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When it comes to cleaning our houses, most of us will concentrate on dusting shelves, vacuuming the carpets and disinfecting the sinks, but we often forget about the appliances we use every day. Making sure appliances such as washing machines, refrigerators and stove tops stay clean does more than keep your home looking its best. Cleaning these appliances regularly can be essential for keeping them in their best condition and ensuring that they run efficiently.

For example, refrigerator condenser coils can become covered with dust and lint. Thus, they have to work harder to keep your refrigerator running and could result in your fridge burning out before its time. In the case of washing machines and dishwashers, many people might believe that they

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orland park real estate 2018

As we head into a new year, the most common question we receive is, “What’s the outlook for real estate in 2018?”

It’s not just potential buyers and sellers who are curious; homeowners also want reassurance their home’s value is going up. The good news is that a strong U.S. economy, coupled with low unemployment rates, is expected to drive continued real estate growth in 2018. However, changes on the horizon could significantly impact you if you plan to buy, sell or refinance this year.

HOME VALUES WILL CONTINUE TO RISE

Get ready for another strong year! U.S. home values and sales volume will continue to rise in 2018.  

Experts agree that home prices will increase in 2018, but predict a slower rate of appreciation than 2017, which clocked

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Cheaper than rent or purchase as an investment as this unit is rentable! 

 

 11517 W Kedzie Ave, #65, Merrionette Park IL  60803  

This one bedroom Merionette Park condominium for sale has brand new woodgrain vinyl plank laminate flooring throughout.  The spacious living room has a brand new wall air conditioning unit.  Sliding door accesses the balcony, which will be replaced.  Details will be coming on that.

The eat-in kitchen is updated with brand new cabinets, countertops and stainless steel sink.  Appliances include a range/oven, built-in microwave and a brand new refrigerator.

The tiled bathroom is right off the bedroom (which has double closets) and has a new mirror and cabinet.  There are two good sized closets - the entry closet

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Following is a guest post written by Lance Mohr, a Tampa, Florida REALTOR

 

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting feelings anyone can dream of. However, it is not as easy as you might think. Having a lot of money is not all that matters. There are other factors to look into when buying a new home. Even the most luxurious property has its own drawbacks because there’s no such thing as a “perfect home”. Nevertheless, through several years of real estate experience, we have come up with various tips to guide you in choosing the home that adequately fits your style, needs and financial resources, may it be brand new or pre-owned.

Come up with a clear description of your ideal home. This way you have a clear understanding before you and your

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village of orland park illinois

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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