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Your Real Estate Career - The Lifestyle Brand in Real Estate

Your Real Estate Career - The Lifestyle Brand in Real Estate



Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate is creating exceptional real estate experiences by:
Empowering our brokers and agents with excellent service and innovative tools.
Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate is creating exceptional real estate experiences by:
Helping our customers find their dream homes through personalized service.
Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate is creating exceptional real estate experiences by:
Cultivating people’s passion for their homes through our unique lifestyle content.


Learn more about a career with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes, call our office today to set up a confidential appointment.  

Call Jim Starwalt at the Grayslake office: 847-548-2625.

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes

1 Office with 2 Locations:

783 N Barron Blvd, Grayslake IL 60030
Phone: 847-548-2625

4817 W Elm St, McHenry IL 60050
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Buying a Home in 2018? The Cost of Waiting ...

Buying a Home in 2018? The Cost of Waiting ...



What is the Cost of Waiting Until Next Year to Buy?

We recently shared that over the course of the last 12 months, home prices have appreciated by 7.0%. Over the same amount of time, interest rates have remained historically low which has allowed many buyers to enter the market.

As a seller, you will likely be most concerned about ‘short-term price’ – where home values are headed over the next six months. As a buyer, however, you must not be concerned about price, but instead about the ‘long-term cost’ of the home.

The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Freddie Mac, and Fannie Mae all project that mortgage interest rates will increase by this time next year. According to CoreLogic’s most recent Home Price Index Report, home prices will appreciate by 4.7% over the next 12 months.

What Does This Mean as a Buyer?

If home prices appreciate by 4.7% over the next twelve months as predicted by CoreLogic, here is a simple demonstration of the im…

A Yard Sign with 97% Brand Recognition! Join BHGRE Star Homes Today!

A Yard Sign with 97% Brand Recognition! Join BHGRE Star Homes Today!

Yes that's right! The Better Homes and Gardens brand name has a 97% brand recognition throughout the country.

The Power of the Better Homes and Gardens brand is astonishing. It's a powerful name and now, you can leverage our company's association with a brand that has been an integral part of the American home since 1924.

Better Homes and Gardens reaches 1 in 5 American households.

With these strong statistics buyers and sellers know they are in good hands with a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate agent.

It's not just about the brand name though, our agents have access to powerful listing tools to help market homes. For example, a Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate agent has access to a database managed by the publishers of the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.

Through demographic research our agents can send a just listed postcard to potential buyers in this database, that are more inclined to b…

#1 Reason to List Your Grayslake House Today!

 #1 Reason to List Your Grayslake House Today!

Many people believe that selling their house during “the spring buyers’ market” is the best thing to do. Their reasoning is that there will be more buyers than there are during the winter months and, therefore, their house will sell quicker and for a higher price.

Historically, this made sense. However, today’s real estate market is not following the rules of the past.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) measures buyer “foot traffic” each month. It receives data on the number of properties shown to a prospective purchaser by a Realtor® (based on the number of lockboxes used). The data reveals the number of buyers out actively looking for a home, not just window shopping on the internet. NAR explains:

“Foot traffic has a strong correlation with future contracts and home sales, so it can be viewed as a peek ahead at sales trends two to three months into the future.”

According to the latest Foot Traffic Report, buyer traffic is greater…

Live in Prairie Crossing, Grayslake!

Live in Prairie Crossing, Grayslake!

Prairie Crossing is a unique community and great part of Grayslake, Illinois.

 It's one of the towns that kicked of the national movement towards small, sustainable communities, conveniently placed in the most desirable locations for commuters and families.

This week, resident and local real estate expert Jill Kosikowski tells about some of the great features this community has to offer!


Looking for the perfect home?

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes can help.

With us, purchasing a home that meets your needs and fits your lifestyle is easier than you'd expect.

Make your home search as unique as you are!

You can find homes based on location, size, price, and much more, and access our detailed school data to help you refine your search.

Thinking of selling your home? Look up your home value estimates.

Enter your address to instantly view several estimates of what your home is worth today.

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Join Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes - Tools, Technology and Support

Join Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes - Tools, Technology and Support

We have an Integrated Technology Platform – The Greenhouse.

Our integrated technology platform called The Greenhouse is the one-stop-shop for lead management, referrals, digital and print marketing tools, skill development and product training.

It also offers unique resources, including comprehensive closing gift program elements, listing and buyer presentations, and access to savings on tools and services.

The Greenhouse also features our industry-leading CRM solutions, listing management, a document repository, and predictive marketing and campaigning.

All accessible 24|7 on any mobile device!

Find out more at bhgrecareer.com or call Jim Starwalt at 224-627-7581 to schedule a confidential meeting.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes

1 Office with 2 Locations:

783 N Barron Blvd, Grayslake IL 60030
Phone: 847-548-2625

4817 W Elm St, McHenry IL 60050
Phone: 815-322-1371

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