porter county in: Trick or Treat Safety Tips for Halloween - 10/13/11 10:55 AM
Every year, Valparaiso publishes the designated times of day for children to partake in Trick or Treat on Halloween - This year Monday, October 31st, 2011 that time frame is between 5:30 pm and 7 :30 pm ! 
Valpo even has a special designated date and time for children to trick or treat downtown which is Friday, October 28th from 4 to 6pm at Central Park Plaza in downtown Valparaiso, IN
Courtesy of the Valpo PD here are some safety tips for you & your children:
The following safety tips will help make your Halloween Holiday safe and … (8 comments)

porter county in: Free Market Analysis of your Northwest Indiana Property - 10/12/11 06:23 AM
Find out about competetive home prices in your area. Know the value of your home since you purchased it. Find out the current equity in your home.
Talk To Tucker For All Your Northwest Indiana Real Estate Needs!

porter county in: Just SOLD Another Porter County Property Listed By F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving NW Indiana - 10/10/11 05:32 AM
This Portage, Indiana Property SOLD quickly after being listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate
There was never even a For Sale Sign in the Yard!
Nowadays, the Internet is our biggest For Sale Sign :)


porter county in: Valparaiso, Indiana Neighborhood of Tuscany Zip Code 46385 - 10/08/11 08:57 AM
This week, we listed a home for sale by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate in one of Valparaiso, Indiana's newer developments.
Tuscany is neighborhood in Valpo's Center Township (46385).
With upscale homes currently being built on empty lots, it is growing!
Located South of U.S. Highway 30 and East of State Road 2, this country setting has the convenience of city utilities!
Under 80 home sites surrounded by serene nature...sidewalks for strolling, a large neighborhood pond with lighted fountain and old fashioned street lamps illuminate the grand homes in the evening hours!

A Great Location -> an Hour … (4 comments)

porter county in: What Makes You Think You Can Sell My Property? - 10/07/11 12:44 PM
This question has come up numerous times in our career as REALTORS in Northwest Indiana.
Twice in the last month, this very question was asked of us.
Once in an email, and another time in a phone conversation.
Both parties were EXPIRED LISTINGS.
Each had their NW Indiana Home For Sale on the Market for over 6 months.
Both re-Listed their properties, this time with F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving NWI.
Results =>
  Expired Seller who emailed us had 2 purchase offers in 1st 10 days on Market and has closed escrow.
  Expired seller who asked us this … (7 comments)

porter county in: Valparaiso Indiana Neighborhood of Hidden Hollow New Listing By F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 10/02/11 02:05 PM
Gently rolling hills, lush landscape with mature trees, minutes from Route 30 and downtown Valpo, large single family homesites...this briefly describes the Valparaiso, Indiana neighborhood of Hidden Hollow!
Link to Google Map of Hidden Hollow Neighborhood in Valparaiso, IN 46385
We've blogged about our hometown before.
If you are looking to move to NW Indiana, consider Porter County and this new listing Home for sale offered by
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate....scenic setting, yet close to it all, this is a Hidden Gem in Hidden Hollow  :)
Enjoy the hi-def music video and then Talk To Tucker to schedule … (6 comments)

porter county in: Valparaiso, Indiana Real Estate For Sale by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 09/26/11 09:11 AM
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate located at 13 Lincolnway in Valparaiso, IN 46383 sells homes not only in Valparaiso, Indiana but in all of Porter County, Indiana and Lake and La Porte County in Northwest Indiana as well.
Recently we listed a magnificent home for sale in Center Township, Valparaiso, IN  zip-code 46385 priced well below the assessed value, worth careful consideration for the discerning buyers who like exceptional craftsmanship and details.
Much larger than it looks,the 2000+ Square feet walkout basement which is ready to be finished and plumbed for a 2nd kitchen/wet bar would make this 3878 SF home … (0 comments)

porter county in: Celebrate Fall in Northwest Indiana! - 09/24/11 03:55 AM
 Fall is here!
If you live in Northwest Indiana, there are places to go and things to see that celebrate the season!
The Calendar of Events showcases the variety of activities to chose from!
So click on the links below to start planning your fall fun :)

