Julie Chesne, President

JDC Realty Group, Compass

Julie Chesne’s No. 1 mission is to find her clients a place of peace to call their own. “I have come to realize over the years that I am very fortunate to work in this industry each and every day,” says Chesne, president of the JDC Realty Group at Compass. “I am blessed to meet many people who become my clients and friends.”

Serving investors, buyers and sellers of all ages and at all life stages, Chesne specializes in the South Loop, Loop, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Ravenswood, Andersonville and North Shore markets. Over the course of her 25 years in the industry, she’s obtained many designations, including Certified Residential Specialist; Accredited Buyer’s Representative; Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist; Graduate, Realtor Institute; and Real Estate Negotiation Expert.

Even with nearly three decades of experience, Chesne continues to evolve her approach, updating her marketing strategies to include social media and targeted e-mails to best reach potential clients. She’s also adding team members with their own unique expertise. “I’m learning to grow my business in other areas and to step out of my comfort zone as much as possible,” she says.

Coming from a background in property management for residential buildings, Chesne transitioned to a career as a broker in order to serve buyers and sellers directly. “I find it inspiring to help my clients buy or sell something so personal as a home, which is also quite often their largest asset,” Chesne says, adding that her patience, attentiveness and empathy have been key to her success. “I go above and beyond to the make the process of buying and selling a breeze.”

Over the years, Chesne has been routinely recognized for her impressive production levels by brokerages she’s worked with and is ranked as a Top Producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors. She supports local schools, as well as Camp Kesem, which works with children of parents with cancer, and Our Family Coalition, which works to advance equity for LGBTQ families. Outside of work, she enjoys going on daily runs with her dog and spending time with her family.

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