Who's Who of Top Executives

Alishja A. “Alley” Ballard

Title: Real Estate Agent, Broker
Company: @properties
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Alishja A. “Alley” Ballard, Real Estate Agent and Broker at @properties, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in real estate.

Commencing her career as a set decorator for film and television, Ms. Ballard found her way into the world of real estate by the influence of her own real estate broker and former film director, Ed Jelinek. For six years, she excelled as the owner of her own design company, in which she focused on the renovation of homes, eventually leading her to her calling. With this sentiment, Ms. Ballard has been the broker and real estate agent of @properties in Chicago, Illinois since 2011. In her role, she leads a small, high-volume team with four people – in the past 12 months, they have closed $42 million in sales. Ms. Ballard’s particular area of expertise is residential real estate in Chicago particularly on the north side of Chicago and the North Shore. She works from downtown, all the way north to Glencoe.

As one of Chicago’s top-producing brokers, Ms. Ballard understands market conditions and trends that can directly affect the sale or purchase of your home. Highly regarded for her expertise, she has been listed among the Top 200 Real Estate Brokers in Chicago, having also been named to the Top One Percent of Brokers in Chicago and to the Top Three Percent of Agents Nationwide. With this in mind, she hopes to further grow her team in the coming years and attributes her success to her motto, “I say what I’m gonna do and I do what I say.” Ms. Ballard’s advice to someone starting out in real estate is to always prioritize your client over your paycheck but rather show compassion, listen and build a relationship based on trust, and success will follow. Ms. Ballard earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with honors, from the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 1993.

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