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By Donna Miller
(NW Indiana Mortgage, LLC)
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NW Indiana Mortgage provides financing for GOOD, BAD OR NO CREDIT.  We will structure your loan to best fit your needs, while giving you different options of programs available.  Why shop your own loan out, when we will do it for you with one credit pull to as many lenders as we need to.

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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I was doing a little research on my own, both here in Active Rain and in the outside world.  Figured I could post some links to the sites I found that actually made sense to me:Using the Competition to Boost your SEO Performance A step by step, short article on using your competitions keywords to...

By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
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Unless the buyer who makes an offer on your home has the resources to qualify for a mortgage, you may not really have a sale. If possible, try to determine a buyer's financial status before signing the contract. Ask:1. If the buyer has been prequalified or preapproved (better) for a mortgage. Suc...

By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
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How High Tech Is Your Home?If the latest technology or entertainment options are important in your new home, add the following questions to your buyer's checklist.1. Are there enough jacks in every room for cable TV and high-speed Internet hookups? 2. Are there enough telephone extensions or jack...

By Teresa Tylisz, Willems Realtors
(Willems Realtors)
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THE BOTTOM LINE Sellers: Free Bottom Line Analysis of Net Profit To find out how much money you'll net from your house, add up your closing costs and subtract them from the sale price of the house. Closing Costs for Sellers Mortgage payoff and outstanding interest. Prorations for real estate taxe...

By Teresa Tylisz, Willems Realtors
(Willems Realtors)
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1. Get estimates from a reliable repairperson on items that need to be replaced soon, a roof or worn carpeting, for example. In this way, buyers will have a better sense of how much these needed repairs will affect their costs.2. Have a termite inspection to prove to buyers that the property is n...

By Teresa Tylisz, Willems Realtors
(Willems Realtors)
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HOUSE HUNTING without a REALTOR?: First of all, the sellers pay our commissions, not the buyers. Think you can save money by house-hunting on your own, and asking the seller for a discount since you're not represented by a Realtor? Guess what? You'll just do the listing agent a favor by doubling ...

By Teresa Tylisz, Willems Realtors
(Willems Realtors)
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Questions to Ask When Choosing a REALTOR®1. How long have you been in residential real estate sales? Is it your full-time job? While experience is no guarantee of skill, real estate, like many other professions, is mostly learned on the job. 2. What designations do you hold? Designations such as ...

By Teresa Tylisz, Willems Realtors
(Willems Realtors)
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Tax Benefits of Home OwnershipThe tax deductions you can take for mortgage interest and property taxes greatly increase the financial benefits of home ownership. Here's how it works. Assume: $9,877 = Mortgage interest paid (a loan of $150,000 for 30 years, at 7 percent, using year-five interest) ...

By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
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1. Get rid of clutter. Throw out or file stacks of newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items. Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier. Clean out the garage.2. Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.3. Keep everything extra...

By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
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5 Common First-Time Homebuyer MistakesThey don't ask enough questions of their lender and miss out on the best deal. They don't act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house. They don't find the right agent whose willing to help them through the homebuying process.They don...

By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
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1. Decide how much home you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between 2 and 3 times your gross income. 2. Determine if you have enough downpayment to qualify for a mortgage. Ideally, you should have 20 percent of the purchase price as a downpayment 3. Consider other s...

By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
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1. Tax breaks. The U.S. Tax Code lets you deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage, property taxes you pay, as well as some of the costs involved in buying your home.2. Gains. Over last five years (1998-2002) national home prices have increased at an average of 5.4 percent annually. And while...

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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Valparaiso, IndianaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Valparaiso (IPA: [ˌvɑl.pə.ˈɹeɪ.zoʊ]) is a city in Porter County, Indiana, USA, and is part of the Chicago Metropolitan Area. It is the county seat of Porter CountyGR6. The city's nickname is Valpo.HistoryEstablished in 1836 as the county se...
Why is this the only franchise I will ever review? I'm not a big fan franchises, so I try to not to eat at them.  I love the uniqueness of independent restaurants and make it a rule to not eat at a place I can find at home when I am out of town. Example - why ,when I am in downtown Chicago, would...

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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This is totally a post about our local area.  I'm not much of a statistician, so I'll leave the Days on Market and Number of Pends and Average Listing Price type numbers to your favorite REALTOR, and there are some great ones right here on http://www.activerain.com/ for Porter County.  I can comm...

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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City of Valparaiso Website "History of the City"The State of Indiana was known as Indian territory because it was a rendezvous point for many Indian Tribes. The first pioneers ventured through this area about 1670. The first settler in the area was a French-Canadian named Joseph Bailley, who in 1...

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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The Porter County Builders Association will feature its annual Parade of Homes in June of 2007 at Aberdeen.  Aberdeen was the home of the 200 Parade of Homes, one of the most successful Parades in region history.  Last night was the first night of builder sign-ups, with only 8 sites available thi...

By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
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I regularly blog on http://daltonsbriefs.blogspot.com/ on issues of international or political intrigue.  We here at Synergy Homes have had a pretty wild year .... frankly with everyone complaining about the housing market in general, we were surprised to have so much traffic and activity.   Did ...

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