Home Tips: Gardening 101

Maybe you’re a gardening pro with a green thumb, or maybe you’ve avoided growing your own produce out of uncertainty. Whichever end of the spectrum you land on, here’s a timeline and a few tricks to keep your own backyard garden teeming with life.

Mid-May

Now that we are (hopefully!) past anymore night time frosts, it’s time to start planting the following:

  • Tomatoes: It’s best to plant these starter plants about 2 feet apart, giving them plenty of room to grow and thrive. Use a cage or stake if the variety you choose recommends it!
  • Eggplant: Plant starter plants now, and they’ll be ready to harvest at the end of July!
  • Peppers: Plant your starter pepper plants about 18 inches apart. Just like eggplant, these will be ready toward the end of July.
  • Green Beans: Opt for seeds over starter plants with these, planting the seeds in a row. A popular variety of green beans to plant are Blue Lake Bush beans. Just keep in mind, pole beans will need to be staked.
  • Zucchini & Summer Squash: Go with starter plants for these and expect to start harvesting mid-June.
  • Melons: While it’s likely we are in the clear by now, wait until we have consistently warm nights as melons are extremely susceptible to cold. Plant starter plants and look forward to the harvest in early August.
  • Cucumbers: Last but not least, go with starter plants for your cucumbers. You should be able to start harvesting in July.

Early June

Here’s a few plants to hold off on planting for now – wait until early June to have a fall harvest!

  • Pumpkins: Go with seed planting for pumpkins and expect your harvest in time for Halloween!
  • Winter Squash: Opt for seed planting here as well. You’ll have a harvest in the fall, just in time for cool weather soups and recipes!

 

Not sure where to buy seeds and starter plants? The following greenhouses are local options that will likely have everything you’re looking for, as well as more expert advice, tips, and tricks!

Here’s to eating fresh this season!

New Construction: 1141 Mayrock Drive, Fort Wayne 46818

Lancia’s modified Franklin with a straight island gives a complete open feel to the ranch with 1415 sq.ft. The 13 x 9 covered back porch is a very popular part of this plan. 2-Car Garage has 4′ extension for storage. Great Room has 9′ ceiling, can lights and pre-wire for fan. Kitchen island has breakfast bar, corner pantry, stainless steel appliances including smooth top range, addl gas line to range and ceramic tile backsplash. Vinyl plank wood flooring on Main Bath, Master Bath, Kitchen, Nook and Hallway. Dual sink vanity with framed mirrors in Master Bath, dual rod & shelf 1-wall unit in 5×12 Master walk-in closet. Garage has attic access with pull-down stairs and 2 sheets of OSB board. Board n Batten, upgraded front door,
corbels, stone and shutters on elevation. Home has Simplx Smart Home Technology – Control panel, up to 4 door sensors, motion, LED bulbs throughout, USB port built-in charger in places. 2-year foundation to roof guarantee and an in-house Service Dept. (Grading and seeding completed after closing per Lancia’s lawn schedule.)

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Looking to build but not sure where? Browse lots for sale by community here!

Homes for Sale: 2692 County Road 17, Corunna, IN

Adorable chalet on 10+ acres in Corunna. This 4 bedroom 2 full & 2 half bath home was custom crafted right out of Holland! Foyer opens to sunken great room with ceramic floors & custom ceiling beams. Large island kitchen with double sinks, loads of cabinet space, more ceiling beams & all appliances remain. Dining room with custom built-ins, ceramic floor, ceiling beams, extra storage & more. Main floor master suite with ample closet space, private bath with custom circular tub. Upstairs master suite with hardwood floors, private bath & more. The attention to detail & pride of workmanship is apparent in every square inch. Two car attached garage. Covered front porch. 2nd story balcony. Loads of space for an outbuilding. Country life, not far from the city. Pictures & words do not tell the story, this one must be seen to be appreciated!!!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Still on the hunt for your dream home? Get started with your search here!

