Melissa Benefiel

Melissa Benefiel

Your Professional REALTOR

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • 219-263-8300
  • 219-548-2021 ext Ext115
  • 219-548-2033
  • 219-548-2021
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Call or text me (219) 263-8300 to list your home or buy your next home.

Searching for your next home? Try our state-of-the-art map search – with it you can quickly search the entire market. Simply type the address, city, MLS ID, or just hit the search button to get started. The large format map allows you to click and drag, zoom in and view detailed information and photos for all properties currently listed on the MLS.

Selling your home? No other website in the market will showcase your listing with up to 50 high resolution photos! In addition to advertising your property on my own website, I syndicate your listing to other real estate websites across the web.

Whether you are selling your home, searching for your next home, or have any questions about the process – I look forward to helping you!


  • Realtor
  • Seniors Real Estate Specialist


I have a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation through the National Association of Realtors.  This means I have the education and resources necessary to fully meet the real estate needs of seniors.

I have also received the Pricing Strategy Advisor (PSA) certification through the National Association of Realtors. This means that I am highly skilled in pricing properties, creating market analyses of homes, working with appraisers, and guiding clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values.

A Sociology major, I received my BA from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana in 1998 graduating Summa Cum Laude.­ In 2000, I received my MS in Sociology from Purdue University.­ A first generation college graduate, my work ethic and driven nature have been the keys to my professional and personal successes.

Professional Background

I spent the first 15 years of my career as a professional fundraiser.­ I raised millions of dollars for Northwest Indiana causes by inspiring region residents and local companies to make donations that accomplish their philanthropic goals.­ The same communication and marketing skills I used to raise funds for local charities will be applied to helping YOU accomplish your goal of buying that dream home or selling your current home.­ The same negotiating skills needed to secure major gifts will be applied toward negotiating­a great deal on your next home or getting you the best price for your current home.­ By hiring me as your Realtor, you also gain access to my region wide network of friends and colleagues developed as a life long region resident.


Community Involvement

I am very involved in the Northwest Indiana community, including serving as a board member for the Valparaiso Schools Foundation.­ I am a graduate of the Leadership Northwest Indiana (LNI) program and the Valpo Chamber's Leadership Academy.­ I am a strong believer in the­'To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected' way of life.

Personal Background

I was born in LaPorte and raised in Valparaiso.­ After graduating from­Valparaiso High School in 1994, I moved down the road a bit to attend­Saint Joseph's College.­ I met my husband of 14 years while pursuing my MS at Purdue University.­

A busy working mom of an active­daughter, I know how to successfully balance deadlines and the needs of many.­ I am never too busy to help a client, friend or colleague in need.

One of my greatest strengths is making people comfortable and at ease working with me.­ I am always ­transparent, direct and compassionate.­ These qualities will make buying or selling your home with me a more enjoyable and­positive experience.

Home Buying & Selling Advice

Even contemplating buying or selling a home can be very overwhelming.­ Start the process off right by contacting me.­ Let's talk!­ Lean on my expertise and resources to determine if NOW is the time for YOU to buy and/or sell.­ Take advantage of my knowledge, resources and connections.

If you are looking to BUY a home, I will begin by partnering with you and a Lender to see what you can afford ( the Pre-Approval Process).­ I will need to know what you would like in a home.­­ Then, I will go to work finding the perfect place for YOU to call home!

If you are looking to SELL your home, I will begin by applying to work for you to sell your home fast.­ I will collect information about your home and then we will meet in person to discuss what I can offer you as your ­Realtor and why Century 21 Affiliated is the best option for selling your home. Click here to learn more about what I WILL DO to get your home SOLD.

Call me TODAY so we can get started!


"I wouldn't call anyone else if I needed to downsize a parent's estate. Melissa Benefiel was very patient with my parents. Answered all their questions and listened to all their concerns. Without her estate sale knowledge and recommendations I don't think we could have done it!"
Rebecca Hogan, Chesterton, IN
"I have heard Melissa present on downsizing and know she is a senior real estate specialist. I knew I would be in good hands selling my moms property.

Melissa was extremely knowledgable and professional. She went above and beyond to ensure a smooth experience! Knowing one of her specialties is being a senior real estate advisor put my mind at ease when selling my mom's property. She was very responsive and I would highly recommend her!

We had complete trust in Melissa!
Thank you for all you did for my family!"
Angela Boland, Chesterton, IN
"We received a referral from an associate and were very happy with Melissa's work.

Melissa is an amazing real estate agent. She is knowledgeable, ethical, and extremely personable. I would recommend her to all friends, family, and associates without hesitation. 

We were blown away by Melissa's real estate skills. She was able to advise us on all aspects of the sale and her abilities made the process an easy one to navigate. We were truly lucky to have her by our side during this challenging time of transition for me and my parents. 

Melissa is absolutely amazing. Her personal skills are truly unique and I believe they made the process of selling my parents' home easy.

Melissa is a superstar real estate agent. She has true insider's knowledge of local and regional real estate, she understands the emotional side of selling a home and uses empathy to ease the process with sellers, she is truly ethical and advises sellers in ways that maintains trust and professionalism, and she goes out of her way to get the sale done. I wish all real estate professionals were like her. Truly outstanding in every sense."
Scott Lukas, Indiana & Nevada
"Melissa did a superb job in all areas. She is brilliant. Melissa had patience with us when we had many questions. Melissa's main concern was making sure all our needs were met and that our house sold quickly. Right after we put the house on the market, it sold in less than a week. Unfortunately two weeks before we closed the buyer's loan was denied. Melissa was quick to put our house back on the market and even though it was Christmas time she was able to sell it again in a week. We are so thankful because of her diligent work. We will recommend her to anyone. Thanks so much, Melissa. God bless you richly. "
Rick & Michelle Hillard, Valparaiso, IN
"The Valpo house was sold within 48 hours of listing the property!!!! Melissa Benefiel did a great job in getting the house listed quickly with great pictures to help promote the sale. Melissa Benefiel ensured I understood all my options and was very accommodating to my schedule. Thank you Melissa Benefiel for making the sale of the Valpo house go smoothly!!! "
Christina, Highland, IN
"I have purchased 3 homes over the past 9 years and can honestly say Melissa is the best. Her understanding

of my families needs and requirements were exceptional. Her knowledge of local areas assisted us in making
the best decision possible. 

My family and I had the difficult task of purchasing a home from 400 miles away. Melissa was excellent with
follow-up and organization, she made the process simple, which is not an easy task. Melissa played a vital
role in making this experience enjoyable.

I have conveyed to Melissa that when it comes time to sell the house we purchased, she will be my family's

Brad LaMaster,  Chesterton, IN

Melissa Benefiel paid every attention to detail and we enjoyed working with her to sell our home and buy a new one. 

Gail, Valparaiso

Melissa was very diligent in looking for what my needs were. Helped point out problem areas that I over looked which could've been big problems.

Jesse Garcia Portage, IN 

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