Lake County Indiana

Porter County Indiana

La Porte County, Indiana

porter county in: Retirement Housing For Sale in Valparaiso, Indiana 46385 - 09/23/11 04:40 AM
Meridian Woods in Valparaiso, IN  46385 is an age restricted (retirement) community that offers housing options for those in their Golden Years.
We've blogged about the Meridian Woods neighborhood before. You can read the detailed information here ->
Meridian Woods, An Age Restricted Retirement Community in Valparaiso, Indiana
Recently, we listed a townhome for sale in this development that was a former Model Home
Enjoy the hi-def music video and then Talk To Tucker  for all your Northwest Indiana Real Estate needs!
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porter county in: Northwest Indiana Real Estate Market Statistics, Lake County, Porter County and La Porte County YTD 2011 - 09/20/11 05:35 AM

Real Estate is a Local Business.
In the 3 Northwest Indiana counties serviced by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate 
this is reflected in the specific data complied by the
Indiana Association Of REALTORS.
 Indiana Housing Market Update
Data pulled as of September 16, 2011 and includes detached single family homes, condos and townhomes.

Lake County Indiana
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Trailing 3 & 12 Month Data
Porter County Indiana
 Click Map for
Trailing 3 & 12 Month Data

porter county in: Central Park Plaza In Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 - 09/12/11 09:57 AM
This summer, a great new park opened in our home town of Valparaiso, IN right in the middle of downtown and a short walk from our office!
Central Park Plaza (click to see video), complete with farmer's markets twice a week in season and a water feature system (splashpad)for children of all ages to enjoy is quite a gathering place for those who live and work in town! The Amphitheater hosts many bands + outdoor movies in the summer. It's a great place for lunch or impromptu picnics (weather permitting:)
Check out the schedule of events planned...
 Let us know if we can help … (0 comments)

porter county in: Ladies Bible Study in Valparaiso, IN @CLCValpo starts 10/25/11 The Tender Words of God - come join us! - 09/08/11 05:46 AM
Come Join Us!
The Tuesday Evening Ladies Bible Study at Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso, IN is starting a new book study on 10/25/11:
The Tender Words of God – >
by Ann Spangler
God speaks words of: Compassion, Forgiveness, Peace, Strength, Protection, Love and Mercy, Blessing and Provision, Guidance, Faithfulness, Hope and Comfort, and Healing!
Jesus is The Last, Most Tender Word.
Enjoy the journey through the Old and New Testaments where scriptures are revealed that every human longs to hear.
We are a small group of ladies of all ages that enjoy fellowship, the study of God’s … (3 comments)

porter county in: Just Sold by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving NW Indiana, Valparaiso,IN 46383 accepted offer in just 30 days on market - 08/30/11 11:31 AM
It had been over a decade since we helped a young couple with a toddler and an infant sell their first home and move-up to a bigger one in NW Indiana to accomodate their growing family.
When it was time for another change, we were humbled they asked us to help them move-up again!
Now with 3 growing children, they recently posted on our facebook page a back then and now photo of their child/children with real estate signage in their previous yards with our name on it:)
We don't feel 10 years older?  LOL... but are blessed to represent many … (2 comments)

porter county in: Just Sold Investment Property in Valparaiso, Indiana Listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 08/25/11 11:30 AM
Sometimes the best testimonial we can get from a client is the faith they show in us by continuing or extending the time for us to list their property to sell.
In Northwest Indiana, market time for certain properties is longer than for others.
Many factors may influence market time such as:
Type of Property, Location, Price, Age, Condition, ROI, Cap Rate, Chaanges in lending guideline for Investors, Local laws that affect property use, public hearings for filing and approval of variances, etc...just to name a few:)
Other factors such as a ready willing and able (QUALIFIED) buyers looking for investment … (0 comments)

