Chris Garvey


Find Your Oak Park/River Forest Home


Thanks for visiting my website! I’m Chris Garvey and I'm here to provide you with a new and fun way to explore real estate in the Oak Park, River Forest and the greater Chicago area. You’ll be able to ask questions about homes you are interested in and schedule showings from your own personalized interactive web-page.

Why Work With Me?

I was born in Oak Park and have lived (and raised my children) in Oak Park and River Forest my whole life. I have lived in over nine different homes in OPRF, taught at OPRF high school (and my wife Nancy was a nurse in Oak Park grade schools), and I have helped my clients renovate/rehab over 40 homes in the area. I am also one of the top rated brokers in the area and an expert negotiator, with over 180 successful home sales in the past four years. 

Touring with a top rated professional like me is a great way to get a comprehensive overview of local market trends, schools, demographics, and life in Oak Park, River Forest as well as other highly rated areas. Oak Park and River Forest offer cultural, ethnic, and economic diversity unlike anywhere else. The area offers a tremendous variety of home styles within a price range of $200,000 to $3 million. Understanding what drives pricing and valuation of a home can be confusing. My suggestion is to take your time and see as many homes as you can, not to buy, but to learn. If you like HGTV or home renovation shows, you will love touring homes with me! 

For home buyers, my goal is to provide an enjoyable experience of exploring the area and it's homes and amenities through an interactive website and a casual touring experience. The ultimate goal will be to find you the right home, at the best price, at the right time, while providing you with an enjoyable process of touring homes and learning about the pricing of homes, renovation ideas (and costs), and what goes into the walk-ability score of the homes you like.

My large professional network also provides buyers with access to Oak Park & River Forest homes not yet publicly listed on the MLS, as well as recommendations on mortgage lenders, home inspectors, and contractors for home improvements. Touring with a top rated professional like me is a great way to get a comprehensive overview of market trends, schools, demographics, and life in Oak Park, River Forest and the greater Chicago area. Again, my suggestion is to take your time and see as many homes as you can, not to buy, but to learn. If you like HGTV or home renovation shows, you will love touring homes with me! 

Get Your Personal Interactive Web-page Today: hit the contact me button and let me know what you are looking for and I will create your personal interactive web-page that will allow you to select your favorite homes, set up tours, and ask questions.

About Chris Garvey

Chris Garvey Mobile: 312-434-3187 Born and raised in Oak Park, Chris Garvey knows the area well and is one of the areas top selling realtors. He is also a "Top Rated Real Estate Award Winner" and a Five Star Premier Agent on Trulia and Zillow. Like my father, I believe raising a family here in Oak Park and River Forest has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my (and my children's) life. I love showing people houses and sharing my experiences growing up and raising my family in Oak Park and River Forest. The village has always been changing and it is more exciting now than ever! Oak Park/River Forest is all about the schools, parks, great nightlife, weekend activities, and its famously short commute time to downtown Chicago. My children are the fourth generation in my family to come from Oak Park/River Forest. I have lived in eight different homes in Oak Park and my wife and I have rehabbed five homes in Oak Park and one in River Forest. This experience not only gives me some great insight about the area, it also enhances the experiences of my clients that are buying a home. When I take a client to see a home, it is a little like an episode of “The Property Brothers” or “Flip This House”, where my clients enjoy talking about how they would remake baths, kitchens and whatever else they can dream of. The great success I have with my clients stems from a few things in my background. First and foremost I would say that growing up in this beautiful, multicultural community has truly helped me become a better person and communicator. The second most important factor is in my experience of rehabbing homes. I offer great insight as to what can be done, how much it is likely to cost, and whether or not the improvements will be a good investment for my client. One final thing that my clients tell me they love about their experiences with me is that I do more than just show a home. I actually teach them about the home, the neighborhood, and the buying process. Among the many things I’ve done in life, one of them was teaching high school science at Elmwood Park High School and Oak Park and River Forest High School. A little bit of the teacher in me comes through whenever I show a home. My approach to home buyers is one of friendly conversation about the area and its homes with a long-term perspective towards finding them the right investment in their future. Take your time getting to know the neighborhoods, home styles, and what makes Oak Park, River Forest, Elmwood Park and other areas a great place to live. Timeline Whittier grade school, Oak Park, IL Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, IL Spent 7 Summers painting the exteriors of these beautiful Oak Park homes as I worked my way through college. Marquette University, business administration/marketing, Milwaukee, WI Chicago Board of Trade, US treasury bond trader Concordia University, secondary education, River Forest IL Earth science teacher, Morton West High School, Berwyn IL Concordia University, master degree in teaching, River Forest, IL Chemistry/Earth science teacher, Elmwood Park High School, Elmwood Park IL Chicago Mercantile exchange, equities trader, Chicago, IL Substitute teacher, debate coach, Oak Park and River Forest high school, Oak Park IL Associate managing broker, Gagliardo Realty Associates LLC., River Forest, IL As a real estate agent, I’ve combined the best of my marketing degree and my teaching degrees and came up with a solution for my clients that they really seem to love. I don’t just show a home, I make it an experience for my clients so they learn a little bit about the history of the area, the architecture, and the pluses and minuses of owning a home that is often times more than 100 years old. I’ve shown thousands of homes in Oak Park and River Forest and have consistently been one of the top selling realtors in the area. I believe that there is a lot more to buying or selling your home and my approach is one of not just showing homes, but rather teaching you about the different amenities of the area, the architectures, and the things that make the home great. I have a marketing degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a master’s degree in teaching from our very own Concordia University in River Forest. I am available 7 days a week and short notice is okay. Remember, you do not have to be "buying now" to go see a home. Touring homes is a great way to get to know the neighborhoods, the home styles, or even to get ideas about remodeling kitchens, baths, and additions.

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