I left everything in her hands and she did a great job. Wished the market was better to get a higher price, but that's how it goes. I received updates everyday from her, and calls to let me know what was going on. She attended the closing for me, and helped everything go smoothly. It's great to have her as a friend! Peggy Berg, Morton Grove
"Mary Lou knows the local market, knows the market values and was able to bring us a viable offer in 3 weeks with little negotiation off our asking price. She kept us in the loop with regards to showings, feedback and internet activity. I would recommend Mary Lou without hesitation or rseervation."
4901 Golf Rd APT 409, Skokie, IL 60077
"Mary Lou was very helpful in guiding our decision that would be the best choice for us since we have not sold many homes before. Discussing the selling price and then lowering the price as time went on was not something we were familiar with, but Mary Lou was very good at guiding us on our decisions. Bill Iovino"
1506 S Cumberland Ave, Park Ridge, IL 60068
Dear Mary Lou,
Thank you so much for all your efforts to facilitate the sale of my house. I couldn't have done the upgrades without
your list of capable tradespeople. while we hit a few speed bumps along the way, I was bolstered by your optimism.
I'm so glad I selected you to help me on this adventure. Sincerely, Carol Novak 4101 Enfield Skokie, IL
Mary Lou was a great realtor in helping me find a condo. She is very friendly and pleasant to work with. It is clear she has experience and knowledge in what she is doing. She was willing to work hard in making sure I had help with anything I did not understand. I highly recommend her. Hok Mao/Glenview Condo Purchase
Bob & I would like to thank you for all you did for us. You knowledge & professionalism will long be remembered. I would recommend you to anyone! Can't wait to invite you out to Long Grove! Bob & Sue Johnson/Home buyers.
Mary Lou is a very professional real estate agent. She keeps in contact with the parties through both emails and phone calls. She gets the job done. I would highly recommend Mary Lou./Janet Didier Miller/MG Condo buyer
Mary Lou Allen was very helpful in assisting me in selling my home. She was always available to answer my questions and explain the ins and outs of selling and buying. Her professionalism was exceptional. Jackie Nelson/Skokie home seller
Ms Mary Lou has assisted our family get the home we are in now. From advice on the properties to view, to the fair market price and to negotiating a credit at close time, she has been helpful above and beyond. Her friendly, open and jovial personality made the entire purchasing process a nice experience. Among many of her professional qualities, I found these most helpful during our purchase: her pragmatism and sincerity in how much the homes are worth, her negotiating skills and her promptness, which helped us seal the deal./Chicago/Home buyer
Very helpful, very professional and a pleasure to work with! Went out of her way to assist us in anything we needed and also kept us informed through each step of the buyers approval process, which as you know these days is most important. Would highly recommend. Mariann Weiss/Morton Grove condo Sold
On top of so many details as she helped me rent out and then sell my home over the years, even while we were in two different states and time zones throughout. Responses were quick, whether via email, phone, or text. I never doubted she was on top of everything. Alan Tou/San Mateo, CA Wheeling, IL Townhome Sold
When it came time to sell our home after 50 years of residency, we immediately contacted Mary Lou Allen, whom we had known for some time. She helped prepare us for the out of state move, as well as being very effective in preparing the house for sale. She arranged for the refinishing of living & dining room floors and painting & repairs. Throughout this time she was very adept at keeping us informed on the progress of the work. When she got the house on the market, she immediately got an offer for a price somewhat higher than we expected and successfully closed the transaction at the price. We cannot speak too highly of her service and capable handling of the entire sales process.
Arlynn & John Warmack/Morton Grove home Sold
Mary Lou was a pleasure to work with. She had excellent knowledge of the market, found plenty of prospective buyers, and valued our home at the perfect price-point. She was flexible, and very helpful when a few unusual situations arose near closing.
Thank you Mary Lou for using your expertise and professionalism for finding a buyer after several weeks listing. You and your photographer did a magnificent job creating a very professional and most beautiful and appealing brochure!
Again, thank you for a job well done!
Hattie Stewart/Skokie Condo Sold
Mary Lou was wonderful to work with. She was honest, professional and really helped answer many of our questions as first time home buyers. She gave suggestions but was not pushy. She met us last minute to show us houses and throughout the process was never negative about anything. She did go above and beyond in our entire home buying process.
I would recommend Mary Lou to any buyer or seller in the market. She really does know her information well!
Thanks for all you did for us.
