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Many homeowners want to remain homeowners, but not in their current house

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 62 years of age every day, the option of a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) can help increase their purchasing power and flexibility when right-sizing to an all-on-one-floor maintenance-free home that offers a more carefree lifestyle while lowering thei…

April 15, 2014 12:00 am

REwatch: Validating Green Marketing Claims

More and more, companies are promoting the “green” attributes of their products and/or packaging, betting on consumer preference for things that are good for the environment.

April 15, 2014 12:00 am

Long-Term Winners when it comes to Remodeling ROI

If you’re planning to invest time and money into your home this spring with a few improvements and upgrades, it’s important to consider what the return on that investment will be if and when it comes time to sell.

April 15, 2014 12:00 am
REwatch: 45 Days and Counting

REwatch: 45 Days and Counting

Once property tax bills hit the mail, that’s precisely how long you have to file an appeal based on value, according to Joe Wszolek, president-elect of the Greater Northwest Indiana Association of REALTORS® (GNIAR), and an Indiana Certified Level III Assessor/Appraiser who serves as presiden…

April 13, 2014 9:15 am
Last chance to tour!

Last chance to tour!

If last weekend is any indication, homebuyers throughout Lake and Porter counties are excited about new construction this spring.

April 12, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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REwatch: Volunteerism strengthens communities

REwatch: Volunteerism strengthens communities

National Volunteer Week starts today, and with the fundamental premise of any real estate decision being location, it’s a great time to shine a spotlight on the positive impact of volunteerism.

April 06, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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Local builders invite you inside their latest new homes

Local builders invite you inside their latest new homes

To highlight the advantages of purchasing a new home, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) celebrates April as New Homes Month.

April 05, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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The Times celebrates new homes month with Spring Builder Tour

The Times celebrates new homes month with Spring Builder Tour

Despite a very long, cold winter and surprisingly snowy spring, area builders are gearing up for the season's first "Builder Tour."

April 01, 2014 7:30 am Photos

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REwatch: Smart buyers understand the home buying and financing process

REwatch: Smart buyers understand the home buying and financing process

When it comes to major purchases like cars, TVs, couches and even diamond engagement rings there is no “one size fits all” option. Buyers need to compare features, benefits and pricing before making the best decision for their unique circumstances.

March 30, 2014 9:15 am
REwatch: Get inspired and welcome spring!

REwatch: Get inspired and welcome spring!

Just as we expect March to come in like a lion – with cold and unpleasant weather - and go out like a lamb – milder and more pleasant – the first day of spring brought a fresh dusting of snow that quickly melted as the clouds drifted apart.

March 23, 2014 9:15 am
Many homeowners want to remain homeowners, but not in their current house

Many homeowners want to remain homeowners, but not in their current house

With 10,000 baby boomers turning 62 years of age every day, the option of a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) can help increase their purchasing power.

March 18, 2014 9:30 am Photos

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A little extra knowledge can help make the dream of homeownership a reality

A little extra knowledge can help make the dream of homeownership a reality

For most people, securing financing is the first "key" to opening the door of homeownership.

March 18, 2014 6:00 am
REwatch: “Nature’s silent currency”

REwatch: “Nature’s silent currency”

Everything runs on water - our bodies, farms, power plants, cities and economies all rely on a safe and dependable supply of water.

March 16, 2014 9:15 am
Builder Focus: Features Most/Least Likely to Included in New Homes

Builder Focus: Features Most/Least Likely to Included in New Homes

Features, options and upgrades in new homes often vary greatly depending on the builder and the homebuyer.

March 15, 2014 6:00 am
Motivated buyers brave polar vortex

Motivated buyers brave polar vortex

January is typically a slow month for home sales before the spring selling season, yet the National Association of Home Builders is reporting new home sales in January were up 9.6 percent.

March 10, 2014 9:00 am
Transforming something old into something new again

Transforming something old into something new again

Tracie and Greg Hlebasko recently spent some time shopping for a new dining table and chairs.

March 10, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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REwatch: Comfortable, efficient and smart

REwatch: Comfortable, efficient and smart

Those three words are among the most repeated when you read about the home of the future.

