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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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PetitionSSAs a member of Short Sale Superstars, I have been alerted to a disturbing trend with Fannie Mae and their short sales.  They are expecting prices so high for their short sale listings that in many cases it is above true market value.  There is a petition online that we’re asking people to sign.  Please click the link to get more information about  the Fannie Mae petition.

It takes time and effort to sell a short sale listing.  Many buyers won’t even look at them because they’ve heard it can take months and months to get an answer and even then the transaction might not make it to closing.  Now Fannie Mae is making it that much more difficult by expecting prices higher than Broker Price Opinions (BPO’s) show.  Fannie Mae needs to be more accountable for setting such unrealistic price expectations.

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The October 2012 issue of Chicago Magazine has a section of 5 Star Professionals, highlighting a select group of real estate agents, Judy Orr Orland Park Realtor in Chicago Magazinemortgage professionals and insurance agents.  Judy Orr was selected as a 5 Star Real Estate Agent for Orland Park.

The selection was from interviews of Judy’s clients over a 12 month period.  Judy was not aware of the process until she was chosen to be published in the magazine.  None of the honorees paid for the mention, but some paid for additional ads with photos once they were informed of their selection.

Judy is proud of being on this list for her main area, Orland Park real estate.  She has been a licensed REALTOR since 1983 and works with a small team consisting of her husband, Jimmy Herter, daughter Renee Milan and childhood friend, Susan O’Halloran.  Judy and the team also work Homer Glen real estate and most all south and near west Chicago suburbs.

Give Judy and her team a call at 708-536-8200 if you’re thinking of buying and/or selling.  Judy can provide you with wonderful and true testimonials from past clients.

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Sep
04

New Look For Orland Park Homes Website

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The number one local website in Google for Cook County Real Estate has a new look. Read More→

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Jun
13

What’s In A Name?

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May
19

Orland Park Living Facebook Page

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Orland Park real estate Facebook pageFacebook has become so popular that I’ve decided to create a special Facebook Fan Page called Orland Park Living. Read More→

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