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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
Peoples Bank restarts construction loan seminars

Peoples Bank restarts construction loan seminars

While their highly informative first-time homebuyer seminars have remained fairly steady over the last several years, Peoples Bank hasn’t held a construction loan seminar for quite some time.

March 31, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Helping People Achieve the Dream of Homeownership

Helping People Achieve the Dream of Homeownership

Our homes help define who we are. Everything in and about our homes – from the colors on the walls to the knick knacks on the shelves – is an expression of our families and our selves.

March 24, 2013 12:00 am

How Do You View Aging?

Abraham Lincoln may have said it best, “And in the end, it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.”

March 17, 2013 12:00 am

Ireland’s Top Trends

Nest Labs co-founder Tony Fadell's newest gadget has been called the iPod of thermostats.

March 16, 2013 12:00 am
How Do You View Aging?

How Do You View Aging?

How Do You View Aging?

March 15, 2013 12:00 am
HECM for Purchase: Little Known and Often Misunderstood

HECM for Purchase: Little Known and Often Misunderstood

A term used exclusively for the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured reverse mortgage program, HECM stands for Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.

March 10, 2013 12:00 am
High Tech Group Goes Green

High Tech Group Goes Green

Nest Labs co-founder Tony Fadell's newest gadget has been called the iPod of thermostats.

March 09, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Building Communities

Building Communities

The son of Robert B. and Florence Coolman, Robert V. Coolman got his start in the residential land development and homebuilding business growing up in Valparaiso.

March 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Form & Function in Homebuilding

With the number of specific selections you need to make when building a new home or remodeling, look to this space for the very latest innovations in design and materials, plus new products for kitchens, baths, great rooms, bedrooms, suites, entryways, outdoor living and more.

March 02, 2013 12:00 am

Start Prepping Now to Make Spring Buyers Fall in Love with Your Home

Ask any local real estate professional – from sales agents to lenders, appraisers, inspectors, title processors and even builders (people who buy new construction often have a home to sell before they can seal the deal) – homes that are priced right are selling, and they are often selling ve…

February 24, 2013 12:00 am

Signs of Strength in the Home Building Market

When the housing boom went from its peak in July 2006 to the lowest lows of the bust in 2011, new home sales set record lows. Then, with single-family building permits on the rise in 2012, builders started hammering away again. New pre-sold and speculative (spec) homes were taking shape acro…

February 16, 2013 12:00 am
Why Professional Designation “Alphabet Soup” Matters

Why Professional Designation “Alphabet Soup” Matters

How many times have you seen a group of capitol letters after someone’s name and actually understood what they stand for? For example, while most people know CPA is certified public accountant, you probably won’t recognize CGB is certified graduate builder, CRB is certified real estate broke…

February 10, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Pillars of the Community: Dedicate New Play Yard

Pillars of the Community: Dedicate New Play Yard

United Way’s annual Day of Caring celebrates volunteerism. Bringing together teams from local businesses, municipalities, churches and civic groups on the third Friday in August, the day provides an inside look at the great work nonprofits accomplish.

February 03, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Desirable Properties are Selling Quickly

The monthly Indiana Real Estate Markets Report released by the state’s REALTORS® last week shows that 2012 was a strong turnaround year for Indiana housing markets.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am

Turning the Corner

Real estate analysts anticipate that in years to come, 2012 will be considered the year the real estate market turned the corner after a five tumultuous years, and local year-end real estate market data for single-family existing homes in Lake and Porter Counties supports this notion, accord…

January 19, 2013 12:00 am

It’s Time to Get Serious!

Over the past year, mortgage interest rates remained at record lows and home prices bottomed out. As a result, demand is starting to catch up with supply, generating some measurable momentum in the housing industry.

January 13, 2013 12:00 am
Building Wealth: Two Couples Make the Move from Renters to Homeowners

Building Wealth: Two Couples Make the Move from Renters to Homeowners

Forgoing the latest “get rich scheme,” most people know there is no single right answer for building wealth. In fact, when you Google “wealth building,” you’ll find ten rules, nine lessons, three simple steps, seven strategies, four pillars and more to help you manage your money.

January 06, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Volunteers Get the Job Done at Habitat ReStore

Volunteers Get the Job Done at Habitat ReStore

Married 48 years, Habitat for Humanity ReStore volunteers Stan and Pat Henard are enjoying their retirement years.

