Chris Garvey


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Chris garvey

Title: Proud founder of Garvey Residential Team and Proud manager of EXP Realty LLc at 1010 Lake St. in downtown Oak Park, IL. 

I was born and raised in Oak Park and along with my wife Nancy, raised our three children in River Forest and then again in Oak Park. What an amazing exprience it has been! 

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We bought our first home in 1986. It was a beautiful Victorian on Ridgeland that we fixed up. We went on to do that with four other homes in Oak Park and one in River Forest. At the time I would never have guessed that fixing up 100-year-old homes would lead to the fantastic HGTV lifestyle that I live now as a realtor.

During my journey through life here, I have seen the amazing evolution of a quaint small town feel village progress into these beautiful, vibrant and full of life villages that still feel small town, but have a harmony within todays slightly hectic world that seems to be working pretty well.

Oak Park and River Forest have been a dream come true as Nancy and I grew up to know the community. We watched our three boys experience these beautifully diverse and multicultural schools and then go on to be wonderfully successful in life.

Nancy and I met at Marquette University where she was studying to be a nurse, while I was studying business. We went on to get married and started looking for our first home. While I was pretty sure we were destined to stay in Oak Park, Nancy grew up in Wheeling Illinois and wanted to live close to her family, so I was keeping an open mind as to where we would eventually be raising our children.

It was around this time that my father offered me a little advice. He said to me “Chris, there is no better place to raise your children or just live your life than right here in Oak Park and River Forest.” Now I am not saying that he may not have had ulterior motives, but when he said it I sensed that he really meant it. He told me that his father had said that to him. I knew my Grandpa and his word still means more to me now then ever. My children are the fourth-generation of Garvey’s to live here. 

My father said to us, “Whether you are raising a family or just living your life, your ability to grow in this world, your social interaction with the community, the relationships that you will form at the bandstand’s and in the parks – or a local sporting events, will not only be your greatest times in life, they will become your steppingstones in life.”

Now, as I grow older, I see how this fabric of life – this mixing of people throughout the village, its businesses, parks and many activities – and I see the success of my children and their friends and their friend’s families and I have come to understand what my father meant by these steppingstones in life. I am truly just beginning to learn of the great value this community brings to those who embrace it.

I will leave you with one last quote from my father’s father (the first Garvey to move to Oak Park). He said to my dad that “if you place yourself in the place of most potential, and you are open-minded enough to recognize an opportunity when you see it, success will always come to you.“ Ever since I have lived here, I’ve always found this to be true.

Post Script:

When you are ready, I invite you to tour homes for sale with me while you experience your own HGTV style of exploring homes. How can you make a decision on a home to buy, if you have not seen enough homes to know what a good value is? 

Find out everything you need to know about our neighborhoods and buying these beautiful, but often times 100+ year old homes and condos. 

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Client Testimonials

Sam C. Avatar
Chris Garvey was easy to work with and very professional.
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Sam C. 3/19/2019
thikibear Avatar
Chris was very helpful guiding us through our first home purchase. He was always available for questions and was extremely easy to work with. I highly recommend him.
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thikibear 8/27/2018
Daniel H. Avatar
Chris was a huge help in my buying my first home. Easy to work with, knowledgeable, and flexible with my needs in both finances and time.
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Daniel H. 3/19/2020
carlosadmoura Avatar
Chris has been much more than a regular agent. He was always available and willing to help. For foreigners like us (we are from Brazil), he was very patient and after the closing, he also helped us to settle down with other aspects, becoming a friend of the family.
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carlosadmoura 4/12/2016
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This was my first experience buying a home and Chris made it completely painless! I can't say enough positive things about my experience with working with Chris. He was incredibly responsive and called me back the first day I demonstrated interest in a property. He set up a day of walkthroughs and gave me his honest opinion of each property. When I decided on the place that I fell in love with, he expedited the offer and reassured me through the process. It's obvious by working with Chris that he loves his job, enjoys working with people, and has many years of experience. I would definitely work with Chris again!
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user5305715 3/17/2017
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If you’re looking for a buyers agent for Oak Park / River Forest stop reading and call Chris now. We could not have asked for a better partner in all facets of the search. Chris intimately knows OPRF and he REALLY knows these old houses, their history, and their construction. We toured many houses to get a sense of the area and his insight gave us great confidence to buy our 98 year old house with eyes wide open to what was good about it and what needed some love. He’s also a strong negotiator willing to play ball. Choosing Chris was the best decision we could have made!
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user7829076 12/28/2021
Elise R. Avatar
As first time home buyers, we couldn't have been luckier to work with Chris Garvey. From start to finish he was patient in our search and extremely knowledgeable about the OPRF and surrounding areas. He never hesitated to tell us the good, the bad, and sometimes ugly about potential properties to ensure we were making the right choice for the right value for our family.

Chris is extremely down to earth and genuinely cares about his clients. Whether you are buying or selling your home, we cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Elise R. 5/13/2016
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Chris was great! He made selling my home easy and stress free. He is very knowledgeable of the home market in my area and his input on staging my home was invaluable. We were thrilled that our home sold within two weeks and Chris even negotiated a price higher than I expected. The transaction was stress free because of all the guidance Chris provided us throughout the process. He went above and beyond what I expected in every way. I highly recommend Chris to everyone!

