Jim Starwalt, A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes) Managing Real Estate Broker



Jim Starwalt
A Name You Know and The Brand You Trust
location_on Grayslake, IL — Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate
Get to Know Jim Starwalt

Going through the process together as a team. For Sellers: Selling a house on your own can be an overwhelming task. There's advertising to plan and budget for, open houses and private showings to arrange, purchase offers to negotiate, contract contingencies to worry about, and complicated paperwork to fill out. Make it easy on yourself by putting your home in the hands of seasoned professionals. We have extensive experience marketing properties and showing them to their best advantage. First, we'll perform a comparable market analysis to determine the most appropriate price for your home. Then we'll provide home staging advice that will help draw buyers in. We'll advertise your home through a variety of methods and online listings. When it comes to negotiating a purchase offer, we'll make sure that you get the best price the market will allow. We'll help you understand contract contingencies and details of the closing process, in addition to handling all the paperwork for you. We're here to make sure that your real estate transaction is a positive experience. For Buyers: We love helping buyers find their dream home! That's why we work with each client individually, taking the time to understand their unique lifestyles, needs and wishes. You'll find that we'll be a committed team, to negotiate on your behalf and with the backing of a trusted company. As your Buyer's Agent, we can make the process of house hunting much easier and more efficient than if you did it all yourself. With years of experience helping local buyers like yourself, we know how to locate the best properties and negotiate the best deals. We can help you get financing and prioritize a list of essential features that you need in your next home. Once you've found a place that catches your eye, we'll look at comparable properties in the area to help determine a purchase offer. Then we'll negotiate on your behalf with the seller’s agent to make sure you get the most favorable terms.

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In addition to earning his Illinois Real Estate Broker's License and Managing Broker's License, broker owner Jim Starwalt has achieved the following additional real estate designations and awards:

·         ABR    Accredited Buyer’s Representative

·         ADPR Accredited Distressed Property Representative

·         CDPE Certified Distressed Property Expert

·         CNE    Certified Negotiation Expert

·         CRS    Certified Residential Specialist

·         ePro     Certified Internet Professional

·         GRI     Graduate, REALTOR Institute

·         OICP   Own America Investment Certification Program

·         SFR     Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource

·         SRES Senior Real Estate Specialist


·         Chairman's Club Award Winner

·         Platinum Club Award Winner

·         Hall of Fame Award

·         Heritage Award Winner

·         ELP - Dave Ramsey Endorsed Local Provider


Named Top 20 Agent and Team

Chairman's Club Award Winner

Platinum Club Award Winner

Hall of Fame Award

Heritage Award Winner







I am dedicated to the satisfaction of my clients. I began my work career with my own contracting and roofing company that I owned and operated for 15 years in Lake County, Illinois. This gives me knowledge and skills that are very useful in the world of real estate. I understand how homes are built and I have extensive knowledge in the materials and processes used to construct homes.

