indiana real estate: Northwest Indiana HOMES ARE SELLING ! - 04/11/08 07:20 AM
The advent of the Internet has changed the way people connect.
We were laughed at in 2000 by some seasoned peers for getting a website. Websites are almost like indoor plumbing - everybody has it.  Nowadays, some giggle when we mention BLOGGING.  But, alas, it does produce inquiries, if, like other Marketing avenues, you do it consistently and follow up !
In an established Real Estate Marketplace like Northwest Indiana, our sphere of influence has increased annually due to a growing Internet presence!
The latest example, a CLOSED SALE yesterday, was an email contact from a prospective seller who lived in the same town, same township, yet we … (3 comments)

indiana real estate: Reverse Offers in Real Estate - A Paradigm Shift for the Northwest Indiana Market ! - 04/07/08 08:00 AM
 I've always felt while sorting through the many BLOGS here on AR, that this is a Big THINK TANK, a plethora of diverse information.
Like abstract art, some posts make you Stop and Think, others may even influence you further than thought,- they may impact your future actions.
Inspired by one such post: REVERSE OFFERS-Who Uses Them? by Jeff Payne, (a former Hoosier.. thanks Jeff :). His Description of the Process, along with the many positive comments from various REALTORS, encouraged us to consider this OPTION for our own Clients. 
This concept, although widespread in other parts of the nation, is not readily practiced in Northwest Indiana.
After thoughtful … (14 comments)

indiana real estate: ADOPTION in the REAL ESTATE MARKET - When a Door Closes, A Window Opens :) - 03/27/08 02:53 PM
On 8/27/09 we attended our local Board of REALTORS ( GNIAR )annual meeting at the Avalon Manor Banquet Hall located @  US 30 in Merrillville, IN.
The statistics reported that day about the drop-out rate of REALTOR members in the last year (High of 2600 agents at one point in NW Indiana to current 2100+ and projected decrease to 1800 agents by 2010 )...
reminded me of this BLOG I wrote last year .....
and how servicing the friends, family & clients of those who were once active collegues in our profession is very important!
While writing out Happy Anniversary greetings … (6 comments)

indiana real estate: Who is NEXT ? Referrals come from asking ! - 03/26/08 02:41 PM
 This is just one in a series of Posts For Localism By Jeff & Grace Safrin, F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty, Serving Northwest Indiana...on HOMES SOLD IN A MARKET THAT's NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD....  
What do a Condo Owner in the Timber-bridge Development of Valparaiso, IN and a Town-home Owner in Crown Point, Indiana Double-tree Lake Estates have in common?
 Besides the fact that we Listed and Sold their Homes due to RELOCATION Career Moves... they were related !
And we always ask - Who is Next among your family, friends & co-workers, considering a change of address?
Are you NEXT … (10 comments)

indiana real estate: Jackie Leavenworth is an Awesome CRS Instructor-Consider Becoming a Certified Residential Specialist - 03/20/08 05:16 AM
In the last two years, I have been pursuing my CRS Designation. Meeting the requirements to become a Certified Residential Specialist in the field of REAL ESTATE is not an easy task, but definitely achievable.
Before attending my final core class:),  I googled the instructors name here on Active Rain and found out Jackie Leavenworth has fans!
After 2 wonderful days in her classroom, now I know why! She is a funny, energetic, well rounded and experienced REALTOR.  From the class LISTING STRATEGIES for the RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST, she taught practical and up to date techniques for Listing and Selling Homes in a Challenging Market.
I plan to … (8 comments)

indiana real estate: 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 real estate: Acreage & Home For Sale off Interstate 94 in Northwest Indiana - You will see this Sign past the State Road 49 Interchange going East - 03/15/08 04:04 PM
  With a break in the weather, today was the perfect day to put up a big FOR SALE sign on our NEW LISTING  located in Northwest Indiana, specifically Porter County, Chesterton, IN 46304.
This 9 + Acre Parcel of Land can be seen from Interstate 94 if you are traveling East past the State Road 49 Interchange.
If you are used to traveling this route, you will be familiar with this PROPERTY because of it's familiar LANDMARK......a Windmill.
Now our Sign and the windmill can be seen by thousands of commuters daily. So if you are in search of a Large, well maintained … (2 comments)

indiana real estate: Tri-Omino Effect on Closing with 3 peat Clients! Another VALPARAISO HOME SOLD by The Safrin's in a Market That's Not Supposed To Be Good ! - 03/13/08 03:05 PM
This is just one in a series of upcoming Posts For Localism By Jeff & Grace Safrin, F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty, Serving Northwest Indiana...on HOMES SOLD IN A MARKET THAT's NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD.... inspired by Terry Rasner-Yacenda's many Posts! Please Feel Free to Join the MOVEMENT and Change the MILIEU - write about HOMES SELLING in YOUR AREA as well !

Last night, we had some laughs & fun family time at home playing the Game of TRI-OMINOS. Both the girls were home visiting on a brief break from their studies.
Although I lost, (Hey, I was up against a Calculus … (8 comments)

indiana real estate: IN A MARKET THAT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD Valparaiso, IN Real Estate - 03/13/08 08:33 AM
This is just one in a series of upcoming Posts For Localism By Jeff & Grace Safrin, F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty, Serving Northwest Indiana...on HOMES SOLD IN A MARKET THAT's NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD.... inspired by Terry Rasner-Yacenda's many Posts! Please Feel Free to Join the MOVEMENT and Change the MILEAU - write about HOMES SELLING in YOUR AREA as well !
#1 =  Location - Our client wanted a Home in Valparaiso  and Preferred Wooded Views .
#2 = Price - This Home was THE Best Value in the Subdivision According to Recent Comparables*
#3 = CONDITION - This Residence although 11 years … (6 comments)

indiana real estate: DRIVE alot of Cars? No Problem, This 1400 SF Garage will fit them - Spacious Custom NW Indiana Home & Big Fenced Yard w/Pool too - 03/03/08 10:54 AM
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indiana real estate: 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 real estate: F.C. Tucker = Indiana's Largest Real Estate Company Celebrates 90 Years ! - 02/22/08 03:28 AM

indiana real estate: GET YOU HOME - Valparaiso, IN - Porter County, IN - 02/13/08 09:48 AM

indiana real estate: These Homes Are Music to Your Ears :) NW Indiana Real Estate For Sale : Lake County, Porter County, La Porte County, & Starke County! - 02/12/08 09:46 AM

indiana real estate: Golf and Recreational Community of ABERDEEN in Northwest Indiana is Calling You Home :) - 02/04/08 02:37 PM

indiana real estate: Sorry - It's SOLD Already ! Another Home Sold By The Safrin's - Only 47 days on the Market - 01/30/08 07:05 AM

indiana real estate: Trick or Treat ? Disclosure Laws on Haunted / Psychologically Affected Homes :) - 10/26/07 09:11 AM
Hello Everyone...Just wanted to share this tidbit in time for HALLOWEEN for those who may run across
properties occupied by a different type of tenant....LOL
Every Week We Receive an Email Newsletter From our State Association in Indiana and it Always provides interesting
and informative articles that relate to our professional practice. This week the story in bold below brought a
smile to our face :)
"1.  Is a Haunted House Considered a Psychologically Affected Property?
In honor of Halloween, the IAR Legal Affairs Department brings to you a "spirited" article on Psychologically Affected Property -
Psychologically affected property is defined in … (7 comments)

indiana real estate: Short Sale Tips that Helped Us :) - 10/19/07 08:05 AM

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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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