northwest indiana information: Family Fun in NW Indiana - Valpo has a Drive-in Movie Theatre ! - 07/02/09 09:14 AM
 We've passed it showing homes in Valpo hundreds of times over the last decade.
Recently,our nephew came to visit (and we had unseasonably cool drizzly weather) we decided to go to the
49 er Drive-in Theatre located @ 675 North Calumet Avenue in Valparaiso, IN 46383
This night brought back some of fond childhood memories of our family spending time together at a venue like this....i.e.- getting there early to get a front row parking spot, visiting the concession stand for popcorn & snacks, bringing a blanket or lawn chair to lounge on, throwing around the football in the grassy field while we waited for … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Just Sold-> DeMotte, Indiana Home - A Spirit of Working Together is Necessary in Today's Real Estate Market. - 07/01/09 11:23 AM
We closed today on a beautiful home we listed for sale in DeMotte, IN ( Jasper County,  46310 ).
 This Listing was the result of the sphere of influence of another client who found us on one of our many websites (POINT 2) and liked the way we marketed homes and recommended us to family !
A 2 Bedroom Single Family Home is not as in demand as 3 & 4 BR properties in NW Indiana, but, as Jeff says - there is a buyer out there for just about every property type ;) 
The setting was scenic and the price affordable and the condition well an … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: We're using SKYPE in our Ladies Bible Study to Reach Out -> - 06/25/09 08:25 AM

"Reach Out and Touch Some-body's Hand, Make This World a Better Place"....Yes, We Can !

 @ Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN  the Ladies Summer Bible Study has a participant from Singapore, Asia via SKYPE !
Seems like just a few weeks ago, I blogged about a new Ladies Bible Study starting up here in Valparaiso, IN  at my church.  If you live around here, you'll know the one, with all big construction trucks and new building going on at the Corner of Campbell St. & Vale Park Road.
On the 1st night of this study, one of the ladies mentioned that she … (7 comments)

northwest indiana information: People Remember What You Did For Them and How You Made Them Feel.... - 06/16/09 10:21 AM
In these changing times with social media morphing at about the rate of the speed of light... LOL...i.e. micro blogging on twitter... the whirlwind of RE barcamp and who knows what next (Google wave?).....
Our most recent listing that sold was brought to us courtesy of another type of social networking : 
Interacting personally with past clients - > sphere of influence.
Here's how it went :)
We were driving by a former clients home in Valparaiso, IN and saw an empty garbage can at the curb of a very long driveway.
Yea, my Jeff responded, "He reminds me of my grandfather. I'm gonna stop and take the trash … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Why are These 1st Time Home Buyers Smiling ? The Check Will be in The Mail Soon ! - 06/04/09 06:02 AM
It's  an exciting time to Buy your 1st Home !                                                                                                           
We closed on a Home in NW Indiana with these 1st time Home Buyers this week who were smiling !
The recent Stimulus Package passed by Congress has a Tax Credit in which 1st time Home Buyers may qualify for up to $8000. Tax Credit, if a home is purchased and closed by 11/30/09.
Many have received big checks in the mail already.  Why Not You?
We were humbled to represent these clients, knowing that they come in contact with dozens of REALTORS in their line of work, and their parents know even more.....they had lots … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Don't miss the 'Art in The Garden - Art Fair' @ Taltree Arboretum in Valpo this Sunday! - 05/28/09 04:08 AM
We've Blogged in the past about the Beauty of TalTree Arboretum located@ 450 West 100 North in Valparaiso, IN 46385.....
This Sunday 5/31/09 from 10 am to 4 pm....  peruse the work of over 2 dozen artists who will exhibit their oil or acrylic paintings, metal sculptures, fabric arts, ceramics and crafts along the perimeter and on the trails of the Tall Tree Garden!
Enjoy a variety of soothing music from talented musicians who will perform Bagpipes in the morning, the Harp before lunch and lyrical flute ensemble and then ancient flutes in the afternoon.
Food will be available at the Pavilion.

northwest indiana information: Speechless Sunday - Valparaiso University Chapel - 05/24/09 08:12 AM


Have a Blessed Week !


