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REwatch: HERS = MPG

If you’re a current homeowner or in the market to buy a home, there’s an acronym you should be familiar with, especially since it’s being added to home listings across the country.

April 20, 2014 9:15 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
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
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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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
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
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
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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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
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
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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REwatch: Looking forward to another good year for buyers and owners

REwatch: Looking forward to another good year for buyers and owners

It’s hard to believe January is already behind us.

February 02, 2014 9:15 am
REwatch: Investing in Your Home

REwatch: Investing in Your Home

We’ve all seen the effect housing prices have on home equity.

January 26, 2014 9:15 am
REwatch: White House Acknowledges Hometown Pride, Partnerships in Gary

REwatch: White House Acknowledges Hometown Pride, Partnerships in Gary

Like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson believes, “there’s no place like home.”

January 19, 2014 9:15 am
REwatch: Five Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

REwatch: Five Financial Reasons to Buy a Home

Homeownership makes sense for countless social and family reasons.

January 12, 2014 9:15 am
REwatch: Resolve to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

REwatch: Resolve to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle

January is always a time for new beginnings, reflections and resolutions.

January 05, 2014 9:15 am
REwatch: Taking Charge when Making a Move

REwatch: Taking Charge when Making a Move

Buying and selling residential real estate involves many different steps.

December 29, 2013 9:15 am Photos

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REwatch: Why We Move Where We Move

REwatch: Why We Move Where We Move

Unlike our siblings, my husband and I have not “strayed” very far from our hometown. While where we lived during our childhood was not our decision, where we chose to raise our family was, and we chose to remain close to our parents.

December 22, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: How Credit Scores Affect Mortgage Rates

REwatch: How Credit Scores Affect Mortgage Rates

It’s a fact: mortgage interest rates are constantly changing. Across the US, they are currently changing at the fastest pace in over 4 years. That makes it challenging for homebuyers on a quest for the lowest possible interest rates.

December 08, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Tis the Season to Reduce Waste

REwatch: Tis the Season to Reduce Waste

Several years ago, I started a new Christmas tradition - no more gift boxes.

December 01, 2013 9:15 am Photos

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REAL ESTATE 2013: Finding Balance in the Housing Market

REAL ESTATE 2013: Finding Balance in the Housing Market

If we learned anything from the recent ups and downs in the housing market, it's that the pendulum swings both ways.

November 24, 2013 9:23 am
REwatch: Consider the Value of Community when Shopping

REwatch: Consider the Value of Community when Shopping

Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have organized events for America Recycles Day on or around November 15th to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action.

November 24, 2013 9:15 am Photos

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REwatch: Did You Take the Pledge?

REwatch: Did You Take the Pledge?

Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have organized events for America Recycles Day on or around November 15th to promote recycling awareness, commitment and action.

November 17, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Decision to Buy is not One Size Fits All

REwatch: Decision to Buy is not One Size Fits All

In life, we all travel different paths but when it comes to certain milestones we are often on the same page. For example, tying the knot usually precedes applying for a mortgage.

November 10, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Collaborative Effort Spurs Change in Our Local Communities

REwatch: Collaborative Effort Spurs Change in Our Local Communities

Along with investing in their personal growth and development as well as professional credibility, members in associations of like-minded individuals share industry knowledge and support one another

November 03, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: What does Homeownership Mean to You?

REwatch: What does Homeownership Mean to You?

Using the timeframe that most commonly defines baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – there are about 75 million people between the ages of 49 and 67 currently living in the US.

October 27, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: How Boomers are Changing Housing

REwatch: How Boomers are Changing Housing

Using the timeframe that most commonly defines baby boomers – those born between 1946 and 1964 – there are about 75 million people between the ages of 49 and 67 currently living in the US.

October 20, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Providing a Foundation for our Communities in More Ways than One

REwatch: Providing a Foundation for our Communities in More Ways than One

Lovelyn and Matt Palm’s personal journey is truly an inspiration, and I always enjoy the time I get to spend with them in their home so I can share their story with you.

October 13, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Baby Boomers Prepare for Next Step

REwatch: Baby Boomers Prepare for Next Step

It takes planning to meet retirement goals, and sometimes “the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

October 06, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Seasonal Maintenance is Investment Protection

REwatch: Seasonal Maintenance is Investment Protection

There are so many different aspects to consider when making the decision to buy and/or sell a home. One thing the last several years have proven is that real estate is cyclical. It goes up, it goes down and it goes back up again. You really can’t time the market to figure out when it’s the b…

September 29, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Putting Down Roots, Literally and Figuratively

REwatch: Putting Down Roots, Literally and Figuratively

What does homeownership mean to you?

