Melissa Young entered the field of real estate brokerage after a career that has included 5 years as the head coach of New Trier High School's speech team and 12 years as an account manager at Heartland Advertising. She is also an acclaimed singer and comedienne, performing regularly on cabaret stages throughout Chicago and the United States, including a recent smash run of her Fleetwood Mac tribute show Say You Love Me. Her combined experiences in sales, customer service, and engaging with audiences have given her a unique skill set when it comes to the business of helping her clients find either the right buyer or the right home. As a broker, Melissa prides herself on her patience and exceptional ability to listen, skills that she's honed while working with high school students and clients alike. She understands the frustration of consumers who feel unheard by their broker, and she works hard to give them her full attention and respond to the needs they express. Melissa has always had a passion for helping others initiate and accomplish major life goals, and she is dedicated to providing her clients with not only the expertise, communication, and drive they expect, but also a relaxed??ven enjoyable??xperience throughout the process. Melissa grew up in Philadelphia and went to school in Pittsburgh, but she has been a Chicago resident for the past 20 years. Since 2000, she has been a devoted resident of Lincoln Square, where she relishes its many opportunities to get out of the house and meet her neighbors. ""From entertainment to restaurants...from Apple Fest to German Fest to the live music at the fountain in the heart of the Square, there is always something to do,"" she says. Being a broker with Dream Town is especially rewarding for Melissa. ""Dream Town is such a supportive environment where everyone is so willing to assist everyone else,"" she says. ""With so many people with expertise in such a variety of areas and decades of experience being so willing to offer assistance, the benefits for my clients are outstanding. It's rewarding to know that with the tools Dream Town offers, my clients will have the best Chicagoland has to offer."" Besides her work as a realtor, Melissa remains active with her creative endeavors, producing a yearly holiday special (available for viewing at YoungSmith Spectacular on YouTube) as well as her comedy and singing engagements. She also works as a spokesperson for Corestand, a website devoted to assisting teachers with educational tools.