Melissa Dondalski

Melissa Dondalski

CNE, PSA - Broker                   
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Overall 5 star rating out of 29 reviews

"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."

"I am a new landlord and needed a lot of guidance in getting the unit leased. Melissa walked me through the process all the way, found a tenant in a very short time, and got a rate beyond what I was hoping for. I could not have hoped for a better experience."

"I can't say enough good things about Melissa. She was amazing. She was always available, very smart, and she truly cared about finding that spot that made me happy, which was significant to me as a first-time homeowner. I was incredibly lucky to work with her."

"I had a great experience working with Melissa and her team. Melissa was very perceptive in assessing our wants and needs and thoughtfully guiding us through our new home purchase. During the search process she was always pleasant, upbeat and willing to give her best efforts every day to help us find the right property. When we found the property we wanted her expertise was invaluable. Melissa is a skilled negotiator, and she was able to obtain very favorable contract terms for us. She is very detail-oriented, and she followed up with our lender, attorney, home inspector, and the listing broker to ensure that all issues were addressed promptly. At every step of the transaction Melissa was diligent, thorough and professional. I highly recommend her services."

"We chose Melissa after having terrible luck with other realtors and it was the best decision we've ever made. After another realtor had our place on the market for 3 months, Melissa came in and sold our condo in 7 days for close to full asking price. I highly recommend Melissa for any type of property."

"Melissa was awesome, helping me with all of the ups and downs of the home buying process--I can't imagine working with anyone else!"

"I worked with Melissa recently and I have to say that she is the most professional person I have ever worked with. I don't know how she does it but she always (ALWAYS) stay at top of things. She is organized, professional, driven and extremely pleasant to work with. I highly recommend Melissa. She responds immediately. She cares about the client and that is a rare quality nowadays."

"Melissa was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable, thorough and professional. Knew exactly what I wanted/needed without me having to say a word! Would recommend her to everyone."

"Melissa and her team recently handled the sale of two of my investment properties. She handled both transactions professionally and was meticulous and successful in marketing both units to get them sold in a short amount of time. I could not ask for a better partner in the process and will definitely be using Melissa in the future for all my transactions!"

"I had an excellent experience with Melissa as my selling and buying agent. Even in a building with multiple comparables, she was able to sell my property quickly at a great price. On the buying side, Melissa was great as well. She found the perfect condo for me and was a great negotiator throughout the process. I truly could not be happier with my decision to work with Melissa. She also has a great team around her making the buying/selling process seamless, I would recommend using Melissa any day!"

"Melissa made our first home purchase easy and painless. She really took the time to get to know what we wanted and pushed us to figure out exactly what we were looking for. She buzzed us all around the city to see several beautiful properties that she had picked out for us, and she worked literally around the clock to make sure we got what we wanted. She negotiated hard with the other side, and it was clear throughout that she had our best interest in mind at all times. We love our new place; it fits all of our needs and it truly feels like home. We would 1000% recommend Melissa to any buyer without any hesitation."

"Melissa helped me identify the differences of buying vs. renting in the city. She did a thorough job seeking to understand my needs, and was very easy to talk with. I ended up working with her colleague, Tom Marcy, to rent an apartment, and he was very helpful as well. Their database was thorough and when I had questions about unlisted properties, they got me the data requested!"

"Melissa did an amazing job making my first home buying experience simple and easy. Even when there were small hiccups she helped me to navigate through everything with ease. She is extremely knowledgable of the marketplace, which also helped to answer all of my questions. Overall, working with Melissa was a great experience!"

"Ms Dondalski is an absolute professional.Her suggestions on staging my home for sale and active marketing Was key to the sale of my home in a very competitive market.She always responded to my concerns and questions and madeHerself and her staff readily available for any situations that neededTo be handled .I highly recommend her to anyone needing to sell or purchase a home.I am a satisfied customer."

"Melissa and her entire team were incredible!Being new to a city can be a challenge. Melissa not only made us feel warm and welcome, but also provided incredible insight and knowledge so we could make an informed and efficient decision.Kudos to the best Real Estate agent we have ever worked with!!"

