la porte county in: Some Short Sale Buyers Are Missing The to speak :) - 06/18/10 10:25 AM
Some Short Sale Buyers Are Missing The to speak :)

Lately, we've come across some short sale buyers that have miss-conceptions about this specific type of real estate transaction that differs from a traditional property purchase and would like to share these...
Short Sales are not Fire sales....the banks have a bottom line. Sometimes buyers have miss-conceptions that they can bid very,very low and ask for even more ( i.e. seller concessions) on a listing that is already priced less than what is owed on the note. This is not so.
Lenders wait around a long time for the best short sale … (7 comments)

la porte county in: Pool's Open! Mini Estate in Northwest Indiana's La Porte County - Enjoy Summer Vacation on Your Own Beautiful Acreage! - 06/08/10 09:55 AM
Pool's Open!
Mini Estate in Northwest Indiana's La Porte County. Enjoy Summer Vacation on Your Own Beautiful Acreage!

Beautiful & spacious, Custom Home and Acreage with a Pole Barn and Inground Pool, Walk Out Lower Level Rec Room with Billiards & Wet Bar, campfire area, & More ....
Property For Sale in New Carlisle, IN conveneintly Located to South Bend, IN or to Chicago-land via
South Shore Train or Tollroad.
Enjoy the Music Video:
Darlin - The Best is Yet To Come!

la porte county in: The Best Showing Reports Are Offers ! - 05/31/10 08:05 AM
Recently, we Listed and SOLD a home in Valparaiso, IN and received 3 offers to purchase out of  a dozen showing appointments in the 1st 19 days the home was on the Market!
Many times, when we take a listing in NW Indiana (we service Lake, Porter & La Porte Counties), we are asked by our clients when will they get feedback from any showings?
We always answer the same way : The Best Showing Reports Are Offers!
When you schedule an appointment with us to Tour Your Home for a 1st hand view of it's condition, as Professional Real Estate … (2 comments)

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la porte county in: You only get a 1st Impression Once, so make it good... and they may come back with an offer :) - 05/02/10 02:28 PM
Jeff & I always joke around with our listing clients about how a showing in Real Estate is somewhat like a 1st Date...
You get a first impression only once, so make it Look Good, Smell Good and make them linger....and they may come back with an offer :)
Sparkling clean de-clutterred rooms, fresh flowers, soft music, freshly baked cookies or refreshments at the kitchen table with a hospitable note to take a break, stay awhile, and enjoy:)
It's no wonder these sellers (who implemented every one of our showing suggestions to the T - including putting excess items in … (4 comments)

la porte county in: Back up Offer Closed - In this Real Estate Market Anything Can Happen - We Encourage our Sellers to keep showing their Property! - 04/10/10 11:52 AM
Back up offers in Real Estate - we've blogged about this topic before - we encourage them as
Sale Pending does NOT mean SOLD!
In this Market anything can happen, so we encourage the Sellers of our Listed properties in NW Indiana to keep showing their property to prospective buyers even after they have accepted an offer to purchase.
Just this week we Closed a Real Estate Transaction on a home for sale in NW Indiana that was the 2nd in line or back-up offer !
It's like an Insurance Policy to fall back on in case "something" unexpected … (39 comments)

la porte county in: Northwest Indiana Housing Market is Improving - Real Estate is a Local Business. - 03/25/10 03:53 AM
Northwest Indiana Housing market is Improving -
Real Estate is a Local Business
We received an email today alerting us that
Jeff Safrin, SFR, Real Estate Broker, Owner
was quoted in this mornings local paper:
Click highlighted link below to read the full article....
   We had a very snowy February here in NW Indiana!  Despite the winter weather conditions, we were blessed to be busy listing and selling properties and working with re-locating buyers in Lake, Porter and La Porte Counties and so have our experienced REALTORS @ F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate.
If … (3 comments)

