June 29, 2022

Home Appraisals

The appraisal came in low. Now what? ⁣ ⁣First things first: don’t stress! Take a deep breath and remember, an appraisal is good — it’s there […]
June 22, 2022

New Construction Homes v.s. Existing Homes

The pros of new construction homes v.s. existing homes. Have you been searching for a home and you are just not finding what you are looking […]
May 31, 2022

Sideways Downsizing

“Aging in place” AARP reports that 75% of those 65+ want to “age in place,” meaning they want to stay in their current home or community. […]
May 31, 2022

The Current Market

The current market and the inventory shortage. We saw very little relief in the shortage of homes for sale. Nationally, inventory at the end of April […]
May 26, 2022

South Bend & Its Impact on Our Real Estate

How the‌ ‌attraction‌ ‌of‌ ‌South‌ ‌Bend‌ ‌is‌ ‌impacting‌ ‌our‌ ‌real‌ ‌estate‌ ‌market‌ ‌in‌ ‌several‌ ‌ways‌. Empty‌ ‌nesters‌ ‌and‌ ‌Baby‌ ‌Boomers‌ ‌are‌ ‌not‌ ‌looking‌ ‌to‌ ‌leave.‌ ‌This‌ […]
May 26, 2022

This is the Place to Be

Why is South Bend/Mishawaka so great? Not‌ ‌that‌ ‌we‌ ‌really‌ ‌needed‌ ‌another‌ ‌bit‌ ‌of‌ ‌evidence‌ ‌to‌ ‌support‌ ‌why‌ ‌living‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌so‌ ‌great,‌ ‌but‌ ‌‌NAR’s‌ ‌Q2‌ […]
May 26, 2022

How to Buy a Home in a Seller’s Market

Strategies for buying a home in a seller’s market!  When beginning your search, look for homes below your spending limit. This way you have room to […]
May 26, 2022

Homes “Under Contract”

What does “under contract” mean? Chances are, you’ve probably seen a listing you had your eye on go “Under Contract.” If you see a house you […]
November 11, 2021

The Advantages to Listing Your Home During the Holidays

Season’s Selling! The Advantages to Listing Your Home During the Holidays If all you want for Christmas is the perfect buyer, you might get your wish […]
September 27, 2021

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

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 […]
July 27, 2021

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
June 30, 2021

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

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

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

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 […]
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