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Real Estate In Light of Yesterday’s Executive Order

Yesterday Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb issued Executive Order 20-08 directing Indiana residents to remain at home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. This order is takes effect today, March 24, at 11:59 pm, and remains in place until 11:59 pm on April 6.

Under this order, real estate is listed as an essential business (including appraisal and title services), which means that REALTORS® may continue to help their clients find the comfort of home in the midst of current circumstances and events. However, in an effort to remain safe and follow all precautions, this is not business as usual.

During the process of real estate transactions, it is imperative that we all (brokers, buyers, and sellers) follow the travel and social distancing requirements of the executive order. These requirements can be found in number 16, section A, and number 17, but here are the main points:

  • Keep six-foot distances
  • Do not shake hands
  • Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum 20 seconds and do so frequently
  • Clean high-touch surfaces on a regular basis
  • Have hand sanitizer and sanitizing products readily available
  • Maintain separate operating hours for vulnerable populations
  • Post your hours of operation and how to best reach you online
  • Travel related to the provision of essential business services is allowed (Number 14 includes real estate as an essential service)

REALTORS® are taking the lead on these requirements as they apply to the real estate industry, committing to strictly following the Governor’s executive order so that we can defeat this virus. If you have questions or concerns, please call your real estate professional to talk through next steps on your transaction in the midst of these new orders. 

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.

How You Can Support Local Businesses Amidst COVID-19

There is no doubt that our current crisis with COVID-19 is causing increased strain on local business and small business as storefronts, restaurants, and more have limited access or are closed completely to the public. But did you know that there are still SO many ways to continue to support these businesses while still following the CDC recommended guidelines that have been put in place?

Here is an easy list of ideas that you can do to help keep the local economy afloat and support families and individuals in your own community:

  1. Order takeout or delivery.
  2. Pay with plastic when possible.
  3. Share hoarded sanitizer with local businesses.
  4. Buy gift cards for later.
  5. Simply check in with business owners and employees – let them know you haven’t forgotten them!
  6. Shop small, even online.
  7. Call in your orders.
  8. Have understanding and grace when businesses have to make the hard decision to close their doors or seating temporarily.
  9. Lastly, always consider how you can shop the “small guys” before the “big guys.” Chains can recover far more quickly from a month or two of set-backs, while the same set-back could mean the end for many local businesses.

Let’s look out for one another!

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.

 

Monthly Market Update: February 2019 vs. February 2020

Comparing the stats year to  year ensures that North Eastern Group Realty’s agents all have a full understanding of the current real estate market. This most recent update comparing February 2019 to February 2020 is a great tool not only for your agent, but for you as a buyer and seller. We want to keep YOU informed as well. Take a look at the stats and what they mean for us right now:

Real Estate News: What Does the Federal Reserve Rate Cut mean for Mortgages?

We know that many of you are reaching out with questions surrounding the Federal Reserve rate cut, and what this means for mortgages. Ruoff Mortgage recently posted this great article shedding light on the current situation. Check out this informational graphic they have provided, then head on over to their  article, “The Mortgage Industry in Light of Recent Interest Rate Cut” to learn more.

Real Estate News: What Does COVID-19 Mean for Your Real Estate Closing?

We recognize that with the global COVID-19 pandemic comes many questions, including those related to your current and ongoing real estate transactions. Many buyers, sellers, and brokers are concerned with attending closings during the current push for social distancing and self-initiated quarantine, and we want to provide you with the latest news from the Indiana Association of REALTORS® (IAR).

Last week the IAR hosted a call with many leading managing brokers from around Indiana to address many concerns amidst the virus outbreak.

Regarding attendance at closings, although Indiana license law requires broker attendance, there is an exception that if you, as the client, do not want to attend, then your broker does not have to attend either. Within this exception, remote closings or requests not to appear in person are a possibility.

If you are not able or are unwilling to attend a closing, communicate with your broker, advise of the circumstances, and let them know that you will be available virtually, by phone or some other acceptable means of communication. Your broker will then document this disclosure as you move forward in your transaction.

Acting in good faith pursuant to emergency Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), local, state, and national guidelines in these unusual circumstances should protect both you, the client, and your broker from any violation of Indiana license law. As always, we are attentive to any guidance provided by the Indiana Real Estate Commission (IREC) and we will continue to update our clients with the latest news. Please reach out to your trusted real estate professional with any questions and concerns you may have in these unique times.

