About Jeffrey O'Connor


Jeff O’Connor has always had a vision. As a kid he saw himself playing in the NHL (didn’t happen). As a young man he saw himself creating wildlife illustrations for zoos around the world (did happen). And today, in his mind’s eye, he sees homes – homes as they are and homes as they could be.

Jeff was born in Michigan into a family of tradesmen. His father was a residential carpenter, and his uncles included an electrician and plasterer. Jeff grew up on the business end of a hammer, and from an early age he learned how quality construction endures and how a house with “good bones” can be transformed into a dream home.

Since becoming a REALTOR® Jeff has put his vision to work, helping buyers find their perfect (or “could be perfect”) homes, and guiding sellers to present their properties for a successful sale. Jeff is an Accredited Staging Professional who sees the potential in each property, and he draws on his many years of interior design, landscape design and construction to help clients reimagine a home from front curb to backyard fence.

In addition, Jeff’s clients find him to be an outstanding partner at each step of the real estate transaction. He constantly communicates with his clients, providing updates and anticipating their questions. He gives excellent recommendations for contractors, inspectors, lawyers and other service providers. He’s a fierce negotiator who has his client’s interests front and center. And his unparalleled enthusiasm and wicked sense humor make a monumental life event – buying or selling a home – actually fun.

Jeff has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spent fifteen years as an exhibit illustrator for the Brookfield Zoo. He has owned and managed rental property for over 30 years. And he volunteered as a lead carpenter with the Appalachian Service Project, working for six summers in Kentucky with Oak Park teens to make homes “warmer, safer and drier.”

Jeff moved to Oak Park with his wife in 1989 and they raised their two children in the community. He spent many seasons as a volunteer coach or team manager for his kids’ hockey, baseball and softball leagues, and he didn’t expect to miss this so much now that his children are grown. However, these days, Jeff finds fulfillment using his talents and years of experience on behalf of clients, making their real estate dreams come true.

 Accredited Staging Professional (ASP) 

 Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE) 


Testimonials

“We had the pleasure to work with Jeff O’Connor for the purchase of our home in Northeast Oak Park. From the moment we met with Jeff the first night, we knew that he would be diligent in helping us with our search. It was clear that Jeff was going to be working hard for us and paying attention to every detail that we said we wanted to find in our ideal home. He has been a resident of Oak Park for 26 years, and has raised his family here. He is also a landlord for a flat in the area. He knows the area and the real estate inside and out. He listened to our budget and did not show us homes above our reach. He consistently updated the MLS search listings for us, based on our changing requirements, and even added comments daily into new added homes. We were able to communicate quickly and effectively via text, phone, MLS comments, and in person. He was always available for us.

When we sold our condo, we knew we had to move fast with our search. Luckily, Jeff knew us so well by this point that we were able to walk through homes very quickly and know right away if they would work or not. Our ideas were always in line, because he had taken the time to do such a thorough search with us. We weren’t finding the “perfect” home, and we were thinking we might have to settle to get into a house within our time frame, until we walked into the last house on our search one Sunday.

When we walked into our current home, we all knew almost instantly that it was the house for us. Jeff had helped us find the perfect house at the perfect price point in just the right amount of time. Things could not have aligned any better, and we truly believe it’s thanks to Jeff’s diligent work.

His job did not end there. He gave us outstanding recommendations for our inspector, lawyer, and contractor. He accompanied us on our inspection, and he accompanied the inspector back to our new home to make sure that all work had been completed as agreed upon. He helped keep an eye on our young daughter so that we could pay attention during our inspection. He was in constant contact with all parties involved until the closing date, to make sure that everything was running smoothly and as planned. He even went so far as to help us find new movers when our original movers backed out. To top it all off he often listened to a stressed, pregnant mother of a toddler, myself, when she was worried about different details involved in the negotiations. He was here for us all along the way of this stressful journey. There is no one else that could have met our expectations as well as Jeff did. He went way above and beyond his duty to make our home buying experience great. We know he will continue to be our friend for many years to come!” –The O’Donnell Family

 

“It is with pleasure and gratitude that we share comments on our experience with Jeff O’Conner. Jeff possesses all the attributes necessary to be an excellent broker: he knows his market extremely well; he is diligent, responsive, and yet very patient with his clients.

We especially appreciate the dedication and hard work Jeff did for us: negotiating the contract, securing an inspection, and recommending an attorney. He has always maintained the perfect balance of professionalism, good humor, patience, understanding and diplomacy. He has been a true delight to work with on a personal level as well, reassuring us and comforting us through the stressful task of closing on our dream house.” -Karolina Kowalczyk

“Just wanted to thank you for the job you did helping Susan and I find our home in Berwyn. As you know we have moved many times and lived in numerous states so we have had experience with quite a few realtors. We feel you rank at the top of the list based on our experience. You were able to quickly develop a feel for our priorities, likes, and dislikes. This allowed you to communicate well with Susan in advance of our trips to Chicago and to be prepared with a list of homes for us to view that might be a fit.

Your understanding of fixes and upgrades that might be needed to make each home meet our requirements was especially helpful to me. When we decided on the Kenilworth home and made our offer, we really appreciated the time you invested seeing that all of our to do items were accomplished in a quality manner prior to closing. We felt you went beyond the call of duty in that respect, especially compared to other realtors we worked with over the years. Again, thanks for a great job.

In the future if you are ever in need of a reference, please call us. Have a good time in Ireland and be sure to enjoy a couple of “real” Guiness.”-Ron and Susan Sampson

 

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