Greg Desmond

Greg Desmond

CNE, ABR, GRI - Broker


Overall 5 star rating out of 57 reviews

"Greg is the consummate pro and a pleasure to work with! We've bought and sold two homes with him... he's super knowledgeable, has great resources and made the entire process seamless."

"The person who recommended Greg to me said, "he's a really good realtor" and she was right. He was invaluable in helping us assess the properties we looked at and providing comparison data. At the same time, he really respected our guidelines about price and location. The inspector he referred us to was fabulous and went over building with a fine tooth comb so that we knew exactly what we were getting into. Greg kept the process moving, kept us sane and cheerful, and we went from initial meeting to closing in three months. He was a kind, effective and caring, and yes, a really good realtor. While I hope I won't have to buy or sell any property any time soon, if I do, Greg's the first person I'll call."

"Working with Greg was the key ingredient to the recipe for finding the perfect home. Greg met with us early in the process to understand our wants & needs with respect to our (first) home purchase and showed us condos that were perfectly aligned with what we were looking for. He helped us remain level-headed throughout the (sometimes) stressful process, and patiently answered all of our questions, explaining the nuances of the process every step of the way. We will be recommending Greg to our family and friends when they're ready to house-hunt, because we know they'll be in good hands with Greg."

"Greg is the absolute best and fantastic to work with. He was true advocate for our family's best interest and knowledgeable in all the areas we were interested in. He was quick to respond and encouraged us to take time and consider all aspects of each home."

"Worked with Greg for both the purchase and the eventual sale of our condo. Greg's professionalism, knowledge of the process, knowledge of the local market, and his relationships in Chicago real estate made Greg the perfect choice for us. It was a pleasure to work with him and felt we were in good hands through both transactions. Highly recommended."

"Greg is one of the best realtors we have worked with. He is extremely knowledgeable about the local market and also is very helpful in answering all questions throughout the process. He is very detailed oriented and follows through with everything needed for both selling and buying to make it very smooth for both transactions. This is the second time we have used Greg and are so grateful to have found him through a strong referral."

"Greg was beyond helpful through every step of our buy and sell process. With more details than imagined, it is critical to have a trustworthy agent. I whole-heartedly recommend Greg when you are buying or selling your home!"

"Greg did a fantastic job getting us through our purchase and closing. He skillfully and diplomatically guided us through price negotiation and issues related to inspection. He responded promptly and pleasantly to texts and phone calls. When tensions or problems threaten, Greg calmly worked through issues and soothed my jangled nerves. He also helped us identify resources for remodeling/renovations we plan. In all, Greg was a pleasure to work with. He is warm, personable and has a great sense of humor."

"Greg exceeded expectations on every level! Within 72 hours of being listed our home had multiple offers above asking price, and we closed in record time! He attained these exceptional results all in the middle of a very uncertain time during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is a thoughtful representative who provides useful guidance and eliminates much of the stress of the transaction. Highly recommended !"

"We enlisted Greg to sell our home- and to guide us in an uncertain time for the market. He provided the best kind of counsel as an agent, in my opinion, combining years of expertise with a calm demeanor and an empathetic ear. He worked quickly to help us stage and position our home to maximize visibility, offering insights we would not have considered without him. Not only did Greg succeed in helping us get multiple qualified offers (above list), he also balanced a demanding timeline to close with responsiveness. Greg is a true partner in the real estate process and I couldn't recommend him highly enough!"

"Greg was incredibly helpful and transparent from day 1. His experience and knowledge of the Chicago market is clearly apparent. Greg is a great listener and giver of advice. In our first home buying experience, Greg eliminated a lot potential stresses and made it very fun! We will highly recommend Greg to all of our friends and family."

"When we first returned to Chicago, a friend recommended we work with Greg. So helpful. He invested real time helping us find an apartment. So when we were looking to buy a condo a year later, we called right away. His professionalism and personality make him a huge asset as a partner through the process. We're big fans."

