Bari Levine and Elena Tamillo, the powerhouse duo behind Bari & Elena Real Estate of @properties, lead a team of eight ambitious women and consistently elevate the customer service standards within the industry. Bari & Elena Real Estate consists of Levine, Tamillo, their featured top producers — Melanie Carlson, Alexandra Solak, Diana Grinnell — as well as three other driven agents, and is a force to be reckoned with in Chicago. Appreciated for their white-glove service, industry knowledge and level of involvement, Bari & Elena Real Estate has a referral-heavy client base curated by strong relationships.
With 24 years experience between Levine and Tamillo, 2017 was undoubtedly their best career year to date. They’ve been Top 1% producers in Chicagoland since 2013 and are now also Top 20 agents in Cook County, recognized as Platinum producers (highest level, over $50 million) within the Chicago Association of Realtors, and ranked No. 5 as a team at @properties with over $75 million.
The top-producing agents featured alongside Levine and Tamillo are tracking similar paths as the team leaders once did. Carlson’s career exploded in 2017, working a high volume of relocation clientele for purchase and rent. In her third year, Alex Solak is tracking towards $10 million in sales and is the guru of transforming listings. Of all the team’s agents, Diana Grinnell had the most successful first 12 months, selling over $5 Million. “Building a group of independently successful women around us did not happen overnight and is undoubtedly our proudest accomplishment to date,” Levine and Tamillo say.
Although the team touts itself for being a little family, busy real estate careers still require work–life balance. With that, the team welcomed its newest members, Nos. 9 and 10, in early 2018: Levine had a little girl and Grinnell a little boy. “They are proving that women can have it all,” says Tamillo. Tamillo, Solak and Carlson are all comfortable being dog moms at the moment.
The group finds time to volunteer with Off the Street Club. Additionally, Levine, Tamillo and Carlson all serve as board representatives of @properties’ charity fund, @gives back.
“As an ambitious all-female real estate crew, our energy, youth and passion will help us continue to take the Chicago real estate market by storm!”