"West Town expert"
Greg embraces a consultative approach focused on identifying his clients' needs, understanding their goals, and explaining the market's nuances so that they are comfortable with the buying or selling process. In turn, his clients are empowered to make more educated decisions based on a solid foundation of knowledge and the support of an experienced agent.
These ideas have permeated hundreds of his real estate transactions over the last seventeen years, accounting for more than $155 million in sales and recognition as a top producer by the Chicago Association of Realtors annually.
Greg promises to be your trusted advisor, your skilled negotiator and your expert facilitator as you move from your initial meeting, through the sales process, to the closing table and beyond. Greg's success has always been measured in terms of achieving his clients' goals and he aspires to exceed his clients' highest expectations. As a testament to that goal, nearly 90% of Greg's new clients come from the referral of his past clients and repeat business.
A 1990 graduate of Miami University with a BS in Marketing, Greg has been a Chicago resident since 1993 and a Real Estate Consultant since 2001. In that time he has been a renter, an owner, a developer, a rehabber and an investor. He has lived in a loft, a modern new construction multi-unit, a Historic District single family home and even a storage room briefly (it's a funny story). Currently he resides in a new construction single family home along the 606 Trail on the border of Logan Square and Humboldt Park.
Clients are saying:
"Greg is an outstanding realtor. I would highly recommend him for anyone selling their property in Chicago and particularly the Bucktown / Wicker Park area.
There were a few things that were most important to my wife and I when selecting a realtor: a) maximize price (within a target timeline); b) communicate effectively; c) provide expertise in the listing and selling process. Greg excelled in all of these areas.
Greg took control of prep and staging of our unit -- coordinating a painter, selecting colors, and digitally staging the unit in modern style. He really wanted us to get the highest possible price, so we discussed the appropriate trade-offs on listing price and sales timing. We were very satisfied with the results. We ended up closing at a price that was a full +15% higher than another realtor wanted to LIST our place!
Greg is a great communicator -- both in person as a sales person and representative of the property and with me as a client. Greg sent regular updates on the status of the prep work before we listed, the status of showings, interested parties, and the marketplace overall after we listed, and was in close contact throughout the closing process after we signed a contract.
Finally, I'm convinced that there is not anyone else who knows our building better than Greg. He has deep expertise in the building having been an original owner and HOA President and the most prolific broker of properties in the building. He also has deep expertise in marketing the property, negotiating, and was a helpful advisor through the closing process. He was detailed to the point of reminding us to swap our electric service on closing day.
If you're looking to sell your property for the best price in Chicago and ensure a smooth sales process, I'd highly recommend Greg as your realtor."
"As first-time homebuyers, Greg was truly a sherpa for us through this whole process! From our initial 1-hour meeting with him to discuss our housing needs to the day of closing, Greg was with us every step of the way. He was extremely knowledgeable, responsive, personable and generally our biggest advocate in the homebuying process.
Greg is extremely knowledgeable about the Chicago housing market.
He helped us think realistically about what was in our price range for the areas we were looking for and steered us from SFHs to more achievable condos/townhomes. He manually set up specialized MLS searches for us based on top schools, knowing this was a priority for us.
His knowledge of building structures, construction and inspection is incredible; he's spent 17+ years helping clients buy/sell and also has bought and renovated a number of properties personally and has even served as a condo board president (so he knows how that all goes). His keen eye for details really came in handy when we went to all of our showings.
Once we were ready to put an offer in, Greg connected us with a great real estate lawyer, mortgage broker, home inspector, etc. etc. Greg even found us a company that makes stylish murphy beds and sent us a list of local design stores in Chicago! Greg is simply a wealth of knowledge and resources.
The entire process was well-organized and seamless. And Greg was extremely patient with us (and all of our questions!). We felt very comfortable with what would have otherwise been a daunting process all thanks to Greg and his ability to explain real estate lingo to us in laymen's terms; his willingness to address any/all of our questions; and his overall friendly, personable demeanor.
Highly recommend Greg!"
"We met Greg after a glowing recommendation from friends and he did not disappoint. Greg walked us through the whole process and was always a wealth of information. He made time for questions and to show us houses and advise. He has a real eye for things we would have missed for sure. After taking us to certain properties he thought would be comparable he would point out the specific factors he thought we might care about. He did such a thorough job that we were very sure the property we purchased was easily the nicest and best value we had seen on our extensive search. He tells it like he sees it and his honesty helps you have confidence in these difficult choices."
"This was the second time I've worked with Greg Vollan and I would not buy or sell a property in Chicago without him. He is extremely knowledgeable and organized and is present and helpful for every step of the transaction. What sets Greg apart from other realtors I've worked with is that he takes the time to make sure the property is prepared and he personally attends all showings, inspections, closings, and any other appointments with the property. Other brokers will skip some of these steps or send a jr broker to handle but Greg makes sure he is always there.
Beyond his expertise on the transaction itself Greg has a wonderful eye for design which is crucial for staging as well as identifying options for the buyers to make the space their own. I've experienced this on both the buy side and the sale side and it really contributes to his success.
I've recommended Greg to close friends in the past who have used him and been extremely happy and will continue to do so. He is truly the best and most thorough agent you could ask for."
"I cannot over-state what a pleasure it was working with Greg as our agent. As first time home-buyers we had NO IDEA what we were doing and he made it as painless as it could have possibly been. I didn't know if this was something that we could actually pull off and as a result of working with Greg we are INCREDIBLY happy to be fully moved into our new house.
Not only did he help us pin down our lovely new home in Avondale, he helped us find a great mortgage broker, lawyer, electrician, painter, HVAC vendor... the list goes on and on. He knows all the right people, all the right questions to ask and how to communicate clearly to make these really scary decisions make sense.
Even as we've settled into our new place, he's been incredibly helpful in letting us bounce ideas off him about decor, landscaping, you name it... he's got ideas and vendors to help make it happen. I should also mention he has incredible taste and helped us visualize how special our new place could truly be.
While I hope to NEVER move again I will most definitely be reaching out to Greg should the time come. He's kind, patient, responsive, positive, knowledgeable and GREAT at his job. I can't recommend him enough. Don't screw around... work with someone who is going to do whatever it takes to help you find the place of your dreams. Call Greg."