indiana information: Google Alert Works ! We had to Run out and get the Newspaper Yesterday :) - 05/15/08 08:56 AM
If you haven't signed up for Google Alerts on your Name, Company Name or Slogan...
 consider doing so soon!
Yesterday morning we got an email as follows:
Google News Alert for: jeff safrin Local real estate scenegets exposure on national TV, Post Tribune - NW,IN,USA
so I sent Jeff out to get the Local Newspaper ( we usually just read the online version ) and BOY am I glad he did !
Here is a photo of the FRONT PAGE Headlines : HGTV Features Valparaiso Home

If you don't have this FREE service yet, it's simple to sign up.
We knew … (26 comments)

indiana information: TONY'S SADDLE SHOP - One of Valparaiso, Indiana's Best Kept Secrets ! - 05/13/08 02:16 AM
Yesterday, between filming sessions for an upcoming episode of HGTV's Hidden Potential, we had time to stop at an unbelievable place called Tony's Saddle Shop located in Valparaiso, IN.
You've heard the saying :
You can't tell a book by it's cover !  
That is so true of this retail business establishment that is a Trendsetter in Western and English Fashion  !

Hoosier Hospitality is an understatement describing the exceptionally warm reception and knowledgeable answers to our many questions that we received while shopping here!
The extensive collection of Women's, Mens' and Children' CLOTHING, along with a huge assortment … (11 comments)

indiana information: WOW - HGTV comes to Valparaiso, IN to film one of our Listings for the TV Show HIDDEN POTENTIAL ! - 05/12/08 01:44 PM
Today was an exciting Monday for us !

We received a phone call a few months ago about the possibility for one of our hometown properties being featured on HGTV's show HIDDEN POTENTIAL.
 Well today, after much behind the scene details, that dream became a reality. Van loads of equipment and a caravan of vehicles, filled with kind and very knowledgeable production crew, spent several hours here in our Vale of Paradise !
 The Shows Star Host Brandie Malay, and feature Architect/Designer Barry Wood were both gracious enough to take a moment from their busy schedules to take a photo with us.

indiana information: Cash Buyers Are Coming Out to BUY REAL ESTATE ! - 05/09/08 05:04 AM
I once heard an exerpt from an interview with Donald Trump who mentioned he purchased Real Estate during the last know recession.
Of course Real Estate Markets vary, but Northwest Indiana has remained an affordable place for housing options for both First Time Home Buyers AND don't have to be a Donald Trump to take advantage of some great deals at present!
  In the last few weeks specifically, we have had phone calls from cash buyers looking to fix & flip properties, AND from agents working with buyers who have been patiently awaiting a market such as this to purchase a home by … (4 comments)

indiana information: Grace Safrin of NW Indiana achieves Certified Residential Specialist Designation - 1 of Only 4 % of REALTORS Nationwide - 04/25/08 10:28 AM
April, 2008. Grace M. Safrin, a Valparaiso, IN resident has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) Designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.
Realtors who receive the CRS Designation have completed advanced courses and have demonstrated professional expertise in the field of residential real estate. Fewer than 38,000 Realtors nationwide have earned the credential.
Home buyers and sellers can be assured … (15 comments)

indiana information: Northwest Indiana Attraction in the News - Jasper County's Fair Oaks Farms to Be Featured on the Discovery Channel - 04/22/08 06:48 AM

We received an email announcement this morning forwarded from our Broker, 
That one of our Favorite Attractions in Jasper County, Indiana
 Fair Oaks Farm will Be Featured on The DISCOVERY CHANNEL TV SHOW
Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe
on April 28th, 2008 at 8 : 00 p.m. CST !
Seems from the Description of this Episode, viewers will experience the various Jobs at a Dairy Farm, Including Milking a Cow and even helping with the delivery of a Baby Calf !
This FARM EXPERIENCE in Northwest Indiana is one of Our Favorite Places to Stop for Fresh & Excellent Dairy Products … (8 comments)

indiana information: Porter County Indiana - Property Taxes Are Going Down ! - 04/17/08 11:27 AM
As Porter County Property Owners, last week we received a Check from the Porter County Government as a refund of a portion of our last paid property tax bill !
What's even better, is that Indiana State passed legislation to LOWER Property Taxes in Our County as well !
 <---Photo of the Porter County Government Building in Valparaiso, Indiana.
A Variety of Artistically hand painted benches grace the downtown area streets of Valparaiso, IN. This one is in front of the Porter County Government Building.                                         
Thanks for Visiting our Blog!
To read more about local NW Indiana events, sports, and more, click our blog link. … (4 comments)

