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Oct
05

New Oak Lawn Homes & Real Estate Website

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My first website ever was for Oak Lawn homes and real estate.  I started out with a popular real estate website provider and was with them for years.  In fact, I started out as a free member and quickly made it to the #1 position in Google and other search engines.  I held that top spot for many years.  Unfortunately, there has been a recent change in Google, and my site has fallen drastically.

Oak Lawn real estate website screenshot

The 2nd website provider is a very respected company but that site became too old fashioned and it would have cost quite a bit of money to bring it up to par.  In fact, part of the reason I believe my site has fallen in Google is because at the time I no longer had a home search, or IDX search, on the site.  My new website has a very good IDX search that shows all of the photos a listing agent has submitted (you’ll want to hit the “expand gallery” button that will appear when you hover over the photo box) and a lot of data, including room sizes.  I can’t get this much data on my much more expensive website.  If there’s a virtual tour you’ll get the link.

You’ll also get to see price history if there have been any changes and most listings will have a Zillow Zestimate and rent Zestimate, plus a Walkscore rating.  There will be both a Satellite and a Bird’s-eye view on each listing page.  You’ll also see similar listings followed by school districts and nearby schools with ratings.  You can schedule a showing right from the individual listing or you can fill-out a contact form with specific questions, although these listings provide all the data you’d need.

Be sure to read the blog posts as they can be very informative.  Oak Lawn is the southwest suburb that always has the most sales year after year, but this website also has community pages for the surrounding towns of Alsip, Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Hometown,  Justice and Worth.  You’ll get instant data for each of these villages, including a list of properties for sale, although you’d probably want to create a more custom search for your price range, number of bedrooms and baths, etc.

I’m very happy with my new website and I try to provide buyers and sellers with all the information I feel they would want and need to move forward with their real estate needs in Oak Lawn and the surrounding towns.

This website is provided to you by your Oak Lawn REALTORS, The Judy Orr Team.  You can reach us at 708-536-8200.

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Sep
14

New Homer Glen Real Estate Website

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I started the site for Homer Glen homes for sale a couple of months ago with a new website provider and wasn’t happy with them.  Switched to a different provider but then switched up another site to that provider instead.  Checked out the original site provider, who seemed to have improved their offerings, and am back.  Unfortunately, all of my prior work had to be cut and pasted into the new (again) format.  There is still a slight glitch I’m working on with them but nothing serious and hopefully it will be fixed soon.

Homer Glen homes for sale screenshot

Check out the Homer Glen real estate and lifestyle website and see how fun it is to use. The home page has a little bit of everything you’d need if you were interested in this popular village.  There’s a bunch of pages for buyers and sellers with really helpful information.  There are some featured Homer Glen homes for sale with large photos.  To the right is a Quick Search box and underneath is a list of pre-done home searches by price, followed by the most recent blog posts.  The footer has contact information, social media links and real client testimonials.

The site isn’t just for real estate.  There are Homer Glen lifestyle posts in the blog that will help residents and anyone thinking of moving to Homer Glen, IL.

If you’re interested in Homer Glen real estate this is the site you want to be on.  The advanced search is great and the results are better than a site I checked out costing thousands.  You get so much detail on each listing that all that’s next is setting an appointment to see the house if it’s something you’re interested in.  You’ll get all the interior details such as rooms and their sizes.  Each listing tells you everything you’d want to know if you’re interested in buying and/or selling Homer Glen real estate.

There are pre-made searches already created and the ability for buyers to sign-up for automated searches that will be sent directly to their e-mail – no missing your dream Homer Glen home.  For sellers, they can get a free home evaluation by filling out a short form.

You can spend hours on this website and come back for more – it’s that good with everything you need if you’re interested in Homer Glen real estate and/or lifestyle.

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Aug
27

New Orland Park Real Estate Website

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Orland Park homes and real estate website

When I created my very first real estate website it was just for Oak Lawn and the surrounding suburbs because that’s where I lived and where my brokerage was located at the time.  I started networking with other real estate webmasters and was told I should branch out and try for a bigger piece of the pie, so I then started a broader ranging website covering Chicago suburbs.  Some webmasters told me I should go for Chicago but I don’t work in the big city all that much.  But I did expand and that website is where I get most of my site visitors.

It’s Back to Hyper-Local

With the emergence of large real estate portals that we are in competition with, I have decided to go a bit more local.  Although I’ve always sold Orland Park homes, even when I was based in Oak Lawn, we moved to the Orland Park/Homer Glen area about 4 years ago. Prior to our personal move I also switched to a new brokerage based in Orland Park. Because of these two moves, I created a website years back just for Orland Park real estate.  However, the hyper-local movement wasn’t that popular and I took the site down.

I wish I didn’t!  I have once again created a website just for Orland Park Homes, Lifestyle and Real Estate.  It offers so much that if you’re interested in this popular village you can spend hours on the site doing searches, checking out the searches already done for you, learning how to use the Property Organizer, reading the blog, etc.  It isn’t just about real estate as there will be posts on Orland Park news, happenings and area restaurant reviews.

