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Homes For Sale By Owner in Chicago: Selling Your Home is a Process

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1) Preparation

Before you decide to sell, you’ll assess any needs or issues that could keep buyers away and make sure the home is in its best market shape.

2) Listing

It takes more than putting up a FOR SALE sign and noting the best features of the property. You’ll also determine the price that reflects the value of your home while attracting prompt offers.

3) Marketing

How do you get your listing to catch the eye of as many qualified buyers as possible?

4) Negotiation

Whether you have one offer or multiple offers, there will be terms and conditions to discuss as you build the deal that satisfies both parties.

5) Legal Considerations

Agreeing to a price is just the beginning: Contracts and inspections will require a professional eye.

6) Closing

Be ready for the paperwork that comes with title transfers, fees, and the transaction itself—the last thing you want is for the deal to collapse at these final stages.

7) Moving

Where do you go from here? How do you manage this transition with as little stress as possible?

Selling your home is a complex endeavor—taxing both financially and emotionally. While you could go the For Sale By Owner route, it’s to your benefit to take this challenge on with a professional realtor to guide and advocate for you each step of the way. Dream Town’s brokers provide both the resources and expertise you need to achieve your real estate goals.

Sell Faster

The longer your property spends on the market the less likely you are to receive the offer you deserve. With Dream Town’s industry-leading website and search engine, we’re able to put your listing up in front of over 500,000 registered users. The comprehensive data we gather allows us to fine-tune searches, matching motivated buyers with their ideal properties.

The results speak for themselves: Dream Town brokers sell an average of 19 days faster than sellers who go it alone. In fact, nearly 20% of FSBO sellers end up having to take their property off the market and re-list, which hurts their offers even further!

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Our team includes realtors with great experience and expertise in individual Chicago neighborhoods, types of properties, and the many nuances of making a purchase. Let us help match you with your perfect partner—fill out the form below or chat with us online to connect with a broker today!

How does Dream Town sell your home?

Premarketing to cooperating agents

Before your listing even hits the market, our brokers are using their networks to start finding buyers immediately.

Front page presence

When your property gets added to the MLS, it’s featured on our front page and visible to over 5,000 daily users.

Wide distribution

Our unmatched strategic partnerships allow us to put your property up automatically on dozens of top real estate sites.

Search engine optimization

Dream Town’s understanding of web marketing allows our listings to consistently appear in the top results of major search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and MSN.

Powerful database matching

With over a half million active prospects on our website, we provide a tool that can match buyers with the homes that best meet their criteria and set them up with a viewing of your home.

Don’t be forced to rely on your own resources. Experience the advantages of Dream Town’s systems, strategies, and network.

A different breed of real estate professionals

Our brokers offer more than exceptional market understanding, sales expertise, and strong negotiation skills. They’re also highly skilled in the sophisticated web-based tools and processes that make Dream Town unique among Chicago real estate companies. They’re committed to providing the highest standards of client service while functioning within a collaborative environment, working together and sharing resources to the benefit of all Dream Town clients.

The talent on our team translates into better results for you. Our average 97.8% sales-to-listing ratio is one of the best in the industry, and you can rest assured that no matter what your goals, we’ll be with you every step of the way to make the experience as successful and stress-free as possible.

Now that’s service. That’s Dream Town. 

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