Jeff & Grace Safrin - "Spouses Selling Houses" TM
Valparaiso residents serving Lake, Porter, La Porte, Jasper & Newton Counties in NW Indiana

Real Estate Broker Associates with F.C. Tucker Realty - phone # 219-405-1232.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of Jeff and Grace … (11 comments)

northwest indiana information: “Clear to Close” - Are we having Fun Yet ?? - 05/18/09 09:15 AM
 "Clear to Close" - Are we having Fun Yet ??
This post was inspired by a Miracle - a "clear to close" received after many delays ! Amen.

 It may be somewhat rare these days to have a Loan get through the underwriting process without getting kicked back with at least one (if not more) condition to full fill before final approval and those 3 famous words: "Clear to Close" are heard .
The odds of delays may be even more probable if the name of the lender funding the loan … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: NW Indiana Events - BioBlitz this weekend at the Indiana Dunes ! - 05/14/09 05:25 AM
 The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will draw many more visitors than usual starting at NOON this Friday, May 18th, 2008 when scientists, students, volunteers, nature lovers and spectators alike will gather for 24 hours to partake in the  BioBlitz -  this being only the 3rd event of it's kind ever, in our entire country!
 The Purpose of the BioBlitz basically is to document every Living Plant and Animal Species in our local National Park along the Lake Michigan Shoreline and adjacent Forest preserve lands in Northwest Indiana!
Our own local Indiana Dunes was selected out of many possible choices of National Parks nationwide by the co-sponsors National Geographic.
The event … (8 comments)

northwest indiana information: On the Kankakee River in NW Indiana Between Hebron & DeMotte - Marti's Place @ Ramseys Landing! - 05/13/09 08:44 AM
In our Indiana Travels, between Hebron and DeMotte there's a Restaurant and Bar located right on the Kankakee River called Marti's Place at Ramsey's Landing that has been around for many years.
I asked Jeff to stop the other day on the way home from Indy...(I had a taste for some catfish and a beer :)
The menu has a wide variety, but for some reason, I always choose the catch of the day or catfish.
It was windy, so we ate inside (outside seating is also available) but the wall of windows overlooking the river provided great views!
If … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Summer Bible Study For Women in NW Indiana ( Valparaiso ). - 05/09/09 08:53 AM
Women of the Bible !
Incredible stories of how God included many prominent (and some not so prominent) Women in Scripture to accomplish his plans.
Although ancient times were vastly different, women today can learn from and relate to their struggles, worries, longings and emotions.
We can all deepen our faith and be encouraged by their biblically recorded successes or failures.
Make this summer spirit filled, come discover meaning in God's word and pray with us at:
What : Ladies Summer Bible Study
The Book = >
Women of the Bible - a One Year Devotional Study of Women in … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valparaiso, IN - Strongbow Restaurant celebrates 69th year in business with 69 cents meal deal in May ! - 05/06/09 12:10 PM
An iconic spot for the best Turkey dinners in Northwest Indiana! The Strongbow Inn sign can be seen on the North Side of Route 30 if you are traveling east through Valparaiso, IN right before you reach RT. 49.
Jeff's grandparents even remember this famous turkey restaurant in their Indiana Travels from Chicago to Muncie back in the day when they were newlyweds! 
Last week, Jeff & I had dinner there and this menu insert told of the special for the Month of May to celebrate 69 years in business! I asked the manager for a copy for our BLOG and he gladly provided … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: Prayer Vigil - Valparaiso, IN @ Christ Lutheran Church - Wednesday, May 20th 2009 - Come Join Us - 05/02/09 07:14 AM
Christ Lutheran Church Prayer Vigil 
Wednesday, May 20th from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm - Public Welcome
 Location : 2610 N. Campbell St. in Valparaiso, IN 46383 for info call : (219) 462-6660
 Stop in and Pray awhile, whenever your schedule permits on this day :) 

 There will be Music Interludes every hour on the hour by talented congregational members either playing musical instruments or singing.

