, and varied, range of options that met my needs and offered clear guidance throughout the whole process. She was very helpful and attentive to my many questions and queries. Thank you!"



"Melanie did a fantastic job of helping us find our future home. She was extremely knowledgable about the areas we were looking to buy in and was able to land us in a great spot. She's always amazingly quick to respond and spent a lot of one on one time with us looking at homes. As outsiders to the Chicago area it was a great feeling to have Melanie on our side. We look forward to working with Melanie again in the future."



"Melanie made my first home-buying experience easy to navigate and fun! She set the proper expectations at every step of the way and provided recommendations for all of the ancillary services I wouldn't have known I needed to consider (legal, inspections, etc). She has great knowledge of the Chicago neighborhoods and helped me to envision each listing we viewed as a home with more potential than just the empty space. I love my new home, Thank you Melanie!"



"I would definitely recommend Melanie to anyone who is moving to Chicago for the first time and has no knowledge about the renting landscape to use her service. She was incredibly responsive, easy-to-reach and accommodating throughout the entire process to ensure I settled into my new apartment quickly and as stress-free as possible."


"Having Melanie on our side for the home search was the best thing which could have happened. Excellent support, very professional, and great understanding of our needs."



"Very nice experiences with her. She is smart, professional and efficient in handling our requirement."



"Melanie is a godsend! She was an absolute pleasure to work with, was incredibly organized and efficient and was an incredible guide through the process. Her incredible knowledge of the market saved me a lot of work. I'll be knocking on her door for future real estate needs! Thanks, Melanie!"



"Melanie did an excellent job of understanding my needs. She showed me a wide range of neighborhoods to help me narrow down an area. Then based on my feedback on our first day, she was able adjust the properties she showed me the second day. Working with Melanie made finding a home an easy and stress free experience. I'd work with her again in a heart beat."



"very nice and kind, always willing to offer help and advice"



"Melanie is really nice, spent lots of time to check the apt with video shooting (I was not in town at that time) and finally got a pretty loved apt for me. Really appreciate for her great support!!"



"Amazing support from Melanie Carlson. She is available, understand perfectly our need and reacts super fast!"



"Melanie did a great job finding us an apartment that fit all of our needs. She listened to what we wanted and made the process easy!"



"I highly recommend Melanie to everyone!! She was wonderful and very knowledgable about Chicago's real estate! She took the time to learn exactly what I was looking for in an apartment and delivered. She made me feel like I was her friend rather than just a client looking for an apartment. Melanie always asked the right questions when viewing listings. I will definately recommend Melanie to anyone who is moving into the city and looking for a place."



"Melanie has been so helpful in finding the right apartment for me. She has been easy to reach and made sure that I found exactly what I was looking for. I'm lucky to have found someone so committed to her work!"



"Melanie is the best! Super service; great tenacity; lots of energy to get the deal done!"



"Melanie was terrific. Smart, insightful, energetic, and accommodating. We had a very short timeframe to find a new home and she did everything in her power to get us settled within a week! Amazing."



"Melanie was very easy to work with. She communicated well and took the time to find an apartment that suited us. We had no issues and were able to find a property very quickly."



"Melanie is so wonderful to work with, I wish I could give her 6 stars. She is experienced, professional and works hard in her client's best interest. She went above and beyond for us and we couldn't be happier with our new home! Thank you, Melanie!!"



"As first time buyers, we needed a lot of handholding during the process. Mel did a terrific job of setting our expectations, explaining the steps, and helping us to find our first home."



"Melanie was easy to work with, quick to respond to emails and provided great rental property options for us to view!"



"Melanie at @properties was absolutely awesome to work with! She was always available for questions and helped me find what I was looking for. Very friendly, professional, scheduled showings in a timely manner, and was able to provide a lot of helpful information about the market. I have already referred Melanie to others who are looking for help finding an apartment. Very impressed and please with @properties--thanks for everything!"



"great support and understanding of needs when settling down in a new city/country."