Jackie Janesku/Des Plaines Home Purchase
Mary Lou is the consummate broker. Her knowledge of the process involved in selling or purchasing homes greatly helped in selling our residence. To say that the process went smoothly is actually an understatement. The transaction went along without any problems or difficulties and closed earlier than expected. The easiest transaction we have ever done.
Ingrid Jost/Morton Grove Home Sold
I worked with Mary Lou on a very difficult transaction and she was always available to help and truly went above and beyond when her assistance was needed. Deal with her in confidence and know she will work very hard to make sure things get done. Skokie Townhome Short Sale
Drew S. Brownlie
Law Office of Drew S. Brownlie, LLC
1590 S. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 306
Libertyville, IL 60048
Mary Lou knowledge, resourcefulness and tenacity certainty helped the process of selling our home. Her team did an exemplary effort in getting the house on the market and keeping on top of market changes that ultimately resulted in getting the house sold. Tom Kahn/Skokie home seller
You definitely made the referral process easier. This was my best referral experience as you took care of client and got the deal closed while keeping me updated on the process. Your knowledge assisted my client and I could not ask for more. You delivered on what you said you were going to do. Thanks for all your work. Much appreciated.
Ray D. Real - REALTOR®
Realty One Group
I’ve worked with Mary Lou for over 10 years and have referred many of my clients to her—all with great results. Mary Lou is the ultimate professional: focused, knowledgeable, conscientious, compassionate and successful. I enjoy working with her.
Teresa Hoffman Liston/Attorney at Law
5901 W Dempster Suite 200
Morton Grove, IL 60053
It was such a pleasure to be at a closing with you today. It is always so nice when the brokers and attorneys can get along collegially and it makes the time pass so much quicker.
You know your business well and you took such good care of our seller (I know you would treat all the same way you did this family).
I would truly welcome the chance to work with you again, and I hope that you keep me in mind to assist your buyers and sellers in the future.
Have a wonderful and prosperous Spring selling season. All the best,
Rick Laubenstein, Attorney. DiMonte & Lizak LLC
Mary Lou is the best I have ever dealt with, she is on time, honest and very knowledgeable about what she does. She never stops until something seems breaking through. She doesn't give up and she makes things happen. I don't think no is an answer for Mary Lou, she is determine and she does her best at all times. I would recommend her to anyone. I have had people in the past and I must say she is far more the best Realtor I have ever met and dealt with.
My situation seemed far fetch because I was a victim of identity theft and it caused my credit score to be low but that didn't stop Mary Lou she did all she could and worked it out and today I have a lovely place to call home.
Thank you Mary Lou! You have my support! Cassandra Hall, Skokie
Helped me sell a home
Mary Lou is amazing agent and helped me through the entire process. She negotiated the best price for my condo and was available anytime to answer my questions. Tina Rayyan, Chicago
Hi Mary Lou,
We certainly appreciate all the help you gave us in the sale of our condo, it was not an easy or very usual sale but you very professionally guided us thru it. We had so many questions and phone calls and you patiently answered them all very quickly. You worked so closely with our lawyer and we felt very confident with your expertise and knowledge. We truly believe you went above and beyond to help us.We are now happily settled in our new home and very belatedly thank you.
Also thank you for selling some no longer needed items for us.
Stop by and see us sometime,
Marlene & Hank Fjallberg, Morton Grove Condo
A friendly neighbor while growing up, there couldn't be a more perfect fit! Through continued connections with neighbors in the area, she really has the pulse of the neighborhood along with their strong recommendations. Thank you so much for your expertise/professionalism, kindness and patience in helping us navigate seamlesslly through the process.
Linda/Keeler Ave. Skokie, IL home
Mary Lou helped me sell a home
The home was my mom's in Morton Grove. Since I live out of town Mary Lou handled the sale in my absence constantly communicating the step by step process by email, phone and fax all the way to closing. The sale went through with Mary Lou's expertise.
Jim Thompson, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Mary Lou, I want to thank you so much for getting me through my purchase. When I had questions, you had the answers. You knew exactly what I wanted, even before I did. Thanks so much for your patience and for sharing your knowledge!
From the moment we sat down to discuss the sale, the ball was rolling. Within a day viewings started! Within in a week she sold the house! During the process, we were constantly updated. The communication of the process was excellent. I would always recommend her services.
Peg Berg, Chicago
Helped me sell a home!
From the moment I met Mary Lou, I knew I was in good hands in selling my home. Her patience and understanding listening to my concerns were greatly appreciated. She guided me through the entire process, answered my numerous questions quickly and handled all the negotiations in a very professional manner. My house listed, sold and CLOSED in one month. I couldn't be more grateful.
