northwest indiana information: Indiana Wind Energy - a growing business ! - 02/27/10 06:13 AM
As Real Estate Brokers & Owners of one of  F.C Tucker Company Real Estate affiliate offices in Indiana, we now travel to Indianapolis from our hometown of Valparaiso about once a month for various meetings, events or an occasional speaking engagement.
It has been our personal observation in the last 6 months, that more and more Wind Energy Turbine's grace the farmland and landscape along Interstate 65 from Northwest Indiana south to Indianapolis.
Wind Energy in Indiana is becoming a growing business!
If you are interested in large vacant parcels of land for sale to develop GREEN wind energy business - … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Our 1st Video Client Testimonial... - 02/27/10 04:45 AM
We've been blessed to have served many wonderful people in NW Indiana over the past decade and are grateful for the repeat business and referrals from past clients as well.
Our website has had a Testimonial page for years with letters from clients who gave us permission to share their story ....each situation being unique and just as varied as every home we help sell or buy :)
Yesterday, after a real estate closing with repeat clients who we've come to know and like over the course of helping them in both buying and selling homes in the last 6 month … (8 comments)

northwest indiana information: Indiana Real Estate Market Reports By County january 2009 verses January 2010 - 02/26/10 03:50 AM
 The Indiana Association of REALTORS has a great website called Indiana Is Home.
There is a collection of Market Data Reports with Statistics on home Sales in Indiana by County updated montly
Here is a link to January 2009 vs. January 2010 Existing Single Family Residential Home Sales

northwest indiana information: Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, Indiana is now on Facebook -> - 02/23/10 02:38 PM
Social Media Strategies for Churches ?
Yes, it's one of many plans for our growing congregation at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN
Last month we launched our Twitter account
& this month we're now on Facebook
- become our friend if you'd like :)
Click here to read my previous blog post about the exciting happenings this year @CLCVALPO as we build a new worship space!
- and many thanks to for reprinting the article for our community!
God's Blessings
Grace Safrin
Evangelism chair

northwest indiana information: Call for Action - Proposed Illiana Expressway to help alleviate congestion on Borman in NW Indiana ?... - 02/16/10 10:40 AM
Just to paraphrase an email we received today from our local board->
The Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS...
Reminder of a Public Hearing that will take place
Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM, Crown Point High School auditorium,
1500 S. Main Street in Crown Point.
On the Proposed Illiana Expressway - a Tollroad  that would connect I 65 in Northwest Indiana with I 55 near Joliet, IL.
There have been pro's and con's to this for several years to the point it is now a topic indexed on WIKEPEDIA
Here's a link to the Final feasability Study with … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: Valpo Hoops in the Superbowl Commercial ! Watch the Flo Mobile TV "My Generation" clip - 02/09/10 02:21 AM

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: Portage, Indiana 46368 Some of our favorite places to eat & shop! - 02/05/10 07:38 AM
With Easy access to both the Indiana Toll road or Interstate I 94, not to mention the South Shore Train...Portage, Indiana has affordable housing options and yet is within commuting distance to Chicago-land.
Some of our favorite places to shop & eat are in Portage :)
Once Jeff made a date out of taking me to Bass Pro Shop - we spent a few hours in there getting ready for fishing season on our neighborhood Lake, then had dinner in their World Famous Islamorada Fish Company restaurant :)
 When we are out early morning showing homes in Porter County, our favorite breakfast spot … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Just Listed For Sale in Valparaiso, IN 46385 Corner 2 Story 4 Unit - Income Producing Property near Downtown Valpo ! - 01/28/10 03:50 AM
Since Valpo is a college town, Valparaiso University under grad or law school students are always look for housing options nearby.
This 4 unit 2 story located at the corner of Chicago St and Elmhurst is near downtown restaurants, coffee shops, banks, businesses, town hall, the courthouse square & more.....not to mention just a few miles from VU.
Worth careful consideration, this Income Producing Property has 4 units (all apartments are leased) and it has been well-maintained and updated.
Enjoy the photo slide show, click on the links for more info and map, call with any questions or for a private … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Cabela's In Hammond, Indiana ! - 01/26/10 01:48 AM
This week we spent a few hours exploring Cabela's in Hammond, Indiana.
If you are like me and been around Hammond IN for awhile ( I am a Bishop Noll High School Graduate ), you will know that Cabela's sit on the property that once was the Woodmar Golf Course ( google maps hasn't changed yet - so thie link above confirms this :)
We enjoyed exploring this HUGE facility, shopping for some out wear, & learning alot also. The museum like education displays on fish and animals were incredible. We had fun in the arcades. Jeff even tried a … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Short Sales are Not a Game. - 01/07/10 05:17 AM
Something in my gut wrenches when I read "Short Sales Are a Game".
They involve people's lives, families, difficult circumstances & situations, & loss of one of the most basic Human needs.

