northwest indiana information: Wild Rose Neighborhood in Valparaiso, IN offers Low Maintenance Home ownership Lifestyle for busy professionals , snowbirds, or those wanting to downsize and just enjoy life! - 07/27/10 06:27 AM
Wild Rose Neighborhood in Valparaiso, IN offers Low Maintenance Home ownership Lifestyle for busy professionals, snowbirds, or those wanting to downsize and just enjoy life!
If you are looking to simplify your life and enjoy a Low Maintenance Home in a scenic setting, then the  Wild Rose neighborhood on Valparaiso's north side may be worth your careful consideration.
The HOA dues includes lawn mowing and trim, fertilization, snow removal, garbage pickup!
There is a private park for residents to enjoy with a playground, basketball court, picnic tables, grills, and even a neighborhood gazebo overlooking a private lake where you can fish … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Another Valparaiso, IN Home SOLD when listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 07/24/10 05:36 AM
 Real Estate Sales continue at a healthy pace in NW Indiana IF your home is priced right for the neighborhood and staged to sell ( tip top shape).  It does not matter that the 1st Time Home Buyer tax credit is over - Homes listed in June and July are getting offers and closing!
This Valparaiso, IN  46383 Home Sold when listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate and had more than one offer in just 2 weeks on the market and closed a few weeks after that!
Move-up Buyers, those with Job Relocations, Investors and those downsizing/retiring still need to buy … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Shorewood Forest Sunsets on Lake Louise - 07/21/10 08:34 AM
We've blogged about the recreational community we call home named Shorewood Forest located in Valparaiso, Indiana 46385 (Porter County, NW Indiana).
Here are some recent photos we took on a sunset boat ride on lake Louise!
If you are looking to live in a recreational community which is within commuting distance to the big city of Chicago, Shorewood Forest should be a careful consideration.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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northwest indiana information: Chicago-Land Fun is just a short drive from NW Indiana Living! - 07/09/10 07:36 AM
Chicago-Land Fun is just a short drive from NW Indiana Living!
 
I was born & raised on the south Side of Chicago (10th ward to be exact - Hegewish;)
Moving to NW Indiana (1st Lake County-St. John in 89, then Porter County-Valparaiso in 97) was a great way for us to benefit from affordable housing and lower taxes, yet be within driving distance or train ride to major attractions in Chicago!
Recently, I surprised Jeff with a Father's day gift - some Ivy Leage rooftop baseball Tickets to watch a Cubs game overlooking Wrigley Field.
The views were spectacular, not … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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!
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northwest indiana information: Another Valparaiso, IN 46383 Home SOLD when listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 06/30/10 02:00 PM
Another Valparaiso, IN 46383 Home SOLD when listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate.

Sometimes, the best source for future business is at the closing table!
Back in springtime, we were at a closing with our 1st Time Home Buyer when they mentioned that a friend of theirs who had moved out of town had a home to sell.
So we listed the Home and today it closed in just 84 days on the market!
As always, we appreciate our clients referring their family and friends!
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northwest indiana information: 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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northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: New On Market - Merrillville, IN 46410 Ranch Home For Sale w/Basement & Garage - Turkey Creek Neighborhood. - 06/01/10 10:38 AM
New On Market - Merrillville, IN 46410 Ranch Home For Sale w/Basement & Garage - Turkey Creek Neighborhood.
We've Blogged about the Town of Merrillville, Indiana before - some great attractions and favorite eateries are located there. Conveniently located at the Interchange of I 65 and US 30 - it is worth careful consideration for affordable housing as an option to those who work in Chicago-land!
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northwest indiana information: Schererville, IN 46375 - For Sale - Ranch Home on Acre Wooded Lot - Sold As Is - 05/27/10 04:25 AM
Schererville, IN 46375 For Sale - Ranch Home on Acre Wooded Lot  - Fixer Upper - Sold as is.
 
The Northwest Indiana Town of Schererville is conveniently located in Lake County which borders the Illinois State Line, making a Chicagoland commute do-able!
 
This Ranch home (no basement) is perched on an ACRE wooded lot measuring  75 x 605.
With some TLC and finishes this would make a great starter home or for those looking to downsize and need the ease of one level living - this is worth your careful consideration.
Located just down the block from Homan Elementary … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Christ Lutheran Church in Valpo presents: Mary Magdalene – A Musical Dramatization by Keri Burman of Yadah Praise Productions - 05/07/10 09:46 AM
Mary Magdalene – A Musical Dramatization by Keri Burman of Yadah Praise Productions - @
Valparaiso, IN  Christ Lutheran Church Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 @ 7:00 p.m. Public Welcome!

