northwest indiana information: Localism in Jasper County, IN - DeMotte's Chocolate Shop & Ice Cream Parlor - 03/24/09 09:16 AM
 After a Sunday filled with appointments, plus a stop to visit clients we sold a home to previously,  we stopped at our favorite place for Ice Cream in Jasper County....DeMotte's own Chocolate Shop & Ice Cream Parlor!
We've blogged about our favorite eatery in Jasper County before - but need to add this Local Business to our list as well, especially for those with children or those young at heart with a sweet tooth :)

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate -> @ 806  15th Street SE in DeMotte, IN 46310  ( 219-987-7550 ) 
Is an Ice Cream Parlor and Candy Store for Children of all … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Tax Deductions For Homeowners Making GREEN Improvements! - 03/07/09 07:37 AM

northwest indiana information: An Invitation...Join Us on Linked in : REALTOR Referrals Group... OR... Indiana Real Estate For Sale Group - 03/02/09 11:31 AM
For us, a few  Social Networks have been picking up speed in the form of contacts and referrals in the last few weeks, perhaps the exponential growth factor is kicking in lately?
I know at our Company's recent convention, one of the speakers (Terry Watson)  promoted Facebook  (be-friend us - look up Jeff Safrin :) and Linked in ( link to us... look up Grace Safrin) as musts for REALTORS to join and use nowadays.
Many supportive services to our profession of Real Estate Sales are getting on the bandwagon.
You probably have noticed this already, allows you to sydicate your listed properties … (15 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valparaiso Crusaders end regular season and send off 2 Seniors with a WIN at the ARC Saturday Night - 03/01/09 01:38 AM
The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's Basketball TEAM ended the regular season tonight with a Win against the Penguins of Youngstown State 67 to 59, in which 2 seniors also finished their careers at the ARC. Seniors Urule Igbavoda and Jake Diebler both ended their 4 years with a Win. They also were privileged to play during their four years the Number 1 Teams in the Country. They played North Carolina 2 times, plus Duke and Ohio State.
This season has been a trying and growing experience for the Crusaders and I have noticed one thing, this team is gelling! I have seen freshman Cameron … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Notre Dame Fighting Irish Come back from SLOW Start to Defeat Rutgers ! - 02/26/09 07:32 AM
  It was our first time to Notre Dame to see the Fighting Irish play a men's Basketball game, against The State University of New Jersey Rutgers - Scarlet Knights.....and what a wonderful experience it was!
Albeit, we were running late due to the fact we were still filming with ABC News Night-line for an upcoming show.
So, we walked in about 9 minutes into the first half, and I looked up and saw  the score ->
Rutgers 21 - Notre Dame 10, then thought - WHAT ! are you kidding me ???
Notre Dame got the lead down to 5 by the half. Whatever was said in the … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valpo Wins "ESPN Bracket Buster Game" against Akron - 02/22/09 02:02 AM
     The Valparaiso Crusaders may have played their best game of the year tonight as they beat a very good and high RPI Rated Team the University of Akron Zips 74-66.
What an awesome ESPN Bracket Buster Game to Be at...The Crusaders had 6 (yes 6!) players in double figures that shot over 50% from the field,  33% from beyond the Arc, and 65% from the charity strip!
Although, it looked pretty bleak, when with less then 3 minutes to go in the game Coach Homer  Drew received his 1st Technical of the Season from arguing a call, and getting a lil … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Press Release: F.C. Tucker/Advantage Realty Sales Associates Honored at Awards Banquet - 02/19/09 06:21 AM

February 13, 2009                                                                
F.C. Tucker/Advantage Realty Sales Associates Honored at Awards Banquet
RENSSELAER, Indiana - The Safrin Team of F.C. Tucker/Advantage won several awards this week at F.C. Tucker Company's annual awards banquet in Indianapolis.

Awards were as follows:
Leading sales producer for the Rensselaer office - Based on highest closed volume Presidents Club - Life member, based on personal income
Executive Sales Club - Achieved more than $3 million in sales
Realty Alliance Award - Among the top 20 percent of the nation's REALTORS  based on sales

With more than $2 billion in … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Just Sold - Home in Highland, Indiana - Well Priced Homes in Good Condition Still Going Fast - Waiting is not always a Good idea. - 02/14/09 01:20 AM
 NAR (National Association of REALTORS) has a great TV commercial out about Buyers sitting on the fence!
We are still getting calls from those fence sitting buyers (or their Buyer Agents) expressing surprise &/or remorse that this Highland, Indiana Home had an offer to purchase in only 10 days on the Market!
With Homes Priced Correctly that are in Move - in Conditon, sitting on the fence too long can be painful :)
Yesterday, we Closed (yes, even on Friday the 13th, which has always been a lucky day for Grace:)
 From sign up to signing the papers at the Closing a total … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: Power of the Press...gets the phones ringing - even if NW Indiana is far from Sunny California :) - 02/03/09 10:07 AM

