Jim Starwalt, Expect Better (Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes)

783 Barron Blvd

Grayslake , Il 60030

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Get to know Jim Starwalt

The goal of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Star Homes is to provide our clients with the highest level of service. We are passionate about real estate and conduct our business with integrity, honesty and transparency to earn and maintain your trust. Our office is dedicated to the satisfaction of our clients.

All of our REALTORS® work independently to protect your privacy and interests, and also work together to achieve your real estate goals. Our agents are backed up by a team of full-time office support staff, including our administrative transaction coordinators and award-winning technology specialist, assuring that your home is marketed with the most advanced instant-response technology available, your home search is thorough, efficient and at your pace, and your transactions go as smoothly as possible.

Our real estate agents work with buyers, sellers, short sales, foreclosures, new construction, investors and more. Through our office team, our local partnerships and the backing of the innovative and iconic Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate brand, nobody is better equipped to guide you to the home and lifestyle of your dreams.


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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.

Testimonials for Jim Starwalt

  • 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.

    Service Areas (8)
    • Grayslake, IL
    • West Trail, Grayslake
    • Haryan Farm, Grayslake
    • College Trail, Grayslake
    • Lake Villa, IL
    • Cedar Crossing, Lake Villa
    • Lindenhurst, IL
    • Lake County, IL
    • McHenry County, IL
    Specialties (14)
    • Buyers
    • Condos/Townhomes
    • Investment Properties
    • Luxury Homes
    • New Construction
    • Relocation
    • Renters
    • REO/Bank Owned
    • Residential
    • Sellers
    • Seniors
    • Short Sales
    • Move Up Buyers
    • First Time Home Buyers
    Languages (1)
    • English