Home Tips: Spring Cleaning Kick Start

There are few people who truly LOVE to get started on their spring cleaning projects, but here are a few ways we’ve found to make getting started just a little bit easier:

Reduce and Declutter – Ever notice how we tend to accumulate more and more “stuff” as we hunker down during the cold winter months? One of our favorite ways to kick start your spring cleaning is to gather and get rid of items that are collecting dust and are no longer being used. There are numerous ways to up-cycle your gently used items locally (think Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.) but you can also explore selling items of greater value on Facebook marketplace, Craigslist, or Poshmark (for nicer clothing, shoe and accessory items). You may even be able to sell enough items to create a little cash fund for vacations, entertainment, and more this spring and summer!

Make a Cleaning List – That first deep clean of the season can feel daunting, especially when you’re not sure where to begin. We suggest getting out some pen and paper and making a list. Cleaning can feel much more satisfying when you’re able to cross each item off as you accomplish them and watch your to-do list shrink as you go. Still not sure what to add to your list? We love this list from Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia website!

Reward Yourself – What is a long to-do list without a reward at the finish line? We suggest coming up with a way to reward yourself at the end of your spring cleaning to keep yourself motivated and on task. Maybe your reward is splurging on some beautiful floral arrangements to sprinkle throughout the house? Or maybe it’s declaring an official “day of rest” where you don’t have to worry about any more to-do’s – read a book, enjoy the outdoors, etc. Whatever it is, make sure it’s relaxed and enjoyable!

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North Eastern Group Communities Featured in Spring Town & Country Tour!

The 2019 Town and Country New Home Tour kicked off Saturday, April 27th. Thousands of visitors from all over Allen County will be out to see the new homes on display, including those in multiple North Eastern Group communities. There are many great reasons to purchase a new home including energy efficiency, reduced maintenance, updated design, health and safety, and because you can design a home to fit your specific needs. The current low inventory level of existing homes is also a significant  factor. With less than 2 months worth of existing homes for sale according to The Upstate Alliance of REALTORS, buyers are finding the reasons to build a new home more compelling than ever.

Times: 12-5 PM on 04/27, 04/28, 05/04, and 05/05
 
Currently, The North Eastern Group has 16 communities with available home sites all over Allen County in varied price ranges and several more in process to bring to the market in 2019 and 2020.
In addition to single family homes, many villas will be available to tour all throughout Allen County. Currently, North Eastern Group has 4 villa communities with home sites for sale including The Cottages of Milagro and Aslan Passage which are exclusive to Star Homes by Delagrange & Richhart, The Villas at the Forest at Foxwood which is exclusive to Granite Ridge Builders and Stone Gate Villas, a 55 and over community which is exclusive to Carriage Place Homes.
All signs indicate that 2019 will be another strong year for new construction and the HBA sponsored Town and Country New Home Tour is a great way to start your search. For more information on any of North Eastern Group’s communities, contact Kim Ward at 260-437-9844.

North Eastern Group Realty Welcomes Team Tamara

North Eastern Group Realty is pleased to announce that Team Tamara has joined our family of professional REALTORS. Tamara Braun, Teri Litwinko, Debra McPherson and Jackson Schieferstein are full-time Realtor/Brokers dedicated to assisting residential Sellers and Buyers before, during and after the transaction and their Client Care Specialist, Morgan Anderson makes sure all the details are handled.
Learn more about Team Tamara at their Facebook page here.

For more North Eastern Group Realty news, head to our blog!

Home Buying Tips: How to Get a Mortgage

Do you get overwhelmed thinking about the process of getting approved for a mortgage and buying a house? Understandably, the whole process can be confusing and overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time buying a home.

When it comes to securing a mortgage, we want to help you along in understanding the process! Consumer Affairs recently released a 9-step guide showing what the process looks like from start to finish, and we hope that you can glean some wisdom (and relief!) from their guide here!

Not working with an agent already? Reach out to us here at North Eastern Group Realty to get connected to one of our expert REALTORS® and get your home buying process started today! 260.489.7095

 

Fort Wayne Spring and Summer Activities

The weather is finally starting to warm up and hopefully the April showers we’ve endured have paved the way for sunshine, warmth, and May flowers. With the transition into spring and summer, we wanted to highlight a few of our favorite activities to enjoy in and around the Fort Wayne area this season.