Bill Harms
We had a listing that was going nowhere until we turned to Jim Starwalt. His excellent team made practical suggestions about staging and landscaping changes that made a big difference. His online marketing was top rate and he kept us informed every step of the way. After languishing on the market for six months, we had an offer we accepted five weeks after turning to Jim for help.
Ken Balling
Jim helped us rent both of our condo's quickly. Jim and his team kept us informed during every step of the process. It's clear why he is the number 1 real estate professional in the area.
Chuck Larish
The contract and contract negotiation part of the process was pretty smooth and I was really impressed by the time and energy our agent put into giving me the information I needed about every house I saw. All I needed to do was write down my thoughts on each property we visited.
Martie Washburn
Jim has wonderful knowledge of the market values of homes in the area. He is honest about what a house will bring and worked with me to find the right time to list the house. Once listed his communication concerning showings and follow-ups was excellent. When an offer was received he negotiated it very quickly to bring me the results I was looking for. Most of all I appreciated his balance of professionalism and respect for my process of deciding to sell my home. Thanks Jim, you are terrific.
Dan Plyman
Jim's office is professional and responsive. Our house sold at listed price within days of listing. His team is the best. If you want results, you want Jim Starwalt.
Pete Halverson
Jim is an excellent realtor and he and his team are extremely professional, helpful, and friendly. He is a wealth of knowledge. Our appraisal came back very low and full of errors. Jim was able to help us request a second appraisal from a local lender and a local appraiser which came back 30k higher. I would recommend Jim Starwalt to anyone looking to buy or sell!
Eric Muschlitz
Jim sold our home in 24 hours through his online presence. He took time to walk us through the entire process. He took quality pictures of the home for online reference, which created multiple offers on our home.
Laura Phipps
Jim was wonderful in our quest to sell our house. We live in another state and we were able to list and complete the sale with no trouble at all. HIs on-line tools made us feel like we were in the loop for all of the showings. Jim coordinated with our tenant and we did not have to worry about a thing. He used his expertise to set the price of our house perfectly and it sold very quickly. He and his team made sure the process of selling our house was stress free and positive. We highly recommend his services.
John Zygmunt
Jim and his team were very easy to work with. They handled both a buy and a sell transaction at the same time and made the process seem easy, which I'm sure it was not. They were always in communication with us regarding the status or if we needed to do anything. Highly recommended!
Mary Gibas
Jim's advice and helpfulness made him a pleasure to work with. He was quick to reply and help with any questions I had during this process.
Scott Ollendick
Jim is an excellent realtor and very unlike many of the realtors my wife and I met previously. His character can be decsribed in one word "caring'. Jim kept our in selling our mother in laws home. He is very personable, helpful, professional and always willing to answer all questions. We highly recommend Jim and will use him again if needed.
Joe Wisehart
Jim worked with us over a 6 month period to sell a Victorian niche home. He provided solid research on the local market and was knowledgable about the community. He utilized multiple selling techniques as a part of the marketing process. When an offer was accepted, Jim stayed on top of the transaction until the day of close.
Julianna Javor
I recently had to relocate fairly fast and Jim and his team made the sale of my home smooth and fast. He has an outstanding understanding of the real estate market, financing and priced the house right. He was a trusted partner in the selling of my house and provided great advice for every step along the way. The house sold fast and the transaction was smooth. Jim’s team is also extremely responsive and helpful. I highly recommend Jim Starwalt to anyone selling.
Charles Mills
This agency was very helpful in finding me a home. When the buyer's agent I was working, Mark, with was out traveling, Jim stepped in and help complete the deal. It was reassuring to work with a good team.
Terry Boyd
Jim and his team did an excellent job with selling of our home. He was very knowledgeable of the market, honest and professional. Jim did what no one else has been able to do for 7 years and that was get our house sold! Many thanks.
Brad Denz
I recently had the pleasure of working with Jim Starwalt, who flawlessly executed my complex house sale and purchase. Jim and his staff are knowledgeable, professional, punctual, and accessible to all of our questions and concerns during the house sale and purchase process. Jim saved me a lot of time and money and helped us obtain our dream home. I can't thank Jim and his staff enough. I will gladly recommend Jim with my family and friends for real estate requests.
Amy Dietz
Jim expedited the process of listing and selling my home. He was thorough and knowledgeable regarding my options. His office was always quick to repond to any questions I had. Jim and his office upheld professionalism throughout the entire process.
Sean McGowan
I had a VERY positive experience working with Jim and his team. I absolutely recommend Jim for any real estate issues. He is very knowledgeable and his team kept me up to date on everything throughout the entire process. I also really appreciate how well everything was explained to me. Thank you Jim!
