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Testimonials

 

 

Maria Cullerton - Andy Gagliardo  

If you're looking for a house in the Oak Park/ River Forest community , this is the go to firm. They know the market and how to get the job done. We worked with Andy Gagliardo and Maria Cullerton and they were fantastic.

 

Lisa Grimes

“When we were relocating our family from downtown Chicago to the Oak Park/River Forest area, we asked friends for a recommendation for an excellent realtor.  They sent us to Lisa Grimes and we are so thrilled they did.  Lisa has an unparalleled grasp of the community in which she works and her knowledge assisted our move in innumerable ways.   When you are house-hunting from out of town, you are often blind to the nuances of location, logistics, and culture that are as important to your happiness as your physical house. That’s where Lisa has such a leg up on most other realtors. She’s a mom, she knows the community inside and out, and she is interested not just in finding you the right house, but in making sure you are integrated into the community, too.  Lisa also has a keen and discerning sense of the value of properties.   She listened to and understood our needs throughout the process.  Lisa’s honesty and integrity reassured us during challenging negotiations.  She always made us a priority.   She is patient and understands the many emotions that come with uprooting a family.  She displays excellence in every aspect of her work and we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have had her on our side. “   -Amy Ostrander and Tim Brandhorst

 

 Dan and Sharon Halperin

"The Halperin's helped my family sell my father's home after he passed away. They were quick to respond to any questions we had and helped us through the hurdles of a difficult village inspection process. I highly recommend. Very professional and knowledgeable. Genuinely interested in helping you through the process. Plus they are just good people and a joy to work with."

 

Matt Halper

“Matt Halper was extremely helpful in the successful sale of my property. His creativity and knowledge base served me well and helped me sell my property much faster than I could have dreamed. I would strongly recommend Matt for all your real estate needs.” Chuck - River Forest

 

Greer Haseman

“We listed our house with Greer Haseman. Her knowledge of the area and what our realistic expectations should be was outstanding! She was not only responsive to our questions and concerns during the process but she was proactive in informing us of what to expect at each level of the sale. We have a difficult work schedule and she did a fantastic job of scheduling showings to have minimal to no impact on our daily lives. All in all it was a great experience and I don't know how it could have gone any better.”  - John Roeser

 

Vee and Greg Jaroszewski 

 


“Vadim and I just wanted to say how much we appreciate Vee and Greg  as our real estate agents.  We know that this has been an incredibly long journey, and you’ve been amazing every step of the way.  I remember cold-calling your office two years ago- I chose Gagliardo simply because I wanted a real estate agent with an office that was actually in River Forest because I needed someone who could really explain to me everything about the city since we knew nothing about it – and the person who answered the phone passed me along to Vee.  You guys were exactly what we were looking for, and you helped us find the perfect home for our family. You were incredibly kind, sympathetic when we needed it, pushy when we needed that too, and so, so helpful in every way.  We can’t thank you enough – and we will tell that to every single person who will be looking for a home in this are (and we have a bunch of friends heading this way the next few years).  I know that we’ll continue to see you all the time since we’ll be neighbors, so we won’t lose touch, and we’ll have you over as soon as we set up our house (in the next few weeks), but I just wanted to let you know how much you mean to us.” -  Love, Danielle, Vadim, Anya and Aria

 

Joanne Kelly

“We have had the pleasure of knowing Joanne Kelly for many years as both a friend and a real estate professional.  She has been our exclusive real estate broker for all our property transactions in Oak Park and River Forest and has justifiably earned our complete trust and confidence.  We moved full time to Florida in 2011 and, thanks to Joanne and the Gagliardo team, we were able to satisfactorily sell our River Forest home in a very difficult market.  We would highly recommend Joanne to anyone in the area.” - Art & Leora Goetschel

 

Susan Maienza

Susan educated me on short sales (risks and benefits), working with builders, securing a VA home loan, she has helped my buy three homes and rent one home.  Susan has helped my dad, my daughter, and three nieces and is currently trying to help my son.  She will welcome a phone call and will at least point you in the right direction.  Would put my personal and professional reputation on the line for Susan…she is that trustworthy and that damn good.  Susan is in the “good egg” category. “ - Eric Bishea

 

Colleen Navigato

 

“We were absolutely thrilled with Colleen’s commitment and service in finding us a new home. With my wife’s dog allergy, we had restrictions on what we were to purchase, and her pro-activity in finding out whether there were dogs living or visiting each home that came on the market was a huge help. She was very knowledgeable about the market and what was available, as well as the proper pricing. It was a highly stressful process to find a home that met our very exacting requirements, but Colleen made the experience much less so with her patience, hard work, and positive disposition.” – Patrick O.

