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Thank You

Thank you for considering Summerville Partners at Dream Town. Our extraordinary tools and resources paired with our track record of success truly set us apart.

It would be our pleasure to work with you and provide unparalleled service during the purchase of your home. We have exceptional relationships with local vendors to ensure a smooth transition for you. Our team will be there for you every step of the way.

We look forward to delivering results for you. 

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Summerville Partners

Relationships Built on Results


With more than 30 years of experience, 1,550+ transactions closed, totaling more than $550 million in sales, Summerville Partners has built a loyal clientele by demonstrating exceptional market knowledge, outstanding customer service, and the utmost integrity. Mary Summerville and her team consist of herself and buyer expert Jason Cox. Together they pride themselves on their client-centric philosophy which requires continual honing of skills and adaptive ways of doing business. Summerville Partners stays ahead of the curve on market inventory and employs the most current technologies and systems to identify and close on prime opportunities while negotiating the best possible results. Their partnered approach ensures that every client of Summerville Partners receives an unparalleled level of personal attention, diligence, and industry expertise. Their goal is to give clients peace of mind, knowing they are working with professionals who have their best interests at heart. Their definition of professionalism is to exceed their client’s expectations in each transaction. Their interaction with clients doesn’t end at the closing table—it begins there.

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Mary focuses on getting her clients the best possible outcome while maintaining an understanding of the emotional and financial demands of any transaction. Her longevity through decades of real estate cycles is a testament to her adaptability and in-depth understanding of the market, and she has been awarded many prestigious accolades, including the award for Most Influential Real Estate Brokers from Crain’s Chicago Business. The bulk of Summerville Partner’s business comes from past clients and referrals; please read our reviews!

We Support Our Community

Our group has actively supported the Coat Angels, is an ETHS Booster and is a supporter of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club which benefits the Taste of Evanston. We are also active members of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, supporters of the Dear Evanston, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, 2nd Act Players, Hilda’s Place, YMCA and Race Against Hate.


Since they were founded in 2006, Coat Angels has delivered more than 2,500 coats, hats and gloves to struggling Chicago children whose families could not afford to dress them properly. In partnering with Dream Town and Summerville  Partners, the organization has outfitted thousands of children throughout the city with new winter wear

Through the power of storytelling, Dear Evanston examines issues of race, equity, inclusion, and youth gun violence to open dialogue, build bridges, and effect change in our community. As a proud sponsor of this organization, Summerville Partners has provided support to several community events to further Dear Evanston’s amazing cause. 

The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate unites our communities to run, walk, celebrate and support the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s racial justice and violence prevention programming. Together with Dream Town, Summerville Partners is a proud sponsor of the Race Against Hate’s efforts in the Evanston community and beyond. 

The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate unites our communities to run, walk, celebrate and support the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s racial justice and violence prevention programming. Together with Dream Town, Summerville Partners is a proud sponsor of the Race Against Hate’s efforts in the Evanston community and beyond. 

The Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club, the first breakfast Rotary club in the district, was originally chartered in 1985 to better serve the community efforts of its community. As a proud sponsor and organizer of the Taste of Evanston, an annual event that brings together the trendiest restaurants and local breweries to raise funds to help end homelessness.

The North Shore’s best kept theater secret, the 2nd Act Players have been producing new works for the stage since 2013. Tackling subjects that often hit close to the heart, this ensemble’s mission is to foster emerging talent through performances that explore the second acts in people’s lives.

The Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate unites our communities to run, walk, celebrate and support the YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s racial justice and violence prevention programming. Together with Dream Town, Summerville Partners is a proud sponsor of the Race Against Hate’s efforts in the Evanston community and beyond. 


Find your dream home today! Here are the houses for sale in Chicago.

Featured Properties

Seller Transaction Roadmap

Get to Know Your Property

1 - Review Details

such as property updates, mortgage, balance, and sale goals.


2 - Visit Property

to evaluate features for pricing and positioning.


3 - Set a Price

to maximize your return on your sale.

List Your Property

4 - Listing Agreements & Disclosures

are required by law to sell the property. HOA documents should be submitted at this time.


5 - Prepare Your Home

by cleaning and decluttering for ideal photos and showings.


6 - Prepare to Market

to maximize your return on your sale.


7 - Go Live

on the Illinois Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and syndicated websites to reach brokers and buyers.


8 - Conduct Showings 

to show buyers the highlights of your home.

Negotiation

9 - Receive Offers

and present to the seller. I will negotiate on your behalf and execute the final contract.


10 - Collect Earnest Money

from buyer to hold with the listing brokerage.


11 - Attorney Review

includes contract review by attorneys and property inspection to determine any issues.

Buyer Financing (if Necessary)

12 - Appraisal

is completed by the buyer’s lender to determine property value for loan qualification.


13 - Mortgage Contingency

will give the buyer a certain length of time to secure their loan for the home.

The Finish Line

14 - Final Walkthrough

occurs after seller moves out and often directly before closing to ensure that repairs have been made, the property is vacant, and no damage has occurred.


15 - Closing

takes place at a title company and typically includes both attorneys, the buyer, and the buyer’s broker. Seller need not be present. 

Buyer Transaction Roadmap

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The Private Listing Network


Consider an Exclusive Private Listing

Preserve Your Privacy

With the Private Listing Network, your home will not appear on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or any of the many real estate websites accessible to the general consumer and media. A "private listing" notifies only licensed real estate brokers of your intent to sell, protecting your privacy until you are ready to go public.


Gain Valuable Insight

Another key benefit of Private Listing is the opportunity to get feedback from brokers with ready buyers. This information can then be used to make marketing adjustments or even slight property enhancements to strengthen the listing before going out to the broader MLS market. And all of this can be done without anyone knowing that your home has already been on the market

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Test Pricing Strategy

A Private Listing also allows us to test the market and gauge response. Then, if appropriate, we can make adjustments and move to the MLS without potential buyers knowing about any price changes. Entering the market at an optimal price sets the stage for getting the best offers in the fewest days. In fact, homes at the right price can often attract multiple bids, thus driving the price higher.


Maintain Security

By marketing your home privately through an exclusive network of high-end real estate professionals, the security of you and your home can be better safeguarded. The number of visitors is minimized and the pool can be limited to qualified and interested buyers. Open houses and multiple showings can also be eliminated.

Searching Off Market


See New Homes Before They're Listed

Dream Town has partnered with Zenlist to provide our clients with the best home search experience. With this new platform, homebuyers can access ALL off-market inventory, which is usually only available to Realtors on the MLS or Private Listing Network. This is a huge advantage, especially when housing inventory is low.

 


 

With Zenlist You’ll Be Able to:

» Expand your home search and view properties before they hit the market utilizing the Private Listing Network
» Have access to a wider range of home inventory than you’d typically find through consumer search portals.
» Set up advanced home search parameters to make finding your dream home easier.

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