Chris Gaggero

Chris Gaggero

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About Me

Before getting into real estate, I was a professor. I was born and raised in England, but came to the United States for graduate school. After getting a PhD in English literature from Brown, I came to Chicago and taught at DePaul University. I'd always been intrigued by real estate, though, and after my wife and I bought a condominium I got my license in 2004.
The skills I developed as a researcher and teacher serve me well as a realtor. To write a PhD thesis, I had to process a lot of very complex information and then present my analysis of it clearly and compellingly. That's much like the work I do now for buyers and sellers, sorting through a lot of complex market data to figure out what a property is worth and then using clear and compelling language to present a property (if I'm working for a seller) or an offer (if I'm working for a buyer) as attractively as possible.
If you're a buyer, I'll show you all the homes and give you all the information you need to make a good decision. I've been doing this since 2004 and am very familiar with the market and the process of buying all kinds of property. I've found my clients homes that they love and have negotiated great prices for them. However, I've also advised clients not to buy a particular property and occasionally not to buy at all. Since almost all my clients come to me by referral, it's far more important that they feel I have helped them make the right choice than that I make a sale.
If you're a seller, my role is, first, to give you a precise idea of your home's maximum value. I'll then give you detailed suggestions for getting your house ready to go on the market. Once the house is ready and the photos are taken, I have a two-pronged approach to marketing: first, I make sure that buyers can find the listing wherever they look for it; secondly, I "push" the listing to the people who are most likely to sell it, the most productive agents in the area and price range. Just as important as finding a buyer is keeping them, and I stay right on top of the transaction all the way to the closing.
I've sold properties of all kinds--condos, houses, and multi-unit buildings--all over the North Side of Chicago, as well as in Hyde Park and Kenwood on the South Side.  Since 2008, I've been selling homes on the North Shore, from Evanston up to Highland Park. For what it's worth, I'm a "top producer" with both @properties and the Chicago Association of Realtors. "For what it's worth" because I don't think it's worth much: selling millions of dollars' worth of property does not necessarily mean you're representing the best interests of your clients.
George started working with me in 2014. I looked long and hard for a partner my clients could trust as much as they trust me.
Take a look at my testimonials. I can also give you names and numbers of former clients. They would be happy to talk with you about their experience of buying or selling real estate with me. I look forward to working with you.

Clients are saying:

"One of the best real-estate brokers I've ever worked with! Truly exceptional!

I was introduced to Chris through a mutual friend as I was starting to look for a house in Wicker Park. I am so grateful for that introduction - Chris was an absolutely phenomenal resource and I cannot say enough good things about him and his colleague, George Tully!

Firstly, Chris is very knowledgeable about the real estate market in Chicago and the 'burbs - both recent and upcoming developments, so I always felt very well informed about my options. Even though Chris is based in Evanston, he had a very good handle on what was going on in the city and could describe how the part of town I was looking at had changed over the years. He set up twice-weekly MLS searches for me, and was always available to talk through the latest options that had come up and to provide advice and counsel.

What I didn't expect, however, was for Chris to be as savvy about so many aspects of interior design, and internal and external construction. Walking through open houses with Chris was very enlightening - he would spot potential issues that would have completely escaped me, could point out certain finishes on internal fixtures (ie whether it was a high end finish or not) and could even comment on likely external maintenance requirements. As someone buying their first SFH, this additional information was invaluable in helping me feel better informed.

As impressive as Chris's technical knowledge was his approach to customer service. Chris's demeanor is very calm and unflappable - exactly the person you need as you navigate the rollercoaster that is the Chicago real-estate market. He was always very punctual and always got back to you when he said he would, so I always felt well taken care of. The couple of times Chris had to leave town for the weekend, he made sure his colleague George, was fully briefed and readily available to me, should I have any questions.

And here's the bonus you get when you work with Chris. The house I bought needed some work done, having been constructed mid-90s but with not much done since then. Chris not only had recommendations for every type of tradesman, contractor and handyman I could ever need, he even went above and beyond, and coordinated times for them to come over, ahead of the close, and give quotes so that I would know how much it would cost to get these items repaired/fixed. Setting that all up must have taken him some time, but he did it gladly - it was "all part of the service"! Even after the close, Chris has still been a brilliant resource - I recently needed a recommendation for an electrician and - within 5 mins - had the name of someone in my inbox!

In summary, if you are looking for a highly professional, knowledgeable and valuable resource that goes above and beyond in helping you find (and remodel!) the home of your dreams, give Chris a call - you will not be disappointed."