Mary Lou was very kind and honest in teaching us the steps we needed to take as first-time renters, and direct with the owner of the place we wanted to rent from so that both parties received what we needed and expected from this interaction. Mary Lou was also very prompt. Petra/Rental client
"Mary did a great job of communicating and also walking through the process of closing. She also had great referrals to provide which is a huge plus and shows regards for her experience!" Jarryd/Lincolnwood Buyer
Fortunately, I chose Mary Lou to sell my Skokie home. With her unwavering professionalism and expert guidance in staging, market value, and negotiating, multiple offers came in on the home and it sold in 57 days. She was prompt in answering any questions I had throughout the process and was great about following up with multiple buyer agents to receive best and final offers. Mary Ellen/Skokie Seller
I found Mary to be very professional and responsive to both my client's and my inquiries and requests. This transaction involved an elderly Seller who required an abundance of hand-holding. Mary Lou wet above and beyond in assuring that everything , from contract negotiation to closing went smoothly. Seller's Attorney George/Wilmette home. Ssource: Realtor.com
Mary Lou was a great resource and wealth of information during the sale of our property. She worked on our behalf above and beyond our expectations. Joe/Morton Grove home Source: Realtor.com
Thank you, Mary!! Mansab & I really appreciate your time and hard work in getting us a house that we truly like. We
All I can say is: Fantastic job!!! Mary Lou was very helpful in the entire process of my wife and I finding our dream home. She knew what we wanted and she went out and found it. Not only was she great in helping us find our new home, but she stayed in constant communication with the other agent, lawyer, loan officer and everyone else that was involved. We found the entire process to be very systematic and organized with Mary Lou in our corner. I would highly recommend her, and if for some reason we find ourselves in the market again we will be going back to Mary Lou. Brandon/Elgin home buyer.
"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 reservation."
"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/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/Skokie, IL seller
|"I didn't know any real estate agents when I decided to sell my house. I did a search of realtors who had sold at least 5-10 properties in my area recently. Mary Lou's name popped up so I arranged to meet with her. Mary Lou is not only friendly and approachable but hard working and professional. I listed and sold my house with her in no time! She listened to my worries and made suggestions with my needs in mind. I couldn't be happier. She really goes the extra mile to satisfy her customers. She took calls and texts at all hours, spent time searching for places for me to temporarily move to, and checked to make sure I understood the process.. She made what could have been a stressful transition enjoyable. I'm glad I went with Mary Lou. I would HIGHLY recommend Mary Lou Allen!"
Skokie, IL 60076
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/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/Home buyers/Long Grove, IL
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/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/Morton Grove condo Seller
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/San Mateo, CA Wheeling, IL Townhome Seller
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/Morton Grove home Seller
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.
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.
Thanks for all you did for us.
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
Law Office of Drew S. Brownlie, LLC
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/Skokie home seller
Realty One Group
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
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, 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, Chicago
Mary Lou was great to work with, and I had plenty of peace of mind knowing that she was very knowledgeable about getting my home sold or rented. Also, as I live out of state, it was quite a smooth process working with Mary Lou as she is super responsive to emails, texts, and calls. I would definitely recommend her to others! Alan, Wheeling, IL
I had troube with another agent at another Brokerage. Mary Lou was like a breath of fresh air! She was dependable and did what she said she would do. I would tell everyone else to use her for a REal Estate agent and would definitely consider Coldwell Baker again becaue of Mary Lou! She is a great representative of your agency. I followed Mary Lou's instructions on what to do to prep the house. Within 1 week of my house being listed I had 3 offers and two of them were above asking price. An exceptional Lady that provides exceptional service! Would very highly recommend! Bobby Khavidi, Morton Grove home.
Mary Lou is a great real estate agent who was always available and responded to all of my calls in a timely manner. I would and will use Mary in the future as well as refer her to friends and family without any hesitation. If you’re looking for someone who just won’t sell your home but actually get to know you as a person and won’t make you feel like just a sale Mary Lou is that person.Mary Lou is a great real estate agent who was always available and responded to all of my calls in a timely manner. I would and will use Mary in the future as well as refer her to friends and family without any hesitation. If you’re looking for someone who just won’t sell your home but actually get to know you as a person and won’t make you feel like just a sale Mary Lou is that person. Chuck Wilson, Skokie Townhome
It is 3 days since we have closed on the sale of our home. We had lived in the home for 32 years. Our age and life circumstances made now the right time to sell and move on. We had no idea how to go about finding a realtor so my husband decided to see who had sold our model home, in our area, most recently, and give that person a call. It was by chance that Mary Lou was that realtor. We consider ourselves very fortunate that she was the one. We decided to follow her advice and let her conduct the sale process. That turned out to be a very wise decision.
Mary Lou priced the house well. We sold in the standard amount of time. Our buyers wanted to close very quickly. We sold and moved within 3 weeks. Without Mary Lou this would have been a true nightmare. She was there to give advice and a shoulder to cry on when things were overwhelming. She is also a wealth of resources like finding someone to pick up donated furniture when the charity you made arrangements with doesn't show up as planned. Her help was one only reason we were able to get out of the house on closing day.
We are now all moved in to our temporary apartment and looking forward to Mary Lou helping us find our new home. Moving is a traumatic experience even when all agree it is the right thing to do. I am grateful that we had a super realtor to guide, advise and comfort us along the way. Mary Lou really held our hands through the entire process.
Thank you Mary Lou,
Phyllis, Morton Grove home
Mary Lou is trustworthy and very responsive. She will go the extra mile to make sure your property is priced properly, shows well and sells in a reasonable amount of time! Diane Testa, Evanston Condo
Matthew & I moved into the house this past weekend. It is exactly what we were looking for. Thank you for taking so much time with us and for helping us secure this rental. Now we can concentrate on the baby's arrival in Aug! Sincerely, Matthew & Mary Kennedy, Morton Grove
Dear Mary Lou Scinto,
I've written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.
Details of the Recommendation: "Mary Lou has years of experience and is very knowledgeable in the real estate market. I recommend her to my customers, knowing she will put them in the right home!" Donna Glasser/Chase Bank
Just a thank you for all you've done. Very knowledgeable, very professional job. Coldwell Banker is second to none, Remember bread, salt & wine! With Gratitude, Steve & David. Skokie home
Mary Lou was so patient working with us and our specific needs and wants. Then when the right house came along and we were out of town, she went above and beyond to assist us long distance, to turn in the proper paperwork! Carol/Morton Grove
Mary Lou provided us with information for snow removal, carpet removal, lawyer, etc. She always got back to us when we had questions and they were answered in a direct right down to the point manner which made our understanding of the issue easier. Janis/Skokie home
Hi Mary Lou,
Also thank you for selling some no longer needed items for us.
Stop by and see us sometime,
Marlene & Hank , 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, 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
Thanks again, Mary Lou!
Maggie, 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".
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
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
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.
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!
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.
Elburn, IL 60119
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 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/ A very satisfied buyer.
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
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.
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.
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,
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
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/Morton Grove, IL
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.
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.
"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/Skokie
"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, FL