"My husband and I were referred to Greg by a friend who had worked with him before, and I am THRILLED to now be able to pay it forward and continue recommending Greg to others buying/selling a home. Greg recently guided us through the process of purchasing our very first home. He answered our endless questions with patience and thoughtful consideration, talked through ongoing uncertainties and worries, gave advice based on years of experience; Greg ultimately played a hugely significant role in us becoming homeowners. Something I really appreciated every step along the way was the feeling that Greg had our best interests at the center of everything he did. Our interactions always felt very genuine and authentic, which stands out the most to me. We will continue to work with him in the future, and will be recommending him to anyone in our network looking for a realtor. Thank you Greg!!"

"We enlisted Greg to sell our home- and to guide us in an uncertain time for the market. He provided the best kind of counsel as an agent, in my opinion, combining years of expertise with a calm demeanor and an empathetic ear. He worked quickly to help us stage and position our home to maximize visibility, offering insights we would not have considered without him. Not only did Greg succeed in helping us get multiple qualified offers (above list), he also balanced a demanding timeline to close with responsiveness. Greg is a true partner in the real estate process and I couldn't recommend him highly enough!"

"Greg is the best Realtor we have ever used. We have used him 3 times and everytime we have loved our experience. Always professional and top quality photos, advertising, and listing but also enjoyable to work with and keeping things light. I can't imagine not using Greg as he takes the stress out of the whole experience."

"Greg was fantastic at every step along the home buying road. He was always available and very responsive through the entire process, always provided great tips and guidance, and his negotiating skill definitely saved me more on the final price of my home than I thought would be possible. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a real estate professional and it was a pleasure working with him through my first home purchase!"

"Greg was a fantastic realtor who helped us literally find our dream home. He has extensive knowledge of local neighborhoods, which was just what we wanted. If he was unable to be with us for a showing he had his extremely helpful associate join us. Greg quickly understood what we were looking for in a home, encouraging us to wait to find what we truly wanted rather than settle for something less. When we found our home (condo) Greg was masterful with negotiation skills, advising patience and a firm stand, which resulted in a very good price. What is particularly impressive is his detailed understanding and recommendations regarding almost everything about the home-buying process—appraisal, legal, etc. I’d highly recommend Greg—we were/are thrilled!"

"Greg helped my buy my first condo in Chicago. He was, kind, patient, and thorough. Greg regularly pointed out details, or asked me questions about spaces we saw, and about my lifestyle, that helped me find what I was really looking for. I felt like he had my back from start to finish. I especially appreciated his help once we had found the place in guiding me to know what I could ask for, and what I could expect as we made the offer and went through the contract period."

"Greg is an outstanding agent. He recently helped us through the sale of our Chicago condo in the midst of a rather challenging market. He met with us before listing the property, discussed pricing, marketing, staging, repairs, all the issues you would need to address up front. He was very thorough. His knowledge of the Chicago real estate market is impressive. The listing and the photos presented the property in the best possible light. We had a contract within a few weeks of listing even though several other comparable condos in our building were on the market at the same time. That we were able to get to contract sooner than these other sellers is attributable in our view solely to Greg’s advice on pricing, marketing, listing, etc. Greg was available 24/7 throughout the process, from pre-listing through closing, and always responded to our calls promptly, even on weekends. Greg’s experience really showed insofas we felt that his advice was always right on the money. The entire experience could not have been better and we would very enthusiastically recommend Greg to anyone who is interested in buying or selling a home in the Chicago area."

"Greg put a great deal of time and effort into helping us find the perfect, unique home. Once we found that home, his experience and knowledge of the process and the market allowed us to go from offer to closing table in less than 45 days. Outstanding job! We will definitely look to Greg when we are in the market again."

"We really enjoyed working with Greg! He was very reassuring and helpful throughout the whole process. He was very responsive as well. The condo we ended up purchasing was not listed correctly so it almost slipped past our radar but thankfully Greg knew the area and the market well enough to know there was something in that building and got us in to see it right away! Very happy!"

