Portage, IN Real Estate News

By Chuck Dellorto, "Talk To Chuck"
(Coldwell Banker - Serving INDIANA & ILLINOIS)
Portage / Ogden Dunes, Indiana - Residential   ACTIVES & PENDING  (SOLDS JUNE 2007)    Residential          2- Bedrooms         3 Bedrooms         4 Bedrooms         5+ Bedrooms         All Bedrooms        Active    #Units171228218239     Average List Price$154,647$179,988$250,879$313,822$212,588     Average Market Time144108122107115     Average Square Feet9251653226029551908         All Off Market    #Units44432585         Pending    #Units22519349     Average List Price$71,000$149,508$220,721$194,190$176,652     Average Market Time248016430108     Average Square Feet9311531228424661855         Sold    #Units21913236     Dollar Value$156,505$2,790,457$2,282,600$462,000$5,691,562     Average List Price$87,450$148,758$176,923$239,000$160,536     Average Sold Price$78,253$146,866$175,585...
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By Wayne McMullan, Quinte Real Estate
(Royal LePage ProAlliance Realty)
Tucked up on the southeast shore of Lake Michigan is the Portage- Valparaiso area of Indiana. An area of smaller communities that are just a short trip into the City of Chicago. A great place to call home.  If you are looking for a new home then your Portage Indiana Home Builder of choice should be Steve Dalton of Synergy Homes. Steve and the rest of his staff build quality homes that suit the needs of today's families. His Commitment to Value ensures that you are informed at every step of the process. If you are a first-time home buyer looking for an Indiana Home Builder, Synergy Homes should be the choice for you. They are geared to the needs of first time buyers and offer a number of home styles at reasonable prices to fit their budget    If you are wondering what goes into each Syne...
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By Herb Hamilton, Real Estate Broker ,CDPE, Downtown Portland
(RE/MAX Preferred Inc. Realtors)
Steve Dalton Builder Contractor of Synergy Homes Is Your Portage Indiana Home Builder.  Steve Specializes in Building and working with the First Home Buyer. This 1500 Sqft Ranch style home with a full basement in Valpariso Indana for sale in the Low $200,000's is Steve's most popular home.     Map of Portage, Valpariso and other surrounding communities where Steve Dalton's Synergy Homes is building your dream home today. Call One of the Professionals at Synergy Homes today (219) 464-8888 Featured here as proposed for Eagle Ridge is this     stunning  2 story home. Another quality built beauty in Valaraiso by Builder Steve Dalton of Synergy Homes. Priced well below the $300,000 range as proposed only $284,900. Be sure to check out all thier Floor_Plans_For_Synergy_Homes  right away. Stev...
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By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
Welcome Bass Pro. I think a World Class Outdoor Retailer choosing to build a store in Portage Indiana helps solidify Northwest Indiana as a true extension of Chicagoland. The state and county lines of Illiana are blurring. The amount of Chicago Commuters in Northwest Indiana increase daily as new and existing neighborhoods are being discovered by native Chicagoans and relocation folks. I work with more buyers in the Schererville, St. John, Dyer Indiana that work in Chicago than in Indiana. Discover Northwest Indiana... www.RegionReview.com 
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By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
How and Where to Buy Local HUD Homes The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sells homes at reduced prices that you might want to buy!  What is a HUD Home? "A HUD home is a 1 to 4 unit residential property acquired by HUD as a result of a foreclosure action on an FHA-insured mortgage. HUD becomes the property owner and offers it for sale to recover the loss on the foreclosure claim."    Anyone can buy a HUD home -- all you need is the cash, or can qualify for a loan (certain restrictions apply).   As with any large government program, there are procedures that you have to follow in order to participate.    Check out the listings of HUD homes in your area. If you think you want to buy a HUD home, you need to contact a real estate broker in your area who is authorized to sel...
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By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
Effects of Local Elections I was asked today by a customer, "Steve what affect will the elections tomorrow have on real estate and home building."My thoughts, summarized of course. First I think that the current state of anti-growth in Porter County is beginning to reach it's natural end. Our commissioners have shown little energy or strength to combat this obviously failed policy. If we stop growing, we stop creating jobs. We need the jobs.In Portage I think that Dave Highlands untimely death portends a classic power struggle in the Democratic Party, with the winner facing some unknown Republican in November. I think the Democrats will hold their mayor's seat, but lose some council seats. Does it even matter? Yes, because we need office holders that believe in growth. Doug Olson believ...
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By Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Specialist
(Keller Williams Greater Seattle)
 Portage Indiana Home Builder, Dream maker. Steve Dalton of Synergy Homes is a rare find.  A home builder who revels in the joy of building homes for first-time home buyers and helping them realize the American dream of homeownership. Synergy is defined as "the sum of the parts resulting in a greater result that the parts alone".  Synergy strives to incorporate their parts to function together to benefit home buyers. Located in Northwest Indiana, Synergy builds homes in Portage, Valparaiso and Chesterton.  Portage is the Porter County's largest city with a population around 40,000, and the third largest in Northwest Indiana. Synergy also assist home buyers with financing and alternative homeownership options such as rent-to-own.    Are you considering purchasing a new home in Porter Cou...
