indiana information: Driving By The Gary Airport - Oh Look - Planes Parked awaiting Chicago Air & Water Show -> - 08/15/09 08:44 AM
Yesterday, after dinner @ Miller Bakery Cafe,  I reminded Jeff WGN News in Chicago did a spot on the upcoming Chicago Air & Water Show This weekend and it looked like the Gary Airport was a spot where alot of the fighter planes and other aircraft were being housed / parked before & after their performances.
So we took a short drive after dinner and lo and behold - here are some photos of what we saw!
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indiana information: Wordless Wednesday - Church Raising in Valpo ! Hallelujah :) - 08/12/09 09:14 AM

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Jeff & Grace Safrin Broker / Owners
F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate  - Independently Owned & Operated
13 Lincolnway Suite # 203,        Valparaiso, IN 46383           Office # 219-309-9930
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indiana information: Speechless Sunday - Dad putts for an Eagle on hole #12 @ Plum Creek Golf in Carmel, IN at The F.C.Tucker Annual Golf Classic! - 08/09/09 05:42 AM

Spending Time with Family = Priceless.....a photo of father & son captured the moment :)
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Jeff & Grace Safrin Broker / Owners
F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate  - Independently Owned & Operated
13 Lincolnway Suite # 203,        Valparaiso, IN 46383           Office # 219-309-9930
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indiana information: Come Home to The Country - Renovated Farm House on 2 Acres of Land w/ Big Barn in La Porte County, IN - 07/25/09 08:50 AM
Join the eastward moving trend of relocating to La Porte County in Northwest Indiana.
This New Carlisle, IN  turn of the century rennovated Farm Home on 2 Acres of wooded land offers a 42 x 48  level barn w/ loft storage and a detached Garage that is climate controlled heated + central A/C!
With access to South Bend, IN or Chicago via Indiana Tollroad or South Shore Train, you can make this affordable property a vacation spot or year round dwelling!
1st Time Home Buyers will have to work quickly to have this home closed by … (5 comments)

indiana information: Press Release - It's a New Day At F.C. TUCKER Real Estate in Indiana -> - 07/14/09 02:29 AM
 For Immediate Release Contact:

July 14, 2009 Grace & Jeff Safrin
(219)309-9930 (office)
(219)309-3809 (mobile)
 F. C. Tucker opens new Valparaiso office Grace and Jeff Safrin found F. C. Tucker/1st Team Real Estate
VALPARAISO - Grace and Jeff Safrin, longtime Tucker sales associates, have opened F. C. Tucker's 32nd affiliate office, F. C. Tucker/1st Team Real Estate. F. C. Tucker is the largest independent real estate company in Indiana. The Safrins will continue to serve clients in Lake, Porter, LaPorte and Starke counties.
In real estate since 1999, the Safrins are already Life Time Members of the Presidents … (2 comments)

indiana information: From Evansville to Valparaiso F.C. Tucker Real Estate has Indiana Covered ! - 07/11/09 12:19 PM
Yesterday, F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate showed up for business on our Local MLS (The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS).
Although the announcement came out from F.C.Tucker's Corporate Offices in Indianapolis, IN on 7/8/9....that we were new Owners, visiting & calling over 30 some loyal clients to get the paperwork done took a day or so :)
While we were at our new office @ 13 Lincolnway, Suite # 203 in downtown Valparaiso Indiana, 46383- we received a pleasant surprise - a flower delivery
The Broker /Owners of F.C.Tucker Emge REALTORS (Kathy Briscoe and Kevin Eastridge)who have … (6 comments)

indiana information: Now Open For Business - F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - Serving Northwest Indiana ! - 07/11/09 10:27 AM

