Lafayette, IN Real Estate News

By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
10 Ways to Lower Your Homeowner's Insurance Costshttp://www.yourrealestatespecialists.com/•1.           Raise your deductible. If you can afford to pay more toward a loss that occurs, your premiums will be lower.•2.           Buy your homeowners and auto policies from the same company. You'll usually qualify for a discount. But make sure that the savings really yields the lowest price.•3.           Make your home less susceptible to damage. Keep roofs and drains in good repair. Retrofit your house to protect against natural disasters common to your area.•4.           Keep your home safer. Install smoke detectors, burglar alarms, and dead-bolt locks. All of these will usually qualify for a discount.•5.           Be sure you insure your house for the correct amount. Remember, you're cover...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
 10 Things to Take the Trauma Out of Home Buying in Lafayette & West Lafayette Indianahttp://www.yourrealestatespecialists.com/ 1.  Find a real estate professional who's trustworthy. Homebuying is not only a big financial commitment, but also an emotional one. It's critical that the practitioner you choose is both skilled and a good fit with your personality. 2.  Remember, there's no "right" time to buy, any more than there's a right time to sell. If you find a home now, don't try to second-guess the interest rates or the housing market by waiting. Changes don't usually occur fast enough to make that much difference in price, and a good home won't stay on the market long. 3.  Don't ask for too many opinions. It's natural to want reassurance for such a big decision, but too many ideas wi...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
10 Steps to Prepare for Homeownership  •1.     Decide how much home you can afford. Generally, you can afford a home equal in value to between two and three times your gross income. •2.     Develop a wish list of what you'd like your home to have. Then prioritize the features on your list. •3.     Select three or four neighborhoods you'd like to live in. Consider items such as schools, recreational facilities, area expansion plans, and safety. •4.     Determine if you have enough saved to cover your downpayment and closing costs. Closing costs, including taxes, attorney's fee, and transfer fees average between 2 % and 7% of the home price. •5.     Get your credit in order. Obtain a copy of your credit report. •6.     Determine how large a mortgage you can qualify for. Also explore diffe...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
 5 Reasons You Need a REALTOR 1. A real esate transaction is complicated. In most cases, buying or selling a home requires disclosure forms, inspection reports, mortgage documents, insurance policies, deeds, and multi-page government-mandated settlement statements. A knowledgeable guide through this complixity can help you avoid delays or costly mistakes. 2. Selling or buying a home is time consuming. Even in a strong market, homes in our area stay on the market for an average of 95 days. And it usually takes another 60 days or so for the transaction to close after an offer is accepted. 3. Real estate has its own language. If you don't know a CMA from a PUD, you can understand why it's important to work with someone who speaks that language. 4. REALTORS have done it before. Most people ...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
  5 Common Homebuyer Mistakes in Lafayette & West Lafayette Indiana1. They don't ask enough questions of their lender and miss out on the best deal. 2. They don't act quickly enough to make a decision and someone else buys the house. 3. They don't find the right real estate professional who is willing to help you through the home buying process. 4. They don't do enough to make their offer look good to a seller. 5. They don't think about resale before they buy. THe average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years. 5 COMMON FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYER MISTAKES is Provided by: Your Real Estate Specialsits Group Keller Williams Lafayette, Signature Partners Lafayette & West Lafayette Indiana Real Estatehttp://www.yourrealestatespecialists.com/ http://www.lafayetteblog.com/Reprinted fro...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
Less furniture opened up this Vista homeWarmer color on the walls made this room cozyStage Your Home to Sell Faster in Lafayette & West Lafayette, Indiana Home Staging is a very popular way to best utilize your space, make it more pleasing to the eye, and help potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home.  You can do this yourself, or hire someone to professionallly stage it for you.  The key is to remove all clutter, packing away all extra items.  Make sure you also pack all photos, so buyers are not distracted while viewing your home.  As you can see above, the after photos are much more appealing than the before condition.  With clean spaces, and fresh paint the rooms look like new.  This is a great way to de-personalize your home, making it easier for buyers to envisi...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
