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I am an architect and real estate developer and have worked with mary & allie on several different properties. They are total professionals and give straight answers to straight questions and aren't SHY about voicing their opinions. Mary I have known for 20 years...enough said.
Andrew Spatz
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Mary Summerville can't be beat for the best realtor out there for the northshore and chicagoland area. She's responsive, listens to your needs, knowledgeable, incredibly organized, creative, and you can be confident that the deal will be negotiated to your best interest, and completed with minimum headache. Allie Payne, her associate, is right up there as well. tremendous team.
user6686765
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Professionals with a personal touch, absolute experts on Evanston and the North Shore,and darn nice people, too!....Mary Summerville and Allie Payne are both smart, straight shooters who deliver the EXTRA efforts...and crystal clear communication. We consider ourselves SO lucky to have had MS. Group on our side!
user7862003
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Mary was very informative and helpful in the selling process of my mothers house. It worked out just as she had predicted it would. I would definately recommend her.
mljant
We are currently purchasing a home through Mary and the whole process has been great. From the initial meeting to contract negotiations Mary and her team have been professional the whole time.
user318204
We worked with Mary to find a home while relocating from out of state. Mary was able to combine our different requirements and determine the best area to focus on. Previously we had been looking all over the city, with the focused effort and her skills at knowing exactly what we wanted - we found the perfect home that met all our requirements. She then helped negotiate the price and help work with our loan officer to expedite the closing. It was a great experience and we continue our friendship today. We would highly recommend Mary for her very professional and knowledgeable approach to the difficult experience of buying or selling a residence.
user877171
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Have worked with Mary before and knew she was the person to get in touch with regarding a foreclosed property I wanted to rehab and rent out. She knows everything about the market, was able to move quickly to get all the available info and help me assess the prospects, formulate a bid which was ultimately accepted. Dealing with this foreclosure was quite challenging in regards to the owning bank, and intricate, confused details on the seller side, yet Mary repeatedly came to the rescue, managing to contact obscure people on the seller side , followup with them, and eventually conclude the deal. The sale would not have culminated without her extensive knowledge of process, deep expertise, and dogged persistence.
Smiller188
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We have worked with Mary on several transactions. Mary was the sales representative for a condo we purchased in 2005, and again for a different condo purchase in 2012. Mary also helped us rent a condo in 2012 and was the agent for a home we sold in 2012. We appreciate her professional and attentiveness. We plan to work with Mary in the future.
Inkwell177
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Mary helped both my husband and me sell our big, old wonderful house in 2010, which was during a time that was not easy to sell any house. She managed to get our home sold within 9 months of it going on the market, which was incredible. At a time when there was little to choose from she worked very closely with us to find another place to purchease. We have worked with Mary on other sales and purchases of homes and we will continue to use her when the next time comes. She is a good listener,responsive and works very hard to get the job done with the best possible outcome.
Jennifer
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I recommend Allie to anyone! She made me feel so comfortable in this whole process. Her team is wonderful and caring. Its obvious they care and want the best for you. She made it less about the money and more about what I wanted which was very important. When I sell and buy again, I will definitely  be using her. She's become a friend and I absolutely adore her! 
Brooke
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Mary is a top-notch agent. My wife and I were entering the house-search world for the first time, and we're so thankful we met Mary. She provided expert guidance, enthusiastically entered into the house search with us, and patiently answered all of our first-timer questions with great patience. She helped us find a great house. We highly recommend her!
glundberg1
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Allie Payne from MS group is very friendly and professional, she has promptly answered all my questions, and has helped us completed the whole process remotely , we sincerely appreciate her work!
Shannon
Mary and her team are consummate professionals. They helped me find my first home over 2 years ago and I just sold the same property with their help again. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking to buy or sell property in the Chicago area. 5 stars!
zuser20140529130236267
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Mary did an excellent job selling my home under difficult circumstances. As a first time seller, she and her colleague Allie Payne guided me through the process from start to finish. They also provided great contacts for needed services to assist in my relocation.
Bob Grove
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Mary and Allie are the best. Super smart about the market and selling property to get the best price possible. Kept us informed, managed my stress professionally and with patience. Professional, friendly and super effective with great results.
