porter county in: VALPO MENS BASKETBALL STARTS 2010-2011 WITH IMPRESSIVE WIN - 11/13/10 07:47 AM

The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men’s B-Ball squad opened the 2010-11 season against the Indiana University Northwest Redhawks with one of the most impressive wins I have ever seen.
Not because they scored 111pts, not because they won by 46 points, it was because of the 29 Assists in the game – yes 29 assists!
It was amazing watching this team play so unselfishly.
Having a birds-eye view from court-side, the passes were precise, crisp and dead-on! This team showed that when they aren’t lighting it up from 3 point range, … (2 comments)

porter county in: Maple Creek Neighborhood in Valparaiso, IN 46383 - Home For Sale - 11/09/10 04:35 AM
Buy Now & Be in this Spacious Beautiful Home For the Holidays!
This 2001 Built Home for sale (ALDRED BUILDERS) has over 5000+ Square Feet (includes 1500 sq.ft. unfinished daylight basement) and sits on a 142 x 85 ft. Lot bordered by a meandering creek and mature trees (rear lot line) in Valparaiso, IN - Maple Creek development.
Enjoy the Music Slide Show of Photos of this Property For Sale in 46383 priced well below assessed value and sold 'as is'.  Signed Relocation Addendums rquired with all offer to purchase.
Scan this QR code into your smart phone to … (3 comments)

porter county in: Wordless Wednesday - Take Time to Stop & Enjoy the Local NW Indiana Scenery - 11/03/10 09:23 AM
While on the way home from showing properties in Valparaiso, IN , we found this creek along a winding country road and had to stop and take a moment to enjoy the sounds and view:)


porter county in: It's That Time of Year Again! Valparaiso University Crusaders Basketball - There is Lots of NEW at VU this year! - 11/01/10 10:18 AM
Saturday evening was Fun!
For those of you who've  followed our Blog for the past few years, you know we are season ticket holders for our  hometown University (VU) Men's basketball ->what better way to keep the peace in a house divided Purdue vs IU Grad marriage :)

The Valparaiso University Crusaders Men's basketball team held their season exhibition opener at the ARC against the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene University.
There is LOTS of NEW at VU this year!
Prior to the game Valpo's shinny NEW basketball court (Jeff says it remainds him of the court at Boston Gardens) named … (0 comments)

porter county in: Home For The Holidays - This Fox Chase Farms Beauty in Valparaiso, IN 46383 Awaits You! - 10/31/10 10:22 AM
Enjoy the Hi Resolution Music Video / Photo Tour of this Property For Sale in Valparaiso, IN
Give us a call to Market your Home to Sell too!
Replace the smell of freshly painted walls and new carpeting with your favorite recipes this Holiday Season cooked on/in the built in stainless appliances in the kitchen of this NEW Listing on The Market in Valparaiso, Indiana's Fox Chase Farms neighborhood in Liberty, Township - Porter County, Northwest Indiana.
We've sold homes in Fox Case Farms Before - this one's a beauty too!
Gleaming Hardwood Floors on the 1st level … (0 comments)

porter county in: A F.C.Tucker For Sale Sign in the Yard Leads to a another Northwest Indiana Listing on the same block! - 10/26/10 06:08 AM
It's a Small World !
We listed a home on Olcott Avenue in Hammond, Indiana and awhile later got a call from the homeowner a few doors down to list their home to sell as well!
For tracking purposes, we always ask when someone calls-> how they found us?
This out of state owner asked the tenant living in their property to find a local REALTOR, so the tenant remembered the home a few doors down the block was up for sale, went outside, copied down our phone number and website address from our F.C.Tucker For Sale Sign and voila!

