Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago - John Lawrence


John Lawrence

Meet john lawrence

As Managing Broker of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Chicago’s Elmhurst, Oak Park and River Forest offices, John has hit his stride as a mentor and business coach for Broker Associates. He has created a culture of high standards, mutual support and community involvement, and he recruits brokers who share his passion and values.

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 career 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.

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.

John has developed a 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®

President 2016-2018
Vice President 2014-2016
Treasurer 2012-2014
Realtor® of the Year 2013
Walter R. James Community Service Award 2012
Member of the Board of Directors 2008-2020

Oak Park-River Forest Chamber of Commerce

President 2012-2013
Vice President 2010-2011
George Lytle Award for Dedication and Service 2014
Presidential Leadership Award 2015
Member of the Board of Directors 2009-2014 & 2019

Opportunity Knocks Board of Directors

Director of the Year 2012
Member of the Board of Directors 2011 -

John lives in River Forest with his wife, a teacher, and their young daughter and 2 dogs.
John is an active snowboarder, tennis enthusiast, avid traveler and frustrated golfer.

“[In a home] You’re making an investment in what could be the most important asset you’ll ever have. The right moment is when you know where you’re going to live for a while, when you find the home that fits your family, and when it’s at level that fits in with your income and ability to make a down payment and then I would get a very long mortgage… 30-year mortgage and the rate will be fabulous, and there is no sense waiting if those conditions exist."


- Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway Inc.