Marjorie Allabastro - Testimonials

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I can't say enough good things about Marjorie.

After deciding it was time to move and sell my two bed, two bath condo in Avondale, I contacted her via Zillow after reading all of the positive reviews. She called me within a couple of hours, and after a candid, straight forward conversation over the  phone, I had a strong feeling she was the right fit for me. We met in person and my hunch was confirmed. I never felt like she was trying to sell me on her services or push me to make decisions I wasn't totally comfortable with. Her research was thorough despite the lack of comparables in my neighborhood. We settled on a price, listed, and I had a signed contract within two days with a final price that went above listing. She helped the due diligence and closing process go so smoothly and represented me in the best way possible. She's quick to respond to phone calls and emails, and I never once felt the need to question her integrity or capabilities. Her fees are very straight-forward with no hidden costs for marketing. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

plooster77

We had a great experience working with Marjorie.

It was the first time we were moving downtown from the suburbs and besides the size of the place, we didn’t really have a good of an idea of what we wanted. She did an awesome job funneling down the neighborhoods and then figuring out a handful of  buildings to choose from. She also has a really great online tool that after you pick which buildings you are interested in, she can send you a link to a website which will show you exactly which units are available as well as the pictures of each specific unit (which is so important because as we found out allot of buildings vary tremendously from unit to unit). It made it easy to communicate which ones we actually wanted to see and further refine down all the options. Marjorie is a genuinely nice person and was a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend working with her and will for sure reach out to her again when we move.

Noah Moreland

There is not enough space in this comment box to tell how much Marjorie has assisted me in buying my first home.

After several realtors and a much needed recommendation quickly, I was referred to Marjorie Allabastro. I was a little apprehensive because I was so frustrated with meeting realtors who  I felt didn't have my best interest as a first time buyer and a veteran. Well as soon as I heard Marjorie's voice on my phone, I knew in a instant she was different! Confidence and enthusiasm was poring out over the phone before I even met her. Not the kind of enthusiasm and thirst that could tell you off but some one I know who is positive in helping others in their search. As we began the search, I could get any of my friends to volunteer to come with me, but what impressed me the most was Marjorie literally became my 2nd pairs of eyes especially when it comes to seeing cosmetic work but not thinking rationally about what I'm getting myself into....She does that and reels you back in! And that's why I am already planning my next purchase with her when I decide to upgrade. I've recommended her to my colleagues and my friends. Thanks once again Marjorie! It was a roller coaster but meeting you it became a learning adventure! 

zuser20140315190537506

Marjorie was excellent in all respects.

Marjorie was knowledgeable, very professional and most importantly, very accessible. I was able to reach her week-ends and evenings every time. She was always a pleasure to work with. accesible. professional

dawnwicks

My husband and I are thankful to have had Marjorie in our corner while searching for our first home.

Marjorie considered all of our must haves while searching for properties. She remained patient and persistent in our home search. Marjorie found the perfect place for us while balancing location,  amenities, commutes, and lifestyle. She also guided me to create a great team of lenders and attorneys. She is a gem.

Jessica McVay

All I can say is WOW!

Marjorie helped my daughter navigate the process of being a first time home buyer by going above and beyond the call of duty. She was always available for my daughter and showed a level of honesty and concern that is often not found in the industry. She was very patient in  dealing not only with my daughter but also with her concerned parents. She treated both my daughter and us like FAMILY! If you have the opportunity to work with Marjorie you will be so impressed with both her knowledge and compassion.

gipper94

This was my first home buying experience and I'm so grateful we had a wonderful partner through the process.

She never pressured us into feeling we had to hurry up and put a bid in, and her recommendations for an attorney was a huge added bonus. Marjorie was very responsive to e-mails, texts and  phone calls and was prompt, transparent and organized. She was knowledgeable about the neighborhoods, construction details and finishings and was very observant. Her background in rehabbing homes was evident as she pointed out alternate floor plans and offered aesthetic advice about how best to improve a property. After the home inspection revealed some issues, she was able to coach us through what to do. At the same time, she followed up with the mortgage lender, seller's agent and attorney as needed. In the end, we ended up purchasing an amazing condo at a very good price. She always had our best interests in mind and she made the process as smooth as it could have been.

user0191462

Marjorie was fantastic in getting a thorough estimate on the price I should list my condo in East Lakeview.

She was very detail oriented and responsive. I appreciate her focus.

stojakovic

Marjorie was very professional throughout the process.

She is friendly and provides her honest opinion on houses and neighborhoods instead of just looking to do a quick buy or a sale. She made me feel very comfortable and has knowledge of all the local schools and neighborhoods. I've recommended  Marjorie to my family and friends in the past and will continue to refer her to others seeing a qualified and honest real-estate agent in the future. 

user7967799

Marjorie really improved my moving process.

I was under a time crunch to find a place and she made room in her schedule to view properties with me. Her knowledge of the city made me feel comfortable. She has great insights and I would reccomend her to anyone.

fshimp89

All I can say is WOW!