porter county in: New Listing, Valparaiso, IN 46385 Ranch Home For Sale - Enjoy the Music Video Tour & Scan Barcode into your Smart Phone to save this QR Code ! - 10/22/10 09:37 AM
This week, we listed for sale a Cute Corner Ranch in Valparaiso, Indiana's Porter County- (46385 zipcode) on a large lot with a fenced yard. The Home has had lots of updates since being built - so it shows great!
Perfect Location for Chicago-land Commute = close to major roads or train, yet Low property taxes (only $549. per year) , cost of living, and more home & land for the $ (Under $125K gets you 1281 finished SF plus 1.5 car garage. Plus 10,920 SF Lot)
If you have a smart phone and a bar code reader app - … (4 comments)

porter county in: Who is Handling Your Northwest Indiana Short Sale? - 10/18/10 02:17 PM
This is our philosophy of Real Estate Practice->   WYSIWYG = What you see is what you get.
.No secretaries. No assistants. No UNLICENSED persons handling your transaction file.
Primary Care Real Estate.
Especially when it comes to Short Sales.
We disclose publicly on our MLS and in other marketing avenues which of our listings are short sales, therefore the public is aware ahead of time. l
Lately this disclosure has been noticed by 3rd parties who bypass us (the listing agents with an exclusive right to sell contract in place) and attempt to contact the seller directly with "offers" of … (6 comments)

porter county in: Conditions, Conditions, Conditions, Oh My! The Yellow Brick Road to Loan Approval is full of lions and tigers and bears nowadays. - 10/14/10 08:17 AM

Interest rates are great, yet getting a mortgage loan approval is NOT easy these days.
Now, more than ever pre-approval is vital (although it has always been our policy since day 1 to have clients do this before we start looking for homes).
You thought Dorothy's road to Kansas was full of obstacles?
Be prepared for the NEW REALITY as the paradigm of closing on time (45 to 60 day out contract dates) is being delayed with underwriting conditions to be met by not just borrowers .... but sellers, agents, family members and employers needing … (4 comments)

porter county in: Speechless Sunday In NW Indiana - Waking Up to Deer in Your Own Backyard! - 09/26/10 04:07 AM

Speechless Sunday In NW Indiana - Waking Up to Deer in Your Own Backyard!

porter county in: NW Indiana Home Buyers Consider a FHA 203K Loan rather than cross that Home off your short list! - 09/23/10 06:36 AM
NW Indiana Home Buyers Consider a FHA 203K Loan rather than cross that home off your short list!
 Real Estate is a local business. In NorthWest Indiana the average age of existing housing is 50+ years . This, combined with an aging population of sellers who may be unable or unwilling to renovate that dated kitchen or bath, leaves us with a certain % of Inventory on the Market that you, as a Home Buyer may overlook or cross off your short list.
This may delay your finding that 'perfect home' for weeks or even months and you may just get … (2 comments)

porter county in: Real Estate On The Go-> Check out our Mobile App. F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate serving NW Indiana - 09/21/10 12:43 PM
F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate is on the go....and now we have a Mobile Application for your cell phones so you can search the Multiple Listing Service of Northwest Indiana, read our latest blogs, check out our Social Media updates and see our latest Hi-def Music Videos + Much more all in one place.
If there is something you'd like to see added to our Mobile App. site for your one stop convenience -> please message us, we are always working on ways to improve our sites for increased service to our clients!
Just copy this Mobile App. address into your … (2 comments)

porter county in: Third Time's The Charm - Another Short Sale Property CLOSED in NW Indiana. - 09/18/10 11:20 AM
Third Time's The Charm - Another Short Sale Property Listed By F.C. Tucker 1st Team Real Estate in NW Indiana and CLOSED.
 Back in mid April we listed a Property in Porter County, IN subject to lenders approval of a short sale.
Short Sales are Not a Game.
First, you need a sale-able property in good condition and a cooperative seller. The short sale process is MUCH more involved than a traditional real estate transaction.
Next, you have to hope for a negotiator from the lenders loss mitigation department assigned to the file who is adept at the process and at communicating in a timely … (2 comments)