"Melissa was absolutely amazing. As a first time homebuyer attempting to buy a home in Chicagoland from another state in a short amount of time, I was terrified and didn't think it would be possible. Melissa made the impossible possible! She was professional in coordinating with other brokers and lenders outside the Chicagoland area. She walked me through each step of the process and made sure I was kept up to date on everything. I will be contacting Melissa if and when I need to sell my home, and I plan to recommend her to other young physicians like myself who plan to move to the area. She was truly amazing to work with!"

"When I first started the home-buying search in June 2015, I was anticipating a journey filled with stress and excitement. Melissa and team ensured this journey would only be filled with the latter of the two.Over the course of three or four months, Melissa and I viewed over twenty properties. As a first-time home buyer from outside the area, I was unfamiliar with the Chicago market or the finer details of the home-buying process. With each property we viewed, I became increasingly impressed with Melissa's knowledge of the market, and was forever thankful for her detailed questioning and attention to detail, which allowed me to make more informed decisions. With each viewing, Melissa and I both gained a better understanding of my likes and dislikes; she often knew my thoughts on a place before stepping out the door. After deciding to put an offer in on a property, I was more than impressed with Melissa's negotiation skills, who was able to bring the list price down on a property that had been on the market for under a week and with over 30 viewings. During the closing, I was very appreciative of Melissa's responsiveness to all my questions and inquiries, easing any concerns that I had. Over the past year, our team was always one step ahead, which allowed for a quick closing on my dream home, a home that would not have been possible without Melissa and team."

"Melissa helped us find the perfect condo in Chicago. We were out of state, so she took videos of all the properties we were interested and sent them to us. We would highly recommend her services. Thank you, Melissa!"

"Melissa went above and beyond when listing my condo. Her marketing strategy and team were on top of every detail from the beginning and sold my condo in one week! She was a pleasure to work with and was available for any questions or concerns I had. I couldn't be happier and would definitely recommend Melissa to anyone who wants to buy or sell. I will definitely be using her again for all of my real estate needs."

"Melissa made the process painless. She started the process by discussing some improvements I should make to help market the property. She also discussed various price points and determined an asking price that was realistic, with a strategy of marketing the property through a variety of resources. She was proactive when necessary and had my best interests in mind. The property was listed in November and we had a contract the next month."

"Melissa was great to work with. She was very knowledgeable about the industry and was always there to answer our questions. With Melissa's help we were able to find the perfect property!"

"Melissa was absolutely amazing! She was on top of every aspect of the deal from start to finish. She is efficient, aggressive and most of all a delight to work with. Highly recommended!"

"My first impression of Melissa was made over the phone (knowledgeable and honest). She immediately made me feel comfortable with her knowledge regarding the market value of my River North condo and her honesty regarding timelines to get it ready to sell. Melissa was great to work with and respectful towards my needs and concerns with readiness to sell. Thanks again Melissa and everyone on her team at @properties!"

"Melissa is a top notch to work with. I was relocating outside of state and had a tight deadline to sell my condo. Melissa went above and beyond from day one. She went into great detail on the process of listing my home on the market and things I needed to do as a homeowner to sell my home for top market value. One of the things that Melissa impressed me with is her ability to stage my house. The pictures from the photographer were so great my property was immediately on Red Fin as hot property!! Not only did Melissa have a cleaning lady come at 8pm the night before my listing pictures but a handyman touch up paint edges to ensure my condo was flawless for pictures and the open house. The results speak for Melissa's incredible work ethic and professionalism. My property went under contract within 48 hours after being on the market AND I got $10,000 more than asking!!!!! A SELLER'S DREAM COME TRUE! I relocated before closing and her team made closing stress free. I highly recommend Melissa for selling your home. I cannot thank her enough for everything she did to sell my home quickly!"

"The best way to describe Melissa is professional, available, prompt, and extremely helpful. We worked with Melissa to buy our first home and had such a wonderful experience. She gave us constant updates and did such a wonderful job at ensuring everything was taken care of so the deal closed on time. If you are looking to buy a or sell a home, I highly recommend working with Melissa."