You don't "successfully PLAY" a short sale is collaborative, not competitive, WORK.
Hopefully, with a compassionate attitude to all parties involved. 
Yes, even empathy for the Loss Mitigator who may be overworked with a huge pile of files on their desk. I will gladly NOT switch places with them for even a day :)
The Indiana Association of Realtors Online has re-printed a statement:
" You … (9 comments)

northwest indiana information: 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)

northwest indiana information: What a Game on New Years Eve - Valparaiso University Crusaders Win in Final Seconds! - 01/01/10 04:04 AM
What a Game on New Years Eve - Valparaiso University Crusaders Win in Final Seconds 55-54
over University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers !

Ok, so the scoreboard photo is blurry (hey, this game was a nail-biter :) but it shows that with 3.8 seconds, Valparaiso University Crusaders trailed by 1 &  Milwaukee Panthers coach took a time out to set up a play to inbound the ball which is stolen away (intercepted) by Valpo Senior Brandon McPherson who takes it to the basket himself for the W !
Click link below to watch video recap of this exciting games top … (12 comments)

northwest indiana information: From all of Us @ F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana, Wishing You & Your Families a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ! - 12/17/09 04:13 AM
From all of Us @ F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana 
Wishing You & Your Families a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010 !

We Look forward to an Exciting Year in Real Estate in 2010
 Please don't hesitate to call if you ar anyone you know, is thinking of buying or selling a home or property in Lake, Porter or La Porte County in NW Indiana.
Pictured L to R: Linda Littlejohn, Ty Gammon, Olga Kwolek, Jeff Safrin, Grace Safrin

northwest indiana information: Northwest Indiana College Basketball - Lots of Choices and FUN :) - 12/15/09 10:36 AM
Once a relocating client asked us what there was to do once the weather got cold in Indiana?  We both answered simultaneously with a grim - BASKETBALL - college basketball that is :)
Here is a pictorial recap of just the past few weeks FUN.
#1 Notre Dame Vs. Central Florida(ok, so we also wanted to see Marcus Jordan play and to witness 1st hand the shoe choice he made :) but, his famous fatherMJ sat incognito somewhere in the Joyce Center/Purcell pavillion, so we didn't get a glimpse of him :( 
Although the  game was tied 41-41 at half-time,The Local … (7 comments)

northwest indiana information: Cedar Lake Indiana Home For Sale Subject To Lenders Approval of a Short Sale - 12/14/09 09:39 AM
 Right down the Block from South Shore Golf & Country Club, this Cedar Lake Indiana Home comes with water rights and is a short walk to the Lake!                                                                                                                                                                
There are 3 Parcels total included in this sale!
2 Bedroom, 1 bath, 1335 square ft. Home for sale + shed on 75 x 125 Lot @ 14625 Bryan St.
2.5 car detached heated Garage on adjacent 60 x 125 lot @ 14620 Blaine St. Cedar Lake, IN  46303
another vacant lot @ 14624 Blaine St. Cedar Lake, IN 46303 that measures 50x125.
Great property for a starter … (7 comments)

northwest indiana information: New Carlisle, IN 46552 - Grand Custom Home, Retreat Like Setting of 4 + Acres, Lake Michigan, South Bend & Chicago all commuting Distances! - 11/27/09 09:05 AM
Now we've Blogged about the attractions and beauty of La Porte County, Indiana Before.....
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 Dame Games :)
Some of Our Favorite Eateries i.e. Ruth Chris Steak House or BoneFish Grill 
With The South Shore Train Line connecting La Porte County, IN easily with Chicago - land....AND
excellent NEW Schools....this beautiful Home and Property we just listed is worth your careful consideration!
xx Custom Home + Retreat Like Setting … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: VU Team rallies to Win Home Opener After Miserable Start... - 11/20/09 09:14 AM
After the first 20 minutes of the V.U. Crusaders vs IU South Bend Titans game, I sat wondering how was it even remotely possible that the Crusaders came within 11 points of 6th Ranked North Carolina only a few days earlier? They were missing shots, they were sluggish, they were out rebounded, outplayed, & out scored in every area of the game. (Let's give some credit to the Titans).
In my previous years of watching Valpo play, they had times as a slow starting 2nd half team. After a 10-4 spurt,  the Crusaders were down 43-34 and I was thinking  "uh-oh". … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valparaiso University Men's Basketball Season Opens this Week with Home Game at the ARC 11/19/09 @ 7:05 pm - 11/16/09 09:34 AM
 If you follow our Blog, you know we are Local Fans of Valpo Crusader's Basketball.
This week the 1st regular season home game is on Thursday, November 19th at the ARC - tip off  7:05 pm.
With alot of new team members on the Roster, this should be an interesting year! 
It's already off to an exciting start as the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's Basketball Team came within 11 points of the ranked  #6 University of North Carolina@ Chapel Hill Tar -Heels  team yesterday in a pre-season game!!!

Come out and Be BOLD - wear GOLD … (4 comments)

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Valparaiso, IN

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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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