Iris Garmisa – Your Real Estate Advocate
Recognized as a specialist in Chicago's North Shore real estate, Iris is consistently in the top tier of Real Estate professionals. Whether representing Buyers or Sellers, she believes an in-depth knowledge of the real estate market combined with stellar service are paramount to the client. Unparalleled integrity, dedication, honesty and patience are the keys to her success. She understands the ever-changing current market conditions and housing values, and works diligently to educate her clients to the market. Her successes in all price points include all areas of the North Shore, proudly serving Glencoe, Winnetka, Wilmette, Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Riverwoods, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Lincolnshire and the surrounding areas. Iris is a trusted advisor to her clients, to whom she brings 25+ years experience with proven results.
Selling Your Home
Iris is a skilled listener who understands her clients' needs. Her marketing skills are well-honed as a result of her many years of sales experience. She formulates a marketing plan for each property with strategies geared to achieving her clients' goals. She is with her sellers every step of the way, beginning with the staging of their home, creating individualized marketing plans and materials, negotiating the sale and following through to closing. Iris' patient and calm demeanor, coupled with her determined and persistent approach, have enabled her to become a strong, skilled negotiator. She tenaciously negotiates for her clients.
Buying Your Home
A long-time North Shore resident, Iris has an in-depth knowledge of its communities, neighborhoods and schools. She understands the challenges facing today's home buyers and works closely with clients to help them find that perfect home. Iris will expertly guide you through the buying process. Her clients know she is their advocate and trusted advisor, always having their best interests at heart. Iris works with all types of buyers: first-time, luxury home, relocating or seasoned home buyers. She strives to be attentive to their needs, each step of the way, helping them realize their goals and fulfilling their dreams!
Iris was born and raised in New York and New Jersey, and earned her bachelor's degree in Romance Languages and Literature from Boston University. She lived in Chicago, then the North Shore, where she and her husband raised their family and have resided ever since. A Glencoe resident for more than 30 years, Iris is keenly knowledgeable of lifestyle on the North Shore. Her two children attended the Glencoe Public Schools and New Trier High School, where she was actively involved as an advocate. Always a strong supporter of not-for-profit organizations, she actively worked on numerous charity and youth-based boards. Iris especially loves to travel to the East Coast to visit her seven grandchildren. She practices yoga and Pilates, enjoys the beauty of the outdoors, loves to walk, hike, exercise and play golf.
Clients are saying:
"My husband and I went to purchase our suburban home and really can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She is knowledgeable, caring, personable, extremely patient, and very generous with her time (working around both our work schedules and time with a young child). She actually attended 'open houses' herself in searching for a home that met our needs. She answered every question and explained every part of the process clearly and thoroughly. Buying a home always comes with its challenges, but Iris saw the entire process through with us while making it as straightforward as possible. We highly recommend her."
"It was a pleasure working with Iris to sell our house in Glencoe. Without doubt, her professionalism, responsiveness and personality were the major reason we successfully sold the house despite challenging market conditions. She assisted us throughout the whole process, helped in preparing the house for sale, led our pricing decision, managed multiple showings and very skillfully guided the negotiations with the buyer. We strongly recommend her for any real estate transaction and plan to use her services in the future."
"I was introduced to Iris through a dear family friend as I was interviewing realtors to sell my house. Iris arrived promptly for what was supposed to be a 45 minute meeting yet lasted almost 3 hours. She walked from room-to-room, noting certain things, taking pictures with her cell phone, and envisioning how my home should look if she got the listing. Well, I never interviewed another broker after that ! Iris is the consummate professional. She managed my listing most professionally and we achieved the desired result, SOLD. I would strongly recommend her and I would undoubtedly use her again, thanks Iris !"
"Iris is very diligent and quite hard-working, and her experience and tenacity were key in getting my house sold in a very challenging environment. Would recommend."
"We worked with Iris for over a year and she helped us first with a rental, and then the purchase of a home. As to the rental, she found us an unbelievable rental, in a very tight rental market. She was able to do so even though the house had not even been listed yet, and was not even close to being listed. Rather than simply look into open inventory, she took it upon herself to call brokers who had rental listings the year before, and asked whether the rental would be coming on again. As to the purchase, she was very knowledgeable about the market, the different areas, the comps. She had great patience, and was extremely responsive. Rarely did she fail to call back within an hour. We just had a great experience overall and would highly recommend Iris."