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We had another great year in 2016.  My team closed over $26,000,000 in sales and all of our team members had personal bests in 2016.  The driving factor for our healthy market was low unemployment and low interest rates.  We would have had an even stronger year if we would have had more inventory to sell.  Home prices rose in most markets because of this lack of inventory.  New Construction also had a great year in 2016 getting closer and closer to pre recession numbers in Porter and Lake counties.  

In 2017 we are expecting another healthy market with prices continuing to rise along with interest rates.  We are predicting some regulations will be loosened on lending and this could help drive the market this year.  We are also still seeing a strong

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A Horse Lovers Dream. Imagine living on this stunning equestrian ranch on almost 11 acres located just an hour from Downtown Chicago, and only minutes to all of the fabulous eateries in Valparaiso. This custom built home includes a horse barn with custom stables, and a finished heated and cooled second floor for a home office or artist's studio. The owner spared no expense when building this home that features an in ground pool with auto cover, an elevator, geo thermal sytem, radiant floors, 3 fireplaces, generator, custom trim, built in cabinets, granite counter tops, ceramic tile floors, 3/4 inch hardwood flooring, sound system, security system, r/o system, second full kitchen, dog washing station, and much more. The high ceilings throughout the

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This fall market is extremely strong right now in Valparaiso, Indiana.  It is a great time to list your home for sale.  My team has sold 7 homes in just the last week.  There are several reasons why I think the market has not slowed down yet this year. 

  • The rise in interest rates has gotten people's attention and they want to get rates locked in 
  • Sellers have seen the prices we are getting and have decided to list before the spring competition
  • Our area continues to draw buyers from Chicagoland who are tired of the high taxes
  • Valparaiso schools continue to draw in buyers from surrounding communities
  • Valparaiso is just plain awesome

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When it comes to choosing an agent to represent you, there are a few things to consider.  Before you call your parents realtor or your best friend that just received their license, you should do your own homework.  With the internet you can get reviews, see production, and evaluate several agents right from the comfort of your home.  A good test is to call the agent to set up a meet and greet.  You are making a large investment or protecting a large investment and taking the time to choose the right agent can save you a lot of heart ache and money.

 

 

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We are having a very strong August.  Normally August is a slowdown in real estate, but this year we are seeing an uptick in listings and sales.  My team has been on fire and they are listing and selling every other day this month.  I think we had a slow start to the Spring season and we are seeing the public make up for it now.  We are going to have our best August ever and we are just halfway through.  If you thought the selling season was over and that you have already missed it, think again.  Prices continue to rise and rates are as low as they have ever been.  My gut feeling is this will continue on through the fall.  Once the election is over, we will probably see another bump.  

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