Buying a Home- Finding the Right Home for You

I take pride in having some of the most real estate savvy buyers around. On this page you will find all the information you will need to buy a home with confidence.

Here you can find checklists, special reports, tips and more. If you would like to look for property or have a question, please call or text me at 847-791-0148 or let me know exactly what you are looking for and I will find it for you. Help Me Sheryl!

Tips and Articles For Home Buyers

You can find out exactly what is available throughout Lake County, Illinois and the Chicagoland Area right here including pictures, virtual tours, school information, mortgage information and mire. In fact everything you need is right here on this site!

Buyer Resources

Sheryl's Complete Buyer Service Program

A very detailed look at all the things I do to make sure YOU get the property YOU want

  • In a face to face discussion, we talk about your needs and desires for a home.
  • Qualify the parameters what you think want in home.
  • Pre-qualify in house with Coldwell Banker Mortgage (20 Minutes) or other lender if appropriate, and receive prequalification letter based on credit scores. This letter makes you a better buyer in the market place, ready, willing and able.
  • We review contract line by line and disclosures.
  • Discuss expectation of what you want and in reality what you want.
  • Talk about what dollar amount you desire and what you are comfortable with. Discuss expectation and reality in our market place vs. where you may have come using tools such as The Home Price Index.
  • ABR-Accredited Buyers Representative training I received holds me to a higher level of service that utilizes buyers representative forms so a buyer knows expectations as well as understanding of rapport. I give my 100% of all and that equals loyalty.
  • Set up buyer on Connect MLS- an automatic system accessing properties currently available and send to them 2x daily to provide any updates to homes that meet your criteria.
  • I show you a sample set of homes in the price point you want, in the communities you select.
  • We review what you think and make any adjustments necessary(age, area)
  • We go look at homes you have chosen that meet your criteria.
  • We look till you find an acceptable property you can call HOME.
  • When you are ready to make an offer, I research the PROPERTY HISTORY, history of SUBDIVISION for current sales, re-sales and actively listed properties and assist you in ranking homes.
  • We come up with a range of what you feel comfortable with to offer.
  • We draft the contract, update the pre-approval letter and sign disclosures.
  • I negotiate and discuss price with you to a successful conclusion through constant communication, and status throughout entire process.
  • We arrange for the inspection.
  • I provide a timeline for mortgage contingency walkthrough to closing.
  • We keep in constant contact regarding any issues that may come up.
  • I attend closing with you.
  • I keep in contact with my clients after closing, keep them informed as to prices in their neighborhood, give RESPA at year end for taxes. Clients are invited to client appreciation parties

Tips and Articles For Home Buyers

Libertyville Home Buyers

Libertyville Realtor Gives 6 Reasons Why Every Home Buyer Needs an Agent

By Sheryl Allen

Do you really need a real estate agent to buy a home? It’s a question some home buyers ask themselves, especially first time buyers. The most honest answer is you could buy a home without an agent. But you will be at a distinct disadvantage. Here are just six reasons why. First and foremost, the listing agent of a property isn’t there to represent you. The listing agent represents the seller, and as such, wants the best possible deal for them. The cost to you is not a matter of consideration. Secondly, your agent works to get you the best […]

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Lake County IL Homes for sale

High Costs of Renting vs Buying Spur Home Ownership in Lake County IL

By Sheryl Allen

If you have been sitting on the sidelines as a renter in Lake County, Illinois, it’s a good time to buy. Fact is, it’s becoming very expensive to rent. According to a recent report by Zillow cited by Yahoo Finance, rent affordability will only get worse in the next two years. Meanwhile, the Fed will likely raise rates, which will increase mortgage costs for those who take out a loan instead of paying cash. The high cost of renting vs buying isn’t just affecting people who live in big cities such as Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Across the […]

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Vernon Hills Home

Negotiating Strategies for 1st Time Buyers: 5 Tips to Help You Get the Home of Your Dreams

By Sheryl Allen

When it comes to negotiating strategies for 1st time buyers, there are five optimal ones to help you get the home of your dreams. All of them require a little time and perseverance, but will pay off when you have the home you’ve been dreaming of. First, do your homework. The housing market at the time you buy your home will have an effect on the price you pay. If it’s a buyer’s market, you may end up paying less. If it’s a seller’s market, you could pay more. Regardless, knowing what type of market it is will enable you […]

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Lake County IL Real Estate Agent Helps Boomerang Buyers

By Sheryl Allen

If you lost your home to foreclosure during the housing crisis or just watched loved ones struggle with declining home values, you are understandably skittish about buying a home again. An experienced Lake County IL real estate agent who has lived through the housing boom and housing decline cycles can help you as a boomerang home buyer.  Boomerang buyers are those who owned homes in the past, but have been renting in the past few years. Now, they are ready to invest in a home again. According to an article by, it’s difficult to get over the strong desire […]

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