"Working with Greg was wonderful! He was there every step of the way and very knowledgeable! He made buying a home a great experience."

"Greg was fantastic to work with. He was with us every step of the way and helped move the entire process along very smoothly. I would highly recommend working with him."

"Greg is incredible to work with. He priced our house correctly to create maximum interest which led to a great price. He took care of everything along the way!"

"Greg made us feel very comfortable and his demeanor is perfect for this field . It was obvious to us that he was quite busy the day we met but he never made us feel rushed . It was a pleasure"

"Greg was very patient with me, listened to my needs and was able to get me into the perfect home! He was very helpful in making the process simple and painless for me, I wouldn't have survived without him."

"Greg was amazing, and helped me find my dream property. I was extremely satisfied with his expertise, his knowledge, his skills in real estate during the searching and buying process. He was great, and I would highly recommend."

"I was a first time condo buyer and not completely familiar with all the ins and outs of Chicago real estate. I feel so lucky to have been linked with Greg. He first met with me to talk about what I wanted and locations. He then took me out on a preliminary look to give me a sense for the features I could expect at my price range. When it was finally time for me start looking he went above and beyond to help me find the place I envisioned. He always offered his honest advice when I wanted it. At the same time he also helped me envision the potential of places I hadn't even considered. For The place I ended up buying, Greg had previously sold a unit in the building and he ended up educating the sellers agent about the age, features and reserve of the property. (Which was quite hysterical). He also helped me have a design vision for my place which I ended up doing exactly. He is alway right! I love it. He also helped me call in the big guns when my closing was getting pushed and helped me get it going sooner. I really appreciated all his help. He was always available for questions and advice. Not to mention that he was so much fun to hang out with , I at one point tried to trick him into seeing musicals with me haha! I can't recommend him enough!!"

"We bought our first place this year, and Greg was our broker. As first time buyers, we were nervous about the process and doubtful that we could find a home and location we loved. We were pretty sure we were going to have to sacrifice on one or the other. We were tempted many times to go for properties that were OK, but not great for us. Greg encouraged us to be patient, and promised that the right place would come along. And when it did, we moved quickly and without hesitation. I am still, months later, SO amazed that we ended up with the property we did. It is just perfect, and we owe it to Greg. I am sure there are other agents would not be so patient, and might try to put you in a home that was "almost, but not quite." I felt that Greg really got to know us, helped us firm up our idea of what we wanted, and then encouraged us not to budge on the things that were important to us. I would recommend him to EVERYONE, and I do!"

"We cannot say enough good things about Greg! We worked with him when buying our first home. He walked us through the process and was an excellent person to have in our corner. At almost every showing, the other realtors commented on how lucky we were to be working with Greg, and we agree! He is an excellent negotiator and we trust him completely. He is highly experienced and just knows his stuff. We have referred him to many friends and they have all loved him as well. We actually found Greg through my parents. He was the listing agent on a condo they bought. They were so impressed with Greg that when they went to list the condo, they chose to call Greg instead of their previous agent. Greg also handled our recent sale , and we are couldn't be happier. He is the consummate professional and our deal went so smoothly, in large part because of Greg. He understands the market and goes above and beyond for his client. We recommend him to anyone and everyone!"

"Greg helped us purchase our condo ten years ago, and when we were finally ready to move on, I didn't consider anyone else to help us with our sale.
Greg is a true pleasure to work with, and his knowledge of the Chicago market is unparalleled. He's patient, understanding, and helped guide us through the emotional, practical, and financial aspects of both our purchase and sale.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Greg to anyone"

"Greg is a truly terrific realtor who did an amazing job representing me as both a buyer and then a seller. He takes seriously the job of representing your interests and his knowledge of the Chicagoland market is second to none. He is hardworking, accessible, and a joy to be around. I cannot recommend Greg highly enough."

"Greg was great to work with on the purchase of our new home. Very knowledgable and responsive, no pressure, and always felt like he had our best interests at heart. I would definitely recommend him and would work with him the next time I am in the market!"

