fort wayne realtors: Can We Look At Homes NOW??? PLEASE?? - 11/07/11 06:20 PM
So...  you are ready to start looking for your new home in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Are you sure it's time to start looking?  Are you really sure?  
We got a call the other day from a potential buyer.  He asked if we were available later this week to show him a few homes.  
After asking our standard questions (Are you working with a Realtor®?  Have you been pre-approved with a lender?  How much wood can a wood chuck chuck?) and a few others, we determined that this guy was a legitimate buyer.  
Then he asked us a question. … (12 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Showing Homes In Bad Weather Isn't Fun... But We Like It!! Kinda. - 10/20/11 11:00 AM
In a perfect world our clients would only want to see homes on perfect weather days.  75 and sunny, no humidity, and a slight breeze out of the West.  Ahhh...  that sounds really nice seeing as it's cold and rainy in Fort Wayne today.  
 
That said, we enjoy showing homes during crappy weather.  Are we crazy?  Yeah.  A little bit.  Hear us out...
 
Showing homes in the RAIN.  It gives you a good opportunity to make sure the gutters and downspouts are doing their job and moving the water away from the home.  It also gives you a … (11 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Great Fort Wayne Bungalow In Forest Park Is SOLD By The Christiansen Team. - 10/03/11 11:23 AM
1801 Alabama Ave in Fort Wayne, Indiana is SOLD by The Christiansen Team.  
This cute 2 bedroom bungalow in Forest Park features 960 square feet, hardwood floors throughout, updated kitchen, a very private patio and a 2 car detached garage.  
Congratulations to the new happy home owners!  
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fort wayne realtors: We Sold This Fort Wayne Home In ONE DAY! - 10/03/11 11:12 AM
5515 Cranston Ave in Fort Wayne, Indiana is SOLD by The Christiansen Team IN ONE DAY!  
This doesn't happen often, but when you work with people that are both buying and selling homes in the Fort Wayne area, it happens once in a while.  
We were very excited when we got the call to list this home because we knew one the buyers we were working with would love it.  We took pictures, filled out paperwork, listed the home and then showed it to our buyers the next day.   Perfect fit!
This Fort Wayne ranch home features 3 bedrooms, … (0 comments)

fort wayne realtors: 10 Things To Consider When Looking At Homes For Sale In Fort Wayne, IN. - 09/25/11 07:59 AM
1.  LOOK INTO THE FUTURE.  Hop in your Delorean, speed up to 88 mph, then hold on!  Okay, that was weak.  When buying a home in Fort Wayne you really need to consider your future plans.  Are you going to live there for 5-7 years and then move up?  Make sure you buy a home that appeals to many and will be easier to sell in the future than the double wide that sits right next to the propane company and the trailer park.
2.  LOOK AROUND.  Are you right by railroad tracks?  Are you backed up to Interstate 69 and … (26 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Dude... Don't Buy This House. It's A Piece Of Crap. - 09/19/11 11:08 AM
Last year we made an appearance on a local Fort Wayne television show called "The Reality of Real Estate."  It was just like House Hunters or countless other shows on HGTV.  The plot was simple:  We take the buyer from pre-approval to showings to closing and they film the entire process.  
We narrowed it down to the buyer's top three homes and the filming began.  
The first house was super nice and the buyer and I (Jared) had nothing but great things to say about it.  The second house wasn't quite as nice...
Buyer:  Man Jared, I do NOT … (41 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Don't Be A Grumpy Gus... - 09/15/11 08:45 AM
Grumpy Gus comes to every sales meeting, grabs his plate of goodies, then he sits in the corner and complains about the economy and the terrible real estate market.  
He makes fun of me for "playing around" on Facebook and my blog.  
He tells me to get out and pound the pavement, knock on doors, and call FSBOs (even though he doesn't do any of those things anymore).  
When he does get something under contract, he whines and complains about how hard it is for his buyers to get financed and often says that he will be surprised … (50 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Will Work For Chicken Wings... - 09/09/11 01:02 PM
I started showing Jack and Jill homes last fall.  I showed them a few homes in Southwest Fort Wayne but nothing quite fit.  We took a little break over the holidays and then started looking again in early 2011.  
THEN WE FOUND IT!!!!
It was an A frame home on a few acres and they fell in love with it.  We wrote the offer in January and then we waited...
And waited...
And frickin waited...
We finally got the home under contract at the end of March.  They were so excited and happy that they took me out for some chicken … (16 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Price Reduction AND Open House On This Ranch Home In South West Fort Wayne. - 09/07/11 10:03 AM
Open House THIS SUNDAY on this Fort Wayne ranch home for sale.  Stop by from 1-3 on Sunday, September 11, 2011.  We may have cookies.  Just an FYI.  :)  
The price for this home has been reduced from $114,900 to it's  new price of $112,900.  
This home features 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, 1,540 square feet, and a large fenced in back yard.  
The large living room has cathedral ceilings and a wood burning fireplace.  The contemporary kitchen features new track lighting, granite counter tops, natural stone back splash, and refinished cabinets with frosted glass.  
All appliances stay! … (1 comments)

fort wayne realtors: I Think We "HIGH TECHED" Ourselves Out of A Listing. - 08/31/11 02:28 PM
Amanda and I went to a listing appointment last week.  The owners were a very sweet couple and were eager to meet with us.  They gave us the grand tour and we sat down in the living room to chat.  
We discussed our internet based marketing plan that included the listing being syncronized on over 20 + websites, eproperty sites, Facebook fan pages for the listing, High Definition Video tours, and a handful of other things.  
They weren't impressed.  
We explained that over 90% (probably closer to 100% now) of buyers start their search online and that it … (6 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Open House In Fort Wayne, IN! - 08/28/11 09:29 AM


