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 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 […]
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 […]
October 4, 2021

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 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 […]
August 24, 2021

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

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
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 […]
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 […]
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