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Conversations with the Inspiring Melanie Stone

Today we’d like to introduce you to Melanie Stone.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Melanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I started in real estate the summer before my senior year at DePaul University. For nearly a decade, I had been relentlessly pursuing a career in journalism. I wanted to move to New York City and become a famous magazine writer, or stick around here and become a digital editor at the Chicago Tribune. In June 2014, I made a rather drastic decision — I quit journalism. I wanted to try something new, something different. The real estate industry was a shot in the dark, but with encouragement from my entrepreneurial father and design-obsessed mother, real estate seemed like it just might work for me.

As it turned out, real estate was a natural fit. It allows me to be independent, creative and people-centered. The clients, colleagues and experiences that I’ve encountered since June 2014 have changed my life, making me all the more certain that I made the absolute right decision.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Unsurprisingly, I am a very emotional person. I care way too much about what people are thinking about me (in life and in real estate), I get upset when deals fall apart, and I become anxious when business is slow. This career is full of ups and downs, and the greatest lesson I’ve learned is to step back from a tense situation and remind myself of my true identity.

What should we know about Melanie Stone Chicago? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am endlessly passionate about serving first-time buyers. Purchasing your first home is an emotional and complicated process — I love being the go-to person throughout that transaction. So, it was natural for me to become an educator. Back in October 2015, I wrote and designed a first-time buyer seminar, “So You Want to Buy a Condo.” Since then, I’ve taught over hundreds of curious homebuyers how to make it happen. I teach SYWTBAC monthly for the public at my WeWork office, and I’ve also brought the seminar to a long list of Chicago companies: Deloitte, Uber, GrubHub, EY, Salesforce, and so many more.

For sellers, I have a unique and refined digital marketing approach that combines gorgeous photography (shot by my BFF, Courtney Cimo, who was also recently featured!), poignant listing descriptions and blog posts, and plenty of like-worthy Instagrams.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Like I wrote earlier, I believe it is crucial to understand that you are so much more than your job. This is something I’ve had to learn over and over again. My identity is not in my sales volume or achievements. My identity is rooted in my faith, and as a Christian, I know that I am a child of God. That’s it! I would tell another young woman that she should absolutely work hard and hustle, but she shouldn’t define herself by what she does for a living.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Melanie Stone Chicago
    20 West Kinzie
    Chicago, IL 60654
  • Website:
  • Phone: 630-536-7723
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @melaniestonechi
  • Facebook: @melaniestonechicago

Image Credit:

Courtney Cimo Photo & Film

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