"Melanie was amazing! We had a bad experience with the landlord and their property manager, but Melanie made sure she did all she could for my fiancee and I. She was constantly reaching out to them to keep the ball moving forward. Melanie was also very easy to get a hold of when we had various questions or concerns. I can't see myself working with another broker again!"



"Melanie was a great help in finding the right apartment in Chicago! Many thanks again for the great support!"


"Melanie did a good selection of properties available, planned the visits well. We found our in a couple of days. That too always smiling."



"Melanie went above and beyond for us during our search and during the move in process to make sure everything went smoothly. She made the rental process much easier than if we had tried to tackle it on our own. I would highly recommend her!"



"Melanie has been really helpful and supportive during my househunting process.The options she selected really matched the criteria I had set up and the apartment I have finally chosen is simply wonderful.Eventhough I´m moving from Spain and things work very differently in my home country, it has been very easy to work with @properties in general and with Melanie in particular."


"She slayed it, was absolutely a wonderful realtor to work with and answered all our questions promptly. I am so glad to have had her facilitate our move in and lease signing, etc."


"Melanie has been WONDERFUL every time that we have had the chance to work together. She is not pushy and listens to exactly what you want. I appreciate everything she has done and always being on top of the listings I wanted to see. I will highly recommend Melanie to any family or friends as well as any clients I write Pre-Approvals for that don't already have an agent."


"Melanie is absolutely fantastic! Our lease was not being renewed by our landlord because the owner was taking over the building and we only had about 30 days to find a new place. We gave Mel a list of our must haves, and it had some tall orders on it, and she came through with some great properties. We had a new place within about 5 days, that was way nicer than our current apartment, and cheaper! I would recommend Melanie to anyone!"



"Melanie was friendly, timely, and gave me her honest opinion when looking at properties. Ultimately, I was able to find an apartment quickly that I am hugely looking forward to living in!"


"She was so great, easy to work with, and very professional! She spent half a day with us going over every detail to each property making sure to go over pros and cons of each place with us to help us make our decision!"



"Found exactly what I was looking for on a first try. Closed everything out the day of and answered all my questions."



"Melanie was absolutely wonderful. She always found time to work with me on my search. Thanks Melanie!!!! You're the best"


"Melanie is an absolute pleasure to work with. She listened to my requirements for an apartment and I ended up with a fantastic place in a perfect neighborhood. Since I am moving from New York to Chicago I was not familiar with the market, but Melanie educated me on the various neighborhoods as well as the Chicago property market in general. I am renting for now, but will be using Melanie in the future when I decide to move forward with a purchase. I highly recommend Melanie for all your property needs in the Chicago area."



"Miss Carlson went above and beyond her duties as an agent. She met with us and helped us with the up grades we put into our Pulte home. She helped with picking out flooring, counter tops, cabinets, color scheme, what looked the best. We valued her opinion highly. We would certainly recommend her in any realtor business. Any time we had a question, we didn't hesitate to call her as she was always readily available to give us advice. She was fantastic!"



"Melanie was wonderful to work with and made my condo rental experience a much smoother one. She was very responsive and helpful throughout the entire process, and always with a cheerful disposition. Melanie came to me highly recommended by a co-worker who referred me to her, and I would highly recommend her myself. I look forward to working with her again when I'm ready to buy my next home. I can't say enough wonderful things about Melanie. She's truly a star!"



"Melanie was very thorough and professional in my search for a new place. She picked properties that fit my search criteria and provided informative advice on each of them. Additionally, she always kept me up to date on any new developments and gave very quick feedback."



"Melanie was fantastic! Was very flexible even when we wanted to view the properties more than once. She always worked with our availability and negotiated the terms of our lease to exactly what we wanted. Great to work with, couldn't be happier!"



"Melanie was great! She was able to provide options based on my needs. She was able to answer all of my questions, and provided results at exactly the right time. She was on time, and very easy to communicate with."