indiana information: NorthWest Indiana Attractions - Gary Railcats Baseball- Affordable Family Fun! - 09/23/08 09:44 AM
 Last Week we attended one of the
Northern League playoff games for the
LOCAL Northwest Indiana
 Gary SouthShore Railcats Baseball Team. 
It was an unseasonably cool and windy evening after a weekend of post hurricaine IKE rains here in NW Indiana, but a fun time still.
With easy access via expressways and tollroad
to this new ballpark,
 plus reasonable ticket costs and only $1 for a Hot dog...
this Northwest Indiana Attraction makes for an affordable outing for the entire family!
                                                                        
 See you Next Season!
 
Jeff & Grace Safrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM
F.C. Tucker  
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indiana information: MARKET REPORT -SECOND QUARTER 2008 - PORTER COUNTY, IN - Residential Real Estate SOLD. - 09/19/08 09:56 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for Porter County, Indiana Residential Sales.
Porter County Cities and Towns include:Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton Dune Acres, Ogden Dunes, Kouts, Portage, Porter, Town of Pines, South Haven, Valparaiso, and select parts of Hebron, Westville, Hobart and Crown Point.
These cities and towns are located in the following TOWNSHIPS : Boone, Center, Jackson, Liberty, Morgan, Pine, Pleasant, Portage, Porter, Union, Washington and Westchester.
Please note that Residential Properties include:
Single Family … (2 comments)

indiana information: MARKET REPORT - SECOND QUARTER 2008 - La PORTE COUNTY, IN - Residential Properties SOLD. - 09/19/08 09:31 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for La Porte County, Indiana Residential Sales.
The Cities and Towns in La Porte County Include: Michigan City, La Porte, Hanna, Kingsbury, Kingsford Heights, La Crosse, Long Beach, Michiana Shores, Pottawattamie Park, Rolling Prairie, Trail Creek, Union Mills, Wanatah, and Westville.
These Cities and Towns are located in the following TOWNSHIPS : Cass, Center, Clinton, Coolspring, Dewey, Galena, Hanna, Hudson, Johnson, Kankakee, Lincoln, Michigan, New Durham, Noble, Pleasant, Prairie, Scipio, Springfield, Union, Washington, … (0 comments)

indiana information: Market Report - SECOND Quarter 2008 - Newton County, Indiana - Residential Real Estate SOLD. - 09/19/08 08:38 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for NEWTON COUNTY, INDIANA.
Cities and Towns in Newton County, IN  include : Brook, Goodland, Kentland, Lake Village, Morocco, Mount Ayr, and Roselawn.
TOWNSHIPS in Newton County, IN are : Beaver, Colfax, Grant, Iroquois, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, McClellan, and Washington.
Please note that Residential Properties include:
Single Family Home / Condo / Town Houses / Half Duplex
 
The Number of SOLD Residential Properties this year from 5/1/08 thru … (0 comments)

indiana information: Market Report - SECOND QUARTER 2008 - Jasper County, IN - Residential Real Estate SOLD. - 09/19/08 08:06 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for Jasper County, Indiana.
The Cities and Towns in Jasper County, IN include: Collegeville, De Motte, Remington, Rensselaer, Roselawn, and Wheatfield.
And the following are TOWNSHIPS in Jasper County : Barkley, Carpenter, Gillam, Hanging Grove, Jordan, Kankakee, Keener, Marion, Milroy, Newton, Union, Walker, and Wheatfield.
Please note that Residential Properties include:
Single Family Home / Condo / Town Houses / Half Duplex
The Number of SOLD Residential Properties in Jasper County, … (0 comments)

indiana information: NorthWest Indiana Real Estate Websites - Search For Homes Here! - 09/19/08 07:17 AM
 Looking to Relocate to NW Indiana ?
 Here are a few
WEBSITES To search for Homes For Sale
www.NwIndianaRealEstate.Net
www.Safrin.Net
or
Looking to Sell Your Property ?
this 
Certified Residential Specialist
would like to Market your Home to Sell !
 
Looking to find out more about
 Life in Northwest Indiana ?
- the Housing Market
- Local Community Information, Events and Sports   ...> www.NorthWestIndianaRealEstateBlog.Com
Jeff & Grace Safrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM
F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate


