indiana information: Indiana Home Owners Facing Foreclosure - Beware of For-Profit Consultants Promising to Save Your Home from Foreclosure for a FEE $ - 11/19/10 05:09 AM
We've blogged about this topic several times before.
An Indiana Homeowner calls us, unsure if they should list their home to sell  or invest even more money (that they sometimes even don't have due to unemployment or illness or economic condtions)to pay an unknown company that calls them up promising to SAVE THEIR HOME FROM FORECLOSURE (for a fee of course-> sometimes thousands of dollars upfront)!
We have had our current SHORT SALE LISTINGS get calls NON-STOP from predators.
Our answer is, PLEASE contact the Indiana Attorney Generals Office and check out each companies legitimacy and see if the've … (2 comments)

indiana information: VALPO MENS BASKETBALL STARTS 2010-2011 WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN - 11/13/10 07:47 AM

The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men’s B-Ball squad opened the 2010-11 season against the Indiana University Northwest Redhawks with one of the most impressive wins I have ever seen.
Not because they scored 111pts, not because they won by 46 points, it was because of the 29 Assists in the game – yes 29 assists!
It was amazing watching this team play so unselfishly.
Having a birds-eye view from court-side, the passes were precise, crisp and dead-on! This team showed that when they aren’t lighting it up from 3 point range, … (2 comments)

indiana information: Wordless Wednesday - Take Time to Stop & Enjoy the Local NW Indiana Scenery - 11/03/10 09:23 AM
While on the way home from showing properties in Valparaiso, IN , we found this creek along a winding country road and had to stop and take a moment to enjoy the sounds and view:)


indiana information: It's That Time of Year Again! Valparaiso University Crusaders Basketball - There is Lots of NEW at VU this year! - 11/01/10 10:18 AM
Saturday evening was Fun!
For those of you who've  followed our Blog for the past few years, you know we are season ticket holders for our  hometown University (VU) Men's basketball ->what better way to keep the peace in a house divided Purdue vs IU Grad marriage :)

The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's basketball team held their season exhibition opener at the ARC against the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University.
There is LOTS of NEW at VU this year!
Prior to the game Valpo's shinny NEW basketball court (Jeff says it remainds him of the court at Boston Gardens) named … (0 comments)

indiana information: Sahara Restaurant in Michigan City, IN - A Local Dining Establishment in La Porte County, Indiana with THE BEST Mediterranean Cuisine! - 10/25/10 10:34 AM
Last week Jeff & I had a few errands to run at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall in Michigan City, Indiana .
We had just left our office in Valpo and it was already dinner time (so we were hungry). One of our clients who is a manager of one of the stores at the mall suggested a place for us located just a few blocks from the outlet mall, on the way there, we talked to another client who also raved about this restaurant and it's food, later on Facebook->more friends of ours raved!

Looks like many NW Indiana … (3 comments)

indiana information: Another NW Indiana Home Sold by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Subject to Lenders Approval of a Short Sale - 10/23/10 08:57 AM
Another NW Indiana Home Sold by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Subject to Lenders Approval of a Short Sale.

Thanks to past Blog posts and their Google rankings, our seller found us to list his property by doing a search online. The seller interviewed several agents found this way and chose to work with us based on the interview.
Not all short sales are the same. IMHO they take even longer for some reason than they did 1 or 2 years ago? This is our longest short sale to date = 4 months from receipt of offer  from buyer … (5 comments)

indiana information: Speechless Sunday In NW Indiana - Waking Up to Deer in Your Own Backyard! - 09/26/10 04:07 AM

Speechless Sunday In NW Indiana - Waking Up to Deer in Your Own Backyard!

indiana information: Third Time's The Charm - Another Short Sale Property CLOSED in NW Indiana. - 09/18/10 11:20 AM
Third Time's The Charm - Another Short Sale Property Listed By F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate in NW Indiana and CLOSED.
 Back in mid April we listed a Property in Porter County, IN subject to lenders approval of a short sale.
Short Sales are Not a Game.
First, you need a sale-able property in good condition and a cooperative seller. The short sale process is MUCH more involved than a traditional real estate transaction.
Next, you have to hope for a negotiator from the lenders loss mitigation department assigned to the file who is adept at the process and at communicating in a timely … (2 comments)

indiana information: Don't Wait Until it's Too late to Contact Us to sell Your Home Subject to Lenders Approval of Short Sale - 09/03/10 07:06 AM
 Sometimes we get calls from the public or even referrals from other REALTORS that ask us to help people who are behind on their mortgage payments and perhaps had an ARM come due or other hardships that cause them to not be able to afford their property and they ask us to list a home to sell subject to lenders approval of a short sale.
There is a lengthy pre-qualification process (we interview the sellers and with their permission, the lender involved) before we even accept the listing or referral.
Sadly of late, people are waiting too long before asking for help.