Marjorie helped my daughter navigate the process of being a first time home buyer by going above and beyond the call of duty. She was always available for my daughter and showed a level of honesty and concern that is often not found in the industry. She was very patient in  dealing not only with my daughter but also with her concerned parents. She treated both my daughter and us like FAMILY! If you have the opportunity to work with Marjorie you will be so impressed with both her knowledge and compassion.

gipper94

Marjorie was great to work with (so much so I did it twice).

She takes the time to walk through every detail and makes you feel comfortable with the process. She partnered with me every step of the way and ensured the the process was manged perfectly. Marjorie Allabastro fan for life!

Gabriel Gecan

Being a first time homebuyer the process can be very overwhelming, from the first phone call where Marjorie reached out I could tell that she really cared about me and what I was looking for and not just wanting the sale as I had felt with other realtors who had called me.

I had a ton of questions  and she was patient and always willing to answer a phone call or email at all times of day. Even post sale, she would email me checking in on how it was going and on some home improvements that I was making. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and look forward to working with her again!

zuser20160311202139456

Marjorie is an amazing realtor who helped me find the home of my dreams.

As a first-time homebuyer who weeks before was working with a not-so-good Realtor, I chose Marjorie because she understood my needs, gave me the individualized attention, wouldn’t pressure me into something and could be my  trusted advisor. Since she has experience in development, she was able to help me understand the pros and cons of buying a fixer upper or minor tweaks. As I searched for places—whether they were pretty much move in ready or not—she was an excellent source to help me understand what the true cost of the home would be with the changes I wanted to make to it. Marjorie was an excellent negotiator, ensuring I got the best deal while quelling the anxieties of a first-time home buyer. The next time I’m in the real estate market, I’m calling Marjorie, and I continue to refer my friends to her for their real estate needs.

rarred725

Marjorie was a joy to work with, both on our condo sale and house purchase.

Her assessment of the market was spot on, her knowledge of pitfalls and benefits of various properties was invaluable, her effectiveness in negotiations meant more money for us, and her calm demeanor through every step of  the process helped us navigate the expected unknowns of real estate transactions. Plus, if you need "a guy" to do something for your place, she's got one - for everything. Can't recommend Marjorie highly enough.

kmhilgendorf

Marjorie went above and beyond!

She made sure we were taken care of from start to finish. I highly recommend Marjorie as your real estate agent. Her professionalism shines through.

zuser20140422121747607

Marjorie assisted me in finding a home in Grayslake, Illinois and I was quite impressed with her level of professionalism, efficiency and responsiveness.

She was always available to answer my questions, constantly gave updates about available properties and clearly understood my needs and worked  diligently to narrow down my search to suit my requirements hence saving a lot of time. Her personality exceeded expectations, she listened to my concerns and needs and was very knowledgeable in the real estate market and offered great advice where needed. She's a tough negotiator and was only concerned about me, her client being happy and comfortable with my purchase. If I were to search for another home, without hesitation, I would definitely call on this wonderful agent.

zuser20160124143511147

Marjorie was wonderful.

As a first time homebuyer I had lots of questions. Marjorie and her team made what could be a confusing and overwhelming process smooth and easy. She's as sweet as she looks!

zuser20160322220024133

Marjorie Allabastro and her brother Matthew are nothing short of the best real estate brokers I have ever dealt with.

My background is in real estate law, and so when it came time to engage brokers to purchase our first home, my past experience made me wary and suspicious of brokers, but Marjorie and Matthew almost instantly dissolved all my concerns. They are conscientious, knowledgeable, and diligently fierce advocates for their clients. It is hard to know where to start in terms of heaping on praise. When we started working with them, they spent a great deal of time and care asking about our unique needs, desires and aversions. They listened closely and were able to craft tours all over the city showing us buildings that aligned with our goals.Marjorie and Matthew have a tremendous knowledge of the city, and we never took a tour with them without learning something new about the areas we were visiting. Further, with a family background in construction, they also have a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of a building, and were able to alert us to possible hidden issues we would not have noticed on our own. They were absolutely invaluable resources in this and many other respects.Throughout the very stressful process of buying our new home, Marjorie was always available to us even at very odd hours. In fact, I have secret suspicions that Marjorie may never actually sleep! She was generally responsive within minutes of a phone call, text or email. She went out of her way to make sure we were aware that informing us and advocating for us were her primary goals. Our seller turned out to be a very difficult and problematic individual, and closing was fraught with issues. Where every other broker I have dealt with would be impatiently drumming their fingers and waiting for their commission, Marjorie and Matthew instead continued to staunchly support us and advocate for us. We could not be more grateful that we had them at our sides during this stressful process. Well after closing Marjorie continues to reach out and send us helpful insight and information and offer support. We will be forever grateful to them. There could truly be no better in this business. I wholeheartedly recommend the Allabastros without qualification or reservation. They will easily meet and exceed all expectations.

Cosmos Boekell

Marjorie was very professional throughout the process.

She is friendly and provides her honest opinion on houses and neighborhoods instead of just looking to do a quick buy or a sale. She made me feel very comfortable and has knowledge of all the local schools and neighborhoods. I've recommended  Marjorie to my family and friends in the past and will continue to refer her to others seeing a qualified and honest real-estate agent in the future. 

user7967799

Marjorie is more than my real estate agent, she was an expert negotiator, a knowledgeable adviser, a problem solver and an attentive listener.

