Motivation and Momentum are Crucial to a Successful Home Sale

Motivation and Momentum are Crucial to a Successful Home Sale

I started running last Spring after a few years away from any kind of consistent exercise. I’ve finished several half-marathons over the years but, even at my fittest, I’ve never been very fast. I shuffle, rather than glide.  Now, severely out of shape and...
Trust me.  Your agent wants you to “bother” them.  (REALLY!)

Trust me. Your agent wants you to “bother” them. (REALLY!)

“I don’t think your clients understand how real estate works,” an agent said to me recently.    His words landed like a punch to the gut.  I pride myself on my commitment to educating my clients on the complexities of buying or selling a home and...
Access for showings is key for a quick home sale

Access for showings is key for a quick home sale

When I was in high school, my dad got a job offer and our family moved from Wisconsin to the Chicagoland area.  Back then, I was oblivious to the reasons why our house didn’t sell.  But today, as an active real estate agent, I’m acutely aware of how hard it must have...
Time is of the Essence in a Successful Home Sale

Time is of the Essence in a Successful Home Sale

Putting your home on the market and negotiating offers is stressful.  You’re entitled to a sigh of relief when you’ve got a fully-executed contract.  But, the home selling process doesn’t end when you’ve got an accepted offer.  There’s still a long way to go and...
Listing Photo Disasters You Must Avoid

Listing Photo Disasters You Must Avoid

Potential buyers spend hours online poring over real estate websites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor.com.  They imagine themselves living in the homes they’re browsing through, moving their own furniture into various bedrooms, hanging their own artwork on walls, and...
5 Primary Duties of Your Listing Agent

5 Primary Duties of Your Listing Agent

When you sign a listing agreement with the Realtor you have chosen to represent you in the sale of your home, you are creating an agency relationship.  Under Illinois law, your agent must act in your best interest.  In addition, they owe you the duties of...