indiana information: 1st BORN, 2nd Wife, 3rd REALTOR... - 03/26/08 08:52 AM
This is just one in a series of Posts For Localism By Jeff & Grace Safrin, F.C. Tucker Realty, Serving Northwest Indiana...on HOMES SOLD IN A MARKET THAT's NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD....  
I heard this saying the other Day in CRS Class and giggled. I had never heard it before, and the Agent who was explaining it said that this saying: " First Born, Second Wife, Third REALTOR " has been referred to as the preferred order of things in Life!  Although I don't agree with the phrase, it
brought to mind a successful transaction we closed on this year. We just happened to be the … (9 comments)

indiana information: WOW - We Get A Call From HGTV - Next Thing You Know The Crew is in Valparaiso, IN to Check out Our LISTING For the TV Show - Hidden Potential - 03/20/08 09:36 AM
Talk about Positive Results From our Marketing Efforts, a few weeks ago Jeff gets a phone call from a TV Producer From NEW YORK asking about a Home we have Listed in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Seems that because of our Internet presence and Blog Posts, a Home Buyer in Northwest Indiana, forwarded Our Listing for consideration for the TV show called HIDDEN POTENTIAL which airs on the Home and Garden Television Network.
If you've ever seen this show, You can relate to  our excitement!
Our selected Listing is in a picturesque setting, but in need of updating!
Yesterday, Jeff met 2 Production Crew Members, along with 1 … (29 comments)

indiana information: Valparaiso Wins 1st Round Game in the 2008 Inagural College Basketball Invitational Tournament - 03/20/08 08:18 AM

indiana information: Pursuit of Becoming a Certified Residential Specialist - A Goal that took 2 Years But well worth it ! - 03/20/08 04:03 AM
I am happy to report that I will be sending in the completed application with proof of  transactions, along with core requirements and affidavits to be considered for this, the most coverted and highest professional designation awarded to REALTORS in the residential sales field.
LESS THAN 4 % of all REALTORS hold the CRS Designation and it has been a pursuit of pleasure for me to LEARN, GROW and CHANGE for the purpose of FUTURE benefit to our clients!
PRESS RELEASE 3/18/08 Grace Safrin of F.C. Tucker Realty

On 3/17/08 and … (7 comments)

indiana information: Valparaiso Crusader's Season Ends with Semi-Final Loss to #2 Seed Cleveland State. - 03/08/08 02:26 PM

Due to having the flu, I was unable to attend this afternoon's semi-final game :(
I was fortunate enough to be able to watch the game on ESPN U. It did not take long to see what I was in store for, as I can summarize the Valparaiso Loss by their actions in 2 segments of this game:
1. The 1st 5 Minutes of the Start of the Game. 2. The 1st Five Minutes of the 2nd Half. Sad to say, Valparaiso's Crusaders were FLAT and Cleveland State Vikings were NOT. To start the game, Cleveland State hit what seemed to be every 3 … (10 comments)

indiana information: Valparaiso Crusader's Cinderella Story Continues in Horizion League Tourney as they Knock-Off #3 Seed Wright State for the 2nd time in a week ! - 03/08/08 05:45 AM

indiana information: Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Indiana.....Here Come the Valparaiso Crusaders ! - 03/05/08 02:00 PM

indiana information: Valparaiso's BIG win in OT Secures 1st Round Home Game in Horizon League Tourney! - 03/01/08 03:25 PM

indiana information: "SHOWDOWN SATURDAY" is next as the Valparaiso Crusaders Win Big on Senior Night ! - 02/28/08 03:53 PM

indiana information: Indiana Legislative UPDATE Affecting Our Real Estate Industry..... - 02/28/08 05:07 AM
We have been reading our weekly emails from the INDIANA Association of REALTORS very closely lately to follow developing legislation that will IMPACT our STATE and LOCAL REAL ESTATE Industry!
Grace has even called and emailed the State Office, contacting our Lobbyist, to relay multiple concerns about the way in which some of the amendment's are worded, that may leave loop-holes allowing possible negative impacts on our industry.
Here is an excerpt (see discalimer below for permission to reprint with proper credit ) of the latest email describing the LAW:
Mortgage Fraud and Foreclosure Package Stalls in House Senate Bill 89, which has morphed into a bill with … (0 comments)

indiana information: Thriller in Valparaiso - Double Overtime Win for Crusaders in Front of National TV Audience! - 02/23/08 04:02 PM

indiana information: F.C. Tucker = Indiana's Largest Real Estate Company Celebrates 90 Years ! - 02/22/08 03:28 AM

indiana information: There's No Place Like Home - CHESTERTON, IN - Home of The Annual WIZARD OF OZ FESTIVAL & More :) - 02/18/08 12:10 PM

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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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