Longtime Lake Forest resident specializing in the North Shore
Lake Forest real estate agent MaryDru Carolan specializes in helping first-time and move up homebuyers in the North Shore market using proven marketing and negotiating expertise.
MaryDru Carolan is a lifelong Chicago area resident, and currently makes her home in Lake Forest, IL. She spent two years working in Spain teaching English as a second language while attending university in Madrid and Barcelona.
As a full-time Broker at @properties, MaryDru consults with sellers about how to market their homes, and with buyers to help them find a home that’s a perfect fit at the right price.
“Being a real estate consultant today takes proven marketing and negotiating skills, plus the ability to analyze data and make it meaningful for clients. As a sales and marketing professional, I know it’s more important than ever to have an agent with a fresh perspective who is really good at marketing—exposure is critical! “
Her areas of expertise include first-time buyers, relocations and luxury homes. She works with clients in the Chicagoland area—communities including Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highland Park, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Libertyville, Deerfield, Park Ridge, Wilmette, Glenview, Northbrook, as well as neighborhoods on Chicago’s northwest side.
In her free time, MaryDru enjoys teaching Spanish, cooking, travelling and volunteering as a Gardener with the University of Illinois Extension, where she currently serves on the Advisory Committee. She has lived in Lake Forest since 1995.
MaryDru holds an M.A. in Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition from the University of Illinois, and has a B.A. in Spanish/Liberal Arts from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. After college, she began working in the learning and development industry and by 1995 had built a successful training consulting company serving clients in healthcare, automotive services, and financial services. In her Senior Consultant role, she was a liaison with the American Financial Services Association (AFSA) in Washington, D.C. most recently serving on the Board of Directors for the AFSA Education Foundation.
Clients are saying:
"MaryDru supported and guided me throughout the process of listing and selling my property. I was concerned about the amount of work that would be needed to get the house ready to sell, but MaryDru helped me prioritize and control my investments in rehabbing and staging the property. She shared with me her list of contacts for contractors in all the specialties I needed, and they were all of high quality. MaryDru helped me with many other things I hadn't even thought of before we started working together. Her enthusiasm, positive outlook, thoughtfulness, and meticulous attention to detail made the process of marketing and selling my property easy and fun. Despite a "cool" market, my property sold quickly and for a good price. I would recommend MaryDru without reservation."
"My broker, Mary Dru Carolan, conducted thorough research on the current market and collaborated with me to create a winning strategy. My property was sold within four days and without a glitch. I couldn't be more delighted with the service."
"MaryDru is so on-point! MaryDru is very thorough in her market knowledge, always responsive to our messages and professional, and very patient. We plan to buy in the North Shore in the next year or so and our first outings have been so informative. MaryDru is excellent."
"Mary Dru was a great advisor to us throughout the home buying process. She was very proactive in making suggestions, contingency planning and even connecting with the realtor selling our home in New Jersey. At no point did we feel out of the loop or disconnected from her or the purchase process. We also benefited from her relationships with other realtors and service providers which allowed us to work with a trusted network during and after our home purchase. Mary Dru is an overall star and we would highly recommend her."