About Me

Biography, Industry Awards and Honors

Prudential Rubloff  merged with Koenig & Strey and Berkshire Hathaway in March 2014 and has been getting even more global exposure because of it.  We are seeing a resurgence in the High End Real Estate market for 2017! The average price of homes is going up and market activity is going strong. The market is stabilizing, and buyers are coming out to take advantage of some very attractive properties. Still, our Banks are scrutinizing every transaction. As an experienced, high-end broker I remain poised to help my clients have success in 2017!

My Real Estate experience and extensive Financial Industry experience will best position clients for success. A broad range of resources will be leveraged to help, Berkshire Hathaway has an experienced team of marketing specialists who will put my Listings front and center to all of Chicago! I network with all the other prominent Brokers in town, the Owners of other brokerage firms, and utilize external professionals like photographers, designers, and professional writers to give my clients a dazzling Web presence along with compelling Brochures and attractive ads in newspapers and magazines.

My Team consists of me and two other experienced Brokers, and we work directly with you to deliver personal, one-on-one service! Other types of work will be outsourced where needed to other skilled professionals. We’ll be nimble and focused, communicating directly with you and responding quickly to what the marketplace is telling us.



Melinda2Melinda was recently named one of the Top 25 Luxury Brokers in Chicago by the Merchandise Mart and LuxeHome. For the past 23 years Melinda Jakovich has been a top Chicago Real Estate Broker, in August of 2012 she moved her Melinda Jakovich Team to Berkshire Hathaway’s exclusive 980 North Michigan Avenue office! Melinda is proud to have been told “your charm and personality make you a natural at this. You’re professional and put in 7 days a week but you’re also fun and you make the process enjoyable.” Another client complimented Melinda’s one-on-one approach, saying “You worked at each Open House and Showing, you gave me your personal service!”

Her areas of expertise include Streeterville, Gold Coast, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, River North, South Loop, West Loop, and the downtown vicinity. in fact, Melinda has obtained the highest price per square foot in several well-known Chicago neighborhoods! Melinda has added capabilities to work with Chinese and French clients as well! Melinda lives in a beautiful Loft Building on Grand Avenue.

During her 23 years in real estate she has enjoyed steadily increasing success, working primarily in the residential marketplace. She has established herself as one of the city’s top producing agents, having sold over $450 million in sales to date. With Coldwell Banker, Melinda was admitted to the President’s Premier Club, the highest level of recognition, an honor reserved for the top one percent of associates nationally. Melinda Jakovich was also admitted to the International Elite Division, reserved to the top 2% of agents worldwide. As a native Chicagoan, Melinda prides herself on her extensive knowledge of the Chicago real estate market.

Melinda has also worked on developments, working closely with architects and developers to provide up to the minute input on market trends for The Winn at Lincoln and Elm in Winnetka, Mariano’s Market Hall, City Club and 420 W. Ontario for which she was the exclusive listing agent, as well as being a listing agent for Wabash Station and the Kingsbury Estates development.

She received her double B.S. in Finance and History from Northwestern University. Prior to her career in Real Estate, Melinda worked twelve years in securities and investment banking with leading companies such as The Chicago Corporation, Morgan Stanley, and Alex Brown & Sons.

She serves on the Woman’s Auxiliary Board of the Ronald McDonald House as well as being a member of the Government Affairs Committee of the Chicago Assocation of Realtors (CAR). She also serves as a member on the Woman’s Board of the Joffrey Ballet and was Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for the 2010 Joffrey Ballet Spring Gala.

Industry Awards and Honors

  • Was named in the Top 1% of all Coldwell Banker Agents for numerous years
  • Was a Member of Coldwell Banker President’s Elite Club consistently from 1996 upon joining Berkshire Hathaway Home Services in 2012
  • “Outstanding Sales Achievement Award” recognition from the Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR) consistently from 1996 to present.
  • Four time winner of the CAR Bronze Award, in 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008