Mark Stanley
Engaging Jim Starwalt to manage the sale of our home was, without question, the very best decision we could have made in that regard. His vast knowledge of the housing industry and current market conditions, plus his attention to detail, was key in developing a successful sales strategy on the sale of our home. Throughout the process, we repeatedly relied on Jim's wise counsel in making important decisions. We are truly grateful to Jim and his team for the excellent service they provided, from start to finish. Whether you are looking to buy or sell, we highly recommend Jim Starwalt for all of your real estate needs. Working with the very best will ultimately drive the results you are looking for.
Carol McGowan
Jim Starwalt and his team were very helpful and knowledgeable in helping us find the home we were looking for, in the area we were looking at. When contacting either our realtor or the office, we were always able to speak to someone to have our questions answered. In addition, they provided us with guidance and help along the way making the whole process simple and easy to follow from the beginning to the closing. We would definitely recommend them for your real estate needs.
Thane Johnson
We contacted Jim when we were ready to sell our house in August of 2013. He is for sure THE Rock Star of Lake County Real Estate: he sold our home in SIX DAYS! We then decided to use Jim & his Star Team to look for a new house. He & his team members that we worked with, such as Andrew & Linda, were kind, patient and very responsive. We now have the home of our dreams thanks in part to their hard work. No one does it better!!! Thanks Star Team!!
Jeanette Turner
Jim is very thorough and willing to help with any and all details throughout the entire process from listing until closing. We bought a house from Jim several years ago and all went exceptionally well and that is why we chose him to help sell our house 3 years later when my job situation changed. I would highly recommend Jim Starwalt!
Julie Johnson
Sold our home in six days and helped make sure all our bases were covered up to closing. Even was at the closing and helped answer the buyers questions. I am using him to look for a new home. If you want your home sold, list with him. THe marketing and selling of our home was phenomenal.
Jon Bormann
Jim did an outstanding job representing me in the sale of my home. He was responsive to my communications and both gave and accepted honest feedback. Most importantly, Jim's marketing efforts attracted numerous potential buyers shortly after listing the house - leading to a quicker than anticipated closing.
Andrew Bonlender
We chose to use Jim Starwalt because of the information he provided on the local market, maneuvering through a bank-approved short sale, as well as pertinent advise on preparing our house to sell. His team staged the house and launched the sale within days, and had buyers lined up in three weeks. His team kept us informed at every junction, as well as provided guidance on key decisions. We highly recommend him!
Nigel Dobey
We recently used Jim to sell our house in Lindenhurst, IL. All the staff at REMAX in Grayslake were very helpful and our sale closed at full asking price. Would definitely recommend Jim and his team to others.
Eliot Edwards
Working with Jim and his team was fantastic. They were very patient with me and showed us approximately 40 houses before we found the one that was perfect for us. We were able to close within a month without any issues. I would highly recommend them. They made my home purchase a breeze in a challenging market.
Debra Keever
Jim is an awesome realtor and his team is outstanding. We listed the townhome and within a week I had four offers all for the asking price. Never have I had a sale go so smooth and easy, not hitches or problems. Thank you!!!!!!
Kathy Hahn
Jim Starwalt was a major help to me when going through a bad divorce and needing to find a nice place that fit all of my needs. he was very quick to get back to me if I had any questions at all. He was very professional and knowledgeable, I never felt any pressure to sign or settle for anything I was not sure of. I feel he is a professional and upstanding man and I would highly recommend him for any of your real estate needs.
P Machek
Jim & Susan Starwalt helped me buy my first home in Grayslake. There were a lot of complications, changes and setbacks out of our control while I was on a deadline. Because of Jim's persistence and his ability to work with the seller I met my deadline and am now live in my perfect home. During the few years I have known Jim and his wife Susan, I have found them to be truthful, responsive, energetic, down to earth and proactively helpful. Jim helped me move a huge TV I won at a party many years ago before he knew my name. Even now after I have been in my home eight months Jim has helped me rake my roof, prevented a leak and has answered other home maintenance questions. He has a roofing construction background that is helpful when determining the value of a home. Jim & Susan both go beyond expectations. I recommend them without hesitation. They live, know and raised a family the Lake County area. They also know key players in real estate such as home inspectors, mortgage lenders, attorneys and most of my neighbors. They also use the media and signage to full capacity. They get the job done and most of all are fun too.

My real estate team can guide you to the home and lifestyle of your dreams. Call our offices today! Grayslake Office: 847-548-2625. McHenry Office: 815-322-1371.