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Debra Kukulski GRI ABR ePRO SFR

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I have been a Full time Real Estate Professional For over 20 years! My experience benefits you as I consult with you to educate, help and guide you to making good decisions in buying and selling real estate in Northern Illinois.


Real Estate Specialties

  • Primary Specialty is Residential Real Estate. Listing/Marketing Expert; Buyer Brokerage; First Time- Buyers; Purchase and Sale of Residential Real Estate Including Luxury Homes; Unique Homes for sale; Country Properties; Privacy Properties, Estate Properties, Homes on Acreage, Condominiums and Townhomes, Residential Income and Investment Property, Single Family and Multi-Family Homes, Custom Homes, New Construction homes, Short Sales and Foreclosures, REO properties, Bank Owned properties, Vacant Land. I list and sell Real Estate in Northern Illinois but can refer you to and excellent Realtor almost anywhere in the world through my professional networks and connections as well as the worldwide RE/MAX network of Excellent Agents!
  • I love working with first time buyers, sellers, move-up buyers, relocations, waterfront buyers and sellers
  • Waterfront Properties: Including but not limited to the Illinois Chain of Lakes, Fox River front, Bangs Lake, Wonder Lake, Pistakee Lake, Fox Lake, Dunns Lake, Grass Lake, Lake Marie, Lake Catherine, Channel Lake, Highland Lake, East Loon Lake, West Loon Lake, Petite Lake
  • Language: English. (et un peu le français:)








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***REFERENCES from my past real estate buyers and sellers gladly provided upon request! Or, see my past client testimonials by clicking on the PROFILE button at the top of this page:-)  Most of my business comes from past clients and thier referrals to me.  I build my business by giving top notch professional service and my goal is not only to help insure a smooth real estate transaction for you today, but also to earn your future business and referrals.  I want to be your "go to" person for all of your buying and selling needs.  I am never too busy for you or your referrals!  If you know of a friend, family member, co-worker or neighbor that needs help with buying or selling a home in Northern Illinois, please give me a call or email me.  It will be my pleasure to help!


This is a good video explaining some of the benefits of doing a short sale instead of letting your home go into foreclosure.       

If I can help you with your short sale or in exploring options if you are behind in your mortgage, please give me a

call at my direct number: 847-516-6760   


Professional Qualifications

First licensed in 1993-Joined RE/MAX in 1997-10 Year Service Award 2007-100% Club Award 1999-2006-RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award 2010. Licensed Real Estate Sales Broker Associate

Professional Designations

  • Accredited Buyer Representative, ABR
  • E-Pro Certification, ePRO
  • Graduate REALTOR Institute, GRI
  • Real Estate Cyberspace Society-Charter Member, RECS
  • RE/MAX Club Membership: 100%
  • Broker Associate
  • S.F.R.  Designation from National Association Of Realtors  -Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource
  • CDPE -Certified Distressed Property Expert
  • RE/MAX Hall of Fame


  • Civic activities involved in: McHenry County/Heartland Association of Realtors, Professional Standards Grievance Committee, Multi Board Professional Standards Grievance Committee, University of Illinois Alumni, Environmental Concerns, Friends of the Fox River
  • Hobbies include: Photography, Antiques, Music, Boating on the Fox River and Chain of Lakes, Travel, Technology, Reading, Movies, Learning, Cooking, Enjoying Friends and Family

RE/MAX Northern Illinois

  • RE/MAX of Northern Illinois is one of the largest RE/MAX regions in the system and Chicagoland's ongoing leader in real estate. RE/MAX Northern Illinois agents average more experience and have more professional designations than other agents, plus they outproduce the competition in average units sold and dollar volume. The RE/MAX Northern Illinois network encompasses the top fourth of the state of Illinois and consists of 130 offices with 3,000 agents.


