indiana real estate: Northwest Indiana First Time Home Buyers -The Key - 06/20/11 07:02 AM
1st Time Home Buyers are out looking at properties for sale in Northwest Indiana priced to sell, that are in Move-in Ready Condition!
Thanks to FHA Loans with 3.5% down and seller assistance for closing costs or pre-paids allowable by lender, we have helped several First Time Home Buyers become Home Owners this month!
In most cases, monthly mortgage payment can be less than what is currently payed in RENT!

Navigating Step by Step through the algorithm of various phases of the home buying process is so important with  1st time home buyer!
Taking time to teach, explain & answer … (2 comments)

indiana real estate: Valparaiso, Indiana Homes For Sale Priced Competitively Bring Multiple Offers - 06/18/11 03:32 AM
 We did a Broker Price Opinion for a competitive listing appointment in Valparaiso, IN and the RELOCATING seller was surprised at the current market value neighborhood com-parables being below what they expected (sound familiar?).
We did List the home and it SOLD->
Subsequent Price Reductions once the property was vacant brought a flurry of showings and an accepted offer with not 1 but 2 back up offers within the same week!
Per Sellers request, in this market of lending variables, we change the status of our listings in the MLS to PS which means Pending Show :
There is an accepted … (2 comments)

indiana real estate: Need Related Living? This Home For Sale in Valparaiso, IN 46383 May Be the Answer! - 06/16/11 05:17 AM

Recently, we listed an Awesome 2 Story Home in Concord Meadows, a desirable North-side VALPO location.
Nearby at  the 122 acre Rogers Lakewood Park you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating (rowboats and paddle boats), fishing, disc golf, picnicking, hayrides, summer day camp for children and More!
A 1/4 mile south Bicentennial Park, is 15 acres where you can enjoy tennis, softball, the playground, basketball & more!
A bicycle ride away from the new YMCA in town and
Grammar and High School nearby (both on Campbell Street) as well!
Click Google Map to see more.

indiana real estate: The Best Closing Gift we give has not changed over time... - 06/15/11 07:39 AM
We do give closing gifts to home buyers we represent. One in particular has had the most impact over time, (if taken and used or applied).
This particular closing gift never costs us anything to give and has not changed over time.
Some laugh at it, others who have never heard of it, ask questions about it... seeking to know more, and some really get excited about it and use or apply it immediately. 
Years later, we have gotten calls about this gift and home owners thank us for it when they are ready to use our services agin, this time … (3 comments)

indiana real estate: Valparaiso, IN Home sold finally when listed by F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 06/11/11 07:58 AM

Not Every Home Sale is Easy.
Our local Northwest Indiana Multiple Listing Service has the capacity to store Property History that REALTORS have access to pull prior to listing a property. Property History reveals data such as  the number of times a home has been previously listed and sold.
Sometimes, we recognize the property we are going to list because we have actually shown the home to buyer clients in the past ourselves, when the home was listed with another Real Estate Brokerage.
What helps REALTORS sell a home? Variables like:
#1 cooperation of the seller

indiana real estate: Just SOLD - Highland, Indiana 46322 Home For Sale Listed By F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 06/10/11 07:08 AM
When we searched the Northwest Indiana MLS - (Multiple Listing Service), Town of Highland, Indiana (zip code 46322) currently has over 100 active residential properties for sale. In the last 30 days only 20 have sold, that's over a 5 month supply.
We are blessed to have listed one that sold and closed recently.
These days, the real work in selling a home is not even in the mass marketing and promotion, not in scheduling the multitude of showings, or giving feedback follow up and suggestions for staging and improvements. The work of re-evaluating market prices periodically and making … (0 comments)

indiana real estate: Not all Lenders are the Same - The Third Time was a charm! - 06/09/11 09:52 AM
Changes in lending guidelines has made home buying challenging at times!
Recently, we represented 1st time home buyers in the purchase of a property in Northwest Indiana that went to the Name Brand Bank that held their savings to try to get pre-approved  (conventional loan).
Next, they went to a mortgage-broker that approved them for a loan amount in a price range that was 1/2 of what they were looking for.
Finally, they went to a Mortgage Banker who has a professional designation of CRMS.
There are less than a dozen Certified Residential Mortgage Specialist's in the entire State of Indiana!

