The Pandemic and the Real Estate Market
“Stay home.” But where is home? Seemingly, many Indianans are looking for a house. Even with COVID-19, the Indiana housing market hasn’t slowed. Sellers enjoy a steady stream of potential buyers and buyers benefit from the historically low interest rates. There is one catch: the right home at the right price is like finding a unicorn.
Homebuying 101: Getting Started
I still remember how nervous I felt throughout the entire process of buying our first house. My husband and I had no idea what we were doing, like most things in our lives, and looking back on it now I laugh about some of the decisions we made. Like the majority of first time home buyers, we did the bare minimum of research of the process leading up to us signing papers.
Fun Things to Do in Valparaiso
Why move to a place like Valparaiso, Indiana? Yes, there are great schools, community, culture, and low crime rates. Another reason to move to Valpo is all the fun things to do! As a society, we spend a lot of time indoors for work and school. Valpo residents know how refreshing it is to live in a city that has fun for the entire family! Living in Valpo proves there is more to life than stuffy air, screens, and artificial light!
The Lifestyle of Giving Back
At RE/Max Lifestyles, we love finding the homes and properties of our customers’ dreams. It is rewarding work -- but it doesn’t stop there. The ‘lifestyle’ behind RE/MAX Lifestyles is, in part, our commitment to others. We are all involved in something close to our hearts.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Success
At RE/MAX Lifestyles, it was nothing but smiles when we cut that symbolic red ribbon March 12th! Our ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Valpo Chamber was a wonderful moment to celebrate our new location on Lincolnway. About 60 people stopped in, including several Valpo Chamber officials, local business owners, clients, co-agents, and agents.
THE MATT EVANS TEAM RANKED IN THE TOP 40 IN INDIANA
We are Thankful for another fantastic year, feeling fortunate to be surrounded by two talented people. With one of the smaller team sizes we still come up big.
Valpo Parks Opens William E. Urschel Pavilion for Ice Skating & Summer Market
On Saturday, November 28, 2015, the City of Valparaiso opened the William E. Urschel Pavilion and the Indiana Beverage Activity Center. Hundreds were in attendance at the grand opening Winter Festival. The facility features a covered pavilion and ice rink for Ice Skating from approximately November thru the end of February. From March thru October, the covered pavilion serves as an event venue, as well as the local farmer’s market called Valparaiso Market location on Tuesday’s and Saturdays.
DEALING WITH FINANCING
As the events of the last few years in the real estate industry show, people forget about the tremendous financial responsibility of purchasing a home at their peril. Here are a few tips for dealing with the dollar signs so that you can take down that 'for sale' sign on your new home.
Valplayso Project An Example of Community Pride
Like many of the Valparaiso Parks, Valplayso has a rich history of serving children and parents of several generations. The next generation Valplayso is now complete, as nearly 3,000 community members gave their support as managers, workers and as financial contributors to the project. Many individuals, corporations and non-profits donated time, money, and food for the work crews. As a result, the Valparaiso Park Department was able to leverage the purchase of some fantastic play equipment, provide a safer environment, better parking, improved bathrooms and more.
Good Valparaiso Breakfast Spots
When you need a good breakfast restaurant to jump-start your day, consider several of these time tested restaurants in Valparaiso, Indiana. Be forewarned that the author is not a professional restaurant critic, but has enjoyed several hundred breakfasts in town at many locations for over 40 years.
Indoor Sports Keep Valparaiso Residents Warm
During fall and winter months, local Indiana sports teams gear up for the coming seasons. For all ages, from youth thru college, indoor sports keep wintertime exciting in addition to the excitement Mother Nature provides. From basketball to volleyball to wrestling and swimming/diving to indoor tennis and indoor soccer, Valparaiso residents seek out the entertainment and spirit.
Porter County Homebuyers Must File Tax Exemptions
The Porter County, Indiana tax system allows homeowners various ways to reduce their property taxes. These exemptions mainly apply to owner-occupied single family residences. The most common exemptions taken are the homestead and mortgage exemptions, and they can possibly reduce a homeowner’s bill by nearly 50% under a tax bill without such exemptions.
Valparaiso’s University Promenade Moving Forward
A new project slated for the north gateway to Valparaiso University appears to be moving forward by 2011. University Promenade, located at the intersections of Lincolnway (and Laporte) with University Drive, will be a mixed use project with commercial, retail, and 28 two-story loft-style condos. With an estimated cost of around $9 million, the design consists of two three-story buildings and feature such amenities as an alumni park and possibly a stage for public shows. The developers added a few key consultants to their team, and had meetings with the Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission and Valpo city officials over the past several months to adjust the design plans given the feedback they received. Watch for the team to close on the property sale, and begin work soon.
Enjoy more than nature at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
At Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, located just outside of Valparaiso, visitors can take in the beautiful gardens, walk on trails meandering through woods, wetlands, and prairies, and observe an abundance of natural flora. But if you are looking for a little more, check out these summer events.