Thanks again, Mary Lou!
Maggie Schroeder, Morton Grove, IL
Dear Mary Lou,
Just wanted you to know that I really appreciate your working so diligently with us to find the appropriate tenant for our vacant apartment. Your professional expertise and your understanding of our needs combined to result in an agreeable May 1st lease. Again, thank you for "going the extra mile".
Sincerely, Connie Walsh
Working with Mary Lou has been nothing but the best! She helped us find our perfect house. Our last realtor kept showing us what she wanted for herself...not what we were looking for so when we started working with Mary Lou it was finally about us and our needs. Once we did find our house she worked above and beyond to get it for us and I think even had the seller in her office signing paper work at night! Every phone call and email was returned and she has the number and recommendation for anyone...plumber, painter, etc
What I have also loved about the experience is that I now have a friend.
I would absolutely recommend her to everyone looking to buy or sell!
We were very pleased with your service and advice which resulted in selling our house in 1 day (with multiple offers). Your referrals for an excellent handyman and staging service allowed us to maximize the pricing we received with minimal additional upfront investment. Thanks again for your assistance!
Ira and Carol Hanan
All of your efforts, energy advice & assistance resulted in my purchase of a lovely home. When I became discouraged & decided to just give up because I could not find anything I liked in my price range, you convinced me to just take a temporary "breather" & start again. You were right! You helped me to educate myself about the real estate market in terms of attractive locations & to be reasonable in determining my price range & any rehab costs.
I was most impressed with your financial acumen, in particular, at the closing. You again saved me hundreds of dollars & accurately anticipated the need for my attorney to demand additional funds to be held in escrow to cover last minute damages by the seller. Dashing over to the property, catching everyone unaware & photographing the damage immediately prior to closing was pure inspiration! You always went over & beyond the expected. Thank you, Mary Lou after 10 long months of your hard work. I had never worked with a buyer's agent before but now, I would not consider purchasing property any other way. You are a class act & a true professional.
Cheryl Watson, Evanston, IL
Your guidance & expertise resulted in the quick sale of my house at an unpromising time of year. I am recommending your unreservably !
Morton Grove, IL
Yvonne & I want to thank you so much for helping us find the perfect home & for being so patient throughout the process. This is the fourth time I have been through a home-buying experience and it was far and away the most pleasant of them all.
I got the impression very early in the process that you were truly concerned with helping me find the right house for my family. After you met & spoke with Yvonne, your advice was even more helpful. Working with you felt like I was dealing with a knowledgeable friend rather than a business associate.
Eric, Yvonne, Benjamin & Oliver
Finally,! In the past 3 years, we have gone through 9 Real Estate Agents. You were the 1st to help us see what was realistic & truly guided us to finding our dream home. You were the 1st to truly want us to get something we loved. You have the perfect balance of doing business w/your head and your HEART. Thanks for all your patience with us!
Sincerely, Lisa, Davy, Donovan & Capone!
It was a pleasure working with you. You were very helpful and honest throughout the entire process. No surprises!
We were very concerned about trying to sell our parents house. It was built in the 50's, and tho it was sound in structure, it required some major updates and TLC.
And especially in this market, where you see very few houses selling!. Mary Lou priced the house very well and we had several interested buyers. We had an offer even before our first
open house! After that, it was just a matter of time, signing the papers, and it sold in record time. Put on the market in April and keys handed over in June!
Thank you Mary Lou. Would definitely refer you to anyone I know selling a house.
5631 Church St. Morton Grove, IL
Mary Lou Scinto Allen recently listed and sold my Mother’s home in Skokie and my Mother was very pleased with the entire process. Mary Lou took the time to sit down with us and prepared both my Mom and my siblings for the possible challenges ahead. With Mary Lou’s suggestion, we hired a Home Stager that she recommended and the results were fantastic. The home not only looked great, it sold in less than a week! She also assisted us in donating unwanted furnishings in order to help clean out the house prior to closing. I would highly recommend Mary Lou’s professional services.Lawrence E. Rafferty, Esq.
Vice President and Trust Officer
The National Bank and Trust Co.
930 North Main St. Elburn, IL 60119
"It was necessary for us to move before our townhome was sold.
Mary Lou realized that to sell our home quickly, a nuber of improvements had to be made. She recommended competent handymen who got the job done professionally, in a timely manner and at a competetive cost. As a result, our townhouse was sold in two months.
Mary Lou kept us constantly informed about all matters throughtout the entire process.
We were happy with her efforts, determination, knowledge and concern on our befhalf and highly recommend her as a Realtor. Last but not least, she is a lovely person."
