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tips on how to buy a home

There are always things you need to do when making such a large investment as buying a home so that you can make a more educated purchase.  Following are some tips from the pros. 

Be aware of how much you can really afford 

What is your home buying power? It is the combination of your credit score, the amount of money you are working with, and your salary, which tells the lender how much you can realistically afford to pay for your monthly mortgage payment.

There are costs to buying a home that most buyers don't think about. You could possibly qualify for a mortgage with as little as 3-3 1/2% down payment.  There are also other closing fees that both a seller and a buyer has.  A buyer will have title fees plus prepaid mortgage, escrow, and

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hickory hills home for sale

8728 S 81st CT, Hickory Hills IL  60457

Click the address link above to view all of the photos and get the details on this Hickory Hills "Juliet" styled split-level.  

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 1 1/2 bathrooms
  • Hardwood floors plus wood laminate flooring
  • Vaulted ceiling in the living room
  • Spacious updated kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Lower level family room
  • All appliances remain
  • Central air
  • 2 car garage with newer cement side driveway
  • Covered patio off the garage to relax on fair weather days
  • Above ground pool
  • Large fenced backyard
  • Move-in condition

great area for this hickory hills home 

Give Judy Orr a call at 708-536-8200 if you'd like to see this wonderful Hickory Hills tri-level home.

 

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alsip townhouse for sale

12159 McDaniels Ct, Alsip IL  60803

Convenient one-level living in this move-in ready, end unit Alsip townhouse for sale.  You'll step into the spacious living room that has an open concept to the dining area, which opens to the kitchen.  All stainless steel appliances will remain.  Sliding glass doors take you to the semi-private, fenced patio for fair weather dining, entertaining & relaxing.

There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms, including the master ensuite with a walk-in closet and a private full bathroom with a shower.  The 2nd bedroom's closet was retrofitted with a stackable washer and dryer so the owner didn't have to go down to the basement to do her laundry.

The full basement is huge and ready to be finished if you'd like.  More

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1. Moroccan Style

moroccan styled living room decorMany ethnic groups have called Morocco home. Their various influences merged into a dazzling, distinctive style of decor. From Ancient Rome comes the craft of tile-making. Vividly colored ceramic tile mosaics are a Moroccan specialty.

The Moors introduced Arabic art. Geometric designs and marquetry--elaborate inlaid wood patterns--are a few of their notable contributions. Graceful rounded archways echo throughout the interior in wood panels, tapestries, and the very structure of the building.

Indigenous Moroccans, called Berbers, are a nomadic people. They weave kilims (wool rugs) and recline on stacks of floor cushions. Their appreciation for nice fabric shines through in modern design. Flowing jewel-toned drapes and countless

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chicago ridge condominium for sale

6119 Marshall Ave, Chicago Ridge IL  60415

If you want a deal then this is it!  This is the lowest priced 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Chicago Ridge condo for sale.  Conveniently located on the first floor for those that don't want to deal with stairs.

It needs TLC but could be turned into a great unit with some cleaning, new flooring, paint, and the master bath needs to be redone (shower is in bad shape).  This unit could be a good investment.  Renting is allowed with a one-year minimum lease.  Pets are also allowed.

If you have the time and the ability to use some elbow grease but don't have the funds for a higher priced place, this could be a perfect beginning.  Call Judy Orr at 708-536-8200 for more information or to see this unit.

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orland park home design trends for 2019

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If you’re a current homeowner, or in the market to buy, you’re probably curious about the latest trends in home design.  We can't constantly keep changing everything in our homes, but it's fun to see what's trending now.

Sellers who make strategic updates before listing a property can generate increased interest from buyers and, in some cases, a premium selling price. And buyers should consider which features of a home will need updating immediately (or in the near future) so they can factor renovation costs into their overall budget.  We will be selling our home next year and we're working on updates now.

Even if you have no immediate plans to buy or sell, we advise our clients to be thoughtful about the colors,

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orland park townhouse for sale long run creek subdivision

14132 Sterling Dr, Orland Park IL  60467

This is the lowest priced Orland Park townhouse for sale in popular Long Run Creek subdivision.  Clean and ready for your decor.

The main level has a formal living room and dining room, a half bathroom plus an eat-in kitchen.  All appliances will remain.  The kitchen has sliding doors that open to the deck in back.  The laundry room is also conveniently located on the main level.

There are 3 bedrooms upstairs including the master en suite with a private, full bathroom.  The unfinished basement has been framed out so gives you a start if you want to finish it off.

The 2 car garage is attached to keep you out of inclement weather.  This is a great location in West Orland - go east to LaGrange Rd for

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Everyone has at least experienced how to move once in our life. And in such a case, planning every aspect of the relocation 2 people moving from their orland park home for saleseems to be a daunting task. With all the scheduling, coordinating, and packing you’ll need to accomplish over the next few weeks, it can be easy to get overly stressed and anxious. If you’re a starter, you may not know where to start and what to do precisely.

 To get all things done without losing your mind, here are the things to prepare when you’re planning your first move.

  1. Calculation of moving costs

First thing in your checklist should be the calculation of moving costs and the setting up of your budget. While most people who are moving don’t really feel like creating a budget, you should understand that not

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Moving all your possessions from your old house to a new one can be emotionally and physically stressful. From deciding Taping up a box for an Orland Park movewhich item should be put in one box to ensuring all valuable items are safe and secured, everything involves careful planning and preparation. When it comes to your belongings’ security, steps should also be taken throughout the move.

If you want to guarantee the safety and integrity of your belongings during your move, here are a few tips to consider from the get-go. 

  1.          Make an inventory of your items

 The first step is to come up with a detailed inventory of all the things you currently own. Prepare a spreadsheet and list down the quantity, description, and photos of all your valuables. Having an inventory will

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Optimizing security must be a priority for a homeowner. Of course, the immediate purpose behind optimizing home security is to protect and keep a family safe and secure. In addition, a comprehensive approach to home security can also enhance the market appeal of a residence if put on the market for sale. There are five key strategies to consider when it comes to the enhancement of home security in the 21st century.

 1. Security Cameras

Tremendous advancements have been made in regard to home security cameras. In addition, the cost associated with security exterior home security cameras on a buildingcameras suitable for the exterior of a residence have dropped significantly in recent years. In other words, this type of equipment has become markedly affordable for homeowners working

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