"Greg was exceptional exceptional from the beginning to the end of our experience. He was both patient and knowledgable, and showed amazing perceptiveness to both what we told him we were looking for and options that stretched us a bit in positive ways. He's also tremendous to spend time with. He has a great sense of humor and a deep understanding of different neighborhoods and buildings. We would highly recommend him. You'll find the home you want and laugh a lot along the way, which is a gift in and of itself."

"Greg is always a pleasure to work with, knows the market inside and out and helped us navigate through a deal that went bust ending up with a better deal all around. I highly recommend him."

"I cannot imagine a more outstanding agent than Greg Desmond. He worked tirelessly to help us find our dream home. Greg's negotiation skill clearly made the difference. He also is incredibly nice, patient, and calm."

"Greg will work tirelessly on your behalf. We had a very complicated, difficult and protracted sales process due to a short-sale and dual lenders. Greg was amazing at maintaining interest from the buyer, helping us navigating the process, keeping our spirits up as the sellers, and ultimately closing the deal. He's at the top of his game. Highly HIGHLY recommended."

"Greg helped me buy my first place in Chicago several years ago… he was incredibly patient and kind with this nervous and picky first-time home buyer. He was knowledgable and always responsive and helped me every step of the way. I feel like he helped me pick out the perfect condo for me, then he sold it again for me and got a great price for me even in 2008 when the market dropped out. When I was ready to buy again last year, I didn't even consider going to anyone else. And, again, Greg helped me find the perfect place… Buying/selling a home is one of the biggest stressors in life, Greg is so trustworthy he made it as painless as it could be!"

"When I decided to move from the suburbs to the Gold Coast, I was fortunate to have Greg Desmond as my realtor. He knew the City like no other and was very intuitive in terms of what I needed and what was available where. When the place that I really wanted went into a bidding war, he guided me through the process and ultimately got me my place at a great price. He negotiated the terms with ease and was really there to guide me through the process. Greg has an amazing attention to detail and is able to read what his clients need and desire in terms of living and ultimately lifestyle. He gave me the perfect match in terms of a place. I am thrilled."

"My husband was transferred to Chicago from Boston, Greg was recommended to us from a friend of a friend. Greg showed us a wide range of apartments in different areas of the city with patience and knowledge. We did not know anything about the Chicago real estate landscape and Greg was honest and forthright with his opinions. He really knew this city and was so kind and helpful. We ended up renting a beautiful space and have been very happy. We have recommended Greg as many times as we can! He is a gem!"

"We have used Greg as our go to Realtor for well over 12 years. In that time, Greg has expertly lead us on the purchase and sale of 4 properties. The quality of the materials he develops to sell our properties is top notch and he is a master is knowing market conditions across the top neighborhoods in Chicago."

"Greg helped me sell my condo in 6 days with two bidders selling just above my list price. Good insight into the area and comparables, professional marketing materials and a calm, friendly and professional manner. Made the process seem easy. Highly recommend Greg."

"Greg came highly recommended by friends and absolutely lived up to the hype. He made sure he understood exactly what I was looking for and was patient with me throughout the search. When I got close to panic-buying a unit that was CLOSE to what I wanted, but not exactly right, Greg talked me through making the right call to wait for my perfect place (which showed up only two weeks later!). As a first time and solo homebuyer, he talked me through what to expect, all the paperwork, and made recommendations when I needed his expertise. I was bracing myself for a rollercoaster of an experience, but Greg helped it all move very smoothly. Even after I moved in, Greg continued to keep in touch, making sure I felt comfortable in my new home."

"Greg was thoroughly professional, gave great advice, and helped us take care of all final details including introducing his Network of local professionals. Sincerely grateful for him taking care of this property for us."

"Absolutely fantastic! Hire this man to be your realtor for life."

"Greg was a wonderful broker! As first time buyers my fiance and I were unsure where to start with looking for a home, but Greg was so informative and so well connected in the Chicago real estate scene that we immediately trusted him to help us find a great home. The process was so easy and so much fun with Greg helping us out."