Please feel free to contact me if I may set up a free customized search of the MRED MLS-Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois or real estate listings, homes for sale, real estate searches

Visit, receive real estate market information, interact with me and search for homes on my business Facebook page: Northern IL Realtor,Cary,Crystal Lake,Barrington More Homes!Debra Kukulski

Let me help you with your Northern Illinois Real Estate needs in the process of buying and selling real estateI serve the following areas including but not limited to properties and homes for sale in: McHenry County, Lake County, Kane County, Cook County, DuPage County, the Illinois Chain of Lakes, Fox River, Northwest Suburban communities, Chicago's North Suburban communities, Bangs Lake, Wonder Lake, Pistakee Lake, Fox Lake, Dunns Lake, Grass Lake, Lake Marie, Lake Catherine, Channel Lake, Highland Lake, East Loon Lake, West Loon Lake, Petite Lake.  Real Estate and Homes for sale in Cary IL, Crystal Lake, Barrington Village, Port Barrington, Fox Lake, Algonquin, Dundee, Elgin, Lake In The Hills, Huntley, Marengo, Woodstock, Wauconda, Island Lake, Prairie Grove, Oakwood Hills, Lakemoor, Lakewood, Johnsburg, McHenry, Spring Grove, Antioch, Round Lake, Ingleside, Volo, Carpentersville, Elgin, St. Charles, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Lake Zurich, Lake Barrington Shores, Barrington Hills, Bull Valley, Harvard, Hebron, Bartlett, Mt. Prospect, Prospect Heights, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Long Grove, Deer Park, Lake Zurich, South Elgin, St. Charles, Pingree Grove, Chicago Metro Area



You can find great local and Cary, Illinois real estate information on my blog! Debra Kukulski-GRI;ABR;RECS;e-PRO Real Estate Expert Northern Illinois is a proud member of the ActiveRain Real Estate Network, a free online community to help real estate professionals grow their business.


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Debra Is An Outstanding Agent With Outstanding Results!

20 Tips for Selling Your House

As a homeowner, you can play an important part in the timely sale of your property. When you take the following steps, you?ll help your RE/MAX Sales Associate sell your home faster, at the best possible price.

The easiest and most reliable way to improve the appeal of your home is to enlist a quality home service professional. The right professional can help you get everything in order - from repainting the kitchen to providing a thorough cleaning - so you can stay focused on more important things.

  1. Make the Most of that First Impression
    A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch welcome prospects. So does a freshly painted ? or at least freshly scrubbed ? front door. If it?s autumn, rake the leaves. If it?s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of your home, the better.
  2. Invest a Few Hours for Future Dividends
    Here?s your chance to clean up in real estate. Clean up the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor redecoration. Fresh wallpaper adds charm and value to your property. If you?re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look "with a little work."
  3. Check Faucets and Bulbs
    Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don?t let little problems detract from what?s right with your home.
  4. Don?t Shut Out a Sale
    If cabinets or closet doors stick in your home, you can be sure they will also stick in a prospect?s mind. Don?t try to explain away sticky situations when you can easily plane them away. A little effort on your part can smooth the way toward a closing.
  5. Think Safety
    Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, festooned extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non-perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
  6. Make Room for Space
    Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They?re looking for storage space, too. Make sure your attic and basement are clean and free of unnecessary items.
  7. Consider Your Closets
    The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now?s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
  8. Make Your Bathroom Sparkle
    Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, display your best towels, mats, and shower curtains.
  9. Create Dream Bedrooms
    Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a spacious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must.
  10. Open up in the Daytime
    Let the sun shine in! Pull back your curtains and drapes so prospects can see how bright and cheery your home is.
  11. Lighten up at Night
    Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights - both inside and outside - when showing your home in the evening. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
  12. Avoid Crowd Scenes
    Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they're likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum.
  13. Watch Your Pets
    Dogs and cats are great companions, but not when you're showing your home. Pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everybody a favor: Keep Kitty and Spot outside, or at least out of the way.
  14. Think Volume
    Rock-and-roll will never die. But it might kill a real estate transaction. When it's time to show your home, it's time to turn down the stereo or TV.
  15. Relax
    Be friendly, but don't try to force conversation. Prospects want to view your home with a minimum of distraction.
  16. Don't Apologize
    No matter how humble your abode, never apologize for its shortcomings. If a prospect volunteers a derogatory comment about your home's appearance, let your experienced RE/MAX Associate handle the situation.
  17. Keep a Low Profile
    Nobody knows your home as well as you do. But RE/MAX Sales Associates know buyers - what they need and what they want. Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time articulating the virtues of your home if you stay in the background.
  18. Don't Turn Your Home into a Second-Hand Store
    When prospects come to view your home, don't distract them with offers to sell those furnishings you no longer need. You may lose the biggest sale of all.
  19. Defer to Experience
    When prospects want to talk price, terms, or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert - your RE/MAX Sales Associate.
  20. Help Your Agent
    Your RE/MAX Associate will have an easier time selling your home if showings are scheduled through his or her office. You'll appreciate the results!

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