 

Tom Poulos

“My wife and I were on the verge of making an offer to purchase a home without the assistance of a broker.  By chance, we became acquainted with Tom Poulos before we made the offer.  Good thing because we learned that we were about to make an offer far in excess of the true market value of the home!    We subsequently hired Tom to assist us with our purchase and also with the sale of our existing home.  We found him to be the consummate professional:  he was honest, made sure that he understood the most important features we wanted in a home, had a commanding grasp of the recent purchase prices paid for comparable properties and was always available to us either in person or by phone for the inevitable ‘hand-holding’ that home-buyers sometimes need.  We were again impressed by the professionalism and dedication of Tom and his colleagues at Gagliardo Realty Associates LLC in developing a listing price and the marketing efforts that lead to a contract for sale of our current home in about a week.  I have and will continue to refer potential buyers and sellers of real estate to Tom.” - Harry Hicks

 

Rosa Pitassi

Rosa helped me sell my home quickly and efficiently.  She suggested staging ideas, explained the process thoroughly, and knows the marketplace i.e. price points and how and when to market.  She held open houses when the time was right, and her follow up with me as well as follow through with prospective buyers was excellent and timely.  She understands the business of real estate/buying and selling and made what could have been a daunting process easy and convenient.  I felt that I was in good hands from start to finish and that Rosa always had my best interests at heart. In short . . .  Rosa Pitassi is the BEST and I’d call on her again in a heartbeat!” - Michelle A.

 

Laurie Shapiro

“Laurie recently helped our family purchase a home in Oak Park. She is organized, thorough, and personable and offered us an objective viewpoint on each house we viewed. We found her to be knowledgeable about aspects of realty beyond the legalities of buying and selling properties and were consistently impressed by her willingness to research questions to ensure we made the right purchase decision. She was always quick to return our calls, search for properties, set up tours and continue to guide us to a decision. We highly recommend Laurie and look forward to the opportunity to work with her again!”  Brandie P.

 

Team Trio

“Diane and I wanted to say thank you to Team Trio [Charlotte Messina, Mari Hans, and Sherree Krisco] for the service that you provided us in selling our home.  We listed our upper bracket home in one of the most challenging real estate markets in recent history and with the combined efforts of your team out home was listed, marketed and sold in less than one month.  And your team also provided all of the necessary support for the appraiser to insure that the home met the price point necessary for the bank’s requirements. Thank you for your time, energy and expertise in the sale of our home.”  - Tony and Diane Aiello.

 

 Debbie Watts

“We could not have dreamed of a better agent then Debbie. Debbie does an outstanding job, and is always approachable, informative, helpful and effective. We are grateful to her, and it was our great fortune to have Debbie guide us through this entire process from pre-contemplation through closing. We would most definitely recommend Debbie Watts to our family and closest friends.”  - Stephanie H.

 

Donna Barnhisel 

“Donna Barnhisel,  thank you for taking such good care of Alexcia and me.  When we move on to Income Property you’re our lady!  Thank you for the pizza and generous gifts. Remember Hot Tub and wine when Alexcia I get back home for good I think it will be sooner than later.  Thank you again.  Your new Gal Pals, Alexcia & Maria.”

