Home by Molly Marino. Real Estate & Home Staging.

5.0 (6)
From Chicago, IL
SinceSeptember, 2021

As a licensed real estate agent and home stager, I set myself apart from others in the Chicagoland and suburban areas. In the past year, I have successfully sold over $16 million in real estate and staged numerous homes—whether they were my own listings or the listings of other agents or clients who reached out to me directly for staging. I am a full-service provider, with a deep understanding of real estate that extends beyond design alone. As such, I possess an intimate knowledge of what buyers want and what makes a space sell, whether it's a condo or a single-family home. My services include a comprehensive job proposal that comes with an array of photos and examples for potential clients.

Interestingly, I am happy to work not only with homeowners who have a trusted sales agent but also give discounts for clients who hire me for both staging and sales (you can refer to my Zillow and Yelp reviews for verification). If you are an agent in need of staging assistance, I am your reliable partner.

I take pride in reporting that 90% of the properties I staged in early 2022 sold in under a week, and 75% of my listings ended up selling for the asking price or more. These statistics speak to my ability to get results.

With an impressive leadership background in marketing spanning two decades, I bring essential business acumen to my clients, making me both an insightful and honest consultant who possesses a flair for excellent design and sales technique.
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Molly Marino is an exceptional professional in the real estate industry who stood out by assisting us in discovering our first home as well as guiding us through the challenging process of purchasing a foreclosed property with a selling agent who displayed incompetence and unresponsiveness. Due to her background in numerous Chicago neighborhoods and extensive experience in renovating three houses, she brings remarkable insight and understanding not only as a realtor but also as a homeowner, contractor, and stager. She helped us visualize potential in every home we viewed and think creatively about the spaces. As first time homebuyers, the process was entirely new to us, and Molly remained our staunch advocate throughout, facilitating our introduction to an excellent inspector and real estate attorney who relieved the confusion. Molly's commitment goes beyond that of a typical real estate agent, ensuring that all inquiries are addressed and we are satisfied with our new home. Apart from her real estate and staging activities, she is also active in the Chicago English Bulldog Rescue, which we admire. We enthusiastically recommend her services to anyone in need!
March 4, 2023
Molly revolutionized our property buying and selling. After three years of failing to sell our unit, she stepped in and totally transformed it. Before Molly, we had only received one offer that was $100K less than the asking price. However, after Molly staged our unit, it sold within six months. Her arrival was punctual, and her workers were all professional and friendly. In 2007, we purchased our 3 bedroom and 3 bathroom condo, expecting to sell it in five years. However, the housing market crashed in 2008, and we ended up keeping the unit for ten years. We finally put it on the market in 2015, but it was on the market for a year with no luck. We even tried selling it ourselves for $50K less than what we paid, but that fell through too. From 2015 to 2017, we made no changes to the unit, and we still couldn't sell it. Then, we met Molly in the spring of 2017, and everything changed. She guided us on what needed to be changed, added, or removed, including paint colors and type. We hadn't realized how much the styles had transformed over ten years and that our custom fixtures were now outdated. Molly's vision for the master bathroom and powder room were incredible, and she updated the light fixtures throughout the entire unit. She also brought her warehouse full of stylish furniture and design elements to transform our space. We moved out in the morning, and Molly began staging the same day, making for a smooth transition. Our unit looked fantastic, and we finally listed it for sale in late September/early October. We received an offer, but sadly, it fell through. We thought nobody bought property during winter in Chicago, but we were wrong. We eventually signed a contract in January and sold it in March for the price we wanted. Even though other units were for sale in our building, ours sold due to Molly's incredible staging. We had multiple showings, and the deal closed within six months.
February 4, 2023
Molly's staging skills exceeded my expectations in staging my latest Logan Square listing, resulting in a sale within the first week itself! Molly's pricing was fair and she was prompt with her responses. She was also easy to work with. Her unique sense of design added charm and appeal to the spaces; the furnishings were anything but unoriginal. The photographs turned out amazing and the property looked stunning during showings. I highly endorse Molly for her outstanding work!
November 21, 2022
Molly's work was simply outstanding. She conducted herself with utmost professionalism and displayed exceptional talent. Molly didn't hesitate to provide an estimate and her team staged my condo quickly, within two days. Even though I was skeptical about home staging services initially, I was blown away by the results. The furnishings, designs, and decor transformed my unit into a modern, comfortable, and inviting space. I wholeheartedly endorse Molly Marino's home staging service. She is a phenomenal choice!
January 16, 2022
Working with Molly was an absolute delight. Being an out-of-towner, I was apprehensive, but Molly made the process simple. My residence looked stunning, thanks to her amazing work, and it sold in a mere 72 hours!
December 28, 2021