We hope you find it easy-to-use without all of the superfluous stuff most websites have.  We’d love for our readers to participate with photos, blog posts and comments. Check it out and start searching for Orland Park real estate.

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Apr
30

April Favorites 2013

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There were a lot of posts for April about real estate in the southwest suburbs.  Following are some of my favorites for the month:

Homer Glen Homes

Energy rebate available for Homer Glen homesDid you know that owners of Homer Glen homes can apply for an energy rebate up to $1,750?  Check it out to see if you could save some cash with a rebate plus making your home more energy efficient.

Here is a great blog post that tells you how to search for Homer Glen homes for sale.  There are multiple ways to search on this website created just for Homer Glen, IL.

Finally, there are two easy ways to see all of the newest homes in Homer Glen listings.  You’ll see about a week’s worth of new listings in the popular village without having to do a search.  This search will update itself automatically, so you’ll want to bookmark it to see what’s new.

Orland Park Homes

We’ve been busy with our new Orland Park real estate website.  To start it off, here is a snapshot of Orland Park real estate statistics for 2012.

When you’re searching for homes in Orland Park, the Property Organizer will help you separate and organize different searches you’ve created, making it easy for you to keep track of your multiple searches.

There is a fun new search called the Orland Park Lifestyle search and there’s a couple ways to access it.  Find out where different things are located, which might help you decide where you’d prefer to live in the village.  This map search is more interactive than other online maps.  Give it a try!

I love posting real estate statistics for my main service areas.  These hyper-local stats don’t always match what you read online, in the news or magazines or see on TV.  Check out some true and recent statistical comparisons of Orland Park homes and time on market.

April was a wet month and gave us two meanings for Orland Park homes underwater.  An accompanying post is all about Orland Park short sales.  Each of these articlesOrland Park short sales sign explains short sales and gives a link to see all short sale homes in Orland Park.  The list updates itself so is another search to bookmark and come back to so you can keep up-to-date on short sale homes currently available.  Most offer good value but you need to be very patient if you want to make an offer on one.

Northern Virginia and Washington D.C. has a hot real estate market and a local agent created a funny rap video about it. How does that compare to Orland Park real estate?

Oak Lawn Real Estate

I grew up in Oak Lawn starting at the age of 10.  I show and sell a lot of Oak Lawn homes, but it was fun selling a home in my old neighborhood.  In fact, it was the exact same style as the home I lived in and it was interesting to see how accurate my memory was.

 

 

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I’m going to start putting links to my favorite blog posts from the prior month.    I have multiple blogs and would like to share some of them.

Homer Glen Real Estate and News

There’s a new website for Homer Glen real estate and lifestyle and here are some of the posts for March:

Orland Park Real Estate and News

  • See how Orland Park real estate compared in the amount of single family homes sold  in 2012 to the other top 5 southwest suburbs – click here.

Oak Lawn Real Estate Success Story

  • There have been some successful posts of Oak Lawn homes sold and closed.  Click the link for one of them.

General Real Estate News

  • There was quite an online outrage about the real estate agent sued over his IDX feed. 
  • One of my favorite blogs was about debunking the 20/20 expose on real estate tricks of the trade.  You just can’t believe everything you see or read, and these supposed exposes always put a spin on things that aren’t necessarily reality. As far as real estate articles, many things real estate related are different from one location to another – so general nationwide information doesn’t always apply to every state, town or local real estate board.

 

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I am always excited when our real estate board puts up the year-to-date stats for the full year before.  It usually happens sometime in close-up of Orland Park real estate sales statisJanuary and I visit the site every day until those stats are in.

Since many are saying we have already hit bottom, it is very interesting for me to see how real estate sales activity and prices are by comparing them to the prior year.  Of course, it is technically a year behind and we won’t really know how 2013 compares, except on a month-to-month basis (we do get year-to-date figures with each new month), but to me it helps to see how my business is heading.

Here are charts for all real estate sales statistics from 2005-2012 for the two main towns I work in:

Homer Glen real estate sales statistics

Orland Park real estate sales statistics

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A new page has been created for all Orland Park homes for sale on the popular Chicago Suburbs website.  Maybe you want a clean page full of listings.  You don’t want to do a search, you want to see it all.  There is no community information on the page, no community photos, no search box you must use – just one link to create an advanced Orland Park MLS search (if you do decide to drill it down to what you want and need).  Click the link above and you’ll go right to current Orland Park real estate listings.

This is a great page for someone who doesn’t want distractions and just wants to see the homes for sale in Orland Park – right now!  There are price range links you can click to easily separate the listings.  It might seem like fun seeing every listing available, but you might want to see a few in each price range just to compare.  This makes it easy to do.

Happy house hunting!

Orland Park homes for sale

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UPDATE:  This Orland Park home is no longer available.  If you need related living or just a big house at an affordable price, then you need to check out the single property website for the Orland Park home located at 15536 Canterbury.

15536 Canterbury, Orland Park IL  60462
Related Living in Orland Park

5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 3 full, 1 half
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