valparaiso indiana: 2353 Horizon View Ct. Valparaiso, In - 06/30/08 08:41 AM

Located in picturesque Harrison West, this home offers more than just your average construction.  Expansive wood floors accent beatiful tile work, cabinetry and craftsmanship.  Architectural detail abounds in this well planned, family friendly abode.
Amenities include:
Large master suitePrivate office Private office Sunny breakfast nook Main level laundry Stately fireplace Large Deck perfect for summer entertaining Upper level guest rooms with Jack and Jill bath Rambling finished basement with ample storage space 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3 Car garage 2308 sq. ft not including basement $399,900
Come see your future home!  Contact Amy Redman of Seramur Properties, LLC at 219-617-6700.

valparaiso indiana: Valparaiso, Meet Your Local Soapbox Derby Champs! - 06/30/08 04:32 AM

From left to right: Abby Wester, age 8; Devin Corneil, age 14; Katie Sokora, age 13
Fun was the word of the day as Valparaiso held its annual soapbox derby local championship Saturday June 28th.  As is the tradition, the racers zoomed down the hill right on Lincolnway, the main thoroughfare in town.  With the cooperation of many corporate sponsors, our local A.B.A.T.E. club who served as volunteers, the Valparaiso administration and the weather, race day went of without a hitch.
Our local Champs are:
Stock Division: Abby Wester, age 8, John Simatovich Elementary
SuperStock Division: Kate Sikora, age 13, Chesterton … (5 comments)

valparaiso indiana: Does Staging Really Make That Much Difference in NW Indiana? - 03/26/08 12:16 PM
In the midwest, new concepts and services are slow to catch on.  We are a 'watch and wait' breed, preferring to watch things crash and burn - or succeed as it may - in other parts of the country while we plod along in the tried and true until something else tried and true comes along.
This is definitely true in the world of staging, as I am still told by resistant agents that it is not necessary stage in NW Indiana.  They still think it will not make any difference and that buyers do not care what a house looks like.  Many … (10 comments)

valparaiso indiana: Fall Fun in NW Indiana: Trick or Treat Fun Nite in Downtown Valparaiso - 10/21/07 11:28 AM
Once a year, Downtown Valparaiso closes down Lincolnway (our main thoroughfare) between Michigan and Lafayette streets to create a 'kid-safe zone'. 
In this zone, they offer Trick-or-Treating, cider, hayrides around the square and other fun family activities.  This is a good opportunity to not only stretch out you Halloween celebrations, but also to familiarize yourself with our great downtown businesses. 
You are guaranteed that your children are safe from oncoming cars as traffic is prohibited during this time.  Another benefit is that candy is given by area businesses and your can bet they make sure their treats are safe to eat.
This … (2 comments)

valparaiso indiana: Marketing That Serves More Than Just Your need For Business - 09/10/07 05:00 AM
Real Estate is a service oriented business. Whether you are a Realtor, Mortgage broker, Stager, or otherwise, there is a certain amount of personal service that goes into the job - no matter how far removed you are from the clients themselves.  I truly feel that the most successful in this field gain fulfillment from the serving of others and those who do it foe purely selfish reasons are doomed for failure. In a business such as this, trust is paramount to a successful career and trust often begins with some level of personal connection - even if it is just a word … (17 comments)

valparaiso indiana: Snowbound in Indiana - 02/13/07 08:02 AM
The day before Valentine's, everything has come to a halt in Northwest indiana.  School is cancelled, agents can't get to their offices (only one I talked to today was actually in the office) and the presentation we had this morning is rescheduled for next week.
It started snowing last night and has not let up since.  Predictions range from six to 8 inches, but this is the land of the drift and the pile of snow on my patio table measures 14 inches.  The view is beautiful , but the drive is deadly so life stops until the salt trucks can make an … (7 comments)

valparaiso indiana: The only Franchise I will ever review: DESERT MOON CAFE - 01/16/07 03:16 AM
Why is this the only franchise I will ever review? I'm not a big fan franchises, so I try to not to eat at them.  I love the uniqueness of independent restaurants and make it a rule to not eat at a place I can find at home when I am out of town. Example - why ,when I am in downtown Chicago, would I go for pizza at Uno's when I can eat at Lou Malnatti's instead? But, I digress...
Most Franchises are available everywhere and to everyone, so a review is not really necessary, but this is a brand new concept and is … (10 comments)

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