"Greg was ideal to work with on our purchase of a condo. He listened to our requirements and only showed us condos that fit what we wanted, so we did not waste time looking at homes we wouldn't consider for purchase. As a result, we found our place very quickly. He was also helpful with the negotiation process and suggesting other professionals to help us with legal and mortgage support."

"I have worked with Greg Desmond @properties on a number of occasions and have always had an outstanding experience. Greg provides excellent service via great communication, exposure and explanation of tools and analysis, great ideas, accurate value estimates and comps and ultimately a timely sale at a strong price. Greg is extremely professional, courteous and easy to work with. I would highly recommend Greg if you are selling real estate in Chicago."

"Greg was truly a wonderful agent to work with. I met Greg 12 years ago when I first bought a condo, and was happy he was available when I needed an agent to sell the condo 12 years later. Greg was always available to answer questions, and was full of knowledge and assured me of every step in the process that I was uncertain about. @Properties is lucky to have such a great team member working with them."

"Greg has helped me with a number of purchases and sales over the past several years. He is dedicated to his clients, knowledgeable about the market, and simply a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to buy or sell a new home."

"I cannot say enough about Greg! I am a first time buyer in my 20's, needless to say I was very hesitant about the experience of buying verses renting but I can say now after my closing that I made the right choice to buy. Greg explained every step to me and guided me like the expert he is throughout the looking and buying process. When we would see a property with a different broker, they would consult Greg even though it was their property, he's just that good! Every broker we saw told me that he was one of the best, not that I needed to hear it. He made a stressful situation fun for me. He made me feel that I was his only client even when I know that that is not the case. Greg was flexible, kind, and knowledgable. I would recommend him (and already have) to anyone looking for a broker."

"I never realized how easy selling a home could be until I worked with Greg Desmond! He advised me wisely on what I needed to do to "ready" my home for the market and then thoroughly informed me as to what I should expect once it went on the market. His marketing plan for my home was well thought out and presented. Greg's keen knowledge of the Chicago real-estate market was evident every step of the way. His professional demeanor never lacked the warmth and charm that made working with him an absolute pleasure. It didn't take long for me to figure out why he one of the top brokers in Chicago."

"Greg Desmond is an outstanding agent:-Greg provided an accurate marketplace assessment to enable me to price my home appropriately. As a result, my home sold within 3 months, at the price I was expecting.-Greg provided all the references I required in order to market my home and close the sale, including recommendations on stagers and legal services.-Greg ensured that my home stayed in pristine condition throughout the showings. I had already moved from Chicago, and Greg and his team maintained the home perfectly.-Greg's communication skills are excellent. He kept me apprised of developments on a weekly basis."

"Greg (and Megan) were fantastic from start to finish throughout our transaction. We were clients with a few special needs as we live internationally. Both Greg and Megan were extremely flexible and able to accommodate our situation easily. We felt they were always looking out for our best interests, providing us with excellent advise, and in the end achieved a result for us that we are extremely happy with. We have no hesitation recommending Greg and Megan."

"Greg helped me find the perfect home when I first arrived to Chicago; and it was Greg that helped me close this property expeditiously a decade later when I left Chicago. Greg was a true professional who clearly demonstrated allegiance to his clients. He went out of his way (and pocket book...) to make sure little issues are addressed and resolved to best showcase the property. He had also advised me well on the proper pricing of the property, while allowing me the freedom to make final decisions. He was not only my agent, but a friend who provided me with pertinent information on market conditions throughout that ten year period, so that I could make the best choices. Buying and selling a home is beyond the pricing and negotiating process, it's the entire experience of how an agent helps one navigate through the whole process that counts. If I could give 10 stars to Greg Desmond, I would!"

"Greg was awesome and I would recommend him to anyone! As a first time home buyer, I appreciated Greg's patience as we figured out what we really wanted in a condo. He also took the time to explain all parts of the home buying process and had great advice on things we would never have thought of while looking at condos."