indiana information: Gino's Steakhouse in Merrillville, IN 46410 - Northwest Indiana's best of the Region Award winner is also a Favorite of Ours! - 07/30/10 03:37 AM
 Gino's Steakhouse in Merrillville, IN 46410 - Northwest Indiana's best of the Region Award winner is also a personal Favorite of Ours!
 Many times clients relocating to NW Indiana ask us, Where is a good place to eat?
Although there are many good restaurants in Northwest Indiana, our favorite steakhouse is Gino's in Merrillville, IN 
Conveniently located off I65 and US 30 interchange, right near the Star Plaza Theatre and a short drive from a day of shopping at Westfield Southlake Mall. Gino's location is convenient for either a special occasion or a quick last minute quality lunch or dinner.

Click here for … (4 comments)

indiana information: NW Indiana Ladies, ever want to join a bible study? Here is your chance-New Topic 'Praying the names of God" for the Tuesday Evening Ladies Bible Study at Christ Lutheran Church Valparaiso, IN - 07/25/10 08:14 AM
NW Indiana Ladies, ever want to join a bible study?
Here is your chance-New Topic  'Praying the names of God" for the Tuesday Evening Ladies Bible Study at Christ Lutheran Church Valparaiso, IN
The Ladies Tuesday Evening Bible Study Group at CLCValpo is starting a NEW Study!
Praying the Names of God by Ann Spangler ->
 A 26 week study exploring the Hebrew names of God revealed in scripture.
Each week we will study a different name - so come when you are able!
Enjoy fellowship, prayer time and learn that the names of God given us in … (2 comments)

indiana information: New Listing For Sale Affordable 6 Bedroom Home in Whiting, IN 46394 - Near Lake Michigan & Parks-> - 06/30/10 04:24 AM
Sandwiched between the Lake Michigan shoreline, and Wolf Lake & Park Whiting Indiana is known for t's annual famous Pierogi Festival!  It is a border city to the State of Illinois and the city of Chicago - so it makes a great place to call home and an easy commute to the big city!
Most Homes in this Community enjoy just a short walk to both the lake & park!  
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This Large Home (over 3000 SF) is just 3 doors down from the intersection of Lake Avenue and Indianapolis Blvd.
xxxxxx</ Alot of Home for the $ p> … (2 comments)

indiana information: Things to do in Northwest Indiana ->Taste Local Wines at Shady Creek Winery in Michigan City, IN - 46360 - 06/26/10 04:57 AM
Shady Creek Winery lives up to it's name - set on 20 acres of wooded land with a pond and fountain right off the screened-in back porch, patrons can enjoy samples of locally made wines while taking in nature views or take a seat in the rocking chairs on the front porch, or cozy up to the fireplace.
Located in La Porte County (Michigan City near the corner of Tryon Rd & State Road 212).

The visit is well worth the trip and pictured below are the favorites we took home to share with family  & friends on special occasions...The best part … (0 comments)

indiana information: Christ Lutheran Church in Valpo presents: Mary Magdalene – A Musical Dramatization by Keri Burman of Yadah Praise Productions - 05/07/10 09:46 AM
Mary Magdalene – A Musical Dramatization by Keri Burman of Yadah Praise Productions - @
Valparaiso, IN  Christ Lutheran Church Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m. Public Welcome!

