Mary Kingery, Broker, @properties, Highland Park


Mary Kingery is a broker with @properties in Highland Park.

What was your first job in the realty industry? I was a Realtor with Century 21. I was living in Lake County and started my career in the northern part of the county.

Where did you grow up? I grew up on the North Shore in Northfield, back when it was a quaint little town.

What is your favorite free-time activity? Spending time with my husband, reading and going to the movies.

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Go for walks or bike rides.

Growing up, what did you want to be? The owner of my own company.

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? Oprah Winfrey. She has done so much to empower women to better their lives, and accomplished so much herself.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Starbucks. I love the coffee (lattes) and I love the vibe there.

What do you love most about the industry? All the different kinds of people I meet and places I go, that I’m always learning and the ability to make my own schedule.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? I have a great ability to put myself in my client’s shoes and understand what they’re feeling and going through, and to respond quickly with solutions when they are buying, selling or renting properties.

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Keeping the deals together and managing all the details of a transaction, so everything goes smoothly for my clients.

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? My chamber of commerce, business groups, volunteer events and the gym.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Raising my two children and watching them grow and become all they can be.

What was the last good movie you saw or book you read? Thor. Normally I am not that interested in a movie like that, but it was really good.

What is your favorite restaurant? Outback Steakhouse. Their steaks are awesome and I love the fried onion rings.

Architecturally speaking, what is your favorite building in Chicago? The Wrigley Building. I love the location of it along the river and on the Mag Mile.

What kind of car do you drive? A Ford. I do so much driving and the gas mileage is great on it, especially with the gas prices these days.

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone. I love my Samsung Galaxy.

What is your favorite city after Chicago? San Diego. I love that it has the mountains, the ocean and the palm trees all together; plus the weather is great!

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Just get out there and do it; don’t give up!

What’s your favorite real estate iPhone/Android app? @agent app with @properties.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Jimmy Fallon, Donald Trump and my church, Immanuel Church.

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