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Crown Point Community Recap

(Published on - 3/6/2019 8:12:31 PM)

 

This past Tuesday, March 4th, Crown Point Mayor Dave Uran hosted his monthly community forum, “Tuesday Talks With the Mayor”. These talks are great events and a great way to stay informed on the Crown Point community.  Here are the main takeaways I took from his most recent talk along with upcoming community events-

 

  • Crown Point’’s St. Patrick's’ Day Parade is Sunday March 17th. The lighted parade kicks off at dusk and follows Main St and ends on the Downtown Square.
  • Bulldog Park is scheduled to be finished for a Grand Opening on May 31st.
  • A new stop light is scheduled to be installed this summer by Crown Point High School at Main St. and Burrell Drive. The road will also be improved from Indiana Ave. to the YMCA.
  • Road paving will begin in Spring with the City planning on paving 7-8 miles of roads.
  • The Crown Point Dog Park will have new “playground” equipment installed for your dogs this summer. The dog park is located across from the Babe Ruth Fields on Center Ross Rd.
  • Phase 2 of the Downtown sidewalk improvements will start in late March/ early April. INDOT will then pave and restripe the roads around the Square.
  • Crown Point had another record year issuing home permits
  • 109th and I-65 Improvements
    • Delaware Parkway will be finished North of 109th Ave and connect with 107th Ave and 105th Ave.
    • Once Delaware Parkway is connected to 107th & 105th Ave. the widening of 109th Ave. will begin.
    • Crown Point medians will replace temporary medians and a stop light will be installed at 109th Ave and Delaware Parkway.
    • Crown Point continues to monitor INDOT to ensure they move forward with the widening of the I-65 underpass to coincide with the 109th Ave. widening. 
    • 109th Ave. will then be improved east of I-65 with  a roundabout planned for Iowa St. and 109th.
    • Should announce soon that Lakeshore Bone & Joint Institute will locate their Corporate Headquarters to Crown Point at 109th & I-65.
    • Should have more information available next month on Hotel Development in Crown Point.

 

You can find a recorded broadcast of the talk on Crown Point Community Events facebook Page.  I'll continue to provide you with a monthly recap as well, so please check back often.  If you know of anyone who is thinking of joining our great community, I'd be happy to help. Give me a call at 219-306-0333.

 

 


6 Mistakes Home Buyers Make

(Published on - 3/6/2019 6:21:40 PM)

The 6 Mistakes Home Buyers Make When Purchasing a Home

 


Your Quick Start Guide to Purchasing a Home

(Published on - 3/5/2019 8:40:45 PM)

 

Are you looking to buy a home but not sure where to start? Check out my quick start guide to buying a home. 

 

 

 


Real Estate Negotiation Tips from the Manny Machado Signing

(Published on - 2/27/2019 9:31:03 PM)

I have to start this post by disclosing I am a huge baseball fan and an even bigger fan of the Chicago White Sox.  Last week, the White Sox got outbid in their pursuit of one of the best free agent players on the market. After my initial anger and disappointment, I started to read about the offer process and it was eerily similar to a real estate transaction.  With spring and baseball around the corner, I thought this would be a fun take and lesson about real estate negotiation.

For my non baseball fans out there, let me give you a little back story. The player involved was Manny Machado. Machado, is a perennial all-star player and widely considered as one of the 10 best players in the game today.  He is what's called a "generational talent". A player that rarely becomes a free agent, let alone at an affordable price. Many experts thought that by signing Machado, the White Sox would not only immediately improve this year, but he would help them contend for championships in the near future.  He was considered a "perfect" fit.

 

What does this have to do with real estate?   Imagine Machado as your “dream” home. You find the absolutely perfect property, it’s what you’ve been dreaming of, has everything you’ve ever wanted and is within your budget.  But it’s a buyer’s market and the house has been sitting on the market for a few months. Instead of going after the home aggressively and securing your perfect home, you decide it’s more important to get the home on your terms.  Your Realtor reminds you that this is the house you’ve been searching for and it’s a good deal at the listed price. Based on the days on market, you presume there’s not much activity and come in with a lower offer refusing to bid against yourself. The seller is not willing to go that low and the house continues to be marketed to other potential buyers.

 

You tell your Realtor to leave the offer open and check back often to see if the seller has changed their mind.  The seller holds firm and acknowledges there are still showings and interest in the home. You decide to hold your ground, thinking that the seller could be “making up” the showings do get you to change your offer.

 

A few more weeks go by and with the Spring season around the corner and more homes getting ready to hit the market, you feel more confident that the seller will eventually come down to your price.  Then your Realtor calls, a buyer who’s been interested in the home but thought it was out of their price range, spoke to their lender again and found out they could actually afford the home. They immediately submitted a “strong” offer.  The seller asks for highest and best from both buyers. You’re conflicted as this is your “perfect” home but still feel that you can get the house at a better price by getting creative with incentives. You offer more earnest money, waive your home inspection and offer to close quickly, but keep your offer price the same.  Feeling confident you tell your Realtor to submit that offer as your highest and best. A few hours go by and your agent calls with the news. The seller accepted the second offer. The offer, while still containing a home inspection and longer close date, still offered a higher net price to the seller. You’re devastated knowing that you “perfect” home has just been sold to another buyer.

 

This is similar to what happened to the White Sox. All along they felt they had the lone offer in and felt they were in a good position to close the deal.  Even though the seller (Machado) told them it would take a higher offer and the “Net” amount was most important. The White Sox knew he was the perfect fit, but refused to come in with their strongest offer. Enter the San Diego Padres. All along they thought Machado was out of their price range . When they checked in and found out the “list” price, they were surprised he was within their budget.  They immediately submitted their strongest. The White Sox held fast and tried to get “creative” with their offer by offering incentives, even though they new the “net” amount of the offer was most important to Machado.  In the end, Manny Macahdo is a San Diego Padre and the White Sox are left wondering what went wrong.

 

While this was a baseball transaction, it shares similarities to many real estate transactions. As buyers we have a tendency to overthink things and let emotions rule. We get so wrapped up in trying to get the best deal, we overlook the fact that, maybe, it’s already a good deal. In today’s Northwest Indiana Market, it's not uncommon to find multiple offers on homes.  Before you start your home search, lay out what is important to you in a home. Discuss with your agent the items you can’t live without and what items you can make concessions on. This will help your Realtor guide you in negotiations. I’m not telling you to go out and pay full price on your next home, but don’t get so blinded trying to secure a “good” deal that you lose sight of what’s most important to you.  In today’s market, making an initial, strong offer can go a long way in securing your “dream” home.

 

If you want to discuss the Northwest Indiana Real Estate market or talk some baseball, contact me at 219-306-0333.

 

Have a Great Week!


Interest Rates

(Published on - 2/26/2019 12:25:21 AM)

In case you were't paying attention, interest rates finished lower for the 3rd straight week for the week ending 2/21/19.  While these are not the historic low interest rates we saw the last couple of years, these are still great rates.  Just looking back to this time 10 years ago, interest rates sat at 5.13% in February of 2019. 

 

While this is an encouraging trend that bears watching, I am still advising both my buyer AND seller clients to act sooner rather than waiting. 

 

If you have any questions on the interst rates or about buying or selling a home. Give me a call 219-306-0333. 

 

 

 


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