Portage, IN Real Estate News

By Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate
(Christine McDaniel Realty, LLC)
Portage Indiana Market Statistics Jan. 2012 - Mar. 2012    Actives –   55 homes for sale in Portage Indiana homes. 33 average days on the market for the active listings. $139,900 median list price for Portage Indiana homes.     Listings per Status    Minimum, Average, Maximum   Contingents –   11 home currently contingent in Portage Indiana. 177 average days on the market for the contingent home. $130,000 median list price for contingent homes in Portage Indiana.     Pendings- 20 homes currently pendings in Portage Indiana. 90 average days on the market for pending homes. $ 117,000 median list price for pending homes in Portage Indiana.     Days On Market Analysis    Listing Price\Selling Price   Solds –   35 homes sold in Portage Indiana. 95 average days on the market for sold homes. $...
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By Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate
(Christine McDaniel Realty, LLC)
  Portage Indiana market statistics show a steady market in my opinion.  These are the sales comparisons for January 2011 and January 2012. In January 2011, Portage Indiana market statistics show 18 homes were sold.Those homes averaged 158 days on the market.The median sold price was $115,894.In January 2012, Portage Indiana market statistics show 19 homes were sold.Those homes averaged 126 days on the market.The median sold price was $114,544.In January 2012, Portage Indiana market statistics show 194 active listings.Those listings are averaging 228 days on the market.The median asking price for the active listings is at $144,721. For more information on market absorption rates in Portage Indiana, call me today for a free market analysis.  Market absorption rate is an estimate on the a...
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By Christine McDaniel, Broker Associate
(Christine McDaniel Realty, LLC)
December's Season of Celebrations & Sharing Contest:    Portage Indiana Township Trustee Brendan Clancy has organized “The Santa Clause”.   This is a new program their office has implemented to help needy children in Portage Township.    Donations of unwrapped toys, gift cards or money may be made at the Portage Township Trustee’s office located at:   3484 Airport Road, Portage, IN 46368 Mon. – Thurs. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Fri – 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Please leave all donations by Friday, December 16, 2011.  Hundreds of children will be helped through this program.  You may look at a list of gift requested at the trustee’s office.   Businesses and organizations as well as the general public are invited to participate.  The Woodchuck Woodcarving Club donated hand-made wooden toys to “T...
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December's Season of Celebrations & Sharing Contest:   Miller’s Senior Living Community  in Portage, Indiana is sponsoring “Be a Santa to a Senior”.   A Christmas tree at Miller’s Senior Living Community will have ornaments with the names of a seniors along with their gift requests.  Anyone who would like to help can pick up an ornament off the tree until December 9th.      Items should be dropped off unwrapped to Miller’s Senior Living Community at 5911 Lute Rd., Portage, Indiana.    There are 11 Miller’s Senior Living Communities throughout Indiana.  Started in 1964 Wallace and Connie Miller opened the first senior care facility just outside of Warsaw, Indiana.   Home Instead Senior Care of Merrillville has collected the names of the sponsored seniors.    For further information call ...
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By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
Portage, IN 46368 Listed by F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate & SOLD We've blogged about the convenience and affordability of living in Portage, Indiana before... Now that our Listing has SOLD, we are looking to list and sell properties in Portage, IN 46368 So if you are in the market to sell your Home, Portage, Indiana don't give up - give us a call to show you our marketing plan works :)
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A nontraditional new tradition is what we seem to have started in my family.  Holidays tend to be very different for us.  Since we live in a different state than any other extended family, we are not always able to get together on those special holidays like Easter. Another factor for us is that Mark, my husband, is often away for holidays because of his job.  So we adjust each time.  For some holidays, we just decide to celebrate on another day when we are all home together.  On other holidays such as today, we sometimes decide to go out to eat instead of cooking a huge meal just for 2 or 3 of us.  So where do we to?  This is what has become our nontraditional new tradition - and it is Japanese food.  Yes, we went out for Japanese food today and enjoyed it immensely.  We also realized ...
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Porter County Hospital is committed to helping people in Porter County stay as healthy as possible.  One of the ways they are accomplishing this is by offering free screenings throughout Porter County.  Durint the month of March, free blood sugar and blood pressure screenings will be taking place in Portage, Indiana at the local YMCA on the following dates: March 2, 5, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 9 - 11 AM The Portage YMCA is located at 3100 Willowcreek Road.  Since the screenings are free, there is no reason not to know where you stand with your health.
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It seems that most people with sleep apnea don't even realize that they have problems with sleep apnea until family members complain about their snoring.  Unfortunately, very often it goes undiagnosed.  Don't let this happen to you.  Sleep apnea should be taken seriously.  If you live in Porter County, Indiana, the Portage YMCA is offering FREE sleep apnea screening.  Appointments are not necessary so drop in during the following times: Thursday February 25, 2010 from 3 - 5 PM Tuesday, March 16, 2010 from 9 - 11 AM Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 3 -5 PM The YMCA in Portage, Indiana is located at 3100 Willowcreek Road.  Don't forget to drop by for your sleep apnea screening.  
