The Importance of Finding the Right Agent - Meet Mark Adler

Having the right real estate agent means having an agent who is committed to helping you to buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in the local market. Here are some tips to help you get started, as well as an introduction to one of our most experienced agents, Mark Adler, who has been a part of our team for 28 years!

Our Agents Know What to Look For and What to Ignore

Buyers usually have a pretty firm idea in mind of what they want in a property, from the number of bedrooms and bathrooms to an attached garage to any number of other must-have factors. You'll probably feel pretty comfortable looking at homes with that list tucked firmly in the back of your mind. But your agent will be looking for issues that might not cross your mind, such as heating problems, leaks, approximate life of the roof, and mold and insect issues. An agent will recognize the telltale signs of these problems and know who to call for a professional opinion on how (and how much it will cost) to fix it. Again, this experience and knowledge can end up saving you thousands down the road.

You know exactly how much you want for your home if you're the seller, but is the price you've arrived at reasonable? You might only know for sure if you're able to identify attributes that confirm that you're in the right range—or not. Our agents can do comparative market analysis in their sleep.

Our Agents Have Superior Negotiating Skills

Agents are trained to negotiate well, if only from experience. They know what normally works and what does not. Most have tried-and-true techniques all their own. And, most importantly, they have no emotional stake in the outcome that can cloud their thinking. Therefore, we can help you make the right decisions for the right place to live and for the right price!

Our Agents Make Things Personal

We here at Merrill Thomas are owned and operated by a father and son team,  and we treat each other and our clients like family. We take your considerations, your circumstances, and your home buying (and selling) to heart, which is what makes us the best in the business. 

With That Being Said, Meet Mark Adler

Mark Adler has been a Merrill Thomas agent for over 28 years. Raising his own family in the village of Lake Placid, Mark knows the area from inside out. He can tell help you with what to look for in a home and a village to raise your family in, or find a place to spend those beloved vacation days!

Over the past 28 years, Mark has a sale volume that has exceeded $200 million dollars. What does that translate to? Mark's reputation with both buyers and sellers has allowed him to sell and help purchase homes in the area of great value. He knows how to find "that dream house" or help sell it! In 2019 alone Mark's sales record was broken by exceeding 20 million dollars, which led him to be the #1 agent in listings sold for the entire Adirondack/Champlain Valley Region.

Who is Mark as a person? We believe it is important to know our agents both as professionals as well as people.

Mark and his wife are grandparents of eight, and their children are outstanding professionals residing in New York and New Jersey. He loves water skiing and snow skiing and thinks of the Adirondacks as the perfect place to raise a family or boost your energy with an abundance of outdoor activities year-round! He says the best thing about raising his boys in the Adirondacks was "knowing where everyone was" - hockey is less than a mile from his home, skiing 10 miles, and just a half a mile to local schools. Having lived in the village of Lake Placid for over 60 years, Mark notices there are more second-home buyers searching the area for a place of respite from the fast-paced city life. He says if you are looking to buy a second home, "perhaps know if you want to be in the village or in the mountains and for sure if you are buying your first home, try searching the areas like Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, and Keene—all have great schools and are incredible places to raise a family, too."