northwest indiana information: Porter County Indiana's Taltree Arboretum & Gardens - 10/04/08 12:40 PM
 
 Recently, we attended an event hosted by
Meridian Title Company in Northwest Indiana
that was held at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens 
 a 300 ACRE natural sanctuary located in
Porter County, IN.
     Crisp Fall weather made touring the lovely gardens and groomed walking trails around wetlands and prairies enjoyable!  
 
Later, we enjoyed networking with collegues while enjoying some warm food and wonderful Beatles themed live music at the pavilion.          
 
 

 
 
 
If you are a nature lover, and plan to move, visit, or live in the South Lake Michigan Region, Taltree is a GREEN SPACE preserved by … (9 comments)

northwest indiana information: Hebron, IN site For 'Best of the Midwest' Kohl's Fall Soccer Tournaments @ Hallmark Convention and Sports Complex - 09/24/08 01:14 PM
 Last Weekend, we had the opportunity to watch Jeff's Nephew participate in
Kohl's FALL "BEST OF THE MIDWEST" Soccer Tournaments
held at the
 Hallmark Convention and Sports Complex
located @
2105 E 181st Ave Hebron, IN 46341
Besides perfect Indian Summer weather, the grass and conditions of the many fields (over 120 acres dedicated to the game of soccer to be developed in phases) was impeccable.
 
Located off Interstate 65 In Lake County ,Northwest Indiana (State Road 2 exit West toward Lowell, IN ) the 120 acres of land dedicated entirely to soccer fields will be developed … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: NorthWest Indiana Attractions - Gary Railcats Baseball- Affordable Family Fun! - 09/23/08 09:44 AM
 Last Week we attended one of the
Northern League playoff games for the
LOCAL Northwest Indiana
 Gary SouthShore Railcats Baseball Team. 
It was an unseasonably cool and windy evening after a weekend of post hurricaine IKE rains here in NW Indiana, but a fun time still.
With easy access via expressways and tollroad
to this new ballpark,
 plus reasonable ticket costs and only $1 for a Hot dog...
this Northwest Indiana Attraction makes for an affordable outing for the entire family!
                                                                        
 See you Next Season!
 
Jeff & Grace Safrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM
F.C. Tucker  
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northwest indiana information: MARKET REPORT -SECOND QUARTER 2008 - PORTER COUNTY, IN - Residential Real Estate SOLD. - 09/19/08 09:56 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for Porter County, Indiana Residential Sales.
Porter County Cities and Towns include:Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Chesterton Dune Acres, Ogden Dunes, Kouts, Portage, Porter, Town of Pines, South Haven, Valparaiso, and select parts of Hebron, Westville, Hobart and Crown Point.
These cities and towns are located in the following TOWNSHIPS : Boone, Center, Jackson, Liberty, Morgan, Pine, Pleasant, Portage, Porter, Union, Washington and Westchester.
Please note that Residential Properties include:
Single Family … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: MARKET REPORT - SECOND QUARTER 2008 - La PORTE COUNTY, IN - Residential Properties SOLD. - 09/19/08 09:31 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for La Porte County, Indiana Residential Sales.
The Cities and Towns in La Porte County Include: Michigan City, La Porte, Hanna, Kingsbury, Kingsford Heights, La Crosse, Long Beach, Michiana Shores, Pottawattamie Park, Rolling Prairie, Trail Creek, Union Mills, Wanatah, and Westville.
These Cities and Towns are located in the following TOWNSHIPS : Cass, Center, Clinton, Coolspring, Dewey, Galena, Hanna, Hudson, Johnson, Kankakee, Lincoln, Michigan, New Durham, Noble, Pleasant, Prairie, Scipio, Springfield, Union, Washington, … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: Market Report - SECOND Quarter 2008 - Newton County, Indiana - Residential Real Estate SOLD. - 09/19/08 08:38 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for NEWTON COUNTY, INDIANA.
Cities and Towns in Newton County, IN  include : Brook, Goodland, Kentland, Lake Village, Morocco, Mount Ayr, and Roselawn.
TOWNSHIPS in Newton County, IN are : Beaver, Colfax, Grant, Iroquois, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Lincoln, McClellan, and Washington.
Please note that Residential Properties include:
Single Family Home / Condo / Town Houses / Half Duplex
 
