There's No Place Like Your Place Blog

head_left_image
Name:Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
Company:RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest
Email: Contact Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate, SFR,CDPE;GRI;ABR;e-PRO Realtor, Northern IL (RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest)
Website URL:http://www.dkukulski.illinoisproperty.com/
Office:(847) 516-6760
Fax:(815) 301-4341
Address:7107 Pingree Road, (Rt. 14 & Pingree), Crystal Lake, IL, 60014
Description:I love working in cooperation with my clients to insure success in this market. McHenry County IL,Lake County IL,Kane County IL, Cook County, IL REAL ESTATE VISIT www.TheresNoPlaceLikeYourPlace.com

Your Cary IL Area Real Estate Consultant

I have been a full-time, professional REALTOR® since 1994 specializing in the sales and marketing of homes, land and investment property including but not limited to the following areas in Northern Illinois: Cary, Fox River Grove, Crystal Lake, Barrington, Algonquin, Lake In The Hills, McHenry, Lake Zurich, Wauconda, Woodstock, Prairie Grove, Pingree Grove, Barrington Hills, Barrington Village, Island Lake, Wonder Lake, Harvard, Hebron, Bull Valley, Fox Lake, Antioch, Spring Grove, Elgin, Carpentersville, Huntley, Hebron, Buffalo Grove, Alrlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Palatine, Johnsburg, Lakemoor, Lakewood, Trout Valley, Lake County and McHenry County, Kane County and Suburban Cook Counties.

I also live on the Fox River and love helping people buy and sell waterfront homes on the many beautiful lakes and waterways we have in Northern Illinois, including but not limited to the Fox River, Chain of Lakes, Fox Lake, Pistakee Lake, Nippersink Lake, Petite Lake, Dunn's Lake, Wonder Lake, Bangs Lake, Sand Lake, Lake Marie, Lake Catherine, Grass Lake, Slocum Lake, Duck Lake, Channel Lake......

CONTACT DEBRA FOR A CUSTOM HOME SEARCH

SEARCH FOR FOX RIVER, CHAIN OF LAKES AND WATERFRONT HOMES

SEARCH BY MAP FOR NORTHERN ILLINOIS WATERFRONT HOMES FOR SALE

FOX WATERWAY AGENCY

SEARCH FOR HOMES FOR SALE BY MLS NUMBER OR ADDRESS

View SOLD Homes in Northern Illinois

SEARCH CARY IL HOMES FOR SALE

SEARCH FOX RIVER GROVE HOMES FOR SALE

CRYSTAL LAKE,PRAIRIE GROVE,LAKEWOOD HOMES FOR SALE

ALGONQUIN LAKE IN THE HILLS HOMES FOR SALE

Search MLS Barrington IL Homes Under 750,000

Barrington Homes For Sale Over 750

In Addition to my GRI (Graduate of Realtors Institute), my ABR (Accredited Buyers Representative), my e-PRO designation and my RECS (Real Estate Cyber Space Society), I recently completed training to obtain my CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) and SFR, the National Association of Realtors Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource.

As a Certified Distressed Property Expert and Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource I am also trained and experienced to help qualiified homeowners in distress to:

-prevent foreclosure and explore alternatives

-complete a successful short sale

If you feel you are running out of time and don't know where to turn, give me a call to see if I can help you stay in your home and/or avoid foreclosure.

I also work with buyers looking for Foreclosures, Short Sales, REO's Bank Owned Homes, Pre-Foreclosures

 SEARCH FORECLOSURES, SHORT SALES, REO'S -DISTRESSED PROPERTIES IN NORTHERN ILLINOIS 

 


What I can do for YOU!

Consistently outstanding in my field, my business continues to grow through referrals. I am the recipient of many awards in recognition of exemplary performance in the field.

I am a member of the McHenry County Association of REALTORS® where I help maintain the professionalism of the industry by serving on the Professional Standards/Grievance Committee. I have also served on The McHenry County of Realtors Technology Sub-Committee, The Multi-Board Grievance Committee, and the MLS or Northern Illinois Runt Group. In addition to my local involvement, I am also a member of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®, and REBAC (Real Estate Buyer Agency Council) and RECS (Real Estate Cyber Society).  All of these associations uphold a strict code of ethics and ensure that their members are up to date on the latest marketing techniques and legislation affecting real estate.
To fully serve my clients, I also hold membership in the Multiple Listing service of Northern Illinois (MLSNI).

