Selling a Chicago home isn't complicated, even today

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David Dornbos

Selling a home, whether in Chicago, its suburbs or any other market, has never been a complicated matter. It’s all about making one big decision: Are you going to sell your Chicago condo or single-family home in an “as is” condition with a lower price tag, or are you going to update your home, perhaps with a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and price it higher?

David Dornbos, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Action, knows this. He sells homes in Naperville and other Chicago suburbs. The one thing sellers can’t do, he says, is assign high price tags to homes that need upgrades.

Sellers who do this won’t attract good offers, especially in today’s challenging residential real estate market. Remember, according to the latest numbers from the National Association of Realtors, home sales fell to a 15-year low this July.

“Sellers have to decide if they want to go through the work of updating their homes or if they want to sell for a lower price,” Dornbos said. “They can’t not do the work and then expect to land a higher price for their home. That’s not how the market is working today.”

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