B.A. with Honors in Art & English, Bucknell University
Member of Chicago & National Associations of REALTORS, Top Agent Network
Award-winning Advertising Creative Director
A career of making clients happy
After a successful 30-year career in advertising, selling everything from Quaker Oatmeal to McDonald’s hamburgers, Chris is proud to now be selling real estate. Since 2015, he’s used his creativity, marketing savvy, and genuine love of seeing clients happy, to service buyers and sellers all around Chicago.
As an advertising Creative Director, Chris was known for mentoring young people and building strong relationships with the C-Suite. This translates well to helping first-time buyers as well as premier property sellers. Since he has always thrived in big ad agencies like Leo Burnett and DDB, Chris feels right at home with Compass’ in-house marketing and creative studio, comprised of designers, strategists, and producers from acclaimed brands and agencies such as L’Oreal, Conde Nast, WeWork, Twitter, and J Walter Thompson.
Chris is proud to be part of Compass’ Chicagoland team that represents more than $1 billion in sales volume in the last year and has more than 500 agents, including his wife Chris Stockwell who he is happily partnering with as Team Chris & Chris. Her many years of experience in real estate and his background in traditional and digital marketing make them a uniquely well-rounded team.
Chris runs this city
As an avid runner and marathoner, Chris has literally pounded the pavement in every neighborhood in Chicago. A long-time resident of Lincoln Park, he also knows his way around Lakeview, Wrigleyville, North Center, Roscoe Village, Ravenswood, Lincoln Square, Andersonville, Logan Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park, West Town, West Loop, the Loop and the South Loop.
Chris approaches every real estate transaction like a race. He knows the importance of preparation – staging a home perfectly, doing comparative market analyses, understanding the “fit” of a neighborhood. He has the stamina for the process – marketing, doing open houses & showings, helping to get financing. And he knows the elation of crossing that finish line – the closing!
He can relate to what his clients are going through since he has owned both houses and condos in and around Chicago and was even the President of his condo association when he lived in NYC. Anyone who knows him can tell you he is energetic, detail-oriented, and a born negotiator. With his sense of humor, he will do everything he can to make a potentially stressful process more enjoyable for everyone.
What recent clients are saying about Chris Laubach
“Chris L. is THE BOMB. The best realtor I've ever worked with. And I've bought and sold way too many homes than I care to admit. He's thorough, patient, understanding, attentive, listens, know the ins and outs of the market. He found me a unicorn of a place, held my hand through the sales process, alerted me to the mine fields, and gave me great advice along the way. He even showed me how to deal with local utilities, gave me lists of local tradespeople, and made sure everything was put together up until closing. Honestly, among real-estate agents there are many many people who all do the same thing and all work off the same playbook. Not Chris. He and his wife (also Chris) gave me faith in real-estate agents, and if you're buying or selling in Chicago, you really should look them up. They're the best.”–Gary D.
Bought a Condo in Lincoln Park.
"I was connected with Chris when I started down the path of buying my first home. He has a fun personality and is also a great realtor to work with. Chris was patient with me on a 10 listing viewing day (none of which really fit the bill), was incredibly knowledgeable of how to manage the dry spell of the market in the middle of winter, AND was late to his own birthday dinner when “the one” came on the market and he knew I needed to see it and get my offer in that day (even though I was planning to wait til the weekend open house). His savyness of the market not only got me under contract within 24hrs of listing, I’m certain it also saved me a bidding war that would have cost me thousands (or possibly lost me the place altogether). Definitely recommend!”–Cheryl B.
Bought a Condo in Old Town
“Chris and Chris did a great job in helping us to find our new condo! I worked primarily with Chris Laubach, who was my creative director before he went into real estate. As a boss he was aggressive and pushed for what was best, and as a real estate agent he did the exact same thing. He genuinely enjoys the back and forth that goes with closing. When we found the place we wanted it came down to a multi-bid situation, but Chris L came up with a creative situation to insure that we won. The agent representing the sellers even commented on how impressed he was, and on what a pro Chris is. We couldn't be more happy!”–Dan C.
Bought a Condo in Lake View
“Chris L. was absolutely fantastic! We moved to Chicago without knowing the city, and he really understood our (very picky) preferences. Chris helped us find the home of our dreams, and negotiate a great price. He was always available and helped us find out details about the house and the process.”–Costi Y.
Bought a Single Family Home in the Gold Coast