indiana real estate: Our Real Estate Philospophy of Practice is Primary Care - What You See is What you Get - 06/06/11 02:39 AM
Today's consumer has many options in choosing a Real Estate Broker to represent them in the purchase or sale of property in Northwest Indiana.
Our differentiation is this: We are licensed Full Time, Experienced, Licensed Professionals who you will see, talk to and communicate with throughout your entire real estate transaction.
There will be No Hand-off of your file to assistants once your home is listed, or an offer to purchase is written.
We facilitate the progress of your entire transaction to closing, dealing personally to intervene with obstacles that may surface along the way or issues … (2 comments)

indiana real estate: Valparaiso, IN Ranch Home For Sale by F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 05/27/11 08:55 AM
 Located in Porter County, the city of Valparaiso, IN is a location in which many who work in the bordering state of IL, choose to make the Chicago-land commute.
With affordable housing and cost of living (lower property taxes) as compared to our Illinois neighbors, plus being close to Lake Michigan's Scenic Indiana Dunes National Lake-shore, we've seen an east moving influx of those who work in the windy city, yet choose Northwest Indiana as their home.
Conveniently located by the IN toll road & I 94 expressway or South Shore Train, providing travel options to downtown Chicago, this Valparaiso, IN Ranch Home … (0 comments)

indiana real estate: Northwest Indiana Home For Sale Listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Subject to Short Sale SOLD & Closed in 53 days after accepted offer to purchase! - 05/25/11 11:32 AM
This year, we have personally experienced less number of short sale listings and closings compared to 2010 when 25 % of our closed transactions were subject to a lenders approval of a short sale. 
We've blogged about short sales many times before. The length of time involved in completing a short sale transaction can vary from lender to lender and be slow (months) or quick (days).
Whenever we have a short sale transaction that goes relatively smoothly, we feel blessed:)
This was the case with a property we listed in Northwest Indiana that closed in only 53 days after an accepted … (5 comments)

indiana real estate: Why we mark our F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Listings PLEASE SHOW on the MLS even if we have an accepted offer. - 05/23/11 07:19 AM
Recently we closed on a home in NW Indiana listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate.
Marketing a Home to the Masses to find a Ready, Willing and Able Buyer is only 1/2 the battle now a days in getting a home sold:)
The Lending guidelines are much tighter, so we continue to show our listed properties for back-up offers for our sellers, even if a buyer has a pre-approval letter submitted with the offer to purchase.
Going back on the market because of failure to obtain financing, this Northwest Indiana Home Listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate was known … (3 comments)

indiana real estate: Hobart, Indiana 46342 Updated & Affordable Ranch Home For Sale by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 05/16/11 11:12 AM
We've blogged about the Northwest Indiana City of Hobart, before.
If you are looking for an Updated & Affordable Home with the ease of One Level Living, then this Ranch Home For Sale in Hobart, IN 46342 close to major roads and shopping, with LOW Property Taxes, this NEW LISTING by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving NW Indiana is worth careful consideration.
Enjoy the Hi-def. music video and then Talk To Tucker @ 219-405-1232 to schedule a private showing.
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indiana real estate: Northwest Indiana Home Seller Testimonial - F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 05/10/11 03:45 AM
This week the fax machine went off and a former client took time out of their day to give us feedback about our services and their experiences in using F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate in Selling a Home in Northwest Indiana so they could move and purchase another property in a location they picked to retire.
The Home Selling Process usually goes smoothly when we have a client who is willing to listen to and implement our professional suggestions and follow our strategy for positioning a home on the market in the best possible condition and priced competitively.
This was the … (2 comments)

