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Local County Fair Schedule

by The Jana Caudill Team

One of the great things about summer in Northwest Indiana is your local county fair. A fair means rides, games, entertainment and good food! Here’s a list of county fairs that you do not want to miss:

La Porte County Fair                       July 19th-25th

Porter County Fair                           July 23rd-August 2nd

Lake County Fair                               August 7th-16th

Get off the real estate roller coaster! Pick the blue ribbon team to ensure a smooth real estate transaction. Contact The Jana Caudill Team for our best buy list of great deals that will not last long!

 

Keller Williams Come Out on Top

by The Jana Caudill Team

Congratulations! The Wall Street Journal / LORE Top 400* survey results were just released and once again Keller Williams Realty illustrated why we are continuing to outpace the industry. The report breaks down categories and rankings by individual agents and teams.

 

In 2009, Keller Williams Realty had:

  • Six additional associates ranked among the top 50 agents by transaction sides.
  • 1,048 percent more transactions from the year before compared to an average increase of 31 percent for Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Prudential and REMAX combined.
Among the top 50 teams for total sides:
  • Keller Williams ranked second with 11 teams.
  • Those 11 teams had an impressive increase of 25 percent in transaction sides from the year before.
  • Keller Williams was the only company that posted an increase for two years in a row.

*The list is based on a survey of independently verified submissions to determine the top real estate professionals in the United States. REAL Trends states that it is the only independent study of its kind. 

This Month in Real Estate-July

by The Jana Caudill Team

New Website to Help Struggling Homeowners

by The Jana Caudill Team

The U.S. Government recently unveiled a consumer website to inform struggling homeowners of the types of government resources available to them. On this site, homeowners can find the answers to their questions about loan modification and refinancing programs such as:

·         Where do I go to get help?

·         Do I qualify?

·         What lenders are participating?

·         When can I apply?

·         Why does my loan servicer have to ask if they can modify my loan?

·         How do I know if refinancing will improve my ability to stay in my home?

Find all this information and more at www.MakingHomeAffordable.gov.

Let The Jana Caudill Team be your real estate expert.  Contact us to help you with your Northwest Indiana home sale or purchase.

This Month in Real Estate-June

by The Jana Caudill Team

8 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home’s Curb Appeal

by The Jana Caudill Team

Now that warmer weather is finally here, many home owners will begin spending more time outside. Staging a yard can give a home the all-important, buyer-pleasing curb appeal. Here are some suggestions that are both inexpensive and easy.

1.       Make it green. Give the lawn a healthy look by watering and using appropriate nutrients to keep it lush.

2.       Trim trees and shrubbery. Overgrown greenery can take over the view and hide the home.

3.       Plant flowers. Lots of color brightens up the yard and adds cheer.

4.       Mulch your flowerbeds and edge your lawn.

5.       Power wash to keep the house looking well cared for and clean.

6.       Tidy up. Put garbage cans, hoses and other clutter neatly away and out of sight.

7.       Paint neutral. Start with the door and trim if you can’t paint the entire house.

8.       Define the path. Guide potential buyers to the front door with a defined walkway.

The Jana Caudill Team has two listing specialists that are experts on selling homes. They know what it takes to get a home sold in today’s market. Give us a call for all your real estate needs.

*Source: Realtor Magazine

5 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes

by The Jana Caudill Team

The Jana Caudill Team knows that buying a home can sometimes be a stressful situation. We have compiled a list of common home buyer mistakes to for you to avoid:

*5 Common First-Time Home Buyer Mistakes:

1.       They don’t ask enough questions of their lender and end up missing 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 do enough to make their offer look appealing to a seller.

4.       They don’t think about resale before they buy. The average first-time buyer only stays in a home for four years.

5.       They don’t find the right agent who’s willing to help them through the home-buying process.

The Jana Caudill Team has 4 buyer specialists who are dedicated solely to helping you find your perfect home. They are experts on the local real estate market and they represent you, the home buyer, and not the seller. Their services as a buyer specialist are free because the home seller will pay our fees!

Be sure to check out our free report called “What First Time Homeowners Need to Know” on our website, http://www.thejanacaudillteam.com. We think you’ll find it useful. We want to find you just the right home, at the best price, in the right time with the least amount of problems. Give the Jana Caudill Team a call for all your real estate needs.

*Reprinted from REALTOR Magazine online.

The Jana Caudill Team is racing past the competition!

by The Jana Caudill Team

The Jana Caudill Team is racing past the competition!

A successful race car driver has a top notch pit crew to get them to the finish line. The Jana Caudill Team also has a highly skilled team of experts to assist you in buying or selling a home. Each member of our team is specialized in one aspect of the real estate process to ensure your position at the closing table.

As you enjoy the Indy 500 or other festivities, please take the time this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor those who risk their lives to protect us and our country. We also invite you to our open house on:

 

Sunday, May 24th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

12303 Williams Court, Crown Point

 

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend. We look forward to helping you with all your real estate needs.

More Great News for First Time Home Buyers!

by The Jana Caudill Team

More great news for first time home buyers!

 

According to the National Association of Realtors, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development will soon be permitting FHA approved lenders to use the $8,000 tax credit as down payment. Home buyers will be allowed to “monetize” the tax credit through short term bridge loans and can access the funds immediately at the closing table. Official details on the HUD’s initiative are scheduled to be released next week.

The Jana Caudill Team will keep you informed of any new developments in the real estate market.

Want to Get Top Dollar for Your Home?

by The Jana Caudill Team

Want to get top dollar for your home?

 

Despite the fact that declining home prices have been grabbing headlines for several months now, it can be a challenge for any of us to let go of what we had hoped our home would sell for. 

It's often the case that, prior to listing their homes, sellers interview a few agents, with a plan to sign on with the one who agrees to list it at the highest price. With the understanding that the listing price is ultimately the decision of the seller, not the real estate agent, I’d like to explain one of the most critical dynamics that impacts the actual sales price of a home.

Whether we are in a buyer’s market or a seller’s market, the same principle applies. The most effective pricing strategy for getting top dollar for a home is to price it competitively. This might not seem to make sense at first, but study after study, as well as my own personal experience, has proven that when a competitively priced home hits the market, it generates an instant buzz. Agents begin calling their prospective buyers and lining up showings to ensure that they don’t miss out on a great buy. Bidding wars can even break out.

Let’s contrast this situation to what happens when a home is priced higher than comparable properties. Neighbors and prospective buyers take one look at the listing sheet, and dismiss it as overpriced. The home sits on the market and sits some more. Eventually “REDUCED PRICE!” signs go up. The market starts to wonder what’s wrong with the house since it hasn’t sold.

Eventually, sellers take it off the market or agree to sell it for a much lower price than they had originally hoped.

In any market, competitively priced homes sell quicker and command a higher selling price than homes that factor high hopes into the pricing equation.

           

As a real estate professional specializing in the Northwest Indiana market, I diligently track trends as they pertain to the pricing and demand of homes. Want to learn more about how to sell your home quickly and at the best possible price?  I’d love to talk with you.  Contact me any time at (219) 661-1256 or jana@thejanacaudillteam.com.

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Crown Point IN 46307
219-661-1256
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