September 22, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Here We Go Again . . . or Not

REwatch: Here We Go Again . . . or Not

Earlier this week, CNBC reported “Yep, its’ another housing bubble,” based on the latest numbers from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) home price affordability index, which is published with a two-month delay so the latest numbers are from July.

September 15, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Homeownership Makes Sense

REwatch: Homeownership Makes Sense

Most homeowners (95 percent) and renters (72 percent) believe that over a period of several years, it makes more sense to own a home than to rent, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

September 08, 2013 9:15 am
REwatch: Charting the Housing Recovery

REwatch: Charting the Housing Recovery

Last week, Trulia Chief Economist Jed Kolko explained what he calls Phase Three of the Housing Recovery. Each month, via Trulia’s Housing Barometer, Kolko reports on the progress of the housing market recovery. This particular entry provides some great insight on just how far we’ve come.

August 31, 2013 6:03 pm Photos

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REWatch: Rising Rates Have Buyers Jumping Off the Fence

Whether you’re buying or selling – or both – now is a good time to make a move, according to Pat Mertz Esswein.

August 25, 2013 9:30 am
REWatch: It’s Time to Cash in on the Housing Rebound

REWatch: It’s Time to Cash in on the Housing Rebound

Whether you’re buying or selling – or both – now is a good time to make a move, according to Pat Mertz Esswein.

August 18, 2013 9:30 am
REWatch: Can You Hear Opportunity Knocking?

REWatch: Can You Hear Opportunity Knocking?

It’s a great time to buy a home. We’ve all been hearing this for so long that it may have lost it’s urgency a bit.

August 11, 2013 9:30 am
REWatch: Multiple Offers and Shrinking Inventory

REWatch: Multiple Offers and Shrinking Inventory

The real estate market is experiencing dramatic and exciting changes both nationally and locally, and Porter County has been no exception, according to Steve Baker.

August 04, 2013 9:30 am
REWatch:What’s Your Story?

REWatch:What’s Your Story?

Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

July 28, 2013 11:45 am Photos

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REWatch: Habitat Volunteers Contribute to the Greater Good

REWatch: Habitat Volunteers Contribute to the Greater Good

Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

July 14, 2013 11:45 am Photos

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REWatch: Avoiding a Closing Crisis

REWatch: Avoiding a Closing Crisis

As a prospective homebuyer, you know that once you have a lender’s preapproval in hand, it’s time to shop for a home.

July 14, 2013 11:45 am Photos

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REWatch: Separating the Facts from Myths

REWatch: Separating the Facts from Myths

Probably one of the most important choices you can make when selecting a reverse mortgage is the lender.

July 07, 2013 11:45 am
REWatch: Reliable Backup Power

REWatch: Reliable Backup Power

From Whiting to Michigan City, Indiana residents have access to some of the finest beaches and outdoor recreational areas in the nation.

June 30, 2013 12:00 am
REWatch: Location—The Greatest Determining Factor in Real Estate Value

REWatch: Location—The Greatest Determining Factor in Real Estate Value

From Whiting to Michigan City, Indiana residents have access to some of the finest beaches and outdoor recreational areas in the nation.

June 23, 2013 12:00 am
REWatch: Buyers Need More Options

REWatch: Buyers Need More Options

Homebuyers today are done playing a wait and see game with the real estate market.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am
REWatch: RE/MAX Brand Attracts New Agents

REWatch: RE/MAX Brand Attracts New Agents

Whether buying or selling a home, you’re making an important decision that will likely have a significant impact on your life. Putting the right knowledge, resources and support on your side can help ensure a great experience.

June 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Cleaner, greener communities every day

When Keep America Beautiful first aired the well-known TV commercial with a Native American shedding a single tear at the sight of litter being dropped on the road, I was eight years old. To this day, whenever I see someone litter I think about the “crying Indian” ad and its message, “People…

April 21, 2013 12:00 am
Home Builders Association Embarks on New Chapter

Home Builders Association Embarks on New Chapter

When the Lake County and Porter County Builders Associations merged in 2011, the goal was to come together and forge a stronger future for all. Now the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA), a nonprofit trade association of builders and associated industry professionals dedica…

April 14, 2013 12:00 am
Finding Your Shade of “Green”

Finding Your Shade of “Green”

“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”

March 31, 2013 12:00 am
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