Each half hour on the Hour, there will be Readings from the Scripture by church members who have chosen to share passages that inspire them to pray. The rest of the time will … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Counter Offers in Real Estate - They Don't Always Work....3RD times a charm - This seller accepted the offer as written! - 05/02/09 04:09 AM
Counter Offers in Real Estate - They Don't Always Work....3RD times a charm - This 3rd seller accepted the offer as written - and we closed ! 
When we get an offer to purchase on one of our listings and it is substantiated by recent comparable solds and it has reasonable terms and conditions, we inform our sellers that a COUNTEROFFER is in fact a rejection of the Original offer...the BUYER does not have to come back at all...and in a market like can't EXPECT them to, especially when there is plenty of other properties out there to chose from. Putting … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: For Sale By Owner Stories = The Good, The BAD, & the Ugly -> - 04/23/09 06:45 AM
For Sale By Owner Stories= The Good, The BAD, & the Ugly->
The Good….Growing up in a small neighborhood on the south side of Chicago called Hegewisch, (where everybody knew everybody),  I can remember several FSBO transactions that happened without contracts!  Property was sold by verbal agreement and a handshake….. ah the good old days of  people who kept to their word.  Today, things are not always as easy, although many FSBO sales are successful. Lately, with the challenging economy &  Real Estate Market, the caveat of Buyer Beware calls even more for professional services of a licensed Real Estate Broker.Since … (7 comments)

northwest indiana information: Search Homes For Sale, Valparaiso, IN...then call us for Personalized Service. - 04/20/09 03:58 AM
This weekend was busy for us as we were out showing and selling homes in Northwest Indiana!
When Spring arrives, we get a plethora of calls from prospective buyers on our listings for sale.
If you are not currently working with a REALTOR, and are a serious pre-approved buyer...please know that we can show you not only our listed properties, but any home you find on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) or other internet search sites, no matter which Real Estate Company has the listing!
Please feel free to change the search criteria in the search box below to meet your price … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: First Time Home Buyers are out Shopping Now to get $8,000 Tax Credit - 04/17/09 07:08 AM
What a difference your tax return check may be if you purchase your first home by December 1st, 2009.
Talk to Jeff & Grace Safrin Today @ 219-405-1232 for details about our proven system of working with serious buyers and the steps on our flow chart to successful Home Ownership!

Jeff& GraceSafrin " Spouses Selling Houses" TM
Real Estate Broker Associates with  F.C. Tucker - Indiana's Largest Real Estate Company
 If we can help you find a home or land in NW Indiana, give us a call @ 219-405-1232 - we are Full Time Full Service Real Estate Brokers serving Lake, … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: TEA Party in Valparaiso, Indiana! - 04/16/09 03:34 AM
Between appointments yesterday, Jeff called me to let me know he got some shots of the TEA Party going on in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana in front of the courthouse......
Thousands of cities & towns nationwide participatied in this TAX Day event....Visit 
Here are some drive by local photos he snapped......



Jeff& GraceSafrin " Spouses Selling Houses" TM
Real Estate Broker Associates with  F.C. Tucker - … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: South Bend Chocolate Co - Chocolate Cafe in Valparaiso, IN - A Coffee Shop, Candy Store & MORE ! - 03/26/09 04:42 AM
 Recently, when ABC News Night line was following us around Northwest, IN filming the anatomy of a Reverse Offer, they asked us if we could take a break somewhere for a few to regroup.
We took them to one of our all time favorite places in Downtown Valparaiso's  Town Square - The South Bend Chocolate Co. Cafe & Coffee Shop......
They liked it so much they even filmed a few minutes of questions & answers right here!
We enjoy going for lunch occasionally, or stop in between appointments for a cup of flavored coffee or latte. 
Holiday gift giving is … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Home and Garden Show - Lake County Fairgrounds - Crown Point, Indiana - 03/26/09 03:21 AM
This weekend, Saturday & Sunday March 28th & 29th
the 10th annual BIA (Building Industries Association)
will be hosting the HOME and GARDEN Show at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point, Indiana. MAP->xxView Larger Mapxx
* REDUCED Admission Cost compared to previous years is :  Adults = $2.00, Children (3-12) = $1.00
*But if you donate a Canned Food item to the Local Food Bank, you recieve One dollar off your admission!
With Free seminars and speakers, and plenty to see and do for the young and young at heart....
this affordable family friendly event is worth putting on your calendar!

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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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