2350 N Lincoln Ave, Ste 3

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? An attentive, knowledgeable, detail-oriented, and entertaining real estate agent. At least that’s what we got when Lauren joined the team. 

Lauren’s career has taken her down a (wide) variety of paths and while she didn’t see it at the time, that combination of disparate experiences is exactly what makes her such a strong agent and advocate for her clients. 

Lauren got a BA in English and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan. While she’d always dreamed of being a teacher, she fell into comedic writing while in college and moved to NYC after graduation, where she built a start-up blog into a national brand with over 100 contributing writers. It was here that Lauren realized she had a real knack for building systems and decided to take that very valuable skillset into a new industry. She spent the next 7 years as COO of an education consulting company, taking the company from a 3-person operation to a team of 100+ with offices in the US and China.

Lauren made the jump from the corporate world into real estate after realizing she could turn a passion for visiting open houses into a full time gig. As Moda Group’s first Director of Operations, Lauren leveraged her unique combination of skills and experiences to help build the signature systems upon which our team operates.

Today, as Moda Group’s resident buyer’s agent, Lauren focuses on educating her clients on everything from neighborhood architecture to the best place to buy an area rug. Her love for teaching - along with her attention to detail, management skills, and grit - make her an awesome agent for everyone from the first-time buyer to experienced investors.

Lauren grew up in suburban Detroit and now lives in Logan Square. In her free time, she plays tennis, takes pictures of her food and binge-watches Bravo with her Toy Poodle, Harvey.

Liz Schuering

Liz is an operational powerhouse and the reason our agents are able to provide the top-level service that has become synonymous with Moda Group. With a decade of operations experience under her belt, most recently at a boutique software consultancy, Liz has an uncanny ability to keep the team’s many processes and transactions running, while also fielding whatever surprises pop up along the way. The result? A stress-free and seamless process for everyone involved.

The client experience is Liz’s driving force at Moda Group and she works tirelessly with the rest of the team to ensure that every client gets the best possible support along the way. 

A lifelong Chicagoan, Liz grew up in the West Ridge neighborhood on the city’s far north side and now resides in Bucktown. She holds a BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and an MS in Leadership Policy Studies from DePaul University. In her free time, you can find her cooking with her fiance Erik (a chef by trade), binge watching the latest Netflix original series or enjoying a craft cocktail at her favorite bar.

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