indiana information: First Time Home Buyers are out Shopping Now to get $8,000 Tax Credit - 04/17/09 07:08 AM
What a difference your tax return check may be if you purchase your first home by December 1st, 2009.
Talk to Jeff & Grace Safrin Today @ 219-405-1232 for details about our proven system of working with serious buyers and the steps on our flow chart to successful Home Ownership!

Jeff& GraceSafrin " Spouses Selling Houses" TM
Real Estate Broker Associates with  F.C. Tucker - Indiana's Largest Real Estate Company
 If we can help you find a home or land in NW Indiana, give us a call @ 219-405-1232 - we are Full Time Full Service Real Estate Brokers serving Lake, … (2 comments)

indiana information: TEA Party in Valparaiso, Indiana! - 04/16/09 03:34 AM
Between appointments yesterday, Jeff called me to let me know he got some shots of the TEA Party going on in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana in front of the courthouse......
Thousands of cities & towns nationwide participatied in this TAX Day event....Visit 
Here are some drive by local photos he snapped......



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indiana information: Starke County Indiana Discount Shopping at Bailey's ! - 04/09/09 03:48 AM
We visited some of our Listed Properties For Sale in Starke County, IN to take photos.
The fisherman were already launching boats out on Bass Lake...

 On our way back, we stopped at the huge, well known 5 acre site known as Bailey's Discount Center and enjoyed some Ice cream while we helped stimulate the economy with some shopping:)
If you've never been to Bailey's and live in NorthWest Indiana, it's well worth the trip. MAP
We've had past clients rave about the Custom Kitchen Cabinets in their homes, purchased from here (and these were Lake and Porter County they … (0 comments)

indiana information: What can Indiana REALTORS do when Short Sale Offers are getting No response from the lender ?.. FILE A Complaint -> - 03/31/09 01:16 PM
 What can Indiana REALTORS do when Short Sale Offers are getting no response from the Lender ?
New LAW in Indiana affecting Short Sale Response Times For Lenders HB 1359 states that a lender has 10 days to acknowledge receipt of a short sale offer and 30 days to respond to the offer.
Recently, an email newsletter from our Local REALTOR Board had the link to the form needed to file a complaint should the lender not respond to an offer according to the parameters of this Law.
***Complete this form referencing Indiana Code listed below, details of the lack of response within the required … (6 comments)

indiana information: South Bend Chocolate Co - Chocolate Cafe in Valparaiso, IN - A Coffee Shop, Candy Store & MORE ! - 03/26/09 04:42 AM
 Recently, when ABC News Night line was following us around Northwest, IN filming the anatomy of a Reverse Offer, they asked us if we could take a break somewhere for a few to regroup.
We took them to one of our all time favorite places in Downtown Valparaiso's  Town Square - The South Bend Chocolate Co. Cafe & Coffee Shop......
They liked it so much they even filmed a few minutes of questions & answers right here!
We enjoy going for lunch occasionally, or stop in between appointments for a cup of flavored coffee or latte. 
Holiday gift giving is … (5 comments)

indiana information: Home and Garden Show - Lake County Fairgrounds - Crown Point, Indiana - 03/26/09 03:21 AM
This weekend, Saturday & Sunday March 28th & 29th
the 10th annual BIA (Building Industries Association)
will be hosting the HOME and GARDEN Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. MAP->xxView Larger Mapxx
* REDUCED Admission Cost compared to previous years is :  Adults = $2.00, Children (3-12) = $1.00
*But if you donate a Canned Food item to the Local Food Bank, you recieve One dollar off your admission!
With Free seminars and speakers, and plenty to see and do for the young and young at heart....
this affordable family friendly event is worth putting on your calendar!

indiana information: Localism in Jasper County, IN - DeMotte's Chocolate Shop & Ice Cream Parlor - 03/24/09 09:16 AM
 After a Sunday filled with appointments, plus a stop to visit clients we sold a home to previously,  we stopped at our favorite place for Ice Cream in Jasper County....DeMotte's own Chocolate Shop & Ice Cream Parlor!
We've blogged about our favorite eatery in Jasper County before - but need to add this Local Business to our list as well, especially for those with children or those young at heart with a sweet tooth :)

