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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 23, 2017

Important Credit Lessons Your Parents Didn’t Teach You

Listen up, kids: Paying interest is painful. Really, really painful. Parental wisdom is easy to ignore until you’re left scratching your head over simple adult responsibilities […]
May 18, 2017

Your Essential Moving Checklist

Map out everything you need to do, week by week, until the big day. Editor’s note: For many people, spring kicks off prime moving season. Wherever you’re headed, […]
May 16, 2017

We Weren’t The Highest Bidders, But Our Home Offer Letter Helped Us Get The House Anyway

When the home they loved was above their budget, this couple wrote an offer letter — and walked away with a win. After renting in Los Angeles, […]
May 11, 2017

3 Steps to Buying a Vacation Home With Friends

Find out if teaming up to buy a second home is right for you and your pals. Given the current strength of the dollar abroad and […]
May 9, 2017

6 Things Buyers Can Do To Ace An Open House

How maximizing time at an open house can help buyers land their dream homes. Even if you start your house hunt on Trulia, traditional home-buying methods […]
May 4, 2017

Design Trend: Shiplap All Over the House

See how you can apply this hot look in any space. Shiplap may be overtaking subway tile as the wall accent everyone’s talking about. There’s just something about […]
May 2, 2017

8 Home Issues That Could Cause A Home Sale To Fall Through

Do you know what issues most often turn off buyers or kill a sale? Here are some of the big ones. From a leaky or aging […]
April 27, 2017

3 High-Impact Spots to Use Bold Color

  Don’t hold back — bright, bold colors are on trend and easier to incorporate than you might think. The next two years are all about […]
April 25, 2017

Ways To Cut Household Expenses And Save Money Each Month

The key to saving money is knowing where to trim your budget. Paying bills is never fun, but it’s even less exciting when monthly expenses leave […]
April 20, 2017

Our Racially Divided Housing Market Is Changing, Thanks to Millennials

A look at how we got here and where we’re headed. Kieran Killeen was astounded when he bought a home in Vermont in 2002, and its title […]
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