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get your credit in shape before looking at Scottsdale homes for sale

I have to admit that I'm kind of surprised when I begin working with a buyer and they truly don't know their FICO score or much about their credit at all.  I've worked with several buyers that assured me they were pre-qualified by a mortgage lender only to find out that they weren't.  These buyers just figured they could buy a house.  When I had them speak to one of my lenders, they had to clean up their bad credit.

The first thing you need to do before looking at homes is to check on your credit.  It's not a good feeling when you fall in love with a house only to find out you can't get a mortgage on it.  You put time, effort and emotions into house hunting and it really hurts when you find out you are not creditworthy to buy, after you've found

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oak forest condo for sale
5329 Woodland Dr, Unit B, Oak Forest IL  60452

Click the address link above to see the website created for this unique main level condo with a private entrance and no one on top!  Located in popular Shade Tree subdivision, this cute Oak Forest condominium is affordable and move-in ready.  Check out more with multiple photos and room sizes here.

This unit has great curb appeal and the interior has been freshly painted and has brand new carpet in the two bedrooms.  The living/dining combo has wood laminate flooring and features a fireplace for those cold winter nights. The cute galley kitchen has a window and all appliances will remain.

The master bedroom is large with a wall of closets.  It also has access to the shared full bathroom.  There is a

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Whether you're putting your home on the market this year or in the next five years, it is a smart decision to start building your home's resale value now. Here are some ways to create a comfortable home while making it easier to put more money into your bank account on closing day. 

spend money on home maintenance now to prevent spending more in the future 

Small Maintenance and Repairs

We show so many homes that lack basic maintenance.  The house might look fine and we usually don't find out how normal maintenance has been deferred until the home inspection.  Don't think of maintenance as something you don't need to keep up with, or that it's a waste of time.

Neglecting small maintenance and repairs can cost you around 10% of your home's value. Most appraisers claim that homes showing little to no preventative

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batavia home for sale
1034 Viking Court, Batavia IL  60510

Click the address link above to see the entire website created just for this home. This is your chance to get a true ranch home with a full basement in the desirable Breton Manor subdivision.  This is located in a quiet cul-de-sac and has an attached 2.5 car garage to keep you out of inclement weather.

As you enter the foyer you'll see the 3-sided fireplace that is also viewable from the sunken living room.  The formal dining room has hardwood floors and has access to both the living room and the kitchen.

The kitchen is brand new with white cabinets, stainless steel appliances, new counters & backsplash - it's all recently updated!  The kitchen opens up to the family room, or use it as a dinette & den combo -

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oak forest home for sale
5156 Oakwood Court, Oak Forest IL  60452

SOLD & CLOSED! Another agent had this home up for sale during our busy summer but it didn't sell.  We took the listing and got it sold in less than a week!  Click to search other Oak Forest homes for sale.  You can customize the search to your requirements.  

Welcome home to this great split-level home in a quiet cul-de-sac in Oak Forest, IL.  If you look at the top left photo closely above, you'll see that besides the attached one-car garage, there is a second, detached garage in back.  The detached garage has extra space on the main level plus an upper level!  There are a lot of possibilities with this.

The living room has beautiful hardwood floors and is open to the updated kitchen with a small island

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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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