la porte county in: Happy St. Patrick's Day - 03/17/10 04:12 AM

From Our Home to Yours..Happy St. Patricks Day!
"For each petal on the shamrock This brings a wish your way- Good health, good luck, and happiness For today and every day." -Irish Blessing

la porte county in: Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification - 03/15/10 03:34 PM
After several years of experience in Listing and Selling Properties in Northwest Indiana Subject To Lenders Approval of Short Sale, Jeff Safrin, Real Estate Broker/Owner of F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate completed the National Association Of REALTORS requirements for the SFR - Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource Certification Designation.
Every Short Sale is not the same - There are many possible scenario's that can occur during the complex process of short sale approval (lender's filing of foreclosure proceedings, bankruptcy court proceedings etc..).
1st hand experience in working through these difficult situations are not taught in the basics of NAR's class, but … (6 comments)

la porte county in: Daylight Saving Time - Reminder to Spring Ahead Your Northwest Indiana Clocks One Hour & Check those Smoke Detector Batteries! - 03/13/10 03:20 AM
Yes, it's that time of year in Northwest Indiana....we lose an hour of sleep this weekend, but gain an hour of daylight!
Daylight Saving Time is Sunday, March 14th,2010. 
Remember to set your clocks ahead (Spring Forward) one hour before you go to sleep tonight :)
More importantly - this is a GREAT Time to Check Your Smoke Detectors /batteries!
Have a great weekend everyone - Spring is certainly in the air!


la porte county in: A Home For All Seasons- Mini Estate in La Porte County will look like this soon! - 03/06/10 07:22 AM
Spring is in the air and the snow is melting in NW Indiana...
Here are some seasonal photos (Spring & Summer) of a property we have listed for sale @
REDUCED->5232  N Colsen Ct,  New Carlisle, IN  46552 

    4000+SF Hillside Ranch on 4 + Acres of Retreat Like Setting La Porte County, IN. Near(20 min)South Bend & Lake Michigan.Commute to Chicago by South Shore Train.Custom Quality Built,Original Owners,Well Insulated.Open Concept Foyer/Living/FDR w/Loft overlooks LL FamRm.2 Story Wall of Windows brings in views of nature.Magestic Central Brick FP on each Level.Main Flr.Master Suite w/Private Deck,2 Walk-in Closets,Glass Block Shower(Dual … (6 comments)

la porte county in: Northwest Indiana Home Sellers Consider F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate to Sell Your Property - 03/01/10 04:18 AM
We've been blessed to have started off the New Year 2010 with sales of our listed properties in NW Indiana in Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties and have more pending real estate closings as well.
Ironically, we still get calls from prospective buyers wanting to see homes that have accepted offers or are SOLD already ?! 
We suggest writing Back-up offers on some of these, but rather than experience the pain of regret for not acting sooner....consider our professional services to list and market your property to sell during this PRIME TIME ->
Time is running out for  $ … (5 comments)

la porte county in: Rolling Prairie, IN 46371- Come Home to The Country - New Listing For Sale Spacious 2 Story on 3 Acres ! - 02/26/10 02:05 AM
" To Everything There is a Season"  I thought of the old song Turn Turn Turn
the day we traveled in a Northwest Indiana snowstorm to take this listing for sale in scenic La Porte County.
Even though there is snow on the ground now, the seasons will change and the landscape of this lovely home will look much different in just a few months :)
There is so much to do and see in the corridor between Michigan and NW Indiana like:
Lake Michigan Beaches.....
The Michigan City Zoo.....
The Lighthouse Premium Outlet Mall......
South Bend and Notre … (9 comments)