porter county in: Home For Sale in Northwest Indiana - Fixer Upper - Sold As Is - Chesterton, IN 46304 - 09/11/10 10:21 AM
For a Mr. or Ms. Fix It - Sold As Is … (4 comments)

porter county in: Don't Wait Until it's Too late to Contact Us to sell Your Home Subject to Lenders Approval of Short Sale - 09/03/10 07:06 AM
 Sometimes we get calls from the public or even referrals from other REALTORS that ask us to help people who are behind on their mortgage payments and perhaps had an ARM come due or other hardships that cause them to not be able to afford their property and they ask us to list a home to sell subject to lenders approval of a short sale.
There is a lengthy pre-qualification process (we interview the sellers and with their permission, the lender involved) before we even accept the listing or referral.
Sadly of late, people are waiting too long before asking for help.

porter county in: First Time Offered - Custom 2 Story Home for Sale in Duneland Cove - Chesterton, IN 46304 - 09/02/10 10:47 AM
First Time Offered - Custom 2 Story Home for Sale in Duneland Cove - Chesterton, IN 46304
The Duneland Cove Community has an awesome
park with

tennis courts,


and basketball court!

Recently we listed a 2 story home - 1st time offered by original owners - this custom built home does not have your typical floor plan and offers spacious room sizes, many built-ins and quality woodwork & trim.
Enjoy the Hi-Res. music video below and then give us a call to schedule a private showing with advance notice please … (2 comments)

porter county in: Veterans Returning From IRAQ this Year still qualify for the $8000. 1st time Home Buyer Tax Credit - 08/19/10 09:04 AM
It's been all over the news the last few days - many US Troops are coming home from IRAQ.
We are very thankful for their service during this long war!
Veterans Returning From IRAQ this Year still qualify for the $8000. 1st time Home Buyer Tax Credit
according to REALTOR.org
"Military Personnel Overseas May Still Be Eligible for Tax Credit"
"As part of the Extended Home Buyer Tax Credit passed on November 6, 2006, military personnel and certain federal employees serving outside the United States may still be eligible for a tax credit of up to $8,000. Although the Home Buyer … (6 comments)

porter county in: Moving to Chesterton, Indiana 46304 ...Did You Know? - 08/17/10 11:15 AM
If you are planning a move to Chesterton, Indiana located in Northwest Indiana's County of Porter,
did you know you will live about an hour from Chicago ?
Chesterton has easy access to Chicago-land via South Shore Train or Indiana Toll road or Interstate 94 expressway. 
 We've blogged many times about properties we have listed and sold in the Town of Chesterton before.
With the scenic Indiana Dunes and Lake Michigan nearby, there is a wide range of housing options
available from affordable to mid priced homes to luxury gated Golf Communities/Country Club Settings!
We just SOLD a move in ready home with amenities galore in the award winning
Dune-land School District.
Lower taxes, … (5 comments)

porter county in: Northwest Indiana Golf Course - The Brassie Golf Club - Chesterton, IN 46304 - 08/11/10 10:00 AM

Recently, we took an afternoon off for some R & R.

We needed to put up a sign up on a new listing in Porter Cove, which has a fun Northwest Indiana Golf Course - The Brassie Golf Club - Chesterton, IN 46304 practically in this subdivisons backyard!
Here are a few photos of the course/clubhouse.

porter county in: Northwest Indiana Home Owners Testimonial endorsing F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Services - 08/09/10 10:20 AM
Northwest Indiana Home Owners Testimonial endorsing F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Services

Recently, we Listed a home in Valparaiso, IN 46383 that SOLD quickly and here is what our sellers had to say:
     We can't thank Jeff and Grace enough! We had already found the house we wanted to move to before calling them to put our house on the market. They gave us some staging suggestions to get our home ready to sell. We followed their expert advice and thanks to that, plus their excellent marketing, we had two offers in a week!
     The Safrin's used their … (3 comments)

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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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