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Since osteoporosis can be slowed down by the intake of calcium, the awareness of bone density is extremely important as we get older.  The YMCA is making it easy and convenient to know your bone density by offering FREE bone density screenings in Portage, Indiana on several different dates.  No appointment is necessary. Be aware that the screening is performed on the heel of the foot so you must be able to remove your socks. The free bone density screening will be done at the Portage, Indiana YMCA located at 3100 Willowcreek Rd on the following dates: Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 3 - 5 PMThursday, March 11, 2010 from 11 AM - 1 PMSaturday, March 20, 2010 from 9 - 11 AMThursday, March 25, 2010 from 3 - 5 PM
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By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
With Easy access to both the Indiana Toll road or Interstate I 94, not to mention the South Shore Train...Portage, Indiana has affordable housing options and yet is within commuting distance to Chicago-land. Some of our favorite places to shop & eat are in Portage :) Once Jeff made a date out of taking me to Bass Pro Shop - we spent a few hours in there getting ready for fishing season on our neighborhood Lake, then had dinner in their World Famous Islamorada Fish Company restaurant :)  When we are out early morning showing homes in Porter County, our favorite breakfast spot is Egg on Your Face  With close proximity to the Scenic Indiana Dunes & Lake Michigan Marina's...the city of Portage is growing fast and worth your careful consideration when looking for a place to call home in Nort...
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The chocoholic in me cannot wait for Thursday, February 4, 2010.  That's the day of the Chocolate Extravaganza in Portage, Indiana.  Area business will showcase the Best of their Best in Chocolate at the 9th Annual Chocolate Extravaganza.  How does an afternoon of sampling chocolate treats sound?  Oh, do I have to wait another 2 whole days for this?  Waiting is torture!  Guess what!  The Chocolate Extravaganza is FREE!  Yes, free and open to the public.  Hold your horses and I'll tell you where.  The best of the best chocolate will be at Miller's Senior Living Community at 5911 Lute Rd in Portage, Indiana.  The number to call for more information is 219-764-0628. Don't forget that Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Pick up that box of chocolates at the Chocolate Extravaganza an...
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Residents, ages 6 months and above, have two opportunities to receive the H1N1 vaccine in Portage, Indiana.  The Porter County Health Department will be distributing the vaccine tonight (Tuesday) at Portage High School, 6400 US 6, from 4:30 - 6:20 PM.  The health dept. will also be at the Union Township Middle School, 599 W County Rd 300 N, on Thursday from 4:30 - 5:20 PM.  The vaccine is available for residents throughout Porter County, Indiana.  To download a vaccination consent form or for more information, visit the Porter County Health Department Website at www.porterco.org/flu. 
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By Dave Woodson, Not the Average Agent
(Dave Woodson)
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Do you have two left feet?  You know, when it comes to dancing you trip over your own feet and feel clueless as to how to improve.  Do you enjoy watching ballroom dancing but have been afraid to try it for yourself?  Well, Winter Ballroom Dances Workshops may be just the thing you need.  Whether you have never stepped on the dance floor or just want to get better at your dance moves, these workshops are designed for each level of dancer.  No, you don't even need a dance partner.  The Winter Ballroom Dance Workshops are being offered at two locations in Portage, Indiana.  First, the the Sycamore Hall in Woodland Park at 2100 Willowcreek Road.  The second location is Toni's Dance Academy at 6737 Vienna Ave.  For more information call the Portage Parks Department at 219-762-1675.
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By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
It's been several years now since we have taken and sold listings of homes for sale that are  " Subject to Lenders Approval of a Short Sale" . The process of getting these to close successfully has been, for the most part, becoming easier. Perhaps it is from lessons learned along the way & doing the footwork and homework upfront before even agreeing to accept the listing and put a 'short sale' home on the market. Lately, however,  articles in major publications i.e 'Fewer Short Sales Come Up Short', point out that the part of the short sale process we do not control - the loss mitigation departments of lenders - are being more cooperative and responsive about getting short sales done. In Indiana this year, a new law...HB1359 has helped bring answers to short sale offers within a 30 day...
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By Debra Higgins
(Four Seasons Virtual Tours)
Yesterday I created my first virtual tour of a Daycare Center; it is located in Portage, Indiana. Click on the banner to check it out!     Here are a couple of photos:     Four Seasons Virtual Tours has been in business since 2006. We provide tours in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. You can see our latest real estate tours at Open House Northwest Indiana.  
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By Jeff&Grace Safrin, SpousesSellingHousesTM
(F.C.Tucker 1st Team Real Estate)
  That's what we told our Buyer clients earlier this summer when they put in a bid on a Ranch home for sale that we showed them in Porter County, IN that ended up in a multiple offer situation. Jeff showed them the comparable solds in the neighborhood and it was clear from the numbers that bidding up in this particular market to try and out do the other buyer was not in their best interest. Disappointed at first, they agreed to wait. Low & behold, this week, we closed on another home with these same buyers. This home had double the square footage ( a Ranch with a full finished basement ) for thousands less in price than the previous home and  in the same county ...and the best part - it was totally remodeled inside & out! We moved quickly on this move in ready home and now they are happ...
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Portage Indiana will be hosting the first Perch Festand Gran Prix on August 7th through 9th.  This three day Perch Fest will be at the Founder's Square Park in downtown Portage.  Things to enjoy will include live entertainment nightly, a carnival, go-kart racing, and many vendor booths.  Saturday and Sunday events include a fishing tournament, kite flying exhibition, and a battle of the Bands.  Click on this link for more information on the Perch Fest in Portage, Indiana. Irene TronMaking Real Estate Enjoyable in Northwest Indianawww.irenetronrealtor.com
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I just found the most amazing Japanese restaurant in Portage, IN.  Located at the intersection of US Hwy 6 and Willow Creek Road, Fuji Japanese Restaurant has a beautiful and simple decor inside.  The food is delicious and reasonably priced.  Lunch specials are available for around $7.00. Choices include sushi, appetizers, tempura, soups, and a variety of entrees.  The best part of the whole deal for me is that it is located just about down the block from the McColly Real Estate Office in Portage, IN.  Guess where you can find me for lunch!  Yep, at Fuji Japanese Restaurant, 5942 US Hwy 6, across from the Super K-Mart.  Irene Tron Making Real Estate Enjoyable in Northwest Indianawww.irenetronrealtor.com
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