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Orland Park, IL is a hidden gem in the large pile of small cities across the US. It's an affluent suburb of Chicago that offers the perfect combination of small city living and convenient access to big city fun and endless attractions and activities.

Why Should You Move to Orland Park, IL?

Orland Park, IL is one of those rare villages that can please almost anybody.

  • Whether you love big city or small city living, Orland Park gives you convenient access to both.
  • Orland Park has many natural parks, so nature lovers will fit right in.
  • For those who want to raise a family, Orland Park boasts great statistics for safety, education, and community.
  • For those who want to choose a community with a bright future, Orland Park is one of the
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I was going to update the original post I made about how I would sell my home back in 2008 (link below in Realated Links).  But I would have had to make so many changes and updates that I figured it would be best just to start a new post.

De-cluttering and Staging

You need to know your competition

Before putting any home on the market sellers need to declutter, de-personalize and "stage" their homes.  This doesn't always cost money.  Today's buyers have a selection of similarly priced flip homes and regular re-sell properties.  Many times, even if the flip home is priced a bit higher, it's worth it as the new owners couldn't update a competitor home for less than the flip.  Some flips are completely redone - almost like new construction.  Other

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The only time I had been to Las Vegas was in August of 2002 when my husband (and Team Member) Jimmy Herter and I got married.  It was a whirlwind trip and we had 41 guests that traveled to Vegas to attend our wedding in the Viva Las Vegas Chapel.  It was fun but a busy time and although we visited a few other hotels/casinos, we were pretty much stuck on the strip.

So when we heard that Realtor.com was having a conference in Las Vegas, we decided to attend, especially since my grade school friend and REALTOR®, Karen Kostoff, lives nearby in Henderson and was also going to attend.  I wasn't expecting to have as much fun as we did.

Our Room at The Cosmopolitan

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View from the balcony of our room on the 29th floor of The Cosmopolitan Hotel

We got

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This is coming a little late but this is also the first time I've promoted our newsletter on our blog. Our newsletter always has a lot of interesting articles, some of which I'll provide feedback on in my monthly update.

September 2017 real estate newsletter from The Judy Orr Team

As you can see from the snippets above (click here to read the entire newsletter) we always feature a new or updated listing.  We actually featured 2 new listings but the 2nd one (not in the above screenshot) sold in a few days.  The Orland Park condo shown above is still available so contact me if you're interested.

Other Articles

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orland park condominium for sale 14121 Norwich LN, Orland Park IL  60467  

This is a great 2nd floor condo in a quiet, residential area of west Orland Park.  The building is well maintained inside and out and offers an elevator and Flexicore construction.

Step into the unit's foyer and you'll notice the new plank ceramic tile that extends into the kitchen and eating area.  The foyer has 2 separate closets for coats and extra storage.

The living and formal dining rooms are spacious and there are two sliding doors flanking the fireplace that lead out to the ample balcony - grilling is allowed. The kitchen is spacious and features stainless steel appliances and a pantry closet.  It opens to the foyer and the living room.

The master en suite features a walk-in closet and a

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orland park real estate assessed vs market value

Understanding a home’s true market value is about more than pictures, software assessments and price-per-square-foot. Whether you’re a current homeowner thinking of selling or are house-hunting, it’s crucial you understand what factors affect home valuation. By partnering with a local market expert, sellers will avoid pricing their house out of the market (the kiss of death in real estate) and buyers will ensure they get a good deal on their next home.

So, how do you accurately calculate a home’s value? After all, the value a home that is assessed by its town and county and the one it’s given when it’s listed are often dramatically different from one another. Which one is accurate and what does it all mean? Read on to learn more.  

Assessed Value

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orland park home buying powerIf you’re in the market for a new home or investment property, one of the first questions you’ll probably ask is, “What can we afford?” Many buyers become so caught up in how much they can afford that they don’t realize their total buying power—that is, the total amount of purchasing potential they actually have.

Buying Power Defined

Your buying power is comprised of the total amount of money you have available each month for a mortgage payment. This means the money you have each month after fixed bills and expenses. Any money you’ve saved for a down payment, the proceeds from the sale of your current home, if applicable, and the amount of money you’re qualified to borrow all impact your buying power as well. When you take all of this into account,

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This beautiful Orland Park 2-story home sold in one day to a cash buyer!  First and only showing - SOLD!

14001 Creek Crossing, orland park home for sale

This goes to show that an Orland Park home that is in great condition and priced correctly can sell quickly in today's market.  These sellers were going to get a mortgage for their next purchase but they didn't have to.  We were able to close on both homes on the same day.

This home offered 4 bedrooms plus 3 1/2 baths (a full bath in the master en suite plus a full bathroom in the finished basement).  There is a warm and inviting formal living room and a dining room.  The large kitchen featured plenty of cabinets and opened up to the spacious family room.  The four nice sized bedrooms were upstairs.  The finished basement had room for an

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You can usually spot new design trends by looking at new construction, especially new subdivision models.  Most builders keep themselves up-to-date with current decorating styles.  One builder I met said they will build one spec home using a cool tone (grey) and the next one with a warm tone (beige).

The current trends are all about utilizing rich color, maximizing texture and creating comfortable interiors you can’t wait to relax in. Use these trends to get inspired to makeover your home’s interiors and create spaces you love that also appeal to your personal style. Remember, if you plan to sell in the next few years, you may want to avoid doing anything dramatic and instead incorporate small changes that would appeal to buyers.  We plan on moving

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Great curb appeal not only makes your home the star of the neighborhood, it can also improve its value and help you sell it for more. Whether you’re thinking of listing your home or just want to make your home the envy of your neighbors, here are several ways to increase your home’s curb appeal.  Download a pdf here.

1. Make your home’s exterior look like new.

For many potential buyers, the condition of the exterior of a home can offer clues to the condition of the interior. The first place to start when boosting curb appeal is the exterior of your house.

Paint.  Paint is the best way to make your home appear newer. While you can paint your home yourself, if it’s large or more than one story, consider hiring a professional.   FHA financing,

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