Tom Rachfal
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Allie Payne knows her business and knows how to get it done. Her expertise in the housing market is incomparable and because of this I have recommended her to friends who have loved working with her, found places and considered her a friend at the end of the process. She is the whole package!
Kathleen
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Mary and Allie helped us purchase our condo almost 7 years ago and were happy to help us when we were ready to sell and move on to a house recently. E-mails and calls are promptly returned, and their knowledge of the North Shore area is excellent. We were notified of some homes before they had made it to the MLS too, which was helpful. I would highly recommend using them to buy or sell a home in this area.
soph81
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Mary really listened to what we wanted, gave us a lot of time to look at a number of properties, and helped us through the entire process. Her attention to detail and follow up even after the sale was completed was superb.
Doug Bernie
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I was very fortunate to have Mary and Allie help me find and close on my new home. They really took great care of me and my family, understood our constraints, and valued our money as if it was their own. The way they manage the whole process from finding the right home, making an offer, and protecting me through inspections and the closing is what separates them from the rest. They also did an amazing job negotiating on my behalf. We had many challenges with the closing and every time Mary took the lead and came up with solutions that moved the process forward. I have very rarely in my life experienced such great services and exhibit such caring about their clients. I am in a house that I love and it’s all thanks to them. I strongly recommend Mary and Allie
Ben
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Mary and Allie did an excellent job for us. They sold our condo for a great price and they literally found us our dream home. With barely any inventory to choose from in Evanston they somehow were able to get us in to see a house that was absolutely perfect for us before it even went on the MLS. It was an amazing find by them. We feel so fortunate that we had their local knowledge and expertise on both the buying and selling side. We highly recommend them.
user7791011
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I picked the MS group because they had a good history of selling houses in and around my particular neighborhood. Mary and her associate Allie had been very helpful in getting things done, preparing the house for the market. Not only did the house sell fast, it went in full price. I do strongly recommend the MS group to anyone looking to buy or sell in the North Shore areas.
rwpundt
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Mary is very professional and knows how to market a property. When I was not able to be around for various issues Mary was either there taking care of them or had someone from her office to be there.
Steve J
Mary and her team (Allie Payne mainly) gave me sound and practical advice throughout the 6 month sale period. They also listened very carefully to what I wanted. They have access to a very broad advertising network and I was very pleased with the showings that their advertising yielded and the offers that I received. Mary has worked in the Evanston, IL area for several years and knows the RE market there extremely well. I highly recommend Mary and her team!
Pam Seaman
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My husband and I were first time home buyers and started looking for condos on what seemed like a whim. We didn't do any research into local brokers, but once we were in the hands of Allie and MS Group it was clear our gut instincts were correct. The team graciously accommodated all of our requests for viewings, whether it was evenings, early mornings, or odd hours of the weekends. She was always adjusted her schedule to meet ours, which was incredibly helpful. We bought a foreclosure, and despite warnings that it could be a tedious, stressful process, I was very surprised that it went off without a hitch. We were very excited to stay in the same neighborhood in Evanston that we've been living in the past five years, which was our first priority. We were very happy with the team.
Mary Gustafson
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Mary did a great job of selling our condo quickly and for a good price. She is a true professional. She knows the community and understands the local market. She is pleasant and easy to work with.
dffuson
Mary and her team managed the sale of our Evanston condominium with the skill and thoroughness one could only hope for. Their extraordinary knowledge of the market in southeast Evanston and their involvement in transactions in the immediate neighborhood allowed us to set an asking price at the top of the market... and get it. Kudos for a sales job well done and a totally uneventful closing experience.
Gary & Colleen Bruckner
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We hired Mary as our realtor because she was very confident that she could get the selling price we wanted for our home -- which was significantly more than any other realtor I spoke to. She aggressively marketed our home and in the end, we got very close to our asking price. She also did an amazing job using her personal connections to find the perfect new home for us, before it was even on the market. Although we don't plan on moving again, I would definitely use her again and highly recommend her to others.
