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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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When it came time to sell our home, we chose Ivona as our listing agent because of her hard-working nature and good listening skills. We were impressed with her marketing plan. Ivona got the job done!When it came time to buy our next home, Ivona was easy to work with because of her pleasant demeanor. In our search to purchase a home Ivona was always receptive to our needs. She willingly showed us homes without pressure. Dr. Pete and Barb Egofske
Dr Pete and Barb Egofske
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Diligent. Flexible. Intelligent. Reliable. We cannot say enough about Ivona McCormick. She is an incredibly hardworking residential sales leader who remains committed to excellent service. She is a fabulous listener who spends time understanding her customers' needsand working diligently to exceed them. In addition to all of these wonderful attributes, Ivona sold our condo at 900 N. Lake Shore Dr. in Chicago at the price we wanted...and set a new record for sales in our building! She worked hard to secure us a new home in Evanston. Ivona brings the perfect combination of talent, experience and personality to a demanding and competitive business. It is a delight to work with someone of such fine character. Erika and Mike Erhart
Erika and Mike Erhart
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We were very pleased with Ivona's services as our buyer's agent. She never tried to pressure us, and in fact she would sometimes be the first one to point out the flaws of a place we just looked at. Her friendly manner and attention to our needs made us feel comfortable during the whole process of finding and purchasing a home. We would not hesitate to use her services again. Joseph and Jing Cesarone
Joseph and Jing Cesarone
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Ivona found exactly what I was looking for. It has been six months and my new house feels like a home. She is great to work with. She truly cares and actually listens! I would and have recommended her services to my friends and family. Lucas Mroz
Lucas Mroz
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We admire the work you do. You are a warm and hard working person and it is a pleasure to know you. Anka and Cedo Popovich-Krstic
Anka and Cedo Popovich-Krstic
Ivona McCormick listed, marketed and sold my condo located at 2951 Central St. in Evanston. I found her approach to be realistic, honest, enthusiastic and professional. She is very knowledgeable and aware of the current climate of the industry and thoroughly up-to-date with e-marketing techniques. Her skills during the negotiation process were exceptional. I am most impressed with the fact that she was able to sell my condo in the short period of three days! I certainly would highly recommend Ivona. Professor Gerardo Ribeiro
Professor Gerardo Ribeiro
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If you have the opportunity to work with Ivona, take it! She made our first-time-home-buying-experience fun, exciting, and easy. As first-time homebuyers, we knew next to nothing about what we were getting into. We needed an agent we trusted, who knows her stuff, and who was willing to take the extra time required to educate us on everything that goes with buying a home for the first time... we could not have been in better hands! Ivona truly went above and beyond for us and made this exciting time in our lives a fun and happy one. My husband and I have recommended her to everyone we know, and she has gotten great results for our friends. When it's time to sell our first place, Ivona will be the first person we call. Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity Jeremy and Anna Inabinet
Jeremy and Anna Inabinet
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We found a realtor for life with Ivona. From our first meeting to our closing date she guided us through the process of buying our first home as an expert and as a friend. As we approached making our most important investment, in turn,we could feel she was invested in us. She assuaged our fears and worked hard so we could find and close on the perfect home for our newly growing family. Kimberly and Brendan Moore
Kimberly and Brendan Moore
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We are so appreciative of how well you handled the staging, the management company, the relocation company and the actual sale. It's been a true pleasure working with such a great realtor that we could count on every step of the way. We will definitely keep you in mind and refer you to anyone we know. In addition, feel free to use us as a reference going forward. Dr. Dan and Julie Dexter
Dr. Dan and Julie Dexter
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I never thought selling my home would have been so quick and with such gratifying results. Thanks and hats off to Ivona! Georgia Cohen
Georgia Cohen
Ivona McCormick is the most professional, intelligent, knowledgeable, hardworking real estate agent I have ever worked with in 40 years of buying and selling real estate. In addition, I knew that Ivona was always on MY side, working to put MY interests ahead of everything else. She was ALWAYS reachable and took care of everything promptly and professionally. She did far more than I would have expected from her, including picking me up at my home and driving me to the property repeatedly so that I could meet with various contractors involved in remodeling. Even though the purchase price was not so high and therefore her commission not so much, she always treated the transaction and me like we were worth a million. Sara Stewart
Sara Stewart
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Ivona was a breath of fresh air after some mishandled transactions and her depth of knowledge as well as her large pool of connections helped us succeed in selling our condo. Even though Ivona was abroad during our transaction, it could not have gone any more smoothly or better. Lyam Guerra
Lyam Guerra
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Ivona was an amazing broker! We had worked with two other brokers prior to working with her and her level of professionalism, amount of communication and marketing strategy blew us away. She answered countless questions and we ultimately ended up with a full price, cash offer. I can't say enough good things and will recommend her to everyone in the area. Kathryn Guerra
Kathryn Guerra
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Ivona has handled 2 sales, 1 purchase and secured 2 sets of renters in the condo she just sold for us. She is beyond professional and an expert in her field. We can't imagine using anyone else. She fights for her clients, but at the same time is fair, honest and efficient. Every time we talk to anyone who brings up a real estate transaction, Ivona's name is brought up and referred. We are as loyal to her as she is to us. Job well done. Michele Sherer Michele Sherer
Michele Sherer
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This is the fifth transaction I've done with Ivona; two sales, two rentals, one purchase. For the sales and rentals, her knowledge of market prices appropriately set expectations, making negotiations of the deals go quickly. Her premarketing of the property resulted in early and substantial interest and immediate bids. Her management of the sales/purchase process kept everything on track with seemingly no problems (I'm sure she had to work hard to make it look simple). @properties clearly gives her strong support.Ivona is first of all professional, but charming as well. I will continue to use her for all my future real estate transactions and recommend her to all. David Sherer
David Sherer
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Ivona was very personable and knowledgeable. She was motivated to help us find the right property. Most importantly, she was looking out for our best interests throughout the entire process. Elissa Lovell
Elissa Lovell
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Ivona was very helpful and patient in the process of buying my first property. She definitely had my interests in mind when looking for the right property. If I buy again in the area I would definitely use Ivona and would recommend her to friends and family! Andra Jungles
Andra Jungles
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Ivona McCormick is an amazing realtor! She has a wonderful work ethic, and she is intelligent, dilligent, and she works well under pressure. I was under a time crunch, and there was not many properties on the market. She jumped on mine the minute it hit the market, and I saw it during the realtor Open House. SOLD! I will be referring her to everyone I know! Thank you Ivona for finding me a home! Sue Shapiro-Blanas
Sue Shapiro-Blanas
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Ivona was AWESOME! From the first day we spoke to each other we were at ease and knew that she would take care of everything for selling my Father's condo. But little did she know I was full of questions! She would always get back to me right away. She was there till the end with us. She always wanted to make sure we were kept up-to-date on everything! A wonderful experience for all of us. Nancy Snyder
Nancy Snyder
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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
D. Fuson
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