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Laurie Mercer
Realtor (25 years experience)
8 Recent Sales (last 12 months)

Specialties:

Buyer's Agent, Listing Agent, Foreclosure, Short-Sale

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    12/23/2013
    $82,520
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    10/17/2013
    $155,000
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    10/14/2013
    $168,000
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    09/25/2013
    $121,000
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    08/06/2013
    $125,000
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      Ratings & Reviews
      - Highly likely to recommend
      02/28/2014 - jadestangs
      Bought a home in 2010.
      I have worked with many other agents. With out a doubt Laurie was the best one and will use her again in the future. She listened to what we wanted, she catered to our schedule, and she found the perfect home for me and my wife. What impressed us was her negotiating skills. If you want a pit bull negotiator she is perfect.  MoreLess
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      01/22/2014 - user126327
      Bought a home in 2008.
      Laurie the best! She took the time to answer all of our questions and went to bat for us to make sure we got the best deal possible. We are very thankful that we found Laurie and we continue to recommend her.
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      - Highly likely to recommend
      01/05/2014 - jacquelyn bakker
      Bought a Condo home in 2013 for approximately $150K in Elk Grove Village, IL.
      I purchased a HUD foreclosure 12/24/2013. Laurie was right by my side through the entire process and even after with all my questions. The deal was very very difficult. There were many time sensitive requirements and little things required by HUD. Laurie was constantly on top of everything. Everything was on time. Laurie was definitely my advocate through this whole process. Excellent service on such a difficult deal. Very flexible with my work schedule and very dedicated to her job and to her clients. Loved working with Laurie and will work with her again.  MoreLess
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      Arlington Heights Road
      Elk Grove Village, IL  60007
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