Marjorie handled the sale of my home and the purchase of a new property. I was moving from a vintage 3-flat to a high-rise building which was new to me.  Her experience in construction came through as she was able to patiently explain details about the building and how / why things were designed, and what considerations I should take into account.Buying, selling and moving can be stressful. Marjorie minimized my stress by taking the worry about of situations. She always responded to my emails, calls or texts within a reasonable time and keep me updated on the status of activities (without having to ask for this). She was proactive in coming up with creative solutions to issues and presented me with several options so that I could make educated decisions.I have already referred Marjorie to several people and will continue to do so. I would definitely contract her services for my next purchase!

seas411

Marjorie was wonderful to work with during the condo selling process!

This was my first time selling a property and she was so attentive and helpful from our very first meeting to all the way through to the closing of the sale. She not only guided me through the process but also provided her  expert advice on pricing strategies and negotiating with potential buyers. Now that I am looking to purchase a new condo, I have enlisted Marjorie's help once again!

Amanda Z

Marjorie was a huge help to us during our home search.

She was excellent about sticking to our wants (even better than we were in some cases). She made sure in the end that we bought a home that met all of our requirements and not just something that looked pretty. Also,we never would have  survived the contracting experience without her, she ensured that the bank stayed within a reasonable time frame and that we did not lose the interest rate we locked in when the offer was accepted. If we ever decide to move I will be using her again!

rbish27

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marjorie in the selling of our condo in Chicago.

Being that we now live out of state, it was crucial to us to have a realtor/seller who was not only familiar with the current retail climate, but was also accommodating to the fact that we were a remote seller  who really needed to understand the details and nuances required in setting up and selling the property effectively. Marjorie helped guide us through the process, going above and beyond with lining up services to get the unit ready for sale, coordinating required repairs, vetting potential buyers, explaining potential situations to be aware of, and ultimate preparing the unit for its new owners. Couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!

thebaldasianguy

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marjorie in the selling of our condo in Chicago.

Being that we now live out of state, it was crucial to us to have a realtor/seller who was not only familiar with the current retail climate, but was also accommodating to the fact that we were a remote seller  who really needed to understand the details and nuances required in setting up and selling the property effectively. Marjorie helped guide us through the process, going above and beyond with lining up services to get the unit ready for sale, coordinating required repairs, vetting potential buyers, explaining potential situations to be aware of, and ultimate preparing the unit for its new owners. Couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!

thebaldasianguy

Marjorie was great to work with!

She was able to sell our home for us quickly and efficiently during a time when our market was on the rebound (but still recovering). She is very patient, professional, understanding, and only had our best interest in mind. Highly recommended.

poidog81

Marjorie is a professional who allowed us to be confident in the process resulting in the sale of our property.

Quick to communicate information and suggestions. A positive approach and direct with all issues and pleasant in person, emailing, or on the phone.

jdg1914

My husband and I are thankful to have had Marjorie in our corner while searching for our first home.

Marjorie considered all of our must haves while searching for properties. She remained patient and persistent in our home search. Marjorie found the perfect place for us while balancing location,  amenities, commutes, and lifestyle. She also guided me to create a great team of lenders and attorneys. She is a gem.

Jessica McVay

Marjorie was an amazing ally in my home-buying adventure.

I was a first-time buyer and found the process quite confusing and intimidating. Marjorie was very comforting, calm, knowledgeable and organized. I'm so glad she was by our side throughout this experience. I can't imagine buying a place  with anyone else. I highly recommend contacting Marjorie immediately for your upcoming real estate purchase.

user9590661

Marjorie went above and beyond!

She made sure we were taken care of from start to finish. I highly recommend Marjorie as your real estate agent. Her professionalism shines through.

zuser20140422121747607

I live out of town and connected with Marjorie through a previous client of hers.

Marjorie did a ton a leg work before I got to town which allowed us to be efficient and focused in our search. One of the most delightful agents I have ever worked with and she is a real pro and top notch agent. Truly  the BEST!

zuser20170101155337284

I live out of town and connected with Marjorie through a previous client of hers.

Marjorie did a ton a leg work before I got to town which allowed us to be efficient and focused in our search. One of the most delightful agents I have ever worked with and she is a real pro and top notch agent. Truly  the BEST!

zuser20170101155337284

Marjorie was excellent in all respects.

Marjorie was knowledgeable, very professional and most importantly, very accessible. I was able to reach her week-ends and evenings every time. She was always a pleasure to work with. accesible. professional

dawnwicks

During the entire procedure from the initial conversation to the closing, Marjorie was a pleasure to work with.

I'm not a professional real estate person so her guidance was invaluable. Her advice on from pricing to staging to counteroffers to the final closing were spot on. I always felt she  had my interests first which is what she should do. She made the entire process very easy for me since I was selling a condo from out of state. Finally, she went beyond the call of duty by driving 180 miles round trip to finish the final detail.

eiko969

Marjorie is a fantastic realtor!

She is professional, dependable, honest, and very thorough. I was nervous going into the process of selling our house, as we had listed before with no luck. Marjorie came in and right away gave us some good feedback on things that we should do before listing. She is  highly qualified, experienced, and well educated in the local real estate market. Marjorie really went above and beyond the call of duty, she held open houses almost every weekend and she really did her job in terms of marketing the house. Selling our home was a great experience because of the knowledge, attention and care we received. We would not have had the same experience with any other agent and we are so pleased that we had her.