Come Join us in our NEW Sanctuary @CLCValpo located at the corner Of Campbell St. & Vale Park Road
for a wonderful reenactment of a Woman of the Bible.
Often mistakenly characterized in popular writings, Mary Magdalene was an early follower of Jesus Christ and witness to His glorious resurrection.  Through songs and monologues, Ms. Burman brings the scriptural based story of Mary Magdalene to life, right before the … (2 comments)

indiana information: Eat at Chili's Restaurants in NW Indiana on Thursdays in April & May and 10 % gets donated to local Habitat for Humanity ! - 04/11/10 02:01 PM
    Giving back to the community around you....   Local eatery to give portion of check to Northwest Indiana Habitat for Humanity ->   If you have any lunch/dinner meetings you need to plan or you're just going out on a Thursday please note:
All Thursdays in April & May, 10%-percent of your total bill at Chili’s will be donated to NWI Habitat.  This includes the Chili's Restaurants in Dyer, Merrillville & Valparaiso, Indiana locations!
Just print this coupon and bring with you to give to your server and bon appetit :)
xxxChilis April Coupon xxx

indiana information: Bon Femme Cafe in Valparaiso, IN French Gourmet $ 5. Menu the 1st Thursday of Every Month! - 04/06/10 05:06 AM
Bon Femme Cafe in Valparaiso, IN - Bon Appetit !
Last Thursday. after listing a local property for sale in Valparaiso, IN I convinced Jeff we should just stop and get a quick bite to eat in downtown Valpo before our next appointment.
I love the many local independent restaurants to choose from in town,  just steps from our F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate office on courthouse square.
  This time we chose Bon Femme Cafe located @ 66 E Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN 46383  tel. (219) 531-0612The best part about eating out in downtown Valparaiso, IN the 1st … (2 comments)

indiana information: Lake Homes in Valparaiso, IN - Porter County Indiana Communities with Lakes - Vacation year Round from Home! - 03/26/10 04:37 AM
Lake Homes in Valparaiso, IN - Porter County Indiana Communities with Lakes, Vacation Year Round from Home!
This week we started to get out and take some non snow pictures of our Northwest Indiana Homes for Sale since Spring is finally here!
Here are some photos of one of our Homes For Sale in Valparaiso, IN with Lake Access just a short stroll to Flint Lake and it even comes with it's own private Boat Dock on the Lake, (one of only 8).
If you are looking for Lake Living in Valparaiso Indiana, or Lake Front Communities in Porter County, IN  … (5 comments)

indiana information: Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification - 03/15/10 03:34 PM
After several years of experience in Listing and Selling Properties in Northwest Indiana Subject To Lenders Approval of Short Sale, Jeff Safrin, Real Estate Broker/Owner of F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate completed the National Association Of REALTORS requirements for the SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification Designation.
Every Short Sale is not the same - There are many possible scenario's that can occur during the complex process of short sale approval (lender's filing of foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy court proceedings etc..).
1st hand experience in working through these difficult situations are not taught in the basics of NAR's class, but … (6 comments)

indiana information: Valparaiso Police Department accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy - 03/05/10 02:29 AM
Over the years, Jeff & I have been blessed to come to know many fine officers on the Valparaiso, Indiana Police Department in helping them buy or sell homes in town. Below is an announcement about an opportunity for citizens to learn just how much they do in the service of protecting our community. We are thankful for each and every one of them and occasionally, when I hear some of the calls dispatched on our scanner at home I sometimes say a silent prayer of protection:) They are local hero's!

indiana information: It's March...Let the madness begin - Valparaiso University hosts 1st Round Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship! - 03/01/10 09:00 AM

It's March. and anything can happen....March Madness they call it :)
Especially if you live in Indiana and are a college basketball fan!
We've blogged about  the fun attending local area basketball events in the winter season each year - family fun for all ages!
Our hometown of VALPO is know for a famous shot during march madness that got them to the sweet 16 once!
"The Shot" is seen each year on CBS during "March Madness" and is considered one of the top moments in NCAA history.
Come out and see the game tomorrow - buy … (4 comments)

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Northwest Indiana Real Estate - Lake, Porter, La Porte, Counties in NW Indiana. A Team Approach To Real Estate. We Are Internet Savvy! We provide you Valuable services and representation in Buying or Selling Real Estate and Relocation services : Competitive Market Analysis of Price, Marketing Plan that sells our Listings, Access to the largest buyer pool via Northwest Indiana Multiple Listing Service, Negotiation of Contracts. Coordination of the many aspects of Closing the Transaction: financing, inspections, insurance, appraisals, surveys, title work, deed, escrow, possession.




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