About Us


We opened our doors in the fall of 2018, led by a twenty-year veteran of the real estate industry. Madelaine Gerbaulet-Vanasse, a native of Sweden, arrived in Chicago in 1989 to attend the University of Chicago and earned a PhD in Sociology in 1995. While working in academia, Madelaine started investing in real estate on the South Side. She became a licensed real estate salesperson in 1999, a broker in 2008 and a managing broker in 2016. Madelaine built a solid reputation as a real estate professional, property manager and co-owner of a Hyde Park real estate company. In 2018 Madelaine was ready to start her own company - the Meliora Real Estate Group.


The mission of the Meliora Real Estate Group is to listen to our clients, to understand all their unique real estate needs, and then represent everyone with the highest degree of professionalism, ethics and expertise. Throughout Chicagoland, we are here to advise and guide our clients and help them achieve a positive living experience. We are deeply committed to fair housing and equal opportunity for all.

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  • “Madelaine has represented us for the sale of our house, of a small condo and now our 4 bedroom condo. She knows the market very well and clearly knows our area. She is calm and effective and very bright as attested by her PhD from the University of Chicago. Madelaine gives us a sense that she knows what she is doing; something we appreciated very much at times when we were nervous. Very happy repeat customers!”
    Michel Lacocque

  • “Madelaine has been our realtor for years. Several years ago she sold our family Victorian home and an apartment for us in the same day! Years later she was entrusted to sell our 4 bedroom condo. She has always been very professional, knowledgeable and informative in the process. She allowed us to be part of the ups and downs of the market but she maintained enough control so we can live well and not worry about each showing. She has also given us excellent guidance in condo by-laws and in the particulars about managing and selling our property. She now also extends her services to my daughter who will be moving to Chicago this year, and my father in law who is selling some investment property. She has become our personal family realtor. Over the years I hope to maintain a special friendship with her and her company.”
    Jean Lacocque

  • “My fiancée and I shopped around for realtors for quite some time before eventually deciding to work with Madelaine. After dealing with a number of inattentive and under-informed agents. Madeleine’s professionalism and attention t detail really stood out. We were looking for a condo unit in either Hyde Park or South Loop and she provided us with options that were within our budget and with the features we were looking for.  As first time home buyers, she also helped us with all of the peripheral responsibilities required for obtaining a property such as finding a lawyer and a home inspector. She even walked us through the history and situation of each building that we considered purchasing a unit in-she was diligent about her research and knew everything from the association surplus to past special assessments. Buying a home is never an easy task but Madelaine alleviated problems whenever possible and gave us the knowhow to tackle challenges as they arose. We ended up purchasing a unit in South Loop and we could not be happier. I would certainly recommend Madelaine to anyone who is currently looking for a home and will definitely be using her services for any of my future real estate needs.”
    Alexander Guzzetta - Bought a Condo home in 2014 for approximately $250K in South Loop, Chicago, IL.

  • “I highly recommend Madelaine. She sold my property in South Kenwood and helped us buy a great townhouse in Lincoln Park. She is responsive, knowledgeable and a skillful negotiator.”
    Mark Schoenhals

  • “Madelaine worked with us to sell our house in Bucktown, and worked tirelessly on the buy side for us in Hyde Park. She was excellent in both cases. On our house sale I cannot recommend her enough – she staged the house beautifully, helped us work through some difficult issues and ultimately got us a great deal. She obviously knows the Hyde Park/Kenwood market like the back of her hand, but I was really impressed with her North side knowledge as well. I’d highly recommend her to anyone.”
    Emily Oster

  • “Madelaine helped us find a home we love in Hyde Park, and she negotiated a very good price. She answered all our questions, and helped us every step of the way. We could not have done this without her. We recommend her to everyone.”
    Laura and Mark Payne

  • “Best broker ever. And I have used a few! She is excellent at marketing, negotiations and she is very pleasant to deal with.”
    Dennis Elahi

  • “As a first-time buyer, Madelaine patiently walked me through the purchasing process, helping me buy a condo that fit my needs. When I moved out of Chicago and needed to sell several years later, she was my first choice for a realtor. Even though it was a difficult time to sell, Madelaine tirelessly advertised, staged, and showed my property, resulting in multiple offers. When we closed, Madelaine took care of several last-minute details since I wasn’t in Chicago. A professional appraiser once told me how much he respected Madelaine’s knowledge and judgment of the Hyde Park, Kenwood, and Woodlawn neighborhoods. If you are looking to buy or sell in the area, I would highly recommend Madelaine.”
    John Kimbrough

  • “We had the great opportunity to work with realtor, Madelaine from the Metro Pro Realty Company in Hyde Park, Chicago.  She professionally and confidently assisted us in the smart marketing and selling of our condo.  What is wonderful about Metro Pro Realty is that they offer full services including staging, contractor referrals and professional photography making the agency a one stop real estate experience.  We utilized each of these: their painting and contractor experts, staging specialist whose color palette suggestions made our place, "pop" and listing photos that showcased our condominium in the best possible light.  Madelaine, herself was very knowledgeable and experienced and unlike previous real estate agents we've used in the past, she didn't, "disappear" after the offer was accepted, she was present for the entire process from initial meeting, prepping unit for sale, showings (there were plenty of them), offer (took only two weeks!) through closing.  We would strongly recommend Madelaine for your home buying/selling needs.”
    Daryn Hassell and Donald Becker