Kari Raimondi

Marjorie was amazing to us, and I feel bad it took this long for a review, but we are settling down in our new house!

Thanks to Marjorie by the way. Long story short Marjorie did everything in her power to help us get what we wanted and helped us walk out happy when things got a little wrinkled. I highly recommend her and will be coming back to her when we decide to sell!

Sarah Benkeser

This was my first home buying experience and I'm so grateful we had a wonderful partner through the process.

She never pressured us into feeling we had to hurry up and put a bid in, and her recommendations for an attorney was a huge added bonus. Marjorie was very responsive to e-mails, texts and  phone calls and was prompt, transparent and organized. She was knowledgeable about the neighborhoods, construction details and finishings and was very observant. Her background in rehabbing homes was evident as she pointed out alternate floor plans and offered aesthetic advice about how best to improve a property. After the home inspection revealed some issues, she was able to coach us through what to do. At the same time, she followed up with the mortgage lender, seller's agent and attorney as needed. In the end, we ended up purchasing an amazing condo at a very good price. She always had our best interests in mind and she made the process as smooth as it could have been.

user0191462

We were extremely lucky to have Marjorie Alabastro as our real estate agent.

She helped us keep calm, despite the rough communication stage with the seller. In the end we got a great property at a great price! Marjorie was flexible with scheduling and quick to respond to questions. You would love her as much as we did!

Marjorie was a great help throughout the process.

She was quick to share her knowledge in a clear manner, patient throughout many home tours, and always responsive and easy to work with.

zuser20160311130051879

Marjorie is more than my real estate agent, she was an expert negotiator, a knowledgeable adviser, a problem solver and an attentive listener.

Marjorie handled the sale of my home and the purchase of a new property. I was moving from a vintage 3-flat to a high-rise building which was new to me.  Her experience in construction came through as she was able to patiently explain details about the building and how / why things were designed, and what considerations I should take into account.Buying, selling and moving can be stressful. Marjorie minimized my stress by taking the worry about of situations. She always responded to my emails, calls or texts within a reasonable time and keep me updated on the status of activities (without having to ask for this). She was proactive in coming up with creative solutions to issues and presented me with several options so that I could make educated decisions.I have already referred Marjorie to several people and will continue to do so. I would definitely contract her services for my next purchase!

seas411

Marjorie was great to work with!

She was able to sell our home for us quickly and efficiently during a time when our market was on the rebound (but still recovering). She is very patient, professional, understanding, and only had our best interest in mind. Highly recommended.

poidog81

Marjorie provides such detailed knowledge of the market, the neighborhoods, the buying and selling process, and all details ranging from minor (like repair person recommendations) to major (like pricing and negotiation approaches).

It gave me great peace of mind knowing I was in such knowledgeable  and professional hands each of the two times she's represented me as a realtor - once for buying, and once for selling. I highly-recommend Marjorie as a trusted expert in real estate.

Andrea Joy Gecan

I cannot speak highly enough of the work of Marjorie Allabastro.

Purchasing a home is a huge decision and I was in great hands with Marjorie. I went through two previous relators before finding her. She was the only relator who truly listened to my needs and worked to find properties to match.  Marjorie was flexible in her schedule, accommodating me as I did second and third showing with family members. Marjorie demonstrated strong communication skills and was able to explain things in a way that was understandable for a first time home buyer. Marjorie was extremely personable but was also an advocate for my needs throughout the negotiation process. I would not hesitate to recommend Marjorie as a realtor to friends and family.

nebbiac

We were extremely lucky to have Marjorie Alabastro as our real estate agent.

She helped us keep calm, despite the rough communication stage with the seller. In the end we got a great property at a great price! Marjorie was flexible with scheduling and quick to respond to questions. You would love her as much as we did!

We were so lucky to find Marjorie while purchasing our house in Chicago, she was extremely helpful, responsive, flexible and helped us during the entire process, from finding a good home to our needs all the way to the closing.

We live out of state, and Marjorie's expertise was key to a good  negotiation, and a smooth closing. She provided us all the options, recommendations, and details that we needed. We couldn't be happier with her work! 

Felipe Carneiro

Marjorie was really patient and helpful.

She guided me through the entire buying process. She was very thorough in her research, guiding me and pointing out things to look for in units. She was very responsive and I have no hesitation in recommending her to family and friends. As a first time home  buyer you made the entire experience super easy, you rock Marjorie!!

zuser20141226230533065

Marjorie Allabastro and her brother Matthew are nothing short of the best real estate brokers I have ever dealt with.