 Imagine our surprise when Google alerted us to a few  Sunny, California newspaper articles !!
We've Done Blogs about our Positive Experiences with Reverse Offers before...
and even the CRS Magazine Interviewed me for an Article in the January / February 2009 Issue...
from that point on the calls have been coming in ...   
Our Company, F.C.Tucker (Indiana's largest ) just featured Jeff's take on our experiences with Reverse offers as Out of the Box thinking approach to Real Estate Sales in the February Statewide newsletter !
   The famous syndicated columnist for REAL ESTATE Lew Sichelman called me last month when interviewing multiple REALTORS … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: Rolling Prairie, IN -New Listing- 5 Wooded Acres + Spacious 2 Story Near New Schools! - 01/27/09 09:18 AM
Opportunity Knocks to own a parcel of Wooded Acreage in NorthWest Indiana very conveniently located to Major Roads between La Porte. IN and South Bend, Indiana in the scenic countryside of Rolling Prairie, Indiana. nearby NEW Middle and High Schools ! South Shore Railroad Trainstop is not too far either (Hudson Lake) for commuting to Chicagoland!
below are Map, Information and Photos of this lovely property!
 To schedule a private showing of this Lovely property or
If we can help you achieve your real esate goals in 2009, give us a call
@ 219-405-1232.
We are Full … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Inauguration Day Closing - Lions & Tigers & Bears - Oh My! - 01/21/09 08:03 AM
Yesterday, was a memorable day for our nation and for us as REALTORS. 
Obstacles can be overcome, both in life and business (God willing).
The  American Dream of Home Ownership is having more obstacles of late, in getting to the closing table.
 In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's famous line
 " Lions & Tigers & Bears, Oh My! " somehow reminds me of a 3 month journey (not on a yellow brick road:) to closing a UNIQUE Real Estate Transaction that had 3 wild surprises to work through/overcome :)

The Lions - Federal Court System     
In late October we listed a Home, whose … (11 comments)

northwest indiana information: Jungle Jack Hanna's "Into The Wild" Show at Merrillville, Indiana's Star Plaza Theatre! - 01/19/09 02:50 AM
  For the Young or Young at Heart, and for Animal enthusiasts, Jungle Jack Hanna's Tour called "Into The Wild" kicked off it's nationwide tour with one of it's first stops at our Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN.
As part of Jeff's Birthday gifts, I surprised him with 3rd row tickets:) He is an avid animal lover and I kid him about buying a farm when we retire, so he can raise as many criters as he wants! When we List Horse Farms or Dairy Farms or any Farms with Livestock,in NorthWest Indiana, I know he will be spending much time in the … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valpo Lost to Wright State at the ARC - 01/11/09 07:13 AM

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northwest indiana information: 2008 Year in Review - Where Does Our Business Come From ? - 01/09/09 09:38 AM
     In looking back on Our 2008 SOLD Properties in Northwest Indiana,  here is a glimpse at where our Business came From and the areas we serve!
There is Room FOR Your HOME HERE !
We hope to add your story to our
client testimonials!

If we can help you buy or sell 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, Porter, La Porte, Jasper, Newton & Starke Counties in NW IN. 

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northwest indiana information: Happy New Year For Indiana HomeOwners Facing Short Sale- New Law That May Help! - 01/02/09 06:30 AM
     We SOLD and Closed on a Property Today January 2nd, 2009 that was
 Subject To Lenders Approval of a Short Sale.
The Purchase Agreement was received by us via Fax from the Buyers Agent and Jeff contacted the Sellers Lender's Loss Mitigation Department the next morning.
He listened to the usual "sch-peal" of how LONG an answer would take and the LIST of requirements that needed to be in place (pre-lim HUD, hardship letter, etc...) even BEFORE they would consider reviewing this offer.
I walked over to him while he was on the phone and handed him a highlighted portion of
A … (8 comments)

northwest indiana information: It Could be a LONG LONG Season for Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's Basketball - 12/12/08 03:16 PM

Everyone I talked with after the first few season games said Valpo was gonna be OK this year. I have played basketball since I was 5 years old, and even coached some, so I knew better. Now, my concern become real after watching the Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's Basketball Team lose to Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne - IPFW Mastodons, 63-46 Wednesday evening at the ARC.
I looked at the season schedule and thought this would be the telling game for the Crusaders and it was. It is gonna be a tough, long & challenging seasonfor the young Valpo Men's Basketball Team.
IPFW is coached … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Valpo Begins 2008 Season with Win over Marian! - 11/16/08 11:22 AM

Valpo led by Michael Rogers' 23 points : 11-14 from the field. Following Rogers was Cameron Witt whose inside the paint play gave him 16 points and 8 of 11 from the field. This was a mediocre test for the Crusader's as the "real" test" will start this Tuesday, November 18th  at the ARC when Central Florida comes to town. The Golden Knights are a very good Conference USA Team and have a standout guard Jermaine Taylor that is a projected 2nd round pick in the NBA Draft this year! They are a well coached/disciplined team that will test the Crusaders on … (4 comments)

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northwest indiana information: Valparaiso Crusaders post Homecoming win with HUGE 2nd Half Comeback against Davidson Wildcats! - 10/15/08 03:46 PM
   The VALPO Crusaders posted a great comeback win last Saturday against Davidson Wildcats in their Homecoming Game in front of over 4300 fans. It started out horrible for the Crusader's as they fell behind early and found themselves down 21-6 at half...But,
Leave it to Coach Stacy to motivate the team for the second half.  What a 2nd half it was, as the Crusaders forced overtime and eventually beat Davidson College 35-29. The Crusaders rushed for an impressive 351 yards, compared to Davidson's 151, and that was the difference. Ross Wiemer of the Crusaders rushed for 170 yards and 3 TD's!

northwest indiana information: Union Township Middle School in Valparaiso, IN Named as No Child Left Behind - BLUE RIBBON School ! - 10/06/08 06:50 AM
   Scoring in the TOP 10 % on the ISTEP exams statewide :
Congratulations to the Great Team of Teachers and Principal Jerry Lasky @UTMS, not to mention the students and parents who are dedicated to learning that made this wonderful achievement possible!
Only 230 schools across the nation were named on 9/9/08 by U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings as No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools (only 8 of these named schools were located in IN).  
When moving From Lake County To Porter County, Indiana over a decade ago, Jeff & I both felt strongly about not only saving money on property … (2 comments)

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