indiana real estate: Architect Designed Contemporary Style Mansion For Sale in NW Indiana Gated Golf Community of Briar Ridge - 04/28/11 05:39 AM
The Northwest Indiana Gated, Golf development of Briar Ridge offers upscale Country Club Living in Lake County, IN. Bordering the Illinois State Line with a 30 minute commute to downtown Chicago, this Modern Contemporary Style Home For Sale in Schererville, IN 46375 on the 6th hole of BRCC golf course has abundant amenities (see below). Championship Golf, Tennis, Community Pool, Dining & More - Full or Social memberships options available. Enjoy the Virtual Tour and call for your private viewing appointment of this unique property.
SPECTACULAR HOME FOR SALE IN BRIAR RIDGE, INDIANA!An architecturally magnificent home on the golf course with … (4 comments)

indiana real estate: When there are Multiple Offers on your Northwest Indiana Home For sale-> What factors beside PRICE may a seller want to seriously consider? - 04/10/11 03:57 AM
 When you have a Home For Sale in NW Indiana, and 2 offers to purchase come in from different buyers, the seller must make a choice!
Multiple offers occur with homes for sale that are usually:
1.  Priced Competitively (Buyers are savvy nowadays and rarely make offers on overpriced homes, especially when their Buyer agent shares neighborhood com-parables).
2. Staged to Sell - If Price is King, Condition is Queen. Homes than "need work" usually have longer market times. Many of today's buyers like "Move In Ready" Homes. To paraphrase one Talk To Tucker Agent -"The way You LIVE in Your … (0 comments)

indiana real estate: Chesterton, Indiana 46304 Real Estate For Sale by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Just SOLD - 04/09/11 04:40 AM
When we get a call from a prospective seller in NW Indiana, we always ask -> How did you find us? Tracking the origin of our business is important to us.
Most new clients come from referral of family, friends or neighbors of previous customers that we've served. Other referrals happen from being a part of the Leading Real Estate Companies of The World and from being one of many F.C.Tucker's offices (Indiana's largest Real Estate Company).
This time, when potential sellers called to interview us and we asked this question, the answer was :
We came across homes for sale … (2 comments)

indiana real estate: Are You Productive? - 04/05/11 08:56 AM
According to the online dictionary of Merriam-Webster the
"Definition of PRODUCTIVE 1: having the quality or power of producing especially in abundance i.e.productive fishing waters" Are You Productive? Recently, the F.C.Tucker Company was recognized with Awards from The Realty Alliance-> the Top 50 largest Independant Real Estate Companies Nationwide for having the #6 spot of most productive agents in America based on units per agent. Collectively, the F.C.Tucker Company was ranked 9th overall in total units represented as a company. and 17th in the category of Total Volume SOLD now this is productive, when in fact, the average sale price in … (0 comments)

indiana real estate: Spring Photos of Homes Listed For Sale in Valparaiso, Indiana by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 03/28/11 05:16 AM
Spring has officially arrived on the calendar :)
However in Northwest Indiana, we still have some chilly temperatures :0
That did not stop us this weekend from taking
Spring Photos of Homes Listed For Sale in Valparaiso, Indiana by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate
You can see the before and after differences,
however in our local MLS the snow photos are gone (or moved to the bottom of the list of many we take :)
We have other properties for sale besides these in
Northwest Indiana in Lake, Porter and La Porte … (5 comments)

indiana real estate: Facebook Testimonial - Another Northwest Indiana Home Sold by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 03/19/11 05:50 AM
Yesterday, within an hour after closing on a home we listed for sale in Northwest Indiana, a client posted on our facebook page thanking us! This is certainly the fasteset written testimonial we have received to date. Social Media certainly has changed things a bit :)
Facebook Testimonial - Another Northwest Indiana Home Sold by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate

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indiana real estate: Indiana Short Sales and The New FTC "MARS" Rule Requiring Disclosures - 03/04/11 07:21 AM
Indiana Short Sales and The New FTC MARS Rule Requiring
Specific Disclosures!
As REALTORS in NW Indiana representing clients involved in short sales, new disclosures are required when:
1) Advertising Short Sale Services
(SFR or other designations)
2) Listing Short Sale Properties
(in addition to the Short Sale Addendum already on Zip Forms)
3) Upon Lenders Short Sale Approval 
(2 part disclosure)
For more information about these New Rules implemented by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) that affect Indiana Real Estate Licensees, Indiana Association of REALTORS (IAR) and  Director of Legal Affairs RICHELLE COHEN MOSSLER have … (0 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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