My background is in real estate law, and so when it came time to engage brokers to purchase our first home, my past experience made me wary and suspicious of brokers, but Marjorie and Matthew almost instantly dissolved all my concerns. They are conscientious, knowledgeable, and diligently fierce advocates for their clients. It is hard to know where to start in terms of heaping on praise. When we started working with them, they spent a great deal of time and care asking about our unique needs, desires and aversions. They listened closely and were able to craft tours all over the city showing us buildings that aligned with our goals.Marjorie and Matthew have a tremendous knowledge of the city, and we never took a tour with them without learning something new about the areas we were visiting. Further, with a family background in construction, they also have a deep knowledge of the ins and outs of a building, and were able to alert us to possible hidden issues we would not have noticed on our own. They were absolutely invaluable resources in this and many other respects.Throughout the very stressful process of buying our new home, Marjorie was always available to us even at very odd hours. In fact, I have secret suspicions that Marjorie may never actually sleep! She was generally responsive within minutes of a phone call, text or email. She went out of her way to make sure we were aware that informing us and advocating for us were her primary goals. Our seller turned out to be a very difficult and problematic individual, and closing was fraught with issues. Where every other broker I have dealt with would be impatiently drumming their fingers and waiting for their commission, Marjorie and Matthew instead continued to staunchly support us and advocate for us. We could not be more grateful that we had them at our sides during this stressful process. Well after closing Marjorie continues to reach out and send us helpful insight and information and offer support. We will be forever grateful to them. There could truly be no better in this business. I wholeheartedly recommend the Allabastros without qualification or reservation. They will easily meet and exceed all expectations.

Cosmos Boekell

Being a first time homebuyer the process can be very overwhelming, from the first phone call where Marjorie reached out I could tell that she really cared about me and what I was looking for and not just wanting the sale as I had felt with other realtors who had called me.

I had a ton of questions  and she was patient and always willing to answer a phone call or email at all times of day. Even post sale, she would email me checking in on how it was going and on some home improvements that I was making. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and look forward to working with her again!

zuser20160311202139456

Marjorie was amazing to us, and I feel bad it took this long for a review, but we are settling down in our new house!

Thanks to Marjorie by the way. Long story short Marjorie did everything in her power to help us get what we wanted and helped us walk out happy when things got a little wrinkled. I highly recommend her and will be coming back to her when we decide to sell!

Sarah Benkeser

Marjorie was really patient and helpful.

She guided me through the entire buying process. She was very thorough in her research, guiding me and pointing out things to look for in units. She was very responsive and I have no hesitation in recommending her to family and friends. As a first time home  buyer you made the entire experience super easy, you rock Marjorie!!

zuser20141226230533065

Marjorie worked with us for 18 months as we decided if and when we should sell our condo.

She was patient with us and helpful in providing comparables and market values in the neighborhood. Once we decided to sell we were able to handle all paperwork electronically including the sale of our unit  for more than we wanted and closed in 30 days.

paulz88888

Marjorie helped make the process of buying our first home simple and straight forward.

She has tremendous knowledge of the neighborhoods in which we looked and made terrific recommendations that allowed us to make a decision in purchasing the right home for us. She has a vast network of  professionals that she works with, and was able to recommend folks that further made our home buying process less stressful. After we found the home that we wanted, Marjorie did a great job in guiding us through the complex and often overwhelming process of buying a home. She is honest, professional and extremely knowledgeable. If you are a first time home buyer or a veteran property owner, I would highly recommend Marjorie Allabastro as your real estate professional. 

justinmoree

Marjorie provides such detailed knowledge of the market, the neighborhoods, the buying and selling process, and all details ranging from minor (like repair person recommendations) to major (like pricing and negotiation approaches).

It gave me great peace of mind knowing I was in such knowledgeable  and professional hands each of the two times she's represented me as a realtor - once for buying, and once for selling. I highly-recommend Marjorie as a trusted expert in real estate.

Andrea Joy Gecan

Marjorie is a fantastic realtor!

She is professional, dependable, honest, and very thorough. I was nervous going into the process of selling our house, as we had listed before with no luck. Marjorie came in and right away gave us some good feedback on things that we should do before listing. She is  highly qualified, experienced, and well educated in the local real estate market. Marjorie really went above and beyond the call of duty, she held open houses almost every weekend and she really did her job in terms of marketing the house. Selling our home was a great experience because of the knowledge, attention and care we received. We would not have had the same experience with any other agent and we are so pleased that we had her.

Kari Raimondi

Marjorie helped make the process of buying our first home simple and straight forward.

She has tremendous knowledge of the neighborhoods in which we looked and made terrific recommendations that allowed us to make a decision in purchasing the right home for us. She has a vast network of  professionals that she works with, and was able to recommend folks that further made our home buying process less stressful. After we found the home that we wanted, Marjorie did a great job in guiding us through the complex and often overwhelming process of buying a home. She is honest, professional and extremely knowledgeable. If you are a first time home buyer or a veteran property owner, I would highly recommend Marjorie Allabastro as your real estate professional. 

justinmoree

Marjorie was extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire process!

She was always ready to fit us in to showings at a moment's notice and represented us with the fullest professionalism

GilesMcVay

Marjorie was a huge help to us during our home search.

She was excellent about sticking to our wants (even better than we were in some cases). She made sure in the end that we bought a home that met all of our requirements and not just something that looked pretty. Also,we never would have  survived the contracting experience without her, she ensured that the bank stayed within a reasonable time frame and that we did not lose the interest rate we locked in when the offer was accepted. If we ever decide to move I will be using her again!

rbish27

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marjorie in the selling of our condo in Chicago.

