Real estate agents list properties on the market and hope that someone will buy them. The agent shows the properties to prospective buyers if there are any (the average time to sell a property in many markets right now is 6-12 months), and then they take a percentage of the sale price if they find a buyer. Oftentimes, the agent’s commission is 3-6% of the sale price of your house. Agents provide a great service for those that can wait 6-12 months to sell and those who don’t mind giving up some of that sale price to pay for the commissions and fees. This is where we are different: We’re not agents, we’re home buyers. Our company actually buys Chicago houses for cash. We don’t list houses. We’re actually the one buying the house directly from you. We pay with all cash, and we can make a decision to buy your house within a couple of days.