HI! I find that the further away from Chicago, the slower the market. Not just because of density, but mostly because of commute. HW also has more land around a house typically and most people desire that -but some don't. Well water or septic can be an issue for some. Overall, if you are priced right when there are buyers out there- it'll sell. when the market is not so active , price reductions don't always help. The inventory definitely shoots up in the spring- however, I find a lot of luck listing in the off season as the inventory is low but there are always buyers out. All it takes is one buyer!!The market tends to slow down in July which provides people with a 2 month cushion the align a mortgage and get into a house before school starts. this year I have seen activity higher than last year. I am happy to report that most buyers at the moment are relocation buyers. Which tells me that companies are hiring!! however, relocation buyers prefer to have their new homes to be updated and done. They can't deal with moving to a new area and then having to redo a house. Good luck to you- let me know if I can be of service. Any decent and creative realtor should be able to help- but call me if you are in need.