porter county in: Big Bi-Level Home For Sale in Portage, IN 46368 by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 08/04/11 08:13 AM
Priced to sell, this 5 Bedroom, 3 bath Home with attached 3 car garage has a home office and alot to offer!
Do-Dads added after it's construction in 2005 include:
Privacy Fenced Backyard with extensive landscaping including several brick/stone patio's & planters (many varieties of perennials), built-in stainless gas grill station with granite counter top, PERGOLA covers outdoor dining area! Inground Sprinkler System Kinetico Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment System Guardian Whole House Generator xxxx xxxx
Portage Indiana has been calleda bedroom community to Chicago, IL and many who work in the windy city commute by train or tollroad or expressway to … (4 comments)

porter county in: Northwest Indiana Real Estate Statistics-> Lake County, Porter County, & La Porte County, YTD June 2011. - 07/25/11 07:54 AM

Real Estate Markets are LOCAL.
Each market differs!
Every Month the Indiana Association of REALTORS compiles statistics on New Listings, SOLD Properties and Pending Sales (property that has an offer, but has not yet closed).
The data includes Year to Date comparisons by month(i.e. June 2010 vs. June 2011)  and 3 month periods.
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serves the residents of Lake County, Porter County and La Porte County in NW Indiana in buying or selling Real Estate.
These FACTS cannot be overlooked in preparing your home for sale or in making an offer on a property for sale … (0 comments)

porter county in: First Time Home Buyer Client Testimonial for F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving Northwest Indiana - 07/01/11 08:41 AM
Despite no more federal tax credit rebate, 1st Time Home Buyers are still making purchases of homes in Northwest Indiana.
Recently, from our sphere of influence, we represented young buyers in their first home purchase.
We enjoy taking time teaching and explaining the many phases of the real estate transaction.
The fax machine went off the other day and this hand written testimonial reflects their perspective of working with us.
We are humbled and blessed by the opportunity to work with clients like this and we wish them many happy & healthy years in their 1st … (0 comments)

porter county in: Valparaiso, Indiana Homes For Sale Priced Competitively Bring Multiple Offers - 06/18/11 03:32 AM
 We did a Broker Price Opinion for a competitive listing appointment in Valparaiso, IN and the RELOCATING seller was surprised at the current market value neighborhood com-parables being below what they expected (sound familiar?).
We did List the home and it SOLD->
Subsequent Price Reductions once the property was vacant brought a flurry of showings and an accepted offer with not 1 but 2 back up offers within the same week!
Per Sellers request, in this market of lending variables, we change the status of our listings in the MLS to PS which means Pending Show :
There is an accepted … (2 comments)

porter county in: Need Related Living? This Home For Sale in Valparaiso, IN 46383 May Be the Answer! - 06/16/11 05:17 AM

Recently, we listed an Awesome 2 Story Home in Concord Meadows, a desirable North-side VALPO location.
Nearby at  the 122 acre Rogers Lakewood Park you can enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, biking, boating (rowboats and paddle boats), fishing, disc golf, picnicking, hayrides, summer day camp for children and More!
A 1/4 mile south Bicentennial Park, is 15 acres where you can enjoy tennis, softball, the playground, basketball & more!
A bicycle ride away from the new YMCA in town and
Grammar and High School nearby (both on Campbell Street) as well!
Click Google Map to see more.

porter county in: Valparaiso, IN Home sold finally when listed by F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate - 06/11/11 07:58 AM

Not Every Home Sale is Easy.
Our local Northwest Indiana Multiple Listing Service has the capacity to store Property History that REALTORS have access to pull prior to listing a property. Property History reveals data such as  the number of times a home has been previously listed and sold.
Sometimes, we recognize the property we are going to list because we have actually shown the home to buyer clients in the past ourselves, when the home was listed with another Real Estate Brokerage.
What helps REALTORS sell a home? Variables like:
#1 cooperation of the seller

Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM (F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)

Jeff&Grace Safrin


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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