The Number of SOLD Residential Properties this year from 5/1/08 thru … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: Market Report - SECOND QUARTER 2008 - Jasper County, IN - Residential Real Estate SOLD. - 09/19/08 08:06 AM
Real Estate Markets differ by Location. In comparing Multiple Listing Service ( MLS ) data** for Closed Sales in the Second Quarter of this year verses last, we noted the following for Jasper County, Indiana.
The Cities and Towns in Jasper County, IN include: Collegeville, De Motte, Remington, Rensselaer, Roselawn, and Wheatfield.
And the following are TOWNSHIPS in Jasper County : Barkley, Carpenter, Gillam, Hanging Grove, Jordan, Kankakee, Keener, Marion, Milroy, Newton, Union, Walker, and Wheatfield.
Please note that Residential Properties include:
Single Family Home / Condo / Town Houses / Half Duplex
The Number of SOLD Residential Properties in Jasper County, … (0 comments)

northwest indiana information: Family Fun-Valparaiso University Football has Kicked off-Come Cheer your NW Indiana Town's Team! - 09/15/08 10:03 AM
On this past Saturday afternoon, in between downpours of rain, Valparaiso University Crusader's Football Team played their 1st game of the 2008 season at their newly renovated Brown Field with an impressive performance and a Big win over Concordia (WI) 34-10. 
Valparaiso rolled up 449 yards of total offense, 229 on the ground and 220 through the air as the Crusaders showed they had a balanced attack by air or by ground. The Aeriel show was quite impressive as Senior QB Warren Arnold threw with precision and showed that if the Wide-outs were not open, he would burn you once he got outside the pocket with his … (7 comments)

northwest indiana information: Multiple Offers To Purchase In Real Estate - Bring Your Best Offer To the Table Please :) - 08/30/08 02:06 PM
 Yesterday, We CLOSED on a Home in Northwest Indiana that received Multiple Purchase Contracts.
When this happens, we encourage our Sellers to put all parties involved on Notice with a
Multiple Offer Disclosure Form.
 This written document informs both BUYERS and their REALTORS that the Seller is extending the time frame for decision making in order to have all parties reconsider their intial offer terms and conditions and price.
This gives them the opportunity to re-write and put their best efforts forward, if they so choose.
In the Current Real Estate Market, Highest Sale Price is not necessarily The Best Offer.
Other factors, such as : Credit worthiness of … (3 comments)

northwest indiana information: Happy Labor Day Holiday Weekend! - 08/29/08 07:40 AM
My how fast Summer flew by in an eye blink :)

From Our Home to Yours.....
Wishing Everyone a Healthy, Safe & Fun Labor Day Holiday Weekend !
Blessings!
Sincerely,
Jeff & Grace Safrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM
F.C. Tucker Advantage Realty


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NW INDIANA remains a Great REAL ESTATE MARKET check our past---> SOLD HOMES !

Thanks for Visiting our Blog! To read more about local NW Indiana events, sports, and more, click our blog link below. … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Back-Up Offers in REAL ESTATE - We Encourage Them, SALE PENDING DOES NOT MEAN SOLD. - 08/28/08 12:22 PM
 We closed today on a Fixer Upper Home in Northwest Indiana. 
It was not the first offer written on the property, that offer expired and our seller did not want to grant any further extension of time since showings were plentiful.
It was not even the second offer on this property, that was supposed to be "a sure thing" to close, but it wasn't :(
It was the Back - Up Offer to the second offer that Closed within a few days of a mutual release being executed by all parties!
We have always encouraged our clients to continue showings on their property … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Lake Station, Indiana - A Small City Close to Chicago-land - 08/26/08 05:15 AM
 We've listed and sold homes in the City of Lake Station, (zip-code 46405 ).
 Located in Northwest Indiana's -Lake County,  with easy Expressway and Train Access to Illinois
( Chicago-land ) this City is worth careful consideration if you are looking to RELOCATE on a Budget.
 
 Beautiful NEW LIBRARY : In Lake Station Indiana

 Whether you are a First Time Home Buyer or seasoned Real Estate Investor - Opportunities exist
in Lake Station, IN
If we can help you BUY PROPERTY  in NW Indiana give us a call @ 219-405-1232
 
  Jeff & GraceSafrin REALTORS - "Spouses Selling Houses' TM
 F.C. Tucker 1st … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: It Doesn't Get Better Than This - Hessville, IN - 4 Bedroom Cape Cod For Sale - Updated Kitchen, 2.5 car Garage & More-> - 08/23/08 10:18 AM
HESSVILLE is a Community Located within the City Limits of Hammond, IN  (zipcode = 46323).
Recently, we listed a well-maintained spacious and affordable home FOR sale which is featured in the
Music Slide Show below :)
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Since Hammond is so Close to The Illinois State Line (Border City) many people choose to live there even
if  they work in Chicago-land. 
Commute is feasible by Major Toll roads/Expressways or the historic South Shore Train !
 *********The City of Hammond has a College Bound Scholarship Program for Hammond
residents in which children of Homeowners can apply for money that the city grants to qualified students
that … (4 comments)