"Greg is fantastic to work with - available, accommodating and confident in his approach."

"Greg has helped us buy and sell homes and he does a great job. He is always responsive, detail oriented and able to provide any assistance that's needed. We have recommended him to people and will continue to do so."

"We have used Greg on our last four real estate transactions and would not consider making a real estate move without Greg. His in depth knowledge of the market, expert negotiating skills and invaluable advice and guidance makes the entire process so seamless."

"Greg is the elite of the Real Estate Industry. The attention and dedication he provides to his clients combined with his expertise of the market makes him a top notch resource no matter the business climate. I worked with Greg in the printing industry and he has applied the same professionalism and integrity to his work in Real Estate. He generates superior results serving Chicago area home owners to find their dream homes and maximize their investments."

"When the time came for me to select a real estate agent for my house search, Greg was the first and only person I considered. He came highly recommended by close friends and I found that everything that I was told about him was indeed accurate. He is deeply knowledgeable about Chicago's housing market, and he has a talent for providing information in an unbiased and professional manner. Most importantly, I felt that I could trust his judgment and his opinions from the very beginning of my search. He made me feel important and valued throughout the entire length of my search process, and he certainly made it an enjoyable experience. When it came time to make an offer on my condo, I relied heavily on his negotiating expertise. I recommend Greg unconditionally."

"I met Greg many years ago when representing him on a real estate transaction. He was an excellent client, very diligent and organized with a flair for the business of real estate. Since then, he has found his niche and now has a successfull residential real estate business. I have had the opportunity to work with Greg and several of his clients and found him to be courteous, diligent, highly organized and a strong advocate for his client. He always puts the interests of his clients first and is always available for is clients. I would highly reccomend Greg to someone interested in buying or selling real estate."

"Greg is a fantastic agent who I highly recommend. He truly represented our interests and provided much needed advice and counsel throughout the process. His expert local knowledge and unending patience helped us find the right home. We could not be happier and will definitely enlist his assistance in the future."

"Simply put - I believe that you would have a hard time finding a better real estate agent in the Chicago area than Greg. He works extremely hard and his knowledge of Chicago's neighborhoods are that of a true professional. His honest feedback and recommendations were exactly what my wife and I were looking for when we hired Greg. When I am ready to sell my condo, I already know that I will only need to make one call."

"Greg was a dream to work with, both on the sale and purchase of our homes. His knowledge of the market in Chicago is second to none. He took the time to explain all aspects of the process so that we were able to make educated decisions on both sides of the equation. He is passionate about his work and fiercely loyal to his clients. I would highly recommend him to anyone!"

"Greg has helped us twice to buy and sell a place. What better recommendation for a Realtor than being asked for a second time to represent us? Greg managed to sell our last place in the recent tight market. He managed our expectations very well and his predictions were very accurate."

"Greg is an excellent real estate associate, but an even better person. Throughout our experience working with Greg, my wife and I were so impressed with Greg's knowledge of Chicago's neighborhoods, his patience as we searched for the "right" home and his interest in us as people, not just an opportunity for a sale. We value Greg as a friend and without a doubt, when it comes time to sell our home or buy a new one, Greg will be the first person we call."

"Greg did a superb job selling my home. I got an offer at list within 1 week of listing. He did a great job prepping the house and getting potential buyers in the door.I highly recommend Greg."

"Greg did a great job selling my condo in mid 2007 amidst a tough real estate market in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. My wife and I had a newborn child and Greg was thoughtful in terms of scheduling showings but also practical when it came to telling us what we needed to do to sell. He helped us de-clutter and really show the uniqueness of our condo which was a church conversion, but frankly with 11 months of condo inventory on the market at the time I was skeptical. Greg did it all - helped us on initial pricing, negotiation of offers (lowball and real ones), and kept us informed the whole time. Greg is a pleasure to work with, and more importantly got the job done at a good price for us."