Sam Powell & Joe Gallagher

EXP Realty


Sam Powell, Realtor

Joe Gallagher, Real Estate Broker

Sam Powell, Realtor, and business partner Joe Gallagher, Realtor, with eXp Realty comprise the core of Pride Homes Chicago. With Powell’s two decades of real estate experience and Gallagher’s fresh perspective after three years in the business, together these two embody their tagline of “Real answers, real people, real estate.” And with open arms, they are embracing serving the LGBTQ community across Chicago’s city and suburbs.

“This is the best career imaginable for someone who wants to be 100 percent true to themselves,” Powell says. “I love real estate in that it allows me to be authentic and let that draw clients in and make them feel accepted and supported.” Gallagher, meanwhile, brings a fun and easy going approach to some of the jobs more “challenging” points.

“You do have to be pretty energetic when you’re on your eighth showing on a hot summer day and you’re so close to finding that perfect home for clients, and you just have to get through two more showings,” he laughs. “But when you find that perfect one and the offer is accepted, that’s the fun part.” Gallagher and Powell both relish modern technologies that just make life easier for them and their clients, choosing paperless and e-sign formats as a way of smoothing out the kinks.

“Clients love reading and signing the contract right on their phone,” they say. Six-time Chicago Association of Realtors top-producer award winner Powell hosts regular virtual workshops to educate other realtors, part of her quest to build the next generation of agents.

“I focus on listings, but I also embrace that role of educating and helping others get comfortable in their careers,” she says. And this team is setting a new standard in making all feel welcome.

“We get to know you and then get you where you want to be,” they say. “That’s how you empower clients.”

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