Nancy G.
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nagarvey 6/11/2015
DanRoger Avatar
Chris has made the selling and buying process so easy! He has a ton of knowledge and lots of resources to take care of everything needed during the buying and selling processes. I would recommend him to anyone.
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DanRoger 12/05/2019
jamiersharma Avatar
My husband and I were referred to Chris by a friend of ours, and we are so ecstatic for i! We began working with Chris in a more exploratory phase, thinking we would not purchase a home for a few more months. Chris did not place any pressure on us at all, even knowing (or so we thought) that we weren't quite ready to buy a home. He is truly knowledgeable about the community he serves. Chris' insight led us to see a fabulous home, one that we might not have otherwise decided to look at, that we can now call our own! He also is incredibly smart when it comes to home repairs and design. Chris was very strategic when it came time to putting in an offer on our home, which led to us getting an AMAZING price with no negotiations! We had a fabulous business relationship with Chris, and truly feel we gained a friend for life in buying our home!
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jamiersharma 2/05/2018
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As buyers from out of state, Chris did an excellent job as our "eyes on the ground" as we sought to find a condo in Oak Park. His familiarity with the community and the market were invaluable during the search process. He kept us informed about properties that fit our criteria and sent photos and videos to help us understand each property. Chris attended the inspection when we got the condo under contract since we could not and he kept us appraised as we progressed through the purchase process to close. Chris was responsive and easy to work with, and very helpful to us during the search and purchase process. We heartily recommend Chris if you need assistance with a real estate transaction in the greater Oak Park Area.
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mfurlong8 8/08/2015
Michael M. Avatar
I’ve worked with Chris to purchase two investment properties and tour single family homes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND working with Chris; he’s extremely knowledgable and will guide you every step of the way. When it comes to touring houses, negotiating an offer, closing, and more, Chris will far exceed your expectations. Chris is very experienced and has seen it all before; this will pay off if you have a unique situation (in my case, being an out-of-town buyer).

When I started my search, it was immediately clear how knowledgeable Chris is. He was able to answer all of my questions about a variety of neighborhoods in the city and suburbs, often giving great examples from memory of specific blocks and properties that might be a good fit. When touring properties, Chris was patient and helpful -- he even suggested that we take a second look at several properties, which ultimately helped me decide what I wanted. Chris also has a good deal of contractor type knowledge and was able to give insight on what repairs/costs I might need to consider as we toured various properties. Chris is a very good negotiator and will help you get the best deal; for both of my purchases, Chris was able to negotiate even lower than what I thought our best case scenario was.

Whatever your goal is, Chris will go the extra mile to help you make it happen. I just closed a property in Oak Park that I plan to rent out. Because I live in California and have a busy travel schedule it was going to be difficult for me to coordinate the necessary repairs and secure a tenant in a timely manner. Chris offered to find a tenant for me, AND coordinate the flooring & painting upgrades that were needed before the tenant moved in. For two weeks after the sale had closed, Chris was coordinating these upgrades on my behalf! You will not find another agent who is as capable, or cares more about his clients. If you’re reading this consider yourself lucky -- you’ve just come across the best agent in the business: Chris Garvey!
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Michael M. 11/08/2017
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Chris is absolutely the best! We bought and sold a house using his team, after a year passed he was still there for me helping me to solve random things and supporting in other requests! His service goes away beyond the post sale...
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Carlos A. 3/19/2019
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I was extremely happy with the work Chris did while I went through the buying and selling process. Chris handled both sides of our deals. He sold the house we lived in and found the house we bought.He was always very on top of things. What I like to refer to as mentally well organized. He made me feel like I was his only client when we worked together. (Obviously, he couldn't make a living if that were true.) But, it was his memory of what I liked, didn't like, the purchase price I was looking towards, on and on that made me feel that my needs for both the sale and the purchase were important.
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Maureen T. 3/19/2019
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Chris, where do I start.. You ARE the best realtor in Oak Park by far. We're so grateful to have your help and knowledge in buying our first home. I'm even a little sad that we won't get to look at houses together anymore, but very happy to have our new home. Thank you so very much for your kindness and patience and generosity. We were so very lucky to have you.

Kelly and Dave
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kelly K. 1/08/2020
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Chris found us our dream home. Through his network he was able to help us with our loan, insurance and contractor for renovations. He is an expert in the River Forest, Oak Park, and Elmwood Park areas. A true pro!
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fbattaglia14 7/25/2020
kirk j. Avatar
We really enjoyed working with Chris. Chris grew up in the area and has an amazing knowledge of the buildings and history. He was super responsive, day or night, to any and all of our questions. Chris was always willing to give us suggestions, but when we made a decision he was 100% supportive even if it wasn't his suggestion, and bent over backwards to make it work. He really made sure the whole process went smoothly, from our first searches to closing day. My wife and I would highly recommend Chris!
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kirk j. 6/15/2018
mattiehawkinson3 Avatar
bought our first condo with chris and he helped us so much through the process, never rushed us, gave great tips and was very knowledgable about the neighborhoods. He did a great job negotiating as well and we were very happy to work with him.
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mattiehawkinson3 12/21/2020
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