Melinda is in the Chicago Association of Realtors Top 1% and one of the Top 25 Luxury Brokers in Chicago by the Merchandise Mart and LuxeHome. For the past 23 years, Melinda Jakovich-Lagrange has been a top Broker, recently returning back to Coldwell Banker after a few years at another Firm. Melinda is proud to have been told "your charm and personality make you a natural at this. You're professional and put in 7 days a week but you're also fun and you make the process enjoyable." Another client complimented Melinda's one-on-one approach, saying "You worked at each Open House and Showing, you gave me your personal service!"
Her areas of expertise include Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, River North, South Loop, West Loop, and the downtown vicinity. In fact, Melinda has obtained the highest price per square foot in several well-known Chicago neighborhoods! Melinda has lived in Lincoln Park, the South Loop, and River North among other locations, giving her personal insight into the best properties Chicago has to offer.
During her 23+ years in real estate she has enjoyed steadily increasing success, working primarily in the residential marketplace. She has established herself as one of the city's top producing agents, having sold over $440 million in sales to date. Melinda Jakovich-Lagrange was admitted to the Coldwell Banker President's Premier Club, the highest level of recognition at Coldwell Banker, an honor reserved for the top one percent of associates nationally. Melinda was also admitted to the International Elite Division of Coldwell Banker which is reserved to the top 2% of agents worldwide. As a native Chicagoan, Melinda prides herself on her knowledge of the Chicago real estate market.
Melinda has also worked on developments, working closely with architects and developers to provide up to the minute input on market trends for Mariano's Market Hall, City Club and 420 W. Ontario for which she was the exclusive listing agent as well as being a listing agent for Wabash Station, and Kingsbury Estates development.
She received her double B.S. in Finance and History from Northwestern University. Prior to becoming a prominent Broker, Melinda worked twelve years in securities and investment banking with leading companies such as The Chicago Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Alex Brown & Sons.
She serves on the Woman's Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House as well as having served as a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Chicago Assocation of Realtors (CAR). She also serves as a member on the Woman's Board of the Joffrey Ballet and supports their annual Spring Gala including being the Fundraising Chairman for the event a few years ago.
Industry Awards and Honors
- Named as a Top 1% Broker by CAR for 2016
- Top Broker for her previous firm in Number of Listings for 2016
- Named in the Top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Agents for 1st Qtr 2011
- Member of Coldwell Banker President's Elite Club consistently from 1996 to 2013
- "Outstanding Sales Achievement Award" recognition from the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) consistently from 1996 to present.
- Four time winner of the CAR Bronze Award, in 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008