Christine Carsen
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It has been a pleasure working with the fine ladies at MS Group/Dream Town over the past few months. When I asked Alderman Peter Braithwaite for a recommendation for a real estate agent, he immediately gave me your information. From the initial meeting with my father all the  way through closing it has been nothing but a pleasant experience. The time you two took to listen to my father share about the loss of his wife, my mom, of 49 years, really comforted him in knowing that he was in good hands. Helping clear out the house and garage, your team went beyond our expectations and it is greatly appreciated. The staging you did for the house made me want to move from Georgia back into my parents’ house it looked marvelous. They kept us updated through the selling process and are fantastic people. Please know that my family is truly grateful of the personal touch, professionalism, and ultimate sale of our house. We are even more excited that the new family will be able to create their own stories in the house that my parents once shared. We selected Katy Hart as our attorney and did an outstanding job of negotiating on our behalf, including using power of attorney to close on my father's behalf. I still have roots in Evanston and if any of my friends or family are interested in moving I will send them your way.
Kyle Hibbler
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Mary & Allie awesome. They have supported us on multiple transactions with amazing attention to detail and prompt follow-through. I have a soft spot for Mary since she was able help us transition to Evanston during our move from Seattle smoothly. She and her team are very knowledgeable of the market and represented us in multiple transactions. We highly recommend Mary and her team.
Bill Ramsey
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My experience with the MSGroup was exemplary. They went above and beyond in helping my husband and I find just the right condo for our lifestyle. We would definately recommend them to all our friends and family for all their real estate needs. Well done Mary and Allie and thank you for always being ready to accommodate our schedule. Bravo!
user8057334
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Great working with Mary & Ally! They helped us work through our deal on a new construction house and have always been very responsive on minor issues we've had post closing. Would recommend them to anyone looking for a house in Chicago's North Shore.
Michael Rose
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I met Mary and Allie at several open-house occasions in Evanston. I was impressed with there style,understanding and professionalism . Suddenly I found myself in a situation where I needed something different and quick of what I was looking for in Evanston. I contacted Allie Payne while I was out of town to help buy something low cost, livable and quick to close. Allie was fantastic to get it done. Within weeks and me not even being in town it was closed . Just a few text messages, email and calls ...all very smooth. Any potential stress situation was handled relaxed , while in perfect control of the situation.
Alex
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I'm glad I made the choice to work with Mary and her team to sell my house. Their knowledge of the market, excellent communication and staging skills helped me sell my house within one week. Thanks Mary & Allie
eversharp86
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Mary Summerville and Allie Payne made the challenging process of selling our home easier. They worked with us out of state and understood our limitations. Mary provided direction on upgrades, held several open houses and competently handled the negotiating process. Allie oversaw the upgrades and staged our unit excellently. All of these factors contributed to our home selling for a fair price and in a reasonable time frame. Mary also provided a referral to Tom Meyers, our attorney, who was accessible, conscientious and thorough in communication. Thank you all for making a stressful process manageable and for helping us sell our home!
sdsalsman
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Mary did a great job in our sale. She was knowledgeable about the condition of our home and provided feedback that helped us in determining how to list and, in return, also place an offer on our new home. Mary's reputation led us to her, but our experience with her and her team was undoubtedly so wonderful that we would recommend any Evanston-area home shoppers to contact her.
Ryan V
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The realtors at Dream Town helped us to sell an unconventional home. By unconventional, I mean that it was a great property in a great neighborhood,but needed a lot of work. Many realtors just don't have creative ideas when dealing with a property that is less than “Martha Stewart” perfect. Our home had good “bones” but due to extenuating circumstances, we were unable to upgrade it. As a result, it was considered “functionally obsolete,” or a home that might not appeal to the conventional home buyer. Enter our Dream Town realtors. Mary Summerville and Allie Payne came up with many creative ways to market our home to builders as well as to first-time buyers interested in rolling up their sleeves and doing some DIY. We ended up selling the home in less than one month's time – and for a fair price. Through the entire process we felt that our realtors spent the time to give us good communication, leading us from the listing to the closing with no glitches. We would recommend Mary Summerville and Allie Payne as realtors to anyone seeking the highest level of marketing creativity and professionalism.