March 09, 2014 9:15 am
Serving 3

Serving 3

Supporters and volunteers from the newly formed partnership between Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana and the Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council.

March 09, 2014 8:00 am
Serving 1

Serving 1

The posting of colors by West Side High School ROTC members accompanied by Jim Moorstadt of the NWI Veterans Action Council playing the Star Spangled Banner on his saxophone.

March 09, 2014 8:00 am
Serving 2

Serving 2

The group of veteran supporters.

March 09, 2014 8:00 am
Serving those who have served

Serving those who have served

Offering a broad variety of ways to serve, the U.S. Military consists of five active-duty Services and their respective Guard and Reserve units.

March 09, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Builder's Corner: Saving water without sacrificing performance

Builder's Corner: Saving water without sacrificing performance

Discover a powerful way to save water that’s good for the environment and easy on your budget. Kohler is changing the way we look at water usage by offering a dual-flush toilet that allows bathroom goers to choose from either a 1.1- or 1.6-gallon flush.

March 08, 2014 10:15 am
Builder Focus: Meet the builder

Builder Focus: Meet the builder

Custom content.

March 08, 2014 6:00 am
Volunteers are Vital Resources for Nonprofits

Volunteers are Vital Resources for Nonprofits

Many nonprofits would not be able to fulfill their missions without the service of volunteers. In fact, a volunteer board of directors normally oversees the vast majority of nonprofits.

March 06, 2014 6:09 pm Photos

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A Brighter Future for All People

A Brighter Future for All People

In late January, a burst pipe causing an emergency situation at St. Jude House, a Crown Point family violence prevention center and shelter where nearly 400 adults and children seek safety and peace each year. Within a week, the Crown Point Community Foundation was there to help with a $10,5…

March 06, 2014 6:03 pm Photos

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Establishing Solid Roots for Ongoing Positive Change

Establishing Solid Roots for Ongoing Positive Change

For 100 years, community foundations have been providing people with an easy and effective way to support the issues they care most about. Today, more than 750 of these tax-exempt, charitable organizations provide a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving.

March 06, 2014 5:29 pm Photos

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Green, Healthy & Smart: Welcome to the Home of the Future

With the growing focus on sustainable living, it is becoming more apparent that along with energy efficiency improvements, quality construction and timely maintenance are at the heart of a healthy home. Beyond that, technological advances are providing convenience, control, money savings and…

March 05, 2014 1:48 pm

Meet the Home & Lifestyle Show Vendors

Each year the Home & Lifestyle Show brings together a great group of vendors who look forward to sharing their ideas and expertise with the public.

March 05, 2014 1:45 pm

Building C is All New for 2014!

While the plan was in place well before mother nature wreaked havoc on us this winter, the Home & Lifestyle Show’s new Kids Korner will be a welcome adventure for kids who are tired of being cooped up at home thanks to the crazy snow storms and subzero temperatures we’ve been experiencing.

March 05, 2014 11:50 am

Long-Term Winners when it comes to Remodeling ROI

If you’re planning to invest time and money into your home this spring with a few improvements and upgrades, it’s important to consider what the return on that investment will be if and when it comes time to sell.

March 05, 2014 11:48 am

Ideas for Better Living Start Here

*Editor's note*

March 05, 2014 11:38 am
REwatch: In Support of Tracks for the Future

REwatch: In Support of Tracks for the Future

Just last weekend, I was part of a group of ten that took the South Shore into the city to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.

March 02, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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Now’s the time to review your home ownership tax benefits

Now’s the time to review your home ownership tax benefits

With the increase in real estate activity last year, there are a number of new homeowners out there looking forward to reducing their tax liability with the deductions that come along with their investment.

March 02, 2014 9:00 am
Builder Focus: The importance of air sealing

Builder Focus: The importance of air sealing

As one of the top features of an ENERGY STAR® Certified Home, air sealing is critical to energy conservation and has a significant impact on your comfort as well as utility bill cost savings.

March 01, 2014 11:45 am
Builder's Corner: Hands-free switching

Builder's Corner: Hands-free switching

Imagine having the lights automatically turn and off as you enter and leave different rooms of your home - definitely an idea whose time has come if you’re a busy mom trying to keep everyone’s stuff where it belongs.