"Melissa was incredibly helpful in helping me find the perfect place to fit my needs. I will certainly be using her in the future."

"Melissa was a pleasure to work with from start to finish! As first time home buyers, she guided us through each step of the process and was always available to answer all questions. We would definitely recommend her to other home buyers in the area!"

"Melissa did an unbelievable job finding my wife and I the perfect property in Chicago. She was attentive, knowledgable, easy to work with and worked hard to find a place that meet all of our needs. I would highly recommend Melissa as she did a fantastic job for us."

"Melissa is a very refined and professional Broker , will for sure use again.."

"Melissa was great to work with. She was very knowledgeable about the industry and was always there to answer our questions. With Melissa's help we were able to find the perfect property!"

"Melissa helped me find the perfect place. Based on a thoughtful consideration of my interests and needs, Melissa narrowed down my search to a few buildings in the downtown area . We went around to each one for a tour, and she provided me with thorough information about the different neighborhoods and the ins and outs of each building. She was consistently easy to get a hold of via cell and email. Highly recommend!!"

"Melissa was great to work with! We are out of town real estate investors, and Melissa did a great job creating a plan with us on where to look and what kind of units to look, scheduled showings when we were in town based on the listings we chose from, and was able to schedule several full days of showings. We ultimately found a unit that we were interested in. There were many ups and downs in the negotiations and closing process. Melissa was very helpful in being an integral part of closing the deal. We also used Melissa to find tenants after we closed on the condo unit, and she was able to find tenants we liked within a couple of weeks, resulting in minimal income losses."

"Melissa is extremely knowledgeable and helpful about properties in Chicago. I had just recently moved to the city, so I didn't know much about all the different neighborhoods Chicago has to offer until I got in touch with Melissa. She helped me understand the pros and cons of each area, found options within my criteria and budget, and patiently helped me choose the one that was best for me. I would highly recommend Melissa to anyone- I would not have found my perfect place without her!"

"Melissa was professional and a pleasure to interact with. She found us a great place at a great price."

"Melissa was great to work with! We are out of town real estate investors, and Melissa did a great job creating a plan with us on where to look and what kind of units to look, scheduled showings when we were in town based on the listings we chose from, and was able to schedule several full days of showings.We ultimately found a unit that we were interested in. There were many ups and downs in the negotiations and closing process. Melissa was very helpful in being an integral part of closing the deal.We also used Melissa to find tenants after we closed on the condo unit, and she was able to find tenants we liked within a couple of weeks, resulting in minimal income losses."

"I love my new home, and Melissa was incredible every step of the way. I connected with her through a referral and she was outstanding from the beginning when she walked me through the process, to looking at listings every week, to the final closing process. Beyond her skill and professionalism, she showed a genuine interest in finding the right home that made me happy, and took it upon herself to always be available for questions or ideas I had, which as a first-time homebuyer was especially valuable. I'm very lucky to have connected with her, and can only hope I'll be able to work with her again."

"Melissa was fantastic in helping my fiancé and I find a home. She went way above and beyond in working with us to determine what was really important to us and which home would be a great value. Melissa was so impressive- she really took the time to educate us (as first time homebuyers we had no idea what we were doing!) and help us feel comfortable and knowledgeable about the process. I couldn't believe how many great properties she was able to take us to on such short notice. She was spot-on with every piece of advice offered and I really can't say enough about how awesome and hard-working she is. If you have the opportunity to work with Melissa, definitely jump to it!"

"Melissa was amazing to work with -and she helped me find my perfect home! She knew just what I needed from the vague description I gave her. She is wonderful at sharing her thoughts on creative ways to make different spaces work. This realtor facilitated filling out all the meticulous paperwork by using easy to sign documents via email. I was in a time crunch to find a new home, and she took me for showings late at night to accommodate my schedule. Melissa was so enthralled in finding me a place she would send me listings to my email in the middle of the night. Having a broker with such energy and enthusiasm was a blessing."