Being that we now live out of state, it was crucial to us to have a realtor/seller who was not only familiar with the current retail climate, but was also accommodating to the fact that we were a remote seller  who really needed to understand the details and nuances required in setting up and selling the property effectively. Marjorie helped guide us through the process, going above and beyond with lining up services to get the unit ready for sale, coordinating required repairs, vetting potential buyers, explaining potential situations to be aware of, and ultimate preparing the unit for its new owners. Couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!

thebaldasianguy

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marjorie in the selling of our condo in Chicago.

Being that we now live out of state, it was crucial to us to have a realtor/seller who was not only familiar with the current retail climate, but was also accommodating to the fact that we were a remote seller  who really needed to understand the details and nuances required in setting up and selling the property effectively. Marjorie helped guide us through the process, going above and beyond with lining up services to get the unit ready for sale, coordinating required repairs, vetting potential buyers, explaining potential situations to be aware of, and ultimate preparing the unit for its new owners. Couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!

thebaldasianguy

Marjorie recently helped us find a rental home in a new city.

This was the first time we had looked at properties in the area and Marjorie’s expertise and advice was invaluable. She showed us several properties, many times with our two kids in tow. She was very patient and helpful, and maintained  great communication throughout the entire process. Without question we will use her as our realtor as soon are we are ready to purchase again. Marjorie went above and beyond. Can’t recommend her enough.

keithraimondi

We were so lucky to find Marjorie while purchasing our house in Chicago, she was extremely helpful, responsive, flexible and helped us during the entire process, from finding a good home to our needs all the way to the closing.

We live out of state, and Marjorie's expertise was key to a good  negotiation, and a smooth closing. She provided us all the options, recommendations, and details that we needed. We couldn't be happier with her work! 

Felipe Carneiro

I can't say enough good things about Marjorie.

After deciding it was time to move and sell my two bed, two bath condo in Avondale, I contacted her via Zillow after reading all of the positive reviews. She called me within a couple of hours, and after a candid, straight forward conversation over the  phone, I had a strong feeling she was the right fit for me. We met in person and my hunch was confirmed. I never felt like she was trying to sell me on her services or push me to make decisions I wasn't totally comfortable with. Her research was thorough despite the lack of comparables in my neighborhood. We settled on a price, listed, and I had a signed contract within two days with a final price that went above listing. She helped the due diligence and closing process go so smoothly and represented me in the best way possible. She's quick to respond to phone calls and emails, and I never once felt the need to question her integrity or capabilities. Her fees are very straight-forward with no hidden costs for marketing. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. 

plooster77

Marjorie was extremely helpful and knowledgeable throughout the entire process!

She was always ready to fit us in to showings at a moment's notice and represented us with the fullest professionalism

GilesMcVay

Marjorie was wonderful.

As a first time homebuyer I had lots of questions. Marjorie and her team made what could be a confusing and overwhelming process smooth and easy. She's as sweet as she looks!

zuser20160322220024133

Marjorie was an incredible real estate agent!

As we started looking she took the time to truly understand what we were looking for. During the process she was extremely helpful showing us all the different options. She helped us find the perfect house in an incredible neighborhood. Even after  closing she is still being extremely helpful with anything we need. If you are in the Chicago area there is no reason to use any other agent.

jpeisker4

I cannot speak highly enough of the work of Marjorie Allabastro.

Purchasing a home is a huge decision and I was in great hands with Marjorie. I went through two previous relators before finding her. She was the only relator who truly listened to my needs and worked to find properties to match.  Marjorie was flexible in her schedule, accommodating me as I did second and third showing with family members. Marjorie demonstrated strong communication skills and was able to explain things in a way that was understandable for a first time home buyer. Marjorie was extremely personable but was also an advocate for my needs throughout the negotiation process. I would not hesitate to recommend Marjorie as a realtor to friends and family.

nebbiac

Marjorie was wonderful to work with during the condo selling process!

This was my first time selling a property and she was so attentive and helpful from our very first meeting to all the way through to the closing of the sale. She not only guided me through the process but also provided her  expert advice on pricing strategies and negotiating with potential buyers. Now that I am looking to purchase a new condo, I have enlisted Marjorie's help once again!

Amanda Z

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marjorie in the selling of our condo in Chicago.

Being that we now live out of state, it was crucial to us to have a realtor/seller who was not only familiar with the current retail climate, but was also accommodating to the fact that we were a remote seller  who really needed to understand the details and nuances required in setting up and selling the property effectively. Marjorie helped guide us through the process, going above and beyond with lining up services to get the unit ready for sale, coordinating required repairs, vetting potential buyers, explaining potential situations to be aware of, and ultimate preparing the unit for its new owners. Couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!

thebaldasianguy

Marjorie is a professional who allowed us to be confident in the process resulting in the sale of our property.

Quick to communicate information and suggestions. A positive approach and direct with all issues and pleasant in person, emailing, or on the phone.

jdg1914

Marjorie was great to work with (so much so I did it twice).

She takes the time to walk through every detail and makes you feel comfortable with the process. She partnered with me every step of the way and ensured the the process was manged perfectly. Marjorie Allabastro fan for life!