  

Anne Brennan

“I feel very comfortable recommending Anne Brennan to you as a realtor.  I had tried to sell my condo earlier in 2013 with another realtor and was unsuccessful.  The prior realtor was not very aggressive in trying to market my unit and probably set an overly hopeful asking price.  When I went to re-list I interviewed several realtors and ended up going with Anne.  Anne helped me set a realistic asking price based on her experience and the market.  She then set up a plan to market it quickly to generate interest right away so it did not linger on the market for a long time.  There was a couple of showings and an offer fairly quickly.  I would have to pull my paperwork, but I think it was a matter of weeks and it was close to the asking price.  Again, she was very honest and realistic going into the process and that was beneficial.  Anne was excellent in the negotiations with the buyer and kept them from some unrealistic demands. One of the things I really liked it that she always returned my phone calls and e-mails promptly.  The whole process of buying and selling is stressful and I appreciated how she always got back to me quickly.  I felt I had a partnership with Anne. I was very motivated to sell and really did my best to have my home tidy for each showing. As she was generating potential buyers I felt obligated to do my part to make the home appear its best.  As far as Gagliardo resources,  Anne had access to other listing sources such as realtor.com in addition to the standard MLS. I also had the impression that the other realtors in her office worked as a team and that they were not simply renting a chair there. Best wishes to you in your endeavors.”  - Vicki Koren

 

Kurt Fiedler

The broker that we used from Gagliardo, Kurt Fiedler, was fantastic! My husband I searched Oak Park high and low for the perfect house and Kurt was patient and helpful the entire way through the process. He helped us get to know the area and, after several months of searching, found us the perfect home. If you are looking for a trustworthy broker who has a great depth of knowledge about the Oak Park area, Kurt is a great person to work with.

 

Karen Byrne

Karen Byrne represented me as the buyer in the purchase of a home in River Forest, IL in October 2014.  In a transaction that normally can be stressful, Karen’s professionalism and attention to detail made the process smooth and enjoyable.   As I live out of state,  Karen provided me the local business recommendations for legal services, inspections and mortgage all of whom provided excellent customer service and competitive rates. She was very knowledgeable about the house that I ultimately purchased, the area and comparable pricing which are all key to the decision process when buying a home. Karen was a skilled negotiator and brought closure to the deal at an excellent price and in an efficient manner. She worked with my schedule and went above and beyond to assist when I could not meet in person.  I appreciated all of her efforts and am enjoying my new home away from home.  - Stefanie H. Irwin

 

 

Alisa Coghill and Dan Bogojevich

“Although we have informally thanked you for all your hard work and time you put in to finding us a home, we wanted to formally express our gratitude to you both, Alisa and Dan.  Your professionalism was a pleasure and getting to know you both made us feel more like family. In doing business together, it is so apparent that you both have found careers that allow you to showcase your abilities and strengths!  Your knowledge of the market, your attention to detail, your negotiation skills and your caring personalities helped us tremendously.  We couldn’t have done it without you – thanks so much!” – Ashley and Brad, Oak Park

 

Jolyn Crawford

“Thank you, Jolyn, for your help, professionalism, and kindness.  Please accept this small acknowledgement as a sign of gratitude for how you worked with Emelia and me.  Enjoy your next lunch on me.” - Appreciately, J-C-L

 

Maria Cullerton

Maria is a dynamo! She's a shrewd negotiator, has a great depth of knowledge about the market, and a realistic approach to achieve her clients' objectives. On top of all of that, she's thoughtful, diplomatic and always laser focused on the needs of her clients."   - Peg A. 

 

Julie Downey

“It was a pleasure to work with Julie Downey.  Julie is knowledgeable and professional, but is also very warm and personable. She helped us to find the perfect new home, and sold our previous house in one day! We searched for many months prior to finding our new home. She was very accommodating during the process and thorough when it came time to make offers on properties we were interested in. I would highly recommend Julie to anyone interested in buying or selling a property. Thanks again Julie for all your hard work!”  - Karen K.

 

Andy Gagliardo 

""My purchase was a short sale which Andy Gagliardo warned me would not be simple. He was correct, but he handled everything perfectly. Before the offer, I had looked at numerous homes with Andy, and his knowledge of the local area is amazing. Remember he has been doing this for over 30 years. For instance, when we were looking at condos, I mentioned that I wanted to be able to grill on my balcony he was able to tell me that there is only one complex in the entire OPRF community that allows grills on the balconies. This immediately eliminated wasted time looking at other condos. He has all sorts of knowledge like this. Also, in some of the older homes, I would see many plumbing or electrical items in the basements that I did not understand. He knows them all. He also pointed out warning signs of water damage or covering up of water damage so I wouldn't get burned. He was not just interested in making a sale, but interested in making the right sale for the client. Great agent."" - Jill B.