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  • Gary Salem

  • Broker,CREN,SFR
  • Oak Park/River Forest Office
  • 1037 Chicago Avenue
  • Oak Park, IL 60302
  • Office: 708.697.5900
  • Cell: 708.250.1430
  • Fax: 323.500.4462

About Me


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 Director 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.



"Gary Salem made the sale of our Chicago condo and purchase and eventual resale of our first home in Oak Park a truly enjoyable experience.  He's a true professional with the ability to wade through several contracts with perseverance, patience and candor.  Gary is our trusted source when considering a home sale or purchase in Chicagoland."  
– Mike & Becky Kucharski

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