Real Estate Timeline for The Judy Orr Team
Judy Orr started her real estate career in 1983 with a local Century 21 franchise. Although she stayed with the company for 22 years, she always felt something was missing. It was a small, independent "Mom & Pop" company literally run by the Broker, his wife and one of his children. Judy wanted a more professional atmosphere.
Judy joined a newer company that advertised a new office in Orland Park, the hub for The Judy Orr Team. She was with the company for 6 months until they left Orland Park and had their main office change to the north suburbs. It's a good thing Judy left as this company closed down several years later, leaving their agents in the dust!
Before starting with that company, Judy had her eyes on a different local, independent brokerage in Orland Park. With the closing of the Orland Park office of the company mentioned above, Judy signed up with Classic Realty Group. The reason Classic Realty Group wasn't Judy's first choice 6 months prior was because it was a new brokerage with only a handful of agents. Judy stayed with Classic Realty Group for 8 years (and her husband, Jimmy Herter got licensed while we were there), until they moved farther east to Oak Forest. Just as location is one of the main things for home selling and buying, office location is important to us.
We knew we wanted to stay in Orland Park and during our search for another brokerage we received an e-mail notifying us that HomeSmart Realty Group was opening in Orland Park. That's all we needed to hear - we were struggling to find a place we wanted to hang our licenses with and once we found out HomeSmart was opening in our area, we jumped on board. We were told that Classic Realty Group was based on HomeSmart's business model. So we had known about HomeSmart for 8 years before we joined them. They had finally started franchising in Illinois.
Why We Joined HomeSmart Realty Group
As mentioned above, we were very excited to find out that HomeSmart was opening in Orland Park. Judy had her eye on this company since she started with Classic Realty Group many years prior. HomeSmart is the #1 brokerage in Arizona. We can attest to that as we have a townhouse in Scottsdale, AZ. We see HomeSmart signs all over!
Another reason we were excited was because this was a brokerage that seemed to have advanced technology. We felt our prior companies weren't up with today's technology. There were redundant forms that had to be filled out by hand and archaic filing systems. HomeSmart is paperless and makes handling transactions so much more efficiently.
Another reason we were excited to work with HomeSmart Realty Group in Orland Park was because Judy was familiar with the Broker, Dan Bowden. He has been in the business for a long time and has experience running a real estate brokerage. Dan is an active, hands-on broker that is always available and strives to remain up-to-date with the market, real estate laws/rules and technology.
If you're ready to buy and/or sell, give Judy Orr a call at 708-536-8200