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When it comes time to sell your home, your choice of real estate agent can make a huge impact on how successful your sale is, determining things like how long your house is on the market and what the final sales price is. Every seller wants to give their home the best possible chance, so our real estate agents recommend asking these questions before signing any agreement.

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A home's age is sometimes a big factor in whether or not you want to buy it. This guide will help you decide between new or older homes.

If you're thinking about buying a house, one of the questions on your mind may be whether to opt for a new build or an older home. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. The following guide from our real estate agents lays out the basics of what you need to consider before making your decision.

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Summer is winding down. Take some time to enjoy the weather with these outdoor patios.

As summer winds down and fall weather sets in, it's time to take advantage of every last bit of nice weather we've got. One of the most enjoyable ways to enjoy dinner this time of year as a resident of South Bend is eating out on the patio. Don't have a patio or feel like cooking? South Bend offers a variety of great restaurants with cozy outdoor setups where you can enjoy your meal. Here are some local favorites our real estate agents recommend.

  • Howard Park Public House - 602 E Jefferson Blvd
    This open-concept restaurant is designed to open on three sides, opening even the regular dining area to free air movement. The patio itself faces the fountain and is heated so that even as the evenings start to get a little chilly, the patio will still be a good place to enjoy your meal. Speaking of your meal, the restaurant serves American fare such as burgers, sandwiches, steak, vegetarian and vegan fare, and shareable appetizers, as well as a full list of beer, wine, and cocktails.

  • The Lauber - 504 E Lasalle Ave
    Located in the former home of an industrial metal business, The Lauber is now one of South Bend's beloved indie restaurants. This bar and eatery offers plenty of cozy patio seating, plus a variety of bar bites and American comfort food. Choose between flatbread and pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, and a variety of bar bites and appetizers. The Lauber also features a full menu of signature cocktails and wine. For something a little extra patio-worthy, check out their memorable brunch food and cocktails on the weekends.

  • Fiddler's Hearth - 127 North Main Street

    If you're craving the food you get from a traditional Irish pub but don't want to miss the experience of eating out on the patio with the last little bit of summer, check out Fiddler's Hearth in Downtown South Bend. This pub features all the usual suspects, such as fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. You'll also find a variety of American foods, including burgers and sandwiches, as well as a selection of Irish-flavored appetizers.

  • Cafe Navarre - 101 N Michigan St
    Also located right in the heart of downtown, Cafe Navarre has been a staple of fine dining in South Bend for the last decade. Locally owned and serving locally sourced foods, Cafe Navarre offers patio seating if the atmosphere indoors is a little too rich for your blood. Whether inside or outside, you'll be served the same superb menu, with mouth-watering small plates, tempting entrees of steak, chicken, pork, or fish, and delectable desserts such as chocolate cremoso and creme brulee.

  • South Bend Brew Werks - 321 S Main St
    For a little more relaxed atmosphere, pop down to the neighborhood brewpub: South Bend Brew Werks. In addition to all the things you would expect from a pub, such as beer, live music, trivia, and even bingo, Brew Werks features a full menu of flatbreads, artisan grilled cheeses, soups, salads, and pub-worth appetizers. They offer ample seating on their outdoor patio, which is also dog-friendly.

The only thing better than enjoying a late summer or autumn evening while eating dinner at your local restaurant's outdoor patio is, of course, enjoying your dinner on your own patio. Outdoor dining spaces have become popular among South Bend homes for sale, so if you don't currently have a patio where you can enjoy your dinner, never fear! Contact us today, and we'll help you find the perfect patio, as well as the home to go with it.


South Bend's history is deeply rooted with the Studebaker company. Here's where you can celebrate the manufacturer's history.

Did you know that the second Saturday of every September has been designated as the International Drive Your Studebaker Day? It may seem like an obscure holiday, but in South Bend, every day is Studebaker Day. Our community is proud to share its roots with this beloved classic car company. Interested in honoring South Bend's roots? Our real estate agents recommend celebrating Studebaker Day any day of the year by visiting the following historical sites.

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South Bend is full of unique and interesting sights. Here's where you can expect to snap the best photos.

Have you always wanted to learn to take better pictures? Now is your chance to practice! There are plenty of great locations for taking pictures in South Bend. Check out these scenic spots recommended by our real estate agents.

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You want your home improvement projects to turn out great, but you also want them to pay off. Here are the projects to focus on for ROI.

Whether you're selling your home soon or not, it's a good idea to think of home improvement projects as investments. These aren't the average repairs that you have to do in order to continue living in your home, such as replacing the water heater or repairing the furnace. These are the projects that you do to make your home more comfortable or attractive, renovate outdated features, or add features that weren't originally available in your home.

Not all home improvement projects are equal investments, however. Some will help you sell your home faster and may even provide a return on the money you invested. Others will actually lose you money. Here are the best and worst home improvement projects, according to our real estate agents.

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Join your friends and family at these local South Bend parks for a picnic and a perfect afternoon.

Nothing beats spending an afternoon out in the sunshine and fresh air with your friends and family, and a picnic is a great way to do just that. South Bend has plenty of parks that are perfect for having picnics. Check out one of these suggestions from our real estate agents.

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Moving into a new home is exciting, but it's also easy to make some rookie mistakes. Here's how you can ensure a smooth transition with your new house.

Moving into a new home is exciting, but it's easy to get carried away and make mistakes you'll regret later. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents on the top mistakes new homeowners make when they first move in.

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