John Lawrence’s family has lived in the Oak Park-River Forest community for almost 100 years. Born and raised here, John left to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but returned to launch his career and start his own family.
Initially, John worked as a middle school special education teacher and basketball coach in the River Forest Public School District. While he loved working with students for over a decade, he became interested in residential real estate and made a change. After working for a local office a few years, John was eager to start his own office, Nickel Real Estate Group, in 2006. His goal was, and remains, to provide unparalleled support to Brokers so they could meet the changing needs of clients. He affiliated with Weichert, Realtors® in late 2008. In 2018 Weichert Realtors- Nickel Group was acquired by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago.
As Managing Broker for BHHS Chicago , John hit his stride as a mentor and business coach for other Broker Associates. He has created a culture of high standards, mutual support and community involvement in his company, and he recruits Brokers who share his passion and values.
John has developed a community-wide reputation as a smart business leader with strong ethics and deep compassion. He’s been recognized by a number of organizations for his dedication to his field and community:
Oak Park Area Association of Realtors®
Vice President 2014-2016
Realtor® of the Year 2013
Walter R. James Community Service Award 2012
Member of the Board of Directors since 2008
Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce
Vice President 2010-2011
George Lytle Award for Dedication and Service 2014
Opportunity Knocks Board of Directors
Director of the Year 2012
John lives in River Forest with his wife, a teacher, and their young daughter.
John is an active snowboarder, avid traveler and frustrated golfer.
What Our Broker Associates Are Saying
“I chose the Oak Park office because John Lawrence’s reputation has been one of a consummate professional. He is a good listener with great advice. The agents are committed to upping their gameand have a great sense of camaraderie.”
“BHHS is a national company, with nation-wide recognition; I wanted a company that has the best of both worlds, local name and national products. John is a non-competing Broker, has strong ties to the community, and is in this for the long haul. I wanted to work with someone who has his eye on the future and is looking to grow his firm.”
“For me, it came down to the people. I am proud to be affiliated with the intelligent, professional, fun individuals who make up the Oak Park Office!”
“John Lawrence is genuinely interested in helping agents succeed. He’s very accessible to answer questions and provides excellent training and guidance with new technology. BHHS is a great team to be a part of.”
“The amazing office staff is always available to assist. Our excellent Managing Broker is always searching for best practices for agents to get the most productivity out of themselves.”
“John is a good man with a strong moral compass. He takes the running of this office extremely seriously, and through the years he has built an incredibly impressive group of Realtors. There is a true sense of community and collaboration here. I learned how to be a Realtor in this office and I learn a bit more here each day.”
“My decision to join the Oak Park office was due in part to the fact that there areso many successful agents that have chosen to work at this office.”
1407 N 16th Avenue
Melrose Park, IL 60160
1407 N 16th Avenue
Melrose Park, IL 60160
Great little 2 flat in the middle of town. Near restaurants and shopping. Basement can be duplexed with the first floor, but it may not be rented as an apartment. Being sold "as is". 1st floor has two bedrooms, a dining room, living room, and full kitchen. 2nd floor has one bedroom, a kitchen, and a large front room. The first floor controls heat throughout the building while cooking gas and electric bills are separate and belong to the units. The basement is fully finished with a full bath and four separate rooms.