la porte county in: Some NW Indiana Short Sales are Closing sooner than "Traditional" Real Estate Transactions... - 02/20/10 04:22 AM
This week we closed on some of our listed  homes in Northwest Indiana that were for sale subject to the Lenders approval of a Short Sale. Not all short sales are alike. Each has it's own set of individual circumstances and obstacles to overcome in getting to the closing table.
 These particular short sales closed sooner (less time) than some of our other pending listings that have offers with "traditional" lending involved, in which it is sometimes more common to have underwriting delays nowadays ;(
NW Indiana Short Sale SOLD-26 days from For Sale Sign Up to Signing Documents at the … (5 comments)

la porte county in: Press Release For F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate in Northwest Indiana - 02/15/10 09:20 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            Contact:    Jeff or Grace Safrin             Feb. 12, 2010                            (219) 309-9930F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Associates Honored at Annual Awards BanquetVALPARAISO, Ind. – F.C. Tucker Company honored The Safrin Team this week at it’s annual awards banquet in Indianapolis. The team received the Presidents Club award, designated a life member, based on personal income. ###With more than $2.1 billion in annual sales, F.C. Tucker Company is Indiana’s largest independently owned comprehensive real estate firm with 45 offices and more than 1,300 sales associates throughout Indiana and select markets in Kentucky. Less … (2 comments)

la porte county in: Experienced REALTORS in Northwest Indiana Looking For a Change? Consider F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 02/10/10 09:01 AM


la porte county in: Client Testimonial on a completed Short Sale in NW Indiana - 02/05/10 08:43 AM
Just in time for Super Bowl Weekend we recieved this email from a past client today (a New Orleans Saints Fan)  in which we (Indianapolis Colts fans) successfully Listed & Sold their Northwest Indiana Home subject to their lenders approval of a short sale....
I guess we can agree to disagree on some things :) GO Colts!!!
HI Grace / Jeff,
     Don't have a scanner here, so just put my testimonial below.  Hope that works ok for you.  You may use my name if you wish.
Have a great weekend and
"GO Saints" !!!!!   … (11 comments)

la porte county in: Northwest Indiana Relocation & Referrals During Winter Season Means Serious Buyers & Sellers of Real Estate ! - 01/15/10 05:53 AM
Typically, we take a vacation around the winter season in NW Indiana because activity on listing and selling real estate USED TO slow down somewhat.
Not anymore:) 
Over the past couple weeks we've been blessed to assign relocation clients to each one of our experienced agents!
Even while taking a few days R & R in Florida, our corporate office called us with more potential client referrals looking to either buy or sell a home in Northwest Indiana.
Relocation referrals are a benefit of being a F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate agent, and they are distributed in sequence one by one … (2 comments)

la porte county in: Northwest Indiana Homes For Sale Subject To Lenders Approval of a Short Sale - 01/07/10 06:23 AM
Hasty and Sweeping Generalizations about Short Sales are illogical.
We are Listing and Selling them in reasonable time frames.
With cash deals, some Short sales are closing even quicker than regular listed properties!
  Just depends on the lender, cooperation of the seller, qualification of the buyer, and on the experience, knowledge and tenacity of the REALTORS handling the transaction:)
Below are several Homes For Sale in Northwest Indiana that are subject to lenders approval of a Short Sale.
To read More about Short Sales Check out these previous BLOGS about our experiences in getting them done and then give us … (5 comments)

la porte county in: Northwest Indiana Homes For Sale with Seller Assisted Financing -> Seller Pays Closing Costs - 01/07/10 02:49 AM
With the 1st Time Home Buyer Tax Credit  deadline for accepted Real Estate Purchase Contracts being 4/30/10, NOW is a good time to buy a home in Northwest Indiana!
Here are NW Indiana Homes For Sale that offer Seller Assisted Financing - Seller will pay Buyers Closing Costs or pre-paids allowable by lender with a full price accepted offer*
Lake County Indiana Home For Sale in Griffith, 46319 - Seller helps with  Buyers Closing Costs ->
Porter County, Indiana Home For Sale in Portage, 46368 - Seller helps pay Buyers Closing Costs ->
La Porte County, Indiana Home … (0 comments)

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