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Melissa Bauer

Mobile: 616.617.0194 | Fax: 847.485.1568 | Email: MelissaB@StartingPointRealty.com

I grew up in Michigan but have called Chicago home for the last decade.  Thanks to my love of trying new things and meeting new people, I have really learned the ins and outs of the city! It’s truly the greatest place to live… except for those 9 months of winter! Interests / Hobbies:  I am a big animal lover and I enjoy exploring different parts of Chicago with my dog Fuzz Bucket. I love finding the hidden treasures of the city. I can tell you who has the best burgers and I am always on a hunt for a good IPA!  The museums are great. The restaurants are all so unique and the bars are so much fun. I also enjoy playing pick-up soccer whenever I get the chance.

Why Do You Enjoy Working With First Time Home Buyers?: I believe the home buying process can and should be a fun experience. It is wonderful having a job that allows me to become a part of such a big stepping stone in a person’s life. I enjoy taking the time to build a lasting relationship with each person or couple to really determine their needs and find them the perfect place to call home!

See Below to Read Some of Melissa’s Rave Reviews!

David A.

“Our first home out in the suburbs and first baby! It was definitely going to be a busy year. We were glad to have Melissa there helping us find a place to begin our next phase in life. She walked us through each step and made sure we had no questions. It made the process a bit seamless and easier than I thought. We’re happy in our new home learning to be homeowners. Hilariously, we purchased a home on a street named Melissa.”

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J. Warren

“Melissa was so kind and patient with me. She was there every step of the way. After attending the free homebuyer session that Melissa presented I knew she was the agent for me. She was very responsive and understanding to my unique needs. My family and friends have all been referred to her.”

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Sanela O.

“Working with Melissa was amazing. She gets things done in a quick and efficient way. She was very personable and easy to work with. What I liked the most about Melissa, she never pressured me into buying something that I was not comfortable with. Luckily, it didn’t take us too long to find my first condo! Also, she was available to respond to my messages and e-mails within minutes. Melissa has a lot of experience in this field because she handled my situation with such an ease. I’d totally recommend Melissa to my friends and family!”

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“As a first time home buyer and didn’t know anything about how to go from start to finish, I was really nervous about the process. However, after attending the free home buying class through Starting Point Realty where Melissa walked us through the process, it made me feel that I had the support needed. Melissa answered questions big and small and was incredibly thoughtful in responding in a timely manner. Melissa also treated us like family by having tea with us, easing our concerns not by dismissing our questions with “it’ll be ok”, but by being thorough and patient in giving context and resources. I would highly recommend working with Melissa!”

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Elaine Reich

“StartingPoint Realty provides excellent professional real estate services that are tailored to the buyer’s individual needs. They are conscientious and follow through on all requests and questions. I recommend them highly.”

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Charlie Raab

“Both my wife and myself feel very fortunate that we chose to work with StartingPoint Realty when we decided to purchase our first home. Their agents are very knowledgeable, available, and helpful; truly a pleasure to work with.”

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Jen & Erik

“As a recently married couple, we were ready to look for our first home. We both had bought condos in the past (Jen working with Ryan and StartingPoint to buy hers) but this was our first time buying a single family home. Melissa listened to what we were looking for in a house and responded with honest, unbiased advice. They served as strong advocates for us during some complicated negotiations with the seller. ending with a fair resolution. With StartingPoint and its partners, we felt we had a strong team behind us throughout the process. We had the pleasure of being Melissa’s first clients. She was very responsive to all of our calls and emails. She went above and beyond to meet our needs and we’ve already recommended her to friends. Thanks StartingPoint Realty!”

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