northwest indiana information: Short Sale Subject To Bankruptcy Court Approval SOLD - Schererville, IN 46375 Home listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 11/27/10 09:11 AM
There are multiple factors that can prolong a short sale transaction.
Recently we closed on a property in NW Indiana that was subject to lenders approval of a short sale(Schererville,IN 46375)  AND also subject to Bankruptcy court approval of the sale of the property.
To date, this is our longest short sale ever = 3 months and 13 days from accepted offer to closing.
Lender approval time was double what Indiana law HB 1359 allows (requires an answer in 30 days).
Seems that laws passed to help expedite short sales have little or no effect on the lenders and … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: Lake County Indiana Home SOLD when listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 11/23/10 06:52 AM
Yesterday, we closed on a home we listed in Lake County, Indiana that borders Illinois (Whiting, Indiana).
As a child growing up on Chicago's south side, I would visit Whiting annually with my parents to attend their 4th of July parade and famous annual Pierogi festival.
Whiting still attracts ready, willing and able buyers today. The lakefront expansion plans along Lake Michigan's shoreline will be beautiful when completed.
This home listing came to us by referral from a current client. It was formerly For Sale By Owner.
Most buyers now a days seek the services of a … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: VALPO MENS BASKETBALL STARTS 2010-2011 WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN - 11/13/10 07:47 AM

The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men’s B-Ball squad opened the 2010-11 season against the Indiana University Northwest Redhawks with one of the most impressive wins I have ever seen.
Not because they scored 111pts, not because they won by 46 points, it was because of the 29 Assists in the game – yes 29 assists!
It was amazing watching this team play so unselfishly.
Having a birds-eye view from court-side, the passes were precise, crisp and dead-on! This team showed that when they aren’t lighting it up from 3 point range, … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Wordless Wednesday - Take Time to Stop & Enjoy the Local NW Indiana Scenery - 11/03/10 09:23 AM
While on the way home from showing properties in Valparaiso, IN , we found this creek along a winding country road and had to stop and take a moment to enjoy the sounds and view:)


northwest indiana information: It's That Time of Year Again! Valparaiso University Crusaders Basketball - There is Lots of NEW at VU this year! - 11/01/10 10:18 AM
Saturday evening was Fun!
For those of you who've  followed our Blog for the past few years, you know we are season ticket holders for our  hometown University (VU) Men's basketball ->what better way to keep the peace in a house divided Purdue vs IU Grad marriage :)

The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's basketball team held their season exhibition opener at the ARC against the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University.
There is LOTS of NEW at VU this year!
Prior to the game Valpo's shinny NEW basketball court (Jeff says it remainds him of the court at Boston Gardens) named … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: Who is Handling Your Northwest Indiana Short Sale? - 10/18/10 02:17 PM
This is our philosophy of Real Estate Practice->   WYSIWYG = What you see is what you get.
.No secretaries. No assistants. No UNLICENSED persons handling your transaction file.
Primary Care Real Estate.
Especially when it comes to Short Sales.
We disclose publicly on our MLS and in other marketing avenues which of our listings are short sales, therefore the public is aware ahead of time. l
Lately this disclosure has been noticed by 3rd parties who bypass us (the listing agents with an exclusive right to sell contract in place) and attempt to contact the seller directly with "offers" of … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Move to Portage, IN 46368 Home For Sale in Shadow Woods ->2 Story in NW Indiana-take the Tour -> - 10/05/10 11:05 AM
We've blogged about living in Portage, Indiana before...
The City of PORTAGE, Located inPorter County, in Northwest Indiana.
Northwest Indiana borders the State line of Illinois and offers options for commute by Toll-road, Expressway or Train to Chicagoland.
Portage is a fast growing city offering it's residents State of the Art Theatres, a wide variety of Resturants, AND a NEW HUGE MALL coming soon!
With all that said, if you are looking to relocate to an area of economic growth, and spend less money on taxes (considering recently, the sales tax in Chicago-land (Cook County) has been proposed to increase to over 10% consider a Move to … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Speechless Sunday In NW Indiana - Waking Up to Deer in Your Own Backyard! - 09/26/10 04:07 AM

Speechless Sunday In NW Indiana - Waking Up to Deer in Your Own Backyard!

