Agent Snapshot: Mary Marcus, Real Estate Broker, @properties, Winnetka, Northbrook, Glenview

What was your first job in the realty industry? I was an agent at Coldwell Banker.

Where did you grow up? The North Shore

Growing up, what did you want to be? A veterinarian

What do you do to relax when you’re stressed? Go boating or take a walk

If you could have lunch with a well-known figure (living or not), who would it be and why? This is a tough question, as there are so many possibilities. Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, JFK, or Bill Clinton…but if I had to pick one person, it would be Princess Diana.

Where is your favorite place to hang out? Definitely in the city! The vibe and culture are second to none.

What do you love most about the industry? Working with people! I have met and made friends with such interesting people over the years.

How do you distinguish yourself from the crowd of agents? My work ethic, response time and honesty

What is the most difficult aspect of your job? Getting my clients to price their property correctly

Where do you go to network and meet new clients? Every place I go is an opportunity to network or meet new clients, from the dog groomer to restaurants to the dog park.

What has been your greatest accomplishment? Raising my two amazing boys, who are now 29 and 26 years old.

What is your favorite restaurant? Joe’s Stone Crabs

What kind of car do you drive? A Porsche Cayenne

Smartphone or paper? Smartphone

What is your favorite city after Chicago? New York City

In 10 words or less, what is your advice for someone new to the industry? Network and work your sphere of influence.

Who are your favorite people to follow on Twitter? Bill Gates

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