It's been weeks. You've fretted about pricing your home correctly and researched your neighborhood market extensively. You've sprung for staging and high-quality photography. But now, your seller's journey is finally approaching its amazing end. Your listing agent has helped you secure the perfect buyer for your Chicago home, and now it's time to seal the deal.

You are under contract on the sale of your home.

So, that leaves you with just one loaded question: what comes next?

Once you're under contract, what are the responsibilities for sellers and their team? From contract to closing, here's what sellers need to do to get ready to turn over their old home to a new buyer:

1.) Get in Contact with Your Real Estate Attorney

In Illinois, your real estate attorney will be one of your most important partners once your home is under contract. (Don't have one? Here are some attorneys that have taken great care of our clients in the past.)

The Problem with Real Estate Listing Sites

Public real estate listing and brokerage websites – including, but not limited to, Trulia, Zillow, and Redfin – have revolutionized homebuying over the years, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, homebuyers can use many of the tools offered by these sites to get their foot in the door when it comes time to start the homebuying process; they’re great for getting the feel for the market of a neighborhood or city, and can help put curious buyers in contact with capable agents. All of that is worth applauding!

Expert Tip: Contacting these sites directly about viewing homes can cost you the representation of your own real estate agent and/or can cost you actually money out of pocket. Talk to your agent before you request info from one of these third-party sites!

With that said, like all tools, these sites aren’t without their own set of limitations.

Most often, we see buyers bump up against the limits of what these sites can actually accomplish when they attempt to use one to supplant or replace their real estate agent, often by attempting to find additional homes beyond what their broker is presenting them with.

We understand the impulse! It is your home search, after all; why wouldn’t you want to find every option possible? We get it, sincerely. But we also get that seeking out listings on these brokerage sites can actually be counterproductive to your buyer’s journey overall.

To help explain why you should trust your agent to send you properties, rather than relying on a third party real estate website, let’s shed a little bit of light on how these sites work:

What You Need to Know About Redfin, Trulia, Zillow, and Other Sites 

Ask three different people how they’d see their Chicago “dream home,” and you could well get three different answers. For one, the perfect slice of Chicago may be a Gold Coast penthouse with views of the lake. For another, a cozy converted two-flat with a detached garage is the way to go. For the third, maybe the goal is to one day buy a Chicago-style bungalow, with an unfinished basement perfect for a major renovation project.

The point? No two people are going to have the same perfect property. Everyone’s tastes are going to differ, both in terms of what they want in their dream house, and what they really need. Identifying the difference between these two categories early on is one of the most important steps that you can take at the start of the homebuying process.

Dreaming Big: Don’t Be Afraid to Brainstorm

This large two-bedroom, one-bath condo in Edgewater Glen boasts new finishes and a flowing floor plan, including a generous open office space. The home features recently refinished hardwood floors, a redesigned bathroom, and a new, fully custom kitchen with generous eat-in space. 

The main living space features a large living room, gas fireplace, and bright south-facing sunroom overlooking the lush green space that fronts Nicholas Senn School. The split floor plan also features two ample bedrooms, divided by a fully rehabbed bathroom. The new chef’s kitchen is a cook’s dream, featuring custom pull-outs, soft-close drawers, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and a five-burner cooktop. 

Just outside the second bedroom you’ll find an open office/sewing room, as well as access to your dedicated laundry room with a stacked washer and dryer. Exit through the office to the back deck, large enough to grill and relax, and continue on to the patio for common outdoor courtyard space. 

Additional laundry, and an exclusive oversized storage unit are just downstairs, in the common basement. Current owners have a transferable garage parking space that is rented for $120/month, right next door. 

The home is on a quiet, tree-lined street, but the life of the city can be found on all sides. The property is just blocks to the Red Line and buses. Diverse food options abound with Andersonville just to the west and Broadway Avenue to the east, plus Whole Foods and Aldi stores nearby. Easy access to Thorndale and Hollywood Beach for beach lovers. Senn Playlot Park and the community garden are each just a block away, and the area features lots of animal-friendly parks and greenspaces perfect for pet lovers. Home is in the Peirce Elementary (1+, IB, Magnet) reporting area.

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