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate -> @ 806  15th Street SE in DeMotte, IN 46310  ( 219-987-7550 ) 
Is an Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Store for Children of all … (3 comments)

indiana information: Another NW Indiana Short Sale CLOSED in just 34 Days from receipt of Multiple Offers! - 03/13/09 08:52 AM
   Short Sales don't have to take long.....
We CLOSED this week on a Short Sale Transaction in just 34 days from reciept of the written offer to purchase!
Short Sale Listings Priced Below the lender ordered BPO, attracks savvy buyers who know the local market prices well enough to recognize a good deal.....and Multiple Bids may result in offers thousands above the list price.
Of course there were many time consuming obstacles to be overcome in the process of working to complete the deal.....all the way up to the final approval by the lender of the HUD 1 Closing Statement.
In our experience of closing … (0 comments)

indiana information: Safrin & Associates - Attorneys At Law - 03/10/09 11:03 AM

Coming from a family of many attorneys who pracitice law across the nation.....( Jeff's Father & Brother pictured)
We're happy to help announce the NEW Office in Carmel, IN
Safrin   Caplin   Sniderman  -  Attorneys At Law
One Penn Mark
11595  N. Meridian Street, Suite 300
Carmel,  IN  46032
(317) 848-1000 - Office
(317) 574-0194  (FAX)
Serving Indianapolis, IN and surronding communities for decades.
The law offices of Safrin & Associates represent individuals and businesses throughout Indianapolis and the surrounding communities in central Indiana, including Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, Avon, Greenwood, Greenfield, Westfield, Lebanon, Danville, Brownsburg, Anderson, Muncie, New Castle, Terra Haute, … (2 comments)

indiana information: Tax Deductions For Homeowners Making GREEN Improvements! - 03/07/09 07:37 AM

indiana information: Columbia Club in Downtown Indianapolis hosted the F.C.Tucker Annual President's Club Dinner - 03/07/09 06:11 AM
   A beautiful evening!
With the sun setting on a spring like 68 degree day in central Indiana, hundreds of REALTORS from all around the state gathered at the elegant Columbia Club in Downtown Indianapolis.
The occasion was F.C.Tucker's annual President's Club dinner.  We 've looked forward to this great networking event each year, and have been blessed to have achieved Life Time Membership in 5 consecutive years.
The venue, a historic landmark on Monument Circle, is rich in history and architecture....  
With this spectacular setting, not to mention delicious appetizers and a fabulous dinner, this annual gathering is one we look forward to...especially … (2 comments)

indiana information: An Invitation...Join Us on Linked in : REALTOR Referrals Group... OR... Indiana Real Estate For Sale Group - 03/02/09 11:31 AM
For us, a few  Social Networks have been picking up speed in the form of contacts and referrals in the last few weeks, perhaps the exponential growth factor is kicking in lately?
I know at our Company's recent convention, one of the speakers (Terry Watson)  promoted Facebook  (be-friend us - look up Jeff Safrin :) and Linked in ( link to us... look up Grace Safrin) as musts for REALTORS to join and use nowadays.
Many supportive services to our profession of Real Estate Sales are getting on the bandwagon.
You probably have noticed this already, allows you to sydicate your listed properties … (15 comments)

indiana information: Valparaiso Crusaders end regular season and send off 2 Seniors with a WIN at the ARC Saturday Night - 03/01/09 01:38 AM
The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's Basketball TEAM ended the regular season tonight with a Win against the Penguins of Youngstown State 67 to 59, in which 2 seniors also finished their careers at the ARC. Seniors Urule Igbavoda and Jake Diebler both ended their 4 years with a Win. They also were privileged to play during their four years the Number 1 Teams in the Country. They played North Carolina 2 times, plus Duke and Ohio State.
This season has been a trying and growing experience for the Crusaders and I have noticed one thing, this team is gelling! I have seen freshman Cameron … (4 comments)

indiana information: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Come back from SLOW Start to Defeat Rutgers ! - 02/26/09 07:32 AM
  It was our first time to Notre Dame to see the Fighting Irish play a men's Basketball game, against The State University of New Jersey Rutgers - Scarlet Knights.....and what a wonderful experience it was!
Albeit, we were running late due to the fact we were still filming with ABC News Night-line for an upcoming show.
So, we walked in about 9 minutes into the first half, and I looked up and saw  the score ->
Rutgers 21 - Notre Dame 10, then thought - WHAT ! are you kidding me ???
Notre Dame got the lead down to 5 by the half. Whatever was said in the … (4 comments)