cantodolce
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My entire experience went really well. They accurately valued my home, staged it very nicely, and sold it quickly. They also helped me find a new apartment, better than any of the ones I'd been able to find on my own. The entire process was very smooth, and if I had more homes to sell I'd go to MS Group to do it.
user9398373
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Allie Payne is the best!! We got it done!! We looked at several houses and found THE ONE!!! Allie was very flexible and helped with small things after the inspection!
nyssan
When possible, I always choose to work with experienced realtors. I had the pleasure to work with 4 very seasoned realtors. Among them, Mary is the best of the best. She looked at my property, went through the different options to market it, shared the pros and cons of each option. She is a great negotiator too, very fair and polite, yet representing the best interest of her client.
Nancy Liuus
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Mary and Allie are efficient and professional, with enthusiasm and creativity thrown in for good measure. They communicated with throughout the process, which is important for me as a developer. The net result was two sales in a reasonable amount of time. I will use them again.
msilver707
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Mary and her team are extremely knowledgeable and great to work with. Their expertise on both listing/selling a home and purchasing a home were incredibly helpful. Additionally, Mary and team were wonderful at providing multiple options that fit our needs. We highly recommend working with Mary for your next home sale/purchase.
gmivry
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Mary and her team were very professional throughout the marketing and selling process of our condominium. I would recommend her as she has extensive knowledge of the local area buildings.
C Benner
I am very pleased with the advice and service I received from Mary and her team. Mary provided an extensive and informative market analysis of our home which helped us determine our asking price. We received multiple offers within a couple weeks. Mary helped us determine which offer might be best to consider based on fewest conditions, then she negotiated with those buyers to bring in an additional amount that was agreeable to us. Mary also offered us help with moving,cleaning and staging of furniture. All of the services Mary and her group provided to us were especially helpful because the entire transaction from listing contract to sales contract to one of her partners attending the closing with our attorney was completed while we were living out of state nearly 2000 miles away. The confidence and trust I have with Mary provided me the peace of mind that I felt no need to return to Chicago to oversee any part of the sale. Thank You Mary and Allie. I look forward to working with you all again, until then I will refer family and friends to you with great confidence Thanks
Greg D
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We worked with Allie Payne to buy our new condo in Evanston. In my opinion, here are the best things about working with her: 1. Frequency of communication: we were first time home buyers and Allie gave us plenty of updates throughout the process. It helped with our nerves. 2. List of recommended partners for other aspects of home buying, such as home inspectors and real estate attorneys. We went with her recommendations and had wonderful experiences. 3. Personality: Allie was professional, down to earth, and fun to work with. We spoke to another realtor before deciding on Allie and she was sugar-sweet and seemed to only tell us what she thought we wanted to hear. Allie was honest with us and always explained every option and scenario we had, which I respect much more. I always looked forward to meeting with her. It was a pleasure to work with Allie. We now have a gorgeous new home and owe her for that. That's why I'm writing this review - she helped us so much that I believe she deserves more business. If I ever had family or friends moving to the area, I would recommend her in a heartbeat!
zuser20150505221304217
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Mary and Allie are wonderful to work with. It has been a 2 year process to find a home, as we have gone back and forth from building an addition to buying. They have been extremely patient with us and have never made us feel that we were wasting their time. They understood what we were trying to do and supported us when we thought we were going in the direction of an addition. They are extremely knowledgable about the Evanston and surrounding area market. They knew exactly what we were looking for and in what price range. When we found the one, they knew it! They have such positive attitudes it's infectious. Having them at the closing table made the process complete.
hansandanj
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Mary & Allie provide top notch service. They provided tremendous guidance and smart pricing on the sale of our home. They were responsive to literally any and all needs at a particularly stressful time in our lives. Highly recommend!
Carrie Stewart
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I am an architect and real estate developer and have worked with mary & allie on several different properties. They are total professionals and give straight answers to straight questions and aren't SHY about voicing their opinions. Mary I have known for 20years....enough said.
Andrew Spatz
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Mary did a great job of selling our condo quickly and for a good price. She is a true professional. She knows the community and understands the local market. She is pleasant and easy to work with. D. Fuson
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