Listed below are the current inventory and February, 2007 statistics for home sales in Tippecanoe County, IndianaTotal Homes Available:  1,000(as of March 15, 2007)Single-Family:  863 (8.99 month supply*) Condo:   (24.6 month supply*)Total Multi-Family Properties Available:   (as of March 15, 2007)  ( 36.5 month supply*) Total February, 2007 Sales:Single-Family:  96 (Price Range: $16,500 - $825,000) Condo:  3 (Price Range: $70,000 - $140,000) Multi-Family:  5 (Price Range: $49,900 - $159,000)Median Selling Price:Single-Family:  $$115,400 Condo:  $105,000 Multi-Family:  $104,450 Average Days on Market:Single-Family:  97 Condo: 182 Multi-Family:  118 Your Real Estate Specialists Group deems information reliable but not quaranteed.  Information is for MLS areas in Tippecanoe County:  Attic...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
TIMING IS EVERYTHING WHEN MOVING TO LAFAYETTE, WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANAThe key to a successful move is organization. Completing the right task at the right time is so important. Ultimately it can mean a smoother, less stressful and more enjoyable moving experience. A month before: Confirm your truck rental or verify arrangements with your professional moving company. Arrange for the transfer of important records including financial, medical, dental and school documents. Update all magazine and newspaper subscriptions. Start packing your belongings. Two weeks before: Fill out a "Change of Address" form at your local post office. Donate or sell unwanted items. Settle all balances with local businesses. Notify all utility services, credit card companies and other service providers (i.e. tra...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
HANDY HINTS FOR THOSE ON THE MOVE TO LAFAYETTE, WEST LAFAYETTE INDIANA1. One of the best nail hole fillers for white walls is in your medicine cabinet-a dab of toothpaste. 2. To find studs for hanging shelves and other heavy items try this trick: Run your electric shaver across the wall. When the sound shifts from hollow to solid, you've found your 2x4. Then mark those studs with a disappearing ink fabric pen. 3. Change the batteries in each smoke detector on your birthday. Safety is the best present of all. 4. Locate and mark the main shut-off valves for your water and gas. During an emergency is NOT the best time to do this. 5. Before you screw in a new lightbulb, give the base a quick shot of WD-40 or other spray lubricant. It'll come out effortlessly when you need to change it again...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
WELCOME to Indiana Indiana, midwestern state in the N central United States. It is bordered by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan (N), Ohio (E), Kentucky, across the Ohio R. (S), and Illinois (W). Area, 36,291 sq mi (93,994 sq km). Pop.(2005) 6,271,973, a 3.1% increase since the 2000 census. Capital and largest city, Indianapolis. Motto, Crossroads of America. State bird,cardinal. State flower, peony. State tree, tulip poplar.State parks, 23. State historic sites, 17.  Although Indiana is primarily a manufacturing state, about three quarters of the land is utilized for agriculture. With a growing season of about 170 days and an average rainfall of 40 in. (102 cm) per year, Indiana farms have rich yields. Grain crops, mainly corn and wheat, are important and also support livestock a...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
     Selling a home is the largest business transaction most of us will ever make.   The selling process can be very complex and time consuming, however with the aid of our services and our commitment to handling your business with integrity and honesty, be certain you will come away completely satisfied and stress free.  Appraisals are our specialty, so you will be sure the price we set, working as a team, reflects the true value of your home under current market conditions . . . rest assured you will be completely satisfied with your selling price once we have completed the proper research and evaluation. Discover what your Lafayette area home is worth with our FREE No Obligation Home Evaluation! Selling Homes is Our Specialty.  When you list your home with us, you have five Realtors...
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
   Buying or Selling?  Contact the Team of Experts, with 22 Years Real Estate Experience!      Becky Johnson- Team Leader         REALTOR, ABR, CMMS, CMRS, CRS, GRI Phone:  765.426.2083 Email: TopAgentKW@aol.com    Becky is a Lafayette area native, raised on a farm in southern Tippecanoe County. She attended Purdue University, and worked for a local CPA firm in taxation and accounting for 10 years. Current hobbies of hers include traveling, cooking, and participating in various charity events. Becky is an Accredited Buyer Representative,a Cendant Mobility Affinity Specialist, a Certified Residential Specialist, a Graduate of Realtor Institute,a Cendant Mobility Marketing Specialist and a Cendant Mobility Residential Specialist. Becky has earned Master Club level of production since 199...
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WELCOME to Indiana! Indiana, midwestern state in the N central United States. It is bordered by Lake Michigan and the state of Michigan (N), Ohio (E), Kentucky, across the Ohio R. (S), and Illinois (W). Area, 36,291 sq mi (93,994 sq km). Pop.(2005) 6,271,973, a 3.1% increase since the 2000 census. Capital and largest city, Indianapolis. Motto, Crossroads of America. State bird,cardinal. State flower, peony. State tree, tulip poplar.State parks, 23. State historic sites, 17.  Although Indiana is primarily a manufacturing state, about three quarters of the land is utilized for agriculture. With a growing season of about 170 days and an average rainfall of 40 in. (102 cm) per year, Indiana farms have rich yields. Grain crops, mainly corn and wheat, are important and also support livestock ...