indiana information: We get a Call from ABC News Nightline and the Whirlwind begins...... - 02/26/09 02:12 AM
    It's amazing that a 7 minute story spot on ABC News Nightline comes from several trips (days) and many hours of filming the actual story.....
We have a whole different level of respect for the long hours and hard work that producers, reporters, and camera crew put into their craft.
     And..... we now realize that editing(cutting and pasting bits and pieces of what is said over several days of work to create & reduce this story into just a few minutes, doesn't give the whole picture, but we pray it will turn out as we intended:)
Next week, there will be … (11 comments)

indiana information: Valpo Wins "ESPN Bracket Buster Game" against Akron - 02/22/09 02:02 AM
     The Valparaiso Crusaders may have played their best game of the year tonight as they beat a very good and high RPI Rated Team the University of Akron Zips 74-66.
What an awesome ESPN Bracket Buster Game to Be at...The Crusaders had 6 (yes 6!) players in double figures that shot over 50% from the field,  33% from beyond the Arc, and 65% from the charity strip!
Although, it looked pretty bleak, when with less then 3 minutes to go in the game Coach Homer  Drew received his 1st Technical of the Season from arguing a call, and getting a lil … (2 comments)

indiana information: Press Release: F.C. Tucker/Advantage Realty Sales Associates Honored at Awards Banquet - 02/19/09 06:21 AM

February 13, 2009                                                                
F.C. Tucker/Advantage Realty Sales Associates Honored at Awards Banquet
RENSSELAER, Indiana - The Safrin Team of F.C. Tucker/Advantage won several awards this week at F.C. Tucker Company's annual awards banquet in Indianapolis.

Awards were as follows:
Leading sales producer for the Rensselaer office - Based on highest closed volume Presidents Club - Life member, based on personal income
Executive Sales Club - Achieved more than $3 million in sales
Realty Alliance Award - Among the top 20 percent of the nation's REALTORS  based on sales

With more than $2 billion in … (4 comments)

indiana information: F.C. Tucker Indiana Statewide Convention = Continuing Real Estate Education - 02/16/09 09:17 AM
We can't imagine EVER missing a State Convention for REALTORS put on by F.C. Tucker - Indiana's Largest Real Estate Company established in 1918 !  Since the year 2000 we've been affiliated with Indiana's Biggest (and to us, THE BEST).. here are just a few AMAZING Statistics:
- 47 Offices
- Over 1100 Sales Associates
- Over $2.1 Billion Sold in 2008
- 10th Largest Regional Brand in America
 Last week, we drove 2 hours from Valparaiso, IN  to Indianapolis, IN  to attend a 3 day class act event with world renouned speakers that gave us plenty of quality information to improve business, networking … (10 comments)

indiana information: Just Sold - Home in Highland, Indiana - Well Priced Homes in Good Condition Still Going Fast - Waiting is not always a Good idea. - 02/14/09 01:20 AM
 NAR (National Association of REALTORS) has a great TV commercial out about Buyers sitting on the fence!
We are still getting calls from those fence sitting buyers (or their Buyer Agents) expressing surprise &/or remorse that this Highland, Indiana Home had an offer to purchase in only 10 days on the Market!
With Homes Priced Correctly that are in Move - in Conditon, sitting on the fence too long can be painful :)
Yesterday, we Closed (yes, even on Friday the 13th, which has always been a lucky day for Grace:)
 From sign up to signing the papers at the Closing a total … (2 comments)

indiana information: Mortgage Interest Rates Are Low - Now is the Time To List Your NorthWest Indiana Home to Sell - 02/07/09 07:59 AM
Despite negative media, Northwest Indiana Homes Are Selling !
   There are several keys to increasing the odds and time frame of getting a Home SOLD!
 #1 =  Price to attract savvy buyers (who already know what homes are going for in your area:).

#2 = Condition - you only get a 1st impression once!  Well kept homes, staged / decluttered,  in Move-in ready condition will beat all competition (if priced well:)
#3 = Exposure -  you can have an awesome home at a great price, but if it is not continually bombarding the Internet surfing BUYERS again and again to … (6 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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