northwest indiana information: The Quaint Little Town of Porter, Indiana - a Place to Consider Calling Home Sweet Home :) - 08/22/08 07:48 AM
Recently, we listed a Turn of the Century Home in Northwest Indiana's small Town of Porter.
Here are some Local Photos and Informative Website Links of this Community.
Located in Porter County, this Duneland Community is close to Lake Michigan's Scenic Indiana  
Dunes National Lakeshore! Conveniently located by tollroad, expressway or South Shore Train to Chicago,
yet with lower cost of housing and property & sales taxes, the Town of Porter is worth careful
consideration for your next MOVE or RELOCATION plans.
Just an eye-blink of a downtown area, you can walk from town hall across the street to the Police Station
which … (2 comments)

northwest indiana information: One of the Benefits of Moving to Hammond, IN - College Scholarship Program For Residents Children ! - 08/07/08 08:03 AM
      The City of Hammond has a College Bound Scholarship Program for Hammond residents in which
children of Homeowners can apply for money that the city grants to qualified students that
aides with their children's college tuition costs!
 
     I went to High School in Hammond, IN even though I lived on Chicago's South Side,
Bishop Noll Institute had a great reputation for being a College Prep School and was only 20 minutes by
Car from Home !
Since Hammond is so Close to The Illinois State Line (Border City) many people choose to live there even
if they work … (5 comments)

northwest indiana information: Recent Storms in NW Indiana - Photos of The Power of Mother Nature ! - 08/07/08 07:26 AM
Earlier this week we experienced a Severe Storm in NorthWest Indiana, we had a record number of lightening strikes - more than is usually experienced in a 6 month period of time happened in one night!
As the power went out, and our phone lines went dead, we watched and waited until the storm passed, only to be re-awakened in the middle of the night with more thunderstorms and the tornado sirens going off!
Luckily, our property was not damaged, although we waited several days for phone service and internet cable to be restored from lightening damage.
As we drove down … (8 comments)

northwest indiana information: First Time Homebuyers in NorthWest Indiana - Here's Another Reason For Buying NOW ! - 08/02/08 10:07 AM
    
Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008
As part of major housing legislation (H.R. 3221),
Congress has created a Tax Credit to provide an incentive for First-Time Homebuyers.
$7500 credit will be available
 For the purchase of a principal residence on or after April 9, 2008 and before July 1, 2009.
* Consult with a Tax Professional to see if this Law may apply to your Home Purchase *
Amount of Credit - Ten percent of cost of home, not to exceed $7500 Eligible Property - Any single-family residence (including condos) that will be used as a principal residence. Refundable … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Marcella's Pizzeria & Restaurant in Wheatfield, Indiana is A MUST Dining Spot for Jasper County Residents and Visitors! - 08/01/08 08:09 AM
Marcella's Pizzeria Inc.
located @ 3854 West State Road 10 in Wheatfield, IN 46392
across from KV High School,
 in a strip mall is a restaurant our Buyer Agent, (nearby resident in DeMotte, IN)
told us about.
So we had to stop in for a bite to eat after
 Closing on a Home we Sold in nearby Whispering Woods Estates.
 
With friendly service, early bird specials (weekdays before 5:30 pm), and a generous menu for eat-in or take out at very reasonable prices - this place is definitely a REPEAT on our list :)
Known for the famous Marcella's Garlic Rolls … (10 comments)

northwest indiana information: ABERDEEN - A Golf & Recreational Community in Valparaiso, IN with Affordable Housing ! - 07/27/08 02:45 PM
 Aberdeen is a P. U. D. Community in Northwest Indiana's Porter County established in 1995 that features an award winning Championship Golf Course surrounded by various types of Homes - Everything from Gated Luxury Estates to Paired Patio or Single Family Homes, Condos and even Apartments For Rent or Lease.
We have written BLOG posts about ABERDEEN, but recently we took photos of some of this communities many Amenities and wanted to share them here.
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Looking to Move to a Golf & Recreational Community?
Consider the Affordable housing options in beautiful Aberdeen.
 
Please feel free to Contact us @ 219-405-1232 or, click the below to read / subscribe to our … (6 comments)

northwest indiana information: Consumers Beware of Pay Up Front Services with Claims to Help Sell Your Home or Slow Down Foreclosure! - 07/27/08 10:19 AM
 'Performance Outsells Promises'
this has been our motto since entering Real Estate Sales in 1999.
Recently, much to our concern, we have interviewed more & more potential
SELLERS who have paid $1 to $5000 ( one to five thousand dollars )
  UP FRONT, to total strangers to LIST their Home on a Website To "Help them Sell it" ......OR,  another
newer service now offers help those behind on Mortgage payments in order to Avoid FORECLOSURE !
the PROBLEM?????
They end up NOT Delivering any READY, WILLING and ABLE (qualified) Buyers.
So these FRUSTRATED CONSUMERS use the Internet and GOOGLE some more and find US....
Our Questions … (9 comments)

 
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