I am not an agent, but I agree with the other two who have answered your question. I live in Illinois, and I, too, bought my current home about 20 years ago. I plan to put it on the market in another year or so, and I realistically expect that I'll get about 50% more than I bought it for. I certainly don't expect to double my money, and this is after spending about $60,000 in periodic upgrades over the years (kitchen, bath, siding, roof, concrete drive, etc.). That's the reality of home ownership - but it sure beats renting. Mike has offered some good advice about your assessment.