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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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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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Sep
20

Listings Update

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Here is another featured listings update: Read More→

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Jun
29

Featured Listings Updates

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Apr
20

Featured Listings

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Following are links to the single property websites for each of the properties that gives a description, shows a lot of photos and a virtual tour and offers more info on each one Read More→

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I was having trouble with my past template I was using.  I loved the template but it wasn’t working correctly.  Trying to find a solution by the template provider, I found the current one.  I love this even better than the last one! Read More→

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Aug
11

Six Flags Great America

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