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: Whiting, Indiana 46394 Real Estate For Sale By Map - 08/26/10 01:40 PM
We've blogged about the border town to Illinois = Whiting, Indiana 46394 before.
If you like Pierogies like we do :) - you need to visit in July for their famous annual Pierogi Fest!
If you are looking for housing in the Robertsdale neighborhood of Whiting, IN near Lake Michigan and Wolf Lake Park - we are partial to the best value in town - our affordable listing offers much room for a large or extended family / related living.
Just click on the virtual tour below and compare !
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If we can help you buy or sell a property in Whiting, Indiana … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: Hessville, Indiana 46323 Real Estate For Sale by Map - 08/26/10 01:23 PM
We've Blogged about Hessville, IN 46323 before.
If you are looking for affordable housing in Hammond, IN (where they have a College Bound Scholarship program for children of residents-> click here for more info on this awesome opportunity) then feel free to search all the homes and real estate for sale in zip code 46323.
We are partial to the best value in Hessville-The Home on the virtual tour below that we have listed for sale.... before you even check out the map take a look at this very well kept, well loved, updated, affordable home with beautiful backyard (like a florist … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: NAR's Chief Economist Lawrence Yun speaks in Northwest Indiana at the annual REALTORS meeting - 08/25/10 12:38 PM
The National Association of REALTORS 's Chief Economist Lawrence Yun addressed hundreds of  Northwest Indiana REALTORS today at the annual meeting held by our local board GNIAR at the Avalon Manor in Merrillville.
A copy of his PowerPoint presentation "Economic Outlook in Uncertain Times" is supposed to be forwarded to us soon, until then, I will recap/paraphrase his talk from my notes.
A little Indiana trivia :)   Dr. Yun received his undergraduate degree from Purdue University! 


PAUSE PERIOD = July, August & September 2010 
After the $8,000 1st time Home Buyer Tax credit expired, the Surge of buyers looking for housing was no longer there-> AS EXPECTED.
Key indicators … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate proudly supports Home Runs For Heroes ! - 08/21/10 04:21 AM
F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate a proud sponsor of Home Runs For Heroes !
We've blogged about the fun going to local Gary Railcats baseball games in the past.
Today we are blessed to have the opportunity of helping sponsor the
" Home Runs For Heroes " 
event held at the
 Gary South Shore Railcats U.S. Steel Yard Stadium
that the Northwest Indiana Military Support Network and the
 American Red Cross coordinate along with the Railcats organization.
The program is open to the public from 1:30 pm to 4:30 p.m. and tonight's Railcat game at 6:00pm (against the Rockford RiverHawks) is almost … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Moving to Chesterton, Indiana 46304 ...Did You Know? - 08/17/10 11:15 AM
If you are planning a move to Chesterton, Indiana located in Northwest Indiana's County of Porter,
did you know you will live about an hour from Chicago ?
Chesterton has easy access to Chicago-land via South Shore Train or Indiana Toll road or Interstate 94 expressway. 
 We've blogged many times about properties we have listed and sold in the Town of Chesterton before.
With the scenic Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan nearby, there is a wide range of housing options
available from affordable to mid priced homes to luxury gated Golf Communities/Country Club Settings!
We just SOLD a move in ready home with amenities galore in the award winning
Dune-land School District.
Lower taxes, … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Northwest Indiana Golf Course - The Brassie Golf Club - Chesterton, IN 46304 - 08/11/10 10:00 AM

Recently, we took an afternoon off for some R & R.

We needed to put up a sign up on a new listing in Porter Cove, which has a fun Northwest Indiana Golf Course - The Brassie Golf Club - Chesterton, IN 46304 practically in this subdivisons backyard!
Here are a few photos of the course/clubhouse.

northwest indiana information: Just SOLD - Valparaiso, Indiana Expired Listing sells when Marketed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 08/04/10 03:45 PM
Just SOLD - Valparaiso, Indiana Expired Listing sells when Marketed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate

Sometimes, we list homes that had been on the market previously with other REALTORS and did not sell.
At the closing table last week, the buyers remarked to Jeff that our detailed marketing and many photos and descriptions about the various amenities of the home was what "sold them" to come out and view the property.
Location, Price, Condition, and Marketing are all factors that influence buyers to make an appointment to see a property.
As Professionals, it is our job to give you suggestions and implement a … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: Porter Cove - Great bedroom community for Chicago-land commute in NW Indiana! - 07/30/10 06:49 AM
Porter Cove - Great bedroom community for Chicago-land commute in NW Indiana!
We've blogged about the quaint town of Porter, IN 46304 before.
 Located in Porter County, this Duneland Community is close to Lake Michigan's Scenic Indiana  
Dunes National Lakeshore! Conveniently located by IN tollroad, expressway or South Shore Train to
Chicago, yet with lower cost of housing and reasonable property & sales taxes, the Town of Porter is worth careful consideration for your next MOVE or RELOCATION plans.
Porter Cove is a development of newer homes in the Town of Porter. 
With biking/walking Trails and Golf nearby, this development has public recreational ammenities close by without the cost of expensive … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Gino's Steakhouse in Merrillville, IN 46410 - Northwest Indiana's best of the Region Award winner is also a Favorite of Ours! - 07/30/10 03:37 AM
 Gino's Steakhouse in Merrillville, IN 46410 - Northwest Indiana's best of the Region Award winner is also a personal Favorite of Ours!
 Many times clients relocating to NW Indiana ask us, Where is a good place to eat?
Although there are many good restaurants in Northwest Indiana, our favorite steakhouse is Gino's in Merrillville, IN 
Conveniently located off I65 and US 30 interchange, right near the Star Plaza Theatre and a short drive from a day of shopping at Westfield Southlake Mall. Gino's location is convenient for either a special occasion or a quick last minute quality lunch or dinner.

Click here for … (4 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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