  1. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – Our nationally ranked zoo opened its gates for the season this past weekend and if you’re itching to get out and enjoy the sites and sounds, there is no better time. Spring is the best time to go see the animals as they tend to be more active before the heatwave of summer hits. Visit kidszoo.org to see the Zoo’s calendar of events that will keep you entertained all season long.

 

  1. Fort Wayne TinCaps – Our very on Fort Wayne TinCaps are in full gear with their Spring/Summer 2019 schedule. There are no shortage of home games this year, so head on over to the MILB website to check the calendar and purchase tickets for you, your friends, and family.

  1. Barr Street Market – Did you know Fort Wayne has its very own year-round farmers market? On Saturdays from 9am-1pm, starting May 18th, enjoy produce, plants, and handcrafted goods from over 60 vendors in and around the Fort Wayne area. Looking to hit the Fort Wayne Farmers Market before the 18th? You can shop from 40+ vendors, Saturdays 9am-1pm, at the off-season indoor location at the TinCaps stadium. Learn more about buying local and buying fresh here, at the market website.

  1. Downtown Biking – Get outside and move with Fort Wayne’s very own bike share rental. With more than 90 miles of parks and trails, and the 25 mile Rivergreenway trail, explore your city in a new way. Heading out with a family in tow? There are also family-friendly trail itineraries stopping at Fort Wayne’s various parks and splash-pads along the way. Head on over to the Visit Fort Wayne website to learn more.

  1. Fort Wayne Festivals – If you’ve been around Fort Wayne for a summer season or two, you know there is no shortage of festivals to enjoy. A few upcoming festivals to enjoy this month are the Fort Wayne Music Festival (May 9-11) and the Cherry Blossom Festival of Fort Wayne (May 19). You can view the full calendar of festivals and events here.

We hope these ideas help to jump-start your Spring and Summer 2019 entertainment! Get out and enjoy this beautiful city we get to call home.

Homes for Sale: 2722 County Road 49, Butler, IN 46721 TOUR

Take a look at this little country beauty! Two beds/two full baths and completely gutted and remodeled only 4 years ago. Newer everything – including a new well! The kitchen is a chef’s dream with plenty of space to work and a large island with storage. Open floor plan with an eat in area and spacious family room. New windows let plenty of natural light in. Master suite with it’s own attached bathroom. the 2nd full bathroom doubles as the laundry room. Mudroom with a large closet leads to a huge deck overlooking the backyard. Low utilities with no water or sewer bills! The propane tank is owned so you can negotiate on your propane prices! View the full home tour here!

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At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.

Fort Wayne REALTORS: 701 E 3rd Street, Auburn 46706 TOUR

Don’t miss out on this amazing ranch home. This is a quality built home that has been well cared for. It boasts 2000 square feet, two huge bedrooms with two full baths. There is an abundance of closets, cabinets and built-ins throughout the home. You will love relaxing in the 10 x 13 four-season room. Entertaining will be a breeze with a large kitchen, formal dining room, formal living room and a comfortable family room with a gas, brick fireplace as well as built in book shelving. The handy-man or handy-woman will really appreciate the 22 x 19 garage. If that isn’t enough, attached to the garage are two “man cave”-storage areas complete with a wet sink. Laundry room is loaded with space and storage. You’ll be surprised to find the access to the utility room and crawl space from a separate room at the back of the house. Average utilities: $51/monthly gas; $151/monthly for electric, water and sewer combined. All appliances are included but not warranted. They are nearing time to be replaced. This is an estate. The home is being sold “as is”. View the full home tour today!

Are you looking for a home in a different area? Use our map search to help narrow down what you’re looking for!

At North Eastern Group Realty, we are prepared to assist our clients with their significant Fort Wayne real estate decisions. Our corporate commitment is to provide real knowledge, proven experience and professional, quality service. To search all Fort Wayne homes for sale or find a Fort Wayne REALTOR®, visit our website at NorthEasternGroup.com.

North Eastern Group Realty is Fort Wayne’s largest independent real estate company located at 10808 La Cabreah Lane, Fort Wayne, IN 46845.