Gabriel Gecan

There is not enough space in this comment box to tell how much Marjorie has assisted me in buying my first home.

After several realtors and a much needed recommendation quickly, I was referred to Marjorie Allabastro. I was a little apprehensive because I was so frustrated with meeting realtors who  I felt didn't have my best interest as a first time buyer and a veteran. Well as soon as I heard Marjorie's voice on my phone, I knew in a instant she was different! Confidence and enthusiasm was poring out over the phone before I even met her. Not the kind of enthusiasm and thirst that could tell you off but some one I know who is positive in helping others in their search. As we began the search, I could get any of my friends to volunteer to come with me, but what impressed me the most was Marjorie literally became my 2nd pairs of eyes especially when it comes to seeing cosmetic work but not thinking rationally about what I'm getting myself into....She does that and reels you back in! And that's why I am already planning my next purchase with her when I decide to upgrade. I've recommended her to my colleagues and my friends. Thanks once again Marjorie! It was a roller coaster but meeting you it became a learning adventure! 

zuser20140315190537506

During the entire procedure from the initial conversation to the closing, Marjorie was a pleasure to work with.

I'm not a professional real estate person so her guidance was invaluable. Her advice on from pricing to staging to counteroffers to the final closing were spot on. I always felt she  had my interests first which is what she should do. She made the entire process very easy for me since I was selling a condo from out of state. Finally, she went beyond the call of duty by driving 180 miles round trip to finish the final detail.

eiko969

Marjorie was a joy to work with, both on our condo sale and house purchase.

Her assessment of the market was spot on, her knowledge of pitfalls and benefits of various properties was invaluable, her effectiveness in negotiations meant more money for us, and her calm demeanor through every step of  the process helped us navigate the expected unknowns of real estate transactions. Plus, if you need "a guy" to do something for your place, she's got one - for everything. Can't recommend Marjorie highly enough.

kmhilgendorf

Marjorie was an amazing ally in my home-buying adventure.

I was a first-time buyer and found the process quite confusing and intimidating. Marjorie was very comforting, calm, knowledgeable and organized. I'm so glad she was by our side throughout this experience. I can't imagine buying a place  with anyone else. I highly recommend contacting Marjorie immediately for your upcoming real estate purchase.

user9590661

Marjorie is, simply put, the best realtor I've ever worked with.

We met Marjorie by happen-stance on a home tour for a house we ended-up not buying. After looking at multiple houses over the next couple of weeks, my wife and I decided to wait on buying. Fast-forward a year when we were ready again  and we called Marjorie directly to represent us. One of the things I love about Marjorie is the little things she notices. I always felt comfortable showing-up to a property with Marjorie b/c she was so great at picking both great things about the house but also concerns that she knew we might end-up having but not noticing at first glance and outwardly voicing those. There were several times where Marjorie would see something we didn't even notice and it was a deal-breaker right away on that particular property. She took ample amounts of time to review the contract/process with us and we were really fortunate to have her as our agent. If and when my wife and I ever decide to move again, we'll definitely give Marjorie a call. The only downside of having bought a house from Marjorie is that we can't buy another one soon enough to enlist her services sooner :)

zuser20141111202519782

Marjorie assisted me in finding a home in Grayslake, Illinois and I was quite impressed with her level of professionalism, efficiency and responsiveness.

She was always available to answer my questions, constantly gave updates about available properties and clearly understood my needs and worked  diligently to narrow down my search to suit my requirements hence saving a lot of time. Her personality exceeded expectations, she listened to my concerns and needs and was very knowledgeable in the real estate market and offered great advice where needed. She's a tough negotiator and was only concerned about me, her client being happy and comfortable with my purchase. If I were to search for another home, without hesitation, I would definitely call on this wonderful agent.

zuser20160124143511147

Marjorie was fantastic in getting a thorough estimate on the price I should list my condo in East Lakeview.

She was very detail oriented and responsive. I appreciate her focus.

stojakovic

We were fortunate to have Majorie as our agent.

Throughout our house hunting experience, she was very gracious, positive and patient with us and made sure we ended up with our"WOW" home. She listened to our needs and tailored the homes she showed to those that met our requirements. She always  made us feel like she was in our corner and we felt we could trust her to represent us to the sellers. Overall, we enjoyed being Marjorie's clients and would definitely use her again if needed.

zuser20140410204653205

We had a great experience working with Marjorie.

It was the first time we were moving downtown from the suburbs and besides the size of the place, we didn’t really have a good of an idea of what we wanted. She did an awesome job funneling down the neighborhoods and then figuring out a handful of  buildings to choose from. She also has a really great online tool that after you pick which buildings you are interested in, she can send you a link to a website which will show you exactly which units are available as well as the pictures of each specific unit (which is so important because as we found out allot of buildings vary tremendously from unit to unit). It made it easy to communicate which ones we actually wanted to see and further refine down all the options. Marjorie is a genuinely nice person and was a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend working with her and will for sure reach out to her again when we move.

Noah Moreland

Being a first time homebuyer the process can be very overwhelming, from the first phone call where Marjorie reached out I could tell that she really cared about me and what I was looking for and not just wanting the sale as I had felt with other realtors who had called me.

