la porte county in: Home Closing 101 - A Great Reference Site for Home Buyers! - 12/15/10 03:27 AM

 
Yesterday, We attended an in service held by one of our local Title Companies on the roll-out of their new Transaction Management System online in January.
B.Y.P.A.S.S. an acronym for
Bring Your Purchasers And Sellers to Settlement
looks like a system that will bring Buyers Agents, Lenders, Closers, Selling Agents, Attorneys much needed information access on the go - as it is password accessible from your smart phone as well as computer!
 
Buyers AND Sellers have online resources as well, during the presentation a great informational link was revealed that needs to be shared.
The site … (2 comments)

la porte county in: A not so Speechless Sunday- The Blizzard of 2010 - White Out in Northwest Indiana! - 12/12/10 11:39 AM
1 to 2 more feet of snow expected tonight in Porter County,  Northwest Indiana
We live in Valparaiso, IN and it's hard to see our neighbors homes right across the street!
Police Scanner calls are non-stop, with white out blizzards conditions, blowing and drifting snow, cars off the road or stuck, accidents with injuries, ambulance calls and more.
If you live in the Blizzard of 2010 path like we do, feel free to share your photos by posting them in the comments.
Stay Safe!
 
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la porte county in: Black Friday in Real Estate Sales? Yes, Buyers are out shopping for homes in NW Indiana! - 11/25/10 01:28 AM
Is it just our neck of the woods ?
Northwest Indiana Home Buyers are out shopping for homes in the past few weeks we have seen an increase in activity and purchase agreements compared to previous Holiday Seasons when activity slows down!
Seems we are having a Black Friday in Real Estate Sales activity in NW Indiana lately.
Now to replenish our inventory:)
If you are a homeowner looking to Sell your home or property in NWI, don't delay!
The Holiday shoppers are out!
 
 
 
 
 
Take advantage of low interest rates and SERIOUS BUYERS who don't … (5 comments)

la porte county in: A F.C.Tucker For Sale Sign in the Yard Leads to a another Northwest Indiana Listing on the same block! - 10/26/10 06:08 AM
It's a Small World !
 
We listed a home on Olcott Avenue in Hammond, Indiana and awhile later got a call from the homeowner a few doors down to list their home to sell as well!
For tracking purposes, we always ask when someone calls-> how they found us?
This out of state owner asked the tenant living in their property to find a local REALTOR, so the tenant remembered the home a few doors down the block was up for sale, went outside, copied down our phone number and website address from our F.C.Tucker For Sale Sign and voila!
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la porte county in: Sahara Restaurant in Michigan City, IN - A Local Dining Establishment in La Porte County, Indiana with THE BEST Mediterranean Cuisine! - 10/25/10 10:34 AM
Last week Jeff & I had a few errands to run at Lighthouse Place Premium Outlet Mall in Michigan City, Indiana .
We had just left our office in Valpo and it was already dinner time (so we were hungry). One of our clients who is a manager of one of the stores at the mall suggested a place for us located just a few blocks from the outlet mall, on the way there, we talked to another client who also raved about this restaurant and it's food, later on Facebook->more friends of ours raved!

Looks like many NW Indiana … (3 comments)

la porte county in: Conditions, Conditions, Conditions, Oh My! The Yellow Brick Road to Loan Approval is full of lions and tigers and bears nowadays. - 10/14/10 08:17 AM

 
 
Interest rates are great, yet getting a mortgage loan approval is NOT easy these days.
 
Now, more than ever pre-approval is vital (although it has always been our policy since day 1 to have clients do this before we start looking for homes).
 
You thought Dorothy's road to Kansas was full of obstacles?
 
