porter county in: New on market, Valparaiso IN Home For sale 46383 in Liberty Township - 02/08/10 09:27 AM
This lovingly updated & spacious Home In Valparaiso Indiana's  Liberty Township location sits on 0.68 wooded acres and is conveniently located  to major roads for ease of commute to Chicago-land.
Large Pole Barn that has a concrete floor and heat and water comes in handy for the hobbyist or auto enthusiast.
Talk to Jeff & Grace Safrin to schedule an appointment with advance notice to view this property for sale.
xx Liberty Township in Valpo, Spacious Updated home + Pole Barn xx

porter county in: Client Testimonial on a completed Short Sale in NW Indiana - 02/05/10 08:43 AM
Just in time for Super Bowl Weekend we recieved this email from a past client today (a New Orleans Saints Fan)  in which we (Indianapolis Colts fans) successfully Listed & Sold their Northwest Indiana Home subject to their lenders approval of a short sale....
I guess we can agree to disagree on some things :) GO Colts!!!
HI Grace / Jeff,
     Don't have a scanner here, so just put my testimonial below.  Hope that works ok for you.  You may use my name if you wish.
Have a great weekend and
"GO Saints" !!!!!   … (11 comments)

porter county in: Portage, Indiana 46368 Some of our favorite places to eat & shop! - 02/05/10 07:38 AM
With Easy access to both the Indiana Toll road or Interstate I 94, not to mention the South Shore Train...Portage, Indiana has affordable housing options and yet is within commuting distance to Chicago-land.
Some of our favorite places to shop & eat are in Portage :)
Once Jeff made a date out of taking me to Bass Pro Shop - we spent a few hours in there getting ready for fishing season on our neighborhood Lake, then had dinner in their World Famous Islamorada Fish Company restaurant :)
 When we are out early morning showing homes in Porter County, our favorite breakfast spot … (4 comments)

porter county in: For Sale in Valparaiso, IN 46383 - Subject to Short Sale Approval- 1/2 Duplex Townhome Great Location! - 01/28/10 07:04 AM
Located between  Rogers Lakewood Park and Bicentennial Park in Valparaiso, IN is a small development of Townhome Duplexes called The Cottages.  (Click on map link below the photo slide show).
This convenient location conducive to nature trails and yet just a few miles from major roads makes this new listing desirable location + affordable for those who can see the opportunity and have patience. Located close enough for commute to Chicago by I 90 Toll-road or I 94 Expressway or South Shore Train or Local BUS, this may be worth your careful consideration.
The sale of this property is subject to … (4 comments)

porter county in: Just Listed For Sale in Valparaiso, IN 46385 Corner 2 Story 4 Unit - Income Producing Property near Downtown Valpo ! - 01/28/10 03:50 AM
Since Valpo is a college town, Valparaiso University under grad or law school students are always look for housing options nearby.
This 4 unit 2 story located at the corner of Chicago St and Elmhurst is near downtown restaurants, coffee shops, banks, businesses, town hall, the courthouse square & more.....not to mention just a few miles from VU.
Worth careful consideration, this Income Producing Property has 4 units (all apartments are leased) and it has been well-maintained and updated.
Enjoy the photo slide show, click on the links for more info and map, call with any questions or for a private … (4 comments)

porter county in: Northwest Indiana Relocation & Referrals During Winter Season Means Serious Buyers & Sellers of Real Estate ! - 01/15/10 05:53 AM
Typically, we take a vacation around the winter season in NW Indiana because activity on listing and selling real estate USED TO slow down somewhat.
Not anymore:) 
Over the past couple weeks we've been blessed to assign relocation clients to each one of our experienced agents!
Even while taking a few days R & R in Florida, our corporate office called us with more potential client referrals looking to either buy or sell a home in Northwest Indiana.
Relocation referrals are a benefit of being a F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate agent, and they are distributed in sequence one by one … (2 comments)

porter county in: Northwest Indiana Homes For Sale Subject To Lenders Approval of a Short Sale - 01/07/10 06:23 AM
Hasty and Sweeping Generalizations about Short Sales are illogical.
We are Listing and Selling them in reasonable time frames.
With cash deals, some Short sales are closing even quicker than regular listed properties!
  Just depends on the lender, cooperation of the seller, qualification of the buyer, and on the experience, knowledge and tenacity of the REALTORS handling the transaction:)
Below are several Homes For Sale in Northwest Indiana that are subject to lenders approval of a Short Sale.
To read More about Short Sales Check out these previous BLOGS about our experiences in getting them done and then give us … (5 comments)

porter county in: Northwest Indiana Homes For Sale with Seller Assisted Financing -> Seller Pays Closing Costs - 01/07/10 02:49 AM
With the 1st Time Home Buyer Tax Credit  deadline for accepted Real Estate Purchase Contracts being 4/30/10, NOW is a good time to buy a home in Northwest Indiana!
Here are NW Indiana Homes For Sale that offer Seller Assisted Financing - Seller will pay Buyers Closing Costs or pre-paids allowable by lender with a full price accepted offer*
Lake County Indiana Home For Sale in Griffith, 46319 - Seller helps with  Buyers Closing Costs ->
Porter County, Indiana Home For Sale in Portage, 46368 - Seller helps pay Buyers Closing Costs ->
La Porte County, Indiana Home … (0 comments)

porter county in: What a Game on New Years Eve - Valparaiso University Crusaders Win in Final Seconds! - 01/01/10 04:04 AM
What a Game on New Years Eve - Valparaiso University Crusaders Win in Final Seconds 55-54
over University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers !

Ok, so the scoreboard photo is blurry (hey, this game was a nail-biter :) but it shows that with 3.8 seconds, Valparaiso University Crusaders trailed by 1 &  Milwaukee Panthers coach took a time out to set up a play to inbound the ball which is stolen away (intercepted) by Valpo Senior Brandon McPherson who takes it to the basket himself for the W !
Click link below to watch video recap of this exciting games top … (12 comments)

porter county in: From all of Us @ F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana, Wishing You & Your Families a Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year ! - 12/17/09 04:13 AM
From all of Us @ F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana 
Wishing You & Your Families a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2010 !

We Look forward to an Exciting Year in Real Estate in 2010
 Please don't hesitate to call if you ar anyone you know, is thinking of buying or selling a home or property in Lake, Porter or La Porte County in NW Indiana.
Pictured L to R: Linda Littlejohn, Ty Gammon, Olga Kwolek, Jeff Safrin, Grace Safrin

porter county in: Low Taxes and Affordable 3 Bedroom Home in Porter County Indiana - 12/04/09 10:57 AM
Affordable Portage Tri-level on 2 Lots … (3 comments)

porter county in: From All of Us @ F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate Serving Northwest Indiana.....Wishing You & Your Family a Healthy, Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving Holiday ! - 11/25/09 08:09 AM

porter county in: Our Listings of REO or Bank Owned Properties For Sale are selling Quickly in NW Indiana once Priced right and ready for Market! - 11/21/09 05:57 AM
Our Listings of REO or Bank Owned Properties For Sale are selling quickly in Northwest Indiana.
Recently we had a listing which was under contract in only 14 days on the market, and closed 27 days later. 
However - there was much time, energy and effort by us behind the scenes working collaboratively with the REO specialist at the bank which took months PRIOR to this happening!
 This included:
  Doing Broker Price Opinion's in both an "as-is" condition AND another BPO with repair estimates included.
This required meeting multiple licensed contractors at the property in order to provide detailed written quotes on any Repairs or Mold … (5 comments)

porter county in: VU Team rallies to Win Home Opener After Miserable Start... - 11/20/09 09:14 AM
After the first 20 minutes of the V.U. Crusaders vs IU South Bend Titans game, I sat wondering how was it even remotely possible that the Crusaders came within 11 points of 6th Ranked North Carolina only a few days earlier? They were missing shots, they were sluggish, they were out rebounded, outplayed, & out scored in every area of the game. (Let's give some credit to the Titans).
In my previous years of watching Valpo play, they had times as a slow starting 2nd half team. After a 10-4 spurt,  the Crusaders were down 43-34 and I was thinking  "uh-oh". … (3 comments)

porter county in: Valparaiso University Men's Basketball Season Opens this Week with Home Game at the ARC 11/19/09 @ 7:05 pm - 11/16/09 09:34 AM
 If you follow our Blog, you know we are Local Fans of Valpo Crusader's Basketball.
This week the 1st regular season home game is on Thursday, November 19th at the ARC - tip off  7:05 pm.
With alot of new team members on the Roster, this should be an interesting year! 
It's already off to an exciting start as the Valparaiso University Crusaders men's Basketball Team came within 11 points of the ranked  #6 University of North Carolina@ Chapel Hill Tar -Heels  team yesterday in a pre-season game!!!

Come out and Be BOLD - wear GOLD … (4 comments)

porter county in: New Listing, Portage, IN 46368 Affordable Tri - Level Home For Sale on 2 Lots! - 11/09/09 10:33 AM

porter county in: NorthWest Indiana Real Estate - Opportunity Knocks - Buying or Selling A Home - Talk To Tucker ! - 11/06/09 03:49 AM
With the extension AND expansion of the 1st time Home Buyer tax credit until April 30th of 2010.
NOW may be the time to Buy a Home if you are a 1st  Time Home Buyer with good credit.
Sell Your Home if you are an existing Homeowner (for the last  5 consecutive years) and successfully MOVE UP or Downsize and simplify !
Northwest Indiana has plenty of affordable Housing options!
and even Short Sales are getting easier to sell and close thanks to new 2009 Indiana Laws.
So if you've been sitting on the fence ( which can get … (3 comments)

porter county in: Valparaiso, IN New Listing - CONDO For Sale - Simplify Your Lifestyle - Great in Town Location! - 11/01/09 07:20 AM
Immaculate & Affordable Condo - great In Town VALPO location! … (6 comments)

porter county in: Some Short Sales in Northwest Indiana Real Estate Are Getting Done Quicker & Easier ! - 10/21/09 11:35 AM
It's been several years now since we have taken and sold listings of homes for sale that are 
" Subject to Lenders Approval of a Short Sale" .
The process of getting these to close successfully has been, for the most part, becoming easier.
Perhaps it is from lessons learned along the way & doing the footwork and homework upfront before even agreeing to accept the listing and put a 'short sale' home on the market.
Lately, however,  articles in major publications i.e 'Fewer Short Sales Come Up Short', point out that the part of the short sale process we do … (6 comments)

porter county in: Valparaiso University Homecoming Football Game Saturday, 10/10/09 - 10/09/09 09:21 AM

Are ya ready for some football ?
Local, that is. 
t's gonna be a cool fall day tomorrow so bundle up and come out and see the Valparaiso University Crusaders play San Diego at Brown Field @ 1:00pm kickoff time!
Go VU !
Hopefully the Victory Bell will ring in a win for Valpo's bold wearing GOLD team :)
See you at the game ( twittering updates perhaps :)                

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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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