Sonia & Jack Gerol, Niles, IL
Dear Mary Lou,
Just a small note to let you know that I moved into my new condo and enjoying living there very much. I have no words to explain how much I appreciate your professional expertise. It was great doing business with you. Thank you so much. Sincerely, Abdur Rafe
I truely am at a loss for words to express my gratitude with the beautification of my father's home. I honestly wept as I walked from room to room on Saturday.
I never knew my parent's home could be so beautiful. Would you be able to send me the website that show's my parent's home? I have a daughter that is an artist, I would love for her to see what you, Debbie the staging designer and Andy the painter, have done at my parents' home in Niles, IL.
I wish you and your team many years of success and thank you for all your advice.
Mary Lou has been a pleasure to work with as a buyer's agent. She conducted herself more like a consultant then a real estate agent. Her knowledge of current market is commendable. She was very professional and punctual.
Regina Brandys, A very satisfied customer.
After unsuccessfully trying to sell on our own, Mary Lou showed us the value of having a competent realtor with connections, a fabulous website, and wonderful staging advice. We sold two properties in one of the worst-ever markets in far less time than was expected. Then, when it was time to buy, her website helped us efficiently narrow down our search for a new home with specific criteria and we have never been happier. Expert market analysis helped us get the best price on the sales and an even better price on the purchase. Thanks! James and Joanne Pelletier
Hi Mary Lou,
Thank you for helping my daughter Ronica get in the house of her dreams, she was looking at the house for sometime, called you and you showed her another house but she had her mind set for this house on Gross Point Rd .You were very patient walked her thru the whole process, always return calls very professional explain step by step all details.
You have an out going personality, just a pleasure to work with,Ronica said she got out standing service couldn't ask for better, there should be more people like you makes the process go smooth. I wish you & your family a Happy Holiday an hope a good coming Year.
Thanks, Pat Carter
Dear Mary Lou,
Thank you so much for all your efforts in the sale of our old house. It was so nice to deal with somebody that we think so highly of, and have those feelings reconfirmed with a positive end result. It's easy to see why you are one of the top producers in your office.
I was impressed with your service from the original meeting where you provided pertinent comparables and price recommendatons through the final negotiations. The process for me couldn't have been easier, only because I basically took a back seat and let you as the expert do your job. The only thing that could have made my situation better was to have more favorable market conditions!
Being in a service business myself, I expect to be treated a certain way. You obviously feel the same. Thanks for taking me under your wing, and seeing the sale of our house through fruition.
Mike Simkins....Morton Grove
Working with you on our home sale was very positive. We had a difficult decision to make whether to sell or not. We were in a financial bind and did not know what to do. After talking with you and gaining your knowledge on the current real estate market we were able to make the correct decision to sell short. The sale went very well and much faster than we thought! We had many showings which in the current market was a big surprise!
Thanks to you and our lawyer we are now on the road to recovery! Hi Mary Lou,
Thanks!!!! Beverly Pisciotto
We wanted to express our thanks for all your professional work in selling our house. We appreciate your guidance, advice and knowledge throughout the whole process. With so many houses for sale in the neighborhood, your expertise certainly got the job done. We appreciate all your effort from the day we agreed on the price until the closing. We were able to have a mutually agreed upon contract signed after only a month on the market. We're also grateful that we had such great communication throughout the process.
You know the real estate business inside and out. As your initials imply, you get an "A" for knowing the MLS directory. You are an agent that anyone can have trust and confidence in.
Many thanks, Mary Lou.
Gratefully, Dan and Peggy Henrick
Mary Lou -
We were extremely pleased with your performance on the sale of the Skokie condo. You provided thorough research on the unit & comparables, were timely with your monthly status reports, and always on top with the status of the marketing, condition, etc. We will definitely call you again should we get a property in your marketing area.
I'm sure you're as happy as we are that this finally sold! Thanks for all your hard work and prompt attention to this property!
Loss Mitigation Officer
Default Administration Dept
MB Financial Bank
6111 N. River Rd., 9th Floor
Rosemont, IL 60018
Dear Mary Lou,
My family wanted to thank you for your hand's on service with a very difficult buyer. I believe the sale of this property required over and above service, which we received from you and your firm.
Thanks again. THE EDER AND WEISKOPF FAMILY.
Thank you so much for a job well done. After having my home on the market for about 1-1/2 years with another realtor and not being able to sell, I am so happy to have followed your advice. Putting the house on the market for early spring, your recommended asking price and home staging all helped accomplish the sale of my home in less than 3 months. I couldn't be happier and would recommend you to anyone looking for a realtor.