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 REALTOR®: 1772 County Road 66, Auburn, IN 46706

Terrific LOCATION with this darling country home on 1.6 acres. 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, and a full nearly-finished basement (2 rooms just need flooring). Pristine setting with wonderful panoramic views of the surrounding wetlands and conservation area: lots of wildlife and birds! Catch the views and the breezes in the 3-season room. Eat-in kitchen, all appliances stay. Hardwood floors in living room and kitchen. Washer and dryer also stay, along with Gun Safe and Refrigerator and Chest freezer in the garage. Nice workshop area in basement. Room for cars, equipment and all your toys in the oversized 26×26 attached garage PLUS an extra 22×16 detached garage! Seller is offering a $20,000 allowance for septic updating if the buyer requests it (not required by county). Just 15 minutes from Fort Wayne.

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.

Homes for Sale: 1414 Rambler Road, Huntertown, IN 46748

Classic Heights addition, spacious 4-bedroom, 3 full bath home located in the desirable Northwest Allen County School district. Foyer entry area opens up to a nice sized great room with a cozy fireplace. The great room has a soaring vaulted ceiling which is open to the second-floor hallway balcony. This home features an updated maple cabinet kitchen with granite counter tops. The center island, (also granite), is on wheels and can be moved around to fit your needs. The Kitchen also features stainless Kenmore appliances that stay with the home, (but are not warrantied). The first-floor master suite has a walk-in closet, full bathroom and a large linen closet. Rounding out the main level are 2 more good size bedrooms and the second full bathroom. Upstairs you will find the 4th bedroom which has a walk-in closet, a 3rd full bath and a huge 16 x 22 family room or kids’ hangout room. There is access to a floored attic space from the 2nd floor as well. Attached 2 car garage has a full wall of pegboard and a smart garage door opener that you control, (open and close) from your smartphone. Backyard has a 6-foot wood privacy fence, a 10 x 20 patio and fire pit. Garage has attic storage. Association pool membership is Optional at $175.00 per season.

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 REALTOR®: 9542 Fenwick Lane, New Haven, IN 46774

Stunning 4 bed/2.5 bath 2-story in Pinestone! Beautiful, dark engineered hardwood flooring welcomes you into this well maintained and tastefully decorated home. Large great room leads into kitchen nook area and don’t miss the private den/office tucked quietly in the back! Upstairs provides 4 nicely appointed bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Don’t miss the cozy covered front porch, sharp mosaic tile backsplash, included appliances and newer roof (4 yr old!) that help round out this quality Granite Ridge built home. Don’t wait, schedule your private tour today!

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.

Real Estate Video: 620 E Morse Street, Markle, IN 46770

Drive past the white picket fence to experience the spectacular pride of ownership in this impeccable home on close to 4 acres in quaint Markle, In. Greet your guest through the inviting friendship door. Wood floors in the original home that was “gutted” and added to in the 70’s. New carpet 2020. Parlor plus cozy family room complete with masonry brick fireplace. You will love spending time in the 4 season vaulted ceiling 4 season room. Very functional kitchen, all appliances remain (not warranted). Painted 6 panel doors. Clean and comfortable gas hot water heat. Attached insulated garage with walk up attic. Surrounded by government owned nature preserve. Poured basement walls with sump pump and sink for convenience. Large bank/flat barn could be used for animals or storage. Wood burner in master bedroom.

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.

Home Tips: Easter Dinner Ideas

Easter is just a few weeks away and along with egg hunts, chocolate morsels, and hopefully some sunny, spring weather (!) comes great food shared with great company. We’re taking a few tips from Good Housekeeping for the best dishes to try out this year. Here’s a re-cap of the dishes we can’t wait to try out, but browse the entire list here!

 

Roasted Asparagus and Ricotta Tart

Roasted veggies meets flaky, crusted pizza? Sign us up! This one combines the savory flavors of cheese, asparagus, puff pastry into one delicious dish.

 

Raspberry Lemon Pound Cake

This isn’t your mama’s fruit cake – this simple batter combined with fresh raspberries will add a pop of soft pink to your Easter table this year.

 

Spice-Roated Carrots

Tender, glazed carrots get even tastier with the crunch of pistachio. You may have never tried this combo but this is the year to try it out!

 

Crispy Golden Smashed Potatoes

Who needs mashed potatoes when you can have these crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, oven roasted smashed potatoes. It’s easy to make and sure to please – so what are you waiting for?

 

Herb Crusted & Stuffed Leg of Lamb with Mint Gremolata

The name of this recipe is a mouthful to say, but it’s definitely a mouthful of delicious-ness that you’ll want to eat this Easter Sunday. Forget the traditional glazed ham and opt for this savory entree!

 

Let your tastebuds guide you with these dish ideas for this coming Easter celebration!

 

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.