I had a ton of questions  and she was patient and always willing to answer a phone call or email at all times of day. Even post sale, she would email me checking in on how it was going and on some home improvements that I was making. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and look forward to working with her again!

zuser20160311202139456

Marjorie recently helped us find a rental home in a new city.

This was the first time we had looked at properties in the area and Marjorie’s expertise and advice was invaluable. She showed us several properties, many times with our two kids in tow. She was very patient and helpful, and maintained  great communication throughout the entire process. Without question we will use her as our realtor as soon are we are ready to purchase again. Marjorie went above and beyond. Can’t recommend her enough.

keithraimondi

Marjorie is an amazing realtor who helped me find the home of my dreams.

As a first-time homebuyer who weeks before was working with a not-so-good Realtor, I chose Marjorie because she understood my needs, gave me the individualized attention, wouldn’t pressure me into something and could be my  trusted advisor. Since she has experience in development, she was able to help me understand the pros and cons of buying a fixer upper or minor tweaks. As I searched for places—whether they were pretty much move in ready or not—she was an excellent source to help me understand what the true cost of the home would be with the changes I wanted to make to it. Marjorie was an excellent negotiator, ensuring I got the best deal while quelling the anxieties of a first-time home buyer. The next time I’m in the real estate market, I’m calling Marjorie, and I continue to refer my friends to her for their real estate needs.

rarred725

Marjorie is, simply put, the best realtor I've ever worked with.

We met Marjorie by happen-stance on a home tour for a house we ended-up not buying. After looking at multiple houses over the next couple of weeks, my wife and I decided to wait on buying. Fast-forward a year when we were ready again  and we called Marjorie directly to represent us. One of the things I love about Marjorie is the little things she notices. I always felt comfortable showing-up to a property with Marjorie b/c she was so great at picking both great things about the house but also concerns that she knew we might end-up having but not noticing at first glance and outwardly voicing those. There were several times where Marjorie would see something we didn't even notice and it was a deal-breaker right away on that particular property. She took ample amounts of time to review the contract/process with us and we were really fortunate to have her as our agent. If and when my wife and I ever decide to move again, we'll definitely give Marjorie a call. The only downside of having bought a house from Marjorie is that we can't buy another one soon enough to enlist her services sooner :)

zuser20141111202519782

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Marjorie in the selling of our condo in Chicago.

Being that we now live out of state, it was crucial to us to have a realtor/seller who was not only familiar with the current retail climate, but was also accommodating to the fact that we were a remote seller  who really needed to understand the details and nuances required in setting up and selling the property effectively. Marjorie helped guide us through the process, going above and beyond with lining up services to get the unit ready for sale, coordinating required repairs, vetting potential buyers, explaining potential situations to be aware of, and ultimate preparing the unit for its new owners. Couldn’t have asked for a better realtor!

thebaldasianguy

We were fortunate to have Majorie as our agent.

Throughout our house hunting experience, she was very gracious, positive and patient with us and made sure we ended up with our"WOW" home. She listened to our needs and tailored the homes she showed to those that met our requirements. She always  made us feel like she was in our corner and we felt we could trust her to represent us to the sellers. Overall, we enjoyed being Marjorie's clients and would definitely use her again if needed.

zuser20140410204653205

Marjorie was a great help throughout the process.

She was quick to share her knowledge in a clear manner, patient throughout many home tours, and always responsive and easy to work with.

zuser20160311130051879

Marjorie worked with us for 18 months as we decided if and when we should sell our condo.

She was patient with us and helpful in providing comparables and market values in the neighborhood. Once we decided to sell we were able to handle all paperwork electronically including the sale of our unit  for more than we wanted and closed in 30 days.

paulz88888

Marjorie was an incredible real estate agent!

As we started looking she took the time to truly understand what we were looking for. During the process she was extremely helpful showing us all the different options. She helped us find the perfect house in an incredible neighborhood. Even after  closing she is still being extremely helpful with anything we need. If you are in the Chicago area there is no reason to use any other agent.

jpeisker4

Marjorie really improved my moving process.

I was under a time crunch to find a place and she made room in her schedule to view properties with me. Her knowledge of the city made me feel comfortable. She has great insights and I would reccomend her to anyone.

fshimp89

Being a first time homebuyer the process can be very overwhelming, from the first phone call where Marjorie reached out I could tell that she really cared about me and what I was looking for and not just wanting the sale as I had felt with other realtors who had called me.

I had a ton of questions  and she was patient and always willing to answer a phone call or email at all times of day. Even post sale, she would email me checking in on how it was going and on some home improvements that I was making. I would definitely recommend her to anyone and look forward to working with her again!

zuser20160311202139456
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"Marjorie Allabastro and her brother Matthew are nothing short of the best real estate brokers I have ever dealt with. My background is in real estate law, and so when it came time to engage brokers to ... more "
5/5.0
by cosray
"Working with Marjorie was wonderful. Having a real estate professional who knew the process, but could also explain the process to a first time home buyer was important to us. With Marjorie, the line ... more "
5/5.0
by zuser20140522212938407
"Marjorie was excellent in all respects! She clearly understood my needs and showed me a variety of relevant properties. She was highly responsive to all my questions about the locality, the various ... more "
5/5.0
by mcollins45

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