Broker Associate

I am a full time realtor, specializing in Oak Park, River Forest, and several western suburbs.  In addition, I have served clients in various city neighborhoods, including Lakeview, the Gold Coast, and Lincoln Park.  I am a native Oak Parker, and currently live in Oak Park with my husband Andrew, and our girls, Stephanie and Sophia.  I have a couple of addictions:  HGTV, container gardening, and any travel that involves a beach, a book and some historical home tours!  I have been selling real estate since 2002, and I have been very successful.  In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 I was named a Five Star Agent, which I am especially proud of, because I was voted in by my clients!

I spent almost twenty years in corporate America prior to my real estate career.  My prior career involved a lot of negotiation, marketing and client management.  I never thought that work could be like this!  It really is true that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life.  I am very lucky to live in this amazing community, and to share it with people looking for a place to live and raise their families that is friendly and welcoming to all.

I feel privileged to accompany my clients on their journey as they search for the perfect place to call home.  People are often buying or selling a home because of a major life change, sometimes a positive one and sometimes a challenging one.  I make an effort to get to know my clients, their likes and dislikes, and their motivations, so that I may best help them to achieve their real estate goals.  Sometimes people are in a hurry, relocating from another city, trying to transplant their families as soon as possible.  Other times, the search is a more casual one, one where the family will move only if the home of their dreams comes onto the market.  Whatever the time frame, I treat each of my clients with the respect and consideration that they need, and provide them with the information that will help them to come to a decision on their own.

Whether you are moving in, moving up, or moving out, I would love to work with you.  There are strategies to buying and selling successfully in any kind of market, with any budget!   Call me and let's talk about all that is possible.

  • ABR
  • B&W Vice President's Club
  • GRI - Graduate Realtor Institute

Reviews On Zillow

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"Mary is a fantastic Relator. She is a true professional, with determination, great communication skills, knows the business and is a "go getter"! Thanks to her an offer was on the table in less then 24 hours! She rocks!"


by jasonreidruasell

"Mary Carlin is a professional through and through. She helped my wife and I find the perfect home. She is extremely knowledgable of the housing market, area and listened to our wants and needs for our future home. Mary is charismatic, fun, punctual and knowledgable realtor. You're going to want to invite her over for dinner when you're moved in."


by scottiewm

"My husband and I just bought our first house and Mary was helpful throughout the whole process. She made it seamless and provided us with the necessary referrals. Her connectedness to the community was appreciated and will definitely use her in the future. :)"


by zuser20150809105755203

"Mary really got to know us, so she was able to direct our search to the right new home. Her advice about, and knowledge of, the local was invaluable. She was very respectful of our wishes when marketing our former house, making the sale process effortless from our side of the transaction. We recommend her without reservation!"


by dothoulihan

"The best realtor in oak park for sure. We have worked with Mary for 15 yrs and she is simply the best! She has helped us buy and sell several homes. Mary is extremely patient and has her ear to the ground in Oak Park with a great understanding of the market."


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