 
Come Join us in our NEW Sanctuary @CLCValpo located at the corner Of Campbell St. & Vale Park Road
for a wonderful reenactment of a Woman of the Bible.
 
Often mistakenly characterized in popular writings, Mary Magdalene was an early follower of Jesus Christ and witness to His glorious resurrection.  Through songs and monologues, Ms. Burman brings the scriptural based story of Mary Magdalene to life, right before the … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: Eat at Chili's Restaurants in NW Indiana on Thursdays in April & May and 10 % gets donated to local Habitat for Humanity ! - 04/11/10 02:01 PM
    Giving back to the community around you....   Local eatery to give portion of check to Northwest Indiana Habitat for Humanity ->   If you have any lunch/dinner meetings you need to plan or you're just going out on a Thursday please note:
All Thursdays in April & May, 10%-percent of your total bill at Chili’s will be donated to NWI Habitat.  This includes the Chili's Restaurants in Dyer, Merrillville & Valparaiso, Indiana locations!
Just print this coupon and bring with you to give to your server and bon appetit :)
xxxChilis April Coupon xxx
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northwest indiana information: Bon Femme Cafe in Valparaiso, IN French Gourmet $ 5. Menu the 1st Thursday of Every Month! - 04/06/10 05:06 AM
Bon Femme Cafe in Valparaiso, IN - Bon Appetit !
 
Last Thursday. after listing a local property for sale in Valparaiso, IN I convinced Jeff we should just stop and get a quick bite to eat in downtown Valpo before our next appointment.
 
I love the many local independent restaurants to choose from in town,  just steps from our F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate office on courthouse square.
  This time we chose Bon Femme Cafe located @ 66 E Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN 46383  tel. (219) 531-0612The best part about eating out in downtown Valparaiso, IN the 1st … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Lake Homes in Valparaiso, IN - Porter County Indiana Communities with Lakes - Vacation year Round from Home! - 03/26/10 04:37 AM
Lake Homes in Valparaiso, IN - Porter County Indiana Communities with Lakes, Vacation Year Round from Home!
This week we started to get out and take some non snow pictures of our Northwest Indiana Homes for Sale since Spring is finally here!
Here are some photos of one of our Homes For Sale in Valparaiso, IN with Lake Access just a short stroll to Flint Lake and it even comes with it's own private Boat Dock on the Lake, (one of only 8).
If you are looking for Lake Living in Valparaiso Indiana, or Lake Front Communities in Porter County, IN  … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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!

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northwest indiana information: Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, Indiana Now has a BLOG ! - 03/10/10 11:51 AM
It's been a busy first few months of the year at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, Indiana!
Our Social Media Strategy for Evangelism is evolving and we now not only are on Twitter  but have a growing Facebook Page and this week started a BLOG as well !
With our new sanctuary building completion projected this Spring, it's an exciting time!
Check out our blog @ http://www.clcvalpo.blogspot.com
and...Stay tuned for some heartwarming faith stories to be posted by various members of our congregation, including youth!
Christ Lutheran Church invites you to a variety of ministries that are supported in prayer … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valparaiso Police Department accepting applications for the Citizens Police Academy - 03/05/10 02:29 AM
Over the years, Jeff & I have been blessed to come to know many fine officers on the Valparaiso, Indiana Police Department in helping them buy or sell homes in town. Below is an announcement about an opportunity for citizens to learn just how much they do in the service of protecting our community. We are thankful for each and every one of them and occasionally, when I hear some of the calls dispatched on our scanner at home I sometimes say a silent prayer of protection:) They are local hero's!
 
N E W S FROM THE VALPARAISO POLICE DEPARTMENT … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: It's March...Let the madness begin - Valparaiso University hosts 1st Round Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship! - 03/01/10 09:00 AM

It's March. and anything can happen....March Madness they call it :)
Especially if you live in Indiana and are a college basketball fan!
We've blogged about  the fun attending local area basketball events in the winter season each year - family fun for all ages!
Our hometown of VALPO is know for a famous shot during march madness that got them to the sweet 16 once!
"The Shot" is seen each year on CBS during "March Madness" and is considered one of the top moments in NCAA history.
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Come out and see the game tomorrow - buy … (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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