Ann Gabler, Morton Grove, IL
Mary Lou, First of all Thank You for selling Aunt Mary's house 5314 Madison, Skokie in a timely manner since I thought it would take much longer to sell. You have directed all of us on what to do to sell this house and I think your professional help is what made it sell so quickly. You were always there to help all of us when needed which is greatly appreciated. If we ever have to sell another house, I will call you. Thanks again, Arlene Grochowski firstname.lastname@example.org
A few things!
First, you did an excellent job. I would recommend you and A to Z to anyone.
I only wish we had found you sooner as we spent many days cleaning out drawers, closets and shelves that was wasted time and cost us money.
You were correct about how to price the property and we are very happy to have
sold the unit so quickly in this current market conditions.
You are correct about the emotions attached to this type of task. Again thanks for your help and fel free to use me or my emails as a reference.
Rob "Robert Smoler" <email@example.com>
Subject: RE: 9530 Lamon Estate Sale
Subject: A Big Thank You from an Absentee Client
Don't let it be said that you need a client watching over you! I wish to thank you for the great job you did on our behalf. Having to move to a new city before our condo was sold and having you tell us to just leave our house sale in your hands was exactly what occurred. You were recommended by a good friend of ours and you provided references but still there is that feeling of how can they organize, price and effectively pull this off without our being there. Well, you pulled it off without a hitch. You sorted it, priced it, advertised it, and last but not least you satisfied us completely without our having a thing to do with it from 1200 miles away. Your completing the sale and your accounting was very professional and provided our check to our satisfaction along with acceptance of the totally cleaned out unit from the new owner. We had more than enough concerns and trepidation with everything going such as with closing, setting up a new home and all the other glorious side issues entailed.
Please let us thank you again as you did a great job and helped minimized our hardships by successfully eliminating our concerns of disposing of our condo contents, whether through your sale or charity disposal allowing us to receive the receipts as such. You took care of all the details to our relief and given the opportunity we offer this reference for any of your future customers.
Larry and Mary Jane firstname.lastname@example.org
3611 Tresto St. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
Ph: 386-423-5820 Fx: 386-423-5820
Kudos to you Mary Lou. You probably set a record in your office for selling my mom's condo in 8 weeks. It was indeed a pleasure working with you. You were able to sell my mother's condo in a short time, which is amazing considering the real estate market. I will highly recommend your services. Please feel free to use me as a referral.
Regina Brandys 9242 Gross Point Rd. # 405 Skokie 847 226 3190
“Mary Lou is the best at what she does. That is take care of her clients. From the intial meeting, all the way through to the closing table. Mary Lou always puts her clients best interest in first. Her hard work and dedication to her job made her #1 agent in her office in 2006. I highly recommend her.” Howard Binder, HitonFinancial Services, LLC. Ph. (847) 480-7721, ext 32
"Your calm demeanor and practical advice assured me there was potential for a sale despite today's difficult market. Of course I would have loved to come away with a more impressive sum of money. You helped me to understand the difficulties moving older housing and your suggestion that I go with an "as is" situation turned out well, delivering a quick sale with none of the complications many people suffer. Thank you for keeping me on top of all that was going on." Rena Levy, Skokie
"Thank you so much for all your hard work in finding my my first home. I greatly appreciate all your help and believing that I would find what I was looking for. Thank you again!" Meaghan Matravers, Palatine
"It is with great satisfaction that I convey the professional manner in which Mary Lou Scinto Allen guided the sale and content liquidation of my deceased parent’s home in Morton Grove, IL.
I was impressed with the number of showings she was able to arrange, purchase contract offers, and the ultimate quick and efficient sale of the home.
The home was in a poor maintenance condition, disrepair, and obviously did not show well. Additionally, the home was cluttered with possessions collected by my folks for over 50-years. The estate sale that she organized and personally managed was especially important in liquidating the home contents, and clearing out the refuse.
Most importantly, I appreciated the professional guidance that Mary Lou provided in evaluating the many purchase offers that were received, and pinpointing the more serious offers for consideration. As a result, the home sold significantly above the appraised value.
Mary Lou is a dedicated realtor, hardworking, ethical, and represents her client’s best interests in a professional manner.
I would not hesitate to recommend Mary Lou and Coldwell Banker for all real-estate services. Feel free to contact me at (561-702-6642) should you wish to discuss my experiences with Mary Lou and Coldwell Banker services further."
Sincerely, Ernest A Malone, FL