1st Choice Homes Realty serving buyers and sellers since 1985.
New Home, New Life. We are your perfect partner to make it happen. Serving Clarendon Hills, Forest Park,
Hinsdale, La Grange, Oak Brook, Oak Park, River Forest, Riverside, Western Springs and other MLS towns.
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How much is your home worth in today's market? We can tell you.
Our Mission:
Astounding service, powered by integrity to be your 1st Choice for real estate service for suburban Chicagoland and to earn your glowing recommendation to all you know.

What some have said about us:

“We had never moved before and really didn’t know where to start. We called a real estate office and Sharon Gonwa came out to see us. We had read that you should always check out at least three real estate people before choosing one. When we sat down with Sharon we immediately had all the confidence in the world in her. We knew she was right for us. We signed with her that very first day. She jumped right in and did all the right things to get the house on the market – and sold! Her advice was perfect. We followed it to the letter and our house was sold in six weeks – and the market wasn’t that strong. Sharon held our hands and kept reassuring us to keep smiling – and keep packing. She was just wonderful.

Mr. & Mrs. Otto May, Home Seller

“Sharon went beyond the call of duty to help us find the right home, then worked with the seller to close in less than a month, for our relocation from out of state. On short notice, Sharon dedicated herself to helping us find the right home. 65 houses later, we found it. She then helped us work through a challenging closing process. Sharon was diligent, patient, and helpful in her pursuit of the right home for us. Once we found it, her coordinating and negotiating skills were invaluable in bringing it to closureShe made it possible for us to close from out-of-state in less than a month. We know who we’ll call when we’re ready to sell.”

Mr. & Mrs. Houghton, Home Buyer and Home Seller


We can’t thank you enough for all your hard work helping us sell our two houses and find the perfect new one. Your professionalism, patience, and understanding helped make a difficult time for us a lot easier. You gave us excellent referrals for our home inspection, legal, and financial assistance, as well as doing the job of others who weren’t so professional. Even after our closing, when your job was done, you went to the old house at night to check for items we misplaced! You go the extra mile and we will never forget or recommend anyone else! With many thanks,

The Russler’s. Home Sellers and Home Buyer

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 Selling your suburban Chicago home

1st Choice Homes Realty
Marketing Your Home for All Its Worth,
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We strive to get your property into the MLS within 24 hours of listing with us. 

Literally, thousands of people visit our sites every year. 

Wouldn't you want that kind of exposure when selling your property?

Are you thinking about selling property?  There are many things you must consider to make wise, informed decisions and a few will be briefly highlighted here.  Our job is to guide you while working in your best interests and in accordance with our agency relationship.  Our goal is to make this as easy and enjoyable as possible.  Then help you proceed with your new plans.


When you decide it's time for a change, we'll custom design a program specifically for your needs and goals, and we'll review the process in great detail.  In the meantime, here's a brief outline for some of the selling process:

At our first meeting:

Getting Acquainted:  We need to know detailed information about your current situation and your real estate plans in order to develop a specific plan of action for you.  We also will tour the property you're selling and take notes to create a detailed market evaluation.  You can expect us to be candid about all aspects of your property and selling.  
Working with us:  Because we personally pay for everything to get your property sold, you can bet we will not be playing games with you.  We will come in with a solid, proactive and aggressive program, a properly priced market evaluation, and the enthusiasm to get the done as expeditiously as possible.
Price - the MAX:  Undoubtedly the biggest factor in determining if you'll sell at all is the price you choose.  This cannot be stressed enough.  Because down the block, in the next community, is another house, equal to or better than yours in the buyers eyes, and priced at market value or below.  Be kind to yourself - price it right for the market from the beginning.

Competition:  Agents and buyers know properly priced homes on the market usually won't be available for very long.  So if they are to be successful and have a glimmer of hope in buying a properly priced house, they'd better hurry, and not only that, they'd better come in with a higher-than-average offer because other buyers will be looking at it too, and possibly making competing offers. 

At our 2nd meeting:

You need an objective and accurate competitive market evaluation to help determine your probable sale price range.  Your price should be guided by actual selling prices of comparable properties in your general area.  

If you're in doubt about what you're told, hire a professional appraiser to obtain another opinion.  Beware of the agent that comes in and cannot prove or justify the price they suggest to you.

You must base your price on market value, not on your needs or emotions, what you'd like to sell for, nor what you've put into it.

If we decide to work together, we will review and complete all the forms necessary to get you moving.

Next step - Creating and implementing our marketing plan to get your property sold - 

as soon as possible!

We look forward to being your trusted real estate partner.


Contact Us

1st Choice Homes Realty, 2021 Midwest Rd, Ste 200, Oak Brook, IL 60523   630-495-2888  By Appointment Only 

You agree your use of this website is strictly for your personal, non-commercial use to help identify properties you may be interested in purchasing or to assist in finding an agent to 

represent you in selling your property.  Any other use is strictly forbidden. 

Serving buyers and sellers - from first time clients to seasoned clients, for homes, condo's, townhouses, apartment buildings,  especially in these MLS areas:




Burr Ridge

Chicago Ridge

Clarendon Hills



Downers Grove


Elmwood Park

Forest Park

Forest View

Hickory Hills


Indian Head Park

La Grange

La Grange Highlands

La Grange Park


North Riverside

Oak Brook

Oakbrook Terrace

Oak Forest

Oak Lawn

Oak Park

Orland Hills

Orland Park

Palos Heights

Palos Hills

Palos Park

River Forest



Tinley Area

Villa Park


Western Springs

Willow Springs



other MLS areas

Your property will be syndicated to nearly 90+ different places for maximum exposure.

One word of caution: I never use floor plan promotions for security and safety reasons either.  For both your protection and that of your buyer. 

Unfortunately, safety must be a primary consideration for all parties.  We like to assume everyone has the same honorable intentions as us, but that is not reality. Why would you want to possibly compromise your security showing someone the layout of your house, doors, windows, room layout, etc. 

And what if your buyer has small children, do you really want that on your conscience, especially if something happens?  Once it's out there, it's there for years/decades down the road.

The gamble is just too great for everyone in my opinion.

Sharon is a also Certified Staging Consultant. 

After being hired, Sharon will go through the property with you and give you tips to put it in it's best light for the broadest buying audience.