I am also a "Member of Influence" in the McHenry County Association of Realtors, which represents the top 10% of Realtors in our board.


What my clients say....


Jed  

I recommend Debra Kukulski for all your needs selling or buying. She has helped many of my customers and friends with their real estate needs. When the thought of a Realtor comes up the only person that comes to mind is Debra. She is always there, thanks Debra! Jed B., Cary, IL


Violetta  

"Debra is fantastic to work with! She was recommended through a mutual friend and has gone above and beyond what I expected of a real estate agent. She is very personable, and easy to work with, always making herself available for her client. Her knowledge is outstanding and she can quickly gauge exactly what you need in a property. She has helped me find the perfect home for my family, and I highly recommend her to anyone seeking a truly great real estate agent. I look forward to working with her again to help my children find their own nest!" Service Category: Real Estate Agent Year first hired: 2006 (hired more than once) Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert Violetta S., Grayslake, IL


John  

Deb is an outstanding, talented and ethical business person of the highest caliber. I come from a family and personal experience with a deep history in residential and commercial properties and finance, so I am pretty qualified to make judgments about professionals in real estate. They just don't come any better. You can take that to the bank and you won't need FDIC insurance. John O., Port Barrington, IL


Harriet  

Hi Deb, I will be glad to share with you what I told Sharon when we talked about the experience of trying to sell our houses: I appreciated you doing a thorough market analysis, even when I didn't like the outcome. You encouraged me to price the house at a figure that would bring people in, and they did come! There were times when I was being pressured by neighbors and friends who thought the price was way too low, and I got upset and almost cried on the phone, but you stayed calm and encouraged me to look at the feedback we were getting from prospective buyers. You did a lot of internet marketing, and did not pressure me to go to an even lower price after a few months of people coming and going, although I think you wanted to, and I appreciated that. Once we had some honest bidders, and I was hesitating, you encouraged me to look at all 53 items of feedback we had and you worked with me - and them - to obtain a final price that was great for them and tolerable for me... and we kept the window! That was a detail that someone else might have forgotten, but you remembered, and were able to use it in negotiating so that both parties thought we were getting a deal. Once we had a contract, you worked with Dan, my lawyer, and the buyer's representative to make sure that all the legal forms and repairs that needed to be made at the house were considered in a fair manner. I appreciated you taking the time to keep me up to date when you could have been out showing more houses. You checked in even when your dad was ill. You were always cheerful and helpful, even when I wasn't, and you were able to be realistic about the house and the market, encouraging me to make the best of a difficult situation. I think that you are amazing, and just the right person that I needed at that time in my life. I am very grateful to you and wish you the very best in all future endeavors! Blessings. Harriet C., Inverness, IL


Nancy  

I can strongly recommend Debra as a competent, diligent and well-informed real estate agent. I have referred numerous friends and relatives, as well, to her. They have been very pleased with her professionalism and attentiveness and will not hesitate to use her, again, in the future! Nancy B., Cary IL


Jason  

Debra, I just wanted to say thank you for the ton of work you put into selling my condominium in such a tough market. You put so much time and effort into making this deal work that I was starting to think you were getting an $112,000 commission rather than that number being my asking price. This was the 3rd time you helped me buy or sell and I hope you are available for all my purchases in the future. Thank you so much and if anyone needs a reference you can give them my personal number. Thank You, Jason P. Palatine, IL


Courtney  

"Your services were up and above my expectations! Even when you were out of the office you managed to keep tabs on what was going on and kept in communication with me. Any question that I had you were able to not only answer it but provide additional information about the matter! We would have never found the house that we love without you! And the fact that we were not even supposed to be allowed to get the house and that you pushed everyone else that was working with us to make it a possibility is amazing! We can not thank you enough and we will most definitely recommend you to whoever is in the market for buying or selling!" Courtney and Travis, Fox Lake, IL


Stephanie  

Deb Rocks!: Deb was fantastic! She made a very stressful situation much easier for me and my family. I especially am thankful for her photography, staging, lender, inspector, and attorney referrals which saved me A TON of legwork and time knowing I was in good hands with people she trusted. She was honest and caring and always emailed me or called me back asap with my many questions. I was expecting a ton of gray hairs while trying to sell but I haven't noticed even one because of Debra!!! I look forward to working with Deb in the near future for my other real estate needs. Deb Rocks! Stephanie A. Orzyp, DVM Chicago, IL


