Donna and her team were incredibly professional and market savvy. I would recommend Donna to my best friend. She did not like the way my den was staged. Consequently, she brought in a new stager. My house sold 6 months after she came on board in a terrible market."
"Excellent marketer of the property, gave good advice on showing the property, very trust worthy, provided assistance as needed and always willing to go above and beyond. Donna and her team are very professional and work with a sense of urgency."
--baford9 (via Zillow)
Donna sold our home within 6 weeks and did the most amazing brochure, pictures and write-ups on our home that all our friends were amazed. Showing the brochure to people elicited 'I would buy this house in a minute.' Hard work and perseverance on her part was the reason it sold so quickly. I would list and or buy a home through her again. We referred friends to her and they were happy with her work ethic.
-- hhaegerich (via Zillow)
Donna and her team provided outstanding service and expertise in every phase of marketing and selling our home. The value of the team approach cannot be under-estimated. Collectively, the team represented our home to a wide variety of buyers and each team member could effectively describe the features and advantages of our property resulting in an offer in 45 days. Once our property was under contract, the team helped us find our current home. With their help we were able to sort through an extensive list of options and narrow the field quickly. Their representation and advice during contract negotiations and at closing were vital when unexpected issues came up along the way. We strongly recommend Donna and her team for their knowledge and expertise in the real estate market whether you are buying or selling a property.
-- cad4lf (via Zillow)
"Donna's team, including Donielle were amazing. The process of buying a house (we're first time home buyers) is very emotional and exhausting. The team helped our family through ups and downs, shifted their schedule to meet our work hours to help us see houses, and made themselves available. There were times our relator Donielle acted as my therapist when timelines weren't lining up or we lost the home we hoped to get-twice. The team consists of multiple agents, so even when our relator went on vacation, our process was not put on hold. Would definitely recommend to anyone!"
-- mwalker926 (via Zillow)
Dear Donna and Donielle,
"Because of your stellar efforts, my home in Lake Forest sold in 1 day for 97% of the asking price. Thank you!"
Jackie and John Miller
She is knowledgeable, and looked out for our best fit in buying, looked out for our best interests in negotiations. We highly recommend Donna and her team! Wouldn't use anyone else!
-- Bought a Townhouse home in 2016 for approximately $475K in Lake Bluff, IL.
"Donna Mercier of Coldwell Banker is a dedicated, professional and trustworthy real estate agent who worked diligently to find a buyer for our home in a difficult market - and succeeded. She is a veteran with tremendous knowledge and we would highly recommend her and her team".
Carol and Bruce McGillivray
"You really have gone way above and beyond what I was expecting. Your service has been OUTSTANDING!! I could not have asked for a better agent. You even got a scoop on a house that was not in your normal territory. Because of you, I am in my wonderful new home without it ever hitting the market! You really worked overtime to get me into this house. It has been such a pleasure working with you. Everyday was more like coffee with a friend than a house hunt, and I can never thank you enough."
"Thank you for the CD and everything you accomplished at selling 449 S Green Bay Rd. The sale lifted an 800 pound gorilla off my back. Life is good."
Richard R. Robbins - Bank of Lincolnwood, President/Chief Operating Officer
Bill and I could not more highly recommend the Foss Mercier real estate team from Coldwell Banker in Lake Forest. Our home had been on the market for 10 months with another real estate agency with disappointing results. Once we changed representation to the Foss Mercier team they were able to sell our home 45 days. attribute their success to the following:
Solid pre-sale advice
Donna and Donielle previewed the house, made strategic suggestions regarding the exterior and interior of the home to show it in its best light. They also provided well reasoned pricing recommendations leading to a higher selling price than offers generated by the previous agent.
Excellent marketing materials
In addition to excellent photos of the house for brochures and online sites, floor plans of the house were prepared to make it easy for potential buyers to visualize the home's interior space and features. Backed by Coldwell Banker's extensive internet presence and premier internet positioning of their listings on all key real estate sites and the company's own well designed website, our property was easy to view locally and all over the United States.
Active marketing of the listing
Donna and Donielle "worked the listing" making sure that we had as many showings as possible. Starting with a Broker's Open House, our property was re-exposed to the local real estate community with the new marketing materials. The team supplemented Internet advertising by featuring our home in local papers ads and magazines numerous times. They provided a weekly activity report that showed the print advertising activity, number of showings and the number of internet views on the major real estate websites. This allowed us to have the confidence that people were looking at our home in addition to the number of showings the home had.
Solid lead follow-up
The team sought prompt feedback after every showing and we knew what was happening with each prospect. Interested prospects were appropriately pursued. We never wondered about the status of a prospect and the team worked diligently to determine objections and resolve them for the potential buyer. The strong follow-up skills of the team resulted in the quick sale of our home once they took over the listing.
The value of a team
The Foss Mercier team approach magnifies the coverage of your property. First, there are multiple agents intimate with the details of your property. You can be confident that no showing opportunity will be missed because someone is always available to show your home and answer questions. Their team also provides a range of buyers' perspectives including first time buyers and upgrade buyers or transferees.
Follow-up after the Sale
The Foss Mercier team did not 'disappear' after the sale and close of our property. We have had two issues arise since our closing and the team responded to immediately and worked to resolve the problems.
We could not recommend a team of professionals more highly than the Foss Mercier team in this complex and dynamic real estate market. They have the skills and know how to sell your home.
"Donielle is enthusiastic and knowledgeable in real estate. She has expanded our business into the Chicago market, i.e. Lincoln Park, River North, South Loop, Bucktown, Gold Coast, and Streeterville."
"Donna Mercier has served as my realtor for the last fourteen years and to date has completed five separate real estate transactions for me including the purchase of raw land as well as sales and purchases of high end homes. She is extremely professional, conscientious and service oriented in her approach."
"Donielle is one of the most professional real estate agents I have worked with, ever. She is quick and dependable, thorough and attentive. She works with my requests (no matter how odd or unrealistic) in order to satisfy my needs. She will not sugar-coat an answer, and lets you know exactly the situation as it stands. Never before have I been able to 'trust' a real estate agent, until Donielle."
"I have been fortunate to have Donna Mercier as my Broker on two occasions. She represented me on the Seller side for my Lake Forest house and recently as the Purchaser for a house in Palatine. On both occasions, she has been professional, thoughtful, caring and efficient. My recent purchase of my house reflected how efficient her business skills are to complete this transaction in a very short period of time that resulted in a smooth closing."
"Thank you for helping my good friend and client find her new home in Chicago. I appreciate the time you spent teaching her about the different areas within the city and keeping her informed of new homes on the market. Your professionalism by keeping me informed every step of the way made me feel that she was in very good hands!"
On November 2, 2010 we closed on 131 Wildwood Road in Lake Forest for 97% of the list price. We received an offer the day we listed the house. Visit our success page for more sales and testimonials.
"I'll do a transaction with Donna Mercier anytime!"