Please feel free to Contact us @ 219-405-1232 or, click the below to read / subscribe to our email newsletter with … (0 comments)

indiana information: Family Fun-Valparaiso University Football has Kicked off-Come Cheer your NW Indiana Town's Team! - 09/15/08 10:03 AM
On this past Saturday afternoon, in between downpours of rain, Valparaiso University Crusader's Football Team played their 1st game of the 2008 season at their newly renovated Brown Field with an impressive performance and a Big win over Concordia (WI) 34-10. 
Valparaiso rolled up 449 yards of total offense, 229 on the ground and 220 through the air as the Crusaders showed they had a balanced attack by air or by ground. The Aeriel show was quite impressive as Senior QB Warren Arnold threw with precision and showed that if the Wide-outs were not open, he would burn you once he got outside the pocket with his … (7 comments)

indiana information: The Quaint Little Town of Porter, Indiana - a Place to Consider Calling Home Sweet Home :) - 08/22/08 07:48 AM
Recently, we listed a Turn of the Century Home in Northwest Indiana's small Town of Porter.
Here are some Local Photos and Informative Website Links of this Community.
Located in Porter County, this Duneland Community is close to Lake Michigan's Scenic Indiana  
Dunes National Lakeshore! Conveniently located by tollroad, expressway or South Shore Train to Chicago,
yet with lower cost of housing and property & sales taxes, the Town of Porter is worth careful
consideration for your next MOVE or RELOCATION plans.
Just an eye-blink of a downtown area, you can walk from town hall across the street to the Police Station
which … (2 comments)

indiana information: One of the Benefits of Moving to Hammond, IN - College Scholarship Program For Residents Children ! - 08/07/08 08:03 AM
      The City of Hammond has a College Bound Scholarship Program for Hammond residents in which
children of Homeowners can apply for money that the city grants to qualified students that
aides with their children's college tuition costs!
 
     I went to High School in Hammond, IN even though I lived on Chicago's South Side,
Bishop Noll Institute had a great reputation for being a College Prep School and was only 20 minutes by
Car from Home !
Since Hammond is so Close to The Illinois State Line (Border City) many people choose to live there even
if they work … (5 comments)

indiana information: Recent Storms in NW Indiana - Photos of The Power of Mother Nature ! - 08/07/08 07:26 AM
Earlier this week we experienced a Severe Storm in NorthWest Indiana, we had a record number of lightening strikes - more than is usually experienced in a 6 month period of time happened in one night!
As the power went out, and our phone lines went dead, we watched and waited until the storm passed, only to be re-awakened in the middle of the night with more thunderstorms and the tornado sirens going off!
Luckily, our property was not damaged, although we waited several days for phone service and internet cable to be restored from lightening damage.
As we drove down … (8 comments)

indiana information: First Time Homebuyers in NorthWest Indiana - Here's Another Reason For Buying NOW ! - 08/02/08 10:07 AM
    
Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
As part of major housing legislation (H.R. 3221),
Congress has created a Tax Credit to provide an incentive for First-Time Homebuyers.
$7500 credit will be available
 For the purchase of a principal residence on or after April 9, 2008 and before July 1, 2009.
* Consult with a Tax Professional to see if this Law may apply to your Home Purchase *
Amount of Credit - Ten percent of cost of home, not to exceed $7500 Eligible Property - Any single-family residence (including condos) that will be used as a principal residence. Refundable … (6 comments)

indiana information: Marcella's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Wheatfield, Indiana is A MUST Dining Spot for Jasper County Residents and Visitors! - 08/01/08 08:09 AM
Marcella's Pizzeria Inc.
located @ 3854 West State Road 10 in Wheatfield, IN 46392
across from KV High School,
 in a strip mall is a restaurant our Buyer Agent, (nearby resident in DeMotte, IN)
told us about.
So we had to stop in for a bite to eat after
 Closing on a Home we Sold in nearby Whispering Woods Estates.
 
With friendly service, early bird specials (weekdays before 5:30 pm), and a generous menu for eat-in or take out at very reasonable prices - this place is definitely a REPEAT on our list :)
Known for the famous Marcella's Garlic Rolls … (10 comments)

indiana information: Consumers Beware of Pay Up Front Services with Claims to Help Sell Your Home or Slow Down Foreclosure! - 07/27/08 10:19 AM
 'Performance Outsells Promises'
this has been our motto since entering Real Estate Sales in 1999.
Recently, much to our concern, we have interviewed more & more potential
SELLERS who have paid $1 to $5000 ( one to five thousand dollars )
  UP FRONT, to total strangers to LIST their Home on a Website To "Help them Sell it" ......OR,  another
newer service now offers help those behind on Mortgage payments in order to Avoid FORECLOSURE !
the PROBLEM?????
They end up NOT Delivering any READY, WILLING and ABLE (qualified) Buyers.
So these FRUSTRATED CONSUMERS use the Internet and GOOGLE some more and find US....
Our Questions … (9 comments)

indiana information: F.C.Tucker Real Estate Company Ranked 49 out of Top 100 Nationwide for 2007 Transactions by REALTOR Magazine - 06/30/08 01:03 PM
Consistency is the word used to describe the productivity of
F. C. Tucker Real Estate Sales in Indiana !
Each year since REALTOR MAGAZINE started publishing
the TOP 100 Companies Nationwide,
F.C.Tucker Co. Inc. (established 1918) has been among them!


