Gregory Czarkowski Sr.
Broker Associate, REALTOR®
- 434 E Palatine Rd
Palatine, IL 60074
Full Service Real Estate
Technology is becoming an integral part of both buying and selling real estate. I have access to some of the most innovative technology available in the industry today.
I can post your listing on REALTOR.com, the most visited real estate web site. In 2015, more than 50 million monthly unique visitors searched www.REALTOR.com. This is an invaluable tool for marketing your home.
City or Suburban
I understand that consumers today are businer than ever, so we are committed to making your move as easy as possible. I can help ensure that your move is a positive, stress-free experience.
I will agressively market vacant properties as I do the nicest homes.
I serve the entire Northern Illinois area!
7 Reasons to Work With a REALTOR®
WHAT TO KNOW
REALTORS® aren’t just agents. They’re professional members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics. This is the REALTOR® difference for home buyers:
- An expert guide.
Selling a home usually requires dozens of forms, reports, disclosures, and other technical documents. A knowledgeable expert will help you prepare the best deal, and avoid delays or costly mistakes. Also, there’s a lot of jargon involved, so you want to work with a professional who can speak the language.
- .Objective information and opinions.
REALTORS® can provide local information on utilities, zoning, schools, and more. They also have objective information about each property. REALTORs® can use that data to help you determine if the property has what you need.
- Property marketing power.
Property doesn’t sell due to advertising alone. A large share of real estate sales comes as the result of a practitioner’s contacts with previous clients, friends, and family. When a property is marketed by a REALTOR®, you do not have to allow strangers into your home. Your REALTOR® will generally prescreen and accompany qualified prospects through your property.
- Negotiation knowledge.
There are many factors up for discussion in a deal. A REALTOR® will look at every angle from your perspective, including crafting a purchase agreement that allows you the flexibility you need to take that next step.
- Up-to-date experience.
Most people sell only a few homes in a lifetime, usually with quite a few years in between each sale. Even if you’ve done it before, laws and regulations change. REALTORS® handle hundreds of transactions over the course of their career.
- Your rock during emotional moments.
A home is so much more than four walls and a roof. And for most people, property represents the biggest purchase they’ll ever make. Having a concerned, but objective, third party helps you stay focused on the issues most important to you.
- Ethical treatment.
Every REALTOR® must adhere to a strict code of ethics, which is based on professionalism and protection of the public. As a REALTOR®’s client, you can expect honest and ethical treatment in all transaction-related matters.
When Choosing a REALTOR®
QUESTIONS TO ASK
When Choosing a REALTOR®
- How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job?
- Like most professions, experience is no guarantee of skill. But much of real estate is learned on the job.
- How many homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year?
- This will touch on how much experience they have, and how up-to-date they are on the local market.
- What designations or certifications do you hold?Real estate professionals have to take additional specialized training in order to obtain these distinctions. Designations and certifications help define the special skills that an agent can apply to your particular real estate needs. One designation sellers might for is the CRS®, or Certified Residential Specialist, but there are also specialists for military customers, seniors, and those who are considering a short sale, among others.
- How many days does it take you to sell a home? How does that compare to others?
- The REALTOR® you interview should have information about their performance on hand and be able to present market statistics from their local MLS to provide a comparison.
- What’s the average variation between your initial listing and final sales price?
- This is one indication of a REALTOR®’s pricing and negotiating skills.
- What specific marketing systems and approaches will you use to sell my home?
- Your agent should have an aggressive, innovative plan and understand how to market property online.
- Will you represent me exclusively, or might you also choose to represent the buyer?
- While it’s usually legal to represent both parties in a transaction, your REALTOR® should be able to explain his or her philosophy on client obligations and agency relationships.
- Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and so on?
- Practitioners should be able to recommend more than one provider and let you know if they have any special relationship with any of the providers.
- How will you keep me informed about the progress of my transaction?
- The best answer here is a question. A real estate agent who pays attention to the way you prefer to communicate and responds accordingly will make for the smoothest transaction.
- Could you please give me the contact information of your three most recent clients?
- Ask their former customers if they would use the agent again in the future
Before Putting Your Home up for Sale
Before Putting Your Home up for Sale
Here are a few items to take care of before listing your home. This can make the sale process quicker and easier in the long run.
- Consider a pre-sale home inspection.An inspector will be able to give you a good indication of the trouble areas that will stand out to potential buyers, and you’ll be able to make repairs before open houses begin.
- Organize and clean. Pare down clutter and pack up your least-used items, such as large blenders and other kitchen tools, out-of-season clothes, toys, and seasonal items. Store items off-site or in boxes neatly arranged in the garage or basement. Clean the windows, carpets, walls, lighting fixtures, and baseboards to make the house shine.
- Get replacement estimates. Do you have big-ticket items that will need to be replaced soon? Find out how much it will cost to repair an older roof or replace worn carpeting, even if you don’t plan to do so. The figures will help buyers determine if they can afford the home, and they’ll be handy when negotiations begin.
- Locate warranties. Gather up the warranties, guarantees, and user manuals for the furnace, washer/dryer, dishwasher, and any other items that will remain with the house. It may seem like this task can be left until closing, but you don’t want lost paperwork or last-minute scrambling to cause the deal to fall through.
- Spruce up the curb appeal. Walk out to the front of your home, close your eyes, and pretend you’re a prospective buyer seeing the property for the first time. As you approach the front door, what is your impression of the property? Do the lawn and bushes look neatly manicured? Is the address clearly visible? What do you see framing the entrance, if anything? Is the walkway free of cracks and impediments?
Add Curb Appeal
Add Curb Appeal
- Trim bushes and branches so they don’t block windows or architectural details.
- Set a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch or front walkway.
- Install new, matching locks and knobs on your front door.
- Repair any cracks or holes in the driveway, and clean oil spots with degreaser and a steel brush.
- Edge the grass around walkways and trees.
- Stow your garden tools and hoses out of sight, and clear kids’ toys from the lawn.
- Buy a new mailbox.
- Upgrade your outdoor lighting.
- Purchase a new doormat for outside your front door.
- Clean your windows, inside and out.
- Polish or replace your house numbers.
- Mow your lawn. Also, turning on the sprinklers for 30 minutes before the showing will make
- the whole yard sparkle.
- Place a seasonal wreath on your door.
Start your Home Search Here!
Searching for your next home? Try our state-of-the-art map search – with it you can quickly search the entire market. Simply type the address, city, MLS ID, or just hit the search button to get started. The large format map allows you to click and drag, zoom in and view detailed information and photos for all properties currently listed on the MLS.
Selling your home? No other website in the market will showcase your listing with up to 50 high resolution photos! In addition to advertising your property on my own website, I syndicate your listing to other real estate websites across the web.
Whether you are selling your home, searching for your next home, or have any questions about the process – I look forward to helping you!
Selling You Home
I can free a seller from the time, effort and details involving the sale of the property. Also I can establish the fair market value. With so many resources available, CENTURY 21 Affiliated can often obtain a greater purchase price for the property than you could by selling it on your own. Email or call me today for more information, or for a free no-obligation home value analysis.