Grace  

"Deb Kukulski is truly a professional agent. She worked with me during a very intense period when I had to find a new home and sell my previous home in a very short time span. Deb was patient, listened to me and, most of all, gave me good advice and helped me manage my concerns throughout the process. She also had a great network of people, who also supported me in both processes of acquiring a new home and selling my previous house -- which we completed in 6 months -- with very good results on both sides of the equation. I am very happy in my new home and I would recommend Deb to anyone who needs a Realtor for their home needs." Grace K. - Arlington Heights and Crystal Lake, IL


Jerry  

Very helpful and always there when you need her. Takes very good care of her clients, always doing what is best for them. Would use her again if needed. Jerry Ruther, Wauconda, IL


Jenny and Josh  

Dear Deb, Thank you for all your help in the purchase of our new home, especially since it was so close to the holidays. Your commitment and dedication were unstoppable and made for a terrific holiday season for our family. You were instrumental in the purchase of our first home well over 10 years ago so there was no question we were going to call you when we decided to sell our townhouse. Your continued communication through emails, birthday cards, anniversary and holiday cards were kind but also a comforting reminder that you were always there if we needed you. We are thankful for your tremendous amount of knowledge and resources when trying to sell our home. We had never heard of “staging” before but are certain that our house never would have sold so quickly if we had not used so many of your great tips. Moving along, no pun intended, we would like to mention your patience with us when we were looking for a new home. We must have seen close to 50 houses! We will never forget the time you came down to the basement of one of the houses, took one look at our faces and said “let’s get out of here”. It was then that we knew you had such a great understanding of what we were looking for and you were not going to give up until you found the right place for us. Finally, we want you to know we consider you a trooper. Foot surgery, crutches, ice and snow did not keep you from our closing only 3 days before Christmas! We appreciate your persistence in urging our attorney to look into the one small problem we noticed during the final walk through. And because you would not let up we received extra money to fix the problem. You are truly one of the best! It was our utmost pleasure to work with someone like you Deb who has and always will have our best interest at heart. With warm regards, Jenny, Josh and Lily Krepel Happy New (Algonquin) Home Owners!


Jenn  

We have had the pleasure of working with Deb Kukulski on three occasions. as buyers, then sellers, and then buyers again. Deb has the knowledge and resources to help you meet your home buying/selling goals. She is a proven real estate professional with strong marketing expertise. Combine that talent with a passion to assist her clients, and you have the winning combination that is Deb Kukulski. On top of all that, she has a sparkling, positive personality that makes the whole process of buying/selling less stressful and more fun. I highly recommend her. Jenn S., Pingree Grove, IL


Stephanie  

Deb you were fantastic! You made a very stressful situation much easier for me and my family. I especially am thankful for your photography, staging, lender, inspector, and attorney referrals which saved me A TON of legwork and time knowing I was in good hands with people you trusted. You were honest and caring and always emailed me or called me back asap with my many questions. I was expecting a ton of gray hairs while trying to sell but I haven't noticed even one because of you!!! I look forward to working with you in the future for my other real estate needs. You rock Deb! Stephanie O. Chicago IL


Donna  

Debra helped us find a site for our house and the builder. Ever since we've stayed in touch, providing us with info on the real estate market. I would readily recommend her to anyone looking for efficient and on target help in real estate deals. Donna N., Prairie Grove


Beth  

I am pleased to recommend Debra Kukulski as an outstanding Re/Max professional. Deb helped me find my current lakefront home after showing me several water front properties. She was creative in helping me expand my search and found new areas that I had not thought of before. Her patience and diligence helped me find the place that felt like "me" and that I have now been in for six years. I cannot say enough about her professionalism, friendliness, customer-service orientation and flexibility! Beth L., Lake Barrington Shores


Michelle  

Dear Deb, I am grateful for all that you have done in helping my son and I find a home. I was working with a tight budget and I had a dream home in mind that I really did not believe that I would find - and here I am! Not only did you hook me up with properties within my guidelines, but your EXCELLENT referrals for the home buying team allowed for a smooth transaction. Candice was with me from start to finish overseeing the inspection as well as professional and efficient at closing. Wendy at US Bank was outstanding. She patiently explained the process and even re-explained as first time homebuyer jitters occasionally took over. The mortgage package offered was a perfect fit for me. Of course, the icing on the cake was your negotiating and contract finesse. I cannot imagine a more caring agent. Thank you for helping my son and I realize our dream home. Sincerely, Michelle Dare


