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Chicago, IL 60614

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James D'Astice

James is the founder and team leader of Moda Group at Compass. Hailing from the world of fine dining, hospitality is the foundation upon which James has built a thriving real estate career over the last decade. Spend an hour with him and you'll understand why his clients and peers rave about his authenticity, knowledge and dedication to making the process of buying or selling a home as seamless as possible. Spend two hours with him and you’ll walk away with a list of where to get the best dishes in the best restaurants in Chicago.

James’ success as an agent is rooted in his commitment to providing each of his clients - from the first time homebuyer to the seasoned real estate investor - with the highest level of service and attention to detail at every step in the process. By taking the time to listen to his clients and truly understand what they want and need, James is able to apply his deep knowledge of the Chicago real estate market to get them the best results possible.

James knows that it takes more than just experience to provide his clients with the highest level of service for which he has become known. And that is why he founded the Moda Group, a full-service real estate team dedicated to continually improving the client experience while leveraging the industry’s best tools to maximize the value of every real estate transaction - an approach he likes to call housepitality.

James received his BA in Marketing & Advertising from Columbia College Chicago and was recently recognized as a top producer by the Chicago Association of REALTORS® in 2018.

James lives with his wife, Agnes, and their cat, Wrigley, in Chicago’s Noble Square neighborhood. When he’s not meeting with clients or mentoring his talented team, he’s off on a culinary adventure somewhere in Chicago or halfway around the world.

Agnes D'Astice

Agnes brings a unique combination of academic and real world experience to Moda Group that positions her perfectly for her role as the team’s listing and showing specialist. 

Before entering the world of real estate, Agnes earned a BA in marketing from St. Xavier University. She spent years in Chicago’s top fine dining establishments and as a spokesperson representing clients like PepsiCo, Hershey’s, KitchenAid and ESPN at trade shows. A natural communicator, Agnes loves the listing process and the opportunity to support her clients during a pivotal moment in their lives. 

After a decade in the industry, Agnes has the experience to successfully guide our clients through the stressful process of staging and selling their homes. With a keen eye for detail and breadth of market experience, Agnes ensures that the preparations her clients make will garner the greatest return on investment for their sale. When she bought her first home, she had no idea what she was doing, and it felt like a soulless transaction. At Moda Group, Agnes is dedicated to making sure her clients never have the same experience!

Patrick Dodd

Patrick joins Moda Group after a stint in Chicago’s fine dining scene as a certified sommelier. While he once helped diners navigate long and overwhelming wine lists, he now brings his focus, attention and know-how to helping his clients navigate the equally long and overwhelming real estate process (though he always has time to recommend that perfect bottle for milestones along the way).

Real estate can often feel intimidating but not when Patrick is involved. Whether touring neighborhoods with buyers to find that perfect place in the city or recommending home updates for sellers to maximize the sale, Patrick is committed to advising clients on all aspects of the process so they walk away with the best possible results. Setting people up for long-term financial success is what drives Patrick and he’s dedicated to the cause. If he’s not meeting with clients, Patrick is on the phone single-handedly sourcing off-market properties or deep-diving into a new topic so he can be a better advisor for his clients and the team. 

Originally from Michigan, it’s no surprise that Patrick has a thing for cars and lakes (but not cars in lakes). After a long day on the hunt searching for that perfect property, you can often find him cruising Lake Shore Drive with his wife, Gillian, and their dog, Jameson, in tow.

Lauren Herskovic

What do you get when you combine a teacher, a comedian and a COO?

Either the start of a really bad joke or an attentive, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and entertaining real estate agent. In this case, we’ve got the latter. Lauren Herskovic, founding member of Moda Group at Compass and creator of the popular “Who Wants to be a Homebuyer” Trivia Night, specializes in helping first time homebuyers in Chicago.

The home-buying process is opaque, and the investment is huge, making it scary and overwhelming for first time homebuyers. But Lauren’s focus on educating her clients, constant communication, and utilizing tried and true systems, make for a seamless and (dare we say it?!) fun experience for her clients.

“Lauren was hands down the best resource we could have asked for in looking for our first condo. Not only did she guide us through the whole process smoothly, but every other resource she recommended, from inspectors to lenders to attorneys, was incredible.” - Kelly, First Time Homebuyer in Chicago

“As first time homebuyers, we really enjoyed working with Lauren. She guided us through each step of the process seamlessly, and ensured that we were comfortable and knowledgeable all along the way. Lauren was always available to answer our (many) questions and give great advice. She was also proactive in reaching out to us, rather than waiting for us to come to her, which we really appreciated.” - Kimmie, First Time Homebuyer in Chicago

Lauren grew up in suburban Detroit and now lives in Logan Square. She got a BA in English and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She then served as Editor in Chief for an online women’s magazine in NYC before working as COO for a consulting company based in Chicago, taking the company from a 3-person operation to a team of 100+ with offices in the US and China. In her free time, she plays tennis, takes pictures of her food and binge-watches Bravo withher Toy Poodle, Harvey. If you’re looking for help in finding your next home - whether you’re a first time homebuyer in Chicago or a seasoned real estate investor - call/text/email/send an owl and Lauren will help get you set on that home-buying journey!

Julia Pandorf

Julia has a PhD in perseverance (or she would, if those were a thing). After graduating with a double major in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from Ohio University, she took her passion for people and went to work as a full-time caregiver and house manager in Lincoln Park. Over the course of her five years caring for 3 children and managing the household for their parents, Julia honed her skills in patience, organization, communication and, most of all, negotiation. (Have you tried to negotiate with a toddler?)

All of that juggling, organizing, planning and kid-herding has positioned her perfectly for her career in Real Estate and her role on the Moda Group team.

Julia’s professionalism, her commitment to helping others, and her uncanny ability to manage multiple tasks at once are a huge asset to the clients that she serves. But it is her ability to connect with people that really sets her apart. She digs deep with her clients, really understanding their needs, wants and goals, and then works tirelessly to help them get there.

Julia is in love with the Chicago food scene and is quite possibly Sweet Mandy B’s biggest supporter. When she’s not chowing down on those cupcakes, she’s playing with her puppy, Porter.

Abby Spurlin

When Abby isn’t spending time eating her weight in Italian food, biking on the lake or shopping at local farmers markets, she’s sipping on a double espresso (or 2) while she helps her clients navigate the Chicago real estate market.  


Abby’s diverse professional background in hospitality and nonprofit marketing - paired with a nomadic life moving to various cities across the country (and around the world!) - has prepared her for her dream job: helping people buy and sell their own piece of Chicago. Terrible move-in experiences, complex buying and selling situations, disorganized vendors... you name it, she’s waded through it and proactively helps her clients do the same.


For nearly a decade, Abby and her family lived in the Chicagoland area, but eventually traded in their snow boots for sandals and made their way to Winter Park, Florida. Abby returned to the Midwest for college, graduating from Indiana University, but didn’t stick around for long. After a stint in Indianapolis, she ventured to Italy as an Au Pair, logged miles for a nonprofit in Dallas, before eventually coming back to the city that always felt like home, Chicago.


It’s not hard to recognize Abby’s operational talent, competitive energy, or propensity for strategic thinking - all qualities that work to her clients’ advantage in the real estate journey (and her advantage on the marathon course!) Whether you’re looking for your first home, your dream home, or you’re a numbers person looking for the perfect investment, Abby will bring balance, understanding, and organization as she guides you across the finish line.

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