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

Experienced in single family residences, condos, and working with seniors selling long held homes.

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 I now apply to successfully helping YOU accomplish your goal of buying that dream home or selling your current home.­ The same negotiating skills needed to secure major gifts are applied toward negotiating­ a 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 my membership with the philanthropic womens group, Delta Theta Tau (Valparaiso chapter) and the Business Women United Network (BWUN).  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 from ­Valparaiso High School in 1994, I moved down the road a bit to attend­ Saint Joseph's College.­ I met my husband of 15 years while pursuing my MS at Purdue University.­  I have worked in Northwest Indiana for over 10 years in marketing, development and real estate.

A busy working mom of an active 12 year old­ daughter, 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.

I love walking at the parks in our community, especially Rogers Lakewood and the Dunes.  I also love reading, HGTV, and decorating on a budget.  I love to see how far I can stretch a small budget to create a high end design look in my home.

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 and ­positive 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!

My 2017 Downsizing Presentations

I have several downsizing presentations scheduled in the coming months.  Click here for full list with times and locations.  I will be discussing how to determine if its time to downsize, decluttering tips & more!

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