December 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Agents Continue Long-Established Tradition

Agents Continue Long-Established Tradition

Holiday traditions build lifelong memories. They help us bond and reconnect with loved ones, friends and neighbors.

December 23, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Phillippe Builders, Local Property Managers Earn Industry Accolades

Phillippe Builders, Local Property Managers Earn Industry Accolades

When shopping for just about everything, from new kitchen appliances to cars and even hotel rooms, the Internet has become a great place to do your homework. Not only can you check local availability and competitive prices, you can also gain valuable insight from other consumers like yoursel…

December 16, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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President Obama Answers #MY2k Question on Deductions for Home Owners

President Obama Answers #MY2k Question on Deductions for Home Owners

With Congress reviewing various measures to deal with the so-called fiscal cliff by the end of the month, one that some members are backing – and the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles Committee recommends – is the loss or reduction of mortgage interest tax deductions.

December 09, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Home Energy Efficiency is Good for the Environment and Your Wallet

Home Energy Efficiency is Good for the Environment and Your Wallet

There’s no doubt that the choices we make and the products we buy test our commitment to maintain a healthy planet. When it comes to our homes, we burn fossil fuels for heating, cooling and lighting.

December 02, 2012 12:00 am
The Window of Opportunity is Wide Open

The Window of Opportunity is Wide Open

By year-end, Fannie Mae economists expect home sales to increase approximately 9% from last year’s levels, reaching an estimated 4.98 million units.

November 25, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Life Changes and Affordability

Life Changes and Affordability

There’s no doubt that more and more people who were waiting for just the right time are ready to buy a home.

November 18, 2012 12:00 am
Establishing Roots

Establishing Roots

For the majority of us, owning a home is much more than investing in property – it’s about investing in our selves, our families and our communities.

November 11, 2012 12:00 am
More Home for Your Money

More Home for Your Money

History demonstrates that housing recovery = economic recovery. You can’t have one without the other, and that’s precisely why numbers are constantly being reported and analyzed.

November 04, 2012 12:00 am
Local Business Collaboration Earns National Recognition

Local Business Collaboration Earns National Recognition

As long as he can remember, Michael Belzowski has had a passion for woodworking.

October 28, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Making a Difference One Home at a Time

Making a Difference One Home at a Time

Since building the Gem, the first National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Emerald-Certified House in the state, Treasure Homes Inc. continues to be a green building leader in northwest Indiana.

October 21, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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ReStore Stocks Up with Generous Schilling Donation

ReStore Stocks Up with Generous Schilling Donation

Following a new home dedication on Thursday, Habitat for Humanity of Northwest Indiana is hosting their annual “Building Hope One Step at a Time” 5K Walk/Run at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Crown Point today.

October 06, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Homeownership Makes a Comeback

According to the Associated Press, a new snapshot of census data released Thursday further supports what economic indicators were already suggesting - that the nation is in a tentative, fragile recovery.

September 22, 2012 12:00 am
Sealing the Deal on the Home of Your Dreams

Sealing the Deal on the Home of Your Dreams

My mother had a busy summer. She found a new home she wanted to purchase, listed her existing house for sale and sold it to the first people who walked through the door.

September 16, 2012 12:00 am

Celebrating 93 Years of Tradition in Lowell

First organized in 1919 by the American Legion as a welcome home tribute for World War I veterans, the Lowell Labor Day Parade honors the American work ethic.

September 02, 2012 12:00 am

New Mindset for Buyers and Sellers as Seasons Change

For those of us with school-age children and young adults, summer came to a screeching halt over the course of the last couple weeks.

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

Zillow Names 3 NWI Communities as Top Sellers’ Markets in Chicagoland

When it comes to gathering information on real estate, there are dozens of resources on the internet. In fact, if you type in your own address, you may just learn a few things about your personal property. . . and then take a peek at your neighbors, a few friends and relatives, some co-worke…

August 19, 2012 12:00 am

Simple home improvements are easy on your budget

In keeping with the growing post-recession trend of doing more with less, homeowners are on the lookout for fresh, low-cost alternatives when it comes to revitalizing their homes.

August 12, 2012 12:00 am
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