Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group
A former actress and model, Missy Jerfita knows the true meaning of diligence and perseverance when it comes to making a success of her career. The daughter of a Realtor who inspired Jerfita thanks to her “passion and tenacity,” this real estate professional knows what it means to set one’s eyes on the prize and work relentlessly to achieve it. She did just that in her first year in the industry, aspiring toward $10 million in sales. Her hard work paid off when she attained her goal, and her team now holds the honor of ranking as the top team on the North Side for the past 10 years.
Jerfita, who has been quoted as an expert source in The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and on WGN radio, believes that these accomplishments are largely due to the fact that her team is “The Best of the Best” Realtors. They are all specialists, each of them focuses either on buyers or sellers to give each client 110 percent attention. Moreover, Jerfita points out, hers is a “concierge team that can provide and coordinate referrals for stagers, painters, handymen and cleaning people,” thereby making her team full service.
As Jerfita explains, “My team stands out in Chicago’s real estate community because we really care about our clients’ goals and needs.” For example, there was the Chicago Bulls player whose home she was asked to sell with the caveats that she avoid placing it on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), promoting it to other brokers, putting signage in the yard and hosting open houses! “I asked my client how I was going to sell his home when he didn’t want anyone to know about it,”she laughingly recalls, “but I sold it without it going on the market.” And then there was the time that her client, a 6’7”, 320-pound Chicago Bears player, needed a home that could accommodate his stature. “We would go straight to the master bathroom shower in every home we looked at to see if he could fit in it!” she remembers. That client, she says, started as a renter but ultimately bought a $3.6 million home. Jerfita’s clients range from luxury, first-time buyers, people upsizing and downsizing to professional athletes.
Having ranked in the top half of the top 1 percent in Berkshire Hathaway KoenigRubloff in 2014, Jerfita is also committed to giving back, which is why she established The Jerfita Key to Success Scholarship for a deserving Glenbrook South High School senior. She also supports both Glenview Youth Services and Habitat for Humanity, the latter of which she donates a portion of her commission after each transaction. With sales exceeding $60 million each year, Jerfita continues to surpass clients’ expectations as well as paying her success forward in the community where she lives and works.