Chicago 77


Robin Allotta, Team Lead

Katie Jean Colquhoun, Broker

Jaclyn Etchingham Merlo, Broker

Team Chicago 77 at Compass, led by Robin Allotta, exceeded the goals they set for themselves in 2020 while managing the unique challenges caused by an unprecedented year. “We are grateful to have a career in real estate, work for such an amazing company and be on the Chicago 77 team,” Allotta says. “We really do count our blessings daily.”

The team, who assists buyers and sellers primarily on the north and northwest sides of Chicago, pride themselves on collaborating positively with each other and other brokers across their footprint while ensuring their clients are well-educated about the transaction process. Each broker chose a career in real estate after purchasing their own homes, and they strive to provide an optimum level of service to each of their clients.

Teammate and broker Katie Colquhoun shared that “a positive mental attitude goes a long way.” If you’re constantly stressed out, people feel that and feed off the negativity.” Fellow teammate and broker Jaclyn Etchingham Merlo, who was new to the team in 2020, helped contribute to this energy and was thrilled to close upwards of $8 million in sales. “As a team lead, I love that we follow the principles of Compass and collaborate without ego,” Allotta says. “We work together as a team, bounce ideas off each other, cover appointments for each other, have fun when we’re together and consider each other our ‘work partners.’”

Long-time residents of Chicago, the brokers at Chicago 77 all reside with their families and own properties on the northwest side. “As mothers, I know we all love working on a team because if one of us is not available to show a property, we always have coverage,” Merlo says. All three women give off an infectious, fun vibe and relaxed yet purposeful attitude when guiding clients through the transaction process. 

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