We are humbled to be afforded this opportunity and excited to be affiliated with Indiana's Largest Real Estate Company that has been in business since 1918.
It's been a whirlwhind of a week and we'd like to thank those who helped make the dream a reality - our dear family & friends, loyal clients, business associates, and especially to our former Broker who made the transition smooth and professional for everyone, by her support and collaborative efforts!
Stay tuned for future blogs and More Exciting News about our non-traditional Business Model with generous compensation options for experienced REALTORS that think out of the box and beyond the office :)
A recent Inman … (6 comments)

indiana information: Wordless Wednesday => Reflections of Valpo .... - 07/08/09 01:20 AM
Thanks for stopping by and reading our Northwest Indiana Real Estate Blog!
 Just as the seasons change here in NW Indiana, we help clients achieve their Real Estate Goals in various seasons in life. We look forward to serving you.
Jeff & Grace Safrin - "Spouses Selling Houses" TM
Real Estate Brokers with F.C. Tucker Real Estate - phone # 219-405-1232.
Valparaiso residents serving Lake, Porter, La Porte, & Starke Counties in NW Indiana.
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indiana information: Family Fun in NW Indiana - Valpo has a Drive-in Movie Theatre ! - 07/02/09 09:14 AM
 We've passed it showing homes in Valpo hundreds of times over the last decade.
Recently,our nephew came to visit (and we had unseasonably cool drizzly weather) we decided to go to the
49 er Drive-in Theatre located @ 675 North Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, IN 46383
This night brought back some of fond childhood memories of our family spending time together at a venue like this....i.e.- getting there early to get a front row parking spot, visiting the concession stand for popcorn & snacks, bringing a blanket or lawn chair to lounge on, throwing around the football in the grassy field while we waited for … (4 comments)

indiana information: Hoosier Home Buyers Should Check this out ->The Indiana Housing & Community Development Market Stabilization Program - 07/02/09 06:17 AM
FYI->The Indiana Housing & Community Development Market Stabilization Program has monies available for  Home Buyers to buy a Home in Indiana!
 This Program is explained in more detail @
$15,000 is available to Home Buyers in Indiana who qualify based on Income Guidelines toward the purchase of a home that is not rquired to be re-paid if the property remains the homebuyers' principal residence for at least 10 years.
This downloadable brochure provides more details on this program for your review.
If you are looking to purchase a home in Northwest Indiana and need professional representation, please give us a call to serve as … (2 comments)

indiana information: PHONE-A-THON For Indiana Home Owners Facing Foreclosure-> IN Supreme Court URGES you to Call in on Tuesday, June 30th 2009 from 5pm - 10pm for Prevention Assistance! Pass it on.... - 06/29/09 12:32 PM
 Today our Local Multiple Listing Service had this broadcast message and we wanted to spread the word to all->
Indiana  Home Owners who may be facing Foreclosure to call in on Tuesday, June 30th 2009  between the hours of 5 pm and 10 pm EDT  to access foreclosure prevention services.
Click here->  the Link for the Phone Numbers to Call by Regions of the State in which you reside.
Read the Press Release->
View the Video
Thanks for stopping by and reading our Northwest Indiana Real Estate Blog!
 Just as the … (3 comments)

indiana information: We're using SKYPE in our Ladies Bible Study to Reach Out -> - 06/25/09 08:25 AM

"Reach Out and Touch Some-body's Hand, Make This World a Better Place"....Yes, We Can !

 @ Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN  the Ladies Summer Bible Study has a participant from Singapore, Asia via SKYPE !
Seems like just a few weeks ago, I blogged about a new Ladies Bible Study starting up here in Valparaiso, IN  at my church.  If you live around here, you'll know the one, with all big construction trucks and new building going on at the Corner of Campbell St. & Vale Park Road.
On the 1st night of this study, one of the ladies mentioned that she … (7 comments)

indiana information: People Remember What You Did For Them and How You Made Them Feel.... - 06/16/09 10:21 AM
In these changing times with social media morphing at about the rate of the speed of light... LOL...i.e. micro blogging on twitter... the whirlwind of RE barcamp and who knows what next (Google wave?).....
Our most recent listing that sold was brought to us courtesy of another type of social networking : 
Interacting personally with past clients - > sphere of influence.
Here's how it went :)
We were driving by a former clients home in Valparaiso, IN and saw an empty garbage can at the curb of a very long driveway.
Yea, my Jeff responded, "He reminds me of my grandfather. I'm gonna stop and take the trash … (5 comments)

indiana information: Why are These 1st Time Home Buyers Smiling ? The Check Will be in The Mail Soon ! - 06/04/09 06:02 AM
It's  an exciting time to Buy your 1st Home !                                                                                                           
We closed on a Home in NW Indiana with these 1st time Home Buyers this week who were smiling !
The recent Stimulus Package passed by Congress has a Tax Credit in which 1st time Home Buyers may qualify for up to $8000. Tax Credit, if a home is purchased and closed by 11/30/09.
Many have received big checks in the mail already.  Why Not You?
We were humbled to represent these clients, knowing that they come in contact with dozens of REALTORS in their line of work, and their parents know even more.....they had lots … (5 comments)

