MercFoss Real Estate Team

We are your Lake Forest, North Shore and Chicago real estate team.

As a family of real estate professionals, we at the MercFoss Real Estate Team offer our clients a personalized approach and the feel of a small boutique office, backed by the marketing presence of the International brand, Coldwell Banker. Led by industry veteran Donna Mercier, our team is a top performing group of Realtors at the number one office in Lake Forest.

"They have the skills and know how to sell your home."
Our home had been on the market for 10 months with another real estate agency with disappointing results. Once we changed representation to the Mercfcss Real Estate Team they were able to sell our home 45 days. -- Chris & Bill Denniston

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Donna, Chris and Donielle are an ideal combination: youth and energy meets experience and expertise. We have the unique ability to appeal to every demographic and work with both buyers and sellers to accomplish you real estate goals. In addition, we provide our clients with cross traffic services from Chicago to the North Shore suburbs and vice versa. Our sales background incorporates these two markets and whether urban or suburban we can remain your point of contact through the entire relocation process.


MercFoss Real Estate services the following North Shore and Chicago communities: Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Mettawa, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, Libertyville, Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glenview, Northbrook, Lincoln Park, Old Town, Gold Coast, Streeterville, Loop, River North, Lakeview, and the surrounding neighborhoods.

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In the news...

Featured Agent in Top Agent Magazine, December 2016

Featured in The New York Times, December 16, 2015 "What You Get"

Featured in Michigan Avenue Magazine, January/February 2010 as a Big-Ticket Broker in Lake Forest

Quoted in North Shore Magazine June 2006 "Multi Million Dollar Homes"

Featured Agent on NBC news representing Coldwell Banker in the Luxury Market 2005

Luxury Marketing Services
Our team approaches each listing client with honesty and straightforward professionalism. We are market experts on the North Shore and the City. We begin our presentation by providing you with a complete market analysis, so that you can feel confident you are listing your home at the 'right' price. We provide many exceptional added value services for your listing including professional (feng shui ) staging, setting the stage for buyers to feel comfortable and 'at home'. Marketing for your luxury home on the North Shore includes customized brochures and printed materials, the mobilization of our vast referral network of brokers to bring prospective buyers to your home, and an unmatched strategy for promoting your home in print and on the Internet. Our team's listings are often advertised in the premier publications: Chicago Social, Previews Magazine, Forest Bluff, Wall Street Journal Estates and Homes and more. In addition, we utilize the vast online marketing tools provided by Coldwell Banker to market your home on over 60 major websites, ensuring search engine optimization ('googleability'). These include, but are not limited to, Zillow, Trulia, Yahoo,, Chicago Tribune/Homefinder, Coldwell Banker National and Local (the latter of which receives over triple the online views of any competitive brokerage), and your home's own website with unique domain name. Our team also features every listing on our social media pages, offering added exposure in every place possible. We work as a team so that every concern is addressed, need fulfilled, and sale completed successfully.

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Looking for Your Next Home
Donna, Donielle and Chris work with buyers both individually and as a team to find you your next home. They have no one set formula with how they approach or work with a client. They meet you, they listen to your needs and preferences for how you would like to be communicated with, and they customized your search based on your busy schedule and best practices. They will send you listing, pull them for you, text them to you, email them, facebook, tweet ....carrier pigeon... whatever way you work best. While some Realtors prefer to cover either the suburbs or the city, they want to always be your Realtors for all needs. Therefore, they travel to any area you have interest in and advise you on market dynamics, investment potential, area resources and amenities, and every aspect that will contribute to your quality of life in your new home. Whether you are a first-time buyer or experienced investor they are your trusted advisors, valued consultants, and best real estate resource.

Broker Associate

Top Producer
In Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Luxury Home Market since April 1992.

Top 5% Internationally - Presidents Circle

Previews Property Specialist
Bringing out your home's exceptional qualities and skillfully marketing them to the widest audience of qualified luxury home buyers - that's the winning combination of experience, expertise and resources that Coldwell Bankers Previews International Property Specialists employ to consistently deliver the exceptional results you desire. Uniquely qualified to represent your interests, I have mastered the fine art of handling exceptional properties.

SFR - Short Sales & Foreclosures Resource
A Realtor who has earned the Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification (SFR) knows how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. As a certified Realtor I am able to direct distressed sellers to finance, tax, and legal professionals; qualify sellers for short sales; develop a short-sale package; negotiate with lenders; tap into buyer demand; limit risk; and protect buyers.

Relocation Marketing Specialist, CMMS

Relocation Referral Specialist, CMRS

St. Mary's College/Notre Dame Graduate

Regina Dominican High School, Wilmette

Community Involvement

  • Chicago Historic Socierty
  • Lake Forest Historic Society
  • Lake Forest Women's Club
  • Women's Board of St. Joseph Hospital, Chicago
  • Page Turners Club
  • World Wings International 1973-2009

Areas of Expertise

  • Luxury Homes
  • Lakefront Properties
  • Historically Significant Estates - David Adler, Howard Van Doren Shaw
  • Equestrian Properties
  • Relocation Specialist

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Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or if we can be of assistance in your next real estate transaction. We look forward to hearing from you!

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