SFR, CREN - Broker
From Oak Park to Highland Park, from the City to the western suburbs of La Grange and Wheaton, I’ve helped my clients successfully buy and sell real estate throughout Chicagoland.
After more than 20 years as a TV and radio financial markets journalist covering real estate, Wall Street, business and other money matters, I followed a bit of a different path. The transition from broadcaster to broker requires many of the same skills and mindset. Providing timely and accurate information and communicating quickly and clearly is paramount to buyers and sellers who both require and deserve no less when making an important and costly financial decision. Rapid response to client’s phone, email and text questions or requests is vital. I always work with my client’s best interest at heart.
I’m a skilled negotiator for both buyers and sellers and hold a designation as a Certified Real Estate Negotiator (CREN). I’ve also earned the Short Sale/Foreclosure Resource (SFR) certification that allows me to deal with distressed properties. In addition, I’m the recipient of the Illinois Association of Realtors President’s Club Sales Award and the Baird & Warner Vice President’s Club Award. I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors (OPAAR).
The testimonials below speak volumes about my client’s real estate experience and how satisfied they are with their home purchase or sale. It also speaks to the quality level of care I provided as their broker. Some are repeat buyers and sellers and many have become good friends as well.
I’m here to help navigate you through every step of the real estate process from the search, showings and negotiations to inspection, attorney review, financing and the closing. I’m also a source for great service providers should you need to enhance your curb appeal for sale or make some personal style alterations to your new purchase. My job is to create an enjoyable and low stress real estate experience for you.
Clients are saying:
"Gary was extremely helpful throughout the process and provided invaluable advice regarding pricing and marketing. He was never difficult to reach, and I appreciated his availability on short notice to handle various issues which arose and his diligence in following up on open items."
"Gary Salem has been an invaluable asset in the selling of our home and purchase of a new residence. We utilized his suggestions on staging the home for the listing photographs which really helped to draw activity to our home. His hard work allowed us to sell our house in under a week! Gary also has an extensive network of vendors relevant to the home sale/purchase industry. Everyone he has referred was professional, prompt, and always provided the same excellent service. We would refer Gary Salem for anyone!"
"Gary Salem is a true professional. He helped me sell my family home when I was downsizing and found the perfect condominium for me. He thoroughly researched the market for the sales pricing and I received over 98% of the asking price as a result. He invests the time and expertise in ensuring an outstanding real estate experience. I recommend him wholeheartedly."
"We had an outstanding experience with Gary. He was very thorough, responsive and great at following through. He gave up detailed comps as background for deciding on a selling price for our house, offered practical advice on getting the house ready to show, and was generally helpful throughout the process of both selling our old house and buying a new one. He was especially kind, patient and helpful when we ran into some issues during our move. We highly recommend him!"
"We worked with Gary to rent and subsequently sell our home during one of the toughest housing downturns in history, and he was outstanding. He knew the local market, was open about various options that we had, and gave excellent and pragmatic counsel throughout the process. He would tenaciously follow up with potential buyers, and kept us appraised of all feedback and suggestions to improve our marketing strategy. We were living in London during the whole process and had the utmost confidence in Gary's ability and integrity to bring things to a successful close. Subsequently to the selling of our house while in London, we asked Gary to work with us on buying a home in LaGrange upon our return from London, and selling it 4 years later when I retired. All told, we have used Gary 3 times, and each time he demonstrated professionalism, integrity and effectiveness. You will be well served with Gary as your realtor."