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

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...

Seller Disclosure Requirements

When you list your home for sale, you’ll be required to complete several disclosures which are designed to provide potential buyers with important information about your home’s condition.  The first, and most comprehensive of these, is the Residential Real Property...

What is the MLS?

You choose a single agent to represent you when you decide to sell your home.  But, that agent depends on the goodwill and cooperation of a network of other agents to get the job done.  Since the 1800s, when the profession was established agents have agreed to share...

Determining a List Price for Your Home

Determining a list price for your home is one of the most crucial decisions you’ll make in the home selling process. Unfortunately, your home’s value isn’t set in stone.  An instant valuation can give you a ballpark based on a formula.  An appraiser...

Should I List with a Friend?

In many towns, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a real estate agent.  So, chances are you have a friend, family member, or neighbor with a real estate license.  The idea of working with a friend might be appealing, but selecting a listing agent based on a...