Next-door to the Obamas

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Inman Connect New York | January 29 - February 1, 2019

It’s one thing for a real estate agent to make sure his clients are qualified to buy a house they want to tour. It’s another thing entirely when the agent has to vouch for them first with the Secret Service.

Dealing with President Obama’s security team became a routine event for Chicago real estate agent Matt Garrison last year when he took on the listing heard ’round the world — the 1906 brick mansion that happens to be next door to the off-duty residence of President Barack Obama and his family.

First announced for sale in September, the 17-room house at 5040 S. Greenwood Ave. in the city’s Kenwood neighborhood sold last week for $1.4 million in cash — after, of course, generating an international buzz that outstripped the listing agent’s most optimistic expectations.