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Agent Snapshot: Mary Wright, Broker Associate, Keller Williams, Park Ridge

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Mary Wright is broker associate with Keller Williams in Des Plaines

What was your first job in the realty industry? Working as an agent at RE/MAX Landview in Chicago.

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Chicago, at Cumberland and Foster.

What is your favorite free-time activity? I like to listen to books on tape and do puzzles.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Look at pictures of family; it reminds me what makes life worthwhile.

Growing up, what did you want to be? A lawyer.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Barbara Corcoran, the real estate mogul. She saw a way to market properties that nobody else did. She found the money and took action! I would ask her what she thinks our future is going to be like in real estate.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Home.

What do you love most about the industry? If you work smart, you will have a great life. There is no limit to income.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I specialize in the condo market. I have builders from all areas calling me to represent them, and my marketing gets their properties sold.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? The time. I can control my time, but not other agents’ time. They need to learn behavior management.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Teaching my children that being in a service industry and helping others is what life is about. My son is a teacher and my daughter works with senior services.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Wayne Dyer’s “The Power of Intention.” It is all in us.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? It has not been built yet. I just don’t see one that is exciting!

What kind of car do you drive? Cadillac CTS.

Smartphone or paper? Paper all the way. Time-blocking, too!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Write your goals, develop your business plan and take action!

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