Wow, I do not even know where to start!
You sound to me like a Seller who feels (like actually most sellers do and I will explain a bit later,....) that their house is worth more than others for a variety of reasons....
Let me just point out a few things to you, so that you can thing about them and re-evaluate the current value of your home!
Your home, now or at any time, and any conditions of the market, will be worth only what a ready and willing and financially sound buyer is ready and willing to pay. Not what you think it is worth, not what you want to get for it, nor what a Realtor tells you you could put it on the market for or it may potentially sell for....
So given that fact YOU must have a Realtor evaluate what the current market in your immediate area can bear, i.e. are there a lot of homes on the market, will yours be on the top or the bottom of the market, is yours more updated inside and out than other homes, how many homes have recently sold in your area, and how many are on the market to be sold, that will tell you a bit about market time....
Whatever has sold in 2000 DOES NOT MATTER TODAY ---- I wish you could just add appreciation for every year thereafter, but that is not the case and what people were able to sell their home down the road a couple of years ago, the market a couple of years ago was different, the economy was different.
Your need to think in different ways these days" do you need to sell? Do you want to sell and why?
How updated is your home, i.e. will it sell before any other similar home in size and location and style?
Sit down and discuss all these issues in detail with a trusted area Realtor and get as much detailed information as possible. Do NOT look at what happened a few years ago.
Take care and I wish you luck!
Edith YourRealtor4Life! Working always in the very BEST interest of her clients!
if you ever come across anyone you know who is moving to Chicago, the larger Chicagoland areas or anywhere in Northern Illinois, would you send them please my way! Thanks! I will provide first class real estate services!