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Selling your home in or near Cook County? Contact ASK Real Estate Services and make sure you're setting the price right.

If you're planning on putting your house on the market soon, an appraisal is a must. An appraisal doesn't cost that much and it's worth every penny in the long run! Unless the homeowner spends hours every week on real estate valuation, like a professional appraiser does, it's hard for them to understand local real estate values.

It's tempting to want to base your home's value on how much you've spent buying and improving your home, or the amount you'd like to get for it. Rather, an appraisal assesses how much your home will bring on the open market. A home is only going to sell for what another person is going to give you.

Contact us for details regarding our specialized services for home sellers.

For Sale By Owner?

An increasing amount of Illinois homeowners are making the decision to sell their homes FSBO (For Sale By Owner) and foregoing the help of a real estate agent. But if you're going to do it right, with minimal waiting and to get the most you can, what you need is a professional appraisal. It can be very difficult to get an objective opinion, we're human too, we understand its difficult hard to take an objective look at your own home because of your emotional attachment to it. We will inform you of what you need to know, not just what you want to hear.

In addition to helping you set a sensible selling price to attract more potential buyers, a professional appraisal can:
  • Allow you to have the edge while bargaining once you have a potential buyer
  • Impress buyers with written proof of your home's condition inside and out
  • Make you aware of issues and get rid of any last-minute repair hassles that might hold-up a closing
  • Help decrease the odds of unknown problems that cause sales to flop
It can be surprising to people when they find out that the value of their home is more than they originally believed. So spending a little on a professional appraisal provided the data to support a sale for several thousand more than they could have originally banked. Others have an an inflated assessment of their home's value, and an appraisal helped them to to realistically price their home in order for it to sell quickly - instead of sitting on the market for months. Asking too much for a home will not attract buyers, reducing your offers, making closing more difficult, wasting valuable time, money, and efforts.

Get a professional value opinion before listing

You may have a highly talented agent, but it's definitely a good idea to have an unbiased second opinion of value prior to signing a listing agreement. And that's where ASK Real Estate Services comes in. An appraisal can be extremely helpful in this scenario. You and your agent will get a detailed description of your property and its features and give you insight into the health of the local real estate market with a record of recent comparable properties in the area.

ASK Real Estate Services provides general consulting

If you feel like you don't need an "appraisal" but you still want assistance collecting local sales and property data, we have services tailored for the needs of customers like you to help with your real estate decisions.

Here's what you can expect when you order an appraisal from ASK Real Estate Services...

  • We take great pride in making sure that when you send your initial inquiry, you get a prompt response: We personalize information to the needs of our customers. Just explain your situation, and we will make suggestions.
  • Quick turnaround on appraisals: Usually in a week's time or less from the date the request is received, you'll have a PDF of the report ready to download.
  • Consulting and appraisal report presentations to suit YOUR needs: We've preformed lots of assignments, and we've learned that when it comes to real estate consulting and appraising, there isn't a typical or standard "boiler place" report. We offer a lot of different report types and are well seasoned at providing appraisals to clients minus the industry jargon so that you don't have to be real estate attorney to read it.
  • Any follow up questions? You can expect a quick response from ASK Real Estate Services: Reports we write are written in plain English, easy to understand, and meet or exceed the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice that regulates the appraisal practice. If you have any confusion concerning your appraisal after you've read the report, we encourage you to email or call us!