March 01, 2014 10:15 am
Retro appliance style appeals to budget-conscious homeowners

Retro appliance style appeals to budget-conscious homeowners

You might think that a line of appliances aimed at “younger” buyers – first-time homebuyers between the ages of 25 and 34 – would be loaded with high-tech features such as wireless controls and social media connections.

March 01, 2014 8:00 am
Get out and be inspired at the Porter County Home & Lifestyle Show

Get out and be inspired at the Porter County Home & Lifestyle Show

Here’s your chance to discover great new ways to optimize the space, natural assets, comfort and style of your home!

March 01, 2014 7:00 am
REwatch: Spring selling season just around the corner

REwatch: Spring selling season just around the corner

Here we are once again poised to begin real estate’s hottest season of the year and the supply of homes is still not keeping up with buyer demand. The fact that interest rates nudged up late last year resulted in some buyers putting the brakes on their plans – but only for a short time.

February 23, 2014 9:15 am
How to keep melting snow out of your basement

How to keep melting snow out of your basement

As the snow melts and the ground thaws, homeowners may have a few choice words for Mother Nature. Something along the lines of Dorothy’s infamous nemesis in The Wizard Oz, perhaps.

February 23, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Builder Focus: Get to know your home building team

Builder Focus: Get to know your home building team

Generally speaking, when you choose a builder, you’re choosing a general contractor – someone who will manage all aspects of the job from hiring and paying subcontractors for the various aspects of the construction to securing all the necessary building permits and code inspections.

February 22, 2014 11:45 am
Builder's Corner: Top new products for your kitchen and bath

Builder's Corner: Top new products for your kitchen and bath

Look for these winners from the annual competition at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) that showcases new products voted best of the best by members of the Modenus BlogTour in Las Vegas last month to start making their way into homes during new construction and remodels/updates th…

February 22, 2014 10:15 am
Temperature fluctuations, ice dams and the risk to your home

Temperature fluctuations, ice dams and the risk to your home

Snow, freeze, melt repeat.

February 22, 2014 8:00 am
REwatch: The eye of the beholder

REwatch: The eye of the beholder

When it comes to choosing a mate, car or home, different people have different ideas about what suits them – and there are always many factors to consider beyond outward appearance.

February 16, 2014 9:15 am
Green Growth Continues in Improving Economy

Green Growth Continues in Improving Economy

This winter’s unusually disruptive weather forced people to not only stay close to home but also indoors – impeding progress on building sites that weren’t already under roof and delaying homebuyers from looking at homes or making offers.

February 15, 2014 11:45 am
Builder's Corner: Getting real savings from a programmable thermostat

Builder's Corner: Getting real savings from a programmable thermostat

It’s been estimated that a programmable thermostat can save you up to 15 percent a year on energy costs, but, like any gadget or gizmo that brings technology in your home, you need to know how to use it - and then actually use it - to reap any rewards.

February 15, 2014 10:15 am
Movement in the right direction

Movement in the right direction

Buyers or sellers still sitting on the fence are getting ready to make their move.

February 15, 2014 6:30 am

The Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana

“The Strength of a Nation Lies in the Homes of its People”

February 14, 2014 11:56 am
REwatch: Validating Green Marketing Claims

REwatch: Validating Green Marketing Claims

More and more, companies are promoting the “green” attributes of their products and/or packaging, betting on consumer preference for things that are good for the environment.

February 09, 2014 9:15 am Photos

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Northwest Indiana Well Represented at State Conference

Northwest Indiana Well Represented at State Conference

Despite frigid temperatures and howling winds, a dedicated group of local REALTORS® showed up in force for the annual Indiana Association of REALTORS®’ Legislative Conference in Indianapolis at the end of January.

February 09, 2014 7:00 am
Builder Focus: Winter’s fury ups the ante for builders

Builder Focus: Winter’s fury ups the ante for builders

This winter’s unusually disruptive weather forced people to not only stay close to home but also indoors – impeding progress on building sites that weren’t already under roof and delaying homebuyers from looking at homes or making offers.

February 08, 2014 11:45 am
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