Be prepared for the NEW REALITY as the paradigm of closing on time (45 to 60 day out contract dates) is being delayed with underwriting conditions to be met by not just borrowers .... but sellers, agents, family members and employers needing … (4 comments)

la porte county in: NW Indiana Home Buyers Consider a FHA 203K Loan rather than cross that Home off your short list! - 09/23/10 06:36 AM
NW Indiana Home Buyers Consider a FHA 203K Loan rather than cross that home off your short list!
 Real Estate is a local business. In NorthWest Indiana the average age of existing housing is 50+ years . This, combined with an aging population of sellers who may be unable or unwilling to renovate that dated kitchen or bath, leaves us with a certain % of Inventory on the Market that you, as a Home Buyer may overlook or cross off your short list.
This may delay your finding that 'perfect home' for weeks or even months and you may just get … (2 comments)

la porte county in: Real Estate On The Go-> Check out our Mobile App. F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving NW Indiana - 09/21/10 12:43 PM
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate is on the go....and now we have a Mobile Application for your cell phones so you can search the Multiple Listing Service of Northwest Indiana, read our latest blogs, check out our Social Media updates and see our latest Hi-def Music Videos + Much more all in one place.
If there is something you'd like to see added to our Mobile App. site for your one stop convenience -> please message us, we are always working on ways to improve our sites for increased service to our clients!
Just copy this Mobile App. address into your … (2 comments)

la porte county in: Don't Wait Until it's Too late to Contact Us to sell Your Home Subject to Lenders Approval of Short Sale - 09/03/10 07:06 AM
 Sometimes we get calls from the public or even referrals from other REALTORS that ask us to help people who are behind on their mortgage payments and perhaps had an ARM come due or other hardships that cause them to not be able to afford their property and they ask us to list a home to sell subject to lenders approval of a short sale.
There is a lengthy pre-qualification process (we interview the sellers and with their permission, the lender involved) before we even accept the listing or referral.
Sadly of late, people are waiting too long before asking for help.
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la porte county in: Long Beach Country Club Golf & Long Beach Indiana Homes For Sale By Map - 08/28/10 05:25 AM
Recently, we had the enjoyable opportunity to play a round of golf at the beautiful Long Beach Country Club in Northwest Indiana's scenic La Porte County.
 
Now we've blogged about La Porte County attractions in the past and the fabulous sunsets along Lake Michigan beaches and the local wineries nearby.
 
The Long Beach Community is a great place for a second home or even year round lake living.
 
Homes for Sale in Long Beach along the Lake Michigan Shoreline or even a short walk away- or - on the Golf Course as pictured in the Map below.
 
Give … (2 comments)

la porte county in: Veterans Returning From IRAQ this Year still qualify for the $8000. 1st time Home Buyer Tax Credit - 08/19/10 09:04 AM
It's been all over the news the last few days - many US Troops are coming home from IRAQ.
We are very thankful for their service during this long war!
Veterans Returning From IRAQ this Year still qualify for the $8000. 1st time Home Buyer Tax Credit
according to REALTOR.org
"Military Personnel Overseas May Still Be Eligible for Tax Credit"
"As part of the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit passed on November 6, 2006, military personnel and certain federal employees serving outside the United States may still be eligible for a tax credit of up to $8,000. Although the Home Buyer … (6 comments)

la porte county in: Another Porter County, Indiana Short Sale SOLD = 90 days from for sale sign going up to signing the closing documents. - 08/02/10 03:30 PM
 Recently we SOLD a home In Porter County, IN  that we listed subject to lenders approval of a short sale.
Short sales are not a game.
There were back up offers on the property.
The Buyers with the 1st offer submitted were savvy enough to do ALL of their due diligence according to the contract terms and conditions mutually agreed upon BEFORE the short sale was approved.
Short sales are bittersweet.
We have become much more select at which sellers we will work with to list an Indiana  short sale property and which buyers we will work with to show a Northwest Indiana short … (3 comments)

la porte county in: F.C.Tucker Company makes the Top 100 List in REALTOR Magazine again! - 07/22/10 05:40 AM
The F.C.Tucker Company is listed as #number 48 in the July/August issue of REALTOR Magazine, for the number of closed transaction sides in 2009. It is also the Top Indiana Company in SOLD volume (#59).
There is no other Real Estate Company in Indiana ranked higher in either category!
 With over 1,500 agents statewide and over $2 billion in sales, The F.C. Tucker Company is the largest independent real estate firm in Indiana, and is ranked among the largest independent real estate firms in the nation. Its family of businesses includes a full range of real estate services - mortgages, title insurance, a … (3 comments)

la porte county in: Why an Experienced Northwest Indiana REALTOR should consider F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate-> - 07/13/10 09:31 AM

