New Look for Our Chicago Suburbs Real Estate Website

Posted by Judy Orr on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 at 4:42pm.

Cook County real estate websiteUPDATE:  We have made another decision to go back to our original website provider since they've created the updates we've wanted.

We have made the decision to switch website providers for our Chicago suburbs real estate website after being with our prior vendor since 2005.  We needed something new and better.  There was a mandatory upgrade because of a change in Google maps that showed on all of the listings.  This upgrade meant having to purchase an entire new template.  The good thing was that the new templates were mobile friendly.  The bad news was that there were only 3 to choose from and I really didn’t like any of them.

I started investigating other website providers

I checked them all.  I figured if I was going to change providers I wanted to be happy with the appearance of the site and it had to be mobile responsive.  I wanted to be able to make changes at will, such as colors, titles and what appeared in sidebars.  I couldn’t make simple changes on my own on my prior site.

I wanted a more robust property search

Another thing I was never happy about with my prior site was the lack of information given for each individual listing that came up on a property search.  It didn’t even show real estate taxes or home owner’s association fees, something that buyers find important.  There were no room sizes – the data provided was pretty bare bones, and this is a highly regarded custom “IDX” search that cost a pretty penny.

Our new property search will give you everything you need to know about each individual property.  Real estate tax amounts and association fees.  All of the rooms and their sizes, floor level and flooring.  Large photos (depends on the size the listing agent uploads – sizes will vary) easily viewed by scrolling a webpage vs. some kind of pop-up that you need to click with your mouse to advance and you can only see one photo at a time.

Looking at condos or townhomes and need to see if pets are allowed?  That information wasn’t available on my prior site, but it is now.  Each listing has full client MLS data. Every listing has a calculator link, map and even a printable flyer.  You can request  more information or set an appointment from the individual listing page.  Check out our Orland Park homes for sale page, click a property and check it out.

It had to be mobile friendly

Not too long ago one of my site users (the prior website) commented how difficult it was to use on a phone.  Of all of the websites I have, this one looks the best on mobile home searcha smart phone.  This is what mobile responsive should be.  No need to choose whether you want to view the mobile site or the need for a separate link.  Easy home search, easy to view and navigate.  You can do it all from your phone.

This site is now easy to use on your smart phone, or you can use our app here.

Buyers – save your search and get automated updates

Click our Automated Search Form to create your search and to be updated automatically when new listings hit the market in your price range and with your chosen amenities.  No need to keep searching and possibly missing the home that would be perfect for you.

We realize you might have created a search on our prior site and will need to start over on this site.  We apologize for any inconvenience but we think you’ll prefer the new, more extensive listing details you’ll receive.

Sellers – get an online CMA (Comparative Market Analysis)

Click the online CMA link to get your southwest Chicago suburb home’s current market value.  Please note, it must be in our service area.  Contact us if you’re not sure what area we cover.  If you'd prefer an instant computer created value based on current active properties around your location, click here.

The Judy Orr Team – 708-536-8200
Your Orland Park REALTORS®

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