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Dec
19

Two Free Holiday Downloads

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I’d like to offer a couple of free items given with holiday spirit in mind.  The first item is a great app for your smart phone or iPad.  The 2nd is a pdf download about entertaining for the holidays.

Search the MLS for Free on Your Phone or iPad

No longer do you need to call your agent or a listing brokerage to get information on a home for sale.  Just look it up on your very own MLS app provided by Judy Orr and MRED, which supplies the Multiple Listing Service for all of northern IL, including border towns of Indiana and Wisconsin.  I think the greatest feature is that the app can quickly show you all listings for sale near where you are.  You can allow it to search them all or put your price range and other parameters in to drill it down.  Click the “MLS app” link above to get the download information sent to your e-mail.  Then open your e-mail on your phone or iPad and follow the instructions, including putting in my agent code.  Happy home searching!

Get Your Free Holiday Entertaining Guide

Orland Park real estate holiday entertaining guide

This is a simple pdf file that you can download and save forever.  There is no tracking involved and you are under no obligation and will not be bothered – I don’t even know who downloads it.  It offers tips and recipes.  This is provided by Judy Orr and James Herter in conjunction with Homes.com and Rent.com.  Click Holiday Entertaining Guide to get to the download page.

Here’s hoping safe and happy holidays to you and your family.  If you’re interested in Orland Park homes or any other southwest suburb, give Judy a call at 708-536-8200.

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Oct
19

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

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I am so fascinated (and saddened) by the exotic animals that escaped from their “jail” in Ohio.  It sounds like most of them were killed.  It brings back memories of a couple of animal stories in the Chicago area, such as the Quizno’s coyote, Adrian and a cougar who possibly came down to Illinois from Wisconsin and ended up in a residential Chicago area, also being shot to death.

I’ve watched many TV shows about the people that own these exotic pets and they all seem a bit “off.”  Exotic animals have escaped from more than this one compound.  There was another man who realized that one or two of his large cats had escaped but he tried to deny it, and the fact that he didn’t keep good records made it sound like he truly didn’t know how many of the cats he owned.

I feel so sorry for the animals.  They are penned up and possibly abused (as it sounds like was happening in Ohio), and once they escape, whether sneaking out or being set free, they have a little freedom followed by death.  I guess that’s better than living in cages for the rest of your life.  I wonder if they knew what to do with that freedom.  One of the Ohio cats got hit by a car, so they didn’t even know to hide.  It enrages me that these people are allowed to keep these animals.

The weirdest story I’ve ever heard was the man who kept a tiger in his New York apartment.  The tiger ended up attacking him and I can’t Exotic animal at Big Run Wolf Ranchremember if he died or survived.  Living with a tiger in an apartment is unfathomable.  This tiger was at least captured alive.

I have nightmares about stumbling upon a lion or tiger outside my house.  I love scary movies but those that show my nightmare scenario give me the chills.  My Homer Glen home is near the Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, although I feel pretty safe that I won’t find a wolf in my back yard.  The ranch is open to families a few days a year and other visits are organized in advance.

I took my kids and grandkids there one summer during an open house and the regular residents are wolves, coyotes, a bear, horses, a donkey and many small animals.  During the open house we attended there was a special lady guest with other exotic animals, and they were amazing.  It was extremely hot that day and we were all uncomfortable, but I’d love to go back again in better weather.  Big Run Wolf Ranch is clean and well taken care of and seems to take care of their animals and takes in injured ones and nurses them back to health.

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Christmas in Oak Lawn Read More→

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Nov
25

Real Estate Agent Depiction on Television

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Update:  this deal is long over.  I got several calls from people that read this post that thought I was Mancari Chrysler.  You know things are getting bad when you see headlines like the one on this post!  And it’s true.  Mancari Chrysler, located at 4630 W. 95th St., Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453, is offering this crazy deal. Read More→

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Jun
08

ePERKS Sues Blogger

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Click the link for my original post about the real estate lead generator that sues a blogger. Read More→

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May
07

Help Save the Costa Rican Squirrel Monkey

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