Stacy  

Deb Kukulski came into my housing situation when I was at my absolute lowest point. My house was on the market for a good year and half with another agent and I was getting no interest. I signed with Deb and my situation made a 360 degree turn around. First of all, I was impressed with the professionalism of Deb and the way Re/Max does all of their paperwork. It was very detailed and all my questions were answered right away. Deb stayed on task and although it wasn't an easy one, she succeeded! My house was sold! Deb referred me to a wonderful lawyer who also assisted me thru the process. I would NOT hesitate to recommend Deb Kukulski to anyone! I cannot thank her enough! I truly believe this Deb! Thank you ! Thank you! Thank you! : Stacy, Algonquin, IL


Sonia  

Deb is EXTREMELY knowledgeable of the area she serves. If you are looking for a vacation home on the Chain of Lakes, she is the Realtor you want to find that "dream home" for you. Sonia H., Naperville, IL


Kelly  

I recommend Debra Kukulski for all your needs selling or buying. She has helped many of my customers and friends with their real estate needs. When the thought of a Realtor comes up the only person that comes to mind is Debra. She is always pressure, stress, and last minutes problems that occur, therefore I kept waiting for that bomb to drop. However, it never did!! Deb was AWESOME, and everyone she recommended was great too! I did not have to worry about finding my own loan officer, Lawyer, or Home Inspector she took care of everything. All I had to do was sit back and relax! After the closing, when I had my keys in my hand I remember looking at her and my Mom and saying "is that really it??" I almost could not believe I went through that whole process without one headache! I would never buy or sell a house through anyone but Debra Kukulski!! Kelly M., Bloomingdale


Jacob and Rachel  

Deb was all we could've hoped for in a real estate agent. She spent ALL day Saturday driving us all over the area as we looked at 13 houses in one day! She helped answer scores of questions we had about houses, the area, the buying process, and everything else that comes up in the home searching and buying process. Another great trait of Deb's is how well she follows up on every issue EVEN after the sale has completed. Some real estate agents vanish after the sale because they've gotten paid. Not Deb. She has continued to help us with things weeks and months after our sale was complete. She truly cares and wants to help. That is just one of the reasons why I would recommend her! Jacob and Rachel P., Woodstock


Karen  

Hello Debra!!! If possible please post this on your web site. There are no words to describe the level of service that Debra Kukulski offers. My home went under contract in 47 days in this very tough market. Debra provided contacts for a home stager and a photographer both of which were invaluable in the marketing of my home. As a seller I was a bit nervous as the homes around me continued to languish on the market, however, Debra kept me informed and was very supportive thru the entire process. From the initial assessment to setting the market strategy to sitting at the closing table when my home sold Debra was so informative and prepared. Really in today’s world the level of service that Debra provides is just unheard of. Thanks Debra!! Karen T. Lake In The Hills


Donna  

Deb did a fantastic job with my short sale. She knows the market and her advice is "on target". I would definitely use her as my agent again and again. Donna G., Island Lake


Kevin  

Deb, You did a wonderful job being my agent. You were patient considering I wasn’t the easiest client ever and seemingly took forever to get the process squared away and I appreciated that. You saw the value I was getting in the house and you pushed (in a good way) to get it under contract as soon as possible after we made our choice of moving forward. You handled the paperwork very well and there was no confusion in what I was receiving via email and what I had to send back. You made the entire process very easy. You were awesome to work with and if anything comes up with people I know, I will definitely give them your name. Thank you so much for making the process an easy one. Thanks, Kevin H., Rolling Meadows


Steve  

Hey Deb! Thank you very much for helping me buy my first house! I know it was definitely a long and tiresome road but we found the perfect home I was looking for. You did a great job in keeping me posted on new opportunities, and working with me to set up times to do walk throughs on the homes. Also thank you for your references on a lawyer and on a mortgage lender. Everyone worked very hard to make this possible for me. If I could rate you I would give you 5 stars! Thanks again. Steve B. Lake in the Hills, IL


Deborah and Helmut  

Debra Kukulski came to us via recommendation, and we owe that colleague a world of thanks. Debra is detailed and thorough in her work, realistic and optimistic at the same time. From start to finish Debra stayed on top of the job, always keeping us up to date. We appreciated her modern marketing efforts and continual email updates. I have passed her name on to our friends as an invaluable resource when looking to sell your house. And while I'm not sure how to state this in a well versed manner- your referrals were all very professional and reasonably priced. To us having Tradesmen that we believe can be trusted and at an affordable rate- that's also invaluable. I've passed their names on as well...Thanks for everything! Deborah & Helmut, Palatine, IL


