THE STEVE SMITH BLOG

Your source for the latest real estate news, advice, and market reports spotlighting neighborhoods in the Michiana area.
October 13, 2021

Fall 2021 Home Builders Showcase

Come dream with us! Irish Realty is a proud supporter of the HBA showcase. In-person viewing is Saturday & Sunday October 16-17 at 1-6pm. Online viewing begins […]
October 4, 2021
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Irish Realty Local Market Report on August Data

Back to School Means Back to Business   The first day of fall also happened to be the day NAR released its existing home sales report […]
September 27, 2021
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Irish Realty’s Notre Dame Football Weekend Guide

Irish Realty’s Notre Dame Football Weekend Guide: How to Make the Most of Your Weekend in South Bend   A Notre Dame football weekend is an […]
September 8, 2021
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What You Need to Know About Notre Dame Real Estate

Notre Dame Real Estate   According to our resident Notre Dame real estate expert here at Irish Realty, about 80% of properties purchased around Notre Dame […]
August 24, 2021
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AUGUST MARKET REPORT

 Fighting‌ ‌Irish‌ ‌Cheering‌ ‌Local‌ ‌Median‌ ‌Home‌ ‌Sales‌ ‌Prices‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ Not‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌really‌ ‌needed‌ ‌another‌ ‌bit‌ ‌of‌ ‌evidence‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌why‌ ‌living‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌so‌ […]
July 27, 2021
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JULY MARKET REPORT

In St. Joseph County, the median sales price in June was $192,000, up 20.6% from this time last year! And just like we are seeing nationally, the price increase is driven by the supply vs. demand imbalance. While the pace of home sales is up 23% over last year, the number of homes available is down 26.4% to an incredibly low 1-month supply
July 20, 2021
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MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR OUTDOOR SPACE  Outdoor living is hotter than ever – in more ways than one – and creating spaces that are not […]
June 30, 2021
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JUNE MARKET REPORT

June Market Report   Summer is here! And while we all are excited about the wonders of Northern Indiana at this time of year, I think […]
June 30, 2021
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HOW TO WIN AT SELLING YOUR HOME

How to Win at Selling your Home There is one thing we hear repeatedly from clients: “Why does every home Irish Realty list look AMAZING?!”  Is […]
April 11, 2021
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NO LULL IN SIGHT

Normally after a secondary selling season in the fall, we experience a lull in real estate over the holidays before things pick up as the weather warms up. But this is not like any other year. In fact, our lull came LAST March and April as we all tried to figure out what the pandemic was. As we slowly came to understand the importance of hand sanitizer, washing our hands, social distancing, mask wearing and so much more, real estate sales took off in May and June and haven't slowed since.
February 25, 2021
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IT’S HOT IN SOUTH BEND

By Steve Smith I’ve lived in South Bend for almost my entire life and I don’t think I’ve ever said it’s hot here in February. We […]
October 26, 2018

5 Ways to Become an Open House Ninja

Even in the digital age with today’s tech savvy buyers and apps everywhere you turn, the good old-fashioned open house still provides great value to both […]
December 21, 2017

Our Most Liked Listings of 2017: Did Your Fave Win?

2017 was another great year for not just the national housing market, but our regional market in South Bend. Here at the Steve Smith Team we […]
July 3, 2017

The Perks and Challenges of Becoming a Landlord

The number of people renting a home — as opposed to buying — is on the rise. Increased purchase prices in the major cities along with […]
June 27, 2017

What You Need to Know About Buying a House This Summer

Planning on buying a house this season? Go in prepared with advice from the pros. Summer brings longer days, warmer weather and more people out house-hunting […]
June 22, 2017

Belly Up to Your Own Home Bar: Our How-to Guide

A guy walks into a bar … and he’s still in his own home. You could be that guy (or gal)! And it’s easier than you […]
June 20, 2017

8 New Costs of Owning a Home You May Never Have Considered

You’ve paid your mortgage and property tax, but you’re not quite done yet. . . You learn a lot about a house once you live in […]
June 15, 2017

Sellers: Here’s How to Update Your Home With Looks Buyers Love

Before you list, tweak your home decor and finishes to up your odds of attracting a sale. When you’re putting your home on the market, you […]
June 13, 2017

How Much House Can You Really Afford?

Just because a lender approves you for a mortgage doesn’t mean you can comfortably afford it. If you ask Google “how much house can I afford,” […]
June 8, 2017

Is Buying a ‘Starter Home’ Still Smart?

Your parents’ rite of passage may not make sense for you. When the Baby Boomer generation was venturing into adulthood, it was common to buy a “starter […]
June 6, 2017

What Type Of Mortgage Is Right For You?

Choosing the right mortgage is daunting, so we’ve demystified common scenarios to help you find the right loan. Tired of paying rent and ready to become […]
June 1, 2017

What Do Buyers and Sellers Pay in Closing Costs?

Usually, the buyer faces more line-item expenses, but the seller pays the commission. Rarely does a buyer or seller show up to the closing without knowing […]
May 30, 2017

How To Pay Off Your Mortgage Early

Your loan term might be fixed, but it doesn’t have to dictate when you’ll be mortgage-free. Find out how to speed up the process. A lot […]
May 25, 2017

Renters: Are You Ready to Buy a Home?

While you save up your down payment, take these 5 steps to get you closer to closing. For renters planning to buy a home, preliminary steps like […]
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