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By Commercial Affiliates
(Commercial Affiliates)
Portage, Indiana, just one hour from Chicago, has many types of real estate investment available.  New inventory enters the market daily. If you need to invest money from a company buyout, savings, divorce, inheritance, settlement, IRA or 401k cash-out, consider Portage, Indiana real estate. Is it time to upgrade your current Real Estate Investment Property? Trade your existing investment property for a larger one without paying Capital Gains Tax with a 1031 Tax Exchange. Pool your money with friends and/or family. The possibility to invest as a TIC (Tenants in Common) with a number of people appeal to many as a means to increase the size and quality of an Investment Property. Email us for available investment properties.info@CommercialAffiliates.com
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By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
Portage Indiana High School serves Portage and South Haven Indiana. The school offers many academic and athletic programs. Home of the Indians. Portage West and Portage East are on the same campus. Visit their website to find out more information. http://www.portage.k12.in.us/Schools/PHSweb/ Research Portage High School test scores and other Indiana Schools at the Indiana Department of Education website. http://www.regionreview.com/Information Courtesy of http://www.willemsrealtors.com/  
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By Ronda Myers-Waters
(Willems Realtors, Principal Broker)
FATHER SON ACTIVITYThe Bass Pro Shop in Portage will be having some children's fishing activities this season. I will find out more info and keep you posted. Dad's practice up on those fishing techniques. You don't want those kids to show you up.  There is also a gun range on the second floor for those little hunters.  There is also an archery range.  There are two huge fish tanks one freshwater and one saltwater.  There are also a lot of stuffed wildlife throughout the store.  Either way Dad, it is a good excuse  to check on the merchandise there.  It is located off of I80- 94 at the 249 exit.
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By Suzanne Willems
(Willems Realtors)
Portage Indiana is located in Northern Porter County. Easy access with exits directly on Interstate 80/94 makes Portage an ideal place to call home for Chicago Commuters.Portage boasts a Lake Michigan Marina, Bass Pro Shop, Ameriplex Business Center among many other attractions that have put Portage, Indiana on the map.A wide variety of housing offer something for everyone. Price range from about $100,000 to over $300,000.A fine selection of neighborhoods and parks entice many new residents every year.Contact us for in depth knowledge of the Portage Real Estate Market.Search the Local Multiple Listing Service through our main site. http://www.willemsrealtors.com/
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By Ronda Myers-Waters
(Willems Realtors, Principal Broker)
Islamorada Island Restaurant is located in Bass Pro Shops.  It is located in the Ameriplex complex north of I-94 off of 249. The atmosphere is very under the sea.  There is a large saltwater fish tank to look at.   The food was excellent.  I went with a three other individuals we each ordered something different.I was able to try to the Coconut shrimp for an appetizer, for dinner Fried Walleye, Fried Mahi Mahi, the Ribs and the Shrimp Pasta the bread they send to the table was delicious. For dessert I had the Key Lime Pie it was delicious.  The crust was incredible. I recommend trying the restaurant.
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By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
Portage, IndianaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (used by permission)  City of Portage, Indiana[[Seal of City of Portage, Indiana|Seal]]Location in the state of IndianaCoordinates: 41°34′55″N, 87°11′12″WCountyPorterArea  - City71.0 km² - Land65.9 km² - Water5.1 km²Population (2000) - City33,496 - Density508.0/km²Time zoneCST (UTC-6) - Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)Website: www.ci.portage.in.usPortage (IPA: [ˈpɔɹ.tɪdʒ]) is a city in Porter County, Indiana, United States. The population was 36,789 at the 2005 census. It is the largest city in Porter County, Indiana, and third largest in Northwest Indiana behind Hammond and Gary.GeographyPortage is located at 41°34′55″N, 87°11′12″W (41.581850, -87.186553)GR1.According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 71.0 km² ...
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By Steve Dalton, Northwest Indiana Home Builder
(219-465-8352 )
As the President-elect of the Porter County Builders Association I have the opportunity to see a glimpse of what's going on countywide.   I got an email late last week asking for my interpretations of the market for new homes here locally.  This is a reprint of the response I sent.I believe that 2007 will be a very solid home building year for Porter County.   I know that I'm expected to say that, but I can honestly report my projections.   I was also honest in 2005 in my feeling that new homes would decline, I did not expect 25%, that was a bigger decline than I expected.A couple things that lead me to project so much more activity in 2007:In 2006 we underbuilt the demand.  Our projections would have been for 200 more homes demanded in 2006 and frankly builders got nervous and slowed w...
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