Jim Ludes: Your Grundy & Will County Expert's Thoughts

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Coal City/ Diamond/ Carbon Hill  homes currently available:  Active ListingsList Price Range# ListingsAvg. Days on MktLess than $149,99913212$150,000 - $199,99926167$200,000 - $249,99918172$250,000 - $299,99936168$300,000 - $349,9997275$350,000 - $399,9992360$550,000 - $599,9991395$800,000 - $899...
My first listing was my father-in-law's house. He 'hired' me to list and sell his home about two weeks after I receieved my license. Now an area expert, I'll openly admit that any semblance of a CMA I did was just trash at the time of listing....but it wouldn't have mattered anyway- he had a pric...
 Tampa Bay Bucs fullback extrodinaire, Mike Alstott has announced his intention to retire from the NFL, a move not unexpected after a neck injury kept him out of the 2007 season. This injury was an unrelated to a neck injury suffered in 2003.The Buccanneers all-time touchdowns leader and arguably...
The stage is set for sports biggest show, the Super Bowl.As expected, the New England Patriots have skipped into Arizona with an 18-0 record; the first of its kind. Unexpectedly, the New York Giants have made their way to the desert to attempt to thwart them on their path for perfection. The Patr...
So I'm up watching TV late last night.....11:30 or later, who really knows? I catch the last half of multi-platinum rapper, Snoop Dogg's new reality show: Father'hood. I've seen the show before and I like it. To me it's both funny and interesting to see a "big-bad" rapper at home vacuuming, playi...
I, like many youths in this great land of ours, spent my summers off school playing baseball. I grew up on a cul-de-sac in Lockport, Illinois with 5 houses on it. My family lived in the first home on the right as you drove in. Counter-clockwise, Erik 2 years my minor (in my brother's class) lived...
Wally Backman was hired by the Northern League's Joliet Jackhammers in mid- December to be their new manager!  Woopdie Doo, you say? Well Mr. Backman has an interesting story. You probably remember Backman best from his days throughout the 1980s with the New York Mets. Backman was selected 16th o...
It's too early for this to about 8 fan-bases of pro football fans...but to just about anyone else, we're counting down the days until pitchers and catchers report. In honor of Danny Thornton and Rich Dansereau's new group Baseball 101- here's a story I had on another outlet last season: Baseball,...
 Finally, it has arrived... American Gladiators is back!!! I've been waiting anxiously for the return of the athletic-inspired competition that pits mortal men and women, like you and me, versus Gladiators with bodies that make make Adonis insecure.The original series ran from 1989 to 1996 in syn...
This was inspired by an awesome blog by Beth Incorvati about an issue she had at a closing table in which an agent confronted her about the co-op she had agreed to when she saw that Beth's was higher on the closing statement.As a buyer's agent it is my responsibility and duty to make as much mone...


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Here you'll find my musings about real estate related topics. Some personal opinion, much local market data, and some local happenings in Grundy and Will County, IL.