Open house in Fort Wayne today from 2-4!
No expense has been spared with this showcase home. All new hardwood floors throughout, new ceramic tile in kitchen and baths. Kitchen has been completely remodeled with Kraftmaid cabinets and granite countertops. New stainless appliances stay with home. Beautifully decorated and freshly painted throughout.
Other features include jetted tub, gas ventless fireplace w/remote, new windows, and blown in insulation in attic to help save on energy costs. Large private backyard with plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. Located in the lovely Wildwood Park neighborhood!
This gorgeous home features 3 bedrooms, … (1 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Another Fort Wayne Home SOLD By The Christiansen Team! - 08/16/11 10:40 AM
6430 West Hills Road in Fort Wayne Indiana is SOLD by The Christiansen Team!
This spacious split level home in SW Fort Wayne sits on just over an acre with a very private backyard.  It has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, just under 2,500 square feet with a full basement. 
It is very close to Fort Wayne shopping and restaurants and the new Aboite Trails! 
Congrats to the new home owners!! 
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fort wayne realtors: Fort Wayne Home For Sale SOLD By The Christiansen Team. (We did it in 7 days!!) - 08/08/11 11:47 AM
4104 Wenonah Lane is SOLD!  Talk about a great situation... 
7 days after we listed it we had a full price offer.  FULL PRICE. 
Do we believe the Fort Wayne real estate market is a buyer's market right now?  Yes.
  Do we believe that if you price a home right and present it well that it will sell quickly?  Hell yes!  :) 
This beautiful home in Indian Village features 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and a large fenced in back yard.  Here is a little video tour provided by Tourflix Studios.
It is located just minutes from downtown … (2 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Twenty Houses In One Day? Girl, You Must Be CRAZY!! - 07/21/11 01:05 PM
I got a call last month from a buyer that wanted to see twenty houses in Fort Wayne... 
IN ONE DAY!! 
Wash she currently living in Hawaii and flying in for one day?
Does she have a crazy busy schedule and only have one day off this month?
Does she have to find the house right now because her lease was up or because she was living in a van down by the river?
NO.  She just wanted to look at twenty houses in one day. 
Do I always ask myself questions and then answer them?  No, not … (57 comments)

fort wayne realtors: You know what I LOVE??? - 07/18/11 08:55 AM
I love it when I meet a new client and they feel like they already know me.  
 
Yesterday I met Brian for a listing appointment.  We had only communicated through email up to that point.  As soon as I open the door he smiles and says "Hey Jared!  I read your blog.  You are definitely the guy I want to work with."  
 
How cool is that??  
 
There have been MANY times that I have met clients that I have only been friends with on Facebook and the same thing has happened.  Hell, I have even … (7 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Our Top 10 Funniest Moments In Fort Wayne Real Estate. So Far. - 07/12/11 02:17 PM
10.  The window.  My buyers were very excited to see this particular house.  When we got there the lock box was missing.  I called the listing agent and she said that she thinks the back window might not lock and that if we wanted we could try to get in that way.  Well duh, of course we crawled in the window!  While the neighbors laughed at us I hoisted Corey up, he got in, and we saw the house. 
9.  The cat.  I was doing an agent preview for an investor in Fort Wayne because he was out of town.  The … (16 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Another Fort Wayne Home SOLD By The Christiansen Team! - 06/17/11 09:48 AM

This well maintained ranch on the South Side of Fort Wayne is SOLD!  This home featured 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, 1,400 square feet, a large fenced in back yard, and an attached garage.  We listed it for $68.900 and sold it for $65,000 even.
CONGRATS TO THE NEW HOME OWNERS!!!
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fort wayne realtors: Fort Wayne Fixer Uppers and Handy Man Specials! - 05/24/11 09:15 AM
 
Buying a Fort Wayne home that needs repairs has been a catch 22 situation in the past.  Banks won't lend money on a house that needs repairs, but the repairs can't be dont until the home has been purchased.  Then along came the FHA 203 (k) loan.
This type of loan requires that you are credit worthy and put down 3.5% of the purchase price, but you can roll the repair costs of the property in to the loan.  
The 203 (k) includes the following steps:
*  The buyer and his real estate professional (ME!) locates a fixer upper … (5 comments)

fort wayne realtors: It Never Looks The Same The Second Time Around... - 05/02/11 08:26 AM

I (Jared) showed a couple some houses in Fort Wayne on Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Wednesday we found a very nice home that they decided they wanted.  The kitchen was fantastic, the living room and family room were spacious, and the bathrooms were just right!
There were a few negatives.  The size of the master bedroom was a little smaller than they wanted and the backyard was also smaller than they liked.  We decided to think about it for a day and then go see two others.
I didn't tell the couple this, but I scheduled another showing for the … (3 comments)

fort wayne realtors: Common Mistakes Buyers Make When Buying A Home In Fort Wayne. - 04/22/11 08:54 AM
Not following through on due diligence.  Buyers should make a list of concerns they have before buying their Fort Wayne home.  School systems, crime rates, neighbors, environmental conditions, etc.  These important questions should be answered before you write that offer.
Not knowing all of the costs involved.  Your Fort Wayne area Realtor® and lender can give you an estimation of all costs involved including a home inspection, appraisal, loan fees, and any closing costs. 
Not buying a home warranty.  A home warranty can bring new home owners peace of mind.  Home warranties last 1-2 years and cover basic repairs you may encounter.  … (4 comments)

 
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