Sara and Ken  

"After struggling to sell our home with other agents for over a year, we contacted Deb. Right from the beginning she was well organized and devised a proactive plan to get our home to sell. Her approach was very professional, but also personal and friendly. We never had to wonder what she was doing to market and promote our home - she kept us updated by phone and email with news of showings, feedback from buyers, and comps of other homes in our area. Following her plan, we signed a fair contract with a buyer in just a few months. I would recommend Deb Kukulski to anyone who is looking to sell their home, and I can only imagine that she would make a wonderful buyer's agent as well." Sara and Ken M., Lakewood, IL


Ron  

Dear Debbie, We have now purchased three homes in the past four years. Just by chance we found you via the Internet for the purchase of our first home up in Crystal Lake. What a find you were! You have been able to guide us through every step of the buying and selling processes and have even be able to refer us to attorneys and mortgage companies that work as hard as you did for us. You are extremely knowledgeable of the industry and helped us stay focused on the "true process" of buying and selling of homes. This allowed us to keep our emotional side out the process. You have shown that you do really care about us and not just making money. We have utilized your website and have reviewed over 1000 homes and we finally found the one that we will retire in. We will never forget all the time and effort you exerted to get us to this home. Ron and Dothee S., Bull Valley, IL


Joe and Heather  

Dear Deb, Just wanted to say thanks for making our experience as first-time home buyers so easy-and enjoyable. Your knowledge and expertise helped us a great deal! We would not have known where to begin, but you were there to help us find the perfect home. Thanks for everything. ,Joe and Heather F., Lake in the Hills


Ed and Amy  

I cannot give Debra Kukulski a high enough recommendation. We used Deb for both the sale of our condo and for the purchase of our new home. The listing for the sale of my condominium was very well prepared and listed in a variety of high visibility locations. Every facet of the process was very easy for my family and I, and incredibly well done. The Re/Max team has immaculate attention to detail, and all staff we dealt with was courteous and helpful. When looking for our new house, we were presented with a variety of very powerful and useful tools that Deb has assembled. We were able to search using a variety of criteria to assemble a list of prospective houses, and it was always enjoyable touring houses with her. The house we eventually purchased was recommended by Deb and turned out to be exactly what we were looking for. I have worked in the sales industry for years, with a very strong focus on a very high level of customer service. Because of this, I've come to expect the same out of the people that I give my business to. I am very pleased to say that my experience with Deb exceeded even my high expectations. She was very attentive to our needs and exceeded our expectations in every facet of our relationship. I consider Deb an invaluable asset and would gladly recommend her to anyone in need. Ed and Amy J., Woodstock, IL


Bob and Alice  

FSBO Vs. Deb, Anyone who would consider FSBO, should take a minute to read this note. We tried. We wasted four weeks and four beautiful spring weekends. During that time we experienced unqualified “just curious” browsers, calls from hard sell Realtors, lengthy phone conversations with prospective buyers who never showed and over $1,000 in credit card charges for the ads we ran and brochures we printed. The end result was one half-baked offer at a very low price that was so full of contingencies the attorneys would still be trying to write the contract. We called Deb. She showed up that evening with a comprehensive market analysis. This was no easy task since our house was a semi-custom built home in McHenry County on a large piece of land. We listed that evening for $10,000 more than what I was asking FSBO. Next Deb’s professional brochure and website marketing. Deb’s 10-page brochure on our home was full of details and pictures. The same information, including pictures, was on many websites she used to advertise our property. Our home was even one of the “featured properties” on Realtor.com. The descriptive commentary that Deb wrote said it all…perfect! Our FSBO brochure was a meager 1-1/2 pages. Within one week we had a solid contract from a pre-qualified buyer for just a few dollars under our listing price. The end result was $12,000 more in my pocket at closing by listing with Deb. So if you are serious about selling don’t waste your valuable time, call Deb and start packing! You will be dealing with one of the nicest, hard working and knowledgeable professionals in the business. Thanks Deb you were great. And, oh by the way, the house you found us is perfect and we are really enjoying it, but that’s another letter. Bob and Alice, Cary, IL