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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

Valencia T. Avatar
Chris Garvey Continues To Be The First Choice Of My Family To Make Informed Decisions About The Realty World. We... read more
Valencia T. 3/19/2019
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Thanks for fantastic service, Alexander! I appreciate you coming out so quickly, doing a great job, and being such a... read more
Stern S. 10/19/2020
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As buyers from out of state, Chris did an excellent job as our "eyes on the ground" as we sought... read more
mfurlong8 8/08/2015
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Chris was great! He made selling my home easy and stress free. He is very knowledgeable of the home market... read more
nagarvey 6/11/2015
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Chris was absolutely fantastic! He was so knowledgeable of the area, and knew exactly what we were looking for. He... read more
karencorcoran001 6/06/2019
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Chris did a terrific job helping us buy a foreclosed house needing a lot of work a year ago. He... read more
Mary K. 8/25/2018
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Chris is one of the smartest Agents I've encountered. His knowledge of Real Estate and work Ethic is why I... read more
Caleb C. 3/19/2019
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Chris has been much more than a regular agent. He was always available and willing to help. For foreigners like... read more
carlosadmoura 4/12/2016
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He was very friendly and helpful. Always willing to show whatever property we wanted. He always made time to show... read more
escobar n. 3/09/2016
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Nobody got back to me.
Eyal H. 1/14/2022
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Chris has made the selling and buying process so easy! He has a ton of knowledge and lots of resources... read more
DanRoger 12/05/2019
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Chris is absolutely the best! We bought and sold a house using his team, after a year passed he was... read more
Carlos D. 2/26/2019
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Chris found us our dream home. Through his network he was able to help us with our loan, insurance... read more
fbattaglia14 7/25/2020
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Chris was always available via text, email, phone. A natural educator he always explained the factors and considerations, responded to... read more
658GurleyStreet 2/05/2018
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Chris has been a blessing to us! He is beyond amazing! His experience on the filed makes your house-hunting process... read more
nathaliemantilla0 6/07/2019
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bought our first condo with chris and he helped us so much through the process, never rushed us, gave great... read more
mattiehawkinson3 12/21/2020
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We were looking for investment properties in Chicago and the western suburbs and found what we think is the best... read more
oshc1717 7/22/2015
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After having such a great experience buying our first home with Chris, we turned to him when we were selling... read more
zuser20170606180530896 4/06/2021
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