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By Erika Fultz
(Century 21)
Spring is just around the corner...now is the time to sell your home!  We have wonderful resources to prepare you for this major move!  From curb appeal, staging your home, and getting your home ready for an Open House...we have it covered!  With 22 Years Experience & 6 Realtors working for you, we have systems that work!  Our secret weapon is the technology that we utilize for home buyers & sellers alike.  Our State of the Art Website is our biggest asset, with Virtual Tours, Satelite Mapping, and Photo Perfection System.  We supply all of our Sellers with their own personalized home website also.  This is advertised in all of our print marketing, and directs buyers directly to the home's custom virtual tour.  Buyers are attracted to all of the features our website offers, and in this ...
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  Your Real Estate Specialists Group's website is an effective marketing tool for attracting buyers.   We provide Satelite Technology, Virtual Tours, Blog Posts, and Syndication to Hundreds of Websites & Directories.  Our website allows buyers to learn about properties that they may not otherwise know about. Buyers may contact Your Real Estate Specialists Group immediately by email, phone, or fax. Your home will be exposed to the growing number of buyers that prefer to shop through the Internet. Whether your home's new owner turns out to be from around the corner, or half-way around the globe, our website offers you a far-reaching means to market your home. www.YourRealEstateSpecialists.com http://www.lafayetteblog.com/    Erika Fultz - Keller Williams Realty - Lafayette, Indiana
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
 We're excited to announce Annette Crespo has joined Your Real Estate Specialists Group!Annette CrespoSe Habla Español Realtor Phone:  765.413-5154 Email: annette.crespo@gmail.com Annette Crespo comes to Keller Williams Realty as an experienced real estate agent. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Annette relocated with her husband and two girls to West Lafayette in 2004. After a successful career in San Juan as an Interior Designer, she attended the School of Business at Inter-American University in Puerto Rico while managing her family owned furniture business. Her passion for decoration and design led her to enroll in San Juan School of Interior Design where she completed an Associates Degree in Interior Design and Decorative Arts. Annette is bilingual in Spanish and English and ...
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By Tina DeVore
(Realty Executives)
Call to set an appointment to come in for a FREE workshop on how to sell your home and some important tips you need to know!The workshop will cover:Marketing your homeThe Lafayette market right nowA FREE comparative marketing analysisAnd more!Please call 807-2607 to set your appointment.Please have 45 minutes available for this workshop.
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By Becky Johnson - Lafayette & West Lafayette, IN
(Your Real Estate Specialists Group - Century 21)
 Buying real estate in the Greater Lafayette and West Lafayette Area, IN area should be an exciting adventure. And while relocating to any new city can seem a little mystifying, it doesn't need to be. Let us help save you time and money. Together we will determine your family's needs and provide you with single step opportunities to help you find the perfect home to enhance your lifestyle.   Specializing in properties of distinction in the Greater Lafayette & West Lafayette Area real estate market since 1994, we have proven  to be top negotiators for our clients. We are committed to handling your real estate needs with the utmost care and professionalism through our extensive knowledge of the local real estate market. Whether you are searching for Lafayette, West Lafayette, or surroundi...
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By David Mennen
(David Mennen - Tippecanoe Mortgage, Indiana)
The Secrets Of How To Own The Home Of Your Dreams With Little Or NO Money DownThe report your landlord hopes you never read!LAFAYETTE INDIANA - June 2007.  A married couple recently went out on a Sunday drive just to look at open houses with the dream of one day owning a home of their own.  The couple had no money for a down payment.  Out of curiosity they stopped at a home in a lovely subdivision.  When they spoke to the real estate agent they were asked the question, "Even if you do not have money for a down payment, would you still like to purchase a home of your own?"  "What's the catch?" the husband responded.  He thought to himself, "We have no cash, our credit isn't exactly perfect, so there is no way we could qualify for a loan.  If we could the interest rate would have to be to...
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Listed below are the current inventory and January, 2007 statistics for home sales in Tippecanoe County, Indiana Total Homes Available:  975 (as of February 21, 2007)Single-Family:  852 (9.36 month supply*) Condo:  123  (41 month supply*)Total Multi-Family Properties Available:  67 (as of February 21, 2007)  (13.4 month supply*) Total January, 2007 Sales:Single-Family:  91 (Price Range: $19,100 - $418,0000) Condo:  3 (Price Range: $66,500 - $201,120) Multi-Family:  5 (Price Range: $94,000 - $238,900)Median Selling Price:Single-Family:  $116,000 Condo:  $121,000 Multi-Family:  $165,000Average Days on Market:Single-Family:  90 Condo: 128 Multi-Family:  79Your Real Estate Specialists Group deems information reliable but not quaranteed.  Information is for MLS areas in Tippecanoe County.* -...
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