indiana information: Don't miss the 'Art in The Garden - Art Fair' @ Taltree Arboretum in Valpo this Sunday! - 05/28/09 04:08 AM
We've Blogged in the past about the Beauty of TalTree Arboretum located@ 450 West 100 North in Valparaiso, IN 46385.....
This Sunday 5/31/09 from 10 am to 4 pm....  peruse the work of over 2 dozen artists who will exhibit their oil or acrylic paintings, metal sculptures, fabric arts, ceramics and crafts along the perimeter and on the trails of the Tall Tree Garden!
Enjoy a variety of soothing music from talented musicians who will perform Bagpipes in the morning, the Harp before lunch and lyrical flute ensemble and then ancient flutes in the afternoon.
Food will be available at the Pavilion.

indiana information: Moving to Indiana ?....Check out this Website = > Indiana is Home - 05/20/09 02:36 AM
The Indiana Association of REALTORS has put out a great website for prospective Home Owners looking to Relocate to Our State!
With Links and Video's covering Topic of Interest about " The Indiana Story "
The State Of Real Estate In Indiana with Governor Mitch Daniels ( VIDEO )
A List of Indiana Ecomonic Facts of Interest  which describes ->
More Jobs For Hoosiers, The Business Environment, Recent Rankings, Building the Best Sandbox
 The website also has a tab specifically for :
BUYING - that leads to a plethora of informative links for Home Buyers like ->
FHA Loans
Homeownership program for … (4 comments)

indiana information: “Clear to Close” - Are we having Fun Yet ?? - 05/18/09 09:15 AM
 "Clear to Close" - Are we having Fun Yet ??
This post was inspired by a Miracle - a "clear to close" received after many delays ! Amen.

 It may be somewhat rare these days to have a Loan get through the underwriting process without getting kicked back with at least one (if not more) condition to full fill before final approval and those 3 famous words: "Clear to Close" are heard .
The odds of delays may be even more probable if the name of the lender funding the loan … (2 comments)

indiana information: Valparaiso, IN - Strongbow Restaurant celebrates 69th year in business with 69 cents meal deal in May ! - 05/06/09 12:10 PM
An iconic spot for the best Turkey dinners in Northwest Indiana! The Strongbow Inn sign can be seen on the North Side of Route 30 if you are traveling east through Valparaiso, IN right before you reach RT. 49.
Jeff's grandparents even remember this famous turkey restaurant in their Indiana Travels from Chicago to Muncie back in the day when they were newlyweds! 
Last week, Jeff & I had dinner there and this menu insert told of the special for the Month of May to celebrate 69 years in business! I asked the manager for a copy for our BLOG and he gladly provided … (0 comments)

indiana information: La Porte County Home SOLD - Your Choice of REALTORS does make a difference. - 04/25/09 04:20 AM
La Porte County Home SOLD - Your choice of REAL Estate Professionals does make a difference.
Not every REALTOR is the same... Not every Listing Experience is the same... We tell this to clients who've had multiple previous agents in the past. At first they doubt. Then when their home gets marketed to the masses by a Team who has a Certified Residential Specialist (Grace) and showings and offers come in and we counter with suggestions to facilitate successful closure by an 'out of the box' thinking Real Estate Broker( Jeff) ....the Home is SOLD in only 91 days on the Market! … (8 comments)

indiana information: For Sale By Owner Stories = The Good, The BAD, & the Ugly -> - 04/23/09 06:45 AM
For Sale By Owner Stories= The Good, The BAD, & the Ugly->
The Good….Growing up in a small neighborhood on the south side of Chicago called Hegewisch, (where everybody knew everybody),  I can remember several FSBO transactions that happened without contracts!  Property was sold by verbal agreement and a handshake….. ah the good old days of  people who kept to their word.  Today, things are not always as easy, although many FSBO sales are successful. Lately, with the challenging economy &  Real Estate Market, the caveat of Buyer Beware calls even more for professional services of a licensed Real Estate Broker.Since … (7 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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