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la porte county in: Happy 1st Year Anniversary F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana! - 07/05/10 07:19 AM
Happy 1st Year Anniversary F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana!
From all of us at F .C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate we extend sincere thanks to those who supported our 1st year in business!
My how time flies - Just a year ago we sent out this letter to hundreds of past clients and business associates:
 Greetings   from   Jeff & Grace Safrin
Just a note to share exciting news with you!
As of 7/8/09, we are the Real Estate Broker / Owners of F.C. Tucker  1 st Team Real Estate serving Lake, Porter, La Porte & Starke … (5 comments)

la porte county in: Happy 4th of July from F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving Northwest Indiana - 07/02/10 03:57 AM
Happy 4th of July from F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving Northwest Indiana
Wishing you & your families all a healthy and safe Holiday weekend and....
God Bless America!

 As Always, We appreciate your business and referrals!



And I'm proud to be an American,where at least I know I'm free.And I won't forget the men who died,who gave that right to me.~Lee Greenwood
 
Freedom is never free.  ~Author Unknown
 

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la porte county in: Just SOLD -La Pore County, IN Short Sale Closed before the June 3oth 1st time Home Buyer tax credit deadline - whew! - 07/01/10 03:34 AM
Just SOLD -La Pore County, IN Short Sale Closed before the June 3oth 1st time Home Buyer tax credit deadline - whew!
Our MLS Board has a Short Sale Addendum  Buyers and Sellers sign with any offer to pruchase on a property that is listed Subject to Lender (s) approval of a Short Sale.
The time for negotiating these specific types of Real Estate Transactions with one or more lenders sometimes does NOT coincide with the date the buyers enter on the purchase agreement ;0
Thanks God, everything fell into place on the last day to close!
 xxxxxx
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la porte county in: Lake Michigan Summer Sunsets - Beautiful and Free Attraction in Northwest Indiana - 06/26/10 05:39 AM


Lake Michigan Summer Sunsets - Beautiful and Free Attraction in Northwest Indiana
photo taken from
Lake Shore Drive
Long Beach, IN
 awesome
summer
sunset!
 
 
 
 
 If you are in search of a vacation home on Lake Michigan in La Porte or Porter Counties in NW Indiana, give us a call.
 
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la porte county in: Things to do in Northwest Indiana ->Taste Local Wines at Shady Creek Winery in Michigan City, IN - 46360 - 06/26/10 04:57 AM
Shady Creek Winery lives up to it's name - set on 20 acres of wooded land with a pond and fountain right off the screened-in back porch, patrons can enjoy samples of locally made wines while taking in nature views or take a seat in the rocking chairs on the front porch, or cozy up to the fireplace.
Located in La Porte County (Michigan City near the corner of Tryon Rd & State Road 212).

The visit is well worth the trip and pictured below are the favorites we took home to share with family  & friends on special occasions...The best part … (0 comments)

la porte county in: Does Blogging Help Sell Homes ? - A Northwest Indiana Client Testimonial ...... - 06/25/10 09:26 AM
Jeff and Grace Safrin of FC Tucker 1st Team was the best part of our home selling experience. 
 The use of the internet and the blogging to generate interest in the home we were selling is what decided it for us.  No other realtor or realty team offered that as part of their service. 
In today's market and economy we were thrilled to see a realty team go beyond the traditional way to market the house. 
Communication between Jeff and Grace and us was constant.  We were always in the know either via phone or email.  Some days even … (2 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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