Here are some more facts from our current Company Newsletter:
Current Statistics
49 offices around the state
1400 Sales Associates
2.5 Billion sold in 2007
14,310 Families represented in 2007
12,457 New Listings in 2007
10th Largest Regional Brand in America
Jeff & Grace Safrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM
 F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty
Serving Lake County, … (5 comments)

indiana information: Call To Action - Voice Your Comments on proposed Legislation to Prohibit Seller Funded Downpayment Assistance - 06/27/08 05:27 AM

 
We received an email from one of our Local Lenders today concerning HUD's proposed changes to FHA Loan requirements.
In looking at the above Email Newsletter....
The Section Under Changes At A Glance # D. quoted below caught our eye....
" D. Proposal to Prohibit Seller-Paid Down payment Assistance- On June 16, 2008, the Department re-published its proposed rule governing seller-funded down-payment assistance gifts in connection with FHA-insured mortgage loan transactions.  HUD invited comments to the proposal, which must be submitted by August 15, 2008. "
In our local NW Indiana Marketplace - Seller Assisted Down-payment FHA Loans have provided opportunities … (5 comments)

indiana information: National Debt Clock - Amazing Speed of U.S. Spending - LOOK-> - 06/26/08 03:47 AM
Jeff Showed me this the other day and I couldn't believe my eyes!
Like many of you, we discuss the state of the economy and it's impact on our business, life, etc and ways to CUT BACK and put away for 'rainy days'. (Principles once Highly Valued & Taught by our Fore fathers).
He said something about our Government setting a bad example by spending money faster than it comes in - I had no idea until he showed me this visual-----> (click link below)
Notice the Name of the Website => BABYLON TODAY
 
Sincerely,
Grace
Jeff & Grace Safrin - … (2 comments)

indiana information: Rally For The Cure - Northwest Indiana Golf Outing Supports the Cause! - 06/23/08 04:31 AM
 Last Week I had the Opportunity to
Golf and Wear Pink :)  
in our Ladies Golf League Annual
Rally For The Cure! ->
(Click the above link to find out how your Golf League can sponsor an outing supporting the mission of Susan G. Kormen for the Cure of Breast Cancer)
The weather was awesome, the company
fun and the proceeds went to a worthy cause!
 
Here are some photos of the event:
Click on the Photos for More Information about Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton, Indiana

 
If we can assist you in finding a Property In NW Indiana … (0 comments)

indiana information: Northwest Indiana Events - Mark Your Calendar for the 2008 Gary South Shore Air Show ! - 06/20/08 07:34 AM

Saturday and Sunday July 12 & 13th , 2008  over 1/2 Million people will come to Northwest Indiana's Lake Michigan Shoreline to enjoy this FREE event for all ages!
This year the USAF Thunderbirds will be here- How Exciting!!
For Information on this Show and other Lake County, Indiana Events & Attractions 
 just click on links we have highlighted above :)
Have a Healthy, Safe & Happy Summer!
If we can help you relocate to NW Indiana, give us a call @ 219-405-1232
Sincerely,
Jeff & Grace Safrin - REALTORS
"Spouses Selling Houses"TM
F.C.Tucker Advantage Realty...............................................................................
Serving Lake, Porter, La Porte, Starke, Jasper & Newton … (4 comments)

indiana information: Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall in Michigan City, Indiana - 06/11/08 09:26 AM
Northwest Indiana has a great outdoor Mall near the Lake in Michigan City called Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets that is worth careful consideration for visiting if you are in the area!
With over 120 Stores of Brand names For Less, we rarely pay retail anymore without checking here first.
Labor Day weekend is their annual sidewalk sale where clearance prices are even more drastically reduced... ( i.e. last summer I found a Burberry Ladies sleveless cotton shirt in my size for THREE DOLLARS ).
Click Here For Driving Directions
                                          
 
This week we visited the outlet to do some shopping and although the weather was … (23 comments)

indiana information: Indiana REALTORS Take Note - 2008 Legislation You should be aware of :) - 05/22/08 12:24 PM

 
This morning the Indiana Association of REALTORS took it's show on the Road so to speak coming to Northwest Indiana to share important legislative changes affecting REAL ESTATE.
Sally Johnson - Government Affairs Director for IAR shared a powerpoint presentation summarizing
many legislative issues! Although her presentation covered many Outcomes and lasted over an Hour,
We are excited about ........These 3 POSITIVE changes in LAW affecting REAL ESTATE in Indiana.
and below is just a BRIEF summary of SOME of the MANY changes** made in Legislation in our State recently you may want to know about and share with your clients !
**If you'd … (4 comments)

 
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